Listen to The Moments That Made Me, the Weekend Podcast from the Irish Examiner in association with Green & Blacks, where we ask well-known people not where they are now - but rather, how they got there. We’ll be asking people to take a walk through their lives and pick the key points - good or bad, personal or professional - that shaped their lives. The moments that made them.
Hugh Wallace: The Moments That Made Me
We chat to Hugh Wallace, as he returns to our screens for Home of the Year.
He talks about his dyslexia diagnosis aged 17 and the teacher who saved his life, giving up alcohol, and how he met the love of his life 34 years ago in the George. Plus he tells us how he got to dance with Freddie Mercury in studio 54’s heyday.
Maeve Higgins: The Moments That Made Me
Maeve Higgins talks to Ciara McDonnell about how she became fascinated with the idea of immigration as a child growing up in Cobh, and how moving to America has opened her eyes to her own privilege as a white Irish woman. She talks about Joe Biden and the Irish Americans in power in America, and about the moment that she realised that Nora Ephron's view of New York is very different to the reality.
Sarah McInerney: The Moments That Made Me
With a reputation as a woman who is not afraid to ask the tough questions on RTE Radio One's DriveTime, Sarah McInerney talks to Ciara McDonnell about the twists and turns that brought her to where she is today. She talks about growing up in Galway and planning to become a writer and how that set her on a path towards journalism. From early beginnings as a social diarist with the Sunday Tribune to a career in political broadcasting, she recalls the twists and turns, successes and mistakes that brought her to where she is today. As the mother of two young boys, Sarah reflects on how difficult it can be to switch roles after a tough news week, and how it is her life's mission to show them that strong women are a good thing.
Mairead Ronan: The Moments that Made Me
Mairead Ronan is a broadcaster and presenter, she has her eponymous lunchtime radio show on Today Fm, and she hosts Irish Fittest Family every Sunday on RTE 1. The mum of three is also an entrepreneur with her Faro brand of hair products. She talks to Esther McCarthy about key moments in her life. Mairead shares lots of insights with us in this interview, especially about losing her mum and the journey of dealing with that grief. Want to get in touch? Email email@example.com
Vicky Phelan: The Moments That Made Me
Vicky Phelan was instrumental in exposing the CervicalCheck controversy, but long before she stood on those high court steps, Vicky had been through other great traumas in her life: a horrific car crash in her teens that took the lives of her friends. Later her daughter would suffer serious burns in a devasting accident at their home.
She talks to Vickie Maye about these and other moments that have been instrumental in her life - experiences that she says have helped her cope with the cancer she lives with today.
Derval O'Rourke: The Moments That Made Me
Derval O’Rourke was a professional track athlete for 12 years. She travelled all over the world competing in sprint hurdles, including three Olympic Games, with the highlight of her career being crowned World Champion in 2006 in Moscow.
Derval has written two best selling healthy cookbooks, “Food For the Fast Lane” and “The Fit Foodie” and went on to create her website, derval.ie, a one stop site for health and wellbeing, from fitness classes to nutritious recipes.
Derval still writes about food in her weekly column for the Irish Examiner. She is mum to two kids, five year old Dafne and one year old Archie.
Here, she talks frankly about parenting in the pandemic and the impact, in particular, lockdown had on women.