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 …

The Kindness of Strangers“I just want to thank her so much from the bottom of my heart, because what a beautiful woman she was.”

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We’ve all done it – stood at the ATM, put in our PIN, selected the withdrawal amount, taken our card back and walked off, leaving the cash flapping in the breeze. That’s exactly what Caitríona Kavanagh did last Saturday. But Caitríona’s story – as told to Katie Hannon on Wednesday’s Liveline – had the sort of twist that’d make you double your double take. It begins when Caitríona goes to the ATM …

Grian Chatten, Fontaines D.C.

Fontaines D.C.” It was a year that took so much of our time and we realised that we needed to write more music.”

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It was hard to work out who was the more star-struck on Wednesday’s Liveline:  Joe Duffy or Fontaines D.C.  frontman Graham Chatten, who declared himself a long-time fan of Liveline and said being on the show was “a dream come true”.  Joe invited the band to join him on Grafton Street on Christmas Eve, so people could find out just …

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 …