Collective Whisper podcast

Collective Whisper podcast

Each episode on the Collective Whisper podcast Simon K talks to people from Ireland and abroad, friends, family,fellow musicians, sportspeople,actors,working class people and those who have an interesting life and a story to tell.Also we talk about lots of interesting subjects.

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Gets to know...Brendan Courtney
2d ago
Gets to know...Brendan Courtney
On this episode Simon speaks to TV presenter,fashion designer and EDI speaker Brendan Courtney.Simon and Brendan speak about his career and how it all began,the challenges he faced,the obstacles he overcame, and where he is in his life nowadays and the great work he does for other organisations and people.One of Ireland’s best known and well-loved TV Presenters, Broadcaster, Activist and Designer. Brendan Courtney has established himself as an intelligent, insightful generous host, on “Keys to my Life”, his original TV format currently broadcasting Sunday nights RTE1. At the same time, he is one of Ireland’s most trusted, empathetic and safe pair of hands on his recent 'Live Studio' series, RTE1’s ‘Ireland on Call’ . Starting his career as a TV researcher he has been a TV Presenter for over 20 years. He has hosted countless TV series in Ireland and the UK including his own self titled terrestrial TV talk show. Selling his first TV format ‘Wanderlust” to 19 countries, he went on to start, run and successfully exit his London based TV production company 'Giant film & TV'. Brendan also runs his own successful women’s wear fashion label ‘Lennon Courtney’ with his business partner Sonya Lennon, with whom he has also co-written two No.1 books on confidence and style.Using his profile to advocate for equality in the areas of health, housing, age and gender he recently achieved first-class honours in Europe's first Masters of Business (MBA) Degree in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. Brendan was one of the key public faces of the ‘Yes Equality’ Marriage Referendum and as Ireland's first openly Gay TV presenter, he has always crusaded for equality across gender, LGBTQ, age and housing. He is a regular corporate speaker on Equality, Inclusion & Diversity to audiences across the Globe.​His unique approach, engaging voice and personal story inspires awareness and makes an impact for positive change. Web:https://www.brendancourtney.com/Twitter:https://twitter.com/BrendanCourtneyLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendan-courtney-034a1569/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/BrendanCourtneyOfficial/
Gets to know....Mike Sheridan
11-01-2023
Gets to know....Mike Sheridan
On this episode of Simon speaks to broadcaster Mike Sheridan.Simon and Mike speak about his career so far,meeting top international actors and celebrities from TV,movies and the political spectrum.He also talks about his start in the industry and how he gambled on himself to create his own show and his personal goals and achievements in sport and making documentaries.Mike Sheridan is a broadcaster, producer, and journalist with 16 years experience in the Irish media industry. He has edited some of the biggest publications in the country, JOE.ie and Entertainment.ie, as well as most recently overseeing the relaunch of Reach Ireland outlet Buzz.ie as editor.Mike has featured in many national newspapers and magazines - including the cover of FIT Magazine and another cover for Tatler Man - most recently being interviewed about the success of The Delve in The Sunday World newspaper.In a freelance capacity Mike has written extensively for Brown Thomas Men's Magazine, The Irish Independent. The Irish Times and Unilad on everything from politics to culture and styleAs a broadcaster, Mike has hosted live radio shows on numerous stations and presented live television on the national broadcaster, RTE. In 2011 Mike produced and featured in the ultramarathon documentary Challenge 126 - raising almost €50k for charity. The following year he produced and starred in the MMA doc Barbaric Gentlemen, which also featured Conor McGregor and Dana White. One of the most in-demand facilitators working today, Mike has interviewed the likes of Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Spicer, Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Knox, Jordan Peterson, Jake Tapper, Keanu Reeves and countless others from the world of sports, current affairs and entertainment. His interviews have been viewed well over 50 million times online.As an event host, Mike has interviewed Netflix stars on sold out nationwide tours in the likes of iconic Dublin venue Vicar Street, and has worked with brands such as Budweiser, Carlsberg, Arnotts, Jameson, Nivea Men, Paramount Pictures, Bestseller and more.Web:https://www.immikesheridan.com/homeTwitter: https://twitter.com/ImmikesheridanYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheDelve/featuredInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/immikesheridan/
Gets to know....Mickey Joe Harte
19-12-2022
Gets to know....Mickey Joe Harte
