Meditation Memoir“I feel that meditation is kind of like a radical encounter with yourself.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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When two Kildare men get to talking about life, the universe and everything, the results can be interesting for anyone listening in. So, it was when Ray D’Arcy spoke to writer Conor Creighton about his new book, the meditation memoir This Is It. Although they had some things in common, there were definitely many things they came at from very different places. They started talking on more or less …

Pandemic Sleep Problems“Nearly all of us will have experienced one or all of those symptoms.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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If nothing else, the decades-long pandemic we’re all living through has given us a plethora of new words for our previously-stale vocabularies. And when Claire Byrne spoke to Andrew Coogan, Behavioural Neuroscientist and Director of the Chronobiology and Sleep Research Laboratory at Maynooth University, about the growing numbers of people experiencing pandemic sleep problems, some juicy new words were included. Chronobiology, for starters, but also Coronasomnia. And …

Jen Hogan‘I couldn’t understand this sadness. It started for me as soon as she was born.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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As the mother of seven children Jen Hogan has had a lot of opportunities to hone her parenting skills, so who better to write The Real Mum’s Guide to Surviving Parenthood.  Starting as a blogger on all things parenting, this is Jen’s first book and everything in the book she tells Ray is from her own experiences. Before she had …

Don Stiffe‘I wanted to know what my name was. I wanted to know my identity’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Musician Don Stiffe has opened his heart to the public about his search for his birth mother.  He says the reaction has been overwhelming.  People have come to him for advice and shared their own personal stories in return.  He joined Kathryn Thomas on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about how it all came about. “I was actually in …

Digital Detox‘I had a bit of a dad tantrum while looking at all the children gathered around the table looking at their devices… I went and unplugged the router’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Mark Ellis has done the unthinkable, and he’s written a book about it.  With four kids under fifteen, his home was a veritable hive of internet activity, but there came a point for Mark when enough was enough.  He joined Kathryn Thomas on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about the experience of turning off that phone and about his …

Keeping the Spark‘Resentment can build up over many, many years.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Regular Today with Sean O’Rourke mental health experts Dr Harry Barry and Enda Murphy were joined this morning by writer and family mediator Rachel Fehily to take on the subject of marriages losing their spark. The question Sean posed was what do you do when somewhere down the line in an otherwise healthy relationship, the fireworks fade and the nature …

Ageing expert Prof. Sarah Harper‘Babies born now will have a life expectancy of 104’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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What’s an hour worth to you?  The answer is, fifteen minutes.  What?  On Wednesday’s Ray D’Arcy Show, Sarah Harper, Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford spoke to Ray about the fascinating research she has done on ageing. “We are gaining roughly 2.5 years a decade, that’s 15 minutes an hour… Half the babies born in the UK today …

Who Cares for the Carers?‘There’s this terrible lull in my life and there’s no support out there.’

As heard on liveline

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Caring for a loved one full-time can be all-consuming: there are medical appointments to keep, routines to stick to, calls to make, supplies to procure. It’s a busy time, all the time. But when the caring ends, so too does the all-consuming busyness. You might think that that would mean a welcome re-introduction to the concept of downtime, but that …