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Season 2 Episode 11 – Ian

Trigger warning on this weeks episode we talk about suicide with descriptions of someone dying by suicide.

On this weeks episode I sit down with Ian Kinsella, Ian talks to me about his brother Jonathan this year will be Jonathan’s 10yr anniversary. Jonathan died by suicide. 

Ian tells me what it is like being left behind after suicide and how a loss through suicide is like no other and tells me in his own way how the grief and be complex and even traumatic, experiencing his own suicidal thoughts for the immediately after Jonathan’s death. 

He tells me how he would be lost without the support of his wife Stacey, his and her family and his fantastic group of friends.

He shares some fond memories of Jonathan and tells me of their mutual love of Dublin, Celtic and the odd ballad.

This episode was very difficult it is very raw, very honest. Ian you are an absolute credit to Jonathan, how you are keeping his memory alive is a testament to the love you have for him.

Season 2 Episode 8 – Kizzy

On this weeks episode i sit down with I sit down with Kizzy, I have known Kizzy a long time but Covid has made it difficult to keep in touch, when i noticed Kizzy share a post about mothers day i reached out to see what was going on.

Kizzy tells me her lovely Mam Ev has been diagnosed with Dementia and how her sisters had started to notice Ev’s normal behaviour changed and how the devastating diagnoses has triggered a range of emotions for the family including the question of Why my Mam.

At just 35 years of age Kizzy feels she has been robbed of her mammy in a time she should be bringing her off, spoiling her and simply enjoying her time with her mammy.

Kizzy tells me about the help her Mam and Dad receive and the Later Life program in Kilkenny. I truly want to thank Kizzy for giving me her time this week of all weeks with Virgin media donate for dementia week, There are currently 64,000 with Dementia in Ireland and if Kizzy’s story can help but one of these families we have done well.

Kizzy your strength and love know no bounds you will forever be in my thoughts and Ev in my prayers.

Season 2 Episode 7 – Nicole

On this weeks episode i sit down with Nicole Gaffey, at the start of the pandemic Nicole decided to journal her weight loss journey and her page has blossomed since, 

We chat through all things social media the good the bad the ugly and why she thinks Instagram and Facebook should be held accountable for their users. We talk about her responsibilities as an influencer and more importantly to her younger followers and why there should be an age limit to TikTok and Instagram.

We talk about the loss of her friend and the crippling anxiety that comes with grief and how a doctors appointment led her down the path of exercise to help with her mental health. 

Nicole is an all round girl next door, a fantastic role model for young women, she puts everything into her page with her followers at the forefront of everything she does, Its the reason she has amassed over 10,000 followers in one year. 

In a world full of influencers be like Nicole. 

 

Season 2 Episode 6 – Sinéad

On this week episode I sit down with Sinead Barry. Let me start by saying at point during our conversation

Sinead asked me if i was okay, that sums up Sinead. This episode was extremely difficult, I could not contain my emotions and wept openly throughout, Sinead is a special kind of person , so strong and dedicated, dedicated to her family, to Mike and to keeping Mikes memory alive.

On the 23rd March 2019 after a short illness and at 32 years of age Mike passed away surrounding by Sinead and his family, leaving Sinead and their children behind.

Sinead shares some wonderful memories with me but most importantly Sinead shares Mike with me a man who put Sinead, their children and their dreams first, a joker and his no nonsense approach “It is what it is ” attitude. 

Mike was a forward thinker and when Mikes sister got in touch to DIYSOS to finish their dream home I have no doubt Mike was there at the side-lines watching down on them.

As she watches the sunrise with her coffee every morning she is very aware it is all very surreal and bittersweet.

With Mikes anniversary coming up next week I am very grateful to you Sinead, so Follow, follow the sun and which way the wind blows when this day is done. 

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Season 2 Episode 5 – Anne

On this week’s episode I sit down with Anne Cummins, Anne is a wife, a mother, a sister and an aunt, my aunt.

I always wanted to sit down with Anne, as a child I always remember her big personality, always kind and so welcoming.

We chat about her life born into a huge family in the tenements of Dublin, an era where money meant nothing where people didn’t look at each differently because what you had was shared.

We chat about how family is most important and how now and over the past few years she has relied on her brothers and sisters more than ever.

