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In this bi-weekly podcast, mum, Sheila, a life coach, and son, James, a philosopher, draw on the collective wisdom of Irish generations past as well as their own expertise and life experiences to discuss various aspects of life. Plus, the occasional bonus episode—where they get to know some fascinating Irish people & the wisdom they offer. Episodes drop every second Saturday.
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The Hut Near The Bog: A Wisdom Podcast Dr James Hoctor & Sheila Hoctor

    • Philosophy
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

In this bi-weekly podcast, mum, Sheila, a life coach, and son, James, a philosopher, draw on the collective wisdom of Irish generations past as well as their own expertise and life experiences to discuss various aspects of life. Plus, the occasional bonus episode—where they get to know some fascinating Irish people & the wisdom they offer. Episodes drop every second Saturday.
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    Johnny Ziomek, how the man who photographed 9/11 fell in love with Gaelic football [edited interview]

    Johnny Ziomek, how the man who photographed 9/11 fell in love with Gaelic football [edited interview]

    In this edited interview Johnny Ziomek tells us how he ended up discovering Gaelic football in South Korea and about the setting up of the Houston Gaels. He also tells how a twist of faith related to one of the most tragic events in modern history, namely—9/11—brought him to play Gaelic football. In the final part, Johnny shares the wisdom we can take from his remarkable story.
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    • 25 min
    Johnny Ziomek, an Irish American Gaelic footballer [full interview]

    Johnny Ziomek, an Irish American Gaelic footballer [full interview]

    In this full (unedited) interview Johnny Ziomek discusses his background as a child actor, photographer, and globe trotter. We hear about his Irish roots and his founding of the Houston Gaels. He also tells us of his experience of 9/11 and the profound implications this had for his life. In the final part, Johnny shares the wisdom we can take from his remarkable story. 
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    • 43 min
    [Teaser] How the man who photographed 9/11 fell in love with Gaelic football

    [Teaser] How the man who photographed 9/11 fell in love with Gaelic football

    This is an excerpt from our upcoming episode 'How the man who photographed 9/11 fell in love with Gaelic football'. Here our guest Johnny (Ziomek) tells us how he ended being present at and documenting 9/11. 
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    • 9 min
    The Troubles and what it teaches us about forgiveness

    The Troubles and what it teaches us about forgiveness

    The Troubles or the 30-year political and sectarian conflict that took place in Northern Ireland was perhaps one of the darkest and bloodiest chapters in Irish history. And yet, there is much we can learn from it, not least about the nature of forgiveness.
    In this episode we explore forgiveness. Sheila and James begin by outlining their views on forgiveness. They then explore the varying views on forgiveness that have come to the fore in Northern Ireland following The Good Friday Agreement. From this we see that forgiveness is an overwhelmingly good thing, which can have many positive effects for individuals and societies. However, it is not always the only or most appropriate way for one to overcome resentment. In the final part, Sheila draws on the wisdom of John Greenleaf Whittier to recite a poem about forgiveness. 

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    • 40 min
    [Teaser] The Troubles and what it teaches us about forgiveness

    [Teaser] The Troubles and what it teaches us about forgiveness

    The Troubles was perhaps one of the darkest and bloodiest chapters in Irish history. There is much we can learn from it, not least, about the nature of forgiveness. Here we share an excerpt from our upcoming episode dropping this Saturday.
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    • 6 min
    Motherhood: the bond, emigration & adoption in Ireland

    Motherhood: the bond, emigration & adoption in Ireland

    In Ireland we call our mothers “mammy” or “mam”. The bond with our mammy is unbreakable. Indeed, it is one of the most amazing gifts of life. In this episode we explore this bond through the lens of emigration and adoption in 19th and 20th century Ireland.
    Sheila begins by telling us about her own experience of motherhood and about the bond she formed with her six children. We then look at the philosophical literature and see that this powerful bond is formed in gestation when both mother and baby are most exposed to the core of one another’s subjectivity. From the accounts of adoption and emigration we see how traumatic an experience the separation of mother and child was, and yet, we also see the power and joy of this bond in cases where both parties were reunited. In the final part, we draw on the words of the Irish philosopher & poet—John O’Donohue—to impart some wisdom and a blessing for mothers. 
    Music credits: Sláinte by Sláinte is licensed under a Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
    With thanks to the John O'Donohue Literary Estate for the use of the blessing titled 'For a Mother-To-Be'

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

J 👨‍🚒 ,

What a cool podcast

Being listing to this podcast for some time now. Have to say it’s a real treat.

So much respect for Noreen and Bill for there love of there family member. And how them have kept him alive. And show him the respect he deserves.

”Motherhood”
What would we do with out them. Amazing stuff.

Mags O'Toole ,

Great podcast

If you love Ireland this is an essential podcast.

Smith 91 ,

Fascinating

Some fascinating podcasts on how old ireland dealt with modern day emotion, some fantastic interviews as well as an interesting insight into the world of philosophy! Can’t wait for each episode!

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