People Worth Meeting – The Homesharer, The Historian, The Artist, The Entertainer and The Mammy – The Coffee at Eleven Show S1, Eps 76-80

We learned, laughed, cried and our hearts broke again this week, the penultimate week of The Coffee at Eleven Show.

Thinking COVID restrictions would last about three weeks, I stated when I first went LIVE with a Coffee with Colm Interview that I would do so, ever weekday until the COVID restrictions were lifted in Ireland. Officially Ireland comes out of restriction on Monday 20th July 2020 so the last Episode will be next Friday 17th. At that point we will have chatted with 85 People Worth Meeting. Thank you, COVID-19.

It has been some journey!

What started out as a Business Show, morphed into something much, much more important; a People Show. For some reason our guests increasingly felt comfortable enough to become completely vulnerable in front of a LIVE international audience each day. Whether it was the pre-show banter that took place with the regulars, Tim Kelly’s awful jokes, whatever they were drinking out of their ‘coffee’ mugs, or something else, we will never know, but for which we are forever grateful. We learned and laughed with all, hurt with some and our hearts broke with others. Truly amazing. All of us who were fortunate enough to bear witness have been changed as a result.

This week we experienced all of those emotions, from the belly laughs with James Sexton to the sheer heartbreak as Noelle McAlinden told of suicide claiming two of her siblings, and everything else in between, and so with one more week to go in Series 1 (it has been too beautiful an experience for us to kill it so another ‘Season’ is being spoken of) allow me to introduce you what happened on The Coffee at Eleven Show in week 16 of Lockdown?

This week we met The Homesharer, The Historian, The Artist, The Entertainer and The Mammy 

  • Monday: Episode 76 The Homesharer, Lucie Cunningham: “Covid can Go, But Solidarity Can Stay ~ Let’s Keep Thinking About Others”
  • Tuesday: Episode 77, The Historian, Barry McLoughlin: “Do It, Focus and Be Grateful”
  • Wednesday: Episode 78, The Artist, Noelle McAlinden: “Creativity is Contagious ~ So Is Compassion”
  • Thursday: Episode 79, The Entertainer, James Sexton: “You Have to Completely and Utterly Believe in Yourself” 
  • Friday: Episode 80, The Mammy, Dara Byrne: “Wave Goodbye to Your Inner Critic, Give Yourself Permission to Let Go”

To get a feel for the chat we had with each of our guests, we’ve created a ‘Highlights Reel’ so stick on the kettle, grab a coffee, pull up a comfy chair, take a l’Oreal half hour (you’re worth it 🙂 ) and enjoy another five People Worth Meeting as they ‘get real’ sharing their stories, their hopes and what they are taking from COVID-19

Watch the ‘highlights’ video (highly recommended),  listen to the ‘highlights’ Podcast  or read on below… 

If you wish, then you can pick your favorite and watch the full interview (Highlights Podcast and/or Full Interview Video links below each guest’s bio)

In Their Own Words…

  • Monday: Episode 76 The Homesharer, Lucie Cunningham: “Covid can Go, But Solidarity Can Stay ~ Let’s Keep Thinking About Others”

Monday.

People Worth Meeting –Lucie Cunningham – THE HomeShare– The Coffee at Eleven Show REPLAY

“Covid can Go, But Solidarity Can Stay ~ Let’s Keep Thinking About Others” Lucie told Coffee at 11.

Suicide, depression, God mothers, stepmothers, world travel, love at first sight (twice), divorce, independent motherhood, home repossession, and then… a thriving, caring business… ladies and gentlemen, this is one Coffee at Eleven Show you do not want to miss! Lucie Cunningham is a Dublin born and reared lady with many passions in her life. Firstly, her 3 children. And in no particular order after that, she has an affinity to older people, those suffering with mental health struggles and her not for profit social enterprise business. Lucie has had many ups and downs in her life but says she has never before been in such a great place. Lucie says, “Think Match dot com meets AirBnB and you have THE Homeshare. THE HomeShare helps older people remain in their own home. We also find affordable accommodation to struggling renters. Accommodation seekers are offered a bedroom in the home in exchange for offering 10 hours per week of companionship and practical support to the older Householder eg: meal preparations, shopping, household tasks, as well as an overnight presence for peace of mind and in case of emergencies.” What an ingenious idea! Fair to say everyone left feeling truly Inspired after today’s Coffee at 11 Show. Stick on the kettle, grab a coffee and a notepad, pull up a comfy chair and listen, learn and laugh alongside the LIVE audience in this fantastic replay. A Coffee at Eleven Show not to be missed! #PeopleworthMeeting #CoffeewithColm #Coffeeat11

Highlights Podcast: https://colmobrienmotivation.com/podcast-lucie-cunningham/

Full Interview Video: https://youtu.be/TgqgnPMN6iU

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  • Tuesday: Episode 77, The Historian, Barry McLoughlin: “Do It, Focus and Be Grateful”

Finbar (Barry) McLoughlin

Tuesday.

