NATIONWIDE WEEK 20

MONDAY 16TH MAY

PRESENTER BLÁTHNAID NÍ CHOFAIGH

On this Children's Hospice week, we meet the extraordinary people who run the LauraLynn foundation. We find about their work and how it is funded. We meet families who have benefited from the support services offered by the organisation and we meet volunteers who give their support all year round.

LAURALYNN FOUNDATION/REPORT VALERIE WATERS

The LauraLynn Children's Hospice in Leopardstown in Dublin provides hospice and palliative care and support for children with life limiting conditions from all across Ireland. The families also get enormous support in what is the most difficult time of their lives, and all the care is free of charge. Our reporter, Valerie Waters has been finding out about their services.

Contact: LauraLynn Children's Hospice, Leopardstown Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18

Telephone: (01) 2893151 3151

Website: www.lauralynn.ie

Email: info@lauralynn.ie & fundraising@lauralynn.ie

FRAN O'BRIEN/REPORT VALERIE WATERS

Back in 2009 we broadcast a story about a writer who, when she heard a radio interview with Jane McKenna, the mother of Laura and Lynn, she decided to donate all the proceeds of her book sales to the LauraLynn Hospice Foundation. Now 13 years later, Fran O'Brien and her husband Arthur are still as dedicated to the cause as ever. Reporter Valerie Waters has returned to their home in County Tipperary to hear about their commitment to the work of the LauraLynn Foundation.

Website: www.franobrien.net

WEDNESDAY 18TH MAY

PROGRAMME FROM CONNEMARA, COUNTY GALWAY

PRESENTER BLÁTHNAID NÍ CHOFAIGH

Stories from Connemara and about people who live in this part of the West of Ireland. We go on a food tour with a woman who has a great love and passion for the produce of this part of the country. Plus, keeping the tradition of basket weaving alive we meet a master craftsman whose work is still popular with locals and visitors alike.

CONNEMARA FOOD TOURS/REPORT MARY FANNING

We meet a woman for whom Connemara has been a healing place after she lost her husband. Today, Margaret Leahy runs a business showcasing local artisan producers as part of her food tours enterprise for solo travellers and in this journey, Margaret has found happiness again. Mary Fanning has her story.

Website: www.irishartisanfoodtours.net

Website: www.mungomurphyseaweed.com

Website: www.potacafe.com

Website: www.thetwelvehotel.ie

Website: www.kylemorefarmhousecheese.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AnGarraiGlas/

BASKET MAKER/REPORT BLÁTHNAID NÍ CHOFAIGH

We visit the Spiddal Craft Village in Connemara where the old traditional crafts are being kept alive. Bláthnaid meets basket maker Ciaran Hogan as a fresh delivery of willows arrives and he demonstrates his art of basket making.

Website: www.ciaranhoganbaskets.com

FRIDAY 20TH MAY

PRESENTER ANNE CASSIN

On this evening's show we meet two women with a passion for nature. In County Wicklow the woman who has created the most amazing garden over a period of years and in Wexford, a former model and air hostess who has now turned her attention to writing and illustrating books.

JUNE BLAKE/REPORT VALERIE WATERS

We go to West Wicklow to visit a garden which has been created by a woman who is recognised as one of Ireland's leading gardeners. Valerie Waters visited June Blake recently when thousands of tulips were in bloom. An organic garden such as June's requires a massive amount of dedication and hard work, but as Valerie found out, it is so worth the effort.

Website: www.juneblake.ie

BIRD BOOK/REPORT HELEN MCINERNEY

How many of us are so busy that we never take time out to observe the fascinating world that's all around us. One former Miss Ireland and her husband welcome the wildlife that visits their home every day. Their observations are now the subject of a book and Helen McInerney visited the couple at their home in County Wexford.