24 episodes

Welcome to 'Navigating New York', a Podcast where I chat to people living and working in one of the most fast paced cities in the world. These conversations will explore both the professional and personal journeys my guests have been on while navigating their way in the Big Apple. Whether you are living in New York, planning to move, or just interested in hearing real stories from people pursuing the 'American Dream' I hope you enjoy.

Navigating New York Sophie Colgan

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Welcome to 'Navigating New York', a Podcast where I chat to people living and working in one of the most fast paced cities in the world. These conversations will explore both the professional and personal journeys my guests have been on while navigating their way in the Big Apple. Whether you are living in New York, planning to move, or just interested in hearing real stories from people pursuing the 'American Dream' I hope you enjoy.

    Navigating New York with Sober St. Patrick's Day

    Navigating New York with Sober St. Patrick's Day

    Happy St Patrick’s week! It is of course St Patrick’s day this Thursday and in honor of that this weeks episode is with two amazing women who are involved with a great organization in NY called Sober St. Patrick’s day. Today I chat to Executive Director of Sober St Patrick’s Day, Tami Ellen McLaughin and Board Member Elizabeth Stack. who is also the Executive Director of The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany.
    The ladies tell me what Sober St. Patrick's day is all about and everything going on with the group this Thursday in New York (and all year round!). We chat about the stereotype we as Irish people face globally and how although it is great to enjoy and celebrate St Patrick's Day – it is also important that we try not to feed in to the stereotype of being a Nation who’s culture revolves around alcohol. I really admire this group for creating a space to enjoy our Irish Culture and Heritage in a way that ensures St. Patrick’s Day is not seen as just an excuse for everyone to wear green and get drunk. What I particularly admire is that it's not a group that is anti-alcohol, but that it creates space to celebrate in an alternative way. 
    You can find out everything you need to know about Sober St Patrick's day by visiting their website www.soberstpatricksday.org or by following them on twitter @soberstpatsday and see how you can get involved with them to march in the parade, attend their post –parade party or join the celebrations virtually. I hope you enjoy!

    • 37 min
    Navigating New York with Gemma Allen

    Navigating New York with Gemma Allen

    Happy International Women's day/week/month!
    On this weeks episode I speak to Gemma Allen, the vice president of B2C technology at IDA Ireland. In her current role with IDA Ireland, she is responsible for building relations with business leaders, political stakeholders and key industry players furthering foreign direct investment into Ireland. Gemma has over 15 years’ experience working with the world’s largest technology companies in the U.S. and Europe.
     Gemma is from Blackrock in County Cork and is a mum of 2 gorgeous girls: Esme & Edie and Gemma and her husband Leo live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I wanted to get Gemma on to the podcast to hear her perspective and experience as a Woman working in the Tech Industry and how in her role, she channels international investment into Ireland from New York.

    I also was keen to chat with Gemma because she is massive advocate for Women and after reading a few of her articles on women breaking barriers in the workplace, overcoming imposter syndrome the challenges that come with becoming a new mum – I needed to get her on. Gemma also shared with me the pain of losing her  Mum 2 years ago and the challenge it presented her after just giving birth to a new born and trying to get home to Ireland all in just a couple of days. 
    You’ll hear that Gemma and I discuss her initiative to create a support group for New Irish Mums in New York and since this conversation Gemma set up an email address to facilitate the groups formation, if you want to get in touch with Gemma about this the email address is:
    "Neart" is irish for strength or unity and "mna" is women. I am really excited to be involved with Gemma's initiative. Since recording Gemma recently became a contributor for NASDAQ and I hope you'll be as inspired by her as I am.

    • 55 min
    Navigating New York with Moe Dunford

    Navigating New York with Moe Dunford

    Hello and welcome back to Navigating New York! I am back with season 3 and we are kicking off the season with a really great guest, Irish Actor Moe Dunford. Moe is from Dungarvan County Waterford and his acting career has ignited over the past while. His first ever US Movie has just been released on Netflix, Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Moe is best known for his performance as Aethelwulf in the hit TV series Vikings. Upon graduating from the Gaeity School of Acting in 2009, Moe worked on some of television’s finest dramas including The Tudors and Game of Thrones. in 2015 he received an IFTA in the category of Best Actor in a Lead Role in Film for Patrick's Day. Moe is set to be in New York this weekend for the premiere of his recent movie, NIGHT RIDE.
    Nightride is a real time, one shot thriller set in Belfast about a dealer trying to pull off one last job in order to go straight. Written by Ben Conway Nightride will be screened at the 2022 Dublin International Film Festival on the 1st March, before a Netflix release on 4 March.
     Nightride is being premiered in New York this Saturday March 5th at cinépolis luxury cinemas in Chelsea as part of New York's Premiere Irish Film festival, Craic Fest and tickets are available at thecraicfest.com
    I chat to Moe with Terence Mulligan, Director of the Festival and then hear a bit more about the  it all from Terence himself. Craic Fest starts this Thursday March 3 and screenings run through Saturday. If you are around, I highly recommend you check it out – you can find everything on thecraicfest.com or on Instagram. Chat soon!