In this episode Simon K speaks with Irish singer/songwriter and 2003 Eurovision entrant Mickey Joe Harte.Mickey Joe also won the 2003 You’re a star talent show.Simon & Mickey Joe speak about his life growing up during the troubles in Northern Ireland,his career so far,being in Eurovision,winning You’re a star and how his musical journey has evolved.Mickey Joe also sings a wonderful version of his new single Derry girl on the show.Mickey 'Joe' Harte has been a mainstay of the Irish roots and popular music scene for more than 15 years. He has multiple Platinum records to his credit including #1's and many Top 20 hits on the Irish charts. Back in 2003 he represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with "We've Got the World" and placed 11th and reached #1 on the Irish Single Chart.Mickey Joe Harte is back with a brand new single ‘Derry Girl’ – his first in 3 years – and is currently working on pre-production for his next album.‘Derry Girl’ is released across all digital platforms through Swerve Music Limited.‘Derry Girl’ is the first single Mickey has released in 3 years following his last long play record ‘Me Two’ released in 2018. ‘Derry Girl’ was recorded in Attica Studios with producer/engineer Tommy Mc Laughlin and mastered in London with John Davis. This upbeat single tells the story of dating a girl from the wrong side of town, religion or beliefs shouldn’t matter when it’s love…Mickey Joe Harte is back with a brand new single ‘Derry Girl’ – his first in 3 years – and is currently working on pre-production for his next album.‘Derry Girl’ is released across all digital platforms through Swerve Music Limited.‘Derry Girl’ is the first single Mickey has released in 3 years following his last long play record ‘Me Two’ released in 2018. ‘Derry Girl’ was recorded in Attica Studios with producer/engineer Tommy Mc Laughlin and mastered in London with John Davis. This upbeat single tells the story of dating a girl from the wrong side of town, religion or beliefs shouldn’t matter when it’s love…Twitter: https://twitter.com/MickeyJoeHarteWeb: https://www.mickeyjoeharte.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mickeyjharte/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mickeyjoeharte/?hl=enYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKGc0n7xiwLDkMiPt896MWA/featuredNew single Derry girl:http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1644384673#podcast #interview #mickeyjoeharte #musician #bestsellingartist#donegal #eurovision #wevegottheworld #derrygirl
Gets to know....Eleanor McEvoy
30-08-2022
Gets to know....Eleanor McEvoy
In this episode Simon K speaks to singer songwriter and musical artist Eleanor McEvoy.Simon & Eleanor speak about her beginnings in music,when success came and how she has evolved in the music industry.Eleanor also sings a beautiful song on the show.Eleanor McEvoy (born 22 January 1967) is one of Ireland's most accomplished contemporary singer/songwriters. McEvoy composed the song "Only A Woman's Heart", the title track of "A Woman's Heart", the best-selling Irish album in Irish history.In a world where the word star and the gift of talent are often devalued, McEvoy is neither an overnight success nor a four week wonder. A musician and songwriter of note, the real deal, possessing all of the qualities that go to make up the complete artist. Her career began at the age of four when she took piano lessons, taking up violin at the age of eight. Upon finishing school she attended Trinity College in Dublin where she studied music by day and worked in pit orchestras and music clubs by night.McEvoy graduated from Trinity and was accepted into the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland where she worked four years before finally taking the plunge to concentrate on her passion for songwriting. After a long hard slog, the girl who spent the year of 1988 busking in Union Square, New York had come a long way, a route that took her through the disciplines of classical music, Irish traditional music and contemporary music to a point where she finally found success in 1992.It happened when one of her songs "Only a Woman's Heart" inspired the title for, and appeared on, the "A Woman's Heart" anthology album. It has since gone on to become the best selling album in Irish history, staying in the Irish Top 10 for over a year. Since then McEvoy has gone on to become an artist and performer known throughout the world. Her critically-acclaimed canon of work spans six albums, several singles and appearances on numerous compilation albums and is today recognised as Ireland’s most successful female singer songwriter having enjoyed personal chart success and numerous cover versions of her songs. (Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, amongst others). Her song “All I Have” features in the HBO cult series “Six Feet Under”Her co-writing song credits have seen her published with fellow writers and performers such as Rodney Crowell, Lloyd Cole, Johnny Rivers, Brad Parker, Henry Priestman and Dave Rotheray.Web: www.eleanormcevoy.comYoutube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUP-j9-iab4DOFzFxbHrHigTwitter: http://twitter.com/eleanormcevoyFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/eleanormcevoyInstagram: http://instagram.com/eleanormcevoy
Gets to know....Zoe Holohan
29-07-2022
Gets to know....Zoe Holohan
