“Extradition wouldn’t even be considered at this stage, I would think.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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John Delaney can rest easy for now, according to barrister Kieran Kelly, who is an expert in extradition law. Speaking on the Today programme with Keelin Shanley, he said it’s unlikely Mr Delaney will be forced to board a plane to Rio de Janeiro anytime soon, to answer questions in relation to the Brazilian police inquiry into alleged illegal selling of Olympic …

“Helen Mirren and I didn’t get on at all”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Sir Michael Parkinson has interviewed over 2000 people over his 50 year career. His most memorable of those interviewees? “The women.” So said the legendary broadcaster, speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio 1 today. Now, if you’re one of the many Facebook users who have seen the viral video of Parkinson’s 1975 interview with Helen Mirren, described variously by …

“I’d love to see Batman with a hurley in his hand; any chance of that?”

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KAPOW! SPLAT! BOOM! “There’s been a robbery; they’ve robbed an Irish bar called O’Herlihy’s or O’Malley’s or Shennanigans. “Batman’s called in. “There are two people; they’re falling out of the front of the bar. Blood, guts, the whole lot. “There’s an Irish named cop with a bad American accent going, ‘Hey Batman, what are we going to do with ye …

“I was only 15. My parents … got a phone call from the school saying “Margaret hasn’t been here for about a month.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Every significant event in your teenage years seems at the time to be the most momentous, life changing, earth-shattering crossroads imaginable. That first kiss, that first falling out with your best friend from primary school, that first job interview. And, in the case of the Leaving Certificate, that feeling is not something you experience simply on a personal level. The …

“It was not only that she saved my life, I have a six-year-old son that I never would have had if I hadn’t had a bone marrow transplant.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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What an extraordinarily uplifting story on the Ryan Tubridy show this morning. Andrea Anderson, an American woman, survivor of childhood leukaemia, now 31 years of age, with the last 18 of those years lived healthily, thanks to the generosity of a mysterious Irish stranger, who she has never met. But all that is, hopefully, about to change. “I had been …

“You can have income coming from different types of jobs, you can do a few gigs at the same time.”’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The predictions game is notoriously hazardous, especially when it comes to future trends in society and economy.  Remember how we were told we would all have so much free time, because computers would do all the work?  Remember Western Union predicting in 1876 that the telephone had too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication? (Too …

“I took the dog out for a walk, I came home and she had hung herself. That started a whole new cycle of grief.”

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Dealing with bereavement, particularly a family bereavement, is an emotionally fraught experience.  But as all too many families know, bereavement following suicide carries its own unenviable trauma. Speaking to Ryan Tubridy this morning, Vickey Curtis told the nation of her experience with two such bereavements, exactly 10 years apart. Aged just 19, she lost her much-loved mother to cancer.  And …

“There is one particular popular T-shirt. Luke Skywalker with a pint of Guinness and a puffin.”

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The FORCE is most definitely with The Kingdom. Of course, if your surname is Healy Rae, that will come as absolutely no news. But for those of you doubters out there, it looks like all that talk of a potential Star Wars tourism boost to County Kerry has actually come to fruition. On the Today programme with Keelin Shanley, reporter Brian O’Connell …