The Middle Place“I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was a bit like, what’s going on here, you know? Why’s my life in a book?”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The truth, as the cliché goes, is stranger than fiction. And when fiction seems to predict actual events, it can get downright – well, everyone seems to agree that surreal seems to be the perfect word to describe it. Writer Kealan Ryan finished writing his book, The Middle Place, in 2014 but it wasn’t published until March this year. When …

Eddie Cahill on Art over Crime‘I knew I was giving this up. I just needed another goal.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Eddie Cahill, brother of art heist criminal ‘The General’ Martin Cahill joined Ryan Tubridy to speak about his life and the impact that becoming an artist has had on him. At the age of 13, he was sent to Letterfrack Industrial School in Connemara, something which, he says had a big impact on the direction his life went. “If you …

Assault in Navan ‘It’s horrifying that this can happen in this day and age.’

As heard on liveline

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Navan, the county town of Meath, is Ireland’s fifth-largest town with a population of 31,689. It’s described by Tripadvisor as ‘the gateway to the Heritage Capital of Ireland’. The recently-elected Lord Mayor of the town, Tommy Reilly, must have expected that he would be enjoying his new role, representing and promoting the town as a public representative. Instead, this afternoon, …

Out and about with the Garda traffic corps in Ennis.

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Reporter Brian O’Connell has been out and about around the country, following An Garda Síochana as they police our roads. In today’s report, the third in the series, Brian visited Ennis, County Clare, to see what a typical night is like for a public order unit in the town. In the company of Sergeant Kieran Crowley, he discovered a good …

‘They wanted me to meet down an alleyway in Southill with €750, on my own, no one around. I started laughing’

As heard on liveline

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It’s a story that will inevitably prompt alternate emotions of outright rage and deep sympathy. Rage at the sheer neck of some brazen car thieves in Limerick, who stole a young man’s pride and joy, his show-car, then demanded a payoff to return it. And sympathy for the young victim of this crime, the son of Anthony, who called Liveline …

‘I don’t think the higher echelons of the Kinahan gang will be exactly quaking in their boots.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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That’s the judgement of Nicola Tallant, Investigations Editor with the Sunday World, speaking on Today with Sean O’Rourke in relation to raids in Rathcoole on Tuesday and in follow-up searches on houses in Dublin and Kildare, where Gardaí made significant inroads into their investigation into the Kinahan gang. The size and nature of the seizures, although enormously significant in Irish …