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  • Topics covered : Anxiety, the inner critic, anorexia, bulimia, grief, attempted suicide, cancer diagnosis, baking, starting a business, success, wellbeing. 


    Una Leonard is the owner and founder of 2210 Patisserie, a very successful bakery business and she has a gorgeous, upbeat personality that at one point, hid a deep unhappiness.


    In this conversation we get a beautiful insight into her relationship with her Mam, the bond she also had with her Granny, fondly known as Dotie; and how baking and opening up her bakery, ultimately became her saviour. 


    I learnt so much from listening to her….about the power our words can have on children in particular, and how our attitude to food can impact those around us.


    It was one of the most moving conversations I have ever had and I’m so grateful to Una for her willingness to speak about such difficult times in her life and I know she’ll help so many who’ll listen.

    But it’s an extremely challenging listen at times as we don’t shy away from the reality of her experience of attempted suicide, so please be aware before you play it.


    Resources :


    Bodywhys

    Bodywhys | The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland


    Pieta

    Pieta | Preventing Suicide and Self Harm


    Samaritans

    Samaritans Ireland


    Book: Sweet Therapy – The Joy of Baking


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  • Topics covered : Meditation, fears, regrets, acceptance, death, present moment awareness, compassion.


    Brother Richard Hendrick has been a priest-friar for over 20 years and during the Covid 19 pandemic he wrote a poem called ‘Lockdown’ which went viral.


    In this conversation he gives us a fascinating insight into the life of a monk, he explains the difference between having purpose in life and finding meaning, he speaks of Celtic spirituality, the power of apologising…and death, in the most beautiful way.

    It’s an episode that will make you reflect on your own life and hopefully enrich it, as it has for me.


    Book mentions:

     

    ‘Still Points – A guide to living the mindful, meditative way’

    ‘The Top Five Regrets of The Dying’ by Bronnie Ware


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  • Topics covered : Menstrual cycle, pelvic floor, heart disease.


    In this episode I speak to doctor, nutritionist and best-selling author Dr, Hazel Wallace, aka The Food Medic.

    Originally from Dundalk, Hazel lives in London and currently has over half a million followers on Instagram.

    Her third book – The Female Factor is a deep dive into women’s health and in this conversation she answers things like….why we crave chocolate before our period and what our pelvic floor is and why it’s so important?


    Book :

    ‘The Female Factor - Making women’s health count – and what it means for you’


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  • Topics covered : Self-worth, the legal system in Ireland, rehabilitation.


    In this episode I speak to one of Ireland’s first female judges; Gillian Hussey.


    When she started out little did she know that she would deal with some of the most notorious criminals in Ireland, the likes of the Kinahans, the Cahills, ‘The Monk’ and John Gilligan.


    In this conversation she gives us an insight into her courtroom, her reflections on the legal system in Ireland and the importance she places on rehabilitation.

    We also talk about the relationship she had with her father and how she struggled with feeling worthy, especially early in her career.

    Unsurprisingly, she made a big impression on viewers when she appeared on The Tommy Tiernan show last year on RTÉ and having a number of mutual friends, I always knew she’d be a wonderful guest for Ready to be Real.


    Book :

    ’Lessons from the bench – reflections on a career spent in Ireland’s criminal courts’ and it’s out now.


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  • Topics covered : Launching a brand, clothing sizes, vulnerability, body acceptance, confidence.


    This week I speak to makeup artist and influencer, Aideen Kate.

    Aideen lives in Dublin with her boyfriend Dave, she currently has 158 thousand followers on Instagram and is Stellar magazine’s cover girl for the month of July.

    This conversation is an insight into the life of an influencer/content creator as we talk about her rise to fame and launching her own makeup brand earlier this year (True Beauty); and we also talk about her Instagram content on body acceptance which includes honest outfit try-on’s which I love!


    * This chat is where I wrap up the conversations until September.

    You can dive back into over 100 Ready to be Real episodes whenever you want and I’ll chat to you all again in the Autumn.

    Have a gorgeous summer!


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  • Topics covered : Manifestation, embracing change, impact of the pandemic, surrogacy journey, pregnancy.


