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How To Discuss the Newcastle Tragedy With Your Children

How To Discuss the Newcastle Tragedy With Your Children

Psychologists are to be made available to the community in Newcastle, Co Dublin following the deaths of three children on Friday. The three siblings, Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) McGinley were found dead on Friday evening and Gardaí are currently investigating the “unexplained circumstances” surrounding their tragic deaths.  Clinical Psychotherapist Stephanie Regan joined Ivan to discuss how best to talk to children about a tragedy of this magnitude. 

10 mins

27 January Finished

Should Companies Cut Down On Sports Chats At Work?

Should Companies Cut Down On Sports Chats At Work?

Women might feel excluded in the office when male coworkers talk about sports - at least that’s what the head of the Chartered Management Institute Ann Francke said to BBC’s Today program. She also said companies should then ‘cut down’ on sport chats to avoid making female coworkers feel left out.  But is restricting any conversation topic in the office a good idea? To discuss this further, Ivan was joined by Maire Treasa Ni Cheallaigh, sport and performance psychologist and regular contributor to Off The Ball.

8 mins

27 January Finished

Is schools rugby becoming too professional?

Is schools rugby becoming too professional?

A recent article in the Irish Times caught Ivan's eye. It was written by Owen Doyle, a former Test referee and former director of referees with the IRFU. Doyle was writing about schools rugby, which in many ways is the feeder system for the successful professional teams we have today. He has some concerns that professionalism is bleeding through to the school game, and it's not all for the better.

12 mins

27 January Finished

"I'm so angry the way we treat older people in this country" Radio reporter runs for office, Valerie Cox

"I'm so angry the way we treat older people in this country" Radio reporter runs for office, Valerie Cox

Former RTE radio reporter Valerie Cox has decided to run in the General Election in Wicklow as an Independent. Valerie will run on a platform for older people. Two reporters go to war, one runs for office and the other is Henry McKean, who has to play second fiddle to Valerie Cox. In this double trouble exclusive, the two reporters stop commuters at Bray Dart station. Valerie Cox's entry to the race, could shake up the hotly contested battle in the 5 seat Wicklow constituency. The Workplace Relations Commission ordered RTÉ to pay €50,000 to former employee Valerie Cox because the broadcaster discriminated against her on age grounds. 19 candidates will contest the General Election 2020 in Wicklow Voting will take place on Saturday the 8th of February 2020 The candidates are as follows Aontu: Seamus Connor Fine Gael: Andrew Doyle, Simon Harris and Billy Timmins Fianna Fáil: Pat Casey and Stephen Donnelly Green Party: Steven Matthews Independent: Joe Behan, Valerie Cox, Tom Dunne, Charlie Keddy,  William King, John Larkin and John Snell Labour: Paul O’Brien National Party: Eileen Gunning People Before Profit: Sharon Briggs Sinn Féin: John Brady Social Democrats:  Jennifer Whitmore

8 mins

24 January Finished

Does watching sport put your heart at risk?

Does watching sport put your heart at risk?

Well if you are a football fan like me you could be  putting yourself at risk of a heart attack due to the intense levels of physical stress caused by watching  your team!  An Oxford study collected the saliva of 40 football fans before, during and after three World Cup matches in 2014.  The research found that levels of the hormone cortisol shot up during the games. Professor Dermot McCaffrey Consultant Cardiologist at Beacon Hospital and Associate Professor, UCD Medicine joined Ivan on this evening Hard Shoulder. 

10 mins

24 January Finished

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