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I’m Síle Seoige and thanks for checking out READY TO BE REAL.
In this podcast series I chat to people of all walks of life; entertainers, politicians, health experts, activists, sports people, along with those who have extraordinary stories to tell.
They all share a willingness to be open and honest and my hope is that these conversations will at times inspire, challenge, educate, comfort or simply entertain you.
Occasionally, I also record some solo episodes and meditations too...along with topic lead podcasts with a particular expert in their field.
You'll find me here https://www.readytobereal.com/
And please rate, review and subscribe if you like what you hear, thanks so much X

Ready To Be Real by Síle Seoige Síle Seoige

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 661 Ratings

I’m Síle Seoige and thanks for checking out READY TO BE REAL.
In this podcast series I chat to people of all walks of life; entertainers, politicians, health experts, activists, sports people, along with those who have extraordinary stories to tell.
They all share a willingness to be open and honest and my hope is that these conversations will at times inspire, challenge, educate, comfort or simply entertain you.
Occasionally, I also record some solo episodes and meditations too...along with topic lead podcasts with a particular expert in their field.
You'll find me here https://www.readytobereal.com/
And please rate, review and subscribe if you like what you hear, thanks so much X

    Audrey O Hagan : Making deals with God

    Audrey O Hagan : Making deals with God

    Trigger warning : Fertility, miscarriage, cancer, hysterectomy, IVF, surrogacy.


    This week I speak to Dublin woman Audrey O’Hagan who’s married to Dave and their son Hugh is almost a year and a half.
    She’s in her thirties and works as a communications officer with Dublin Airport, a job she loves and in this episode, she lets us in on the past four years of her life that have had their fair share of ups and downs. And even though the conversation is deeply emotional and challenging at times, it’s also an uplifting listen too.


    Follow Audrey on Instagram…
    https://www.instagram.com/audge3000/?hl=en


    If you’re concerned about any health issue or if you haven’t had a check-up in a while, perhaps listening to Audrey will encourage you to call your GP or make that appointment you’ve been putting off, or to reach out and ask for help if you’re struggling.
    It really is so important to look after ourselves and if you need to talk to someone the Irish Cancer Society have a helpline open 9-5pm Monday to Friday 
    Call and speak to a Nurse on the Cancer Nurseline on
    FREEPHONE 1800 200 700 
    Visit www.cancer.ie 
    Or email cancernurseline@irishcancer.ie 


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Eating Distress : Recovery is Possible

    Eating Distress : Recovery is Possible

    Trigger warning : Disordered eating.


    This week I speak to Aoife O’Brien about life with and after an eating disorder.
    Originally from County Clare, Aoife now lives in Mayo with her fiancé Damian and their son Liam, who’s nearly 2. She works with the GAA/ Croke Park co-ordinating the Healthy Clubs project which promotes health and wellbeing within clubs.
    But for years she was controlled by an eating disorder which went unnoticed for a long time. Now having fully recovered she is passionate about getting the message out that life after disordered eating, is very much possible.
    In this conversation, we discuss diet culture, the signs of eating distress and how best to address it.


    Podcast mention…


    The Marino Therapy Centre
    https://www.marinotherapycentre.com/


    Helpful questions for journaling…


    1. What did I do well today?
    2. What did I learn?
    3. What would I do differently?


    Thanks to Ranae and Jacqueline for helping set up this conversation and of course to Aoife for all the effort she put in, to make it happen.


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    • 58 min
    Holly Carpenter : This is Me

    Holly Carpenter : This is Me

    Trigger warning : Disordered eating, depression.


    This week I speak to former model and media personality, Holly Carpenter.
    She lives in Stoneybatter in Dublin with her dog Max, and has been in a relationship since October, but over the past 14 months she has had many ups and downs and she’s been very honest about her struggles with her mental health and the impact the pandemic had on her overall wellbeing.
    She’s genuine, sensitive and naturally funny and in this candid conversation she talks about the years she spent modelling, competing at the ‘Miss World pageant’, taking part in ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’ and the toll it took on her, she also talks about the damage of toxic positivity, being separated from her parents for over a year, dating in a pandemic, her new found love of sea swimming and how she’s not a fan of the ‘5 year plan!’.


