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Humans of Dublin

HODCast is a fortnightly podcast where your host, Derek Carter, talks to people from Dublin (or living there!) ABOUT Dublin, about themselves and, ultimately about what it means to be human.



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Oct 30, 2017 Humans of Dublin
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Today, you’ll meet Suzanne Kane, whose voice you might know from the very popular Dubland podcast, and her years as a DJ on a well-known Irish radio station. You might also have seen her on TV3, where she’s a regular contributor at the weekend. Now 37, Suzanne has lived all her life in Dublin and lives here still with her husband and two young kids. She explains why Dublin has SUCH a special place in her heart and I must say, she picks one of the best “favourite Dublin words” we’ve...
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Jun 28, 2017 Humans of Dublin
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Farah El Neihum is the embodiment of the aims of this show. At 22, she’s still a very young woman, but she has developed a terrific understanding of, and empathy for, other people that gave me a lot of food for thought. Before she was 2, Farah moved to Dublin with her parents and for much of her youth, though popular, she had the feeling of being an outsider. Her culture, her religion, her family situation: these were all different to the kids around her. We talk about coping with her tricky...
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Apr 5, 2017 Humans of Dublin
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Kevin Nolan is a 36 year old musician and poet from Crumlin. He’s been playing music since he was a small boy and there’s practically nothing he can’t play. His album “Frederick and the Golden Dawn” was released exactly 3 years ago and was very well received by critics. We talk in-depth about Kevin’s approach to learning to play his many instruments, and about his experience of writing his album – which was 8 years in the making. Partly because of his schizo-affective disorder (a...
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Mar 14, 2017 Humans of Dublin
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Daniel, now 30 years old, was born in Finglas and grew up in Glasnevin; both on Dublin’s Northside. Living in Phibsborough these days, he owns and runs Bang Bang café with his sister Grace. Together, they’ve managed to build not only a business that’s been embraced by customers and critics alike, but also a unique physical space and a strong relationship with both their regulars and the local community outside their doors. In this episode, Daniel charts the course his very interesting...
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Feb 20, 2017 Humans of Dublin
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Miriam was born and raised in Dublin and got into acting during her teen years, before completing the exclusive Drama and Theatre Studies degree in Trinity College Dublin. We talk about her journey into acting, and about the many challenges that women face in that industry. Miriam is currently completing a Masters in Screenwriting in Dun Laoghaire IADT, having won a Warner Brothers scholarship which enabled her to join the course. In addition to her studies, she is mother to a young daughter...
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Feb 8, 2017 Humans of Dublin
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Jacob was born in London in 1989 and moved to Dublin as a young boy. Now 27, he lives the life of a struggling artist in Dublin city, and spends most of his days in a Temple Bar coffee shop. His daily choice of location is not just because of their coffee, or the light from the big windows that’s great for drawing, but also because he has Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), and experiences intense anxiety if he has to go to unfamiliar places. When he was hit by a car 8 years ago, Jacob...
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Jan 20, 2017 Humans of Dublin
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Shawna is the 31 year old, Seattle-born owner of SexSiopa.ie, a web-based business she set up 4 years ago. Her multi-award winning business sells ethical, body-safe sex toys, and Shawna herself spends a lot of time trying to encourage more open and healthy dialogue about sex and sexuality. Having lived in Dublin for 12 years now, Shawna tells me about her unique first impressions when she came here on a student working visa, and about the romance with an Irish man that led to her returning to...
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Nov 24, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Judy is a happy, outgoing 35 year old Dublin woman. She makes her living as a teacher and make-up artist; in fact, she’s an artist in many senses of the word. She’s the type of person you’d notice in a crowded room and whom you’d certainly remember long after meeting her. In her Humans of Dublin post recently, she told Peter how she was sexually assaulted while living in Vancouver, and how she has been able to find healing and happiness for herself since then. So, we talk about that in...
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Nov 13, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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(For the sake of privacy and security, I've gone back a bleeped out any identifying bits of this episode - after all, there are some dangerous and clever people out there!) Claire is, as the title says, an awesome octogenarian from the Southside of Dublin. She was featured on the Humans of Dublin page a few months ago, where she recounted her first meeting with the man she would later be married to for over 50 years; Christy. In this heart-warming episode, we talk a little about her early life...
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Oct 17, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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This episode is a bit of a change from the norm! Instead of an interview, it’s a recording of a talk that Peter and I gave at the Creative Mornings Dublin event last month. This is a rare opportunity to hear Peter tell his story and talk about the journey he’s been on with Humans of Dublin; a journey that’s seen him go from barista to professional photographer to (as of the end of this month!) published author. We also share how the podcast came about and, because the theme of the talk as...
