Martin Hayes is from a very impressive musical lineage..... with his father the leader of the Tulla Ceili Band and people like Tommy Potts dropping round for a trad session.
Martin took up the fiddle when he was 7 and became a champion – he won six All Ireland fiddle championships before the age of 19. The immediate family also included Paddy Canny who was a national fiddle champion and the extended family was made up of many musicians for who the Hayes’ home was a focus and meeting place.
However, he decided to leave his Co Clare roots and forge a different path in the US. And it was this distance that gave him a new appreciation of the music he grew up with. And lucky for us, as he’s now considered the best fiddle player in the world with a schedule that would make your eyes water.He is a member of The Gloaming who released their debut CD with a short tour of Ireland this year.
Dr Lindsey Earner-Byrne is a lecturer in the School of History and Archives UCD and the author of Mother and Child: Maternity and Child Welfare in Ireland, 1920s-1960s. She joins Marian in studio to discuss the discovery of the bodies of some 800 babies buried in a septic tank in Tuam beside a former mother and baby home. Marian also talks to J P Rodgers who was in the Bon Secours Home in Tuam until he was 6 years of age and he wrote a book about his own and his mother's experiences of the time.
Now......terms like gazumping had almost faded from our consciousness. But not it seems if you’re looking to buy a house in Dublin in recent times. Just last week an economist described the housing market in the capital as “scalding” and we’re constantly reading that families may have to give up their dream of owning a 3-bed semi.
In studio are two women who know all about the heartache and frustration of trying to buy in Dublin, Melanie Finn and Karen Brosnan. They give us an insight into their difficulties when trying to purchase a house within their budget.
80% of Irish people have gum disease. 20% of people have gum disease which can cause them to lose teeth. People are losing teeth twice as much because of gum disease.
A survey found that on average a box of dental floss (containing 30 metres of floss) will last up to 4 years in Ireland when it’s supposed to last three months.
There is a big link between gum disease and systemic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. The American Academy of Periodontal Disease reported that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease. It is to do with inflammatory proteins and the bacteria in the periodontal tissue entering the blood stream and thus causing ill effects on the cardio vascular system.
People know about the importance of taking care of their teeth but not so much about looking after their gums.
Dental hygienist Rozanne Flanagan tells us what we should be doing to safeguard our oral health.
Now going on holiday is all about relaxing and taking it easy....but that’s difficult to do if you’ve fallen victim to a scam. Here with a few words of advice for anyone planning on heading away...In studio is Joan Scales, Travel Writer with the Irish Times.
Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings...........with lots of coverage on the television.........many peole might be inspired to visit these historical sites.
You can visit all these sights by yourself, but a guided tour is an easy way to see a lot in a short space of time. Edward Robinson of http://www.battleofnormandytours.com/ talks to Marian live from Normandy where he runs private guided tours of the battlefield areas. The effects are everywhere from reconstructed hearts of bombed out cities like Cherbourg, Caen and Le Havre to countless damaged village churches.