102 episodes

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
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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
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    Arthur and Brian Dowling Gourounlian : The Next Chapter

    Arthur and Brian Dowling Gourounlian : The Next Chapter

    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.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Killian and Katie McLaughlin : Wild Ireland

    Killian and Katie McLaughlin : Wild Ireland

    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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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Mary Kate Slattery : I am woman, hear me roar!

    Mary Kate Slattery : I am woman, hear me roar!

    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...
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Jake Carter and Karen Byrne : Love on the dancefloor

    Jake Carter and Karen Byrne : Love on the dancefloor

    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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    • 45 min
    Abood Al Jumaili : Baghdad to Balinteer

    Abood Al Jumaili : Baghdad to Balinteer

    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.
    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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    • 45 min
    Sophie White : Regrets, I’ve had a few

    Sophie White : Regrets, I’ve had a few

    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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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
737 Ratings

737 Ratings

linda mary elizabeth ,

Fantastic

Thank you Síle for bringing us the most informative and interesting podcasts ever!!

GAG1985 ,

A Pleasure to Listen to!

I always look forward to Sile’s episode on Ready to be Real. She’s an amazing interviewer and her topics are always so varied and interesting.

0106lolo ,

Brilliant

Sile comes across as a very kind and caring person. The guests are from all different areas of celebrity / regular guest . She lets the guests share their stories and also shares her own personal experiences. Well worth a listen !

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