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Oct 6, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Sinéad is a 34 year old solicitor from Youghal, Co. Cork. She also spends a lot of time in Dublin because of her PhD studies and her training schedule for running marathons and (get this!) ultra-marathons! Just in case you’re not already impressed, Sinéad does all of this as a woman who has been almost fully blind since birth. In our chat, you’ll hear her describe her experiences living with a visual impairment and about how she overcomes the biases and discrimination she encounters along...
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Sep 29, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Bob, originally from Bedfordshire, in England, is the owner of the much-loved Gutter Bookshops in Dublin. In our chat, he describes his early love of reading and books and how, aside from his parents separating when he was young, he lived a fairly standard and happy childhood. Now 44, he’s STILL happy, but Bob has had more than his fair share of heart-breaking events in his life. As well as some romantic ups and downs in his early adult years as a gay man, he has unfortunately lost several...
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Sep 22, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Doug is a 27 year old Dubliner who runs a marketing company with well-known clients in Dublin and Galway. He’s a high energy, hard-working man who moves in glamorous and exciting circles. At the same time, Doug has been suffering with depression and anxiety for many years, but never, until very recently, felt able to open up and tell the people closest to him about how he was feeling. In our chat, he describes how his feelings of unhappiness about himself as a teenager caused him to develop...
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Sep 12, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Like many young people, in 2012, Sarah moved to San Francisco. She worked a variety of jobs, but also took the opportunity to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. Based on her feelings and experiences of living abroad, she wrote an essay for The Irish Times, which then evolved to become her first published book – a collection of essays called “Not Lost”. After living there for 3 years, she returned to Ireland and is now about to celebrate the release of her second book, this...
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Aug 15, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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When introducing herself to the teacher on her first day of primary school, Sinéad Burke gave her name, explained that she had achondroplasia, proceeded to spell the word for her teacher, and finished off by saying she planned to become a teacher herself one day. Well, following her stint in secondary school, she did indeed go on to become a teacher – an award-winning one at that. Clearly a high-achiever, Sinéad soon took on a Masters, which she finished with First Class Honours, and is now...
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Aug 8, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Áine and Adrian Hendrick shared their story recently as part of the special feature on Humans of Dublin about The Childhood Cancer Foundation. Tragically, following a very sudden diagnosis of leukaemia, and only 15 weeks of treatment, they lost Aoife, their first child, at only 5 years old. This happened 4 years ago this month, and in today’s episode they recount the events of that terrible time, and we talk about how they’ve managed to keep living their lives since then and to look after...
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Aug 2, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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In today’s show, you’ll meet Al Foran, a 24 year old impressionist and comedian from Dublin. With characters that include Conor McGregor (whom he’s met!), Robert De Niro, Donald Trump, Mark Wahlberg, Zlatan Ibrahimović, and even Kim Kardashian, Al’s videos have been viewed millions of times and he has gained a huge online following. In our chat, he describes his process for perfecting his impressions and explains the importance of collaborating, instead of competing, with others if you...
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Jul 27, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Ep.17 out soon, with the brilliant Dublin impressionist Al Foran :-)
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Jul 27, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Ep.17 out soon, with the brilliant Dublin impressionist Al Foran :-)
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Jul 27, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Ep.17 out soon, with the brilliant Dublin impressionist Al Foran :-)
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Jul 1, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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In today’s show, you’ll meet Elva Carri, who is the 32 year old co-founder of a hugely popular Facebook community called GirlCrew. GirlCrew is used by tens of thousands of women, in multiple countries, to organise social get-togethers and to make new friends. Elva and her co-founders are working hard to scale their company and are in full on growth-mode, so it’s fascinating to hear about the challenges they’re facing as they build their global business from an office in Dublin. Elva...
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Jun 13, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Andrew’s career and reputation have gone from strength to strength in the last few years, with numerous TV appearances and a successful cook book under his belt. At 42 years of age, the Offaly native has now launched his latest business venture in the heart of Dublin: Medley café & bistro. In this episode, we talk about his unique career path and the challenges of launching and growing a successful business in the service industry. We also talk about some of the key events in Andrew’s...
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Jun 7, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Rick has worked all his life in the radio industry, spending the last 15 years with RTÉ, where he has shows on both Radio 1 and Radio 2. He is also well known as an avid book reader, having set up the country’s biggest online book club. In our chat, we talk about his working class childhood in Dublin, about how he got into radio, where ego fits in (or doesn’t!) and how he has handled setbacks and failure along the way. We spend a while exploring his deep love of books and he shares a few...
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May 18, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Chris, who was originally born in Hampshire, has lived in Dublin for almost 15 years. After years of working to attain material things and move up the corporate ladder, Chris had his eyes opened by travelling to (and volunteering in) countries all over the world. Having reached a point of burnout and depression, he needed to help himself to find calmness and happiness again. He developed a passion for yoga and meditation, both of which helped him to stop putting pressure on himself and to cope...
