Frank McGuinness ‘I don’t write every day… but once I start I’m pretty ferocious.’

As heard on arena

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Studio One was filled with a wide-eyed and captive audience on Monday night for a very special live programme of Arena.  Sean Rocks was in conversation with Frank McGuinness, who he describes as “one of this country’s most respected and successful writers… probably best known for his writing for theatre from his 1982 debut, Factory Girls, through the multi-award winning …

Modular Houses‘The first meal in your new home, you don’t know what you’re going to make, or how to switch the cooker on.’

As heard on Drivetime

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As homelessness and the housing crisis rumble on, it seems that solutions are thin on the ground. In Dublin, the city council has recently completed estate of modular houses. Despite being billed as “rapid-build”, the construction of the houses was plagued by delays and missed deadlines. Drivetime reporter John Cooke visited St Helena’s Court in Finglas to talk to people …

Disability Discrimination ‘Basically we were barred for life because my son dropped food on the ground.’

As heard on liveline

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Anybody who has, or knows someone who has, a child with a disability will know that things don’t always go smoothly when you’re dining out. Any two and a half-year-old child, disabled or not, can be a handful and is more than capable of making a mess in a pub or restaurant. Joanne told Philip Boucher Hayes on Monday’s Liveline …

Sports Psychologist Kieran Shannon on Mayo defeat‘The simple answer is… they just have to go again’

As heard on Morning Ireland

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As Dublin celebrate their three-in-a-row of All-Ireland Football wins, it was impossible not to be moved by the awesome efforts of Mayo to try and clinch the title.  Mayo manager Stephen Rochford put it simply. ‘I couldn’t ask for any more from the lads’ On Morning Ireland, Gavin Jennings asked Kieran Shannon, Irish Examiner Columnist and Sports Psychologist “How do …

Saturday with Claire Byrne‘Without the capital base that the multinationals have given us, we would simply be Albania with brutal weather.’

As heard on Claire Byrne

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The economist David McWilliams has a history of correctly predicting the dire things that will befall Ireland if corrective or defensive action is not taken, so when he joined the panel on the first of a new series of Saturday with Claire Byrne at the weekend, there ought to have been plenty of politicians taking notes. Asked by the host …

JP Donleavey on The Gingerman‘One got interested in it and got frightened to publish it’

As heard on arena

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The death of acclaimed Irish–American author JP Donleavy has been announced. His most famous work ‘The Gingerman’, which was published in 1955, was originally banned in both Ireland and the US. Based on the time he spent as a student in Trinity College Dublin, it later became a cult classic. On Arena, Seán Rocks explored the archives playing a clip …

Jen Hogan‘I couldn’t understand this sadness. It started for me as soon as she was born.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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As the mother of seven children Jen Hogan has had a lot of opportunities to hone her parenting skills, so who better to write The Real Mum’s Guide to Surviving Parenthood.  Starting as a blogger on all things parenting, this is Jen’s first book and everything in the book she tells Ray is from her own experiences. Before she had …

Helen Zaltzman on Language‘Well, I think people do love a good swear’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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What makes a wordsmith tick? Ryan Tubridy had an entertaining chat with Helen Zaltzman, who explained what was behind her successful podcast series ‘The Allusionist’, which explores language, the different ways we use it, and why. Their chat covered a wide range of topics from Donald Trump’s Tweets, to the worst Swear words. (They kept it clean, don’t worry) On …