An innocent man on death row.‘I turned towards being executed beautifully. I wanted to face my death with elegance.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice have given rise to some memorable works of fiction over the years, whether it’s The Fugitive TV series, and subsequent movie, Stephen King’s The Green Mile, or the much loved Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim Robbins. All too often, however, wrongful convictions are the stuff of real life. As recently as 2014, one study demonstrated …

The Road to Ruin‘In a financial panic, everyone wants their money back..’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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“In 1998, Wall Street bailed out the hedge funds. In 2008, the central banks bailed out Wall Street. In 2018 – if not sooner – who’s going to bail out the central banks?” Financial crises are cyclical and the next one is close, apparently. Not only that, but global elites have a secret plan for the next financial crisis. That’s …

Lee Child on his creation, Jack Reacher.‘A detective series where the detective commits more homicides than he solves.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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With over 100 million books sold, every 20 seconds, somebody, somewhere buys one of his books. But speaking to Ryan Tubridy this morning, there wasn’t a trace of arrogance from author, Lee Child, at having become one of the world’s most successful authors. If anything, the interview was dominated by the man’s sense of humour. And that humour was evident …

‘I’m not ashamed of what my life has been like. I’m not ashamed of anything I’ve done. It’s been my life.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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You’d imagine it would be the most extraordinary feeling. The feeling that you are, quite simply, the best there has ever been in your chosen field. It must be even more extraordinary when that accolade is not just internalised, arising from some misguided arrogance, but for your superlative genius to be acknowledged by all around you. This is most certainly …

Stefan Ahnhem, author of Victim Without a Face.‘Conflict. It’s in our DNA, I believe. If it wasn’t, we would have peace on earth.’

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That’s the rather grim assessment on human nature from Swedish screenwriter and author, Stefan Ahnhem, speaking this morning to Ryan Tubridy. It’s hard to argue with him, I guess. And for anybodyStefan Ahnhem who criticises this fascination with conflict and violence as a modern phenomenon, promoted and exploited by Hollywood movie moguls and opportunistic publishers, I would point them to …

Football legend, Ron Atkinson‘I left school at 15 and never worked since.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The list of well-known people who have ended, or nearly ended, their careers with ill-advised statements or actions is long and illustrious. Hugh Grant springs to mind, megastar actor, who nearly ended his career with a well-publicised liaison with Divine Brown. Remember that one? And with the United States election upon us, maybe some of you will remember the infamous …

Astronaut Mike Massimino on looking down at the Earth.‘This is what heaven must look like.’

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It’s been just over 55 years since the very first human, Yuri Gagarin, journeyed into outer space, setting in train a “space race” between the then Soviet Union and the United States of America, a race that was to burn with great intensity for the next decade. But, within a few years of the moon landing in 1969, that race …

The life of Irish aristocrat, Tara Browne.‘He blew his mind out in a car.’

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If somebody wrote a movie script about the life of Irish man, Tara Browne, it would be dismissed as beyond belief. His death in a car crash in 1966, at the age of 21, brought to an end the most extraordinary journey from his birthplace in Ireland, to the “seedy jazz clubs of Paris” in his teenage years, to London …