Marguerite Penrose“It’s not good enough to presume everybody thinks you’re not a racist. That doesn’t work anymore.”

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Ryan Tubridy concluded what he called his “trilogy” of meeting “amazing young Irish people” on Wednesday, when he spoke to Marguerite Penrose (the other parts of the trilogy being musician Dave McCabe and boxer Kellie Harrington). Marguerite has dealt with many challenges in her life, including medical issues and racism. She has overcome her medical issues for the most part and now she’s taking on racism in Ireland. The phrase …

Boxer Kellie Harrington“Every time I win a medal, I feel like I’m making up for everything that I put my Ma and Da through.”

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You already knew that Dubliner Kellie Harrington is a double world boxing medallist, but did you know about her most recent medal triumph? Kellie told Ryan Tubridy on Tuesday about her gold medal-winning performance in the European Shadow Boxing Championships, which took place during lockdown. Another victory for the woman from Dublin’s inner city who started boxing to keep herself out of …

Musician Dave McCabe“She was like, ‘This is really serious, I don’t think you understand.’ I was like, ‘Ah no, I do, it’s just, the gig’s really important, you know?’” 

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They say the world is divided into those who see the glass as half empty and those who see it as half full. Neither of these descriptions does musician Dave McCabe justice. The 24-year old guitarist with Dublin band Stolen City spoke to Ryan Tubridy on Monday and told him that the band had been very much looking forward to 2020. But things didn’t go according …

30 Seconds“There was nothing really like it on the market. This was the opportunity to put popular Irish culture into a game.”

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When Ryan Tubridy asked Greg Dooley how he picks famous Irish names for his board game, he was asking for a friend. And in case he wasn’t, the founder of the Irish version of 30 Seconds reassured Ryan he’d made the cut: “Well you’re obviously in. So you can send me a brown envelope later” Of course Ryan wasn’t angling to find out …

Bournemouth Beach Crowding“Initially I was disgusted, then I was angry and then I was a bit fascinated by their stupidity.”

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Carnage. That’s how Galway woman Mary Concannon described Bournemouth after half a million people made a post-lockdown dash for the seaside town, whose year-round population is less than 200,000. Mary didn’t expand on the gritty details of what the “carnage” actually looked like at street level, but she did mention that public toilets hadn’t re-opened yet, so you can use …

Rachel Gotto - Overcoming Trauma“I woke up with Nicola sitting on my chest screaming at me, ‘Don’t die mummy! Don’t die mummy!’”

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“Contentment is to me like the foundational basis for our lives, because, again, we only need to look around us and we can compare ourselves to somebody else: somebody’s worse off or better off.”  These are the words of Rachel Gotto. The therapist and corporate speaker was finishing up her conversation with Ryan Tubridy this morning with this insight and, if you’d only heard this part of it, you …

Professor Luke O'Neill“It’s almost as if this virus was invented to torture the Irish.”

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Immunologist and founder-director of Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Professor Luke O’Neill joined Ryan in studio on Wednesday to talk about the Coronavirus pandemic and to try to clear up some potentially confusing stories and notions around the virus. Can we safely re-open pubs? What about air travel, is it safe? And is everybody familiar with the three Cs? The three …

Sculptor Alex Pentek“He did something amazing. He set a pathway for others to follow.”

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Anyone who’s seen Alex Pentek’s sculpture Kindred Spirits in Midleton, Co Cork, will be delighted to hear the news that he’s been commissioned to create a piece commemorating pioneering African-American lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston. Pentek spoke to Ryan Tubridy – a big fan of the Kindred Spirits sculpture – on Tuesday about his new commission and the man it’s honouring. …