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May 9, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Denise is a 31 year old Dubliner from Rathfarnham. After college, she moved to Canada, fell in love with the country and the people and ended up staying for 4 years. But for the final 2 years of her time there, she was getting progressively sicker and sicker. Even after many tests and procedures, doctors couldn’t get to the bottom of it and her sickness meant she eventually had to return to Ireland, where she was finally diagnosed as having Lyme disease. Coupled with immunosuppression,...
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May 3, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Jamie is a 25 year old from Finglas who is followed and liked by thousands of people on Facebook, YouTube and local radio. He was featured on the Humans of Dublin page in February this year, where he spoke about how growing up with one leg helped him to become more creative in overcoming life’s challenges and why he is so driven to chase his dreams. In our chat, Jamie explains how he remains positive and focused in the face of the various pressures he faces, including the pressure to create...
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Niamh is a 22 year old Dubliner who is just finishing her journalism degree and is eager to land her dream job and make a difference in the world. If you’re a lot older than her, you might be forgiven for thinking things like “it’s all ahead of her”, or “aww, that’s lovely”, but in fact Niamh has already faced (and overcome) more challenges than most of us will experience in our entire lifetime. At 13, she woke up one morning having developed literally overnight, a serious case of...
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Apr 18, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Lisa is 31 years old and, following something of a nomadic early life, has now settled down on the North side of Dublin, where she lives with her fiancé and their 2 dogs. If you sat beside Lisa on a bus, you’d probably first notice some very colourful hair, a pair of funky glasses and a LOT of tattoos. What won’t be at all obvious is the life she has led until now. She identifies her parents’ divorce as the starting point for her long and painful battle with a host of mental health...
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Apr 11, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Niall is a 38 year old Press Association photographer who was born in Belfast and moved to Dublin about 14 years ago. Growing up in a tough, working class area of Belfast in the 1980s, he learned at a young age what a powerful impact the media could have and how important it was to question what people tell you. After leaving school, Niall went straight into the world of photography where his passion and skill have placed him at the top of his profession, with numerous awards along the way....
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Apr 3, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Kristina is a 28 year old Dublin native who works as a fashion designer and hairdresser. In our talk, she describes her early start in hairdressing at aged 16, and how this led to her adopting something of a party lifestyle for a few years. After a falling out at home, she left to live in a hostel and ultimately ended up in the UK in an unhealthy and abusive relationship. Kristina reflects on these years, her battle with anxiety and depression, and what she thought made her happy, versus the...
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Mar 27, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Glenn was born in The Liberties in the 1950s and has fond memories of the area, its people and his very early life in that part of Dublin. Sadly, his life was to get a lot more difficult, for a very long time, before getting better. In this episode, Glenn gives a brutally honest account of his life so far, including his experience in the Catholic education system, being sent to a violent and uncaring children’s home when his parents split up, his 3 years as a homeless person on the streets of...
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Mar 18, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Kifah was born, and grew up in, a refugee camp in Bethlehem and came to Dublin 6 years ago. His life up to that point was one of a child born into occupation: poor living conditions, violence and danger all around and a family under massive pressure to survive. In this episode, he describes some of his experiences growing up there, and explains how his father left them to work in Ireland, in the hopes of making a better life for them all. After 10 years of effort and patience, the family were...
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Feb 23, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Nicole was born in Denmark and moved to Dublin 4 years ago. As she explains in this episode, at that time, she described herself as a "fur-incarnated, fabulous, flamboyant gay man". But, upon moving to Dublin, this description didn't feel right any more. She realised that, instead, she identified as a female living in a man's body. In other words, Nicole is trans. In this episode, she describes the dramatic path she's walked up to now, as well as how she coped (and still copes) with...
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Feb 23, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Críona Ní Dhálaigh was born in Crumlin and is Dublin City's current Lord Mayor - only the eighth woman to fill the role. In this episode, she talks about the difficulties of balancing family life with building a career, and the challenges of self-doubt - especially for young girls and women. Listen to the end, and you'll hear lots of suggestions on how you can celebrate the centenary of the 1916 rising. HODCast is a weekly chat with people from Dublin (or living in Dublin) about Dublin,...
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Feb 22, 2016 Humans of Dublin
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Simon grew up in Donaghmede, on Dublin's North side. From an early age, his mobility became seriously impaired because of a degenerative illness called Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy. Tragically, he also lost his brother to this illness and the medical community tells him that his life expectancy is really not good. In this episode you'll learn how his supportive family and his love for Airsoft have helped him to develop his positive and wise outlook on life and to live his own life to the...