Recovering from Addiction“Awareness is the opposite of addiction.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Brian Pennie was a keen footballer when he was a teenager. He told Oliver Callan – sitting in for Ryan – that he lived for football. And although his friends were trying smoking at about 14, Brian wasn’t interested because he didn’t want his football to suffer. It was only when he got injured and couldn’t play football that he …

New Dad Mike Denver“It’s a tough time for everybody, you’d love to be there to spend time with them and see the birth.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Almost everything we hear regarding hospitals these days is Cornoavirus-related, unsurprisingly. And the restrictions currently in place throughout the country to try to slow the spread of the virus have so many knock-on consequences that’s it’s sometimes hard to keep up. We know all about the effect on sport and socialising. We know travel and tourism has been drastically affected. …

Corona Challenge“I felt more threatened than I possibly ever have in my life.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Linda Cullen sounded like she was still in shock when she spoke to Oliver Callan on The Ryan Tubridy Show about experiencing the so-called “Corona Challenge”. The CEO and mum of twins describes being coughed at and spat on by two young boys as she took a walk on her own on the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire yesterday afternoon. …

Dressing for Success“It does matter that you dress up for work even though nobody can see you.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The breakfast is cleared away, the other half is on a conference call from the shed, the children have retreated into their rooms to watch Disney+ do their schoolwork and you’re ready to start your strange work-home hybrid day. Except you’re in your dressing gown. Hmmm – does that really matter? Yes. Yes it does. That’s according to Image Consultant …

Organ Donation“Niamh came along one day and said, ‘I’ll give you a kidney’.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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If, while you self-isolate, you happen upon the description of a TV drama with a story that takes the hero from the depths to the heights, making a lot of stops along the way, and you find your interest piqued and you read on. There’s a descent into alcohol and drug-taking, a taxi driver with a big knife, the redemptive …

Harlan Coben, author of The Boy From The Woods

Harlan Coben“We like the ordinary man in the extraordinary circumstance. In my books I try to put you in that person’s position.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Whether you’re into 24 hour news, books, boxsets or YouTube tutorials (on literally anything), we have an understandable, if insatiable, appetite for content at the moment. If you’re in the market for a new book or a popular series you may have missed first time around, Ryan Tubridy spoke to multimillion selling author and creator of Netflix hits Safe and …

Cancelled Wedding“We got to say our vows and do the rings and that’s the bit that I was most excited about on the day anyway.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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With all the wordlwide Coronavirus-related major trauma that fills our news feeds on a daily basis, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the pandemic has also had many knock-on effects on the sort of things that used to pass for normal life in Ireland. The ban on large gatherings initially meant many people tried paring back the numbers at their …

Irish Pickers“I get a huge buzz from connecting somebody with something they genuinely will love.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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It was the one that got away. In his early days as a trader, Irish Pickers host Ian Dowling came across a copy of The Good Friday Agreement, signed by all the participants in the historic deal. Ian flipped the document for what seemed like a decent price at the time and he’s been regretting the sale ever since, as …