Books

Tuesday 11th October

Deirdre Purcell's The Husband

Now, Deidre Purcell has certainly had a more varied career than most. She acted on the Abbey stage before moving into journalism where she became the first female anchor of ...

Thursday 6th October

Ethics in Business

“Greed is Good” – that was Gordon Gecko’s mantra in the 1987 hit film, Wall Street and it gets a mention at the start of Ros O’Shea’s book... “Leading with ...

Paul O'Connell's The Battle

Last February Paul O'Connell announced his retirement. Paul O’Connell’s long awaited autobiography “The Battle” is released today and it’s probably fair to say, it is highly anticipated amongst sports fans. Michael ...

Tuesday 2nd August

Joyce County

Just how big an influence did Galway have on James Joyce?  Well, he visited the city twice and everyone knows his wife, Nora Barnacle, was from Galway. In a new book ...

Tuesday 19th July

Book: I'm Not One to Gossip, but...

In the early 1970s Cavan native and former trainee at the Anglo Celt, John McEntee lit out for Dublin, in spite of some strong family political protests, to a job ...

Wednesday 22nd June

Win or Learn - John Kavanagh

The exploits of Irish world champion martial artist Conor McGregor have excited huge interest in his sport, mixed martial arts, or MMA. McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh, pioneered mixed martial arts ...

Thursday 14th April

Book - The Berlin Diary of Roger Casement 1914 - 1916

Roger Casement spent 18 months in Imperial Germany from late 1914 to April 1916. He was pilloried in the British press. The Manchester Guardian calling his trip to Berlin 'act of monstrous baseness at first throught incredible'. 

The diary has been published, edited by Angus Mitchell, One Bold Deed of Open Treason' is out now on Merrion Press. 

Tuesday 15th December

Christmas Books for Children

It’s that time of year when the bookshops are busy with parents/grandparents/aunts and uncles all staring at the shelves wondering what book might be suitable for the child in their lives.

Sarah Webb, writer and children’s book advisor to festivals and events gave her recommendations but first, our reporter, Elayne Devlin went to meet the Casey Family who range in age from 12 to five.

Wednesday 2nd December

Book: Medical Negligence and Childbirth

Medical negligence cases involving the death or injury of babies are as contentious as they are tragic.

Often the first the public hear of these cases is often when they open the paper and read stories of devastated parents, long delays and large pay cuts.

But behind these headlines, how are these cases run? What causes the long delays? And how could they be managed better? Joining Sean in studio was barrister Doireann O'Mahony (and now author) who will be launching her book on the topic this evening and obstetrician Roger Clements who assisted with the book. 

Tuesday 1st December

Book: A Fly Never Lit

The 1960s were a decade of rapid change in rural Ireland. At the start of the decade a typical farmer might have been getting around in a pony and trap. At its end, he was more likely to be bowling around in a car. By then too, television had replaced the wireless as the main source of entertainment in the evenings. Writer PJ Cunningham evokes those years in a memoir called A Fly Never Lit. 

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Alone Hampers

Evelyn O'Rourke met with volunteers helping with the elderly.

Christmas and Your Garden

Paraic Horkan gives us ideas on adding colour to your home this Christmas.

Martin Conmey

In 1973, Martin Conmey, 20 years old at the time, was accused of her murder, and subsequently jailed for three years for manslaughter.

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