Documentary on OneShane Healy – Back on Track

As heard on Documentary On One

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Shane Healy is a 51-year old athlete who competed for Ireland in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He was eliminated at the semi-final stage of the 1,500 metres which seems unremarkable but for Shane it was extraordinary and he continues to do extraordinary things. Shane’s mother left the family home when he was only four years old, taking …

Tampax Ad“I think that the kind of panic over 84 complaints when we live in a country of millions and remove an ad is ridiculous.”

As heard on Today with Sarah McInerney

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A Tampax ad featuring a fake chat show host giving out advice on how to use tampons has been causing some people pain. Cramps, you might ask? No, more like moral pain, according to the kerfuffle the 30-second TV spot has caused on social media. It has also generated 84 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI). ASAI …

Circle of Friends“Standing on Maeve Binchy’s shoulders, what a place to be!”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Emer McLysaght makes no apologies for fangirling all over the movie Circle of Friends, which was released 25 years ago this year. Adapted from the Maeve Binchy novel of the same name, it starred Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnell. The co-author of the Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling books spoke to Oliver Callan on The Ryan Tubridy Show about her love …

Humankind: A Hopeful History“For millennia it was not the smartest, or the nastiest, or the strongest among us who had the kids, but actually the friendliest.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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There’s a scene in the 1986 film, Hannah and Her Sisters, where Mickey, struggling with an existential crisis, asks his father why there were Nazis. His father replies, “How the hell do I know why there were Nazis? I don’t even know how the can opener works!” Most of us aren’t qualified to explain why some people do evil things. But we don’t …

Ireland's Nicci Daly“My office is the pit lane and I have these cars at 200MPH going past me down the race track.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Oliver Callan’s conversation with Irish hockey star Nicci Daly is very much a chat of two halves. It starts – where else? – with the Irish hockey team and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 and then pivots to motorsport, which is, in many ways, the Daly family business.   If not for the small matter of the Coronavirus pandemic, Nicci Daly would …

Wearing a Face Mask“If two people in a room are wearing face masks, the risk that one will transfer Covid-19 to the other is reduced by 99%.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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20 million times. What’s the last video you shared that was viewed 20 million times (endlessly pressing refresh on your hilarious skateboarding dog video doesn’t count)? For Irish GP, Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail, the last video of his that’s been viewed 20 million times was one he posted two weeks ago. Maitiú joined Ray D’Arcy on Tuesday afternoon to talk about the unexpected impact of the video he recorded to demonstrate …

Aran Jumpers“The Museum of Modern Art were doing an exhibition on garments that have stood the test of time, like the little black dress, or the Levi’s jeans, and, of course, the Aran sweater.” 

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Even though Taylor Swift’s Folklore, the new album she unleashed on an unsuspecting world last week, has been garnering widespread acclaim from critics, it seems that here in Ireland, we’re less focused on the music and more excited by the jumper. Yes, the fact that the hugely popular singer is wearing an Aran jumper in publicity shots for her new album has generated quite a level of excitement …

The Documentary on OneGreen and Gold

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Green and Gold On the 7th of September 1972 an Irishman took the lead in the Olympic cycling road race in Munich. Only he wasn’t supposed to be there. This was the earthquake moment in Irish cycling when a bitter civil war came to the surface on sport’s biggest stage. In 1972 Irish cycling was a snapshot of the country …