On this episode of the Collective Whisper podcast Simon speaks to author and motivational speaker Zoe Holohan.On 23 July 2018, in the seaside town of Mati in Greece, Zoe Holohan and her husband of four days were enjoying the beginning of their honeymoon. Then disaster struck. Unprecedented wildfires swept through the area, killing 102 people. Zoe and Brian fled their villa, chased by the flames, running for their lives. Ultimately Zoe was one of the few survivors from the area, having been miraculously rescued from the boot of a burning car just seconds from death. She suffered severe burns all over her face and body, and her beloved husband Brian lost his life before her eyes.In her book “As the smoke clears” Zoe reveals the emotional journey of grappling with the loss of her true love and partner, as well as her own incredible fight for survival, learning how to walk, talk and use her limbs again, and a future facing PTSD and a heavily scarred body.Simon and Zoe speak about the events of that day and how Zoe faces every day as a new challenge and tries to continue her work as a means to heal herself and help others, and also in the memory of her husband Brian.They also talk about her book “As the smoke clears”As the Smoke Clears is a deeply personal journey through a life-altering year which, at its heart, teaches us to seek hope, happiness, and sometimes even humour in the most tragic of circumstances, and to find comfort in the enduring kindness of our fellow human beings.Twitter: @HolohanZoeInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/zoeho48/?hl=enLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zoe-holohan-42646841/?originalSubdomain=ieFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/zoe.holohanWeb https://www.zoeholohan.com/#podcast #interview #zoeholohan #asthesmokeclears #greekwildfires #loss #grief #survivor #dublin #author
Gets to know....Tom Brislin
04-07-2022
Gets to know....Tom Brislin
On this episode of the Collective Whisper podcast Simon speaks to keyboard player Tom Brislin from the band Kansas.They speak about his amazing career playing piano and keyboards with Kansas ,Meatloaf, Yes and Debbie Harry and many others.Tom Brislin has performed on tour and on recordings for several of the biggest names in classic rock, including Yes, Meat Loaf, and Debbie Harry of Blondie. In 2019 Tom joined the legendary Kansas as the group’s keyboardist/backing vocalist.In 2020 Kansas released the album The Absence of Presence on the InsideOut/Sony Music label.Tom contributed writing credits to 7 of the 9 tracks on the album.Prior to joining Kansas, Tom recorded and performed with The Sea Within. The progressive rock group features top musicians Roine Stolt (Flower Kings), Jonas Reingold (Steve Hackett Band), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson), and Casey McPherson (Flying Colors). The group assembled in London in 2017 to record their debut album, which was released on June 22, 2018 on Sony/InsideOut Music.Tom was the keyboardist for 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Yes on their 2001 Symphonic Tour. The tour was documented on the concert DVD/Blu-Ray Yes Symphonic Live. Tom's connection to Yes has led to collaborations on stage and in studio with several notable artists, including Renaissance, Camel, Anderson/Stolt, Francis Dunnery, and The Syn.Tom has toured as pianist for multi-platinum-selling legend Meat Loaf and was featured on the albums/videos Storytellers and Couldn't Have Said it Better. He was touring keyboardist for legendary Blondie singer Debbie Harry in support of her solo album Necessary Evil, and served as the group's Musical Director. He is also a frequent performer with fellow New Jersey native Glen Burtnik (The Weeklings, Styx, The Orchestra).Tom wrote, performed, and produced the critically admired album Hurry Up and Smell the Roses in 2012. Released directly to fans through a successful crowdfunding campaign, the album features Tom's varied array of musical influences under the stylistic umbrella he calls "Cinematic Pop."Prior to his solo work, Tom was the songwriter, musical director, and producer of the band Spiraling. The group released four albums, two EPs, and toured the US in support of groups such as OK Go, They Might Be Giants, and Violent Femmes.Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/tombrislin/?hl=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/tombrislinmusicTwitter: https://twitter.com/tombrislinWeb: https://tombrislin.com/bioSpotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/59EyGk1DmxwJ6AsCR1KZouKansas Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2hl0xAkS2AIRAu23TVMBG1#podcast #interview #tombrislin #kansas #keyboardplayer #musician #usa #supernaturaltvshow #meatloaf #debbieharry #yes #spiralling
Gets to know....Galway Rape crisis centre
20-06-2022
Gets to know....Galway Rape crisis centre
