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Catchup of interviews and guests from our shows






‘Forever Mine’

24 March – 1 April 2023 Jacki Ascough spoke to Susie Garvey-Williams and the cast of 'Forever Mine' who will be touring Ireland in March and April. On 1 January 1773, in a small church in Olney, England the congregation sang a new hymn written by their minister to illustrate his New Year’s Day sermon. Two hundred and fifty years later, Amazing Grace is the world’s best loved hymn and one of the most-recorded songs of all time. In this special anniversary year, we are delighted to invite you...


Changes in legislation with sporting events and alcohol promotion

Dr Sheila Gilheany, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland speaks to Wendy about the changes in legislation surrounding sporting events and alcohol promotion, and also giving advice to parents in chatting to their teens and young adults about the dangers and negative impacts of alcohol consumption.


Book on Lourdes miracles

Author Marlene Watkins speaks to Wendy about her book 'Everyday Miracles of Lourdes: Twenty Extraordinary Experiences Along the Way to the Grotto', that shares 20 incredible miracles from Lourdes.


Eurovision winner Dana – New song honouring St Patrick

Eurovision winner Dana speaks to Wendy about launching her new song 'Light The Fire' honouring St Patrick, and about the influence faith has in her music.


Genspect’s submission to NCCA on teaching of gender identity in Irish schools

Stella O’Malley., Psychotherapist, Author, and Founder of Genspect (an international alliance of professionals, trans people, detransitioners and parent groups) speaks to Wendy about the concerns surrounding the teaching of gender identity in Irish schools as part of the proposed changes to the SPHE curriculum. Stella also shares about how Genspect are seeing more young people coming forward for support after realising they received inadequate and inappropriate healthcare when they...


Fostering Fortnight

Bernadette Neville, Interim CEO with the Irish Foster Care Association, spoke to Kieran Carrick about the wide range of events they have running nationally over the next two weeks for foster carers. Ifca.ie


Fighting Words

Sara Bennett Operations Manager of ‘Fighting Words’, spoke to Kieran Carrick about the work they do to encourage creativity through writing. Fighting Words


Creative ways to encourage family prayer time

Emma Thompson (Prayer Spaces in Schools Coordinator for 24/7 Prayer Ireland) chats to Wendy about some creative ways that can help encourage young family members to get involved with family prayer time, especially during the season of Lent.


Sensory specialist hairdresser who works with nervous and neurodivergent children

Maggie Radecka, sensory barber at The Gents Den Barbershop in Dublin, speaks to Wendy about her work that is helping take the fear out of getting a haircut for children, with families travelling to her from right across the country. Maggie is a is a sensory specialist hairdresser who works with nervous and neurodivergent children. www.TheGentsDenBarbershop.com


Norah Casey shares about her recent challenging health journey and how she’s overcoming it

Norah Casey (broadcaster, businesswoman and publisher), speaks to Wendy about how her life was turned upside down last year with health problems after catching an initial mild dose of Covid-19, that led to her developing serious health complications. Norah shares about her health journey, how she’s overcoming it, and her determination to do nice and new things this year.


Stress – how to deal with it

Peter Mahony from byyoursidetherapy.com spoke to Jacki Ascough about stress, our reactions and how to deal with it.


Mark Houck – acquitted!

Mark Houck, a pro-life advocate and father spoke to Jacki Ascough about facing a federal charge in the United States which saw him being aggressively arrested by the FBI in front of his wife and children. He chats about the impact that has had on them and the relief at being acquitted and having the case dismissed.



Richard Matthews from growfaith.co spoke to Jacki Ascough about an app which helps young people connect with Christian organisations and groups on a safe and positive social media platform.


Xavier Bisits (ACN) – on-the-ground in Syria following the earthquake

Xavier Bisits from Aid to the Church in Need speaks to Wendy about witnessing first-hand the devastation on the ground in Syria following the earthquake, and the emergency relief work that Aid to the Church in Need are providing. To support the work of ACN on the ground in Syria go to: acnireland.org


Relationship advice

Lorcan McGarry from Family Enrichment Ireland shares relationship advice on simple things you can do to improve your relationship.


Charlo the Chef

Charlo the Chef was in studio chatting to Jacki Ascough about his own journey back to health and fitness after a hip replacement, and sharing his healthy recipe for: Overnight Chia Pudding 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds 125 ml Oak Milk / Dairy Milk 2 Tsp Maple syrup Sliced banana Seasonal Berries 1 Tsp Peanut Butter Combine the Chia Seeds , Milk and Maple Syrup in a bowl or individual jar and leave overnight in the fridge or for at least 8 hours When ready to serve top with slices of banana , berries and...


GOAL’s emergency response measures to earthquake in Syria and Turkey

Eamon Sharkey, Director of fundraising and communications at GOAL, speaks to Wendy about what’s been reported by GOAL staff of the situation on the ground in Syria and Turkey following the earthquake, and the emergency response measures that are taking place. To support the emergency response work of GOAL go to www.goalglobal.org/turkey-syria-earthquake-appeal


Irish Heart Foundation – Act Fast Minutes Matter campaign

Chris Macey (Director of Advocacy with the Irish Heart Foundation) speaks to Wendy about their Act Fast, Minutes Matter’ campaign and what some of the signs to be aware of that someone might be having a stroke. Irishheart.ie The FAST test means: Face drooping Arms weak Speech slurred Time is of the essence to seek help


A ‘real man’?

Pastor Pat Fitzgerald from The People's Church, Dublin, spoke to Jacki about the keystone challenges facing modern men and what it means to be a real man, which is also the title of their upcoming conference for men Real Men's Conference


Irish rowing team of 5, set new world record

Derek McMullen and Diarmuid O'Breen share how their Irish rowing team of 5, have set a new world record in crossing the Atlantic Ocean. They share with Wendy what the experience was like, including some of the biggest challenges but also most memorable highlights of their journey. They're also raising funds for charities Laura Lynn and the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews - you can support their fundraiser at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/row-hard-or-go-home-laura-lynn-rnli