Tag: addiction

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.