Family Friction“When we come together as a collective… we kind of transcend ourselves in a little way.”

As heard on Drivetime

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In the third and concluding part of his Drivetime series, Dr Paul D’Alton talks to Mary Wilson about family friction over the holiday period, a time of year that, he says, is so important and so significant for many people. “People at end of life will hang on over the next few days to spend that Christmas, to be alive …

Christmas in Direct Provision“If I could wish for one thing this Christmas, just get out of here.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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For many people this Christmas, there will be no kitchen table, no living room and no Christmas tree. As part of a series, Today with Sean O’Rourke reporter Brian O’Connell has been spending time with families who won’t be in their own homes this Christmas. For this morning’s programme, Brian met with two families in Direct Provision. “We know that …

Discovering an affair‘Once that doubt is there, we’re in big, big trouble.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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The festive season can be a difficult time of year for some, with close quarters and emotions running high leading to family arguments, relationships ending and new relationships beginning. Tony Moore is a psychotherapist and couples’ counsellor. He has written an article in The Herald claiming that Christmas is prime time for affairs. And not just on TV. He joined Ray on the line on The Ray D’Arcy Show. Tony explained that things often …

Not Just for Christmas‘At this point in time, we just don’t get surprised anymore.’

As heard on Morning Ireland

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A dog, we’re told repeatedly, is for life, not just for Christmas. But what about a lizard, or a snake? On  Morning Ireland, Elaine Keogh visited the National Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Co Meath, where she spoke to Kevin Cunningham. He told Elaine – while Sonny the Senegal parrot made himself at home on her head – that the exotic …

Caller Bridget talks to Joe“Can you tell me your name?” “This is Joe Duffy.” “What?!”

As heard on liveline

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Most callers on Liveline know that Joe has helped people in the past and hope that he can help them too. Sometimes they want to be put in touch with somebody who can assist. Sometimes they just want someone to listen. But they tend to have one thing in common – they know they’re on the radio. Bridget from Limerick and her husband Packie were looking forward to …

Vegetarian Christmas‘They’re not just little sides. You can make a showpiece of them.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Lynda Booth from Dublin Cookery School joined Marian on The Marian Finucane Show to give listeners a taste of some of her favourite vegetarian recipes for Christmas dinners. And it’s not just vegetarians who are going meat-free this year. Lynda told Marian that there’s been a change across the board. “A lot of people don’t necessarily want to go vegetarian but they actually reduce …

Non-Christmassy Films at Christmas“It’s kind of like the films we expect to see and some of them are not very Christmassy at all.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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And then it was December. (How did that happen?) So the mention of Christmas is now permitted. While Ryan went off to prepare for the Late Late Toy Show, Dave Fanning filled in for him and brought Paul Whittington with him. Paul’s the Film Critic with the Irish Independent and he joined Dave to talk about movies at Christmas. Not …

Car park etiquette this Christmas.‘In the shopping centre car park, it’s close contact. It’s not a place for the squeamish…’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Videos of the urban combat that can sometimes characterise so-called ‘Black Friday’ fly around the internet at this time of year. And Black Friday is only the beginning of the shopping mayhem that marks the Christmas shopping period, as each December descends on us. Why do we do it? The lyrics of every Christmas song talk about peace, love and …