On this episode Simon speaks to Michelle Caulfield and Susan Costello from the Galway rape crisis centre.They speak about the great work that the GRCC does in helping victims of rape and sexual abuse and how they help educate young and old in matters of consent and sexual awareness amongst their peers,friends and future sexual partners.Sexual consent is discussed as is the ever growing use of pornography on mobile devices and computers amongst kids in primary,secondary and third level education.We also hear about their fundraising efforts and how you can help.HELPLINE : 1800 355 355The Galway Rape Crisis Centre was founded in 1984 by a group of women in the Galway community who were concerned about the lack of services for survivors of sexual abuse and rape. The response to sexual violence and abuse arose largely out of the feminist movement in the eighties, where women got together in groups and many disclosed their traumatic experiences.For fifteen years Galway Rape Crisis Centre was the only organisation in Galway providing such support services. Initially all services were run on a voluntary basis, until, in the late eighties, grants were secured from the Health Board funding a certain amount of paid hours.Organisational ChangeStarting in the late nineties, GRCC has undergone a process of organisational change. The Centre moved from the original collective structure to operating under the direction of a Board of Management. This was to comply with not alone best practice in the sector but also to comply with the charities regulations. In 2006, Galway Rape Crisis Centre incorporated the services of MASC at our own premises, and we now see male clients and employ male staff.The Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU)The Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) opened its doors in Galway in 2009. The SATU provides a multidisciplinary response to sexual assault and rape, bringing together the Gardai, medical staff, and GRCC Psychological Support Team.The SATU gives essential care and forensic support to people who have been the survivors of sexual assault and rape. GRCC provide a 24 hour, 365 day a year psychological support service for survivors of recent sexual assault and rape.Web:https://galwayrcc.ie/facebook:https://www.facebook.com/GalwayRCC.org/twitter: @GalwayRCCinstagram:https://www.instagram.com/galwayrapecrisis/?hl=enLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/galway-rape-crisis-centre/?originalSubdomain=ieTusla: https://www.tusla.ie/services/domestic-sexual-gender-based-violence/Donations: https://www.idonate.ie/177_galway-rape-crisis-centre.html#podcast #interview #galwayrapecrisiscentre #grcc #rape #sexualabuse #sexualassault #sexualeducation #ireland #pornographytruths #consent
Gets to know....Lenny DePaul
05-06-2022
Gets to know....Lenny DePaul
On this episode Simon speaks to former Navy,US secret service and Commander of the US Marshals Lenny DePaul.Lenny speaks about his time in the Navy,in the US secret service guarding Ronald Reagan and his time as a Unites States Marshal.He also talks about working and consulting on hit shows such as "Hunting Hitler","Manhunters" and various others.A native New Yorker, Commander DePaul was born and raised in Utica, New York. Commander DePaul joined the United States Navy, where he served honorably for a total of eight years, with five on active duty.Prior to his employment with the U.S. Marshals Service, Commander DePaul served 6 years with the United States Secret Service. During the Reagan Administration, he spent three years assigned to the White House, where he was responsible for protecting the President and the First Family.Lenny DePaul was promoted to the position of Chief Inspector (Commander) of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NY/NJ RFTF) in February 2007. Since its inception, the Task Force has made more than 75,000 arrests.One of the original members of the RFTF when it was established in May 2002, Commander DePaul served both as the Deputy Commander and Supervisory Inspector with the Task Force prior to his promotion to Commander.Commander DePaul was directly responsible for hundreds of arrests, including several USMS "Major Case" fugitives. He also participated in the investigation of three USMS 15 Most Wanted fugitives, all of which resulted in arrest.Lenny DePaul was the lead in a hit series on the A&E network titled "Manhunters Fugitive Task Force" appearing in over 60 episode during their 3 seasons of filming.He was cast as a Deputy Commander in charge of Operations for a CBS show titled "Hunted" in March 2017.He also was involved in a History Channel show titled "Hunting Hitler" which ran for 3 seasons.IMdB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3797022/Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennydepaul?lang=enInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/lennydepaul/?hl=enLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lenny-depaul-7b643625/History channel: https://tuamc.tv/canal-historia/Web: https://odark30.com/
Gets to know....George Murphy
28-05-2022
Gets to know....George Murphy
