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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 12 – Melissa

Trigger warning. This week’s episode is about miscarriage with graphic details about a miscarriage experience.

On this week’s episode I sit down with Melissa Gearon, as a mother this was an extremely painful listen. It is the longest individual episode to date but the sad reality is one in five pregnancies end miscarriage. 

Melissa was born with only 7 fingers, a limb birth defect that lead to a life of bullying and anxiety, through this anxiety Melissa feared she would never get pregnant so when she did after a short relationship she started to plan for her future.

Unfortunately anticipation turned to heartbreak and when she got pregnant for the second time she experienced heartbreak all over again. 

I need to say that Melissa’s experience was horrific and left me lost for words with some things staying with me forever but I learned so much from her. 

Melissa you are a very special person you will be forever in my thought no one should have to endure that you did but the reality is that they will. 

I want to thank you for sharing your experience to help others. My sincere condolences to anyone who has been affected by miscarriage.

Season 2 Episode 10 – Sarah aka The Ballymun Hun

On this weeks episode I sit down with Sarah Brogan also known as the Ballymun Hun. With a handle like the Ballymun Hun, Sarah is one of the biggest personalities on Instagram, Her hilarious badass videos have amassed over 100,000 views but in spite of this public persona there is a certain vulnerability about Sarah.

She tells me about growing up in Ballymum and the horrific murder of her father and the many incidents that left her so angry. 

We talk about how a surprise doctors appointment let to counselling to overcome this anger, it was from this the Ballymum hun was born.

What started as a laugh on Instagram developed into an account on the polished world of Instagram. We talk about the clip and edit culture and how she maintains her mantra of a normal girl in a filtered world and how she is grateful for her loyal followers and the support from her community.

Sarah is as articulate as she is funny and it is an absolute honour to share her story!!

Season 2 Episode 9 – Stacy

On this week’s episode I sit down with Stacy O’Shaughnessy.

We talk about growing up in Coolock, the suicide of her brother, hiding her teenage pregnancy and the death of her beloved nanny.

Stacy laughs with her nerves as she tells me about finding out her nanny had cancer and the years after gripped with anxiety that cancer was going to get her too.

So when pregnant on her 3rd child she discovers some abnormalities in her breast, she fears the worse and then to have her worst nightmare confirmed with a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer.

A rush Inducement to start treatment she puts her full trust in her doctors as she was simply too busy to have cancer.

You can’t feel sorry for Stacy she won’t let you, she was going to beat this she was going to live, she is an inspiration, a warrior, determined to live for her children and Stephen. 

Season 2 Episode 1- Saoirse & Carmel

On this week’s episode I sit down with mother and daughter duo Carmel and Saoirse, with only 22 years between them they have a uniquely close relationship.

Carmel tells me about her shock pregnancy on Saoirse, finding out she was pregnant on her graduation day as her waters brake as she is headed into the great hall.

We chat through the trauma of her delivery and dealing with a series of horrible medical events that followed them through the years, with Carmel being accused of having Munchausen, of being an over anxious mother and the threat of social services.

They  tell me about the mixed emotions of finally getting the diagnosis they sought for so many years – Cerebral Palsy.

Saoirse tells me how this deeply affected her mental health, how she never felt good enough, sick enough, disabled enough, but also tells me how she came through it the other side , starting and growing a beautiful business with her mother and what the future holds.

These woman are as lovely as they are articulate, their relationship is very beautiful they have been through the mill and back again you can’t help but feel love for them , I wish them nothing but success and health in the future. 

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Episode 12 – The Roche Sisters

On this week’s episode I sit down with the Roche sisters, three sisters who have a very special bond, their story is a story of strength, positivity and selflessness.

These woman are power houses, they run a hugely successful business and family whilst overcoming the hurdles life has thrown at them.

A start up business nearly abandoned when at the same time middle sister Karla is diagnosed for the second time with Cancer , Karla’s prognosis this time however is 6 months to live or a stem cell transplant, with her two sisters stepping up in the hope they are a match.

We chat through the early years as sisters and the carry on that lead to Karla nearly being expelled from school right through to the horror of her first diagnosis and the first thoughts that went through her head.

