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Reports by Henry McKean

Henry McKean on the Hard Shoulder Newstalk 106-108 fm

    • Society & Culture

Reports by Henry McKean

    Have you seen any foreign tourists in Ireland? Tourist Spotting

    Have you seen any foreign tourists in Ireland? Tourist Spotting

    On the Pat Kenny Show this morning we heard from Dublin Airport, where Barry Whyte spoke to American tourists coming in from Dallas and Florida to get away from Covid in the US.
    But it’s not just Americans but European and English - there does appear to be a trickle of foreign tourists coming in.
    Is one overseas visitor one too many in the fight against Covid? Or do we all need to stop Holiday Shaming?
    Henry McKean spoke to Ivan Yates.

    • 13 min
    "Champion Green, shop local and support your community."

    "Champion Green, shop local and support your community."

    Champion Green is a movement to inspire people to support local in their communities. If each adult spends €20 a week in a small business for the next 12 weeks it will inject €875 million into the local economy.

    Henry McKean visited the rural Galway town of Ballinasloe and met local businesses and shoppers getting behind Champion Green.

    • 10 min
    "People have never been hornier since the pandemic hit!" 177% increase in Irish sex toy sales

    "People have never been hornier since the pandemic hit!" 177% increase in Irish sex toy sales

    Irish Sex shops up and down the country are reporting a massive rise in vibrator sales. One shop in Kilkenny has seen a 177% increase from this time last year.
    In an exclusive Newstalk investigation Henry McKean on the Hard Shoulder today found Irish people of all ages are exploring sex toys for the first time.

    • 14 min
    "I spent €567 in Penneys!" Penneys reopens

    "I spent €567 in Penneys!" Penneys reopens

    Penneys reopened many of their stores across Ireland today and like that old 1980s advert, it felt like Christmas. The shopping hustle and bustle was back in the capital, as thousands of people queued up to buy new underwear and loungewear. Some even crossed county lines to get into the fast fashion flagship store on Mary Street Dublin. Henry McKean was there to soak up the social distance PPE atmosphere.

    • 10 min
    "No meatballs" Queuing 1KM to get into IKEA #Phase2

    "No meatballs" Queuing 1KM to get into IKEA #Phase2

    You can forget all your troubles and go downtown, and that’s what many of you did today.
    Thousands of shops reopened across Ireland for the first time in 3 months.
    Henry McKean visited Ikea in Ballymun where huge queues of people gathered outside, and to nearby Finglas village which was very busy.

    • 13 min
    "I'm delighted I can travel the county but my mam lives in Kildare & I live in Dublin." #Phase2

    "I'm delighted I can travel the county but my mam lives in Kildare & I live in Dublin." #Phase2

    The Government has announced Phase 2 which included a few surprises, we can now travel the whole county we live in. On street retail shops can open from Monday (except Penny's who say they are not ready) 6 people can meet up and 15 people for sport, over 70s can have visitors and funerals can now have 25 loved ones attending, up from 10.

    Henry McKean met people on the street and asked them about the last 3 months and the relief the lockdown is now easing.

    • 6 min

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