Little Inspirations is a new podcast hosted by journalist and screenwriter Declan Lawn. Throughout the series, he talks with guests about the things in our lives – some little, some big – that help to get us through difficult times, the things that inspire us. These could be anything from favourite pieces of art to poems that stick in our heads, songs that gives us strength or the movies we watch again and again. This is a podcast about the little building blocks of our wellbeing, the things we rely on. Little Inspirations is a new podcast from Inspire Wellbeing.
Little Inspirations - Sister Nuala Kelly
Sister Nuala Kelly is a Daughter of Charity, who has taught children and assisted the homeless in west Belfast for the better part of the last five decades.
In this new episode of Little Inspirations, Sister Nuala and host Declan Lawn discuss service and faith, and how they guided communities through the Troubles’ darkest days. She also talks about the blessings of her vocation, being grateful for small things and how she is inspired, every day, by the journeys of those she supports.
Little Inspirations - Michaela Hollywood
Michaela Hollywood is a 2019 Emerging Leader, who campaigns for the rights of disabled young people. Named by the BBC as one of the world's 100 most inspirational women in 2015, she was given a Points of Light Award by then Prime Minister David Cameron that same year.
In this new episode of Little Inspirations, Michaela talks to Declan Lawn about how the pandemic has unexpectedly produced a more level playing field for disabled individuals and increased their access to the changed world at large. They also discuss marginalised communities finding common cause, the diversity of disability and how a deep love of snooker inspires her during tough times.
Little Inspirations - Domhnall Nugent
Domhnall Nugent is a member of the Antrim senior hurling panel and a native of west Belfast. Since debuting for his county in 2016, Domhnall has experienced success on the field and difficult times off it. Two years ago, even as his sporting achievements made him a celebrated figure, Domhnall entered treatment for alcohol addiction, a moment that set his life on a new path.
In the new episode of Little Inspirations, Domhnall talks to host Declan Lawn about the euphoria of victory and the depths of drinking. Domhnall also discusses the inspirational “higher power” of family, the curative impact of self-reflection and how a “warrior spirit” fuels his recovery journey.
Little Inspirations - Siobhan O'Neill
Siobhan O’Neill is a professor of mental health sciences at Ulster University. Since June 2020, she has served as Northern Ireland’s interim Mental Health Champion, a crucial role that involves working across government and politics, meeting with and representing service users, and shaping the public conversation.
In this latest episode of Little Inspirations, Siobhan talks to Declan Lawn about taking control of her wellbeing during a pandemic and striving for positivity in difficult circumstances. They also talk about humanity’s capacity for resilience, the mental health legacy of COVID-19 and her own journey towards motherhood.
Little Inspirations - David Johnston
David Johnston is a self-described ‘socialpreneur’ and the founder of Belfast-based clothing brand OutsideIn. With its ‘Wear one, share one’ model, OutsideIn has, since being established in 2016, reached people across the globe, fostering connections and interactions along the way.
In this episode of Little Inspirations, host Declan Lawn talks to David about the ways in which unique stories and individual lives make him want to “bridge the gap between society and those on the street”, as well as the rigours of lockdown life, the genesis of OutsideIn’s ethos and the inspirational power of The Queen’s Gambit.
Little Inspirations - Geraldine Hughes
Geraldine is an actress and playwright from West Belfast. Her myriad acting credits include feature projects like Rocky Balboa and Gran Torino, and more recently in the newly released Your Honor. She has performed her one-woman show, Belfast Blues, on both sides of the Atlantic, including a run at her native city’s Lyric Theatre in 2019.
In this episode of Little Inspirations, Geraldine Hughes and series host Declan Lawn discuss getting married during a lockdown, the challenges of working and being creating during a pandemic. They also chat about building resilience as an artist and the importance of talking about one’s mental health.