    In this episode I catch up with powerhouse couple Brian Dowling Gourounlian and his husband Arthur.

    They live in Kildare and will soon be parents for the very first time and this conversation picks up where we left off when we last spoke in January 2020 (released March 2020).

    So much has happened in their lives since then and if you haven’t heard our earlier chat I highly recommend you check it out as you really get a good sense of them and their relationship.

    In this conversation we follow on from where we left off the last time.

    We hear all about their journey to parenthood, their bond with Brian’s sister Aoife (also their surrogate), Arthur packing up their home in LA at the height of pandemic restrictions to move to Ireland with their friends, chef Dónal Skehan and his wife Sofie and family, and then him going on to become a judge on hit TV show Dancing with the Stars.

    We also talk rumours, the significance of an orange cup and how Aoife got the nickname Effidy!


    It's an inspiring, heart-warming and often hilarious chat that I hope you enjoy as much as I did.


    And if you’re a fan of my pod, please follow, rate and review in all the usual places. And thanks, as always, for your support of Ready to be Real.


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  • Topics covered : animal welfare, conservation, having a baby during Covid restrictions, heart condition, major surgery, scar, healing. 

     

    In this episode I speak to Killian and Katie McLaughlin who run a wildlife sanctuary in Donegal called ‘Wild Ireland’.

    They met in college when they were both studying law and they’re now married and are parents to Rígan who’s almost 2.


    In this conversation we talk about their love of animals, their passion for what they do and their plans for the future.

    We also talk about the highs and lows of the past 2 years, including having a baby during Covid restrictions and Katie having to undergo heart surgery.


    They’re an amazing couple who have had so much to deal with but are stronger than ever today.


    * Series 2 of ‘Return of the Wild : The Bearman of Buncrana’ will be broadcast on RTE in the coming months so keep an eye out for it.


    And to find out more about/ get tickets for Wild Ireland, click here...

    Wild Ireland


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  • Topics covered : Anorexia, grief, shame, perfectionism, recovery, gratitude, the inner critic, CBT, social media, filters, boxing, meditation, femininity, spirituality, letting go.


    In this episode I speak to one of the most impressive people I’ve ever met, boxer Mary Kate Slattery.

    Originally from Dublin, Mary Kate spent parts of her childhood in Lahinch in Co. Clare.

    She’s the eldest of three girls, a law graduate from Trinity College Dublin and when she was only 9 she developed anorexia. She spent time in and out of Crumlin children’s hospital in Dublin and eventually had to go to London to receive treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

    In this conversation we speak about her battle with anorexia, perfectionism, therapy, meditation, femininity, letting go and her love of boxing.

    It’s such an inspiring yet challenging conversation in parts, so please be aware before you listen.


    Also as you can hear in this episode, Mary Kate is very thankful to her psychiatrist Fiona McNicholas for helping her recover from anorexia and if you're worried about yourself or someone you love, you can reach out for help here...

    Bodywhys | The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland


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  • Topics covered : Dancing with the Stars, life during lockdown, their relationship.


    In this episode I speak to couple Jake Carter and Karen Byrne.

    They live in Dublin with their dog Lenny and they started dating after they won series 2 of Dancing with the Stars in Ireland.


    Jake is a singer songwriter whose brother Nathan is also in the business. He’s outgoing and optimistic and Karen is a professional dancer with her own dance studio who’s a straight shooter and naturally more introverted by nature.

     

    In this conversation we talk about first impressions, what annoys them about each other and how friendship is the foundation of their relationship.


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  • Topics covered : Hurling, diversity, inclusion, religion.


    In this episode I speak to Abood Al Jumaili who also goes by the name Bonnar O’Loinsigh.

    He lives in Dublin and his nickname is based on two hurling greats, the Bonnar Maher from Tipperary and former player Colin Lynch from Clare.

    He left his home in Baghdad when he was only 9 years old and came to Ireland with his family, five years after the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    When he arrived here, he had no English but soon developed the distinctive accent he has today.

