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March 25th 2008

Presenter Aonghus McAnally All this week, the programme is presented by Aonghus McAnally.

Our own Terry Flanagan will be joined by Irish teacher Edel Harrington and Leanne O'Donnell of RTÉ's Getting It Right to discuss the upcoming leaving cert. They will be available to answer calls.

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Chuck Berry at Letterkenny - BRIAN REDDIN
It's not every day you get a chance to see one of the Poet Laureates of Rock and Roll. A person who you can truly say changed the course of music.

That opportunity fell to the good people of Letterkenny in Donegal last night because at 10.30 pm in the Grille the legendary Chuck Berry took to the stage.

Filmmaker Brian Reddin was there and even got to meet him.

Chuck Berry lives in St Louis Missouri and plays at a club called Blueberry Hill on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

Brian made a series with Daithi O'Shea about Route 66 last year. They are doing Highway 61 this summer - and they hope to meet Mrs Berry on that trip - the series will air on TG4.

Leanne O'Donnell is back this year with the Leaving Cert podcast series, 'Getting it Right'.

It is a podcast only series with 20 minute podcasts on Leaving Cert subjects.

You can listen to one programme at a time or you can subscribe to the series and all the programmes will be sent to you as they're updated.

She has nine podcasts available at the moment and there will be more available as the weeks progress.

The service is free.

Students get two teachers in for each subject - they will be experienced teachers who have also corrected papers.The podcast is 20 minutes long and gives you an overview of what the examiner is looking for.They have a podcast on each paper - for example on Maths 1 and Maths 2.

They have specific podcasts on both honours and pass maths and it appeals to the strong and the weaker student.

Leeanne has nightmares every year when she's working on this series because she hated her Leaving Cert - she got very bogged down in the sheer quantity of material to study. She would say she was overwhelmed by it all.

To access the podcasts go to:

This year, 2008, is the 150th anniversary of the reported series of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the young woman Bernadette Soubirous in the town of Lourdes in south-western France.

Over the last century and a half, Lourdes has become probably the most visited of all Marian shrines in the world with an estimated 5 million pilgrims a year going there and it continues to grow in popularity all the time. An estimated 70 thousand Irish pilgrims annually are among those who go there to pray at the grotto and to partake of the waters.

Paddy O'Gorman was there for the Easter weekend.

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