On this episode Simon K speaks to Irish singer/songwriter George MurphyGeorge Murphy is an Irish singer songwriter who hails from the Dublin suburb of Beaumount.He exploded onto the Irish music scene after his memorable appearances on the Irish television show “You’re a Star”. Just out of secondary school at the age of 17 he very quickly took over the Irish music scene, signing to Sony Ireland for his debut album ‘Dreamed A Dream’ which went straight to No.1 in the Irish charts.The album eventually went on to gain triple Platinum status. George had made a big impact with insiders on the Irish Music scene, Phil Coulter was quoted as saying that George “Is the most exciting vocal find in Ireland”, The late Ronnie Drew was quoted saying “A voice beyond his years”, Peggy Seeger was quoted saying “A very honest approach to the songs, kept them true to their Origin” and Hotpress magazine described him at the time as “A serious contender”.George enjoyed a lot of success in the early part of his career playing a lot of top festivals and venues in Ireland. In 2006 George went on to release his 2nd album “So The story goes” and the title track got to No.7 in the Irish Singles Chart. That same year he played O2 in the Park and shared the stage with Brian McFadden who was making his debut as a solo artist after leaving Westlife.He decided to embark on a small tour in America where he released his 3rd album “The Ballad of Archie Thompson”, featuring folk legends John Sheahan and Barney McKenna of the Dubliners.For personal reasons George came back to Ireland in 2013, he had grown a little tired of the road and felt that he had lost some motivation. A dark time was to follow and as he said himself “It’s a tough life being on the road as an artist, it’s full of ups and downs, the highs are very high but the lows are very low”.Fortunately, it didn’t take George too long to get back on his feet, he started taking writing his own material more seriously and began playing small pubs, clubs and small music venues trying out some of his new material.In 2015 George signed a new management deal with 10 music Management and then went on to sign a new record deal with Trad Nua. When Finbar’s lad, Martin Furey, left the High Kings, they immediately turned to George Murphy to fill the void.Now after 18 months of audience and critical acclaim, and still only 29, George has decided to return to his roots, and with his own band, The Rising Sons, and will tour extensively in 2019/2020.Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/georgemurphymusic/?hl=enSpotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/4QqYJChcAFcHbimTWMnf7gSoundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/georgemurphyofficialFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeMurphyMusicThe Rising sons: https://www.facebook.com/therisingsonsirl
Gets to know.......Patrick Kilpatrick
13-05-2022
Gets to know.......Patrick Kilpatrick
On this episode Simon K speaks to actor Patrick KilpatrickOne of the finest screen/television character actors of his generation, playing against a spectrum of Hollywood's leading action heroes, Patrick Kilpatrick's entertainment career has spanned more than 170 films and television shows as lead actor, producer, screen writer, director, and global entertainment teacher- from "Minority Report" with Tom Cruise to "Dark Angel" with Jessica Alba, from the largest production in Public Broadcasting history to the Los Angeles Theater Center with John Goodman and Academy Award winning British director Tony Richardson in Shakespeare's "Anthony and Cleopatra". He has appeared in over 75 hit TV shows such as "24", "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and all "CSI".His action film villain appearances embrace a multitude of genres and an international Who's Who of directors, writers, production talent and leading men and women of the last quarter century. The Replacement Killers (1998 - director Antoine Fuqua) against Yun-Fat Chow, Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Caan in Eraser (1996 - Chuck Russell), Last Man Standing (1996 - Walter Hill), opposite Bruce Willis, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995- Geoff Murphy), opposite Steven Segal, The Presidio (1988) - Peter Hyams), opposite Sean Connery and Mark Harmon, two award-winning and highly rated original cable westerns opposite Tom Selleck, Last Stand at Saber River (1997- Elmore Leonard) and Crossfire Trail (2001), one western opposite Sam Elliot and Kate Capshaw HBO's Premiere Films adaptation of Louis L'Amour's The Quick and the Dead (1987), and the ever-popular action mainstay Death Warrant (1990) opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme, as "The Sandman". He has even done battle with the largest mammal on earth in Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997).His further and recent work includes the film Parasomnia from director Bill Malone ("Fear.com", "House on Haunted Hill)", "Nip/Tuck", "Chuck", "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles", "Burn Notice", all NCIS franchises and the film "American Violence" with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion of the World Stipe Miocic.Kilpatrick is president and CEO of Uncommon Dialogue Films, Inc. (UDF) (founded 2005) - a full service event/script, casting, film and media service company - idea inception to global return on investment realization. His producing/fund raising/film financing and production background has taken him from Fiji to the London Stock Exchange for the presentation of investment film slates. Until a military coup toppled the Fijian government he was briefly named founder of the University of Pacific Film and Theater program.He has taught acting, auditioning, directing, producing and film distribution, Men