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45 minutes | Apr 24, 2022
Season 4 - Episode 6 - The Zorbas
Serendipity and chance encounters brought Inka and Iason together, their shared interests blossomed into a romance that is now three years down the road. As their relationship developed their boundaries fell as they opened up to each other and realized a shared dream. The dream of one day creating music with their partner… that day arrived and so The Zorbas was born. The Zorbas is a mixture of music, cinema, design, story telling… and lots more. Ambition, vulnerability, excitement, passion, humour, positivity, it’s all here… This is the Zorbas!Listen to the Zorbas here: https://www.thezorbas.live/
69 minutes | Feb 20, 2022
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Inka Malovic
The events we experience throughout our lives shape who we are and how we look at the world. As we move through life we learn and adapt and change because of what we have been through. Inka Malovic was conceived in the Congo, born in Bosnia, grew up in Algeria and when war broke out in both Yugoslavia and Algeria she settled with her family in Canada. As she moved from one place to the next she became a sponge in her new environment, she watched and listened as she integrated herself and it was these skills that helped her hone her craft. Inka is an actress, a dancer, a teacher, a musician… she wears many hats all of them with passion and positive energy… nothing is impossible… This is Inka Malovic.
70 minutes | Feb 13, 2022
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Stephen Carton
The vast majority of us follow a well-trodden path when it comes to what we do with our lives, we may take an unexpected diversion here and there but by and large we follow in the footsteps of where others have gone before. Stephen Carton grew up in Dublin, went to school in Dublin and completed a degree and masters in Engineering in Trinity College… you can probably fill in the gaps from here, right? Wrong? A chance encounter as a Fresher in Trinity lit a spark that created a passion for American Football that burnt so brightly he decided becoming an American Football coach was his destiny. He left Ireland in a hurry and put his foot on the bottom rung of a ladder and started climbing, his adventure taught him the importance of family, to embrace his identity and what happens when you take a chance… This is Stephen Carton.
77 minutes | Feb 6, 2022
Season 4 - Episode 3 - James Timmons
I think it is interesting to hear what people wanted to be when they were children because it gives an insight into what they were like then and as their story unfolds we can get a sense of how they have developed. The truth is, most of us give up on that childhood dream early on, but not everybody does… James Timmons always wanted to be a footballer. It informed how he spent his lunch time break, where he went to university and encouraged him to travel the world. Buckle up as one of the most enthusiastic people I know takes us from single minded child to even more determined adult… this is James Timmons.
76 minutes | Jan 30, 2022
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Rebecca Proctor
The world is made up of characters, that’s what makes it so interesting. We all approach life in slightly different ways leading to experiences and stories that help us to stay connected with one another. Rebecca Proctor has always been sure of who she was and where she was going… she may not necessarily have known how it was going to turn out but she wasn’t going to shrink to the shadows. Whether that was on the stage bringing joy to her heart, in the turbulent school corridors or as a mother finding her way… Rebecca gives life her all. Rebecca talks honestly about feeling lost in school, acting both on and off stage and how she reacted when she found out she was pregnant, five months into her pregnancy… this is Rebecca Proctor!
73 minutes | Jan 23, 2022
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Paraic Keenan
Paraic Keenan has always done things his way, he made his choices and he saw them through, having the courage to pivot if required. Be that asking for help when stuck in a ditch, building his career instead of going to college or abandoning his corporate lifestyle in favour of sea swimming and self discovery, he trusted things would work out and they did.His experiences have made him the man he is today as he discusses identity, introspection, listening and plenty more.This is Paraic Keenan.
68 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
Season 3 - Episode 5 - John Clendennen
John Clendennen is a local councillor from the small village of Kinnitty in Offaly. At one stage the world was his oyster but today John is more likely to bring oysters to Kinnitty. He grew up surrounded by people in the family pub and it is no wonder that he has gone on to follow in his father’s footsteps… taking over the family business and making a name for himself in politics. John has an interest in life that is infectious, he is energetic and thoughtful, innovative and open… This is John Clendennen.
69 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Gavin Colton
A footballer and a writer are at two very different ends of the career spectrum. For a footballer their end product is based on split second, instinctive decisions, whereas a writer is contemplative and reasoned in their approach. Or are they? Gavin Colton’s story challenges these potential misconceptions. He grew up in Leixlip, just outside Dublin and dreamed of being a footballer. He became a TV star, signed autographs, flirted with supermodels and eventually moved to America on a soccer scholarship. Today he is on the verge of publishing his first collection of short stories. How did he go from soccer star to college lecturer? How much do the narratives he created in his dreams impact his writing now? How important is identity? Gavin Colton is thoughtful, insightful, brave, funny and engaging… This is Gavin Colton!
57 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Pallavi Pande
Pallavi Pande had an idea based on childhood nostalgia. She grew up in India and now lives with her husband and two kids in Portland, Oregon. Her company, Dtocs, creates tableware from naturally fallen palm leaves and has won a NEXTY at the Natural Food Expo for the most innovative new sustainable product on the market. Pallavi tells me about being a mompreneur, raising brand ambassadors, supporting her female workers, how paying it forward is essential to her being and how America has changed… this is Pallavi Pande!
