A Guide to Punk Rock“There was nobody saying you can’t do that, you’re a girl. So God bless punk!”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Punk Rock evolved as a backlash against the ‘free love and peace’ mantra of the hippy movement, as Cait O’Riordan explained to Philip Boucher-Hayes, sitting in for Claire Byrne on the Today programme. The former bass player with The Pogues shared her knowledge and her personal stories about the musical and social phenomenon that was punk rock. It’s part of Today with …

Sleep and Our Immune System“We now know that immune activity in the brain is really important during sleep.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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The effect that sleep – or the lack thereof – can have on our immune system is something that we probably don’t think about enough, especially considering all the pandemic-related reasons we have to stress ourselves out. As part of Today with Claire Byrne’s ongoing series on boosting the immune system, Professor Clíona O’Farrelly, Chair of Comparative Immunology at Trinity College, spoke to Claire about the effect poor sleep can have …

Introduction To Trad“People have a new-found appreciation for traditional music, which is fantastic.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is a born influencer. Speaking from the Baile na nGall studio from West Kerry, her enthusiasm for Irish traditional music was such that Claire Byrne said she was sold without hearing a single note. Muireann was chatting to Claire as part of series on where to begin with a musical genre that you’re not familiar with. As …

Mental Health Waiting Lists“Everyone’s mental health is under strain at the moment.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Barry Lenihan’s report on the effects of the pandemic on Ireland’s mental health services for Today with Claire Byrne is chock-full of the sort of statistics that, when collected and delivered en masse, are pretty shocking. Here’s what Barry told Claire about what he called “a significant spike in demand” for various mental health bodies’ services:  “Samaritans says its volunteers have listened for almost 73,000 hours since lockdown 1 last March, as thousands contacted its helpline; …

Speechwriter Cody Keenan“It still takes your breath away when you see the crowd stretched out down around the corner.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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When President Barack Obama visited Ireland 10 years ago, he was supposed to stay the night and enjoy some downtime, but a pesky volcano had other ideas. Obama’s speechwriter, Cody Keenan, told Claire Byrne that the US Air Force made the call that meant the presidential party didn’t stay overnight at the Merrion Hotel and enjoy a session in O’Donoghue’s Pub, arranged by the …

Small Ads Story“I found out that the person I thought was my father wasn’t.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Some small ads in newspapers are simple looking-for-love declarations by a given person hoping to meet someone they could strike up a relationship with. And then some small ads are a little broader in their scope, like the one Brian O’Connell brought to our attention on Today with Claire Byrne. This seemingly-humble ad actually hid an epic story of war, romance and a lifelong search. Here’s …

Army Whistleblower“They feel as if they’ve never been listened to.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Barry Lenihan reports on a whistleblower’s allegations of sexual assault and rape over decades in the Defence Forces. Gardaí are investigating historic allegations of sexual abuse and assault within the Defence Forces. The investigation was launched following disclosures made to the Department of Defence made by a whistleblower. On Wednesday’s Today with Claire Byrne, reporter Barry Lenihan told Claire what he found when he …

Rise In Divorce Cases“You’re talking at the least two years before you get a hearing date.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Family law solicitor Marion Campbell has seen a recent spike in the number of divorce-related inquiries to her firm. The Head of Family Law at KOD Lyons spoke to Claire Byrne about how divorce proceedings are being managed by the courts in the pandemic. Marion also explained some features of the Irish “no-fault” divorce system, which may not be well …