    And in this conversation we talk about his passion for hurling, his deep faith, his role as a GAA ambassador promoting diversity and inclusion, the culture clashes he’s encountered over the years and his dream of becoming an Irish diplomat someday.


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  • Topics covered : Drug trip, drug induced psychosis, suicidal thoughts, breakdown, mania, bi-polar disorder, shedding shame, early onset Alzheimer’s, grief, regrets, recovery, self care, power of movement, pole-dancing.


    In this episode I speak to writer and podcaster, Sophie White.


    She lives in Dublin with her husband Seb and their 3 sons who are 2, 5 and 8.

    She graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin with a first class honours degree in sculpture, she’s been a chef and she’s written 5 books so far.

    And in this conversation we talk about mental breakdowns, regrets, the juggle of being a working mother, the unfixable pain of grief, her latest book ‘The Snag List’ and pole-dancing!


    If you like this conversation, you might enjoy my episode with Alastair Campbell from January 2021 in which similar topics are explored.

    And if you are a fan of my pod, please follow, rate and review in all the usual places. Thanks, as always, for your support of Ready to be Real.


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  • Topics covered : Cancer, smear tests, holistic treatments, medical procedures, trauma, therapy, grief, healing, belief, trusting your gut instinct, health.


    In this episode I speak to the inspirational Lynsey Bennett.

    She lives in Longford with her daughters Zoë who’s 13 and Hailee who’s 8 and in 2019 she found out she was one of the women caught up in the cervical check scandal brought to public attention by Vicky Phelan.


    In this conversation, we talk about the powerful bond she had and still has with her mother Lesley, undergoing a hysterectomy at just 28, dealing with a terminal diagnosis and arranging her own funeral and trusting her gut instinct.


    She’s been getting alternative cancer treatment in Mexico and Germany over the past year and a half to help strengthen her immune system and support her mindset; and thankfully, it’s yielding good results so far despite being told a few years ago, that she probably wouldn’t live this long.


    I was honoured to meet her and have this conversation.


    Book mention : ‘Radical Remission, surviving cancer against all odds’ by Kelly A. Turner


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  • Topics covered : Motherhood, career, ageing, menopause. 


    In this episode I speak to actor, comedian, TV presenter and podcaster, the multi-talented Deirdre O’Kane.

    She lives in Dun Laoghaire in Dublin with her husband, writer and director Stephen Bradley and their teenage kids, Holly who’s 17 and Daniel who’s 13.

    She describes herself as an optimist who can be competitive and self-critical.

    And in this conversation we talk about motherhood, menopause, her fascinating career, the story behind the making of the film ‘Noble’ and the contentment she feels at this stage of her life.

    Her latest stand up show called ‘Demented’ is currently on a nationwide tour so check out her site for a list of dates and locations and to buy a ticket!

    And if you enjoyed this conversation, please follow, rate and review in all the usual places, thanks, as always, for your support of Ready to be Real.


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  • Topics covered : Dancing with the Stars, her racing career, motherhood, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, fear of failure.


    In this episode I speak to retired jockey and Dancing with the Stars champion Nina Carberry.

    She’s regarded as one of the greatest amateur riders of all time and after an almost 17-year career in the saddle, she retired in 2018.

    She’s married to Ted and they have 2 daughters, Rosie who’s 5 next month and Hollie who’s 2.5.

    She is incredibly hard working, grounded and naturally shy, and in this conversation we talk all things DWTS….including her gruelling training schedule and being out of her comfort zone; her friendship with Rachael Blackmore, life at home with her family and her horses and all that it entails, and how winning DWTS compares to winning a Grand National or at Cheltenham!


    * A special thanks to Barbara White for all her help with this episode.


    And if you enjoyed this conversation, please follow, rate and review in all the usual places, thanks, as always, for your support of Ready to be Real.


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  • Topics covered : sex, porn, sexting, shedding shame, pushing boundaries, deepening understanding.


    In this episode I speak to pundit, podcaster and psychotherapist, Richie Sadlier.

    It's my second time sitting down to chat to Richie and as always he is such a brilliant guest.

