Performance Artist Amanda Coogan ‘It’s in my DNA. I was brought up by two wonderful deaf people, my parents. So Irish sign language is my first language’

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Performance artist, Amanda Coogan has collaborated with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf, for a much-anticipated show in this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival ‘Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady’.  Amanda joined Seán Rocks on Arena to explain where it all began. “Formally three years ago in 2014 we collaborated for Fringe 2014 and we played in the project with …

Kenneth Egan‘Thank God I had boxing, I had sport it was so important to me…if I didn’t have that….I wouldn’t be alive today’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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“It’s okay not to be okay. If you’re struggling, pick up the phone and get help.” This is Olympic silver-medalist, politician and counsellor Kenneth Egan’s advice.  September is known as “Recovery Month”, a month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. Ahead of a free talk he will be giving …

Where have all the men gone? ‘Everything’s harder alone.’

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There’s a scene in Rob Reiner’s classic rom-com, When Harry Met Sally, where, having observed the near-breakdown of their still-dating friend, Harry, the newly-married Marie (Carrie Fisher) and Jess (Bruno Kirby) are lying in their marital bed. “Tell me I’ll never have to be out there again,” she says to him. To which he replies, “you will never have to …

Sahar Ali on her show, Saharcasm‘People in Ireland laugh and they joke about everything, no matter how serious it is. I think it’s a very Arab thing too’

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A new one woman show called Saharcasm, has come to town and it draws on, software developer and poet, Sahar Ali’s own experiences of living in Ireland and travelling back to Saudi Arabia, the country of her birth. Sahar joined Seán Rocks on Arena to tell him where it all evolved from. “I’m blogging for years but when I was …

Benny Andersson‘We all of a sudden realised that okay we have an audience now that knows there’s a band up here in Sweden that can do good recordings’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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‘If I strip everything off, all the old arrangements, I mean there are no lyrics…just me and the piano will there still be music in there?’ This was the beginning of Benny Andersson’s excursion into recording his new album simply called ‘Piano’, a journey through some of Abba’s most famous songs.  ‘I had a long list of songs that I …

Patsy Morrissey on Respite Care ‘We were 25 years married before we had a holiday’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The plight of carers in Ireland and the support they receive is one we are all aware of, however, it can sometimes take a single voice to focus on the harsh reality. Patsy Morrissey joined Sean O’Rourke to explain the impact changes in respite care in Enniscorthy have had on his family’s life.  Patsy and his wife Madeline have 4 children. …

Postman Pat wins Lotto ‘She started crying. She said, I can’t believe it, I’m so happy for you.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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If you play National Lottery games, what’s your numbers strategy? Do you let the computer randomly choose your numbers? Do you use your kids’ birthdays? Pat Broderick had a system: he has four children, so he used their ages, together with his wife’s and his own to give him his six numbers. Using ages meant that his numbers changed every …

iPhone X‘facial recognition tech that will work as an ID system and will also be able to map users’ expressions in to Emojis’

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Happy 10th birthday to the iPhone. Apple’s jewel in the crown smartphone has been in existence for a decade, and it’s expected that today will see the biggest single upgrade of the handset since its launch. On Morning Ireland, RTÉ’s technology correspondent Will Goodbody explained what can be expected from the iPhone X. It will cost in the region of $1,000, making …