Coronavirus School Closure“She’s not to go out. She can have contact for up to 15 minutes with others in the household, even though it’s not advised.”

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The Coronavirus outbreak shows no signs of slowing down and the news that there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ireland last weekend has led to a secondary school in the east of the country closing for two weeks. Deirdre, a parent at the school, spoke to Damien O’Reilly on Liveline about her daughter, a pupil at the school, …

Coronavirus“Of course we had a sandstorm on Sunday. And I said, ‘oh that must be over by now, but I hope it isn’t the Coronavirus’.”

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George got a note under his hotel door at 7 o’clock in the morning, he told Joe Duffy on Tuesday. The note was the same one all one thousand guests in the hotel were receiving. It said that guests were being confined to their rooms as there had been a confirmed case of Coronavirus at the hotel. Apparently, an Italian …

Good Samaritan“He kept talking to me, keeping me going, keeping me from falling off back into a sleep or a coma or whatever it was.”

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Tony started to feel unwell on the Dart and decided to get off the train to get a bit of air as it pulled into Sydney Parade station. That’s the last thing he remembers, he told Joe Duffy on Thursday’s Liveline. He woke to find a man – a Good samaritan, Joe reckons – talking to him, trying to keep …

Dancing Priests“Jesus Christ never went round or out dancing for women or anything like that. And there’s no need for the priest to do it.”

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In what many might see as further evidence that Father Ted is less a sitcom and more a documentary, a debate raged on Wednesday’s Liveline about dancing priests and whether or not Jesus took to the floor at the wedding feast of Cana. It started with Fr Ray Kelly, well-known for his prowess on the dancefloor to viewers of RTÉ’s …

Connected in Pain“What gives people the right to tear strips off someone, to break them down so bad, until they can’t see past another day?”

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Three mothers of daughters who have died by suicide spoke to Joe Duffy on Liveline on Monday: Aisling O’Neill, mother of 16 year old Mia, Jackie Fox, mother of 21 year old Nicole and Mary Sheehan, mother of 14 year old Kayleigh. For Aisling, this was her second time on Liveline, having spoken to Joe in November 2019 to talk …

Eating Disorders“It’s a demon, it’s a demon that takes over everyone.”

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Conversations about battling, beating and living with eating disorders  have featured prominently on Liveline this week. One voice that’s seldom heard is that of male sufferers. 36-year old Emmet spoke to Joe Duffy on Thursday about his experiences living with anorexia aligned with orthorexia. Emmet told Joe he was happy the topic was being aired, as it affects so many more …

Hygiene at Mass“I try and avoid it, but it’s impossible because people will turn around to you and you can’t be downright rude and not put your hand out.”

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The coronavirus has got plenty of people exercised and Liveline has heard from some Irish people who are worried about the spread of the disease. But on Tuesday’s programme Joe Duffy heard from Margaret who has long been unhappy that the Catholic Church continues its practice of asking attendees at mass to shake hands when the priest asks them to …

Finding John Eldred“These lads, I came down and they said, ‘Can you swim?’ I said yes. ‘Can you save her?’ And I said yes.”

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It was one of those unforgettable radio encounters. Like a reunion of long-lost friends – except that Mary Thompstone and John Eldred have never actually met in person. They spoke for the first time today on Liveline, 66 years after John rescued Mary’s mother Anastasia from drowning. Mary put out the call on Liveline on Friday to try and find …