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Welcome to Missed Checkpoints, a show where the hosts Marqus, Greg, Dante, and Trevor revisit older games from the last few years that we may have missed and discuss them as a group. The team enjoyed Killer7 so much, we decided to tackle another SUDA51 game. This time we played the first entry into the No More Heroes series. Check out our discussio…
 
From Ballybunion to Brittas Bay, Henry McKean is taking to the highways and byways of Ireland in his trusty campervan to discover some of our beautiful country’s hidden gems…and to catch up with some fellow staycationers along the way. Follow Henry’s Campervan Tour all next week on The Pat Kenny Show, weekday mornings from 9, on Newstalk. Henry is …
 
Pubs and restaurant opened today for outdoor service. Henry McKean has been out and a about for us speaking to customers, restaurateurs and publicans. Reopening of pubs and restaurant outdoor areas and beer gardens. Hospitality, outdoor services in bars and restaurantsare back open, with safety measures in place. Henry checked out the atmosphere in…
 
"Walking to school you see all the rats ... they would be running up and down the walls of the trailer." The words of a child living on a halting site in Cork. The Ombudsman for Children has criticised Cork City Council over conditions at a halting site and the "shocking" and "deplorable" conditions for children. 'No End in Site', the report into t…
 
Disney are filming the sequel to Enchanted in County Wicklow. Disenchanted put out a call for extras and background dancers and now filming is getting underway. Actors Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams have been spotted around the country. Today rumour has it that filming is starting in Greystones, we sent Henry McKean along to meet the stars and soak …
 
Swimmers are being warned to stay out of the sea for at least 48 hours after heavy rainfall, due to pollution fears. The Environmental Protection Agency says it applies to all beaches at all times. It comes as the agency publishes its latest bathing water quality report. The report found four bathing areas - at Clifden Beach in Galway, Lilliput in …
 
Estate agents can hold property viewings by appointment from today. For the past 5 months buyers could only see inside the homes from zoom or videos and sometimes even drones but how difficult has it been for somebody who are trying to get on the property ladder and even take a punt and buy a house without even seeing it?Henry McKean has been out a…
 
Madonna one of the millions of Sudocrem fans as the news breaks that one hundred jobs are to go in their Baldoyle Dublin factory and move 3,000 KM to Bulgaria.Teva Pharmaceuticals have confirmed they are closing the production plant by 2022 and moving the factory to Bulgaria.Henry McKean joins us from the Sudocrem plant in Baldoyle.…
 
Joe Molloy spoke to Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Off the Ball last night about the idea of having dedicated PE teachers in primary schools. PE teachers could travel to several different schools to help Ireland’s fight against childhood obesity.Henry McKean spoke to PE teachers and kids as well as DCU who have been looking at fitness amongst children…
 
Welcome to Missed Checkpoints, a show where the hosts Marqus, Greg, Dante, and Trevor revisit older games from the last few years that we may have missed and discuss them as a group. Join us for our latest discussion on Gravity Rush. Check out this episode of our podcast to hear whether or not we enjoyed the game. You can also get a preview of the …
 
Today there has been more easing of Level 5 restrictions. Sport pitches, golf courses andtennis courts, zoos and heritage sites reopened today. Under 18 non contact training in pods of 15 started up again. Our reporter Henry McKean hit the tennis courts and cricket clubs at Railway Union Sports grounds Soundymount Dublin. Henry McKean also met mana…
 
Close contact services such as hairdressers, beauticians and barbers opened their doors today in Northern Ireland for the first time since St Stephen’s Day. Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill tweeted “Reunited with my hairdresser,” in advance of her Late Late Show appearance.You must book an appointment in the 6 counties to get a short back and…
 
There’s a Name for the ‘Blah’ you’re feeling: It’s called Languishing. That’s according to the New York Times.Your motivation and focus is dull, and it may be the dominant emotion of 2021.Is it refreshing to get away from the toxic positivity and be honest with ourselves?Our Languishing correspondent joins us now from his Languishing bolthole. Henr…
 
Now it's time for "Reimagining Ireland", what would you like to see in a post pandemic Ireland? Perhaps car free towns and cities and putting the push bike first?Henry McKean jumped on his fold up bike and took a ride on the new Blackrock to Dun Laoghaire cycle path, meeting experts who have redesigned the town of Blackrock in Dublin, giving pedest…
 
