Anxiety in Children“It’s been a particularly difficult time for new mums, especially first-time mums.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Pandemic-related anxiety is reaching places most other anxieties never get to. According to Dr Niamh Lynch, Paediatrician at the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, babies are showing signs of anxiety, due to Covid-related stress levels in mothers during pregnancy and beyond. Dr Lynch spoke to Claire Byrne about what the last 9 months have been like for mothers:  “I suppose it’s been a particularly difficult time for new …

Dublin Zoo in Trouble“Dublin Zoo is a cultural institution, not just for people who live in Dublin, but for everybody in Ireland.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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The ongoing pandemic has seen a substantial number of businesses shut down, some with the hope that they can reopen if and when restrictions are lifted. But some businesses have not been able to shut down, even if they have to remain closed. Neasa Hourigan, Green Party TD for Dublin Central, spoke to Claire Byrne about the plight facing Dublin Zoo:  “I suppose …

Grace Dent“Working class family going to the supermarket together was a Wednesday night out.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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There’s no gravy on Masterchef, Grace Dent told Claire Byrne on Wednesday. If you want brown stuff on your spuds, you have to reach for the jus. Grace, restaurant critic, broadcaster and author, reckons that people want comfort food at the end of the day and not the sort of high-end fare that she would review for The Guardian:  “I always say that nobody …

Cork University Hospital“If numbers continue to deteriorate as it appears that they are, it’s going to have knock-on consequences.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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There are many worrying takeaways from Brian O’Connell’s report from Cork University Hospital for Today with Claire Byrne on Thursday, the first of which is the fact that just four weeks ago, CUH had no Covid-19 patients in the hospital. When Brian visited them on Wednesday, they had 20, two of whom were in Intensive Care.   “Everyone I met in the CUH, nurse managers, …

Life After Sport“Sport has made you this person and then suddenly overnight it’s taken away from you.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Is there life after sport? What happens when sportspeople step away from the arena for the last time? When it comes to most careers, people in their mid-thirties tend to be approaching their professional peak, but whether you’re a professional rugby player or an (all-but) professional hurler, when you hit 35, your playing days are numbered. Damian Lawlor has spoken to fourteen Irish sportspeople about their experiences of transitioning from …

Rediscovering Joy“Most of all, I hate this virus because it’s smashed joy out of our lives.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Dr Harry Barry hates Covid-19. He hates it not just because it’s a deadly virus that has infected and killed a lot of people on a global scale, but especially because, he told Claire Byrne, it has taken away our joy. GP and Mental Health Specialist Harry was joined on the Today programme by Dr Ann-Marie Creaven, from the Department of Psychology, University of Limerick to talk about bringing some of …

Declutter TV “The peace that I feel knowing where all my things are!”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Does binge-watching organisational TV shows count as tidying? If only. But they can kick-start your escape from the tyranny of things, according to Claire Byrne’s two guests on her show this morning. 2FM presenter Louise McSharry talks about how the new Netflix show Get Organized With The Home Edit got her in the zone for a complete re-vamp of her …

Behind the Small Ads“He gave it to me as the eldest son to mind for the family – which I haven’t done a good job of.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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By his own admission, Today with Claire Byrne reporter Brian O’Connell’s long-standing interest in classifieds – the small ads – is bordering on obsession. This is good news for us though, as Brian brought us more stories behind the small ads on Tuesday’s programme. One of his best sources through the years has been The Echo newspaper in Cork and it’s in the Lost and Found section of that paper where …