    • 21 min
    Navigating New York with Daniel Yankee

    Navigating New York with Daniel Yankee

    Welcome back to Navigating New York! 
    On this week’s episode I chat to Peloton’s first ever Irish fitness instructor, Daniel McKenna aka Daniel Yankee.
    Daniel is 29 and has been living in New York for almost 5 years. Known by his friends and clients as Daniel Yankee, he was born here in the Bronx, but raised in his beloved County Monaghan. 
    Growing up Daniel says his Mum was his biggest inspiration and is still his greatest supporter. As a PE teacher, she encouraged Daniel to try every sport he could.  However Daniel’s talent on the Gaelic Football field is what brought him to some of the highest levels of the sport in Ireland, playing at all levels for his County and winning an All-Ireland Championship with his Club Truagh Gaels in Croke Park in 2014 - putting away 1.7 from play on the day himself. His talent in GAA brought him to Boston and Chicago and Daniel eventually followed his aspiration to move to New York in 2017 where he had been recruited to play for Sligo GAA. The day after he landed at JFK, he started laboring as an electrician in Lower Manhattan, and his new adventure began.
    Daniel did what he could to make ends meet while he pursued his dream of becoming a fitness instructor on the side. Early mornings and late nights working 2 jobs, travelling the length of Manhattan every day took a toll on Daniel but he never stopped hustling. After he got one lucky break in a chain of gyms he kept his eyes on the prize and developed as a personal trainer with various certifications and built experience taking as many clients and group classes as he possibly could. During the pandemic, Daniel started his own fitness group, the Irish Yank Society, that started out as virtual kettle bell class people could do from home but as restrictions eased, transformed into a very popular outdoor class down the street from his apartment in Greenwich Village. 
    In late 2020 Daniel got approached by Peloton to audition to become a fitness instructor for what he describes as his absolute dream job. For anyone unfamiliar, Peloton is the world’s largest interactive fitness platform with almost 6 million members. Peloton peaked during the pandemic because they had already developed a new concept in Fitness using technology, content and best-in-class instructors to empower people to reach their fitness goals at home. Peloton are known for their sleek treadmill and stationary bike you can buy and have delivered and set up in your home, as well as their App for equipment free workouts. It’s well known that peloton instructors are handpicked and become like celebrities within the peloton community! In our chat Daniel talks about the struggles he faced on his way to this huge success and I hope you take as much from his story as I did!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Navigating New York Sober October Challenge

    Navigating New York Sober October Challenge

    Hi and welcome back to Navigating New York. On this Episode I chat about our fantastic Sober October for Solace House Challenge, the amazing support we had from Gym+Coffee, The Irish Breakfast Box, and SBB The Collection and how much we raised overall!

    I also chat about my own journey with alcohol and why I decided to stop drinking just over 2 years ago. I hope you get something from it.

    Please know you can reach out to Solace House in the USA (or Pieta House in Ireland) if you are ever feeling suicidal distress. Solace House provides free, confidential, therapeutic counseling for anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or suicidal distress, as well as those who engage in self-harm, or have been bereaved by suicide.

    Phone: (718) 482-0001
    Email: mary@solacehouseusa.org

    • 16 min
    Navigating New York with Stephanie O'Quigley

    Navigating New York with Stephanie O'Quigley

    On Episode 18 of Navigating New York, I chat to Stephanie O'Quigley, an Irish woman living in New York for 5 years. Stephanie is an Award-winning blogger and publicist and has her own Podcast, 'the Wall'  - conversations on human health and behavior with certified experts and real-life stories.
    Stephanie has a wealth of experience in the world of Public Relations, fresh out of college she was hired by Irish entrepreneur Marissa Carter to intern for her brand "Cocoa Brown" tan,  Stephanie was blogging on the side but quickly moved up the ranks to become marketing manager for the brand, bringing it to a global market.
    Stephanie made the tough decision to leave that role to pursue her dream of living and working in NYC, and that she has done! Stephanie has continued to work for global beauty and fashion brands and is no stranger to having to work hard. We chat about her career path, he work-life balance, how the last 2 years has changed her perspective on what's most important in life, and her plans for the future. I hope you enjoy!

    You can follow Stephanie on Instagram HERE 
    Link to her Podcast  HERE

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

SerenaNY ,

Always a great listen!

Broad range of topics covered! Interesting and inspiring guests! A useful podcast for those living in New York or wanting to move!

NYC2021 ,


Well done Sophie, wonderful Podcast.
I love the episode with Mary O. Keep up the great work. 😍

MarkDe5m0nd ,

Interesting listen

Great job Sophie. Wonderful as always. Love the mix of conversations. Great throwback with Maeve Higgins on Naked Camera!!

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