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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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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

    PJ Gallagher : As real as it gets

    PJ Gallagher : As real as it gets

    Topics covered : Adoption, mental illness, self-worth.


    This week I speak to comedian and radio presenter, PJ Gallagher.
    PJ lives in Clontarf in Dublin with his two dogs, Wendy and Stella.
    He was born in the now infamous Bessborough Mother and Baby Home in Cork, in the 70’s and went on to be adopted and grew up with his mother, father and sister in Raheny in Dublin.
    When he was 27 he met his birth parents who went on to marry after he was born and also went on to have 4 more children (2 girls and 2 boys)
    (They’re from Roscommon and had named him Dermot at birth)


    In this conversation he talks about being adopted, his unconventional upbringing, how he’s more ‘flight than fight’ and how he struggles with feeling of self-worth.
    He adores dogs, bikes, Bohemian’s football club and small talk, but isn’t a fan of hugging!
    He’s hilarious and searingly honest, and this conversation is as real as it gets.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Eileen Loughlin : Annabel’s spirit

    Eileen Loughlin : Annabel’s spirit

    Topics covered : Tragic accident, trauma, child loss, grief.


    Eileen Loughlin is a wonderful person and someone I’ve wanted to speak to for a long time.
    She lives in Delvin in County Westmeath with her husband Enda and their two sons, Senan who’s 16 and TJ who’s almost 9.
    And over 2.5 years ago her life changed forever when their 3.5 year old daughter Annabel, died in a freak accident in their home.
    Now at 22 weeks pregnant she shares how profound the grieving process is, especially with a new addition on the way; how keeping Annabel’s spirit alive is so important to her and how she feels her presence with her.
    This was an extremely challenging conversation for her but I really think that she honoured Annabel’s memory beautifully.


    You can follow Eileen on Instagram if you don’t already, you’ll find her @everything.eileen


    Other episodes on child loss on ‘Ready to be Real’
    Dr. Suzanne McClean April 2020
    Ian Lawton May 2021


    Irish Times article with current Taoiseach Micheál Martin on child loss…
    https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/miche%C3%A1l-martin-you-will-always-say-you-have-the-kids-you-lost-1.4582225


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Claire Walsh : Champion Freediver

    Claire Walsh : Champion Freediver

    Topics covered : Long Covid, breathwork, freediving, mental illness, therapy, self-limiting beliefs, reinvention and overcoming.


    This week I speak to champion freediver Claire Walsh.
    Originally from Leixlip, she currently lives in Bray with her partner Boudy and she’s been freediving for 6 years now.
    She’s competitive and driven, but there’s also a beautiful gentleness about her that allows her to connect to her breath and to the water and achieve what she has already, which is incredible.
    She can hold her breath underwater for an impressive 5 minutes 59 seconds and she can dive to 59 meters on one breath alone.
    A fan of therapy and regular self-care habits like sea swimming, mindfulness and meditation, this is a fascinating listen as she covers so much from her love and respect of the water from an early age, to struggling with her mental health in her 20’s, and she also talks about her other passions in life; music, drama and performance.
    I was hanging onto her every word and I think you will too.


    Reference -
    Movie ‘Le Grand Bleu/The Big Blue’


    * Claire is sponsored by Timewise Systems


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    James Patrice and Vanessa Butler – Family Ties

    James Patrice and Vanessa Butler – Family Ties

    Topics covered : Pregnancy, wedding during Covid restrictions, meningitis, Pride celebrations.


    This week I speak to brother and sister, James Patrice and Vanessa Butler.
    James is a TV presenter, performer and social media sensation and Vanessa is a classically trained singer, music teacher and has grown her own following on Instagram in recent times too.
    Proudly from Malahide, they have always been close, and in this conversation we learn things like 'what their favourite food is', 'who the biggest Diva is' and how their mother Fron, got her name.
    But we also discuss the damage of making assumptions about people or situations, a major health scare that shook the whole family when James was only 10, the recent Pride celebrations and how Vanessa is having an uber productive 2021; marrying in a pandemic and being 20 weeks pregnant.


    They’re utterly charming and it was a complete tonic to be in their company.


    Check out James’ new TV show ’Battle of the Food Trucks’ on the RTE Player now and make sure you follow them both on Instagram, if you don’t already!
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Therapy and the impact of the pandemic

    Therapy and the impact of the pandemic

    Topics covered : Suicide, grief.


    This week I speak to counsellor and psychotherapist Peter Mahony who gives us a deeper insight into therapy; what it is and how we can benefit from it. We talk about the impact the pandemic has had on us and how important it is to mind ourselves and others, as we recover from the past year.
    There’s a particular focus on teens and those in their early twenties in this episode. We also tap into self-worth, family dynamics, how friendships have changed during Covid and he also gives practical parenting advice and shares tips on how to be a better friend to someone who needs support.


    Book mention…
    ‘What happened to you? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing’ by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey


    To contact Peter, you’ll find him here…
    https://www.byyoursidetherapy.com/
    And for a full list of all accredited IACP Counsellors/Psychotherapists in Ireland, go to...
    https://www.iacp.ie/
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    RuthAnne : When it rains look for rainbows

    RuthAnne : When it rains look for rainbows

    Topics covered : Pregnancy, miscarriage, endometriosis.


    This week I speak to grammy nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter, producer and artist, RuthAnne.
    She’s engaged to Ollie and they live in London with their dog Ruby who they adore.
    A gifted artist in her own right, she has also penned hits for the likes of Britney, JoJo, Niall Horan, One Direction and John Legend! And as the founder of ‘Irish Women in Harmony’, she and all the incredible people involved in the beautiful cover of The Cranberries classic ‘Dreams’ have raised over €200,000 for the ‘Safe Ireland’ charity.
    On Monday we had a conversation and she covered so much in it.... from her joy at being pregnant, and also how challenging the past few years have been for her, dealing with the pain of miscarriage and crippling endometriosis; we also speak about her relationship with Ollie, the bond she has with her parents, her music career and the importance of looking after yourself.  
    She’s grounded and humble, supremely talented and hardworking, and is a strong yet gentle soul…simply put, she’s a gorgeous person and I loved chatting to her.
    Her new single ‘Safe Place’ is out now and to follow her on Instagram you’ll find her here… https://www.instagram.com/thisisruthanne/?hl=en


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    • 1 hr 17 min

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