Supermarket Assault“Next thing he’s out, right over into my face. Roaring and shouting and aggressive. I thought I was going to be decked there and then.”

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In some ways it’s a wonder that there haven’t been more stories like Michael’s on Wednesday’s Liveline. The pandemic has affected everyone in the country, to a greater or lesser extent. And while most people have done their best to adhere to the seemingly-endless restrictions, others have taken a more cavalier attitude. “It’s a weird story,” Joe says, as Michael goes on to explain the supermarket assault that happened to him …

The Missing Widget“No sound, no head, looked flat, tasted awful. I assumed it was a dud.”

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As the litany of woes to befall the Irish nation in 2020 continues to impact all our lives, one more can be added to the list, thanks to Liveline listeners, and it may well be the unkindest woe of all. Seán told Joe Duffy that, during steak night in his house last weekend, his second can of Guinness behaved differently than his first:  “Poured it. …

Amy-Maria, Stalking Victim“He would come into my house in front of my boyfriend, he would be there around my mother, so I never ever suspected anything sinister.” 

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Amy-Maria Dunne made the mistake of being nice to Eamon Byrne because she thought he was lonely and she felt sorry for him. But Byrne wasn’t interested in nice. Amy-Maria first came across Byrne, a fruit and vegetable delivery man, at her mother’s house. There he offered to come around to Amy-Maria’s neighbourhood, which she thought nothing of.  “He would call up an awful lot …

Signed Jerseys“I was very good at forging Roy Keane’s signature, as not everyone would ask him. We used to sign a lot of shirts.”

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A new book on John Delaney’s time at the FAI, Champagne Football, was published last week. The book was written by Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan and, according to Joe Duffy on Wednesday’s Liveline, it recounts a lot of jaw-dropping incidents, most of them, he conceded, worse than the one he talked about. But the report in the book is surely symptomatic of the culture that pervaded …

Ageism“When they discovered I was over 70 years of age, they said to me they couldn’t let me have it because the insurance wouldn’t cover me.”

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It seems, if the experience of callers to Wednesday’s Liveline are anything to go by, that, once you turn 70, insurance companies decide that you’re too much of a risk for certain activities. The man who got the ageism discussion started was Gerry, who told Joe that he had tried to hire a hoist so he could trim his (presumably very tall) hedges. …

Pandemic Maternity“It was just torture having Pat outside the door.”

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It’s not easy under “normal” circumstances to get the news that a longed-for pregnancy may not be viable. Pandemic measures in maternity hospitals have created a whole new set of issues, like the physical separation of women from their partners at a time when they both need support. Joe Duffy heard stories of recent miscarriages from several women on today’s …

Sexual Health Promotion“The ordinary romance they have mightn’t live up to this wonderful world, in their eyes, of pornography.”

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It’s not too long since poor Joe Duffy had to contemplate taking to the bed, such was the uproar among callers over sex scenes in the TV drama Normal People. Well, now the subject of human sexual relations has reared in beastly head again, as the Liveline lit up with people outraged over a leaflet from the HSE which seemingly encourages people to go online for their sexual activity. It all started …

Golfgate“We’re all in the same storm, we’re not all in the same boat.”

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As the fallout from Golfgate rumbles on, listeners to Liveline have been very vocal with their outrage over the perceived flouting of pandemic restrictions by politicians, judges and broadcasters at the now-infamous Oireachtas Society Golf Outing in Clifden, Co Galway last week. On Wednesday’s programme, Brenda told Katie Hannon that she was staying in the K Club in Co Kildare earlier this month when she went for some quiet …