in the Movies, Star Trek and Stage Combat at the University of Wisconsin (Whitewater) and Hampton Sydney College in Virginia and at the Texas Theater Center in Dallas/Fort Worth. Kilpatrick has prepared full film school curriculum for the governments of Brazil and Nigeria while privately and group entertainment coaching in Los Angeles and via Skype.The Uncommon Dialogue Film Mentorship Program - under his directorship and chief instruction, utilizing his "Deliver the Goods" Curriculum - has coached countless students from beginners to active professionals in all phases of entertainment warrior status while guiding each to agency representation and self-production.He was invited by New York Film Academy Veterans Advancement Program to present a Master Class on Oct. 13, 2017.He has in the past partnered with Los Angeles Film Academy for his charitable event The Hollywood Celebrity Sporting Clays Invitational that raises money for wounded warriors and City of Hope Hospital.He is appearing in theaters, stores and Netflix in "American Violence" and "Assassin X", "Cops and Robbers" with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quentin Rampage Jackson, "Black Water" with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph
Gets to know.....Andrew McGinley
22-04-2022
Gets to know.....Andrew McGinley
On this episode Simon K speaks to Andrew McGinley. Warning: This episode contains stories of children's deaths and may affect some listeners. (Helpline numbers below) Simon discusses the heartache of Andrew losing his 3 children and how he wants to continue their legacy and make sure they are not forgotten and he hopes  other people in similar situations can learn from this and get help. 24 Jan 2022 marked two years since his three beloved children, Conor, 9; Darragh, 7, and Carla, 3, were killed by their mother Deirdre Morley at their family home in Newcastle, Co Dublin. Mr McGinley feels he is no closer to understanding why his children died. Ms Morley was found not guilty of their murder by reason of insanity and was committed to the Central Mental Hospital.  Ms Morley, a highly trained paediatric and renal nurse, is currently in the care of the Central Mental Hospital. Both Mr McGinley and Ms Morley are now suing the HSE, the Governors of St Patrick’s Hospital, and a named person. The legal action is a bid to highlight the need for improvements in Ireland’s mental healthcare system, Mr McGinley said. Mr McGinley has been campaigning for changes in mental health care and for new amendments to mental health legislation so that supportive families of people who are mentally ill are involved in their care. He has been campaigning on the issue with Cork woman Una Butler whose two children, Zoe, 6, and Ella, 2, were killed by their father, her late husband, John Butler, before he killed himself in 2010 in Ballycotton. He said that three legacy projects he established in his children's names are what now drives him. Web: https://asdarraghdid.ie/ https://www.conorsclips.ie Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpVEYEDjsJFVKbm_VlyUooQ Twitter: @conorsclips https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/death/bereavement_counselling_and_support/bereavement_counselling_andsupport_services.html Family support:https://www.tusla.ie/services/family-community-support/family-support/ AdVIC Advocates for Victims of Homicide: http://www.advic.ie/ Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org
Gets to know.......Ireland's rural drug scene
08-04-2022
Gets to know.......Ireland's rural drug scene
On this episode Simon K speaks about Ireland's rural drug scene and how it is changing Irish lives. Cocaine is the second most commonly used drug among students in Ireland, according to a new survey. In first place for recreational drug use with this cohort is cannabis, while cocaine is now thought to be more widely used today than ecstasy. According to Ireland’s drug crisis campaign, there has been a consistent increase in drug use in the Irish population since regular population surveying began in 2002, with males and young people being the most common users. He also speaks to Irish examiner journalist Ann Murphy about rural drug use in Ireland. Ann Murphy Ann Murphy is  an award-winning journalist and  a general news reporter with the Irish Examiner. Ann was previously crime reporter at The Echo (Cork), where she spent 19 years. In 2020 She was bestowed with a prestigious Justice Media Award from the Law Society of Ireland. Ms Murphy was the recipient of the award in the Print/online journalism (local) category, receiving recognition for her ‘Sex for rent’ investigation. Murphy graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Ireland. She has  written a book on drug smuggling in Ireland, published in 2008 called  Nothing to Declare : The Drug Smugglers' Deadly Trade Book: https://www.amazon.es/Nothing-Declare-Smugglers-5-Sep-2008-Paperback/dp/B013RPKFWC twitter: @CraftyReporter instagram: https://www.instagram.com/craftyreporter/?hl=en   Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ann-murphy-62ba784b/ Helpline Ireland:https://www.drugs.ie/phone Helpline international: https://atforum.com/related-websites/international-organizations/       Support us!
