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Before we sat down to have a proper chat I met Joleen Cronin the founder of the Irish RedHead Convention outside at the scene of the crime in the square in Crosshaven, Co.Cork which was the epicentre for the most unusual festival which brought people from all over the globe. She chats about the picturesque town with oodles of character and the spec…
 
On today's podcast I chat with coach and psychotherapist Noreen Coomey about getting from what I refer to as being in a "Happily Pissed Off" state to actually "Winning Happy" in your life. Maybe there are stresses that you need to address and maybe these warrant some changes in your life? We discuss anxiety, work stress, the effects of Covid on us …
 
This podcast is part two of a conversation I had with the very special, social entrepreneur and author, Paul Born who is the co-founder and co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute in Canada. Pauls sees hope and possibility where others see despair and I was very glad to get his perspective on Covid, poverty and other issues in the world as we begin anther…
 
On today's episode I chat with Paul Born, author and Co Founder and Co CEO of the Tamarack Institute in Canada. Paul, the child of war refugees from the Ukraine grew up as part of a very wounded Mennonite community in Canada. Living a simple frugal life, working on a farm, joining a seminary, forming a theatre group and working with life-term priso…
 
I think my podcast with singer / songwriter Jen Hajj is the perfect way to close off the very strange year that was 2021. Jen lives in a beautiful small town in the San Jacinto mountains in California, called Idyllwild, and you can hear it's influence in her music. In true Win Happy fashion Jen has taken a while to follow her passion with a path th…
 
On the podcast I chat with Dr. Gerry Waldron, Assistant Director of Public Health in Northern Ireland on literally his last working day before he retires. Instead of being a nice, soft, gentle end to his career the last two years have been chaotic for him and his team as they played a pivotal role in managing the pandemic in the north. We chatted a…
 
Ironically the man who grew up in a pub and hating every minute of it is now the biggest owner of pubs (Cork Heritage Pubs) as well as a micro brewery in Cork city. Benny McCabe loves pubs and pub life, he loves the atmosphere and the patrons, the special sense of community, the history and the unique role they play in our lives. He talks about att…
 
On this episode I chat with super talented and super nice, singer/songwriter Grainne Hunt. Her unusual story is that she put her obvious talent to one side for many years and settled into a "normal life" and then realised that she was cheating herself. We chatted about her music, the business of being a self employed musician, creativity during loc…
 
The Authority Gap - Why women are still taken less seriously than men and what can be done about it. On this episode I chat with political and economic journalist, broadcaster, non-executive director and author of the best seller, The Authority Gap, Mary Ann Sieghart. Her life experiences and three years of extensive research brought her to writing…
 
In this episode I chat with Maryjane King who runs a successful architecture firm in Washington DC, Atelier-MJK. We chat about business on both sides of the Atlantic, we compare and contrast our stories about developing a business, work practices, gender issues, remote working and city dereliction. Maryjane also speaks about incredibly witnessing b…
 
In this episode I chat with up and coming Irish star, Cian Godfrey, singer songwriter of 'Somebody's Child'. They are getting rave reviews, the music is raw, memorable and exciting and you can feel that Cian is on the brink of huge success. We chat about music in our different generations, the challenges of making it in a Spotify led industry and o…
 
I really loved this conversation with co-hosts of the Shark Pod podcast, Mark Baker and Luke Curry. They are in-laws, possibly more like brothers, peas in their own pod, but in truth they couldn't be more different! Mark is the joint owner of recruitment firm Darwin Hawkins as well as being a commercial artist and a writer about 'Best Man speeches'…
 
While we talk about the housing crisis in Ireland, the biggest challenge is quite possibly finding the men to do this work. David Ward, MD of Ward Personnel describes the work that they do tirelessly to provide much needed workers to the construction sector to meet the challenge. He also explains in detail why people left the sector in droves and d…
 
When you make a huge decision to pack your bags and leave everything behind, buy a van and hit the road, choosing a new life permanently on the move, it is huge. In this podcast I chat with German singer songwriter and self declared troubadour, Martin Praetorius who did exactly that many years ago. Ironically, he left his home and everything behind…
 
"Community Based Social Innovation" - These are terms that are very misunderstood and in this episode, CEO of Innovate Communities, Fiona Descoteaux explains in detail what it means and how the work in her organisation achieves long lasting and deep change in the communities that they serve. Fiona chats about her life and career, the work in Ballym…
 
In this episode I chat with Neil McDonnell, CEO of ISME, the organisation that is dedicated to looking after SMEs in Ireland. Neil has had a fascinating life and career that brought him from the senior ranks of the Irish Defence Forces to leading an organisation that is critical to the Irish economy. We speak about his time in Lebanon, the terrible…
 
