The PAC Woman Podcast is your place for Politics, Activism and Comedy. Hosted by Linda Hayden who is involved with politics through the Social Democrats, she is a founding member of The Victims Allicance and a victim advocate and also a stand-up comedian. Join her for weekly chats with a huge mix of guests, including those from marginalised groups whose voices need to be heard.
Ep.16 Getting the Last Laugh
This week Linda is joined by the youthful Lynn Ruth Miller, who at 87 is the world's oldest female stand- up comedian, an ex- college Professor, Author (check out Getting The Last Laugh here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Getting-Last-Laugh-Inspirational-Performing-ebook/dp/B08F7Z643P), a burlesque dancer and just the kind of person everybody should want to be. The pair talk about everything from cultural differences around the world, the rise of Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism, Ageism and internalised bias. Funny, witty and smart, Lynn Ruth is a joy to listen to. Grab a cuppa and settle in for a warm podcast hug.
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Tortoise Shack Sunday Special Ep.15
This week Tony was "hosting" and was joined by Caroline, Linda, Martin and Vicky for our usual dive into the weeks news and some stories you might have missed out on. We had a lot to cover. We discussed the Bloody Sunday Commemorations, Seamus Woulfe Watch, NPHET vs the Govt, RTE and the class based curtain twitcher's, the ongoing Brexit Blunder Bus, the Oscar Traynor Road vote and then Labour's Annie Hoey and journalist Philip O'Conor joined us to discuss the Image Based Sexual Abuse story and what we hope to see happen next.
Well done to Linda Hayden and her colleagues at the Victims Alliance, who have forced this on to the political agenda. Make sure you hear Caroline's brilliant breakdown of Consent Culture. We then opened the mics and had some craic with our members.
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Ep.15 Spotlight on Mental Illness
This week Linda is joined by not one, but three guests, to talk about their experiences of living with mental illness, the kind of support and services available and what they would like to see done to help lift the stigma of mental illness.
You will hear from (2mins) Amy McGrath, a teacher, mother and mental illness advocate, (23 mins) Eliza Nuzum, a degree student who has suffered from Mental Illness since childhood and (45 mins) Psychologist and Psychotherapist Dr Andrew Magee, who also suffers with his own mental illness.
This is a very informative podcast in a time where it seems like everybody talks about Mental Health and nobody talks about Mental Illness. Have a listen.
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Ep.14 My Dad, My Hero
In the keeping with the theme of resilience and hope, this week's PAC Woman Podcast is something completely different. It is an old recording, thought lost, from a Podcast called Me and My hosted by the lovely Martin McMahon. In this recording from Nov 2018, Linda Hayden was asked to bring a significant person in her life to record with her, and she brought her hero, her Dad Gerry Hayden. There is a TW for Child Sex Abuse, Institutional Abuse, Alcohol Addiction, Alzheimers, but it is a beautiful story of a normal man's life that was turned completely upside down when he was placed into Artane Industrial School at 10 years of age for mitching school, and the long reaching impact that has had on his life right up to today. Please listen, it's a hard but uplifting story.
Artwork by @Ciaraioch
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Ep.13 African and Fabulous with Joy Tendai Kangere
Join Linda in a discussion with Joy Tendai Kangere about loving being a Black person, about having to neutralise microaggressions every day with her children and about her organisation, Rooted in Africa Ireland. Also we find out how tiny the world really is.
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Ep.11 Oppression and Racism against Travellers with Anne Marie Quilligan
Join Linda as she speaks to Anne Marie Quilligan, about working as a carer, the shocking statistics about how Travellers are affected by homelessness, lack of services and how the government and State have a long history of oppressing her community.
I'm very grateful for Anne Marie for sharing these experiences and it is clear that we all need to do more to become Mincéir allies.
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Customer ReviewsSee All
I've loved the tortoise shack for ages, but only listened to PAC Woman over the last few weeks. It is a great stuff. Do yourself a favour and listen to the Dead Zoo and Linda's interview with her Dad.
Five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Excellent podcast, each episode is interesting and brilliant.
A great podcast by a class woman.