Rachel Gotto - Overcoming Trauma“I woke up with Nicola sitting on my chest screaming at me, ‘Don’t die mummy! Don’t die mummy!’”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“Contentment is to me like the foundational basis for our lives, because, again, we only need to look around us and we can compare ourselves to somebody else: somebody’s worse off or better off.”  These are the words of Rachel Gotto. The therapist and corporate speaker was finishing up her conversation with Ryan Tubridy this morning with this insight and, if you’d only heard this part of it, you …

The Isolated EarSonny Knowles’ Squelchy Boxing Boot

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Sonny Knowles’ Squelchy Boxing Boot   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.   The late Sonny Knowles was well-known as a showband and cabaret singer. When he was younger though, …

The Documentary on OneFelix

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On January 12th, 1998, Felix Gretarsson lost both arms from the shoulders down, after a serious work related accident in Iceland . Over the following years, Felix’s life spiralled into an abyss as he lost his health, status, relationship and sense of identity. The huge challenges he faced were further compounded by addiction, his solution at the time to dealing …

The Science of Sleep“There have been incredible stories of people doing extraordinary things whilst asleep.” 

As heard on Today with Sarah McInerney

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All animals do it. The human animal spends a full third of their life doing it. But there’s still so much we don’t understand about sleep. Why do we sleep at all? Why do we sleepwalk? Why do we prepare entire meals in our sleep? (Actually, that last one might only apply if you present a certain mid-morning RTÉ Radio 1 programme). If the 20th century was …

Professor Luke O'Neill“It’s almost as if this virus was invented to torture the Irish.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Immunologist and founder-director of Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Professor Luke O’Neill joined Ryan in studio on Wednesday to talk about the Coronavirus pandemic and to try to clear up some potentially confusing stories and notions around the virus. Can we safely re-open pubs? What about air travel, is it safe? And is everybody familiar with the three Cs? The three …

Online Scam“She wanted her portion of a $51m lotto win to be distributed among those people. And my name was on there.”

As heard on Today with Sarah McInerney

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We all probably reckon that we’re too smart to fall for the online equivalent of the Nigerian Prince scam, but is that really the case? Said Nigerian Prince (and his henchmen) have long since migrated online, of course, and with so much of the workforce in these pandemic times working from home, internet security may not be as robust in …

The Isolated EarBoy Pilot

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Boy Pilot (1951)   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 an interview from September 1951. The interviewee is a boy named Bill Pitt from Dunmore East, Co …

Sculptor Alex Pentek“He did something amazing. He set a pathway for others to follow.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Anyone who’s seen Alex Pentek’s sculpture Kindred Spirits in Midleton, Co Cork, will be delighted to hear the news that he’s been commissioned to create a piece commemorating pioneering African-American lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston. Pentek spoke to Ryan Tubridy – a big fan of the Kindred Spirits sculpture – on Tuesday about his new commission and the man it’s honouring. …