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    Tea and Company

    The Irish know better than most the importance of a good cup of tea and a good chat. We offer tea at funerals, the birth of a child, the break-up of a’s the cure-all and there’s not an Irish household in the country that doesn’t put the kettle on when somebody calls to the door.

    A new book by the ICA – Tea and Company – looks at our various rituals around tea drinking, and includes recipes, meditations and thoughts for whatever sort of day you might be having.

    So stick the kettle on there as guests Aoife Carrigy, editor of the book, and Anne Payne, Secretary of the Laois Federation of the ICA tell Sean how to make the perfect cup of tea.

    The ICA Book of Tea and Company is published by Gill and Macmillan and is priced at €22.99.


    Peter Clohessy

    Rugby legend Peter Clohessy and his wife Anna Gibson Steele joined Keelin to discuss A Life With Claw, a biography on Peter written by his wife. Anna tells Keelin why she decided to write the book, they discuss Peter's career and how they met.

    Peter and Anna will be doing a book signing at Hodges Figgis on Dawson St. Dublin 2 from 1pm today.


    Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary

    For many of us re-reading a diary from our teens would most likely be a source of some embarrassment or would perhaps be merely an object of curiosity - a remnant from another time and another life. Well for Sean's guest they were two minor concerns as she leafed through her journal from 1972. She read the entries ‘with growing bewilderment’. She was 16 going on17 and she says, ‘an unexceptional Catholic schoolgirl’. What was exceptional was that she was living in Belfast in what would turn out to be the worst year of the Troubles. 497 people were killed and 4,876 were injured.

    As if being a teenager with its attendant traumas and worries weren’t bad enough. Nights that should have been spent studying – or coming up with excuses not to study – were spent fretting for the immediate future of her parents and four brothers.  While she composed her journal entries, bombs and gunfire could be heard in the background.

    Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary has just been published and its author Eimear O’Callaghan joined Sean this morning in studio.

    Belfast Days: Chronological diary entries, interspersed with Eimear of today giving context and in some cases admonishing her younger self.


    Judging W.T. Cosgrave

    Author and historian Michael Laffan joined Sean to discuss W.T. Cosgrave and new book, Judging W.T. Cosgrave.


    Brian O'Driscoll

    Brian O'Driscoll joined Sean in studio to discuss his new autobiography with Alan English, published by Penguin Ireland.

    Brian discusses family, meeting his wife Amy, getting arrested in New York and the death of his close friend Barry and much more.

    Brian will be signing copies of 'The Test' this Saturday from 12 Midday in Eason's on O'Connell St, Dublin.


    Johnny Rotten

    Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten spoke with Sean about family, the Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd, education and his new autobiography.


    Mind Change

    Neuroscientist and author Susan Greenfield spoke to Sean her new book and how digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains.

    Published by Faber.


    Valerie Cox meets with Padraig Nally

    Farmer Padraig Nally told the Central Criminal Court sitting in Castlebar that he didn't deny that he shot traveller John Ward, he was afraid Ward was going to kill him. Valerie Cox, has been to Mayo to meet with Padraig Nally and Crona Esler, whose book about Padraig Nally 'Unless By Invitation' was published this week, join Sean in studio.




    This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate

    Naomi Klein made headlines fourteen years ago with the publication of her first book No Logo, which as it subtitle declared took ‘aim at the brand bullies’ of our globalised world. In 2007 she followed this with The Shock Doctrine which had in its crosshairs the neoliberal free market proselytisers who were remaking the world in their own image. And now she’s back with This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus The Climate, a book which was described as a book about climate change for people who don’t read books about climate change.


    Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts

    Between 1997 and 2007 Jonathan Powell was the chief British negotiator on Northern Ireland. Rather controversially he has gone public with the idea that Britain and her allies should talk to the Taliban, to Hamas and even to al-Qaeda… For while it may be distasteful, when it comes to terrorists and the chance to save lives, he maintains - like JFK - that ‘it’s never too early to try and never too late to talk’

    Jonathan Powell's latest book sets out his thesis on talking to terrorists. And appropriately enough it’s full title is Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts.

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