Finding Your Soul Mate Online“I put it out there. And the very next day, literally, four men, completely different, approached me online.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Looking for a soul mate in middle age in the middle of a global pandemic is no joke, but Jeanne Sullivan Billeci assured Oliver Callan, it’s possible to find your soul mate online – but only if you stop putting the wrong you out there. Jeanne, who found love online herself 10 years ago, spent lockdown writing a book about how to …

Rachel's IVF Journey“I was absolutely heartbroken the first time it didn’t work.” 

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Rachel Scanlon’s lucky toilet came through for her not once, but twice. What – you don’t have a lucky toilet? Maybe Rachel’s story will convince you to reconsider. On Tuesday’s Ryan Tubridy Show, Rachel – who’s been through IVF an extraordinary thirteen times – started by telling Ryan that before deciding on going down the road of IVF, she and her partner Kevin had experienced a lot of disappointment:  …

Lottie and the Ickabog“On my Dad’s birthday we always go to a coffee shop and buy hot drinks for the next ten people that come in.”

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What do the author of the best-selling book series in history and 9-year-old Lottie Billington from Westport have in common? Well, the Ickabog, obviously. When JK Rowling (for it is she) wanted to recruit some illustrators for her new children’s book, she sent a call out on social media looking for kids to draw the characters in her story. Many applied, but few were chosen. And Lottie was one of …

Ruth Medjber“I went for three-and-a-half months shooting every single night.”

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Photographer Ruth Medjber experienced the kindness of strangers this summer as she trekked across the country working on her new book Twilight Together. Ruth began taking window portraits of people at home when her regular gigs as a music photographer stopped. She took to the road once the travel restrictions were lifted, and just kept going. It was hard graft, …

Siobhan Murray: 13 Years Sober“You don’t realise how easily it creeps in and becomes a staple of your life.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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On Sunday, psychotherapist Siobhan Murray celebrated 13 years sober. It’s a huge achievement, as Oliver Callan – sitting in for Ryan Tubridy – highlighted on Tuesday morning. It’s particularly impressive when you consider that Siobhan originally only quit drinking for a month. The recently-named Psychotherapist of the Year told Oliver that, although a lot of people expect psychotherapists to have their own lives perfectly sorted, it’s …

Historian Donal Fallon“When it comes to pop culture, Dracula is unmatched.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Dracula – the original vampire novel that spawned countless movies, fan fiction, cartoon characters and Halloween costumes was written by Irish writer Bram Stoker and first published back in 1897. Historian and podcaster Donal Fallon makes the somewhat controversial case on The Ryan Tubridy Show that Stoker is the Irish writer who has had the biggest impact worldwide: “To my …

Stephen Fry“The great thing about these myths is that they understand what it is to be human.”

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Ancient Greek myths have the power to thrill, excite and move a modern audience. That’s according to writer, actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry, whose third book of Greek tales has just been published. Stephen enjoyed a wide-ranging chat with Ryan Tubridy about language, storytelling and the deeper truths embedded in myths and legends. Troy is Fry’s follow up to the …

Hope after Loss“We were literally getting on the plane in Dublin when they announced that somebody had been found.” 

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The annual Carpe Diem Sing and Play concert remembers the life of Eimear Noonan and funds music education in the west of Ireland. Eimear was a talented young musician who tragically died in an accident three years ago at the age of just 21. Eimear’s mother Mary Noonan wrote to Ryan Tubridy three years ago, to share her appreciation for the support she and her family received …