Finding Your Soul Mate Online“I put it out there. And the very next day, literally, four men, completely different, approached me online.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Looking for a soul mate in middle age in the middle of a global pandemic is no joke, but Jeanne Sullivan Billeci assured Oliver Callan, it’s possible to find your soul mate online – but only if you stop putting the wrong you out there. Jeanne, who found love online herself 10 years ago, spent lockdown writing a book about how to …

Dublin Zoo in Trouble“Dublin Zoo is a cultural institution, not just for people who live in Dublin, but for everybody in Ireland.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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The ongoing pandemic has seen a substantial number of businesses shut down, some with the hope that they can reopen if and when restrictions are lifted. But some businesses have not been able to shut down, even if they have to remain closed. Neasa Hourigan, Green Party TD for Dublin Central, spoke to Claire Byrne about the plight facing Dublin Zoo:  “I suppose …

Siobhan Murray: 13 Years Sober“You don’t realise how easily it creeps in and becomes a staple of your life.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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On Sunday, psychotherapist Siobhan Murray celebrated 13 years sober. It’s a huge achievement, as Oliver Callan – sitting in for Ryan Tubridy – highlighted on Tuesday morning. It’s particularly impressive when you consider that Siobhan originally only quit drinking for a month. The recently-named Psychotherapist of the Year told Oliver that, although a lot of people expect psychotherapists to have their own lives perfectly sorted, it’s …

Carer Jane Johnstone“We were already on our knees, being honest, Ray, so there was an awful lot of anxiety as to what restrictions were going to be announced.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Back in May, Jane Johnstone, who was taking part in David Brophy’s choir, featured in the TV programme, Unsung Heroes, spoke to Ray D’Arcy about her two sons Evan and Daniel, who both have special needs. Jane has been caring for her sons by herself since her husband, Rod, died six years ago. And Jane spoke to Ray again today. Like most of the country, Jane …

Vogue Williams“Ireland will always be home and I haven’t been back since November.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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It’s almost a year since Vogue Williams has been in Ireland and she’s feeling really deprived of a decent bag of fish and chips. The model and TV personality spoke to Ryan Tubridy from London about missing Ireland, the birth of her second child this summer and the joys of a good chipper. But the hearing that Ireland is about to enter its second lockdown made Vogue particularly downbeat:  …

Writer Anna McPartlin“I think the thing that scares children most is when adults don’t talk to them.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Novelist and screenwriter Anna McPartlin was giddy at the novelty of an in-person chat in the socially distanced Ryan Tubridy Show studio on Thursday.  She spoke to Ryan face-to-face about life, career and Below the Big Blue Sky, her new novel and the sequel to the best-selling The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. After regaling him with stories of what …

Dementia and Covid-19“It’s only a building, but it’s what in it that counts. It’s just been phenomenal. I love it.”

As heard on Today with Sarah McInerney

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The Coronavirus pandemic has meant a tough time for all sections of Irish society, but one of the hardest-hit has been the nation’s mental health and dementia services. Some support services have, however, come up with ingenious ways to support their users during lockdown and beyond. One of them is a North Dublin mental health service for older people, based at the …

Bournemouth Beach Crowding“Initially I was disgusted, then I was angry and then I was a bit fascinated by their stupidity.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Carnage. That’s how Galway woman Mary Concannon described Bournemouth after half a million people made a post-lockdown dash for the seaside town, whose year-round population is less than 200,000. Mary didn’t expand on the gritty details of what the “carnage” actually looked like at street level, but she did mention that public toilets hadn’t re-opened yet, so you can use …