83 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Kieran Walsh
Usually, when we think about people and their stories it is the older generations that spring to mind as the gold mines. However, my next guest has seen and done so much and is only 28. Kieran Walsh is married with two kids, he works in a local hospital and dreamed of buying his own home. So far so straight forward. I came across Kieran on Twitter when I followed his podcast “Reeling in your ears”, a clever watch along of the TV show Reeling in the Years. Like a lot of people, his life hasn’t been straight forward. He talks about growing up as the baby of the family when most of his siblings were more than halfway through their childhoods, the pain of losing his mum, the pressure to succeed in a big family and how attempting to become a recognized stand up comedian has negatively impacted his mental health. You’ll hear the pain, smile at the laughter and be struck by Kieran’s sense of gratitude… This is Kieran Walsh.
66 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Teegan Maguire
Teegan Maguire is a friend of mine. She has an extremely successful career, she is 35, she owns her own flat, she is single, she lives in London, she is from Clones, a small village in Ireland. Teegan takes on societal norms and faces them down, choosing the route that is right for her rather than the one offered up as the path most trodden. She speaks openly about children, societal pressure, how reaching her thirties has changed her attitude to life and what she learned from creating a plan for her life until she is 100. This is a story about a woman making decisions that are right for her, this is a story told with eloquence and honesty… this is Teegan Maguire.
77 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Virginie Laveau
Virginie grew up in picturesque France, playing in the forest was her youth where she dreamed of travelling the world. At the earliest opportunity to moved to Ireland where a career in tech, trips to India and her own business became her new life. So far so idyllic. Maybe on paper, listen as Virginie takes us through the reality of her paralysed mother in a wheelchair, battling anxiety and how India grounds her. This is Virginie Laveau.
73 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Dean Clarke
Dean Clarke dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and he lived that dream for over 10 years in Ireland. However, the realities of his dream life are a far cry from the fame and fortune you would associate with being a professional footballer. If I offered you a job, your dream job, and told you the salary would make it hard to get by and your contract would only last for 10 months of the year… would you accept my offer? And if you did, how long would you stick at it? This is the reality of being a professional footballer in Ireland and this is the power of those two words “Professional Footballer”.This is Dean Clarke.
83 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Jill Godsil
Jill Godsil created an idyllic life for herself and her family before divorce, bankruptcy and home repossession shattered that life. She was down but not out and somehow found the fight within to strike back and change Ireland's legislation while she was at it.Jill Godsil has an inspiring story that is overflowing with enthusiasm, life lessons and plenty of unexpected twists.
56 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Kunal Gandhi (Part 2)
Kunal landed in Dublin on the 13th of January 2015 with €1,000 in his pocket, 80kg of luggage and an address on Mountjoy Square.He quickly ran out of money, went without food for 3 days at a time and could not find a job... any job, but her persevered.Kunal tells us what he thinks of the Irish welcome and how he has to work harder to prove himself but ultimately he thinks it has worked in his favour.
58 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Kunal Gandhi
Kunal Gandhi came to Ireland from India, leaving behind his friends, family and a very comfortable life.Before he tells us about his experience in Ireland, I wanted to know what it was like growing up in India. It is a culture that fascinates the world, and the internet gives us a glimpse into what it may be like, but I wanted to hear it from Kunal in his own words.Those words are filled with passion and conviction as he speaks about his love for his parents, his dedication to his family and how pressure is just something you get used to when you are from India.
63 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 1 - James Lundy
In March 2018 my friend James Lundy died suddenly, his anniversary is a painful time, filled with sadness and grief but it is also our opportunity to speak about James and ensure he comes along life’s journey with us.Whether you knew James or not, I want this episode to celebrate James's life and to act as a reminder to all of us to cherish what we have, because life is fleeting and can disappear so quickly.I asked his friends and family to send me voice notes of their favourite memories and this is what they said.
66 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Saoirse Fitzgerald
Saoirse Fitzgerald studied Business and German in UCC, represented Germany in the Rose of Tralee, became LinkedIn’s first German speaking employee and now owns one of Ireland’s most famous Lighthouse keeper’s houses. She made choices along the way and through it all she put her trust in one place – her gut. Her story brings us through huge highs and tragic lows, it teaches us the importance of community and resilience and how failure is only failure if you fail to learn from it.
75 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 5 - John & Elaine Cogavin
Over fifteen years ago, John and Elaine, along with their three sons, decided to forego their usual Christmas presents in favour of giving that money to people who needed it more. But to who? There are plenty of very deserving charities who would willingly accept their donations… but instead John and Elaine, inspired by their friends in Malawi decided to create their own charity, they called it Chifundo.
56 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Colm O'Toole
Have you ever had an idea you'd love to pursue but real life gets in the way? Colm O'Toole had an idea and went for it.A chance rejection sent him to Lyon in France where his desire to learn French took him on an adventure of a lifetime.In the heart of Lyon he found a community, opened an Irish bar and found a new appreciation for life.
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