Reconsidering Peig“All you have to say is Peig and people know who you’re talking about.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“Seanabhean is ea mise anois go bhfuil cos léi insan uaigh is an chos eile ar a bruach.” There’s a sizeable portion of the population of Ireland who will read those words and shudder, such is the cultural reach of the book from which they come and the woman who uttered them. So it’s probably no surprise that when broadcaster Sinéad Ní Uallacháin referenced that book with its pink cover, Ryan Tubridy told her she was triggering him. This is the power of Peig. Born in Dún Chaoin, Co …

Author Megan Nolan“She’s a very compulsive, obsessive woman, who loves very easily and too much.”

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Ryan Tubridy is never shy about giving listeners his opinion of a book he’s read, so when he says that Megan Nolan’s Acts of Desperation is “a terribly unhappy book”, you might expect him to go further and say he didn’t like it or recommend we don’t read it. This course of action might be considered rude, though, as he’s talking to the …

Stalker Ordeal“Thankfully he was arrested on my property.”

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“This is a story about being stalked, it’s a story of terror, it’s a story of survival.” So went Ryan Tubridy’s introduction to his conversation with Una Ring, a woman who has endured the obsessive harassment of a former colleague. Office manager Una had what she thought was a regular working relationship with sales rep James Steele, never really conversing beyond the normal …

Michael J Dowling“Whenever an opportunity opens up or a door opens up, you just take it. You say yes.”

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Sometimes a negative comment can provide just the motivation a young man needs. That was certainly the case with the young Michael J Dowling, growing up poor in rural Limerick and dreaming of  something better when a wealthy local farmer turned to him one day and said, “Isn’t it too bad that you will never be able to get to college?” Michael told Ryan Tubridy that he …

Tech2Students“We’ve got to lift people’s spirits, we’ve got to get behind young people and tell them they’re great.”

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Remote learning is about so much more than course work for teacher Kevin Shortall: it’s about the welfare of the students and the wider school community. Kevin is Deputy Principal at Old Bawn Community School in Tallaght and a member of the pastoral care team, looking after the needs of 1000 students. He spoke to Ryan Tubridy about supporting students …

Cellist Patrick Dexter“There was this huge wall of response from around the world that I could have never expected.”

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Describing his location on The Ryan Tubridy Show, Patrick Dexter drew a very compelling picture of his surroundings in the west of Ireland:   “I’m looking out across Clew Bay, I’m looking at Croagh Patrick, I’m on the north side of Clew Bay in a small town called Newport and here we have to our west, Achill Island, Clare Island, and in front of me, Croagh Patrick …

A Virtual Hug“Everyone loved me on the Late Late Toy Show because of my virtual hug.” 

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When he appeared on the Late Late Toy Show last November with his infectious smile and his virtual hug, 6-year-old Adam King became an instant sensation. NASA wanted to talk to him. Astronaut Chris Hadfield wanted to talk to him. And Adam wanted to give everybody a virtual hug. Now, we discovered on Friday’s Ryan Tubridy Show, Adam’s virtual hug is available to buy in the form of a card …

Imelda May“We’ll probably be a bit tense to begin with and then we’ll just lose the plot and have parties constantly.”

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Imelda May celebrated the release of her new single with champagne for herself and mocktails for her daughter Violet. The pair of them got all dolled up and danced around their kitchen like mad yokes, as she told Ryan Tubridy over the phone from London. The Dublin-born musician also spoke about collaborating with rock legends Noel Gallagher and Ronnie Wood …