Gets to know.......The Coffin Confessor
01-04-2022
Gets to know.......The Coffin Confessor
On this episode Simon K speaks to Bill Edgar from Australia,who is the Coffin confessor. Bill tells Simon all about his life as a a street kid, being homeless, suffering abuse at the hands of family and teachers and how a spell in prison changed him. He talks about how he became a private investigator and eventually starting crashing funerals as the coffin confessor telling deceased people's secrets and confessions to shocked  families and so called loved ones.And how he wrote a book about it and now Hollywood is at the door and a movie deal is signed with Ryan Reynolds maybe playing his character. He also talks about how he helps people in debt who are being screwed over by big debt collection agencies and reputable companies. Listen for an interesting tale from an interesting man. Bill Edgar is the Coffin Confessor. He is paid to gatecrash funerals and speak for the dead He is a one-of-a-kind professional, a man on a mission to make good on these last requests on behalf of his soon-to-be-deceased clients. And this is the extraordinary story of how he became that man. Bill has been many things in this life: son of one of Australia’s most notorious gangsters, homeless street-kid, maximum-security prisoner, hard man, family man, car thief, professional punching bag, philosopher, inventor, private investigator, victim of horrific childhood sexual abuse and an activist fighting to bring down the institutions that let it happen. A survivor.   As a little boy, he learned the hard way that society is full of people who fall through the cracks – who die without their stories being told. Now his life’s work is to make sure his clients’ voices are heard, and their last wishes delivered: the small-town grandfather who needs his tastefully decorated sex dungeon destroyed before the kids find it. The woman who endured an abusive marriage for decades before finding freedom. The outlaw biker who is afraid of nothing . . . except telling the world he is in love with another man. The dad who desperately needs to track down his estranged daughter so he can find a way to say he's sorry, with one final gift. A private investigator turned professional ‘funeral-crasher’ is set to become the next big thing in Hollywood after landing a book deal, a reality television show and a movie contract with Paramount Pictures.                   Support us!
Gets to know.......Cillian Murphy
25-03-2022
Gets to know.......Cillian Murphy
On this episode Simon K speaks to Irish astrophysicist and potential future astronaut Cillian Murphy.They speak about his career as an astrophysicist and his ambition to become an astronaut with the European Space Agency.Cillian tells Simon about his travels and growing up in different countries.Cillian also talks about his love of sports and martial arts, training in the ESA and running analog and simulated missions to further space exploration.They also talk about what science means to people now, and how scientific theories can be challenged and how little we still know. Cillian MurphyDubliner Cillian Murphy is an Irish astrophysicist working towards becoming an astronaut with the European Space Agency.He graduated with an MSc in space science & technology in December 2016.He also holds a BSc in Physics with astronomy and space science.Cillian grew up bilingual in Mexico speaking English and Spanish. Today he also speaks Irish and German.He has been a committee member for several sports and social initiative organisations at university and in the workplace with focuses ranging from martial arts to basketball to green environmental policy promotion. His career ambitions include; becoming an ESA astronaut, working at ESOC in mission control for future space missions, or working in astronomical research.Today, the 28-year-old lives and works in Budapest as a process engineer in a biofuels company. He has one main ambition in life: to become an astronaut and be one of the first Irish people to make it into spaceLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cillian-murphy-he-him-248466106email: cillian.peter.murphy@gmail.comAustrian space forum: https://oewf.org/Lunares space research: https://lunares.space/ Support us!
