Historian Donal Fallon“When it comes to pop culture, Dracula is unmatched.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Dracula – the original vampire novel that spawned countless movies, fan fiction, cartoon characters and Halloween costumes was written by Irish writer Bram Stoker and first published back in 1897. Historian and podcaster Donal Fallon makes the somewhat controversial case on The Ryan Tubridy Show that Stoker is the Irish writer who has had the biggest impact worldwide: “To my …

Stephen Fry“The great thing about these myths is that they understand what it is to be human.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Ancient Greek myths have the power to thrill, excite and move a modern audience. That’s according to writer, actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry, whose third book of Greek tales has just been published. Stephen enjoyed a wide-ranging chat with Ryan Tubridy about language, storytelling and the deeper truths embedded in myths and legends. Troy is Fry’s follow up to the …

Enda O'Doherty“My Friday night drink would have been a pint glass of vodka and after a while I used to drink Benylin with that.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Ray D’Arcy doesn’t begin his chat with motivational speaker, endurance athlete, teacher and now author, Enda O’Doherty, with the washing machine on the back going up Mount Kilimanjaro story. Instead, Ray, taking his lead from Enda’s new book, I’m Fine!, starts with the alcohol addiction and Enda’s years as a high-functioning alcoholic. And some of the numbers Enda shares with Ray are truly mind-boggling:  Enda: “I was drinking about four bottles of …

Hope after Loss“We were literally getting on the plane in Dublin when they announced that somebody had been found.” 

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The annual Carpe Diem Sing and Play concert remembers the life of Eimear Noonan and funds music education in the west of Ireland. Eimear was a talented young musician who tragically died in an accident three years ago at the age of just 21. Eimear’s mother Mary Noonan wrote to Ryan Tubridy three years ago, to share her appreciation for the support she and her family received …

Bob Woodward on President Trump“He’s capable of some empathy, but his focus is on himself.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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If you’ve written a stack of best-selling books, won two Pulitzer Prizes and Robert Redford has played you in a movie, you might be tempted to cruise a little as you head towards 80. Not so Bob Woodward. His book Rage, part of an ongoing look at the Trump White House, was published last month. It’s his 20th book and …

The Missing Widget“No sound, no head, looked flat, tasted awful. I assumed it was a dud.”

As heard on liveline

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As the litany of woes to befall the Irish nation in 2020 continues to impact all our lives, one more can be added to the list, thanks to Liveline listeners, and it may well be the unkindest woe of all. Seán told Joe Duffy that, during steak night in his house last weekend, his second can of Guinness behaved differently than his first:  “Poured it. …

Mother and Baby Story“I feel I was lucky. I was. The nuns treated me – maybe I had a missed calling – they treated me like an equal.” 

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Wednesday’s Ryan Tubridy Show featured a conversation with a woman who gave birth to her daughter in a Mother and Baby home 40-odd years ago, but the conversation didn’t go as you might expect when you hear the words “Mother and Baby home”. Instead, the chat was 20 minutes of discussion of the importance of art, kind-hearted nuns and the non-existence of puffins.  Artist Deborah Donnelly got in touch with the …

Carer Jane Johnstone“We were already on our knees, being honest, Ray, so there was an awful lot of anxiety as to what restrictions were going to be announced.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Back in May, Jane Johnstone, who was taking part in David Brophy’s choir, featured in the TV programme, Unsung Heroes, spoke to Ray D’Arcy about her two sons Evan and Daniel, who both have special needs. Jane has been caring for her sons by herself since her husband, Rod, died six years ago. And Jane spoke to Ray again today. Like most of the country, Jane …