Liverpool hero, Liverpool superfan, and a £300 football boot gift

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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There are heroes, there are superheroes, and there are football superheroes. And Liverpool midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum has just become far more than just a football superhero to one young Liverpool devotee. His name is Paddy Mackessy, and he will have some tale to tell when he returns to his home in Limerick tomorrow. Actually, he told it to Ray D’Arcy …

Rebel resurgence‘Michael Cahalane in 2014 was told he would never play again…. He came on yesterday to get the winning goal.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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In 2014, Cork hurler, Michael Cahalane, developed a breathing issue, which increasingly impacted on his play. Following a series of tests, the condition of asthma was ruled out. So, he proceeded to further examination in the form of an ultrasound. The results of that ultrasound came as a serious shock. He was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and he had …

Orna Holland‘We used to get free bagels at Google. Now they’ll wash your dog, valet your car, cut your hair..’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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When Orna Holland told her boss at Microsoft that she was leaving the software giant to join a fledgling company in Dublin called Google, he responded in disbelief. “He was like ‘What is this company called Google and why leave Microsoft to go to this Google company?’ I’ve seen him since and we laugh about it.” It was 2004 and …

Communicating cancer to children‘Cancer is not scary word to a three-year-old.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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There have been so many media discussions over the years about how doctors communicate to patients, particularly when they have to communicate the diagnosis of a serious illness. This kind of communication is very much part of medical training these days, as you would expect. But for a parent, who receives that serious diagnosis, one of the most difficult conversations they …

The History Show“This is an investigator who is investigating the White House and he was just fired by the White House.”

As heard on The History Show

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When President Trump last week fired the Director of the FBI, many commentators made comparisons with the so-called ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ in 1973, when Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the Watergate Special Investigator.  David Fitzgerald, historian at UCC, joined Myles Dungan on The History Show to explain what that crisis was about, and how accurate the comparisons with today’s White …

Conor McPherson‘Bob really likes this and he wants you to do it.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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You know you’ve made it as a playwright when Bob Dylan’s people are wondering if you’d be interested in writing a new play using the Nobel laureate’s music and – after first fearing that it might be “one of those Mama Mia kind of things” – you give it careful consideration, and then you say, “no, don’t think so.” Mind …

Fidget Spinner Craze‘Sweet shops, restaurants you name it, they have fidget spinners in their windows.’

As heard on thebusiness

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock with no wifi for the past few months, you can’t have failed to notice that the Next Big Thing has hit, and it has hit hard.  The three-prong, spinning, stress-relieving toy known as the Fidget Spinner has taken the world by storm and spawned a five hundred million dollar business.  Originally intended to …

Cycling Innovation‘As a cyclist, it seems like there’s no way to avoid looking like a sleeping bag on wheels.’

As heard on thebusiness

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Every cyclist could benefits from improvements in technology. For instance, a force field to protect you from, ahem, reckless motorists would be great, but unfortunately, that might be a few years off yet. So, in the meantime, what can technology do right now to improve your commute if you’re a cyclist? The indefatigable Colette Kinsella – herself a keen cyclist …