The story behind the ring‘The fact he had a child that died, and he didn’t tell me? That’s hugely traumatic.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Have you ever thought, looking at an item for sale on a classified ad, ‘I wonder what the story is behind this item for sale?’ Think about it. The extraordinary range of items people are selling, many of them hugely personal. Items purchased, probably brand-new, which meant the world at the time to somebody, but now find themselves parting company …

Digital Detox‘I would wake up and scroll through Twitter for ages, literally doing nothing.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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If you have a smartphone, chances are you spend a lot of time texting, tweeting, updating and scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. And if you’re one of those people, it’s likely you’ve developed habits that are distracting, time consuming and anxiety-inducing. But don’t worry, help is at hand.  Assistant News Editor at Journal.ie, Aoife Barry, joined Marty Morrissey on The Ryan Tubridy …

Late Debate‘Senior teachers could have had pay parity if they took a decrease in their pay’

As heard on The Late Debate

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Why didn’t senior teachers take a greater decrease in their pay when they negotiated the  Lansdowne Road Agreement in order to ensure there was pay parity with new teachers? And why don’t they take a decrease now? In a proposal that likely to go down like a lead balloon among the three teachers unions meeting this week, Fine Gael Councillor …

Martin McGuinness’s Headstone“It re-traumatised me because I’ve had to live with the murder of my father ever since.”

As heard on liveline

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Readers of this page may recall former President Mary McAleese’s tribute to Martin McGuinness when he passed away just over one month ago. ‘Thank you,’ she said, speaking on RTÉ Radio. ‘Thank you for helping to construct a future that our grandchildren can look forward to.’ In the intervening period, the legacy of the former Northern Ireland Assembly Deputy First …

Britain’s Prince Harry on Childhood Bereavement‘I’ve Been Close to a Complete Breakdown on Numerous Occasions.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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In August this year, it will be 20 years since Diana, the People’s Princess, died in a car crash in Paris. Her son Harry was just 12 years old at the time. In a remarkably frank interview with Bryony Gordon of The Telegraph – who is doing a series of podcasts of people with mental health issues – the now-32 …

A 30-Year Old Murder Solved‘When he was found guilty last week, he started to cry.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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If you commit a crime and spend nearly 30 years living your normal life, entirely unpunished, does that mean you got away with it? John Joseph Malone of Newpark, Kilkenny was found guilty last Thursday of the murder of Ann “Nancy” Smyth on 11 September 1987 at her home on Wolfe Tone Street, Kilkenny. He was given a life sentence. …

‘She can dress it up any way she likes, but this is for naked Tory advantage.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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There are times, producing a live radio programme, when you look at your running order for the day ahead and you think to yourself, at any moment, this document could be going in the bin. Anything could happen in the next two hours. Today was one of those days on Today with Sean O’Rourke. As news emerged that the British …

Colm Cooper‘Tomás was having a few pints in Dingle, I was having a few pints in Killarney. We didn’t exactly kill anyone’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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It’s been a “rollercoaster” few weeks for Colm Cooper, whose retirement from inter county football came one week before Kerry’s win over Dublin in the League final. “It was quite strange watching the boys in the League final against Dublin, not being part of it for the first time in 15 years,” he said. Colm was Marty Morrissey’s guest on …