A Younger Brain“We hear a lot about too much stress – too little stress is not good for you.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Psychologist and neuroscientist Dr Sabina Brennan is like a personal trainer for the brain. She’s on a mission to help us maximise our brain health by making adjustments to three areas: attitude, activity and lifestyle, as she told Séan O’Rourke today. She’s put her ideas down in her latest book, 100 Days to a Younger Brain. Dr Brennan says that …

Gluten-Free“So many more people are buying gluten-free products now than actually need them.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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A new report from Safe Food has revealed that 90% of people who buy gluten-free foods do not have a gluten-related disorder or celiac disease. They buy these products in the mistaken belief that they’re lower in fat and sugar and will help them lose weight. Regular Today programme dietician, Louise Reynolds, from the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, spoke …

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh & Anne Cassin“Oh I went for it like nothing else. I asked to see the bosses about it, I went for it, I pitched it. “

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“Exhilarated” is how Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh  says she feels after a long day filming for her new role on Nationwide. Both Anne Cassin and Bláthnaid dropped in for a chat with Seán about their new partnership on the show.  Bláthnaid told Seán she couldn’t be happier: “Yeah, I’m loving it. It was great. You know when you come back and yeah, you’re wrecked …

Jonny Dymond“In the end the contradictions and the conflicts of interest were too many and they just couldn’t sort it out.”

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Fairytale royals try very hard to escape their dismal destiny, only to find that every step brings them closer to fulfilling whatever curse has been laid upon them. Time will tell if Britain’s Prince Harry will succumb to traps like those set for storybook princes and princesses, but royal watcher Jonny Dymond thinks the prince might be in for a tough …

Age-Appropriate Exercise“Regardless of whatever age you are, exercise is probably the best medicine we have.”

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Seán O’Rourke’s got your back… and your knee, and your cruciate ligament. Well, he’s done the next best thing and brought a couple of health experts into studio for advice on getting through the January exercise kick without doing too much damage. Chartered physiotherapist Jenny Branigan of Total Physio and Professor Niall Moyna of the School of Health and Human …

Eoin McGee with advice on budgeting for a wedding

Budgeting for a wedding“What is important to me on the day?”

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Whether you’re a social media addict or someone who enjoys a cursory scroll through your feeds while waiting for the bus, you’ll have noticed the diamond ring emoji and #shesaidyes popping up quite a lot over the last few weeks. That’s because December is officially the most popular month for Irish couples to get engaged. Once the initial joy, celebration …

Michael Harding“What we’re celebrating, to be clear, at Christmas, is the story of a young refugee who is pregnant…”

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Michael Harding says he doesn’t believe in God but he does have his own take on what Christmas is actually about. In a conversation full of literary quotes and poetic anecdotes, the columnist and author told Seán O’Rourke how he thinks the Bethlehem story resonates today: “What we’re celebrating, to be clear, at Christmas, is the story of a young refugee …

Paddy Cole and Sean O'Rourke

Paddy Cole“I’ve had a wonderful life in the business.”

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Jazz musician Paddy Cole is honoured with a mural in his home town of Castleblayney. The mural happens to be situated exactly where the town’s old customs post used to be. Chatting to Seán O’Rourke  ahead of his 80th birthday, this piece of trivia led to a chat about the role of customs checks in Paddy’s young life in a …