Billy Dunne from Ballycumber has Williams Syndrome but it doesn’t define him.
He is very much part of village life in Ballycumber and he loves playing the Yew harp.
Hear his story here.
Writer, poet, & Irish Times columnist in conversation with Ann-Marie on love, religion and being in the moment.
On the 10th anniversary of his death, Ann-Marie chats to the people that new him best.
We go for a walk with his nephew Ray Dolan around Mullingar, popping into Dolan’s pub for a quick tipple then on to the Joe Dolan statue, to his birthplace and back to Dolan’s pub to meet his brother Ben Dolan.
Ann-Marie went along to the East Midlands Parkinsons Association Christmas party which took place in the Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow, Co.Laois.
Find out what else these toddlers have to say on this Open Door Christmas special.
The brilliant Shadow Shakers joined Ann-Marie on the Roadhouse Cafe on Friday last.
They chatted and played songs live in studio including their brand new and original Christmas single, Christmas Eve.
As hundreds of crows gather in The Peoples Park in Portlaoise we meet the intelligent creatures who remember faces, travel in pairs and don’t mind excreting on their young!
When Lorraine McEvoy came home on Wednesday 22nd of November her house was flooded and 20 dogs at risk.
Listen here to find out who came to rescue the rescuers!
Declan O Rourke plays Chronicles of The Great Irish Famine, his brand new album, especially for The Open Door.
16 years in the making, the album presents the stories and songs of the darkest period in Irish history.
Listen back here.
Former Radiators from Space members (now Trouble Pilgrims) talk supporting Lizzy, the 70’s London scene and perform tracks from their new album live in studio.
Meet centenarian Granny Nancy from Clonard County Meath.
Her advice, don’t hold onto grudges, drink tea and put your money in the Trocaire box.
Listen to her brilliant thoughts on life here…
Ann-Marie travels to Kilbeggan to meet a group called Failte Isteach, a voluntary group set up by Trish Doyle. Every Thursday night at 7 the group meets and English is taught through conversation and friendships are made.
On this episode of The Open Door Ann-Marie walk’s with John Scully through Glenafelly.
Discover the ring fort, pollination, the existence of bears and perhaps gold in the lake!
From Carrie the announcer to the little black sheep.
The Uileann piper to Richie Kavanagh.
Have a listen to all the shenanigans at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.
Meet the composer from County Offaly who is recording Gerry O’Leary’s bees for a pollinator project.
Listen back to hear if Ann-Marie gets stung!
Getting Parkinson’s disease at 50 meant Niall Power, Bob Geldof’s drummer, can no longer do what he loves most.
With special guest Simon Casey, hear Niall relive his ‘on the road’ memories from Live8 to Westlife!
On this episope of The Open Door, we focus on the Men’s Sheds, and in particular the new Shed in Tullamore.
For some it’s the loss of a partner. Some get sick. Others are just at a loose end.
That’s what Ricky Whelan is.
He identified Kay’s bee she found in her back garden yesterday. It’s a Buff-tailed bumble bee Kay.