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On this episode I chat with Conor Cuneen, motivational speaker and work culture advisor. Corkman, Conor, otherwise known as 'An Irishman Speaks', has been living in Chicago since the late eighties. He speaks about his career in sales and marketing in Ireland, the UK and US with large FMCG companies, and his path towards motivational speaking. Humou…
 
After 150 days of Putin's pointless, brutal war in Ukraine, Paul Niland, who has been living in Kyiv for nearly 20 years, gives us his perspectives of life in a war zone and his deep insights about what has happened and how it is likely to end. He met Taoiseach, Micheál Martin on his recent trip to Ukraine and explained how the Russian brutality wi…
 
On today's podcast I chat with Fiona Forman, former teacher and now trainer and the author of books about well-being and positive psychology for children. After nearly 30 years of teaching young children and knowing that their anxiety levels are increasing each year (one third of students), Fiona discovered Positive Psychology, and went about apply…
 
This is part two of a two part conversation with Philip McKinley, recently ordained Church of Ireland deacon. He chats about the changing role of the church in Irish society, the relationship between the Catholic and Protestant churches, and what he hopes to achieve in his new life as a priest. Listen to part one, episode 236 The song featured at t…
 
On today's podcast I'm proud to have as my guest, Dan Fleming, the owner of Aperture Media and the producer of the new six part RTE show, Paul Flynn's Food Truck Favourites, that starts this month (6th July - 10th August). I love Dan's path to success that started in school with mini productions with friends, working as a freelance cameraman for ye…
 
On the 12th September 2021, a 40 year old, married father of four, Philip McKinley was ordained a deacon of the Church of Ireland. In part one of this two part podcast Philip talks about a life changing visit to Uganda at the age of 18, growing up the son of a priest and his work with immigrants including initiatives such as City of Sanctuary and t…
 
On today's podcast I have the two powerhouse economists, Jim Power and Chris Johns as my special guests. Jim and Chris are the co-hosts of The Other Hand podcast, a podcast about economics and life! We chat about many things including Tom Cruise, the importance of ESG, the economic outlook and a very real bias today towards the "Male, Pale and Stal…
 
On today's podcast I chat with a Pastor from Bayside Church in Sacramento, California, Kevin Thompson about the increasing role of politics from the pulpit in the United States. I asked Kevin about changing voices in the community and the politically motivated pressure that may have influenced him to make a move away from his beloved hometown churc…
 
On this episode I chat with Australian fantasy writer of novels, comics, scripts and music producer, Morgan Quaid. This conversation fascinate me because Morgan balances a double life. he is a 9 to 5 person holding down a mundane job (his words!) in a bank but he is then a very real and different creative force, who even goes by a different name! C…
 
Do you remember the shock and the confusion and trying to figure out how "the pandemic" would affect you? Just after we were all sent home at the very beginning of the very first lockdown over two years ago, I recorded a podcast with business storytelling consultant, podcaster, poet and good friend Paul O'Mahony. This "moment in time" conversation …
 
In this episode Greg chats with Happiness Coach, Maggie O'Sullivan about the importance of finding happiness in your life. She talks about taking stock of where you are, making a plan for the future and building the right bridges to get you there. She also talks about the summer being a great opportunity for some self reflection when you get the ch…
 
On today's podcast I chat with Jared Karol, Diversity and Inclusion expert and author of "A White Guy Confronting Racism". Jared, who is based in San Francisco has had an interesting upbringing, which led him on this path. At 14 years of age he discovered that his father was gay and over time, confusion, anger and then understanding brought him to …
 
Today I chat with Niall Harbison who has already had a fantastic career and is now taking on the biggest challenge of all, looking after 10,000 street dogs in Thailand. Niall chats to me about his attention disorder, getting kicked out of many schools and falling in love with cheffing. Cheffing for the rich and famous on yachts means lots of free t…
 
Today I chat with CEO of Reputation Science, Natasha Konstantinova, a very experienced international communications professional. Natasha is from Russia, she went to university in Kyiv in Ukraine and she now lives and works between Switzerland and the United States. We chat about the role of communications, the importance of truth and the huge diff…
 
In this episode I chat with CEO and Founder of Starcircle, James Galvin. James was born with tech in his blood and there was only ever going to be one path for him. At an early stage he saw the potential of technology to solve the huge talent challenges experienced by giants such as Google and Facebook. He developed sophisticated technology enabled…
 
On this podcast I chat with Russell Goldsmith, CEO and founder of Audere Communications in London. After a career predominantly involved in content creation, Russell and his team produce a number of successful podcasts for clients. We talk about the special magic of podcasting, the very different opportunity to reach audiences in an intimate way an…
 
On today's podcast I had a really big conversation with my good friend, Maria Walsh, MEP and former Rose of Tralee. She is very special, one of a kind and someone who loves breaking new ground and loves making a difference even more. We had a huge chat about bias, carrying the "Rainbow" flag, Mayo football. the Defence Forces, World War III and wha…
 
On today's podcast Greg chats with Stephanie Meehan of Priory Hall fame, one of the many victims of the economic crash who happened to find themselves with a mortgage in a property that was so badly built it had to be vacated. Under the immense pressure of the situation , with two young kids and KBC Bank relentlessly breathing down their backs, her…
 
On this episode Greg Canty and Alma Brosnan of Fuzion Communications chat about some of the big changes in 2021 and the digital marketing trends to watch out for in 2022. They chat about the user shift between Facebook and Instagram as well as new features, they chat about the role of TikTok for business, the B2B platforms, LinkedIn and Twitter as …
 
On todays podcast I chat with Richard Stafford, founder of Fettle, a new online mental health support service in Ireland. Richard, a victim of sexual abuse when he was just 12 found solace in alcohol to escape the demons from this experience. Three years ago he attempted to take his own life and he has since come back from "rock bottom" through the…
 
In this episode I chat with Paul Niland, an Irishman who sits in the eye of the potential storm in Kyiv, Ukraine. Paul has been in Kyiv for 19 years and has witnessed up close and personal two revolutions, including protesting with his fellow citizens for 93 days in Maidan against the police during the Revolution of Dignity. We chat about life in K…
 
On this podcast I chat with Dr.Sarah Barry, Assistant Professor of Health Services Management at Trinity College Dublin. We chat about her unusual career path that took in Bolivia, Honduras and India before what she refers to as becoming an "accidental academic" at TCD. We chatted about the health system in Ireland, her role with Slainte Care, how …
 
An idea becomes a reality when someone says "How about?" and someone else says "Why not!" In this episode I chat with Joleen Cronin (follow on chat from episode 218) about the running of the Red Head Convention that ran for seven years, bringing redheads together from all around the globe. How a crazy idea for a birthday turned into an event that g…
 
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…
 
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