Ronan‘Every kid that plays rugby dreams about playing in Lansdowne Road. But to get the opportunity to play in Croke Park, especially against the English.’

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It was one of the most historic sporting occasions in the history of this country and it took place on February 24th, 2007, 10 years ago today. Ireland versus England, a home fixture for this country against the old enemy, played on the hallowed turf of Croke Park, an occasion that would have been inconceivable in decades past. On Today …

Policing Authority chair‘We have a concern about the culture of the Gardaí. It’s not a concern that is new to the Authority.’

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Senior Garda management appeared before the Policing Authority yesterday afternoon. It was the first public appearance by the Garda Commissioner, Nóirín O’Sullivan, since allegations of a coordinated smear campaign against whistleblower Sergeant McCabe aired on Prime Time just over two weeks ago. Yesterday’s public meeting began with questions about the culture within An Garda Síochána. And speaking to Sean O’Rourke …

Sextortion‘They have sent a photo of themselves to somebody else, that person then tries to extort further photos or money from the young person.’

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Sexting – the sending or receiving of sexually explicit messages or images by text – is now the norm rather than the exception among young people. That’s according to the ISPCC who appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs yesterday. This morning, speaking to Sean O’Rourke, Grainia Long, Chief Executive of the ISPCC, outlined the scale of …

Enda Kenny leadership‘He’s making pure eejits out of them.’

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As certain ministerial heavyweights hold their cards close to their chests, waiting for the right play to maximise their chances of succeeding Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, three heavyweights in the field of political commentary had their say on the ongoing saga surrounding the Taoiseach’s departure. “He’s making pure eejits out of them. For anyone who wants to come after him, …

Skydiving in your 70s‘I made a few mistakes… like having a Panini before I went up.’

The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Today, Baz Ashmawy invited his mum, Nancy, and her newfound ‘partner in adventure’, Sr. Patricia Wall, into the studio where Ray D’Arcy normally sits. A studio exclusive!   Baz interviewed his mammy for the first time ever. And the reason why? As part of the 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy TV series, Nancy skydived out of an airplane, all …

Always a Bridesmaid‘You get to Christmas and Valentines and you think, please, not another ring.’

The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The actress Anna Kendrick recently told Seth Myers about a technique for avoiding something that comes to a lot of women by the time they reach their twenties: the dreaded bridesmaid role. “I feel I have potentially avoided making close female friends in the past for this reason,” she said, describing the process as “your friends putting on a little …

Cedric Gibbons‘He won 11 Oscars. He designed the Oscar statuette. And he’s an Irish man!’

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He won an extraordinary 11 Oscars, second in the all-time Oscar-winning list, only behind Walt Disney, who scored 22. He designed the Oscar statuette we know and love so well, back in 1928. And guess what? He was an Irish man! On Today with Sean O’Rourke, ahead of the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony this weekend, Olan McGowan introduced listeners to …

Motorists and cyclists in combat‘In that battle, there is only going to be one loser.’

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New politics might have introduced us to historic levels of cooperation between those old Civil War rivals, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. And in Northern Ireland, the Good Friday agreement might have brought together implacable old enemies like Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness. But when it comes to our roads, it seems an outbreak of peace between some cyclists and …