Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 22 July 2015

Today with Sean O'Rourke

Today with Sean O'Rourke

The mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest.

Death of Thomas Keaney in Perth

Death of Thomas Keaney in Perth

23 year old Galway man Thomas Keaney died after been hit by one punch in an unprovoked attack  in Perth, Australia in 2013.

On Monday, Abbas Al Jrood was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for the attack and must serve at least seven years.

Joining Sean on the line now was Lauren Keaney, Thomas’s sister .

Read More: Man jailed for nine years over fatal one-punch attack on Irishman,, 20th July 2015

Our Mental Health - Alcohol

Our Mental Health - Alcohol

Every day three people die from alcoholism or alcoholic poisoning in this country and we are tenth in the world in terms of alcohol consumption.

In spite of those quite frightening statistics, we as a country are in complete denial about the extent of the problem.

That’s the view of Professor Ian Robertson, who is Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.

He will be speaking at the MacGill Summer School tomorrow in a discussion on ‘Our Mental Health – a cause for hope or despair.’

 Professor Robertson joined Sean in studio.

Read More: Irish Government announces measures to tackle alcohol harm, Institute of Alcohol Studies, 4th Feb 2015

Limerick Cash Shop

Limerick Cash Shop

Paddy O'Gorman has been to Limerick to some cash shops there, he speaks to those who use them and their reasons why. 


Alzheimers - Caring for a Partner

Alzheimers - Caring for a Partner

Alzheimer’s disease, the most commonly known form of dementia, affects tens of thousands of people in Ireland and its slow destruction of the memory can be one of the most heart-wrenching experiences a loved one can endure.

Never is that more true than for spouses, whose journey can start with the first glimpse of a memory lapse across the dining table, through many years as their role slowly transforms from partner, to carer.

Joined Sean in studio were two women who have faced, and are still facing, this challenge, author Laurie Graham, and Dorothy Mooney.

Read More: Having a partner with dementia, 'like having a child', 26th Feb 2015

Victim of Racist Abuse

Victim of Racist Abuse

Jane has been victim to racist abuse in the area that she lives in, Clondalkin. She spoke to Sean of what had been graffitid on the outside of her home. 

Travel - Cuba

Travel - Cuba

The embassies have reopened their doors and diplomacy and good relations have been restored. It’s a long way since the world waited with bated breath to see if War would be declared by the US on Cuba.

And now, it’s all over. For Cuba, it means business and trade, for Cuban exiles it means being able to go home. And for tourists, it’s the end of an era, perhaps the end of a country which is like stepping back in time.

Fionn Davenport joined Sean this morning with his reasons for going to Cuba.

Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters

There are comic romances, there are cheesy romances,  there are steamy  romances ..... And then, there are the classics!

And if you want a true, enduring, classic romance, there are a few to rival the 1945 David Lean weepy, Brief Encounter. 

And whether you’re old enough to have seen it first time around (all 70 years ago!) or young enough to say "Trevor who?", believe me, Brief Encounter has very few rivals.

Although it's "ever so British" in its style, it has a really interesting Irish  - or Irish/Australian -  connection, in relation to the movie's soundtrack.

Olan McGowan was in to explain.

David Lean’s Brief Encounter is screening with Live Score next Saturday 29 August 2015, 8pm, National Concert Hall with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra //  Leon McCawley pianist  //  John Wilson conductor.

Tickets: €25?€39.50 (conc. €22.50?€35.50)

Competition Winners:

  • Darach Johnson 
  • Mairead Quinn    
  • Kevin Morahan   
  • Linda Walshe    
  • Averil McGarry

The Book Club - Tender

It was time this morning for our book club to come back together and this month we’ve been reading Irish author Belinda McKeon’s new novel Tender.

Joining Sean in studio were John Lyons, Labour TD for Dublin North-West; author and football commentator Eamon Dunphy, author and actor Mary McEvoy and author and singer Mary Coughlan who have all been reading the book for us.

Belinda McKeon’s Tender is published by Picador at £13.99.

Music Played on the Show

Chan Chan

Chan Chan

Buena Vista Social Club




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