Episodes

Episode 1

Caragh Bell is a rising star of the literary world with five books published and another well in train. Listen now.

Episode 2

Aidan O’ Regan joins us for a honest chat about the highs and lows of being an abstract landscape artist, his motivations and the evolutions of his craft and business from Celtic Tiger boom to a global pandemic. Listen now.

Episode 3

Aoife McLaughlin chats to us about getting the right work-life balance, moving her lino printing hobby into a business and the challenges of being a one-woman sales, marketing, finance and IT department. Listen now.

Episode 4

Louise Bunyan is Ireland’s leading LinkedIn training expert and is a guru of all things digital marketing.  We discuss her interesting career, her pivot to online learning and consultancy, the importance of networking and her plans for the future. Listen now.

Episode 5

Rebecca Connolly is a well-established beautician in Rosscarbery who has recently launched a beautiful apothecary range. We discuss the silver lining of pandemic closures, making the most of local supports, the challenges she faces and the joys of being a beautician. Listen now

Episode 6

Stephen Hayes is a fine art photographer based in Clonakilty. We chat about his love for the whole photography process, his love/hate relationship with Instagram, evolution of his business, local supports and inspirations and we get the answer to the ultimate question.Listen now

Episode 7

Niamh Morrison, creator of HEN Jewellery, has been making jewellery for 15 years.  We discuss the positive & negative impacts of the pandemic, the dramas of the creative process, the constant learning curve & her fetish for hammers. Listen now.

Episode 8

Nina Cáit Gilbert set up her Graphic Design business, Design Bird, on her return from a successful career in London. We discuss how she got into design, her love for what she does and the thrill of being part of the launch of new fledgling business’.  Listen now.

Episode 9 

As part of our Craft Brewers & Distillers Series, Paul Corbett, Head Distiller at Clonakilty Distillery joins us for a chat about his path to becoming a master distiller, the science and art of distilling and the joys of working in a smaller sized distillery. Listen now.

Episode 10

Entrepreneur & content creator Michel Colaci joins us to discuss his ventures in creative digital solutions, child online safety & video production. We also explore  how mindfulness has influenced & changed his work. Listen now.

Episode 11

In part 2 of our Craft Brewers & Distillers Series, we speak to Terra Brookins from West Cork Brewing Company about the importance of their customers to their business & building that relationship further & the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry in Ireland. Listen now.

Episode 12

Sharon Huggard, The Style Coach, chats to us about her mission to empower women to find their style signature & to ditch measuring self-worth on the scales, the importance of being authentic, adapting her business and her plans for the year ahead. Listen now.

Episode 13

In part 3 of our Craft Brewers & Distillers series, Séamus Ó Drisceoil from Cape Clear Island Distillery chats to us about their goal to have a high quality distinctive gin that reflects the island, the community endeavour that is central to their gin, the importance of safeguarding their environs & plans for the year ahead. Listen now.

Episode 14

Louise Kingston, founder of Inchydoney Candles, joins us to discuss the strong coastal influence on her products and brand, a mother’s influence, unexpected sales boosts and a positive development born out of the pandemic. Listen now.

Episode 15

In the fourth part of our Craft Brewers & Distillers Series, husband & wife team Daniel Emerson from Stonewell Cider & Géraldine Javoy from Nohoval Apple Wines educate us on all things apple, the perpetual motion of research & design, maintaining a strong profile, collaboration, sustainability & growing their businesses post-pandemic. Listen now.

Episode 16

As part of our Business Supports Series, Kevin Curran from the Local Enterprise Office joins us to tell us why the LEO should be the first port of call to new & expanding business. He simplifies business plans, shares what he believes are the biggest mistakes businesses make & discusses the importance of being online. Listen now.

Episode 17

Continuing with our Business Supports series, we chat to Fiona Ryan, Start Up & Entrepreneurship Manager in the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen about her insights for post covid trends for business, how the Ludgate is shaping its own path from those trends and how it facilitates and supports local business and the  wider community across the generations.  Listen now.

Episode 18

In the third part of our Business Supports Series, we speak to Peter Walsh, Chairman of Brookpark Business Centre in Dunmanway, an advanced technology business centre about how Brookpark came about, what it can offer to  local businesses, the importance of community & how it hopes to serve as a blue print for others. Listen now.

Episode 19

In the fourth part of our Business Supports Series we speak to Arran O’Driscoll , Chair at Clonakilty Credit Union. We chat about the differences between credit unions and banks, the importance to the credit union of building relationships with members, how credit unions can help business to manage their day-to-day finances and how they adapt their strategy in line with the needs of their members. Listen now.

Episode 20

In this episode, we are joined by photographer Anna Groniecka. We discuss Anna’s creative roots, taking the leap into full time photography, the intense nature of her work and going with the flow. Anna also shares some good advice for people starting out in business.

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Episode 21

We chat to interior designer Maura Mackey about turning her part-time hobby into her full-time career, her passion for biophilic design, the importance of function, her design process, the benefits of challenges and how every day is a school day. Listen now.

Episode 22

We chat to professional declutterer Anne Marie Kingston from White Sage Decluttering about how her early life forged her path into decluttering, the lightbulb moment that initiated her business, the multifaceted layers of decluttering, her tips, challenges and future plans. Listen now.

Episode 23

We talk to Maura O’Connell from West Cork Casting Studio. She explains her journey from Social Science Graduate to life-casting & producer of memorial jewellery, the highly emotive element of her work, the touching stories that make her work so special,  overcoming her periods of procrastination & self-doubt & learning to take it easy on herself.

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Episode 24

We are joined by East Cork artist Nicola Geary whose work ranges from clay faces to brightly coloured canvas. We chat about her journey from artist to chef and back again, the surge in creativity she has experienced, the importance of her mother, family, creative collaborations & supports, learning to embrace the online realm & the value of being true to yourself.

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Episode 25

We are joined by vintage & antique guru Rita Holding of RH vintage Interiors. We discuss the evolution of her hobbyist passion to a business, the great partnership she has with her husband Ian, having a good business head & the wonders and evocative nature of vintage & antique pieces.

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