Marguerite Penrose“It’s not good enough to presume everybody thinks you’re not a racist. That doesn’t work anymore.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Ryan Tubridy concluded what he called his “trilogy” of meeting “amazing young Irish people” on Wednesday, when he spoke to Marguerite Penrose (the other parts of the trilogy being musician Dave McCabe and boxer Kellie Harrington). Marguerite has dealt with many challenges in her life, including medical issues and racism. She has overcome her medical issues for the most part and now she’s taking on racism in Ireland. The phrase …

Racism in Ireland“If you told yourself you weren’t black, then you weren’t the n-word.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The late Christine Buckley campaigned for more than 25 years for victims of abuse in industrial schools in Ireland and her son Conor Buckley, talking to Ryan Tubridy on Tuesday, said he believed she would have been to the forefront of the protests supporting Black Lives Matter in recent weeks, if she was still with us. Conor had a very …

Toppling History“People are focused on the future on one level, but sometimes that involves reinventing the past.””

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Historian Donal Fallon has the right phrase for any and everything Ryan Tubridy throws at him, even when it’s an existential enquiry like, “What is a statue?” Ryan opted to get to the bottom of the recent spate of statue-topplings that have sprung up following the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests. And he wanted to start the investigation at the …

Ellie Kisyombe“I am very angry. I am very confused.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has reverberated across the US and the story of the protests that followed the killing has dominated the news cycle for the past few days. On Tuesday’s Ray D’Arcy Show, writer and activist Ellie Kisyombe spoke about her experience as a black woman living in Ireland, the death of George Floyd …