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Róisín Meets is a free weekly Life & Style podcast from The Irish Times presented by Róisín Ingle.
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In the final episode of the Roisin Meets podcast, Roisin chats to her mum Ann Ingle and legendary Irish race car driver Rosemary Smith about the latter's biography, ghostwritten by Ann. Expect tales of rallying across continents, love affairs with the likes of Oliver Reed and why, in the depths of despair, Rosemary looked over the edge but decided to turn back and give life another shot. Stay tuned for details of Roisin Ingle's brand new podcast in 2019.
Ziauddin Yousafzai

Ziauddin Yousafzai


For over 20 years, Ziauddin Yousafzai has been fighting for equality - first for Malala, his daughter - and then for girls all over the world. On this week's podcast, he talks to Róisín about the roots of his activisim in Pakistan's Swat Valley, his Nobel Prize winning daughter and his book, Let Her Fly.
In his first children's book Niall Breslin has written a story that encompasses a mindfulness technique to help children explore difficult emotions, face their fears and return to the present moment. Illustrated by Sheena Dempsey, Bressie hopes The Magic Moment will help to encourage children to feel the fear and jump in anyway. He talks to Róisín about the book, about his mindfulness studies and why music is still an important outlet for him.
Game Changer, Cora Staunton's autobiography, is the first from a female GAA player. In it the Mayo woman documents her sporting journey, from her childhood home of Carnacon, to her 67 Championship games over 23 seasons in the Mayo jersey. Her inter-country career game to a bitter end this year and she talks to Róisín Ingle about the controversy that brought her there. She also talks about the woeful under-resourcing of women's sport in Ireland and about her mother, who died when she was a teenager.
Auschwitz survivor Dr Edith Eger came in Ireland for the first time to speak at the international Safe World Summit, hosted by Safe Ireland. The 91-year-old psychologist’s best-selling memoir The Choice recounts her time in the concentration camp and her struggle to be free of the survivor’s guilt and shame that followed her as she made a life in America. She arrived at the camp in May 1944, one of more than 10,000 Jewish people from her hometown of Kosice, Hungary, who were rounded up by the Nazis. Eger went on to become a psychologist and for the past several decades has worked in America with people struggling to overcome traumatic events in their lives – from violent relationships and child sexual abuse to post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction. Roisin Ingle interviewed Edith on stage at the summit, which addressed gender equality and ending gender-based violence.
In five years selling at farmers' markets and hosting dining events, James Kavanagh and William Murray's food business Currabinny has grown a huge fanbase. The pair are boyfriends as well as business partners and in this podcast they talk Róisín about their meeting on Grindr, why James has William to thank for his 'influencer' status, how their mothers have influenced their love of food and their gorgeous debut publication, The Currabinny Cookbook.
Róisín talks to one of Ireland's best-loved broadcasters, Mary Kennedy, about her 40 year RTÉ career, getting the Eurovision presenting gig on the third go and why she loves working on Nationwide. They also speak about her Catholic faith and how she reconciles that with her own beliefs, the Rose of Tralee, and her new book, Home Thoughts from the Heart.
With her 10th book, Martina Devlin salutes the trailblazing women who drove change in Ireland. 'Truth and Dare' tells the stories of incredible Irish women including Countess Markievicz, Anna Parnell and Hanna Sheehy Skeffington. On this week's podcast Martina talks to Róisín Ingle about the book, about the peculiarity of writing personal testimony and about her early journalism career on London's Fleet Street, and an assignment that saw her dispatched to Parkhurst prison to interview the notorious criminal Reggie Kray.
Bestselling authors and best friends, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, talk to Róisín about The Importance of Being Aisling, googling 'how to write a screenplay', the origins of their friendship and their delight at being envied by the great Fintan O'Toole.
Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and a leading expert and lecturer on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, an online course designed to help women who are ready to break with diet culture, and she started the hashtag #LoseHateNotWeight. Virgie talks to Róisín about her manifesto, You Have the Right to Remain Fat, the link between gender and fat shaming and the silent epidemic of women living in fear of food and their bodies.
Su Carty

