Nitrous Oxide“He went out to get his hair cut and he never came home.”

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Recreational use of nitrous oxide – commonly known as laughing gas – has seemingly risen substantially during lockdown. Many people will have seen the small silver cannisters, which resemble bullets, lying on the ground after use. Mick Morrissey spoke to Joe Duffy on Wednesday’s Liveline about his son’s use of what is more commonly used as an anaesthetic in surgery and dentistry. Mick’s son Alex was just 15 when he …

Sophie Corrigan on her dad, DJ Matt“I think I can speak on behalf of everybody, now, when I say he was a legend. And he will never ever, ever, ever be forgotten.”

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Sophie Corrigan talked to Joe Duffy today on Liveline about the sudden death of her much-loved Dad, DJ Matt Corrigan. Sophie spoke about her father’s musical and personal legacy and her aim to get the message out there about support services for people living with depression, especially during the pandemic. Matt didn’t die of Covid-19, but the circumstances of the …

Sister Cities Break-Up“For these people to say that they weren’t made to feel welcome is completely an untruth.”

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Breaking up, as someone once said, is never easy (I know). It’s made even harder when one side in the relationship is taken by surprise and left wondering where it all went wrong. That’s where Dingle found itself last month when “Sister City” Santa Barbara dumped them. Mairéad de Staic, of the Dingle-Santa Barbara Sister City Committee, spoke to Joe …

Scouting Ireland Abuse Report“I still don’t sleep at night, it still haunts me. And that affects everyone around me.”

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Colm Bracken, David Smyth and Paul O’Toole gave their reactions to Joe Duffy on Thursday’s Liveline to the Report on Historical Sexual Abuse in Scouting, released today by Scouting Ireland. All three men, Colm, David and Paul were sexually abused as children by the convicted sex abuser and former scout leader, David O’Brien, of Benburb Street in Dublin. Colm, Paul …

Dancer Morgan Bullock“I think what I’m really doing is appreciating the Irish culture, I’m participating in it in a very respectful way.”

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Virginia native Morgan Bullock took up Irish dancing 10 years ago at the Baffa Academy of Irish Dance in Midlothian, Virginia, USA, as she told Joe Duffy on Tuesday’s Liveline: “I started Irish dancing about a decade ago and I’ve loved it, loved competing and it brought me all over the world.” Morgan regularly posts clips of herself performing Irish …

Nursing Home Death“It was this sense maybe it was creeping closer towards her and she was so vulnerable, really.”

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The death of a loved one is hard to bear at any time, but when you can actually see the threat approaching and yet can’t do anything to stop it, it takes on an extra level of sadness. Jane Carrigan’s aunt, Rose Hegarty, died from coronavirus in St Mary’s Nursing Home in Dublin and Jane spoke to Joe Duffy on …

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 …