Where to Start with Matisse“You just get blown away first and foremast by the vibrancy of the colour.”

As heard on arena

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Posters of the work of a certain cohort of auteur and artist are perennially found plastered on the walls of rental accommodation or student digs, but on Tuesday night’s Arena, Conor O’Callaghan was on hand to help contextualise the work of one of these ubiquitous artists – Henri Matisse. “If you go and see a Matisse in the original you …

GunPlotEpisode 3 – Plan B

As heard on Documentary On One

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Plan B: Lies, spies, and betrayal led to the defining political scandal of modern Ireland. What happened to the truth? Questions still remain… GunPlot: A new 8-part podcast series and TV documentary from RTÉ. A secret plan by members of the Irish Government to import guns into Ireland begins to come together. But forces are gathering in the wings to scupper …

Raising a Deaf Child“This country, that I love with my heart, my soul, my being, doesn’t want my son.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Twins Calum and Donnacha were born in November 2008, but it wasn’t until 2011 that the twins’ parents found out that Calum was deaf. Dad Andrew Geary spoke to Ryan Tubridy about Calum and how it’s been, raising a deaf child in 21st-century Ireland. One thing that’s changed since Calum was born is that all babies are now screened. Calum, Andrew …

Gut Health Challenge “Just literally write a chart, one to thirty.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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When it comes to our diet, most of us know we should be eating better – less meat, more seafood, more plant-based foods. It’s still something of a shock, though, to hear the latest health advice that says we should be eating thirty different fruit and vegetables over the course of a week to make sure our mortal engines are operating at peak efficiency. That’s thirty. Three-zero. …

Healthcare Workers' Choir“This is the choir where I’m making it up as we go along, because we can’t rehearse.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Renowned conductor David Brophy is forming a choir of people who work in various healthcare settings, he told Ryan Tubridy. A healthcare workers’ choir. Why? He’s seen the power of singing and what it does when people come together to sing:   “And I kind of feel if there’s ever a group of people on this island who need something positive after what they’ve been through, …

Meditation Memoir“I feel that meditation is kind of like a radical encounter with yourself.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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When two Kildare men get to talking about life, the universe and everything, the results can be interesting for anyone listening in. So, it was when Ray D’Arcy spoke to writer Conor Creighton about his new book, the meditation memoir This Is It. Although they had some things in common, there were definitely many things they came at from very different places. They started talking on more or less …

Pandemic Sleep Problems“Nearly all of us will have experienced one or all of those symptoms.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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If nothing else, the decades-long pandemic we’re all living through has given us a plethora of new words for our previously-stale vocabularies. And when Claire Byrne spoke to Andrew Coogan, Behavioural Neuroscientist and Director of the Chronobiology and Sleep Research Laboratory at Maynooth University, about the growing numbers of people experiencing pandemic sleep problems, some juicy new words were included. Chronobiology, for starters, but also Coronasomnia. And …

GunPlotEpisode 2 – Invasion

As heard on Documentary On One

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Invasion: Lies, spies, and betrayal led to the defining political scandal of modern Ireland. What happened to the truth? Questions still remain… GunPlot: A new 8-part podcast series and TV documentary from RTÉ. August 1969 – As tensions continue to rise, the Irish Army is hurriedly moved to the border of Northern Ireland. Is this a sign that Ireland is going …