Singer, songwriter, producer, copywriter and voice over artist, Suzanne Rhatigan talks about her fascinating career as being a series of misses. Stock Aitken and Waterman, Phil Ramone, Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Jason Donovan, Kim Wilde, Shay Healy, MTUSA, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, two albums, a record company and her own studio. What do you thi…
 
When a doctor decided to do an internal examination and feel the breasts of a 15 year old girl who was in hospital for an eye procedure, it changed her life immediately. A chance meeting nearly 30 years later set Jacqui Taaffe finally on a path of healing an towards a career of coaching and she also wrote book called "Inspire, Heal, Empower". On th…
 
It is fitting that episode 200 features Sinead Cabot of Cabot Wines as she epitomises the spirit of Win Happy and why I started this podcast in the first place. Sinead has lived a fascinating life, she has an incredible attitude and she keeps riding the waves trusting where they will bring her. From Newry to London, from Dublin to Westport and then…
 
In this big conversation with Greg Touhy and Paul Martin of the Cantec Group, we discuss their unlikely merger, but one that makes total sense when looked at through a different lens. When your customers want to do less of what you have been selling them for 27 years it is time to think about exiting or to embrace this change. We chat about family …
 
In this episode I chat with Amy McKeogh, of Fior Studios and the founder and creative force behind the Design Pop festival, which happens in Cork between 27th and 29th August, 2021. This festival by architects and food producers, which can be experienced through pavilions, exhibitions and talks is a huge credit to the determined Amy, who had to can…
 
In part two of this two part podcast I chat with journalist and author, Ralph Riegel. We chat about the important role of journalism, the challenges the industry faces and the huge need to battle "fake news", delivering truth that people can have faith in. We also chat about the ethics of the role, the personal impact of the job from some of the st…
 
In part one of this two part podcast I chat with journalist and author, Ralph Riegel. Ralph has been a journalist for nearly 30 years and he has lived through huge changes in the profession, with one of his friends calling him the "Blacksmith of this Generation" We chat about Afghanistan, his American father who served in the navy during WW2, his b…
 
When Anthony Quigley took a job with an unknown company in 1992 called Microsoft, did he have any idea the career path ahead! This is a really interesting conversation about the evolution of digital, entrepreneurship, seizing opportunities, taking risks and some insights into his ventures including the (DMI) Digital Marketing Institute, the Code In…
 
In this special episode I chat with colourful and passionate, renowned Irish artist Elisabeth Cope at her home in Shankill Castle, Co.Kilkenny. I was privileged to experience a sneak preview of her "9,000 babies ?" exhibition which features her work and work by guest artists. It is shocking, thought provoking and even uplifting, inspired by the dee…
 
In this episode I chat with one of Cork's most fantastic ambassadors, John Coleman, aka "Concierge John", Concierge Manager of Fota Island Resort, John has a great story complete with some big personal bumps along the way and at the tender age of 48 he decided to follow his dream and became a concierge at the Metropole Hotel. He talks about the imp…
 
In this episode I chat with Aideen Quirke of Cork Printmakers about her career, this special members organisation and some of the fantastic work that is happening including by an interesting group of young people from the migrant community. She talks about art as a "precarious career choice", the importance of making art more accessible and the rol…
 
I chat with a huge nature advocate, Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer with Monaghan County Council about her role and more importantly how we can all get back to nature this summer! She speaks of Richard Louv's book "Last Child in the Woods" and what he refers to as "nature deficit disorder" and the effect it has on our children. Shirley suggests s…
 
In this episode I chat with Brian Bowler, General Manager of the Montenotte Hotel and President of the Irish Hospitality Institute. Brian chats about his Dingle hospitality roots, the fantastic career opportunities in the sector and the role the IHI plays in encouraging people within this diverse industry, that comes with an international passport.…
 
In this special episode I chat with Elizabeth Adeyemo, an incredibly impressive and powerful young woman and host of the "Forget the walls" podcast. She has a big story that shines a spotlight on Direct Provision, race, humanity and survival and the special friends that are there for you when you are at your lowest ebb. Enjoy the show! This show ha…
 
Who better to talk to about the brutal unsolved murder of the beautiful, 39 year old French woman, Sophie Toscan du Plantier nearly 25 years ago in a beautiful, rugged spot in West Cork, than the author of "A Dream of Death" a book about the tragic case that still intrigues to this day. In my chat with the author Ralph Riegel, a journalist with the…
 
A great company or organisation needs a great board. Kieran Moynihan, CEO of Board Excellence explains that to have a great board you need good governance, a strong chair and the right mix of independently minded non executive directors who are willing to challenge, ask the right questions and provide real support and direction to the executive tea…
 
We celebrate our LGBT community and PRIDE month by having a big conversation about the topic with special guests, Singer/Songwriter, Jack O'Rourke, former Rose of Tralee and MEP, Maria Walsh and Ciara Jordan, Head of Communications with Fuzion. Is there still a need for Pride month and who is it actually for, were our big questions and the answer i…
 
