Radio Interviews 2021

The Dementia: Understand Together campaign recently partnered with IRS local radio stations across Ireland. Twenty people shared their experience of dementia, including people who have a diagnosis of dementia themselves, people who care or cared for family members who have dementia, and a number of people who are working to make their local community dementia inclusive.

There was a particular focus this year on the importance of connection, friendship and social interaction for people and families who are living with dementia. 

You can listen back to the interviews below. 

Clare FM interview with Leahnora Clohessy

Leahnora is an Occupational Therapist and Manager of the Clare Memory Technology Resource Room

East Coast Radio interview with Nuala Paley

Nuala speaks about her experience of supporting her husband who is living with dementia.

East Coast Radio interview with Ciarán McKinney

Ciarán is the manager of the Engage Programme with Age & Opportunity.

Highland Radio interview with Dawn Thompson

Dawn is the Dementia Advisor for Donegal.

Highland Radio interview with Mary Toland

Mary speaks about her experience of supporting her husband

KCLR FM interview with Mary Hickey

Mary is the co-founder of the Kilkenny Memory Support Group.

KFM interview with Johanne Murphy

Johanne is a physiotherapist and works on dementia-inclusive projects in Kildare.

Midlands Radio interview with Helen Rochford Brennan

Helen is a member and former Chair of the European Dementia Working Group. Helen is living with dementia.

Midlands Radio interview with TP O’Gorman

TP talks about the work of Kilbeggan Men’s Shed

MWR FM interview with Eileen Ridge

Eileen is a volunteer with Western Alzheimers’ Befriending service. Eileen’s husband lived with dementia

MWR FM interview with Tom McCann of Western Alzheimers

Tom is a Dementia Nurse Specialist with Western Alzheimers, supporting people who are living with dementia and guiding them on local services

Ocean FM interview with Anna McTiernan

Anna works with Leitrim Development Company on dementia-inclusive activities.

Ocean FM interview with Carmel Geoghegan

Carmel is the founder of Dementia Ireland and was a carer for her mother who lived with dementia

Radio Kerry interview with Kevin Quaid

Kevin is a member of the Irish Dementia Working Group and is living with Lewy Body dementia.

Radio Kerry interview with Sarah O’Farrell

Sarah is the Collections & Documentation Officer at Kerry County Museum and works on dementia-inclusive initiatives locally.  

Shannonside Northern Sound interview with Maureen Hartmann and Mary Armstrong

Maureen and Mary speak about their experience of supporting their husbands.

Shannonside Northern Sound interview with Carole Beattie

Carole is the Chair of Cavan Alzheimers’ branch and also cared for her late husband and her late mother who both had dementia.

South East Radio interview with Anne Marie Hayes

Anne Marie is a public health nurse and works on dementia-inclusive projects in her local area. 

Tipp FM interview with Marguerite Keating

Marguerite is living with dementia and is a member of the Irish Dementia Working Group. 

Tipp FM interview with Fiona Crotty

Fiona is manager of the Age Friendly Programme and supports local dementia-inclusive initiatives.