The government has announced €20 million in capital funding to expand apprenticeships across the country, from electricians to plumbers, hairdressers to pipefitting.Why does Ireland still have a shortage of apprenticeships and is there a stigma attached to taking up a trade which is very much needed to keep the country going?Henry McKean met appren…
 
Welcome to Missed Checkpoints, a show where the hosts Marqus, Greg, Dante, and Trevor revisit older games from the last few years that we may have missed and discuss them as a group. For the second half of March, we got into the groove by playing Cadence of Hyrule. Many of us had prior experience with games in the Zelda series but none would prepar…
 
Today in the Irish Times the OECD’s Director of education Andreas Schleicher says Ireland needs to modernise its ‘20th-century’ system.And there is a 'Zero correlation' between quality of tuition and class size, according to the top educator.Henry McKean has been speaking to parents, teachers and students and asked does this German expert advising …
 
This is the second Mother’s Day since the pandemic started a year ago and for many it will be as equally as hard not being able to meet up. And according to a new survey women turn into their mothers when they reach 32 and start to use the same phrases as their mums.To discuss further we are joined by Henry McKean.…
 
Welcome to Missed Checkpoints, a show where the hosts Marqus, Greg, Dante, and Trevor revisit older games from the last few years that we may have missed and discuss them as a group. For our first game in the month of March, we played Carrion. Check out our latest episode to hear whether we thought this indie metroidvania could stand up to the clas…
 
Henry McKean put on his flak jacket and helmet and spent the day with the Irish Defence Forces as they get ready to deploy to the Golan Heights in April. It's been a busy year supporting the pandemic response. These same troops will now serve overseas.We document their Mission Readiness Exercise in the Glen of Imaal county Wicklow and witness them …
 
Welcome to Missed Checkpoints, a show where the hosts Marqus, Greg, Dante, and Trevor revisit older games from the last few years that we may have missed and discuss them as a group. For the month of February, we jacked in the to the world of Mega Man Battle Network. We were divided on how we felt about this Gameboy Advance game. Listen to our late…
 
Mr Potato Head, the plastic changeable toy has gone gender neutral. The toy maker Hasbro said Mr Potato Head, which has been around for about 70 years, needed a modern makeover and will now become just Potato Head, but many have called the decision “PC gone mad”. Henry McKean met Mr Potato Head fans of all ages and spoke to a toy shop to get reacti…
 
New research show kids who watch more than an hour of TV a day are less likely to eat vegetables and are twice more likely to eat sweets or have a fizzy drink more than once aweek.The study from Technological University of Dublin looked at the eating habits in the households of over 300 kids aged 3 to 5 years old's and their parents. To look at thi…
 
More than two fifths of taxi drivers have not returned to work since a drop in demand because of Covid restrictions, that's according to the National Transport Authority (NTA). Henry McKean met taxi drivers still working on the rank at Dublin Airport who have seen a drop of 75% in income, he asked how they were getting on.…
 
Saturday is World Radio Day. 110 years old radio continues to evolve, innovate and connect. Here on Newstalk we are going to celebrate Radio as a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity. Henry McKean met regular radio listeners and asked what their earliest radio memory was. He looks back through the archives of some of Irelan…
 
A new survey by Hastings Hotels which includes the Merrion revealed that 10% of people in Ireland rate their first kiss as horrible with up to 20% of women describing it that way. Being Valentine's week, how important is a first kiss and if the spark isn't there can you go further? Henry McKean spoke to relationship expert Amy McKenna from Two's Co…
 
DUP MP Sammy Wilson speaking on The Pat Kenny Show this morning said travel restrictions between Northern Ireland and Britain would be politically unacceptable. Henry McKean has visited Belfast and met both sides of the community including Loyalists who don't agree with Sammy.
 
