Summer Reading“As a result of reading this book, my phone is now in a lead box at home and I will not be bringing it anywhere in the future.”

As heard on Today with Sarah McInerney

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Having someone pre-read a whole pile of books and tell you which ones are worth reading is like being treated at your favourite restaurant. Easy, delicious and it’s free. The literary food tasters on Today with Sarah McInerney were Rick O’Shea, presenter of Radio 1’s Book Show and Louisa Cameron, owner of independent bookstore Raven Books. If listening to the …

Trisha Lewis“The only thing you can do is control the controllables.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Change, minor panic, reset. Repeat. The pandemic pattern is now familiar to most of us and it helps to see other people with similar struggles come through. One such relatable person is weight-loss influencer Trisha Lewis,  who spoke to Ryan Tubridy today about how she achieved a personal re-boot while isolating at home. The author, chef, podcaster and Instagram sensation spoke …

Tori Amos“I’d be playing The Doors in between Mozart and disguising it so my father wouldn’t know that I was completely corrupt at 8.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Erstwhile Kinsale resident Tori Amos spoke to Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday from a recording studio in a barn about her new memoir, Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change and Courage. The book details the remarkable things that happened in Amos’s life, beginning with being expelled at 13 from the conservatory she’d been in since age 5. This prompted her …

Life in Iceland“It’s just a beautiful place, really unusual.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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We’re all stuck in our 5km worlds for now, so travelling and experiencing other cultures has to be done vicariously through The Ryan Tubridy Show. For the past few weeks, Ryan’s been hearing from Irish people living abroad about their lives in pandemic times away from th’aul sod. On Wednesday, he spoke to photographer and videographer Cat Gundry Beck, who’s …

Author Louise Nealon“I always felt like I was kind of feeling around in the dark trying to manage my mental illness.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Cappagh GAA club in Co Kildare boasts a young author among its ranks. Louise Nealon (for it is she) has recently signed a book deal for her début novel, Snowflake, which will be published next year. Louise spoke to fellow-Kildare person Ray D’Arcy on Tuesday about her book deal, how people with mental illness are failed by the system and …

Manchester Arena Survivor Freya Lewis“That was, out of all my injuries, that was definitely the worst pain for me.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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It was the first time 14 year old Freya Lewis was allowed go to a concert on her own. She went with her best friend Nell and they felt very grown up. It was the 22 May 2017. Freya’s dad drove the girls to the Manchester Arena and then waited in the city for the call to come pick them …

The Isolated EarTobacco is Good for You

As heard on The Isolated Ear

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  The Isolated Ear – Tobacco is Good For You The producer of The Curious Ear documentary series, Ronan Kelly, has been sent a selection of clips by RTÉ Radio Archives to help ease the isolation. He’s sharing some of them with the RTÉ Radio 1 Highlights page.   This is worth a listen – it proves that marketing was …

Sophie Corrigan on her dad, DJ Matt“I think I can speak on behalf of everybody, now, when I say he was a legend. And he will never ever, ever, ever be forgotten.”

As heard on liveline

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Sophie Corrigan talked to Joe Duffy today on Liveline about the sudden death of her much-loved Dad, DJ Matt Corrigan. Sophie spoke about her father’s musical and personal legacy and her aim to get the message out there about support services for people living with depression, especially during the pandemic. Matt didn’t die of Covid-19, but the circumstances of the …