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    Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 27 August 2014

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    Gaza

    Palestinians in Gaza celebrated a ceasefire with Israel last night after fifty days of conflict that left more than 2,200 people dead and more 10,000 injured.  At least 3,000 Palestinian children were injured in the fighting, many of them left with permanent injuries, according to Oxfam.

    Joining Sean from Jerusalem Luke Baker of Reuters and Alun McDonald of Oxfam on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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    IRA Ceasefire

    It’s 20 years since the IRA ceasefire. It was a day which changed Ireland forever. Talk of peace was in the air, a sense of a future without fighting because a possibility.

    Charlie Bird was reporting for RTE on the day and he joined Sean this morning.

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    Marital Longevity

    What makes a long and happy marriage – what are the secrets? How can you ensure your relationship runs harmoniously? 

    With Sean in studio with thoughts and advice were Anne Matthews, relationships counsellor with Mind and Body Works, and author Maria Duffy.

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell met with Marie, aged 90, and Michael McNamara, aged 102, from Little Island in Cork and have been together for more than 42 years.

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    Century Ireland

    It’s August and time, once again, to enter our Century Ireland time machine and travel back to the Raidio Eireann newsroom for the news read by Anne Doyle there with the news from August 1914...

    Sean was joined now by Mark Duncan of the Century Ireland project and by historian Conor Mulvagh from UCD.

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    Boris Johnson

    Two of the biggest beasts in British politics roared their way into next year’s general election campaign yesterday.  London Mayor Boris Johnson announced he’s applying to be the conservative candidate in a safe Tory seat in West London. While UKIP leader, Nigel Farage was selected to run for his party in Kent.

    Quentin Peel, formerly of the Financial Times in Germany and now with Chatham House in London spoke to Sean.

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    Testicular Cancer

    Conor Drum is a man who has funny things to say about a lot of things - including his own experience of testicular cancer, which he has now incorporated into his gigs.

    He joined Sean from London.

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    Starting Secondary School

    For many of you, your child finished primary school two months ago and either this week or next, secondary school awaits. The closeted, comforted world with one single class and one teacher is over and a whole new world of timetables, exams, teenagers, teachers and the opposite sex opens up. For many, guiding their children through the labyrinth that is secondary school is a daunting task.

    Sean was joined by Dr John Sharry, Irish Times Parenting Columnist, and founder of the Parents Plus Charity and by columnist Fiona Looney.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • 11:28
      Title: Running Up That Hill
      Performer(s): Kate Bush
      Performer(s): Kate Bush
      Album: Café del Mar, Vol. 19
      Duration: 5:05

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