People Worth Meeting – Barry McLoughlin, historian and author of multiple works discussing the role of the Irish in global conflict – The Coffee at Eleven Show REPLAY

“Do It, Focus and Be Grateful” was Barry’s advice The Coffee at Eleven Show today.

We heard about Limerick in the 1950s and the prevailing poverty in the area and how in Barry’s humble opinion, “Golf ruins a good walk!” Barry told me, “I was born in Limerick in August 1949, the second of four children (three boys and a girl). I attended the Jesuit Crescent College between 1956 and 1967. I worked for Allied Irish Banks for five years before enrolling in UCD in 1972 to study German and History. Completing his teacher training in 1977 and went on to work as a teacher of German in a Dublin secondary school. As a recipient of an Austro-Irish Exchange Scholarship, Barry moved to Vienna, landing on 15 October 1979 with the intention to study for a Ph.D. in Contemporary History. This moved proved pivotal and a fascination for Irish involvement in conflict ensued, with works written covering topics from the Irish Brigades in Spain to “Left To The Wolves, Irish Victims of Stalinist Terror.” Fair to say everyone left the café with a new book on their to-read list after todays Coffee at 11 Show. Stick on the kettle, grab a coffee and a notepad, pull up a comfy chair and listen, learn and laugh alongside the LIVE audience in this fantastic replay. A Coffee at Eleven Show not to be missed! #PeopleworthMeeting #CoffeewithColm #Coffeeat11

Highlights Podcast: https://colmobrienmotivation.com/podcast-barry-mcloughlin/

Full Interview Video: https://youtu.be/aHclPZ-D6YE

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  • Wednesday: Episode 78, The Artist, Noelle McAlinden: “Creativity is Contagious ~ So Is Compassion”

Wednesday.

People Worth Meeting – Noelle Mc Alinden – The Coffee at Eleven Show REPLAY

“Creativity is Contagious ~ So Is Compassion” Noelle told the Coffee at 11 audience today.

An altogether creative love-in was enjoyed in our little international café today. We cried and laughed in equal measure as we heard about Noelle’s halcyon days picking blackberries and helping Daddy pick out ‘Santa’s presents’ for her six younger siblings. We heard of Daddy inviting the odd ten people or more to have ‘dinner’ in the middle of the day so there were always extra spuds in the pot. We heard of an Uncle Wilf and the sunburn blisters being completely worth it for the exhilarating childhood memories. We met Covid companions Fred and Freda and learned to use ‘expression to avoid depression.’ We learned also of the tragedy of Noelle losing two sisters to suicide. Our hearts broke alongside her as she told us of surviving these ordeals and the consequent work, she and others are engaged in to reduce the risk of more people succumbing to this dreadful malaise. We met giants in an all-male prison, whose sheer size seemed to diminish when she told them she wasn’t scared to teach them art, as they reminded her of her brothers, father, uncles. The café was full today; full of regulars, full of newbies who came to honour their friend and colleague, full of compassion, full of love, full of hope. Noelle McAlinden is one special lady. Fair to say everyone left the café feeling the love after today’s Coffee at 11 Show. Stick on the kettle, grab a coffee and a notepad, pull up a comfy chair and listen, learn, laugh and cry alongside the LIVE audience in this fantastic replay. A Coffee at Eleven Show for the archives for sure! #PeopleworthMeeting #CoffeewithColm #Coffeeat11

Highlights Podcast: https://colmobrienmotivation.com/podcast-noelle-mcalinden/

Full Interview Video: https://youtu.be/5jR_iwGiwVo

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  • Thursday: Episode 79, The Entertainer, James Sexton: “You Have to Completely and Utterly Believe in Yourself” 

Thursday.

And, The Oscar Goes To…

People Worth Meeting – James Sexton – the man behind Ireland’s Fittest Family!– The Coffee at Eleven Show REPLAY

“You Have to Completely and Utterly Believe in Yourself” was the advice James offered the Coffee at 11 audience today.

