Ruth Medjber“I went for three-and-a-half months shooting every single night.”

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Photographer Ruth Medjber experienced the kindness of strangers this summer as she trekked across the country working on her new book Twilight Together. Ruth began taking window portraits of people at home when her regular gigs as a music photographer stopped. She took to the road once the travel restrictions were lifted, and just kept going. It was hard graft, …

Arts & Human Rights Festival“She managed to persuade them that she had no contact with her husband and this was despite the fact that she was 7 months pregnant at the time.” 

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Writer and director Mary Moynihan’s chat with Oliver Callan on The Ryan Tubridy Show is a reminder of how artists can inspire hope, through their lives as well as through their art. Mary was speaking about poets and performers, like Tyrone man Charlie Donnelly, who fought and died in the Spanish Civil War and choreographer and Dublin native Margaret Kelly, …

Amy de Bhrún“Looking back I think I could have taken it easier on myself.”

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Covid-19 has pushed the pause button on whole sections of the film, TV and theatre industries Amy de Bhrún is one of those affected. The Dublin actor has to park the Scouse accent she perfected for the role of Steph Corbett in Line of Duty, as filming on the series has been postponed. To fill the gap, Amy has turned …

Circle of Friends“Standing on Maeve Binchy’s shoulders, what a place to be!”

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Emer McLysaght makes no apologies for fangirling all over the movie Circle of Friends, which was released 25 years ago this year. Adapted from the Maeve Binchy novel of the same name, it starred Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnell. The co-author of the Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling books spoke to Oliver Callan on The Ryan Tubridy Show about her love …

Aran Jumpers“The Museum of Modern Art were doing an exhibition on garments that have stood the test of time, like the little black dress, or the Levi’s jeans, and, of course, the Aran sweater.” 

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Even though Taylor Swift’s Folklore, the new album she unleashed on an unsuspecting world last week, has been garnering widespread acclaim from critics, it seems that here in Ireland, we’re less focused on the music and more excited by the jumper. Yes, the fact that the hugely popular singer is wearing an Aran jumper in publicity shots for her new album has generated quite a level of excitement …

Author Caoilinn Hughes“I just think sibling relationships are just the most fascinating relationships. I can’t really ever see myself not writing about family dynamics.”

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Author Caoilinn Hughes told Oliver Callan – sitting in for Ryan Tubridy – on Tuesday that she would try and write a novel – she really would – that doesn’t have family relationships at its centre, as her two books to date, including her latest, The Wild Laughter, have. She’d try. Honest.  “I just think sibling relationships are just the most fascinating relationships. I can’t really ever …

Inventor Brian Cunningham“If the person before you didn’t wash their hands, there’s a strong risk of contamination.”

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Sitting in for Ryan Tubridy on Thursday, Oliver Callan zipped through a selection of non-Covid related news stories, including the one about the woman who lost her 8-metre long fingernails in a car crash and the nomination of Andrew Scott’s ‘kneel’ moment in Fleabag for a BAFTA ‘Must-See’ award. (And if you haven’t seen it, you must.)  After peppering his roundup …

Miracle Cure“I was just like a baby in a pram. I had to be washed, fed, changed and moved.”

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Miracles: do they really happen? When something inexplicable occurs, when does it change from being something scientifically baffling to something miraculous? It probably depends on your faith, or lack thereof. Marion Carroll has faith in abundance. She told Oliver Callan – sitting in for Ryan Tubridy – on Wednesday how she went from bed-ridden young mother with a debilitating illness, …