Féileacáin Bereaved Dads“Whether we say something or not, we’re here together and there’s this bond.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The charity Féileacáin, which supports parents who’ve lost a child around the time of birth, will host a very special football match in May. The players involved are all fathers who have lost a child through miscarriage or stillbirth. Evelyn O’Rourke went to one of the team’s training sessions, as she told Seán O’Rourke this morning. The Féileacáin dads’ team …

Marymount Hospice

Hospice Care“I don’t have the fear I thought I would have.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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We could all benefit from a sharp dose of perspective from time to time. Listeners to Today with Seán O’Rourke got that in spades when reporter Brian O’Connell spoke to three cancer patients being treated by staff at Marymount Hospice in Cork. The hospice is marking its 150th anniversary this year and as you might expect there have been significant …

Dietician Louise Reynolds discusses malnutrition

Louise Reynolds“There are a lot of people at risk of malnutrition and there are consequences to that.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Most food chat these days tends to focus on how to reduce calorie intake, increase vegetable consumption and swap dirty fries for clean eating. There is however another side of the nutritional coin that tends not to get as much air time – malnutrition. It may be a word that we associate with poverty and famine, but malnutrition is something …

Chef JP McMahon“We forget how, over the couple of hundred years, our palates change.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Chef JP McMahon has finally put in writing that most Irish of recipes – the crisp sandwich. If nothing else, that should distinguish his new cook book from the pack. But there are also plenty of seaweed recipes, although he would have liked to put in more. Still, he wasn’t sure about writing the book when the offer came in, …

Author Colum McCann“I know it’s an odd title for a book. I only ever met two people who knew what the word meant.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The award-winning Irish author Colum McCann told Seán O’Rourke that he wasn’t sure what the word ‘fiction’ means anymore. He was in studio to talk about his new novel, Apeirogon (you can hear how it’s pronounced by clicking on the audio, above). Seán started with the obvious question – what is an apeirogon? “An apeirogon is a shape with a …

Facial Recognition Tech“What this company is doing is starting a massive debate, which I think is going to be going on for the rest of the century, really.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Remember all those selfies you gleefully uploaded to Facebook back in the day? The hilarious shot of you and your dog that you had to share on Twitter that time? Not to mention that work bonding group shot you fired up to your Instagram just last week? Well, now all those pictures belong to a man called Hoan Ton-That. He’s …

Anne Enright“That funny thing happens when people outlive their parents, it’s very odd, an almost biological feeling for a while that they shouldn’t be there.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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At the start of his conversation with Anne Enright, Seán O’Rourke brings up the surprise he got reading her new novel, Actress, when he realised that the very studio they were talking in features in the book: “Yeah, it’s studio 7, isn’t it? Yeah I did my research, you know? She comes in late for – the star of the …

Sister Stan

Sister Stan“Housing is broken.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Sister Stanislaus Kennedy’s life of action and activism began when she joined The Sisters of Charity as an 18 year old novice. Now 80 years of age, she joined Seán O’Rourke to reflect on all that she’s packed in to her 62 year career. Most people probably know Sister Stan, as she is affectionately known, as founder of Focus Ireland …