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Radio Espial: Episode 24 - MH17 - Trial & Verdict

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17) was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down by Russian forces on 17 July 2014, while flying over eastern Ukraine. All 283 passengers and 15 crew were killed. Contact with the aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was lost when it was about 50 km (31 miles) from the Ukraine–Russia border, and wreckage from the aircraft fell near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, 40 km (25 miles) from the border. The shoot-down occurred during the war in Donbas over territory controlled by Russian separatist forces. The responsibility for investigation was delegated to the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) and the Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT), who in 2016 reported that the airliner had been downed by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory in Ukraine. The JIT found that the Buk that was used originated from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian Federation and had be
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Radio Espial: Episode 23: Missing - The Annie McCarrick Case

Annie Bridget McCarrick (born March 27th, 1966), an American woman from Long Island, New York, went missing under suspicious circumstances in 1993 while she was residing in Ireland. Radio Espial's Mick Rooney explores the timeline and events surrounding her disappearance. McCarrick was born on Long Island, New York and she grew up and lived in Bayport until her move to Ireland in January 1987, aged 19, to study at St Patrick’s College for Teacher Training in Drumcondra. She later switched colleges and instead decided to study Irish Literature at Maynooth University for three years. For two years she was in a relationship with Dermot Ryan, a period when Annie was renting and sharing a small cottage with a female friend in Ballyboden, Dublin. In 1990, she returned to New York and after a four-month period, the relationship with Ryan petered out. He returned to Ireland and later decided to move to Italy. Annie instead remained in New York and spent two years in the US studying for a m

Radio Espial: Episode 22 - Social Media Study (WBAC) - Case Study and Social Media Tip Toolbox

A social media case study of WBAC (We Buy Any Car) and how we deal with social media stories. Mick Rooney examines this case and later provides a wider social media toolkit we all need to use on the internet.

Radio Espial: Episode 21 - The Case Against Nancy Brophy

Daniel Brophy was found dead from two gunshot wounds at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon on June 2, 2018. On May 25, 2022, his wife, Nancy Crampton-Brophy, was found guilty of second-degree murder for his death. Radio Espial's Mick Rooney, in this episode, examines the case and the evidence against Nancy Brophy during the trial.  

Radio Espial: Episode 20 - MH370 Remembrance and News Updates

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was a scheduled international passenger flight operated by Malaysia Airlines that disappeared on the 8th March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia to its planned destination, Beijing Capital International Airport. The crew last communicated with air traffic control around 38 minutes after takeoff when the flight was over the South China Sea. The aircraft was lost from ATC radar screens minutes later, but was tracked by military radar for another hour, deviating westwards from its planned flight path, crossing the Malay Peninsula and Andaman Sea. It left radar range 200 nautical miles (370 km) northwest of Penang Island in northwestern Peninsular Malaysia and is believed hours later to have crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean. This Radio Episode features the 8th Remembrance Event and the guest speakers as part of a case update.  

Radio Espial: Episode 19 - John Buckley McQuaid (Musician)

Musician John Buckley McQuaid talks about his latest album 'This is Where I keep My Dreams' with Radio Espial's Mick Rooney. Born in Dublin and based in Denmark for many years, John Buckley McQuaid is a professional musician who has toured all over Europe, from pub and music venues to art museums, theatres, schools, prisons and festivals. In addition to writing songs, he writes lyrics and fairy tales. He is also a visual artist (photography, painting and illustration) and makes videos and short films. He played his first paid gig at the Foxrock Folk Club in Dublin in 1969, busked and played around Dublin until 1972 when he left for London. He moved to Denmark in 1973, where he turned professional musician in 1979. Much of his writing contains social commentary, challenging the prevalent general apathy. His albums over the years include: Recorded Pain (1979), Stations in the Sky (1985), and Call it Love (1990). In 2017, he also released ‘’Valentine’s Day’’, a 29 video and so

Radio Espial: Episode 18 - Rachel Drury Interview: Buythebook.ie

Broadcaster and journalist Mick Rooney talks to Buythebook owner Rachel Drury for Radio Espial. Rachel graduated as an engineer in 2005 and worked for over 10 years In the renewable energy industry both in Ireland, Chile, Sweden and South Africa before relocating to Sydney, Australia in 2013. In 2018, Rachel returned back to Ireland and stopped working as an engineer due to illness. In 2020, Rachel decided to write a book, in the hope that it would help others through a difficult time in their life. The book is about about the lessons Rachel learned in her own life while living with a long-term illness (ulcerative colitis). After self-publishing her book, Rachel was keen to be part of an Irish Author community so she set up buythebook.ie so that Irish Authors had an Irish owned marketplace to sell their books but that they could also support each other while marketing and promoting their books. Today there are 50 authors listed on the platform and Rachel has plans to release a second