Christy Ring Documentary“He was an ordinary person doing extraordinary things on a Sunday.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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A much-anticipated documentary about Cork hurler Christy Ring was the subject of some lively chat on Today with Claire Byrne. Christy Ring: Man and Ball is made by Crossing The Line Films, the company behind The Game, a three-part series on the history of hurling. Paul Rouse, GAA historian and author of The Hurlers and Diarmuid O’Donovan, member of Ring’s old …

People who care“We see you, we hear you, we acknowledge you, we admire you.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Today’s Ryan Tubridy Show was all about people who care:  from the loving community in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital to the separated Dad of two thanking the VdeP for making Christmas easier this year. The famous Dad of two kicked off his show talking about how much fun he had on his (slightly surreal) virtual hospital visit. Because Ryan wasn’t able …

Big Budget Overspends“They cost at the time, more than the Trident nuclear missile programme. That’s how expensive they were.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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The world of government capital expenditure is not usually viewed as too exciting and, crucially, its budget estimates are generally seen as works of fiction. Just look at the new National Children’s Hospital, currently under construction in Dublin and running at something like three times its original budgeted cost (and counting). But it wasn’t always thus and even when it was, …

Dealing with Grief“It’s like an explosion because it’s just – the shock, you know?”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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What is it, Ryan Tubridy wants to know, that daughters do to dads, that’s like a magic spell they cast? He puts the question to Elle Gordon, staff editor of VIP magazine. Elle’s dad Trevor died earlier this year and she spoke to Ryan about dealing with grief in general and dealing with grief during a pandemic. Ryan’s question arises from Elle’s …

Remembering Brian Friel“That work has proved the most significant artistic collaboration of my career.”

As heard on sunday miscellany

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Just over five years since the death of Brian Friel, and 40 years since Field Day Theatre Company’s seminal production of his play Translations, the great playwright is remembered in a special programme on Sunday Miscellany. Here, theatre director Joe Dowling pays his tribute.   Urbs Antiqua Fuit As a stage-struck teenager in the 1960s, I saw every play that …

Early-Onset Dementia“Sometimes it was like being married to a stranger.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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During his conversation with Mike and Sinéad O’Rahilly, Ryan Tubridy asked Mike – who was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in 2017 – if he’s aware of gaps in his memory or if he “just goes day to day”. It’s a delicate question to ask a person with such a condition, but if he’s in any way miffed by it, Mike doesn’t show it, as he answers the question without …

Chilly Gonzales on Enya“It took me a while – maybe till my late 20s – till I could really own the fact that I loved music like Enya.” 

As heard on arena

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Grammy-winning Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales went down a lot of wrong paths, taste-wise, in his life, he told Seán Rocks on Arena, but Enya was not one of them. Indeed, as if to prove this, Chilly’s new book is actually called Enya and is subtitled A Treatise on Unguilty Pleasures. When Seán plays a little extract from the Donegal New Age queen’s chart-topping Orinoco Flow, Chilly remembers the young Gonzales being struck …

Blood in the Water“In Irish terms, this was Hungary’s 1916.”

As heard on sunday miscellany

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The tanks rumbled down Üllői Avenue into Budapest. Dawn was breaking. November 6th, 1956. Only 13 days before, the small nation of Hungary had successfully revolted against Russian oppression. In Irish terms, this was Hungary’s 1916. Now, the tanks, bearing the capital letters CCCP of the Soviet Union, were on a mission to smash this Hungarian revolution. That same day, …