Richie and Don Conroy“Our teacher used to say, ah lads, go easy on the Béarla.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Why is it, Ryan wonders, that when Don Conroy walks into a room, people can’t help smiling? Probably because for most people who grew up in 1990s Ireland, the sight of Don – artist, writer, TV and radio presenter, best known for his owl pictures – is enough to trigger many joyous memories from childhood. The good news is that …

Teenagers on Internet Safety‘I don’t know you. Block. There you go. Bye.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Teenagers Lauren Reynolds and Muireann Whelan both addressed TDs in the Dáil last week about the issue of online safety and teenagers. They both joined Sean O’Rourke this morning to tell him more about what they have learned. As Sean noted, so many conversations about this topic talk about teenagers but few involve teenagers themselves. Lauren is in 5th year. She told Sean that she’s had a smartphone …

Teenage gambling‘Boys now more likely to gamble than use drink and drugs…. One in eight of 15/16-year-olds is now at it.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The law on underage gambling is very clear. The Betting Act, 1931, actually makes it an offence for a child under 18 to be in a bookmaker’s. You can’t buy a Lotto ticket until you pass the age of 18. But with the advent of smartphones, online gaming and gambling, and more gambling outlets now promoted actively in traditional media …

19-year-old girl with Autism‘The Debs is coming up but she has no-one to go with. She has no girl friends whatsoever.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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For generations of teenagers in Ireland, the ritual of the Debs ball has been a rite of passage, a mark of transition from secondary school, often accompanied by increased independence, entering work or college, perhaps even leaving the family home. It is, in other words, a huge deal. But for some, the Debs can be a traumatic experience, associated with …

Social media leading to “anxiety epidemic”.9.1% of school going children are self harming.

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Anybody who is on Facebook, Twitter or other social media knows how easy it is to be drawn into situations which can seriously raise the stress levels. It might be an online argument about something in the news, a simple difference of opinion on a social situation, or a full-blown exchange of insults, sometimes between genuine, real-world friends. But it …