Authors recommend summer reads‘I couldn’t put it down.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Authors Paul Lynch and Patricia Gibney joined Ryan Tubridy in studio this morning to share their summer reading recommendations and to discuss their latest novels, which Ryan has chosen as two of his favourite books of the year. Paul’s novel, Grace, features a teenage protagonist. “Grace is a 14-year-old girl who wakes up one morning to find herself being dragged out of bed by her mother. She has …

Domestic abuse and coercive control ‘It’s very difficult to tell women when they’ve met a man who behaves like the prince that we’re all supposed to be looking for… that actually you need to be careful’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Domestic abuse can take many forms and one of the most insidious is coercive control, which is defined as ongoing psychological behaviour with the purpose of removing a victim’s freedom.  It has been a crime in the UK for some years and has just come into law in Ireland.  Miriam O’Callaghan was joined by Davina James-Hanman, an independent consultant specialising in violence …

Letters from the Gaeltacht‘The chicks are a disappointment so far.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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On yesterday’s show, Ryan Tubridy shared a little piece of his childhood, reading out a letter he had written to his father from the Connemara Gaeltacht as a 14-year-old. Inspired by the slice of nostalgia, listeners had a root around for some letters of their own. Jean Burke wrote to the show saying she had found a particularly “world-weary” missive from her 13-year-old son Robert, written in 1996. While Ryan …

Coppers Face Jacks the musical ‘It’s a love across the divide…  between a very innocent young woman from Kerry… (and) the captain of the GAA football team who is also in his day job a car clamper.’

As heard on arena

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It had to happen.  It was only a matter of time before Dublin’s most notorious night club got its own stage show.  Paul Howard of Ross O’Carroll Kelly fame put pen to paper and brought Copper Face Jacks to the stage in the form of a musical.  Helen Meany joined Sean Rocks on Arena to give us a flavour of …

Space dreams‘I realised that I’d actually really disappointed myself in not really actually going for the thing I really wanted most in life… a career in space’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The Festival of Curiosity is “a cultural feast of science, arts, design and technology” which takes place 19th to 22nd July in 14 venues across Dublin.  Miriam O’Callaghan was joined by Dr Niamh Shaw who will be appearing at the festival, who combines her space dreams with her love of theatre and creates unique shows that thrill and educate at …

Caring for family members‘It’s not miserable, it’s not sad but it’s tough.’

As heard on RTÉ Radio 1

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“In many ways, a family is a safety net of care that protects us against the ups and downs of life but every week, almost 200,00 of us give more than 6 million hours of care to meet the extra needs of those dearest to us.”  So says Brenda Donohue on this weeks Like Family (Wednesdays 10pm, RTÉ Radio 1) that focusses on …

A 14-year-old Ryan Tubridy writes home from Irish college ‘This morning we had to shift three quarter tonnes of turf into the shed.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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It’s a memory most of us can relate to – stone walls, drizzly weather and spaghetti hoops on toast.  As secondary school students all over the country head off to the Gaeltacht this summer, Ryan took us back to his own time in Irish college in 1987 via letters he sent to his late dad when he was 14 and …

The Royal Visit“We’re hoping to meet them for tea and biscuits.“

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to land in Dublin this afternoon for their first official overseas visit since they took up their respective titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex 7 weeks ago. It’s a packed schedule covering 24 hours. Reporter Evelyn O’Rourke spoke to Miriam O’Callaghan from Dublin’s College Green, where preparations are being made for the …