Today we heard how James had come within a hair’s breadth of television format success on other occasions before Irelands fittest family landed. Indeed, twenty years of pitching formats has made him an ‘overnight’ success! Having appreciated some family time with his 3 grown up children, James was happy to feature on today’s Coffee at Eleven Show. He said Covid has given creators time to create new things and said “If you are passionate about what you create it will work and keep you in the zone” • The man behind Ireland’s Fittest Family TV Format, which has sold in 7 countries globally. • Owner HIYA EVENT MANAGEMENT • Professional Entertainer, DJ and MC • TV audience show warmup artist including Ireland’s Got Talent. And. As is that isn’t enough, James is a Member of the International Academy of Television and Science – better known as the Emmys! Fair to say James had everyone entertained during today’s Coffee at Eleven Show. Stick on the kettle, grab a coffee and a notepad, pull up a comfy chair and listen, learn and laugh alongside the LIVE audience in this fantastic replay. A Coffee at Eleven Show not to be missed! #PeopleworthMeeting #CoffeewithColm #Coffeeat11

Highlights Podcast: https://colmobrienmotivation.com/podcast-james-sexton/

Full Interview Video: https://youtu.be/YYUF8lo-B1I

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  • Friday: Episode 80, The Mammy, Dara Byrne: “Wave Goodbye to Your Inner Critic, Give Yourself Permission to Let Go”

Friday.

People Worth Meeting – Dara (Dee) Byrne – Founder, The Mammy Hub – The Coffee at Eleven Show REPLAY

“Wave Goodbye to Your Inner Critic, Give Yourself Permission to Let Go” was the sentiment offered from Dara for the Coffee at 11 audience today. From laying her ear on her Daddy’s chest feeling comfort from his beating heart to creating the source of light and life that is her own little toddlers beating heart, Dara shared a moving journey with our international audience today. Pondering where the Mammy Hub is heading and what it might become, she lovingly stated “I don’t need to know the ‘something’ yet, I know the reason why” supporting others and sharing connection is what lights her fire. When I asked her, “Who is Dara Byrne?” her response was inspiring: “Who am I? I’m a woman, wife, daughter, sister, friend and now mother still trying to figure it all out. I am honest and have a gigantic heart. I have always loved the idea of helping people. Having been through loss, unexplained infertility, IVF, both pre and post-natal anxiety and depression, I am still coming out laughing, crying, learning, growing. I love that I can take that, flip it and create a space to help others going through similar.” She went on to say, “Sharing your story helps others to share theirs.” Dara’s Motto: Be open, Be authentic, Make a Difference. What started as Dee Walk Carlow about 4 years ago, the Mammy Hub was an idea in the back of her mind for a long time and finally came into existence March/April 2020 The Mammy Hub creates a space for Mums and Mums-to-be to support each other and speak openly and honestly about all things motherhood without feeling judged. Fair to say everyone felt ‘connection over collection’ after todays Coffee at 11 Show. Stick on the kettle, grab a coffee and a notepad, pull up a comfy chair and listen, learn and laugh alongside the LIVE audience in this fantastic replay. A Coffee at Eleven Show not to be missed! #PeopleworthMeeting #CoffeewithColm #Coffeeat11

Highlights Podcast: https://colmobrienmotivation.com/podcast-dara-byrne/

Full Interview Video: https://youtu.be/UTmrIwdiJRM

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END.

Next week in the cafe… The FINAL WEEK of Series 1; Episodes 81 to 85

We have another full week of People Worth Meeting on ‘The Coffee at Eleven Show’ next week as we enter the penultimate week of Lockdown. Stick on the kettle, grab a coffee and a notepad, pull up a comfy chair and join us FREE and LIVE on Zoom at 11am any week day in our Zoom Cafe on The Coffee at Eleven Show

Join us FREE and LIVE on Zoom at 11am any week day in our Zoom Cafe on The Coffee at Eleven Show or subscribe to our YouTube Channel here to catch the replays at a time that suits you.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
Interview starts 11am sharp.

Recommend in your seat, coffee/notepad in hand by 10.55

Audience cameras will be on but mics will be muted, however you can join with audio only if you don’t wish to be seen.

Interview 35 – 40 mins

Q&A 10 – 15 mins at the end

Interview WILL BE RECORDED – if you log in, you agree to your presence possibly being noted.

#PeopleworthMeeting  #CoffeewithColm #Coffeeat11 

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