Category: Podcast

Season 4 Episode 3 Mandy

On this week’s episode I sit down with Mandy Walsh.

Mandy and I go way back, she is one of the brightest stars in our field but, I always knew there was heartache in Mandy’s history and this week she tells me about her Brian.

Brian the love of her life, her soul mate, taken away far too young. Mandy talks about her life after Brian and how her grief can still overwhelm her today.

Season 4 Episode 1 – Kim

On this week’s episode, I said down with Kim Hall.

Kim talks to me about the death of her mother by suicide Kim’s mother suffered from postnatal depression and depression, her manic episodes resulted in her being hospitalized throughout Kim’s young life.

Kim’s mother was abandoned by the mental health services releasing Kim’s mother into the hands of her 15-year-old daughter.

Kim experienced many of her mother’s suicide attempts and in the end, Kim‘s mother succeeded in her attempts leaving a 16-year-old Kim and her sisters behind.

Throughout the conversation, Kim’s love for her mother is palpable Kims outlook on life today is one of gratitude, determination, and positivity. She is an absolute credit to herself, she has worked so hard to be the woman she is today.

Kim has launched an initiative to help others in her community which are walk and talk sessions she set this up in honor of her mother to offer people a safe place to talk.

Kim, you’re an absolute inspiration your heart is so pure Thank you for sitting down with me and sharing your mother Rachel’s story.

Season 3 Episode 21 – Denise Philips

On this week’s episode, I sit down with Denise Philips.

I always wondered about Denise where she got her fight, determination and outlook on life. I couldn’t put my finger on it but I always knew there was something about Denise and it wasn’t until this podcast I find my answers

Denise is a warrior, not just an IVF Warrior but as she opens up for the first time about grief.

The death of her boyfriend at just 23 years of age and the rekindling of a relationship with Mark in the mists of his struggle with addiction.

Denise has been through so much and for her to go on and build a hugely successful business and brand, be the wonderful mother and wife we see today is a testament to her strength, empathy, and determination.

Thank you Denise for sharing with us, you deserve every bit of happiness you have today

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 12 – Ruth

On this week’s episode, I sit down that Ruth Barry.

This was one of the most eye-opening sit down’s I have ever had.

Ruth wears her story well, no longer in active addiction, Ruth has encountered more tragedies than bears thinking.

When she was just 11 years of age Ruth’s sister, her idol, dies in a horrific incident that rocked Ruth’s family and started her on her journey of self-destruction and addiction.

Ruth faced tragedy after tragedy through her years in addiction and it was while in prison that Ruth made the decision to get clean and threw herself into every opportunity prison life gave her to get sober.

Ruth’s story is as heartbreaking as it is powerful, the woman in front of me fought her way out of addiction and saved herself with the tools prison gave her, She continues to save herself every day with the help of good people, running, and Reiki but above all the love of her children.

Season 3 Episode 11 – Fiona

Trigger warning this weeks episode we talk about suicide.

On this week’s episode I sit down with Fiona Sheridan. Fiona talks to me about her Kieth

Kieth by all means was a wonderful man, he was the life and soul and a person you want to be around to have a good time but, Keith suffered with his mental health. His anxiety destroyed his life.

As a boyfriend and a husband he doted over Fiona and they traveled the world together and was always by her side. A breakdown and later struggles with conceiving, IVI and possibly IVF put huge pressures on them both and resulted in Keith dying before they had the chance to conceive.

There is no anger in Fiona, she knows now that Keith is free, she is consumed by the memories of Keith but won’t talk about what ifs. She is now trying to find yourself again going forward without Keith and their imperfectly perfect life.

Season 3 Episode 10 – Sabrina Hill

On this week’s episode, I sit down with Sabrina Hill.

Sabrina is one of the hardest-working people I know. She’s a business owner, a single mum and a TV personality but above all, she is a wonderful person.

I ask Sabrina about her life before Instagram, becoming pregnant on Aaron and why she got into hairdressing, and her journey to Kopper.  

Sabrina tells me about her ups and downs and how CBT therapy saved her life in her 20s and the lessons she has learned that have made it to the Sabrina she is today.  We talk about her people, her ride or die her friends and we chat about her lovely parents Sabrina‘s attitude is infectious and I know the best is yet to come.

Season 3 Episode 9 – Patrick James

On this weeks episode I sit down with Patrick James.

From the moment I met Patrick he had me in stitches but behind his fabulous personality lies a horrific story of a house fire that left 33% of his body burnt. While Patrick was left was physical scars his parents suffered mentally and turned to alcohol which resulted in all four children taken into care.

When Patrick‘s father died shortly afterwards, Patrick‘s mother gave up the alcohol and worked to get all the children back but making the ultimate sacrifice with the baby of the family.

Patrick tells me about finding solace in stage school and then going on to win the voice of Ireland, as I said Patrick is simply fabulous he has never let his life tragedies define him as he says there’s no point in going through it all to end up living in the past.

NEW: – Why not check this episode out on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni8TCLwN-dc

Season 3 Episode 7 – Dwayne & Karl

On this week’s episode I sit down with Dwayne Edgar and Karl Taffe, cofounders of the inner-city Running club.

Season 3 Episode 6 – Katie

On this week’s episode I sit down with Katie Keyes. This is Katie’s first time to sit down to talk about April story and her nervous laughter come through as a coping mechanism as she articulates April’s journey.

Just before April’s third birthday, she is diagnosed with neuroblastoma. 

The treatment plan resulted in April been cancer free in the January, only to relapse in the match and 14 days after her seventh birthday April suffered a massive stroke on Friday the 13th 2019.

Katie was extremely nervous going into this and it took a lot for her to sit down with me but she handled it with so much strength and courage. 

Stay strong Katie, I will always keep you, April and Graham in my thoughts and prayers.