Month: May 2021

Season 2 Episode 17 – Olivia

On this week’s episode I sit down with Olivia Fitzsimons. Olivia came to my attention when she did an Instagram live with her brother Andrew with Luke, her beautiful baby on her lap as they discussed what pregnancy was like during Covid.

Olivia talks to me about her and her partners plans to have a baby and when she conceived quickly how their dreams came true but, with maternity restrictions over the year it wasn’t until her 22 weeks scan and a brief but heart-breaking shock that the loneliness of her appointments sank in and at seven months waking up to realise she was going to be very much alone in her journey through labour in covid and choosing the option to be induced in the hope that I would have time to get Gary to delivery suite. 

As a mother this episode broke my heart I just wanted to hug Olivia as she cried her heart literally sings as she talks about Luke and to have to love and joy gained by the silent trauma after giving birth Gary is sent one way and olive to the lonely ward to look after her baby.

As Olivia said she didn’t have the strength to fight when she was pregnant but she wants to fight now for all the mammies coming after her.

Season 2 Episode 16 – Ruth aka Totally Ruthless

On this weeks episode I sit down with Ruth Leonard. Her totally Ruthless videoed have amassed millions of viewers around the world. But behind this very funny persona is a story filled with great sadness and immense bravery.

Ruth talks to me about growing up in Drogheda and how unfortunately your childhood was far from a safe haven as she watched her father violently beat her mother and at just 13 years as of age witnessed a beating that would surely end her mothers life.

We chat through the devastating effects this has had on her not only as a child but as an adult too, We chat through the effects it has had on her relationship with her mother, Siblings, Husband and even her father.

We talk about how over a celebratory dinner. We and drinks totally Ruthless was born 

We talk about her children Jessica and Joe and about Joe’s recent diagnosis.

Ruth thank you for being so open and honest, domestic violence is a global problem of enormous proportions and you Ruth are one of the bravest people I know 

Season 2 Episode 15 – The Cabra Girls

On this weeks episode I sit down with the stars of Gogglebox Ireland the Cabra Girls Lindsay, Ashley, Grainne and Jamie. 

They worry they have nothing to say but the conversation come easy with each of them as quick witted as the other. Their friendship is a force to be reckoned with and is a result of being truly there for each other through thick and thin. 

The girls talk about growing up in Cabra, Their no-nonsense mothers and nannies who with a gang of women would take them off every year to Pwllheli and the likes every year.

We talk about the loss of Ashley and Lindsays mother at a young age and the things she has missed out on through the years. 

We talk about how they joined the cast of goggle box Ireland and Jamie’s recent loss of her granddad during Covid.

I don’t think these girls realise how enchanting they actually are. Be prepared for a lot of laughs and maybe a couple of tears…

Season 2 Episode 14 Alison

On this weeks episode I sit down with Alison Murphy. Alison has the most infectious laugh but behind this laugh lies tragedy, while dancing away to the last song Alison’s sister Lisa fell to the floor and unfortunately passed away.

Alison tells me of their dysfunctional upbringing that lead to not only a break up between husband and wife but to broken relationships that will never be mended.

She tells me the effect of finding her fathers secret children and the impact it had on her own relationships. She tells me she would be lost without her family and friends and how her mother is her biggest supporter. 

Alison is a tonic, a warm hug as her friend tells me never whines never complains and just gets on with it being through so much but still can laugh and what a laugh she has.