Cervical Check“I didn’t want to go on national television and tell the women of Ireland that I’ve no confidence in this report, but I couldn’t stand behind it either and tell them I have faith in it.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Cervical cancer survivor and patient advocate Lorraine Walsh spoke with Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday afternoon via the RTÉ Galway studio. On the day before, Lorraine announced her resignation as one of the patient representatives on the Cervical Check Steering committee. She told Ray how she was feeling 24 hours later: “I’m heartbroken, Ray. To be quite honest with you, I didn’t want …

Mary Crosby“David was a little nervous and dad was a little weary. Then they started talking music and you could just see them both just relax, because it was about the music.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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David Bowie turned up with a full face of make-up to a recording with the famously conservative Bing Crosby and the two of them got on brilliantly. Bowie wasn’t all that keen at first, but the Thin White Duke and the man known to his German fans as ‘Der Bingle’ quickly found common ground. That’s according to Mary Crosby, Bing’s …

Locked-In Syndrome“I felt like an astronaut detached from their spaceship, drifting off into the solar system.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“One blink for yes, two for no, three for ‘I love you’ and four for ‘You are a moron’.” This was the  communication system Clodagh Dunlop developed with her partner when she lost the ability to move, speak or breathe independently when she was disgnosed with Locked-In Syndrome, after suffering a stroke. She told Ryan Tubridy today she recalls using …

Statia's Snaps“Statia inadvertently, without knowing, ran a youth club before the term was ever coined.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Eating a bag of crisps and drinking Coke from a glass bottle down the local pool hall sounds like paradise to Ray D’Arcy. Or so he told Wexford man Shane Mc Donald as they basked in a wave of nostalgia brought on by Shane’s stories of his home village of Raheen and the legendary Statia Murphy. Statia was the local …

Malcolm Gladwell“The benefits of being trusting are so large, that we can pay the occasional price of being deceived.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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How do some conversations start politely and end in tragedy? Malcolm Gladwell has studied some famous encounters that ended really badly in his new book Talking to Strangers. The writer, journalist and podcaster told Seán O’Rourke this morning that our ‘instincts’ about people we don’t know aren’t always right. Gladwell says this is especially true when it comes to policing. …

Colm Wilkinson“Opening night’s the worst, worst nightmare of all time. That’s the way I am. I’m just a nervous performer.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“Amazingly average” is how Colm Wilkinson describes his life at the moment to Ryan Tubridy. “Average” is not the first word that springs to mind when most people think of the star of Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, winner of multiple awards – and that’s just for starters. Music was in Colm Wilkinson’s childhood, but he …