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One of Ireland's best-known campaigners has opened up about the moment she had a knife held to her throat during a terrifying home invasion earlier this week.

Speaking to Pat Kenny, Christina Noble explained that she had been sleeping downstairs after being discharged from hospital due to low blood pressure.

The Dubliner, who was the subject of the eponymously named film Nobel in 2014, recalled the moment she realised her life was in danger after waking up to an intruder.

"I turned around, and he took the knife he had in his hand and he put it towards my throat. He held it over my throat viciously," she said.

Christina explained that the intruder demanded money, and repeatedly threatened her.

“I had the alarm, but it only goes off inside the house – it doesn’t go off outside. It didn’t distract him at all. He stayed 12 minutes. He was constantly lunging at me with this knife."

“I went into a very calm state. I just sat there. I didn’t utter a word. I don’t know if it was shock or adrenaline."

Thankfully, Christina managed to hit the panic button installed in her home which caused the intruder to flee, but not before he took her phone and car keys thereby allowing him to exit the scene in Christina's car.

“I’m just very angry that he desecrated my home. I just want people to know there’s some man going around doing this," Christina continued. “I thought people should know what happened, make them more vigilant for themselves.”

The 72-year-old founded the Christina Noble Children's Foundation in 1989, and was made an OBE in 1997.

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On this week's Spotlight, Niamh Geaney dropped by the Irish Gala screening of Noble held in the Savoy Cinema in Dublin. Noble has been setting tongues wagging in the film industry since its festival circuit debut so we had to find out what makes this movie so special and why we should see it!

Your Snapshot host and entertainment reporter Niamh spoke to cast members Deirdre O’ Kane (Intermission), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Brendan Coyle (Downtown Abbey), Mark Huberman (Frank) and Sarah Greene (The Guard). She also chatted to the Director Stephen Bradley (Boy Eats Girl) and to the inspirational woman herself, Christina Noble, who has to be one of the most charismatic people she has ever met!

As well as getting the low down on the film we also talked George Clooney on the set of Downtown abbey, what Bradley Cooper is really like and if Dara O' Brian is excited about his upcoming Vicar St. gigs.

If you've missed any of our awesome shows this week then fear not, the catch-up will be on its way to you shortly.

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