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.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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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, …

New Dad Mike Denver“It’s a tough time for everybody, you’d love to be there to spend time with them and see the birth.”

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Almost everything we hear regarding hospitals these days is Cornoavirus-related, unsurprisingly. And the restrictions currently in place throughout the country to try to slow the spread of the virus have so many knock-on consequences that’s it’s sometimes hard to keep up. We know all about the effect on sport and socialising. We know travel and tourism has been drastically affected. …

Dressing for Success“It does matter that you dress up for work even though nobody can see you.”

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The breakfast is cleared away, the other half is on a conference call from the shed, the children have retreated into their rooms to watch Disney+ do their schoolwork and you’re ready to start your strange work-home hybrid day. Except you’re in your dressing gown. Hmmm – does that really matter? Yes. Yes it does. That’s according to Image Consultant …

Turtle Bunbury“They had this Venetian red pigment and with that they created – invented – the Redcoat.”

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If you’ve ever wanted to know why the British armed forces wore red for much of the last four hundred years, keep reading. But the first thing Oliver Callan – sitting in for Ryan Tubridy – wanted to get out of the way when Turtle Bunbury came into studio, was, well, where his name comes from. Turns out Turtle is …