Blog of radio presenter, producer and writer Vanessa Monaghan AKA NESSY

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St Patrick’s Day Parade – I have a confession to make

My first memory of St Patrick’s Day is standing in our house in Rockfield Road in Kells, screaming my head off as my Mum was putting a nice green ribbon in my hair. Daddy was bringing me to Mass but all I remember was the ribbon knotted, feeling like a rock was sitting on the...


Speaking Irish at Work in London // Featured in The Irish Times

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been really lucky. It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to contribute to Ireland’s top newspaper, The Irish Times and it’s a little more of a kick when they come to you. This week as Seachtain na Gaeilge kicks off, they kindly asked if I could turn my...


The London Ear on RTE 2XM // Show 110

The London Ear on RTE 2XM // Show 110 // Feb 27 2016 Ah yes, the day after the legendary #GE16, nothing better than to listen to the show and clear the cobwebs out. Here’s what happened: 1. The Traps: 5am 2. The Last Shadow Puppets: Bad Habits 3. Animal Collective: Floridada 4. Ryan Vail:...


Tune of the Week // Shura feat Talib Kweli – Touch

This song has been rolling round my head for longer than when Annie Mac made this version with Talib Kweli her ‘Hottest Song in the World’. The original version has been knocking round for two years now but hasn’t been available to purchase for the past while. As the Indecision, 2Shy and White Light were...


100 Days to Change // Day 32 – 59

100 Days to Change // Day 32 – 59 // Feb 1 – 27 2016 I kinda realised somewhere along the way that if I was actually trying to do stuff properly that I probably wouldn’t be able to keep updating this every day. But, even though I haven’t updated this, it doesn’t mean that...


The London Ear on RTE 2XM // Show 109

The London Ear // Show 109 // February 20 2016 I decided this week to play you some of the best music I’ve heard over the past week or so. I guess I’m like most people. I never fall out of love with music. Never ever. But sometimes I guess I’m more in love with...

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