Virtual Dementia Tour

Virtual Dementia Tour“You don’t know whether she needs to be sectioned or cuddled.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Dementia is a diagnosis met with universal dread. Often alluded to as ‘the long goodbye,’ most of us fear watching a loved one succumb to it as much as developing it ourselves. The nature of dementia means that it can be hard for those living with it to explain what it’s like. To coincide with National Carer’s Week, professional care …

Tom Bradby suffered with insomnia

Tom Bradby“One day I had to admit that I couldn’t go on.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Journalist Tom Bradby reported on ceasefires, riots and royal weddings during assignments as ITV’s Ireland, Foreign and Royal correspondent respectively. Today he anchors the channel’s iconic News at 10, but recently took time out due to a mental health issue. “I wasn’t sleeping well, then one night I couldn’t sleep at all and that became quite a crisis. I mean …

The History of the Green Party“If you take the argument that you’ve got to put the planet before politics then you have to take a long-term view.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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As the results of recent local and European elections seem to herald a new ‘green wave’, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, Diarmaid Ferriter, joined Seán O’Rourke to discuss the origins of the Green Party in Ireland from activists to kingmakers. Most versions of the Green Party story in Ireland begin in the 1980s, tracing their evolution from a …

The Life of Brian at 40“The most expensive cinema ticket in history.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Monty Python’s The Life of Brian caused quite the stir when it hit movie screens in 1979. It was banned in several countries (Ireland being one of them), led to protests outside cinemas across the US and resulted in a now-infamous televised debate between two of the Pythons (John Cleese and Michael Palin) and two members of the Christian establishment: …

Can skipping breakfast help you lose weight?‘Take these headlines with a pinch of salt.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? In a haze of health-related think-pieces and conflicting advice, it can be hard to know which side your bread is buttered on. “Should you start your day with a filling meal or on an empty stomach?”  That was the question posed by Sean O’Rourke to dietician Louise Reynolds, from the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic …

Can Medicine Be Cured?‘Big Pharma’ is driving a lot of poor research for commercial ends.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Medicine is not making us better. Or so goes the controversial claim by Dr Séamus O’Mahony, who has penned the book, Can Medicine Be Cured? which claims that the medical profession, as a whole, has been corrupted.  Dr O’Mahony joined Sean O’Rourke to make his case. The “golden age” of medicine is over, says Dr O’Mahony, noting that the period from the 1930s to 1980s saw the introduction of organ …

Overindulging at Christmas‘Think before you reach into that tin.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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‘Tis the season to eat everything around us. With cold nights and festive gatherings taking their toll during the Christmas period, how can we hope to avoid overindulging? Dietitian Louise Reynolds sat down with Sean O’Rourke to tell listeners how to stem the turkey tide. Louise isn’t here to ruin everyone’s fun. She’s merely suggesting that maybe it’s a marathon, not a sprint. …

'The Staircase' and The Innocence Project‘Sadly, about 75% of the cases that have been overturned based on DNA evidence involve wrongful IDs’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The Innocence Project is a legal aid group that aims to exonerate those who have been wrongly convicted of crimes.  Speaking to Sean O’Rourke on the Today programme about the work they do was Anne Driscoll who got involved as an investigative journalist.  She gave Sean an example of a case she had worked on while at the Schuster Institute …