Anna Lee Dowling“Someone was going to find me and look after me.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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The challenge on Twitter simply said, “Tell me a decision that changed the trajectory of your life.” Further stipulations meant respondents couldn’t say choosing their faith, getting married, or having a child. So. What would your answer be? NUI Galway Law student Anna Lee Dowling tweeted an answer that was pretty memorable: “Someone found baby me in a train station in China so instead of dying I ended …

Lola's Lampshades“I’m a happier person now that what I was beforehand.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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When Aoife O’Donoghue was doing up her sitting room in 2015, she had the fabulous curtains and she wanted a pink lampshade to complete the room. Could she find some? She could not. So, Aoife told Ryan Tubridy, she thought she’d make them herself. In fact, she thought the whole lampshades-that-aren’t-cream area looked like a pretty good business opportunity. But, as a single mother …

Dr Harry Barry“When change comes, it’s often sudden and it often blows our minds.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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None of us really like change, do we? That’s the question Claire Byrne puts to GP Harry Barry, who’s talking about his new book, Embracing Change. And Harry agrees: no, we hate change. But why does change destabilise us so much? According to Harry, not only are we pretty emotionally set in our ways, but our brains are wired to be wary of change:  “If we’re honest with ourselves, all of …

GunPlotEpisode 6 – Closing In

As heard on Documentary On One

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Closing In: Lies, spies, and betrayal led to the defining political scandal of modern Ireland. What happened to the truth? Questions still remain… GunPlot: A new 8-part podcast series and TV documentary from RTÉ. Attempts continue to bring black market sub-machine guns and pistols into Ireland. But when an Irish policeman is shot on the streets of Dublin, everything changes. And …

Hitchhiking“It probably will never return to its glory days.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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When was the last time you hitchhiked your way across the USA (or anywhere, for that matter)? When was the last time (if ever) you picked up a hitchhiker? It’s a way of getting around that’s been fading away for a long, long time and Today with Claire Byrne reporter Brian O’Connell decided to pose the question, has the pandemic finally killed off hitchhiking in Ireland? When asked …

Dr Deirdre Lundy on Menopause“There are so many people who are not being helped, who could easily be helped.”

As heard on liveline

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For more than a week, listeners to Liveline have heard the stories of women in Ireland going through menopause and the majority of them have not had happy stories to tell. Women have spoken of being fobbed off by doctors, misdiagnosed, insulted and, in so many cases, left to suffer needlessly. Talking to Joe Duffy on Tuesday, Ann recounted what a GP said to her when she presented with …

Nurse Betty Healy“She was captured at one stage by the Vietcong.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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On International Nurses Day, Ray Tubridy spoke to Ken Healy, whose mother, Betty, was awarded the Florence Nightingale medal for Nursing by the International Red Cross in 1967. This was, of course, a tremendous achievement for Betty, but, impressive as it is, it doesn’t really reflect the extraordinary work she did as a nurse in unprecedented conditions for an Irish nurse. By the …

GunPlotEpisode 5 – Deeper

As heard on Documentary On One

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Deeper: Lies, spies, and betrayal led to the defining political scandal of modern Ireland. What happened to the truth? Questions still remain… GunPlot: A new 8-part podcast series and TV documentary from RTÉ. The hunt for guns leads to a meeting in Antwerp with a shady arms dealer. The Minister for Defence issues a directive that could lead to an invasion …