GunPlotEpisode 8 – The Trial

As heard on Documentary On One

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The Trial: 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 stunning period in Irish life comes to a climax. Four men stand before the High Court, charged with conspiring to import arms and ammunition illegally into …

Famine Memorial“I’ve been working on this project for about the last 15 years.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Regular listeners to the Ryan Tubridy Show will be familiar with the host’s interest in history and, especially the Famine. Ryan returned to the subject on Friday morning, when he spoke to artist Paula Stokes about her remarkable art project for the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park, Co Roscommon. Meath-born Paula has lived in Seattle since the 90s and she’s been working on her famine-related piece for quite a while. That artwork – 1845: Memento Mori, a Famine memorial – can now be …

Living with Mental Illness“It’s quite terrifying not knowing what’s wrong with you.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Author Sophie White was asked by Claire Byrne why she wrote her article ‘I have what she had’ – a title that references Deirdre Morely, who was recently found not guilty of the murder of her three children by reason of insanity. Sophie, who was last year diagnosed as suffering from Bipolar II, wanted to highlight the fact that many people with mental health issues – particularly mothers – …

National Ambulance Service“We had to look at a new way of working.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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There’s a lot of detail in Ryan Tubridy’s compelling chat with outgoing National Ambulance Service director Martin Dunne, but surely the most shocking revelation is the fact that the difference between the siren on the old white ambulances going nee-naw or just nee actually had nothing at all to do with the relative seriousness of the emergency, but was rather down to a design flaw.  “You used to have the sirens go …

Lockdown sleep “The reason we use an alarm clock is we’re not ready to wake up yet.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Now that many of us are re-entering the workplace, bleary-eyed, squinting at the light and searching for respectable pants, the snooze button will have to become a thing of the past. As will napping. And wearing pyjamas to meetings. The Lockdown did a number on our sleep patterns and it seems the return to “normal” life is going to do …

GunPlotEpisode 7 – Implosion

As heard on Documentary On One

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Implosion: 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. The country is about to wake up to some shocking news. The plan to secretly import weapons is blown wide open and the dominoes are about to start …

Unseasonal Weather“I think we have the perfect weather conditions here in Ireland.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Meteorologists are, of course, scientists and this is presumably what enables them to calmly use phrases like “a little unseasonal”, when the rest of us are standing at the bus stop, outraged, drenched through, watching wheelie bins flying through the air. As the merry, merry month of May has given us sunshine and yellow rain and wind warnings, and Thursday in particular seemed like a day beamed in from November, it was appropriate that Today with Claire Byrne had …

Anna Lee Dowling“Someone was going to find me and look after me.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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The challenge on Twitter simply said, “Tell me a decision that changed the trajectory of your life.” Further stipulations meant respondents couldn’t say choosing their faith, getting married, or having a child. So. What would your answer be? NUI Galway Law student Anna Lee Dowling tweeted an answer that was pretty memorable: “Someone found baby me in a train station in China so instead of dying I ended …