Manchán Magan“It’s been the most important thing in my life. I would not be who I was today had I not had the opportunity to live in these places.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Manchán Magan didn’t just love flying, he adored it. Not so much the time spent in the sky, but the unparalleled experiences it afforded him, enriching him as a person and forming an integral part of his career as a documentary maker and travel writer. “It’s been the most important thing in my life. I would not be who I …

Children with Autism“It’s not a label. Tins of beans have a label. It’s a diagnosis.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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On Tuesday, Ray D’Arcy invited two women into studio to speak about their experiences as parents of children living with autism. We heard from blogger and mum of three Fay Hayden, whose 11-year old son Patrick is living with autism, she’s also mum to 13 year old Saoirse and 6 year old Erin; and Elaine Healy, mum to 8 year …

Author Andrea Mara“People don’t understand why you  would spend all your time sitting at your laptop trying to solve cold cases.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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If you’ve ever wondered if an owl could fly into a house and kill an adult woman while her husband sipped wine in the garden, or if a teacher really did bury his wife under a swimming pool, or if you know what the Nisha call is, then you’re probably a true crime addict and possibly fancy yourself as a …

Judy Collins“I never got involved with him romantically, thank you God – there is a God!”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Judy Collins is the reason why Leonard Cohen became a singer. Yes, that obscure Canadian poet thought he had a terrible voice until Judy convinced him otherwise, as she told Ray D’Arcy this afternoon. The pair met in New York in 1966 when Judy was then the better-known artist, on the way to recording her 6th album. A mutual friend, Mary …

McAuley Place“I just said there has to be a different way for them and for us.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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It’s always a bad idea to get Ryan Tubridy started on cake. There’s just no stopping him: Banana bread but without the walnuts, either Pavlova or Victoria sponge will do, as long as the cream is super-fresh, either coffee or chocolate Swiss Roll are acceptable, but it’s the classic jam version he’s really after. Marguerite Sloan made the mistake this morning …

Eating Disorders“It’s a demon, it’s a demon that takes over everyone.”

As heard on liveline

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Conversations about battling, beating and living with eating disorders  have featured prominently on Liveline this week. One voice that’s seldom heard is that of male sufferers. 36-year old Emmet spoke to Joe Duffy on Thursday about his experiences living with anorexia aligned with orthorexia. Emmet told Joe he was happy the topic was being aired, as it affects so many more …

Communication Technology“Can you imagine knowing everything you want to say inside your head, but not being able to say it out loud?”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Danny Millar is currently doing a Performing Arts Course at the National Learning Network’s Roslyn Park College, having completed a TV and Video Production course earlier. He wants to work in the film industry and is a big fan of Quentin Tarantino. So why is he on The Ryan Tubridy Show? Danny has diplegia cerebral palsy, which restricts his ability …

Gluten-Free“So many more people are buying gluten-free products now than actually need them.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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A new report from Safe Food has revealed that 90% of people who buy gluten-free foods do not have a gluten-related disorder or celiac disease. They buy these products in the mistaken belief that they’re lower in fat and sugar and will help them lose weight. Regular Today programme dietician, Louise Reynolds, from the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, spoke …