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    • 55 min
    Ian Lawton : Running for Hank

    Ian Lawton : Running for Hank

    Trigger warning : Infant loss, grief, depression, disordered eating, weight loss.


    This week I speak to father and ultra marathon runner, Ian Lawton.
    He lives in Navan in County Meath, is married to Jennifer, and is the father of two sons, Ike who’s 12 and Hank who passed away 10 years ago, the day after he was born.
    In this conversation he gives us a profound insight into infant loss, and the pain of a bereaved father. Not alone does he speak about loss and grief but also about rebirth and moving forward with a newfound purpose.
    In a year, he went from being morbidly obese to becoming an extreme runner, which lead to him running 10 marathons in 10 days finishing on what would’ve been Hank’s 10th birthday, this February.
    This September he turns 50, an age he wasn’t expected to live to see, and he’ll mark it by embracing the challenge of the 'Kerry Way Ultra', running the gruelling 200 kilometres through mountain passes, bogs, roads and trails.
    This was a deeply emotional and challenging conversation for him and I commend his rawness and willingness to be real.


    If you’d like to support Ian’s fundraiser, simply click on this link… https://www.gofundme.com/f/10TEN10 and his website is www.runningforhank.com


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Zoe Holohan : As the Smoke Clears

    Zoe Holohan : As the Smoke Clears

    Trigger warning : Tragic death, complex grief, severe injuries, PTSD.


    This is my conversation with the incredible Zoe Holohan.


    On the 23rd of July 2018, Zoe and her husband Brian were on their honeymoon when disaster struck. Wildfires swept through the seaside town of Mati in Greece where they were staying and claimed the lives of 102 people. She miraculously survived despite her extensive injuries, while Brian, unfortunately didn’t.


    In this conversation we hear how she and Brian met, what a wonderful man he was, their beautiful wedding day and how her life changed forever just a few days later, on their honeymoon.
    She also speaks about her Dad and the close friendship they had, and how his death 3 weeks after that terrible day in Greece was yet another trauma to have to come to terms with.


    This was by far one of the most moving conversations I’ve ever had, and I am in awe of Zoe’s courage, strength and resilience.


    Her book :
    ‘As the smoke clears : The inspirational true story of surviving Greece’s deadly wildfires, overcoming devastating loss and discovering a path to renewal.’


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Sharon Keegan : Highs and Lows

    Sharon Keegan : Highs and Lows

    Trigger warning : Postnatal depression, anxiety, sudden death, grief.


    This week I speak to entrepreneur and mother, Sharon Keegan.
    She lives in Dublin with her partner Seán and their two boys, Liam who’s 5 and Bob who’s 2.


    As the founder of female empowerment clothing brand ‘Peachylean’, Shar’s USP is ‘being real’ so obviously she was the dream guest for this podcast.
    Last December we sat down to have a chat and it was powerful.


    2020 was a year with some wonderful highs but also some terrible lows for her.
    She fulfilled a personal dream when she took part in the BBC’s Dragons Den securing the support of 3 Dragon’s, and someone who was really excited for her was her brother Alan who she was incredibly close to.
    Unfortunately though, he was gone before it happened. In March 2020, he died suddenly, devastating her and the entire family.


    Sharon is someone I admire massively, she’s not afraid to be vulnerable, and believes in taking chances.
    In this conversation she talks about Alan and the pain his death has caused, the whirlwind of Dragon’s Den, the significance of certain numbers, and recognising signs, the benefits of movement and therapy, being body confident and the importance of silencing your inner critic.


    Book mention :


    The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield


    Catch Sharon's episode of Dragon's Den from the 29th April 2021 (Series 18, Episode 5) here...
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000vm01/dragons-den-series-18-episode-5


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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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661 Ratings

661 Ratings

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just always enjoy Sile style of chatting to her guest .. she has great way of what appears to make them feel very relaxed and open ..

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Mind Blowing Stuff

These podcasts are so informative that I have shared with family and friends across the globe. I especially loved the Helena Tubridy episode. 🥰🥰

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I cannot recommend highly enough this podcast series. Sile is the most wonderful host and interviewer! She is kind, empathetic, caring and this shows clearly in her interaction with her guests. They are all such amazing people coming through unimaginable hardship. I wish each guest the very best going forwards x

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