Flour Shortage“Right now at the moment, the Odlums plant is at 110% capacity. They’re working 24/7 for the first time in their history.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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For anyone who bakes regularly or for anyone who was thinking of taking up baking during lockdown, one vital ingredient has been harder to come by these days than toilet roll: flour. You want to make some bread? A birthday cake? Pizza with the kids? Not so fast. Everywhere you look, there’s only a dusting of white powder on the …

Covid-19 Frontline“It’s obviously awful for them because they can’t see our smile, all they can see is your eyes and it’s tough in that sense, but we get through it.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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In what seems like the distant past at this stage, there were many people who worked in very serious jobs but who also took time to have some serious fun. For Terrie McEvoy Fitzpatrick, the serious fun mostly involved her Instagram account. Terrie lived in Australia for four years working as a nurse and during that time she built up …

Nursing Home Death“It was this sense maybe it was creeping closer towards her and she was so vulnerable, really.”

As heard on liveline

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The death of a loved one is hard to bear at any time, but when you can actually see the threat approaching and yet can’t do anything to stop it, it takes on an extra level of sadness. Jane Carrigan’s aunt, Rose Hegarty, died from coronavirus in St Mary’s Nursing Home in Dublin and Jane spoke to Joe Duffy on …

Troll Hunting“Because he had thousands of followers, I literally just started to get waves and waves of hatred, pouring into my social media accounts.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The whole notion of online trolling suggests to many that it’s something that involves pranks and results in resigned smiles or, at worst, a lot of eye-rolling. But, as journalist Ginger Gorman explained to Ryan Tubridy, trolling is no laughing matter. And Ginger should know – as well as being a victim of trolls, she’s spent five years talking to …

The Isolated EarMarian Finucane and the Stuffed Budgie

As heard on The Isolated Ear

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The producer of The Curious Ear documentary series, Ronan Kelly, has been sent a selection of clips from RTÉ Radio Archives to help ease the isolation. He’s sharing some of them with the RTÉ Radio 1 Highlights page.   This is from back in October 1986.  Marian Finucane was the host of Liveline.  Here she’s talking to a woman named …

Nazi Hunter Philippe Sands“He’d been in service for the Waffen SS in Yugoslavia, in Italy, killing partisans and communists and other anti-Nazis, so he knew how to survive.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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When The Ratline author Philippe Sands asked Horst Wächter how his Nazi father managed to escape justice after World War II, the conversation went in a surprising direction. As he told Seán O’Rourke today, Philippe had come to know Horst, whose father Otto ordered the deaths of thousands of Jews, including several members of Philippe Sands’ family. “One day, I …

National Gallery Portrait Competition“You can learn a ton from portraiture. And we have this wonderful collection. And a lot of it, the vast majority of it, is online.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Balancing your phone on the edge of a plant pot and then angling it so your double chins can’t be seen on a Zoom call is not vanity, it’s art. Well, sort of. According to Sinéad Rice, Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland, smartening up your image and carefully planning the backdrop to your video chats is …

Assessing Roger Casement“I think we would describe him in the modern era as being bipolar.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Later this year – pandemic permitting – a statue of Roger Casement is to be unveiled in Dún Laoghaire, as part of a planned upgrade of the old Baths site. Professor of Modern History at UCD, Diarmuid Ferriter joined Seán O’Rourke on Wednesday to talk about the complicated legacy of the 1916 leader and he started by telling Seán that …