Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary‘The librarian was being introduced to me and she actually curtsied.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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John Simpson spent 20 years as Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Now retired, he joined Miriam O’Callaghan on the line from London ahead of his appearance at the West Cork Literary Festival to talk about a lifetime of choosing his words carefully. Working with words was not his childhood dream, John says. He thinks he would have been more enamoured with the idea of …

Jane Hawking ‘(Stephen) just clammed up at any mention of Motor Neuron Disease and…  That really became an almost unbridgeable barrier between us.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Author, academic and wife of Stephen Hawking for 30 years, Jane Hawking spoke to Ryan Tubridy about the joys and challenges of their life together.  “I met Stephen at a New Year’s party in 1963… and I had the feeling that this young man was going to become part of my life,” she said.  Just weeks later, Stephen was diagnosed …

Two former Rugby captains on Ireland's future‘Are we going to be the best in the world?’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Ray D’Arcy has taken to the water on a tour of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands on his show this week. Today, he was joined on his floating studio in Dromineer, Tipperary by two former Irish Rugby captains for a chat about the future of the game in Ireland. Fiona Steed played for the Irish Women’s Rugby team for 10 years, was capped 62 times and took up the role of …

Parenting‘You deal with any kind of questions about death… very matter-of-factly with a three-year-old so you’ll say things like yes, everybody’s going to die but most people don’t die until they’re very, very old.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Imaginary friends, all-too-real tantrums and a fascination with death – clinical psychologist David Coleman joined Miriam O’Callaghan to answer listener’s questions about their kids. A mum contacted the show explaining that her 3-year-old has not only 4 imaginary friends but also an imaginary dog.  David says that she is worrying about nothing, literally. “I don’t think the mum has anything …

Bringing your partner to gigs‘Why do these people go to concerts when they have no interest in them?’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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‘Please leave your reluctant partners at home‘. A Ryan Tubridy Show listener had a quandary for Ryan this morning. Liz Murphy from Mayo attended the Michael Bublé concert in Croke Park on Saturday night and while she thought the show was “spectacular”, she noticed that not everyone was enjoying themselves as much as she was. Liz wrote noticed several people, mostly men, who she assumed had been …

Waking the Feminists: gender equality in Irish theatre‘I wasn’t aware of it enough to be shocked and to take action’ 

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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In 2016, a grassroots movement called #WakingTheFeminist was formed to protest against the largely male-dominated line up of the Abbey theatre’s centenary programme. On Monday 9th July, ten companies will publish policies which seek to make gender equality a reality.  Garry Hynes, Artistic Director of Druid Theatre, spoke on The Marian Finucane Show about these policies and the changes taking place in organisations. …

Drake's new album, Scorpion“The guy can do no wrong.”

As heard on arena

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8Radio’s Simon Maher and Hotpress Magazine’s Róisín Dwyer dropped by the Arena studio to deliver their verdict on the much-discussed and debated new studio album from Canadian rapper Drake, entitled Scorpion. It’s Drake’s 5th album and has a whopping 25 tracks, with an A-side and B-side. But is it any good? Róisín reckons Drake is continuing a winner’s streak. “The guy can do nothing wrong since his first album in 2010, Thank Me Later, debuted at number 1 at the Billboard Top 100. Since …

Documentary on OneBlonde Hair, Blue Eyes

As heard on Documentary On One

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In October 2013, a blonde child with blue eyes was removed from a Roma camp in Greece by authorities and given the pseudonym ‘Maria’. The assumption was that the adults she was in the company of were not her parents but her abductors. Days later, two more children with blonde hair and blue eyes were taken into State care. This time, in …