The Changing face of The Liberties‘They’re not developing the city for the people…They think this is a boom town, like. Where is the boom?’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Reporter Evelyn O’Rourke has been speaking to locals and business owners in The Liberties in Dublin about development in the area. She joined Sean O’Rourke to share what she learned. Evelyn defined where The Liberties lies for listeners unfamiliar with the area. “The area runs from Patrick Street and James’ Hospital and between the Liffey and Tenters on Clanbrassil Street. It’s got a population of around 23,000 people…It’s …

Sports Psychologist Kieran Shannon on Mayo defeat‘The simple answer is… they just have to go again’

As heard on Morning Ireland

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As Dublin celebrate their three-in-a-row of All-Ireland Football wins, it was impossible not to be moved by the awesome efforts of Mayo to try and clinch the title.  Mayo manager Stephen Rochford put it simply. ‘I couldn’t ask for any more from the lads’ On Morning Ireland, Gavin Jennings asked Kieran Shannon, Irish Examiner Columnist and Sports Psychologist “How do …

Is Dublin a tourism rip-off? Fionn Davenport defends the fair city

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Regular readers of this page, and regular listeners to the Today with Sean O’Rourke programme, will recall Monday’s interview with tourism expert, Professor Michael Hall, from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, who pretty much castigated Dublin’s fair city as a tourist destination, labelling it a rip-off, and a den of drunkenness, amongst other things. Today on the same …

24 week old baby in cardiac arrestDublin City Fire Brigade Ambulance responds

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Dublin city centre is a hive of activity at the best of times, weekends, in particular. Even more particularly, it’s a hive of activity during weekend evenings and night times. On the Today programme, presented this morning by Cormac Ó hEadhra, we heard some criticism of much of what goes on around the streets of the capital from tourism expert, …

The Dublin Pub ‘It’s the centre of life….Like the maternity ward without the children.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Ah, the pub. It’s long been the centre of conversation, celebration, and commiseration in Irish life, not least in the nation’s capital. Now, a new exhibition at The Little Museum of Dublin examines what makes the quintessential Dublin pub. Its curator, Simon O’Connor, shared his insights with Dave Fanning this morning. “To me the classic Dublin pub is what would …

Kerry beating Dublin‘It’s like poking the bear. In some ways, the rest of the country might regret this.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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‘You said it!’ That will, most likely, be the collective reflection from many a fan of the Dubs, as they listened to a sports panel on the Today programme that included Damian Lawlor, presenter of RTE’s GAA Podcast, Cliona Foley, Sports journalist, and Garry MacDonncha, Commentator with TG4. The particular headline came courtesy of Cliona Foley and, in fairness, all …

Dublin city traffic changes‘Anti-car, anti-motorist’ or ‘future-proofing the city’?

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Well, we all know you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. And construction of the LUAS cross-city, some of which involves significant changes to traffic rules and traffic flow in Dublin city centre, is breaking quite a few eggs. Will the resultant omelette be worth it? Time will tell. But reporting for Today with Sean O’Rourke, Hannah Parkes took …

‘When it was first built, 50 years ago, it couldn’t actually accommodate the people…. Now, we need about a fifth of it.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Those words, spoken by Finglas parish priest, Fr Éamonn Cahill, could probably be repeated by many local clerics across the country as the stark reality of falling church attendance hits home. Fr. Cahill was speaking to Paddy O’Gorman, as he reported for Today with Sean O’Rourke on the closure of one of the largest churches in Dublin, the Church of …