Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne presenting Dancing with the Stars.‘It’s like going to the Oscars every Sunday night… ‘

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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And so, it’s official. We could say “you heard it here first”, but as Ryan Tubridy acknowledged at the start of his interview with Amanda Byram, the news that she is to present Ireland’s Dancing with the Stars from January has not exactly been the best kept secret in broadcasting. “I’ve been hiding under my staircase until this morning. I’ve …

‘He was such a flamboyant character in Fawlty Towers, but in fact he apparently insisted on a very large moustache because he wanted to hide behind it…’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The death was announced this morning of the actor Andrew Sachs, probably best known for his portrayal of Manuel – you’ll have to forgive him, he’s from Barcelona – in the classic sitcom Fawlty Towers. Seán O’Rourke spoke to journalist John McEntee about Sachs, whom he’d met several times. “Fawlty Towers was 40 years ago. It’s only twelve episodes and …

Finding Banni‘He looked only two or three, but he was seven years of age’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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RTÉ reporter Colm Flynn joined Seán O’Rourke on Wednesday morning to talk about a boy from Belarus who stayed with his family fifteen years ago. Banni was brought by a charity from an orphanage in a small village near Chernobyl to Ireland. Colm – who was then twelve – and his brother and sister were asked by their parents if …

Mary Fitzgerald.‘Today is Black Friday and it’s a black day for young people’s programmes in RTÉ.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s been two days now since RTÉ announced its decision to outsource all of its young people’s programming to the independent sector.  And at the time of writing, the broadcaster still has not provided a spokesperson to be interviewed directly about the decision. But many others are having their say in public, including one legendary Young People’s Television presenter, Mary Fitzgerald, a …

Stephen Byrne on Martin O'Neill.‘I don’t think he is homophobic, at all. I just think he’s an idiot.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The game of soccer has a serious problem with homosexuality. There is no way of glossing over this, no sugar-coating the issue. Being openly gay as a professional footballer is, quite simply, a nightmare. Or it would be, if someone were to open themselves up to the kind of abuse that would inevitably follow coming out as a professional footballer. …

Drug abuse in rural Ireland.“Going to school, drugs were all over the place. Hash, weed, tablets.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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When we think about illegal drug use we tend to think of discarded needles in inner city streets. Visceral images of human devastation and the fallout from drug addiction tend to be inextricably linked, in news reporting and popular culture alike, to the urban environment. Think Adam and Paul, Lenny Abrahamson’s superb debut film. Or the now legendary RTÉ TV …

“I am famous for the truth bomb.” Dillon St Paul of The Apprentice.

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Now, aren’t you glad you clicked onto this website or listened to this interview with Apprentice contestant, Dillon St Paul, on today’s Ryan Tubridy Show? Where else would your vocabulary be enhanced in such a culturally uplifting way? The “truth bomb”. A new one on Ryan and, presumably, most of his listeners. (Or maybe just me?) “I am famous for …