Su Carty


On today's show, Róisín meets Su Carty, the first female representative to be appointed to the World Rugby Council. Su talks about her late start and fast rise in rugby, her work in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the fourth annual “Get Up and Go” inspirational conference, where Su will deliver a talk this weekend.
Live: Caitlin Moran

Live: Caitlin Moran


Caitlin Moran talks to Róisín Ingle about her razor-sharp new novel How To Be Famous, which tracks one young woman’s riotous journey through a world where men hold all the power. Nothing is off the table in this chat, which was recorded in front of an audience at the National Concert Hall in Dublin as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin’s Off The Page series of events. Expect meditations on life, sex, politics and lots of laughs. HEALTH WARNING: This podcast contains lots of cursing and buckets of feminism.
After David Gillick's career in athletics came to an end, he entered a dark period of his life and contemplated suicide. His new book Back on Track shares the techniques he used to pull himself out of despair, including a healthy diet and exercise. He talked to Róisín about his journey.
Stars of the musical Wicked, currently running at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin, Amy Ross and Helen Woolf chat to Róisín Ingle about the rarity that is female-led theatrical productions, about being women in musical theatre and why Irish audiences are the best.
It's the final installment of the 2018 edition of Music Month on Róisín Meets. This week it's Éna Brennan, or Dowry as she goes by on stage. Brussels-born to an Irish mum and Danish dad, Éna is a woman who wears many hats: multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, multi-media designer and costume designer, to name a few. She talks to Róisín Ingle about growing up in Brussels, the 12 Points festival 5-8 September and her musical collaborations with Paul Noonan and Lisa Hannigan. Songs in this episode: 1. Flutter 2. In E.
Music Month: Mongoose

Music Month: Mongoose


Mongoose are this week's Music Month guests, a band of four women who combine exquisite vocal harmonies with great instrument-playing and songwriting. Molly O'Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne, Muireann Ní Cheannabháin and Cara Dunne are currently crowd funding to help get their second album over the line and you can help out by visiting and searching for Mongoose Make An Album. In this podcast they speak to Roisin Ingle about that fundraising, an upcoming collaboration with the Irish singer Mary Coughlan for a piece in the Dublin Theatre Festival and about some of their upcoming gigs, including one at the Irish centre in Paris later this year. Songs in this episode: Motionless, Sister and Bullseye
The 2018 edition of Music Month continues this week with Pillow Queens, a four-piece who came together in the autumn of 2016 on a basketball court in a Dublin city park. Cathy plays guitar and sings. Rachel plays drums and also sings, while Pam and Sarah swap guitar, bass and lead vocal duties. They talk to Róisín about feminist themes in their music, the challenges facing young people living in Ireland today and they explain the "not very PC" meaning behind their name. Songs in this episode: 1. Wonder Boy 2. Rats 3. Favourite.
In the first installment of the 2018 edition of Music Month, Róisín sits down with Morgan MacIntyre & Gemma Doherty, better known as Saint Sister. The duo, who started making music together in 2014, mix Celtic harp, 60s folk and electronic pop to create their unique sound. They talk to Róisín about their mentor Lisa Hannigan, touring with Arcade Fire and share the inspiration behind the three songs they played live in studio on the day this podcast was recorded. Songs in this episode: 1. Causing Trouble 2. Corpses 3. The Mater
Playwright Phillip McMahon, co-founder of theatre company THISISPOPBABY and co-creator of RIOT, talks about his current show in the Abbey Theatre. Called Come on Home, it's a play about "faith, family, place and desire".
'Lifeshocks' happen to all of us. They are those moments that floor you, devastate you and leave you wondering how you'll move on. Sophie Sabbage knows what it's like to be hit by multiple lifeshocks. The bestselling author is living with terminal cancer, she has overcome bulimia, a petrol bomb was planted at her family home as a child and she was raped in her 20s. In her latest book, Lifeshocks and How to Love Them, Sophie offers guidance and support on how to deal with similar unwanted events. She talks to Róisín Ingle about her life and how she learned to respond to lifeshocks positively.
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