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

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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.”

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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 …

Dr Gwen Adshead“It’s possible to have a kind of radical empathy for people.”

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Dr Gwen Adshead described her work in Broadmoor, the secure psychiatric hospital where some of the UK’s most notorious criminals are detained, as sad, rather than scary. When people ask what she does, they often get outraged that she’s helping people who’ve committed appalling crimes, but Dr Adshead, a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist, told Oliver Callan – sitting in for Ryan Tubridy – that the aim of her …

Famine Memorial“I’ve been working on this project for about the last 15 years.”

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Regular listeners to the Ryan Tubridy Show will be familiar with the host’s interest in history and, especially the Famine. Ryan returned to the subject on Friday morning, when he spoke to artist Paula Stokes about her remarkable art project for the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park, Co Roscommon. Meath-born Paula has lived in Seattle since the 90s and she’s been working on her famine-related piece for quite a while. That artwork – 1845: Memento Mori, a Famine memorial – can now be …

National Ambulance Service“We had to look at a new way of working.”

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There’s a lot of detail in Ryan Tubridy’s compelling chat with outgoing National Ambulance Service director Martin Dunne, but surely the most shocking revelation is the fact that the difference between the siren on the old white ambulances going nee-naw or just nee actually had nothing at all to do with the relative seriousness of the emergency, but was rather down to a design flaw.  “You used to have the sirens go …

Lola's Lampshades“I’m a happier person now that what I was beforehand.”

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When Aoife O’Donoghue was doing up her sitting room in 2015, she had the fabulous curtains and she wanted a pink lampshade to complete the room. Could she find some? She could not. So, Aoife told Ryan Tubridy, she thought she’d make them herself. In fact, she thought the whole lampshades-that-aren’t-cream area looked like a pretty good business opportunity. But, as a single mother …

Nurse Betty Healy“She was captured at one stage by the Vietcong.”

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On International Nurses Day, Ray Tubridy spoke to Ken Healy, whose mother, Betty, was awarded the Florence Nightingale medal for Nursing by the International Red Cross in 1967. This was, of course, a tremendous achievement for Betty, but, impressive as it is, it doesn’t really reflect the extraordinary work she did as a nurse in unprecedented conditions for an Irish nurse. By the …

Raising a Deaf Child“This country, that I love with my heart, my soul, my being, doesn’t want my son.”

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Twins Calum and Donnacha were born in November 2008, but it wasn’t until 2011 that the twins’ parents found out that Calum was deaf. Dad Andrew Geary spoke to Ryan Tubridy about Calum and how it’s been, raising a deaf child in 21st-century Ireland. One thing that’s changed since Calum was born is that all babies are now screened. Calum, Andrew …