We talk about her Dermot and the man he was, how Parkinson’s destroyed their dreams and the awful decision  made for Dermot to go to a nursing home.

We talk about the painful, difficult fair deal process and how she couldn’t cope if Dermot was alive today during covid.

We talk about her beautiful daughters, her love of bingo and the absolute carry on of their come dine with me nights.

This is a lovely listen, Ann has the kindest soul which she attributes to Dermot and her mantra of if you have nothing nice to say…… say nothing

Season 2 Episode 4 – Paul

On this week’s episode I sit down with Paul Kinsella, I have one word for Paul, Tenacious.

I came across Paul on Instagram where he shares his home and life with Penny and Mark.

Paul is so open and honest as we chat through his beautiful relationship with his best friend his mom, moving on and finding love and support in a new family.

We chat through him travelling the world as a dancer, meeting Mark, falling in love, that engagement and his Penny.

We talk about what May 22nd  2015 really meant to him, his future with Mark and their plans for children.

It’s silly to say but Paul left me feeling warm and fuzzy, someone to have in your corner just a really good guy everything a dad should be and what a dad he is going to be…

Season 2 Episode 3 – Brandon & Aaron

On this week’s episode I sit down with Brandon and Aaron, at just 16 years of age it was a transition year project that found Brandon and a friend organise a sleep out in Donaghmede to help families dealing with homelessness, born from his own acquittances with homelessness Brandon set up Dublin homeless awareness.

You have to forgive me for contently mentioning their age but the fact is that these kids are doing more for the rough sleepers in Dublin than our own government. They are extremely respectful of their service users but from experience take no nonsense, they are selfless, brave and dedicated.

This Podcast has been the most eye opening of all, it is very easy for us to not look outside our bubble, this crisis is very real so if you can help, please do.

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Season 2 Episode 2- Tracy

On this week’s episode I sit down with Tracy Lally, Tracy is a makeup artist, Tracy is a sister a daughter a wife but above all Tracy is a mum.

Tracy’s raw emotion broke my heart last Christmas as she gave her followers a glimpse into her life as a co parent.

It is her first time to open up like this and I am so thankful she did it with me, we talk about the beginning of her pregnancy on Tilly and the struggle she faced with this and the fact that she just didn’t enjoy it.

I love the fact that she is so open and honest about her journey with Tilly’s happiness and security at the forefront of everything she does.

Her resilience and strength knows no bounds, she tells me she couldn’t have done this without the support of her family and simply glows when she talks about Paul.

We hope you enjoy this story and if you find yourself in a similar situation we hope this story helps.

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Episode 11 – Beverly

On this week’s episode I sit down with Beverly Coughlan AKA Bev. Bev was a guest on Episode 3 The Five lamps and on that we touched on her journey through pre and post-natal depression and psychosis.

After that  episode we got so many messages and requests, asking us to sit down together again and this week we get into the why behind her journey and how two horrific incidents sent her down the path of anxiety.

We chat through the births of our children and she tells me of her horrific miscarriage and how these events impacted not only her but her little family.

She tells me why it’s so important to get your smear and what she went through because of a delayed result.

We chat how she campions others to be their very best self and how she is getting there with her own confidence.

Bev was a pleasure to sit with and someone you can easily relate with, we had lots of fun on and off mike on this, Prosecco is to blame…… we hope you enjoy.

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Episode 6 – Marguerite

On this week’s episode I sit down with my good friend Marguerite Penrose.

Her story is a story perseverance and strength, resilience and recovery.
Born from an Irish mother and a Zambian father, born with Congenital scoliosis  and abandoned in St Patricks mother and baby home.

Marguerite found herself hitting the parenting jackpot when she was fostered by Michael and Noeleen at the age of 3 and then growing up with her Irish twin her sister Ciara.

Her condition resulted in many surgeries which in one case left her paralysed tag the age of 8 and in here later years a  chest infection that nearly killed her.

After an interview with Ryan Tubridy contact was made by a nurse who worked in St Patricks mother and baby home, at the time Mags was a ward there.

We discuss her involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement, she explains her treatments at the hands of racist Ireland. I found myself trying to justify these behaviours throughout the podcast but Mags is very forgiving and her message to us all is very simple. Acceptance.

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