Author Ann Napolitano“I needed that little boy to be OK and I couldn’t imagine how.”

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The true story of a boy who was the sole survivor of a plane crash was the inspiration for Ann Napolitano to write her latest novel Dear Edward, as she told Ryan Tubridy today. Ann says that when the story of the crash in Libya hit the headlines back in 2010, she could not let it go: “It obsessed me …

Stylist Fiona Fagan“I can’t believe I’m not going to hear her laugh again or I’m not going to see her.”

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Fiona Fagan first met Caroline Flack 20 years ago when they were both hired for a dance job in London. Neither of them stayed long in the dance world but they did stay in touch with each other, as Fiona told Ryan Tubridy on Monday. “We clicked on the job. She’s a real girl’s girl. We really got on, we …

Brian Dowling

Brian Dowling“I’ve done reality before, I know how it works.”

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With all his reality TV experience, Brian Dowling was never going to be complacent about his time on Dancing with the Stars. “I’ve done reality before, I know how it works.” Brian and his pro dance partner Laura Nolan dropped in for a chat with Ryan Tubridy today, following their elimination in the first dance-off of the show. Brian says …

Dyslexia“The Leaving Cert – I knew that was going to be a nightmare.”

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Helping his young son Ben with his reading last year, dyslexia sufferer Gordon Goodwin found both himself and Ben being corrected by his 5 year old daughter. “He read this line and my little 5 year old said, ‘Daddy, that’s not what that says’. And she was right. Ben had got it wrong and I’d got it wrong in the …

Jihad Jane

Director of 'Jihad Jane'“She went up to the Garda station in Waterford and looked for the FBI department.”

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A cast of international characters with alter egos like Jihad Jane and Black Flag, connect online before meeting in a European city to plot the assassination of a Swedish cartoonist. Sounds like a page-turner. It is however, the bare bones of a very true story about an unlikely terror cell that came together in a one-bedroom apartment in Waterford city …

Broadcast History“History casts such a long shadow. And we have to be so, so careful.”

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As the election disappears into the rear-view mirror, some questions remain unanswered, as Ryan Tubridy suggested to Cork historian , Dr Finola Doyle-O’Neill: “Whose history is right? And when does history stop being politics, and when does politics become history?” Dr O’Neill says that one person’s perspective of history may be offensive to someone else. Finola went on to discuss …

The Ripper's Victims“It’s like these five women are being killed over and over again, every single day.”

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Most people think that Jack the Ripper’s victims were all young sex workers: not so. Four were over the age of 40 and only two of them are known to have engaged in sex work. That’s according to historian and author Hallie Rubenhold, whose book The Five is a historical reconstruction of the lives of the women murdered by the notorious …

Accessing Education“I find it difficult socially sometimes, the whole acceptance, I think, of people with disabilities.”

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 “Why do you think,” Ryan Tubridy asked Mei Lin Yap this morning, “that people who don’t have an intellectual disability find it so hard to mix it up with people who do have one? Do you think it might be fear?” Mei Lin, a graduate from the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities, agreed that fear could be a …