Author Ed O'Loughlin“We’re all living in a dystopian tech thriller, whether we like it or not.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Irish-Canadian author Ed O’Loughlin told Oliver Callan – sitting in for Ryan Tubridy – that his head fears we’re doomed, but his heart is optimistic. Let’s hope it’s his heart that wins out there. Ed was in studio with Oliver to talk about his new novel, This Eden, a very modern cyber-thriller that Oliver says reads like classic Bourne. The book tells how the protagonist, Michael, a bad software engineer, …

Jane Seymour“I was called the Queen of the Mini-series.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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In a change to the original plans for Harry Wild, the new mystery series is to be set in Ireland, as star of the show Jane Seymour told Oliver Callan on The Ryan Tubridy Show. Written by Jo Spain and Dave Logan, the 8-part drama was supposed to take place in England. Filming was moved to Ireland due to Covid, and …

Eurosport's Orla Chennaoui“Society is still such that mothers bear more responsibility.”

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Derry native Orla Chennaoui is passionate about sport: the former two-time triple-jump champion is Eurosport’s lead cycling presenter and, she told Oliver Callan on The Ryan Tubridy Show, although track and field was her first love, Derry’s glory days in the football championship – culminating in their All-Ireland win in 1993 – also formed a major part of her passion for all kinds of sport. Growing up in Derry in the 1990s wasn’t all Derry Girls, though – or was …

Dictionary of Irish Biography“In order to get into the Dictionary of Irish Biography, you have to be dead for about 5 years.”

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Did you know that the world’s first surgically and hormonally reassigned female-to-male transsexual, Michael Dillon, studied medicine in Trinity College, Dublin where he won rowing blue with Dublin University Boat Club, having previously won a rowing blue with St Anne’s College, Oxford as a woman – probably the only person to do so as both a woman and a man? Of course you didn’t. Unless you’re David McCullagh, that …

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 …