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April 30, 2020
The Emerald Conversations Episode 3. Ger Sweeney talks to Irish Broadcasting Legend, Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy’s career at RTÉ began in the early 1960’s. Mike’s dulcet tones can still be heard but not on the Irish national airwaves but as the voice of the new Senior Times’ podcast series. When the podcast series was launched Ger Sweeney chatted with Mike about it, and about his long and distinguished career […]

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April 30, 2020
The Emerald Conversations Episode 2. Des Kenny tells the story of Kenny’s Bookshop

In November of 2018 Ger Sweeney spoke to Des Kenny of Kenny’s Bookshop and Art Gallery in Galway. In this conversation Des tells the story of the family run business.

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April 28, 2020
The Emerald Conversations Episode 1. John Lynch, Leader, Kilfenora Céilí Band

John Lynch is the leader of the world renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band. In this conversation with Ger Sweeney from 2018 John talks about the village of Kilfenora, the origins of the band and what’s on the cards for future years.

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April 21, 2020
Government Working to Keep Irish Diaspora Connected and Supported

In a message on the most recent Global Irish Newsletter, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD assured the Irish Diaspora that the government is working very hard to support them with their various needs during the Covid-19 crisis. Some people need help to get back to Ireland at this […]

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April 12, 2020
PJ Curtis – Music Producer & Broadcaster pays tribute to Mary McPartlan

One of the many tributes paid to Mary McPartlan following her death on 6th April called her “Ireland’s best kept secret”. Mary was completely immersed in the Arts in Ireland and her many talents ensured that she brought success and something special to eveything she became involved in. Although she was part of a folk […]

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April 11, 2020
Shaskeen – 50 Years Making Music

It was in 1970 that Tom Cussen first named the new band “Shaskeen”. 50 years on the band and its members are known and respected across the world in music circles and loved by the many hundreds of thousands of people whose lives they have enriched in that time through their music. Ahead of the […]

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April 2, 2020
Ger Sweeney talks to Broadcaster Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy has a very distinctive voice which is instantly recognisable. He has been broadcasting since the early 1960’s and has seen many chances in the industry over the years. Senior Times is a magazine for the over 50’s that is circulated in Ireland. They also run events across the country called the 50 Plus […]

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