Month: November 2021

Season 3 Episode 19 – Nicole & Mary

On this week’s episode, I sit down with Mary and Nicole.

Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, Mary sits off-camera, We are also joined by Natasha who is a social care leader on the foster social work team.

This week starts a recruitment campaign for foster carers in Dublin South Central. Nicole was fostered I just six years of age after a horrific incident with a needle left at her home she talks to me about how this life-changing moment set her on her way to help other vulnerable children by being the one good adult in their life.

Mary’s story is a bit more sensitive she fosters her grandson she has fostered him since he was a baby she talks about the absolute joy she brings and how she would urge anyone else to do the same.

They are over 5000 children in foster care right now and so many vulnerable children in our communities and all they need is that one good adult there are so many different fostering opportunities are you ready to start raising amazing.

For more information on fostering please visit www.fostering.ie or freephone 1800 226 771 

Season 3 Episode 18 – David

On this weeks episode I sit down with David O Reilly.

David is one of Ireland’s biggest exports to the west end, from Greece, to the book of Mormon and heading to LA next year to start in everybody’s talking about Jamie.

However when we sit down we strip it back to growing up in Ireland, how he was horrifically bullied for being gay and the effect bullying had on not only on him but on his family.

We talk about the huge love and support from his mum and dad and a beautiful relationship with his brother Joe. We talk about moving from Kilnamanagh to Lucan and how his life changed when he headed to the UK to follow his dreams.

We talk about landing his role in Greece, starring in Benidorm and performing alongside Jennifer Saunders and many more.

As With every podcast, David has opened my eyes to a different way of thinking and I had a couple of lightbulb moments.

David I love to chat thank you for being so open and honest with me.

Season 3 Episode 17 – Ruth Dungan

On this week’s episode, I sit down with Ruth Dungan.

Ruth talks to me about her struggles with conceiving. After a devastating journey through IVF, she watched Rosanna Davidson on the Late Late talking about having her baby through surrogacy and, Ruth thought we can do that and started to work on the process.

She talks to me about the horrible effects infertility can have on a couple: why me and why us.

She talks to me about the process of surrogacy, the overwhelming elation of getting handed her Lottie, and the surprise devastation for her surrogate, she talks to me about her non-existing rights as a mother and the campaigning they are doing to change this.

Season 3 Episode 16 – Paul Stenson

On this week’s episode, I sit down with Paul Stenson.

This is an emotionally charged episode, 15 minutes in I want to reach across the table and hug him.

As Paul sit across from me I soon find out that behind the Charleville lodge Paul and the white moose café Paul, is a man who has struggled for a very long time, struggled with his shame of being gay, struggled with adoption and struggled with alcohol.

Paul talks to me about these struggles and how with the help of a counselor he channeled these struggles into positives and into a hugely successful business with his solely owned white moose cafés.

We talk about the controversy and the PR stunts that have resulted in him and never having to pay a penny for advertising.

The Irish Times once described Paul as being the charmless proprietor of the publicity-hungry Charleville lodge but Paul is utterly charming simply someone who has coined the art of not giving a shit.

Paul thank you for sitting down with me and letting us get to know you that bit better

Season 3 Episode 15 – Arlene

On this weeks episode I sit down with Arlene Bailey.

Arlene, at just 16 years of age left her home in Sallins to head on the road as a singer in a band.

Arlene talks to me about her life on the road and a pressure of travelling the world had on her, her body and her mind. She tells me about her darkest times an how at one point she contemplating suicide but, she also tell me about her highlights and her time in Nashville and the Middle East. She talks to me about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and how she’s finally in a place where she now understands herself yourself and how performing keeps her going.