Welcome to Missed Checkpoints, a show where the hosts Marqus, Greg, Dante, and Trevor revisit older games from the last few years that we may have missed and discuss them as a group. We travelled all the way to Japan for Dante to rejoin us this month to discuss Shenmue. This was our first Dreamcast title on the podcast. Check out our latest episode…
 
Since the 11th of January the Gardai have issued hundreds of €100 fines to people breaching the 5KM limit. Henry McKean spent the morning with the Gardai at a checkpoint on the Meath – Dublin border to find out what excuses motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are giving. Gardai in New Ross stopped a car with 5 people on board outside a 5km travel l…
 
The Government has announced a new strategy to make working from home a permanent option for workers all around the country.The Remote Work Strategy will give employees a legal right to ask to work from home and introduce a legal code of practice on the right to disconnect from work.Workers are already legally entitled to request remote working; ho…
 
Today the Taoiseach gave the State apology he said it not 'your shame' but 'our shame' when saying sorry to Mother and Baby home survivors.Henry McKean met people who listened to the Taoiseach’s apology who grew up near the biggest Mother and Baby Home in the country and spoke to neighbours of the former St Patrick's Mother and Baby Home on the Nav…
 
Welcome to Missed Checkpoints, a show where the hosts Marq, Greg, and Trevor revisit older games from the last few years that we may have missed and discuss them as a group. Sayonara Wild Hearts provides a rich soundtrack that will make you even wonder if you're even playing a game at all. We honestly could have talked about this game track for tra…
 
In Blanchardstown children as young as 8 and 10 are being drawn into drug running and dealing for “social status” and “easy money”, as well as family connections and rising drug debt and intimidation according to new research.Henry McKean visited the densely populated Dublin 15 suburb.
 
Relatives of Michael Collins and Patrick O'Donovan the Minister of State for the upkeep of museums hit out a decision by the National Museum of Ireland to withdraw from public exhibition in 2005 the hat worn by Michael Collins when he was shot dead at Béal na Bláth . The museum says the decision was taken because a hole in the blood stained cap cau…
 
Thousands of Irish people got a dog during lockdown and Christmas but not all are coping well and there have been reports of owners who bought them for company during the pandemic, feeling overwhelmed and having to give them up.Henry McKean visited the Dogs Trust in Coldwinters and met the dogs and people looking to rehome a dog.…
 
Welcome to Missed Checkpoints, a show where the hosts Marq, Greg, and Trevor revisit older games from the last few years that we may have missed and discuss them as a group. We brought back a special guest for this episode to help us zero in on our game for December. This month we played Katana Zero. Check out the latest episode to hear how we thou…
 
Start your engines! Tune in to ‘Henry’s Drive Thru Christmas’ as he zips across the county for some much needed festive fun. Joining Henry McKean are Panto stars Jake Carter and Alan Hughes, the students of St Laurence O’Tooles CBS Dublin, Ireland’s Frontline heroes and of course Santa -who will be getting his suitcase ready as he begins his much-d…
 
NPHET has recommended the closure of restaurants and gastropubs before the New Year as part of efforts to deal with rising rates of the virus. From today, people can travel outside their county and three different households can meet indoors. The measures were due to stay in place until January 6th, but NPHET wants household mixing limited to one o…
 
Dairy Milk has been named top of the chocs.In a UK survey the Cadbury’s signature bar with the famous purple wrapper was named our favourite pushing rival Galaxy into second place while Snickers took third. Henry McKean has been asking people what is their favourite Irish Chocolate bar and has been visiting chocolate factories, speaking to chocolat…
 
Time now for our special series exploring Newstalk’s 20 most influential moments of the past two decades. Every day, across the station, we are looking back at a different moment, chosen by you, the Newstalk listeners. Today, we are going back to January 1st, 2002, when the world’s largest ever monetary changeover took place with the introduction o…
 
This week Coronation Street celebrates 60 years on our television screens. Originally broadcast live, it was the first working class soap opera, with its Manchester wit and risky story lines that captured the imagination of viewers across the UK and Ireland. Before 1960 only posh people were allowed on TV.Henry McKean looks back over the Coronation…
 
A new study launched today by Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman, and key stakeholders including the Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre (the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), IHREC) today launched a report on the rights and living conditions of Travellers in Ireland. It shows us …
 
Many Irish chip shops use UK potatoes because of their texture which are good for frying and taste. But because of Brexit there could be shortages of chip shop chips. From January 1st the UK becomes a 3rd country and will be outside the EU safety rules meaning British potatoes could be banned from being imported into Ireland. Could we live with a w…
 
Welcome to Missed Checkpoints, a show where the hosts Marq, Greg, and Trevor revisit older games from the last few years that we may have missed and discuss them as a group. This month, we played Into the Breach. We drew a lot of comparisons to another game we've played for the podcast. You can listen to our discussion by checking out our latest ep…
 
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