Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) launches new podcast series to mark 50th anniversary

COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Coping with Lockdown
  • Anxiety in Children
  • Social Media and Children
  • Managing Suicidal Behaviour in Young People
  • Emotional Intelligence and Stress
  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Problems with the Weight Loss Industry

The experts and contributors featured include:

  • Mark Smyth, President of the Psychological Society of Ireland and a Chartered Senior Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with young people with mental health difficulties
  • Dr Damien Lowry, PSI Chartered Counselling Psychologist working in both the hospital and private practice settings
  • Dr Anne Kehoe, PSI member and a Senior Clinical Psychologist working for Children’s Health Ireland at Connolly Hospital
  • Dr Eva Doherty, PSI Associate Fellow and Chartered Clinical Psychologist based at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • Dr Vincent Mc Darby, PSI Chartered Clinical and Health Psychologist working in both the hospital and private practice settings

The PSI is delighted to have experts from outside the discipline of psychology contribute to some of the podcasts in the series:

  • Professor Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, and Visiting Full Professor at University College Dublin, joins Dr Damien Lowry in discussing Mindfulness
  • Ian Power, CEO of, Ireland’s youth information website by young people, for young people, contributes to Dr Anne Kehoe’s podcast on managing suicidal behaviour
  • Róisín Gowan, a Registered Clinical Specialist Dietitian in Ireland’s biggest national maternity hospital, joins Dr Vincent Mc Darby in discussing the weight loss industry

Shane Kelly, CEO of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), says the podcast will help to spread the message about psychology in an innovative and accessible way: “This series will have a particular resonance for listeners as we all deal with the many challenges being presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The insights provided by the contributors to the podcasts, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and other experts, will make for interesting and sometimes challenging listening. There is something in this podcast series for everyone.”

“We are very proud to be launching this podcast series as we celebrate our Society’s 50th anniversary. The PSI was established during a time when psychology as a subject and a profession was in its infancy in Ireland. Our members have helped shape and develop psychology as a science in Ireland and their work and commitment has given Irish psychology a voice, which has benefitted our society as a whole.”

Founded in 1970, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) has grown from an initial 17 members to almost 3,000 members. Since its creation, the members of the PSI, which is an independently governed, registered charity, have helped shape and develop psychology as a science in Ireland and their work and commitment has given Irish psychology a voice and standing on the European and global stage. 

The PSI is committed to maintaining the high standards of practice in psychology that have been set by its members since the founding of the Society and also to exploring new and innovative ways of furthering psychology as an applied science.

The first episode of the PSI podcast – Coping with Lockdown – is now available and the remaining episodes will be released every Thursday.

You will find the podcast here – – and on all of the main audio platforms

You can also find out more about The Psychological Society of Ireland here:

Twitter – @PsychSocIreland

Facebook – @PsychSocIreland

LinkedIn – The Psychological Society of Ireland

YouTube – PsychSocIreland

Perrie Edwards and Kodaline among the names set to help FM104 host ‘Mind Your Noggin Day’ this Friday

The Coronas, The Script, Joe Wicks, Aimee, JC Stewart and Ruth Anne are also lined up to help raise awareness and funds for Jigsaw, Ireland’s leading youth mental health charity

Dublin radio station FM104 will host ‘Mind Your Noggin Day’ this Friday – May 22nd – in aid of Jigsaw, Ireland’s leading youth mental health charity, with the help of a host of well-known stars such as Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, Kodaline, The Coronas, The Script, Joe Wicks, Aimee, JC Stewart, Ruth Anne and many, many more…

The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people, particularly at this time when many are struggling to deal with the fallout from Covid-19 and uncertainty around exam timetables. As well as hearing about the services provided by Jigsaw, FM104 listeners will also be encouraged to donate whatever they can to help the youth charity keep its services and supports available during this crucial time.

This Friday, May 22nd, FM104 presenters – including Jim Jim and Nobby from the Strawberry Alarm Clock, Emma Nolan, Ben Murray and all your FM104 favourites – will be on hand all day to update listeners on how the fundraising is going, while a range of very special guests will also help spread the Jigsaw message. There will also be a Freaks on Friday special gig with DJ Mark Knight that evening.

Donations can be made through 

Jigsaw’s mission is to create a society that values and supports young people’s mental health. The charity does this by delivering its free confidential one-to-one support services. Jigsaw helps communities be more supportive to young people and attempts to influence change in how our society responds to young people.

FM104’s CEO Margaret Nelson said“On Friday May 22nd, FM104 will be encouraging our listeners to donate to this very worthy charity. As we all know, this particular time is very difficult for everyone so it is vitally important we do our bit to rally around our young people who are suffering acutely.”

“Isolation is leaving millions of us without the core things we value for our mental wellbeing. A hug, a conversation over coffee, a walk in the park with friends, a Sunday drive,” said Keith Judge, a Jigsaw Youth Advocate – a team of youth volunteers that support Jigsaw. “Jigsaw makes a big difference every day by helping young people in dark times. And, now, more than ever, they’re doing this by adapting to make sure they are still there for people during the pandemicBut they need help to do this, which is why they’re asking people to donate to help fund their vital supports.”

Lynk invests €150,000 in protective screens to separate taxi drivers and passengers in the fight against Covid-19

Lynk becomes first taxi service to install protective screens and ensure fully contactless journeys across Dublin

Lynk, Dublin’s taxi booking app, has invested €150,000 to equip its vehicles with protective screens. The screens divide the front and back of Lynk taxis, and will offer significant comfort to both drivers and passengers as they begin to move around the city again.

Lynk’s solution isolates the driver in the front of the taxi with a polycarbonate screen, sealing off the front of the taxi from the back so that there is no contact, no common breathing air and no transfer of air-borne water particles between the driver and passenger.

A team of five fitters installed the screens at Lynk’s own garage in Newmarket, Dublin 8. By using the Lynk app and paying by card or by opening an account, passengers can ensure there is no physical contact between themselves and their driver as there is no cash transaction.

Currently the majority of Lynk’s active fleet of vehicles have had the screens installed, with the remainder to be completed over the coming weeks. Lynk’s drivers are also equipped with protective masks and have been following guidelines on how to clean their vehicles.

Noel Ebbs, CEO of Lynk, said: “As some of the lockdown measures begin to be eased, we need to ensure the safety of drivers and the general public as people start to move more freely around the city. Installing these protective screens and equipping our drivers with protective equipment means we can help keep everyone safe, limit their exposure to others and prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

These protective measures follow the launch of a new ‘Lynk Delivery’ service to support local businesses and customers affected by Covid-19. The service sees Lynk Delivery drivers collect shopping from a wide range of businesses across the capital and deliver it direct from store to door.  The move will help people in the local community who are staying at home to arrange a shopping delivery from their local stores, newsagents, chemists and other essential services.

The shopkeepers can simply order a Lynk Delivery when the shopping is ready to go.

Lynk was launched in February 2015 by founder and CEO Noel Ebbs, a taxi tech entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in taxi technology. Developed specifically for the Irish market, Lynk provides a quality, safe and efficient service. Lynk is based in Newmarket, Dublin and provides 75 Irish jobs.

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