Chef Donal Skehan tells us about his gastronomic tour of Italy, Marty dons a blindfold and finds out how important a white cane is to people with visual impairments, and we’re looking for three players for our Monday quiz...
Donal Skehan is 27 years old; he is a cook, has written three cookbooks that have been translated into German and Swedish, he's presented two fourteen-part, primetime Irish television cookery programs that have been sold to the UK, France and Brazil and he has just finished a series for Fox network! He's only just back from Italy, meeting a variety of "nonnas" (Italian grandmothers) to try to get their signature dishes, but today he comes into studio to tell Marty about trying to juggle the new books and magazines and TV series!
You know what they say: life can be funny sometimes. It can take you in a different direction, both personally and professionally, than what you had planned. Well that’s what happened to Grainne Walsh from Waterford. She started her career working in the IT industry but now is one of only two female micro-brewers in the country.
Metalman Brewing is the brainchild of herself and her partner Tim, real beer enthusiasts, who were frustrated by the lack of availability and choice of authentic tasty Irish beer. This morning, Brenda, very willingly, paid a visit to Metalman Brewing Company, where she met up with Grainne Walsh…
The presenter of Mooney gets to speak to lots of interesting people and from time to time he actually gets to leave the studio. That was the case last week when Marty was invited to the Headquarters of the NCBI – the National Council for the Blind of Ireland.
Sight loss affects everyone in different ways. While some people have enough vision to get around independently, others use a mobility aid, such as a white cane, or long cane as it is called in Ireland.
The NCBI asked Marty if he would like to go along and find out, first-hand, what it’s like to cross a busy road, using only a white cane. He thought that would be a bit of a challenge and it would give him an insight into how people with a visual impairment cope with ordinary everyday tasks which sighted people take for granted.
His two guides for the day were Fionnuala Murphy, NCBI Communications Manager, and Ann Smith, Mobility Instructor, and today, we hear how he got on...
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