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    Dementia

    Dementia describes a range of conditions that cause damage to our brain. I can affect memory, thinking, language and our ability to perform everyday tasks. A pilot project in South Tipperary has been one of four nationally to look at new ways of helping persons living with dementia remain at home for longer. Our reporter Brian O’Connell met with some of those being helped by the project.

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    Marriage Equality Referendum

    With just days to go until the country votes on whether or not to allow same sex marriage, our reporter Brian O’Connell has been getting the views of people in two areas.

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    St. Nicholas Trust

    They say that prisoners do time on the inside, while their families do time on the outside. The St Nicholas Trust was set up in response to the needs of relatives of people sent to prison. Our reporter Brian O’Connell met with some families the trust has helped and also spoke to people about the challenges families face when a loved one is jailed.

    St. Nicholas Trust - Support for the families of prisoners.

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    Páidí ÓSé Bronze Statue unveiled

    This Saturday, a life-size bronze of one of GAA’s most iconic footballers, Kerry’s Paidi O Se, is due to be unveiled outside his home in Ventry.

    The finishing touches are currently being put to the statue in the foundry of sculptor Seamus Connolly in west Clare.

    This week our reporter Brian O’Connell visited the foundry with some family and friends of Páidí. 

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    Mullaghmore

    Brian O'Connell spoke to those in Mullaghmore ahead of Prince Charles and Camilla's visit next week. 

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    RMS Lusitania Anniversary

    One hundred years ago today, the 7th of May, 1915, the RMS Lusitania was on the homestretch after a long voyage from New York to Liverpool. It was 18 miles off the coast of Kinsale and passengers were beginning to gather on deck. It was the first sight of land for some Irish passengers who hadn’t seen home for years.

    However, lurking in the waters was a German u boat. It fired a torpedo leading to the loss of 1,198 lives.

    Joining Sean in studio was Dr Paul Rouse, of the school of history and archives at UCD and of the Century Ireland project.

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    And this week our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to Cobh and Kinsale meeting relatives of some of those who were on the Lusitania during its fateful voyage. Brian joined Sean to talk about the many families who will be gathering today in Cobh.

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    Crime

    With some parts of Dublin seeing a 30% increase in burglaries in the last year, what are the best ways to secure your home against intruders and what does it feel like to have been broken into?

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell went along to a community meeting on crime in the Donnycarney Community Centre on Wednesday night.

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    Male Grooming

    It used to be that a short back and sides was the height of male grooming. Well not any more it seems, as more and more barber shops are offering an increasing list of services for men, from eyebrow tinting to sculpted hair designs and tight razor cuts.

    We sent our reporter Brian O’Connell to look at the rise in barber shops and indulge in a bit of male grooming.

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    Brian in Bladez, Washington St, Cork

    Glenn says men can't get away with not looking after themselves anymore

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    Use of Ketamine

    Administered in medicine as a tranquiliser, the drug ketamine has been used for recreational purposes for decades. But recently, authorities in the UK and the US have been concerned at harmful side effects of the drug. So what is ketamine and how prevalent is misuse of the drug in Ireland? Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking into this for us.

    Brian also went to the Emergency Department at the Mercy Hospital in Cork and met with Dr Chris Luke.

    Detective Sergeant Brian Roberts from the Garda National Drug Unit joined Sean on the line. 

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    Read More: Darknet is ‘like eBay’ for drugs, hit men and child porn, Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 19th March 2015

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    Inside Limerick's Nuclear Bunker

    How prepared would we be in the unlikely event someone decides to drop an atom bomb close to Ireland? and where would those tasked with coordinating the relief effort take shelter?

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell joined from our Limerick studio – he's been inside a nuclear bunker and he tells of what it's like. 

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