We talk about her leaving it all behind for Spain with her boyfriend Anto and her beloved dogs, we talk about the gruelling flight the others had to take to break the bad news.

We chat through the journey of Katie being a match and Kristine holding down the fort, maintaining the business to keep them all afloat.

This story cannot be told without the glue that holds it together their Mammy Gina, I am in complete awe at her strength and in their own words the girls would be lost without her. This truly is a lovely story of family and we hope you enjoy.

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Episode 10 – Chantelle

On this week’s episode a beautiful young lady sits before me, she is full of nerves , she tells me she doesn’t know what to say and doesn’t understand why you the listener would be interested in her story.

I have no words for Chantelle’s strength, at just 24 years of age she is a mother of two and a guardian of 4. We chat through losing her dad to prison at 3 months and losing him again to cancer at 10. We discuss the years of abuse she suffered at the hands of bullies who tried to tear her apart with mental torture and verbal attacks.

But Chantelle wasn’t alone in her journey, with 3 woman behind her , Maureen, her nanny and her mother Kelly, a woman who she describes as hearing her before seeing her, A woman who touched every person she met.

These woman got her through those terrible times, but then tragedy struck for the third time, Kelly her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer  and at the age of 40 died leaving 4 children behind.

This is a story of how a community rallies and a young girl who day by day is trying to fulfil her mother’s dying wishes.

This was the most difficult to date there was lots of tears and lots of pauses, her story to so raw but truly inspirational and needs to be heard. We hope you enjoy it.

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Episode 9 – Deborah

On this week’s episode I am joined by Deborah.

Deborah is an entrepreneur , a powerhouse in her own right but don’t mistake her for a boss bitch. Deborah is the youngest of the Wheeler sisters. 3 sisters who run beauty salons across Dublin, When I asked for your feedback on who to sit with Deborah’s name popped up several times and 2 minutes into sitting down with her I understand why she radiates glamour and positivity she is softly spoken and a joy to listen to.

She is very open and honest with her struggles with anxiety and crippling fear of panic attacks, but more importantly how she sought help to overcome these, her drive, resilience and ability to overcome, determine her success, a success she puts down to her two sisters, Karen and Elaine 2 women that no matter what always have her back.

We chat through the ups and downs of running a business especially during Covid. We chat about her husband Wayne as she lights up when she tells me about her wedding in Italy.

We chat through her favourite products and how she would love to get her hands on J-Lo’s face.

As I said she truly is a joy to listen to and to steal her phrase someone who puts a little bit of sunshine in your life.

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Episode 8 – Ryanair Direct

On this week’s episode sees the return of Marguarite Penrose,  we are joined by our good friend Julie Hanna and we chat through our time working together in Ryanair Direct.

Ryanair direct stands out as one of our career highlights not only because it gave us the tools and the training to set us up on the path we find ourselves today, but more importantly it gave us long lasting friendships, relationships and memories, which there are many.

From getting shot in the eye on a night out, to Michael O’Leary coming to the rescue of a hysterical colleague, to the many characters we worked with and the press trips that resulted in vegetable attacks and cracked windows.

 This week’s episode is dedicated to our dear friend Kenneth. You will always be in our memories, when we talk about you it brings us together. Through you,  we will always be us.

 There was no workplace like Ryanair direct unless, there was…

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Episode 7 – Elaine

On this week’s episode I sit down with Elaine Healy, Elaine is one of the most tenacious  mothers I have ever had the privilege to chat with. I came across her Instagram a few months ago and instantly fell in love with her two beautiful children.

Elaine is an autism mom of two, we talk candidly  about the hurdles and heartbreak, the blame, guilt and judgement that come with each diagnosis.

I hear about the invaluable support of her family and her indestructible marriage to her rock Brian. Elaine is open and honest as we chat through the day to day life of an autism mom.

We talk about why she started her blog Life upside down and how she doesn’t want any other mammy to feel so alone.

We talk about Brian’s recent diagnosis and how him coming out is helping so many others. We chat through her fears and hopes for the future, the importance of support and the family service dog Milo.

Elaine is fierce, genuine devoted and inspirational, there is no sugar-coating with Elaine what you see is what you get and those babies happiness and safety come first in her house. 

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