Our good friend, Brendan Murphy of the band THE 4 OF US shares his experience of this crazy Covid period. Surprisingly, instead of being despondent he was really positive and enthusiastic as he has grabbed the opportunity to jump off the comfortable treadmill to learn new tricks, get closer to the fanbase and even invite them into the song writing …
 
On this podcast I chat with successful entrepreneur, Joanne Hession who talks about her life, her career and what brought her to her latest venture, the non-profit training organisation, LIFT. Joanne says leadership is a muscle that can be trained and everyone, regardless of what they do in life can be a great leader. An early experience in Rwanda …
 
On todays podcast I had the pleasure of chatting with a bright UCC mathematics student, Saoirse Trought. This passionate young woman shared her perspectives on mathematicians, women in STEM, the effect of Covid on college students, gender equality, media and politics and what it means to be happy! Enjoy the show! This show has been brought to you b…
 
When the experienced and much travelled sustainability designers, Frank O'Connor and Jude Sherry of Anois identified and mapped out over 300 derelict properties in Cork city that can be restored for much needed housing, creative and work spaces you start to take notice BUT you automatically come up with many reasons why it is not possible. Frank an…
 
When I received the gift of a second hand book. that was written by a very special American friend of ours, Jane Maas who had since passed and I found a note in the book I was very curious. This treasured book, signed by the author came with a note from the store owner, Michelle Allen from the Bad Reputation Boutique, a vintage clothing store in Ne…
 
On part two of this two part podcast I chat with Sharon Vaughn, one of the international songwriting greats. We chat about the ingredients for songwriting success, Garth Brooks performing in her honour when she was inducted in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019, coming out of her genre and writing musicals and pop songs including three …
 
In part one of a two part podcast I chat with my special friend, the incredible songwriter Sharon Vaughn who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019. Sharon has been writing hit songs prolifically since the 70's for an array of stars including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Partin, Tammy Wynette and Kenny Rogers. She…
 
In this episode I chat with Lisa Molloy, CEO of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), as they celebrate 40 years of the organisation. We chat about the changes in 40 years and the things that have always stayed the same. We also chat about the benefits of talking and the unique challenges that Covid has brought to people a…
 
I had a big conversation with Aoife Lenox of Inside Strategies about the work that she does with introverts. We chatted about her life and career as a self confessed introvert and the stress, anxiety and lack of self confidence as a result. We also chatted about "introvert bias" in the workforce and how she works with introverts to get them to unde…
 
The economists, Jim Power and Chris Johns from 'The Other Hand' podcast are guests on this special episode. In light of the Davy, Beacon Hospital and other recent revelations we ask if it is time to "Drain the Swamp" of the elitism that seems to be corroding Irish society and politics. We also chat about Joe Biden running the US economy "red hot" a…
 
A big Covid chat with Dr. Gerry Waldron who is head of Health Protection for the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. We chat about prioritising schools and other front line workers. the different vaccine types, the calculated risks we are taking with opening schools, how things are going in N. Ireland and his prediction for the rest of the ye…
 
In the final part of my 3 part conversation with Declan Murphy, songwriter and guitarist with one of my favourite bands THE 4 OF US, he reveals his final selection of "must have" albums. he chats about the songwriting process and waiting for "happy accidents" to happen. We also talk about the idea of art and music being compulsory in school and why…
 
In this podcast with the incredible Nashville Songwriter Hall of Famer, Sharon Vaughn and Marketing guru Christopher Lochhead we chat about how a divided United States. is recovering from Trump since the 6th January insurrection, Category Pirates, the art of song writing and how Trump created "hit singles" to mobilise a lot of people to behave in a…
 
In part two of this podcast with Declan Murphy, songwriter and guitarist with THE 4 OF US. we hear about how a busking tour of France at the age of 15 with his older brothers changed his life. He continues with his list of the albums he thinks we all should have in our collection, he gives us some insights into the song writing process for the band…
 
On international Women's Day 2021, there is a particular theme that was calling women to action with a very proactive ask, "Choose to Challenge" which came with an explanation: A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change - So let's all choose to challenge! With this "call to action" there were some other specific asks of wo…
 
Bryan Houston turned his back on a successful corporate career in Dublin to join his parents, Sean and Ursula in the family business, Houston Office Interiors and Office Supplies in Cork city, which is celebrating 100 years! We chat about his time in Dublin, his big decision, Covid, which is certainly an issue, offices in the future, the dynamics o…
 
In an effort to lighten up the "repeat repeat" nature of this year I asked the super talented, music loving, Declan Murphy. part of the duo that is THE 4 OF US to recommend 12 albums that we just have to listen to. We had a big chat about his early days, the joy of vinyl, the excitement of discovering new music, swapping LPs with your school mates,…
 
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