Linda Coogan Byrne is a Music & Creative Consultant with 15 years of experience in the international and domestic music industry. She is also a multidisciplinary artist, writer, sync agent, musician, nutritionist, food blogger, and publicist. She worked as a Luthier after finishing school and can play 12 different instruments. She has recently published a Gender Disparity Data Report about Irish Radio Stations and the music played on them. You can find out more about Linda on
Lynsey is an actor with a career in theatre, cinema and TV work. She recently appeared in the series Genius and the Movie My Foolish Heart alongside Steve Wall. We discussed Shakespeare, her love for music – especially flamenco and Prince. You can find out more about lynsey on Twitter , Instagram or IMDb ___________________________________ Lynsey Music Choice Rosalia – Malamente Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song Chet Baker – If I Should Lose You Chopin – Nocturne in G Minor Op 37
Emma Langford is a singer, songwriter and performer from Limerick, Ireland. She released her first album Quiet Giant, in 2017 and recently released a single Mariana and donated all the proceeding to Safe Ireland. She has received several awards including Best Emerging Folk Artist of the Year’ at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards and from Limerick Mayor an award for her work with mental health awareness. You can find out more about Emma on Twitter, Instagram or on her Website Emma’s
Jane Willow grew up in the Netherlands, but her love for music eventually brought her over to Ireland.
Started busking around the streets of Dublin as a young 20 year-old playing her melancholic musical heroes such as Leonard Cohen, to whom she has found an almost spiritual affinity. She supported artists such as Glen Hansard, Mark Geary and Andy Irvine as well as performing with a number of other musicians including Lisa Hannigan. She has released a number of singles and he
Liam is an Irish musician best known as a member of Hothouse Flowers. Ó Maonlaí formed the band in 1985 with his schoolmate Fiachna Ó Braonáin. During our conversation he talked about the importance of music “the honey of the people”, the Irish Language, history and the importance of learning through storytelling and so much more. We caught up during the Covid19 Pandemic in Ireland and he offered some great insight on his views of the world. You can find out more about Liam o
Fiachna is a founding member of legendary Irish band The Hot House Flowers.
They have recently released their latest album, Let’s do this thing. Fiachna has also re-released his solo album, Bouganvilla. For the past 10 years he has been hosting the RTE radio show, the Late Date. A great supporter of Irish music and new musician, his show is often a launch pad for many new artists. You can find out more about Fiachna on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook _________________________
Dr Caroline West is a lecturer in sexual studies in Dublin City University. She also teaches Psychology of Marketing at the International School of Business (Dublin) She recently completed her PhD focused on the experiences of women working in the American pornography industry. She is a regular contributor to various media outlets, including TV, Radio and Newspapers, and is a columnist with Evoke Magazine To find out more about Caroline, go to her Website or Twitter account S
David grew up in Dublin, Ireland and has been advocating for mental health awareness for a number of years. His podcast “I sprained my mental health” deals with a number of issues seeing from a personal perspective. He has been doing a lot of charity events for the likes of Aware and other leading organisations that care for people with mental illness. Passionate about football, especially Shelbourne FC, and he became part of the first team coaching staff for a number of year
Ger Kennedy grew up in Dublin, played rugby and competed in triathlons. Following an injury to his knees and hips he was advised to try sea swimming in cold water. What started as a pain relief became a new found love for long distance swimming and ice swimming. Ger will be swimming in Antartica in February 2020 leading a international group of swimmers. He has been nominated as person of the year be World Open Water Swimming Association You can find out more about Ger on his
Rebecca lives in New York five years ago was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She has been chronicling her battle with the disease on social media and that helped her coping with the it as well as finding new friends and supporters. Rebecca is very positive in her approach to fighting cancer and candid account of her journey is inspiring and hopefully of help to someone out there. She is passionate about music, travel, art, people, life. You can find out more abou
Mick grew up in Crumlin, Dublin. At a young age he became homeless following an abuse and altercation with his own family. He moved to England and later on to Northern Ireland. Mick has struggled with mental health for most of his adult life but he has found ways to put his experience to good use to help others that may find themselves in the same situation. He has worked in the field of mental heath and outreach for most of his professional life. He is now studying at Dublin
Danielle lives in Wexford, Pennsylvania with her son Miles. She travels extensively for work and leisure, has profound understanding of the importance of community and is passionate about the environment. She has worked in IT training and consultancy, but recently her skills have brought her closer to her dream job. She is currently working on a couple of environmental projects including Planting a million Corals alongside Ty Pennington You can find out more about Danielle o
Mark Geary is singer songwriter from Dublin, Ireland. With over 20 years on the music circuit, Mark has toured extensively in Europe, the USA and Australia. He has recorded six studio albums so far and he is currently touring with his latest album, The Fool. Mark has toured and performed with the likes of Glen Hansard, The Frames, Elvis Costello, Coldplay and the late Joe Strummer. His brother Karl was the co-founder of legendary New York venue Sin-e, where Mark cut his teeth
Deb Davis is part of a group that plans to adopt the co-housing system in Ireland. Based on the LILAC project in Leeds, UK, the concept is one that promotes low environmental impact while enhancing community cooperation and interaction. Deb has traveled extensively and worked as a chef in various parts of the world. She is also a Doula and an instructor of Gentle Birth. She speaks candidly about her fight with breast cancer five years ago, of her love for music, her religious
Jack Byrne grew up in Ranelagh, Dublin. From his early days he always had an entrepreneurial streak with a social conscience. He set up a Co-Op in Coolock, where he had moved with his family but when larger supermarket operators forced him out of business, he decided that the community needed a stronger voice. To him that voice and way of expression came in the form of community radio. He campaigned tirelessly until he managed to get a licence for NearFM. There are now over 2
Niamh grew up in south county Dublin, Ireland. One of seven children she discovered her passion for music, dancing and acting at an early age.
Her passion brought her to Manchester where she worked in theatre and TV, including a roles in Coronation Street and Fair City. She trained as a yoga teacher and she runs her own yoga practice Yinstinct Yoga. You can find out more about Niamh on Instagram ___________________________________________________ Niamh Music Choice Moloko
Ciara is the editor of A Lust for Life and the producer of Where there’s a Will Podcast series on the status of mental health in Ireland She is passionate about social changes, something that was sparked at a young age through music and personal circumstances . She wrote for broadsheet newspapers in Ireland before turning her talent to podcasting. Her latest project with A Lust for Life focusses on improving the mental health of children in Ireland. You can find our more abou
Siobhan learned about resilience early in life and left school without doing the leaving certificate to take a job in the music business. The music world took her from Dublin to London and around the world working with artists such as Goldie and Elton John. A life changing moment over a decade ago, brought her to years of studies and qualifications from Psychotherapy, to Mindfulness to Life Coaching. In January 2019 Siobhan published her first book “The Burnout Solution, 12
Ken Binley is an event & production manager specialising in outside broadcasting with particular focus on sport. However, he cut his teeth in the music industry that brought him from the small venues of Dublin inner city to New York and beyond, working with bands such as The Waterboys, Swede, The Cranberries and more. Over the past few years, Ken made some changes to his lifestyle to adapt a vegan diet, looks after his body and mind and take up cold water swimming. You can fi
Adam Gaine grew up in Mullingar, Ireland and qualified as a nurse after attending boarding school. He has worked as a nurse for the late film director Simon Fitzmaurice and he is currently a live-in nurse with Fr Tony Coote, both affected by Motor Neuron Disease. Adam’s future plans are to work in the area of preventable diseases, such as malaria. Adam is a keen traveler has done some fairly extreme motorbike trips to raise funds and awareness for various charity. He also vol