    He’s married to Fiona and when we spoke in 2019, his autobiography ‘Recovering’ had just been released and in it he revealed he had been sexually abused when he was 14 by a physio he had been attending for back pain.


    2.5 years on, he’s just released his second book called ‘Let’s Talk’, written for teenage boys, and in it he covers everything they might need or want to know about sex, intimacy, relationships, breakups and everything else in between.

    He also runs his own private psychotherapy practice and he has a passion for supporting adolescent development so he really knows his stuff in this area.


    If you enjoyed this conversation you can go back and listen to our earlier chat if you missed it and why not check out the episodes I recorded with sexologist Emily Power Smith too.


    Thanks, as always, for your support of Ready to be Real.


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  • Topics covered : Best foods to eat and when to eat them, genetics, blue zones, impact of Covid, exercise, sleep, sex, connections, engagement, laughter.


    Professor Rose Anne Kenny has 35 years of experience at the forefront of ageing medicine and in this conversation she shares some of the proven adjustments we can all make regardless of our age, to live longer and happier lives.


    Her book is ‘Age Proof: The New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier Life’ and it’s a fascinating read.


    If you enjoyed this episode, please consider following the pod wherever you listen. You can now rate it on Spotify and leave a little comment on Apple too.

    Thanks a million!


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  • Topics covered : Alcoholism, fatal fetal abnormality, abortion, induced labour, birth trauma.

     

    In this bonus episode I speak to the incredible Amy Dunne.

    In 2007, a 16 year old Amy was pregnant with a baby girl who had a fatal fetal abnormality. At the time, Amy was in the care of the HSE, so she told a social worker about her plan to travel for a termination after finding out the devastating news. And although she was supported by her family and by the baby’s father, she was told by the HSE that it wouldn’t be possible for her to travel which then led to her situation being a case in the High Court.


    In this conversation we speak about her childhood changing from idyllic to chaotic, the ups and down of her relationship with her mother and ultimately the unbreakable bond they share today, and how her strength and bravery ignited a social revolution to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution.


    We heard about her at the time as ‘Miss D’ but today we hear from the woman herself and it's a raw and powerful listen.


    Today she lives in Drogheda with her teenage son Adam and she's estranged from her father.


    If you enjoyed this episode, please consider following the pod wherever you listen. You can now rate it on Spotify and leave a little comment on Apple too.

    Thanks a million!


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  • Topics covered : motherhood, march for maternity, channeling, authenticity, acting, yoga, letting go, signs.

     

    This week I speak to actor and writer, Amy De Bhrún.

    She’s married to Seán and they have 2 kids, daughter Billie and baby son River.


    And in this conversation we speak about motherhood, her powerful March for Maternity speech, being authentic, TV show ‘Line of Duty’, her love of yoga and why ladybirds are important to her.


    If you enjoyed this episode, please consider following the pod wherever you listen.

    You can now rate it on Spotify and leave a little comment on Apple too.

    Thanks a million!


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  • Topics covered : Imposter syndrome, over-thinking, being triggered, relationships, finding purpose, changing careers, accountability, acceptance, overwhelm, fear of rejection, time management, people pleasing.


    This is the second episode with life coach Mark Fennell, which we recorded about 5 months ago. It’s full of practical advice on a whole heap of topics and he also answers a selection of questions that were sent in on Instagram too.


    To contact Mark, go to…

    https://markfennell.ie/


    If you liked this episode you can go back and listen to our first chat.

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  • Topics covered : Mental health, homophobia, same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland, rejecting shame. 


    This week I speak to bar owner, drag queen and activist, Rory O’Neill aka Panti Bliss. Originally from Ballinrobe in Mayo, Rory lives in Dublin city with his husband Anderson and their dog Penny.


    We spoke in late February and at times there is an eerie poignancy to our conversation as it happened as Covid restrictions were being lifted here in Ireland, but before the invasion of Ukraine.


    In this conversation we speak about his now iconic Noble call in the Abbey Theatre and the events which led to it, he speaks about the impact the pandemic had on him, the freedom his alter ego Panti gives him, how he rejects shame of any kind and how he would like to be remembered. 


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