That’s A Wrap – Sidewalks, Subways and Skylines – Highs and Lows

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I am back from New York and I still can’t shake the dreaded jet lag.

The day I left for New York I was in the newsroom and then drove to TV3 for my third appearance on Midday. Past colleagues and friends Teena Gates and Pamela Flood were on with me that day which was lovely and then I headed straight to the airport to catch my flight to New York.

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Waiting for my flight to NYC

On the day I arrived back from New York I attended the Photocall for Walk In My Shoes Radio – a pop-up radio station. The aim of the station is to encourage listeners to become involved in the conversation around mental health. The message is to take action early by seeking support and professional advice.

The Stats from the WHO are quite shocking 1 in 4 young people suffer from a mental illness.
75% of all mental health difficulties begin before 24 years of age.
Suicide is the number one cause of death among 18-25 year old men in Ireland.
Ireland has one of the highest suicide rates in the 14-24 age group in the EU.

Celebrities, presenters and journalists alike will be presenting a show each over the course of a week from the 5th of October. Corina and I will be in good company with Colm Hayes, Bressie, Sile Seoige, Sinead Lynch, Nikki Hayes, Laura Canavan, Alison Canavan, Pamela Flood, Shay Byrne, Andrew Stanley, Richard Mulcahy and Louise Hegharty.

To get involved you can do the following – Text “Shoes” to 57802 to donate €2. A minimum of €1.38 will go to the charity.
Helpline 0818 217100. Twitter ~WIMSFM

Corina and I will be presenting our show on the first day on Monday the 5th from 5pm to 7pm.

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Myself and Colm Hayes from 2FM playing it cool

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Now back to That’s A Wrap – well I have pounded the pavements of the NYC many times before, from the Bowery to Brooklyn, from Gramercy to Greenwich, Bryant to Bleecker, Upper East Side to Lower West Side, Central Park to The Highline and back again.

My first experience was for over a month as an eager 19 year while visiting my sister. My friend Maria and I had some of the best times of my life on that trip. The next two times were with a former boyfriend where we experienced Chinatown, Staten Island and Williamsburg. Then I returned for a longer spell,  mum and I went again 6 years ago during fall and it was beautiful, we watched a concert in Bryant Park and went on an architectural tour of the city, ate in Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles and visited Soho, the Upper East Side. The Guggenheim, MOMA and of course Bloomingdales.

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I was keen to get back to do a short course in NYU and to avoid my birthday oh and to soak up some of the NYFW atmosphere.

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New York Tuition and Fees: $37,372 Room and Board: $12,810 Total Cost: $50,182

Foodwise we enjoyed a very spicy meal at Dos Caminos in the Meatpacking district

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I loved my lunch at Olio E Piu

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For drinks we enjoyed a rooftop drink in Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg – we also had a nasty, too sweet cocktail in Applebees on the night of the US Open.

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I love quirky New Yorkers, I counted 4 pugs in this trolley.

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Highline for a walk with colleagues and a drink or two in the Standard’s Le Bain

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Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge make me smile every time

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The AFA in Gramercy Park was divine

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The Sex Museum was good fun – as was my mate Tobias

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A typical Soho home and vows in Central Park (yes they were strangers and yes I took pictures)

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A highlight (geddit) was being 64 floors up in the Rockefeller Centre

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Rowing in Central Park by the Boathouse
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My view from The Rockefeller Centre

NYFW 2015 at Hilfiger and DVF

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Other Highs around the world include  – Missing child alerts on our Facebook feeds.

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Students from Queen’s University in Belfast are into the Guinness Book of Records. They made a footbridge made of Meccano, spanning Clarendon Dock in the city at around 100 feet long.

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More than three thousand free events happened as part of the 10th annual Culture Night.

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Dublin have won the All Ireland Football Final 

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Scientists at Trinity College in Dublin say they’ve made a major breakthrough which could help develop therapies for people with Alzheimers Disease.

Here are The HAPPIEST Songs ever. See what you think.

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Happy times

A great new film, 45 Years in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield is worth a watch.

The US President invited a 14 year old boy to the White House, after he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. Ahmed Mohamed’s teacher mistook the clock for a bomb and called the police. Barack Obama tweeted a message of support for Ahmed.

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Facebook is to get a ‘dislike’ button, users have been requesting it for years.

In’N’Out Burger opened in Dublin. Briefly.

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The Corrs are back  The band have confirmed a UK and Ireland tour to commence next January that will see them play the 3Arena in Dublin and SSE Arena in Belfast. I AM THERE (leave me alone you bullies)

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Kate Middleton gets a beautiful new fringe. Apparently this means she’s up the duffer again. somehow. maybe. not. WTF. People be cray cray.

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Ellen Page admits she’s ‘In Love’ with her girlfriend as they made their red carpet debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. She looks very happy with her artist/surfer girlfriend Samantha Thomas.

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Toy maker Mattel has release a new ‘smart Barbie’. Billed as the world’s first “interactive doll”, the toy uses voice recognition technology similar to that employed by Apple’s Siri and Google’s Now digital assistants to understand what a child is saying to Barbie and respond.

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Ireland started the Rugby World Cup Tournament on a high

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Japan shocked the world by beating South Africa 34-32. Bear in mind my husband is South African so I amn’t that happy about this one.

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The dress, the date, the sneaky drink… The debs is Ireland’s own coming-of-age celebration Here, four writers remember their own colourful debs nights

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The latest figures show that the number of families using emergency accommodation is up by 76% compared to the start of the year.

Meanwhile, a basic income of almost 45,000 euro is needed on average to get approval for a mortgage for a three bed semi-detached house in Dublin.

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Organisers of the SSE Airtricity Dublin half-marathon have paid tribute to a 23 year old man who died from cardiac arrest during the race yesterday. Very sad news and my heart goes out to the family.

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Pro Choice campaigner Clare Daly says the subject of abortion doesn’t belong in the constitution. The Independent TD is calling for a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment to be held as soon as possible. This needs to happen sooner rather than later.

Joan Collins has led the tributes to her sister Jackie – who has died from breast cancer aged 77. The 82-year-old says she’s “completely devastated” by the news, describing the novelist as her “best friend”.

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13 refugees are reported to have died after their boat collided with a ferry off the Turkish coast. Meanwhile, around 10,000 migrants have arrived in Austria, after they were re-directed through Hungary by Croatia. Hungary’s now building a fence along the border with its EU neighbour.

68 victims of sexual violence visited the sexual assault unit in Dublin during July and August of this year. The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says this number is a worrying hike in comparison to figures during the same time period last year. The organisation has launched a campaign to encourage people to discuss the concept of sexual consent.

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The man who murdered Karen Buckley in Glasgow has made an appeal against the length of his sentence. Alexander Pacteau was given a minimum 23-year life sentence for the murder of the Irish nurse.

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RTE star Paddy McKenna quits radio role after almost a decade with broadcaster. A very decent guy.

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Spice Girls to go ahead without Posh. She’s busy. But I, however, am not.

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Have a nice evening, Rebecca

We will be back during the week with our joint Beauty blog.

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