Gets to know.......St Patrick's day
17-03-2022
Gets to know.......St Patrick's day
On this episode Simon K speaks about  St Patrick’s day and all its myths and legends. He looks at interesting facts about the man and the legend and gets to know the myth a little closer. He also talks to special guest Aindrias e Staic about his life, what he’s up to at the moment and looks back at some Irish tales including St Patrick himself. Together Simon & Aindrias discuss how Ireland sees St Patrick’s day and how it is perceived in other places including of course the USA. Have a listen to a fascinating insight into St Patrick and his life.   Aindrias de Staic Aindrias de Staic is an Irish fiddle player and one of a new generation of Irish storytellers. He performs in both the Irish language and in English. Well known for his vibrant style of fiddle performance and charismatic stage presence, Aindrias de Staic has enjoyed roles on London's West End (Woody Sez) and with Dublin's Abbey theatre (Jimmy's hall) but Aindrias is also a well known Irish language TV presenter (Tg4) & award winning story-teller. His work is heavily informed by his upbringing in the rural west of Ireland, particularly Mayo and Clare.Since completing a Masters (Hon's) at University Limerick, Aindrias has become one of a new generation of Irish story- tellers. He's chiefly interested in the combination of music & storytelling in Theatre, Film, TV, Digital media and   live Storytelling performance. His work as traditional artist, actor and Tv presenter in recent years has given a confident approach to reinvigorate aspects of Irish story-telling with music, character development and theatrical devices. Aindrias de Staic is well known for his work in the Traditional Arts locally and internationally. He has directed and produced a wide range of collaborative arts projects and events including Greek-Irish Music Project in Melbourne and various theatre and story-telling productions worldwide. In recent years he has returned to his craft as a fiddle player, and is known internationally for his lively, wild approach to bowing, double stops and heavy chords. His fiddle style is influenced by recordings his great grandmother Susan Sullivan from West Clare and also by his upbringing near the Mayo Gaelteacht.   Web: https://www.aindrias.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/aindestaic?lang=en Facebook: Aindrias de Staic - Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com › ... › Public figure › Musician IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3557478/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smalltownsheanachai/ Support us!
Gets to know.......Radio
05-03-2022
Gets to know.......Radio
On this episode Simon K speaks about radio and what it means to us now and over the years. He talks about the history of radio,fun facts about radio,how it was used during  the war and how radio has changed over the years. He also talks about the top radio hits and some songs written about the radio. Also he talks to two special guests,Tracey Lee & Nails Mahoney.Two radio experts who tell us all about radio and their careers and how they are helping people today with their "On air coaching company and their Radio star competition to find new radio talent. Maybe you are the one? Join Simon for a thrill ride of interesting and informative talk as he gets to know....radio. TRACEY LEE Tracey is a Radio Presenter in UK, Ireland and Malta, beginning her career in 1987. She has hosted ratings winning National Radio Shows on Today FM in Ireland as well as XFM in Malta. Tracey is a Multi-Award Winning Audio Producer /  Radio & Advertising Production Manager for her work at South East Radio.  Winner National Radio Awards for Production, Voiceovers & Scriptwriting. Produced work for TV in Ireland, UK & Malta. Tracey now coaches Presenters Worldwide, lectures (CDETB), is a Voiceover Artist and speaker at events including the European Radio Show, Paris and International Radio Festival, Malta. Tracey created Radio Star; the only International radio talent search in 2016; now in its 3rd year. She also presented her weekly radio show; ‘Jazzin’ It Up’  on United DJs. (number 2 in MIXCLOUD Jazz charts).   NAILS MAHONEY Nails has worked in Radio & TV in Ireland, the UK and Canada hosting all day parts in major markets such as Dublin, Toronto and Vancouver.  (98FM, Atlantic252, 4FM, Today FM, RTE 2FM, Q102, Q107 Toronto, Z95 Vancouver, Jack FM Oxford). Nails had the most listened to radio show in Ireland and held the No. 1 spot for 8 years. His audio has also aired regularly on the BBC. Since 2007, OnAirCoach has coached over 3,000 presenters in Ireland, the UK, Europe, UAE, Canada, South Africa and Asia. Nails is an industry conference speaker for TedX, Next.Radio UK, European Radio Show Paris and International Radio Festival Malta, Voiceover Artist. He is the co-creator of Radio Star; The only International Radio Talent Search. He recently presented the ‘Afternoon Gold’ radio show every Sunday on RTE Gold and on United DJs with his ‘Bee Bop Gold’ show . On air coaching web: https://onaircoach.net Radio star: https://onaircoach.net/radiostar/ presenter magazine: https://onaircoach.net/presenter-magazine/ Podcast: https://onaircoach.net/presenter-training-podcast/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/onaircoach/ Twitter: @onaircoach facebook:             Support us!