Brendan Gleeson‘You should never get so old that you forget what it’s like to be a kid’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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There’s a familiar face in the upcoming film sequel featuring everybody’s favourite marmalade-loving Peruvian bear. Brendan Gleeson joined Ray on the line on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about playing the role of ‘Knuckles’ McGinty in Paddington 2. In recalling how he got involved in the project, Brendan explained that he wasn’t familiar with the movies initially but quickly grew to love the script. “I hadn’t seen the first film so …

Struggle with sleep?‘You’re going 24/7…commuting longer…striking the balance is difficult.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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As Ray D’Arcy put it on the show today: “Sleep – we all do it.” But some listeners are struggling to get quality sleep. Ray asked Dr John Garvey, Consultant Respiratory Physician at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Audrey Russell, Senior Sleep Physiologist (also at St. Vincent’s) to come on the show to try to help listeners with their sleep-related problems. First things first, how important is quality sleep? John explained …

Promotion or Junket?“People have a right to question whether it’s value for money.”

As heard on liveline

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When the Department of Foreign Affairs pays for someone to go abroad to promote Ireland and its culture – is that a legitimate use of its budget? Many people might be of the opinion that, at a time of crisis in the health service and record numbers of homeless, such funds could be better used for other, worthier, purposes. Eamon …

RTÉ Weather Week at The Bonn Climate Conference‘This is the defining issue of the 21st Century.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Today, as part of RTÉ Weather Week, Sean O’Rourke hears the latest from Bonn where the Climate Conference is currently underway.  He was joined by Professor John Sweeney of Maynooth University and Cormac Ó Raifeartaigh, physicist in WIT and science writer for The Irish Times to dissect the latest findings and discussions. Cormac explains the aim of the meeting. “The watershed was two years ago in Paris …

Finbarr Filan on Bankruptcy‘One year you got a big slab of smoked salmon… a a Christmas present and the next year you got a High Court summons’ 

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Finbarr Filan, the brother of Westlife singer Shane Filan, opened up to Sean O’Rourke about his eleven year battle with the banks.  He was in court last week to finalise his bankruptcy to the tune of fifteen million euro and he is keen now to encourage others who find themselves in financial hot water to come to terms with their …

Celine Byrne‘There was never a kind of an idea that when I was footing the turf that one day I’d be an opera singer.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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It’s a glamorous life, jet-setting around the world, arriving from Saint Petersburg late of an evening, an appearance on The Ryan Tubridy Show the next day, galas, performances, the release of a new single, but singing sensation Celine Byrne keeps it real and takes it all in her stride.  It’s far from the opera that she was raised, she tells …

Winter Papers Anthology‘Troubled times for a country tend to be very interesting times creatively’

As heard on arena

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It’s not often you find fiction, non-fiction, photography, poetry and writings on film and dance featured in the one anthology and expect it to make sense. But that’s exactly what Winter Papers set out to achieve. Describing it as a “labour of love” by writer Kevin Barry and co-editor Olivia Smyth, Sean Rocks introduced Barry and writers Sarah Baume, Paul Lynch, Jessica Traynor and Mary Morrissey on Arena to talk about Winter Papers, which is now in its third …

‘Gay teachers…that’s an absolute foreign concept to me…that’s not something that would ever be talked about’

As heard on Drivetime

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70% of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender  (LGBT) people do not feel safe at school, according to research. This week is Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week which aims to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying. It will take place in schools and youth services around the country. Mary Wilson spoke with Katie about her own personal experience of bullying and coming out …