Saturday, 28 October 2006
Martin Sheen and Fr. Shay Cullen
From the West Wing to the West of Ireland, legendary actor Martin Sheen told Ryan about his term in NUI Galway, and how he is "enjoying it tremendously".
"I love Ireland and I love the people of Ireland". Studying in Ireland "is one of the great adventures in my life. I have always had this fantasy about studying in Ireland" he added. Martin Sheen and Father Shay Cullen also told Ryan how their friendship led them on a mission to fight exploitation and campaign for human rights in some of the poorest countries in the world. "I believe in non-violent civil disobedience" Martin said. Martin also chatted about the West Wing and the similarities between his on-screen personae and his own moral and political values; his disapproval of the current political state of the U.S.A, adding "arrogance is ignorance matured".
Asked if he would fancy himself at the head of the White House, he said "oh no, I am not qualified and have no interest in it at all".
Martin Sheen is currently starring in Martin Scorcese latest film, The Departed.
Passion and Power by Father Shay Cullen is out now. All proceeds of the book go to PREDA
Julie Walters was nominated for an Oscar for her screen debut as the working-class student who wanted to better herself in Educating Rita, but to her younger fans she's Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter films. She told Ryan how she loved playing the colourful Molly. She "has got massive bosoms which is nice, but they stuffed the bosoms with bird seeds. It was terrible in King's Cross with the pigeons!" she joked.
Julie also chatted about her love and ability to play older characters, the huge influence her eccentric grandmother had on her acting style, and how her mother really wanted her to become a nurse.
Julie has recently published her first novel and explained how a "lack of discipline" is what took her so long.
Maggie's Tree, a novel by Julie Walters is out now
Keith Barry has caught a bullet with his teeth, driven blindfolded with Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls, and even dodged a samurai sword. As a young boy living in Waterford his first magic trick was to make a handkerchief disappear - now he spends a lot of his time in Hollywood dazzling the stars with his skills.
He told Ryan how he "is having fun out there", how he was written into a CSI Miami episode, and how he "scared the s*** out of Keanu Reeves".
Keith also picked a couple of audience members and showed off some if very own Halloween and mind reading tricks!
Keith Barry will tour Ireland in November and December 2006. Check TicketMaster for details
Chris De Burgh
He has sold forty five million records worldwide and has clocked up three thousand live performances since the beginning of his musical career. His new album The Storyman explores the idea of storytelling throughout the world. Chris explained the meaning of his "concept album" and how it came about.
He also told Ryan how the headlines haling him as a faith healer were born out of a mistake but said he does believe there is an alternative to conventional medicine and trust the power of holistic healing.
Chris also performed a number from his new album called Spirit, and serenaded the audience with his song "A Spaceman came travelling".
Chris will soon kick off an 18 months world tour, and said he is seriously considering playing on home ground soon.
The Storyman by Chris de Burgh is out now