Listen back to the 2016 Walk In My Shoes radio broadcasts

Each October during Mental Health Week ‘Walk In My Shoes Radio’ broadcasts a week of programmes across Ireland on FM DAB & Online. Starting back in 2014 as Upbeat On Air, Walk In My Shoes Radio has now broadcast over 280 hours of live radio from St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services. On FM in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Wexford, Waterford, Wicklow, Kildare & Longford and to all Ireland via online streaming, WIMS FM is Ireland’s first all digital pop up radio for mental health.

On 10th October 2016 (World Mental Health Awareness Day), our pop up radio station was back for World Mental Health Week with over 70 hours of live shows throughout the week. This was our strongest year to date in terms of production value, presenter line-up and calibre of guests.

We had TV3’s breakfast show, Ireland AM broadcast an entire full show from here in St Patrick’s for World Mental Health Day. Interviewees included U2’s Adam Clayton, broadcaster Eoghan McDermott, Minister Helen McEntee and Paul Gilligan.

7am-9am Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery

Dil Wickremasinghe from Newstalk
Emmet Glynn Stand up comic who battles with depression
Grace Moore Stylist who has promised to make us all look fab...Good luck with that!

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9am-11am Shay Byrne

Professor Jim Lucey is Medical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College. He will take a call from the Mental Health and Well Being Summit 2016 where he is a Keynote speaker.
Audrey Cunningham - Market Match PR on the stresses of setting up and running a small enterprise. She has been involved with WIMS from its inception.
Victor and William Clarke, Solicitors in Carlow, who challenge themselves physically and mentally. This year they are planning to cross Iceland in 10 days by running, climbing and kayaking in the month of August. They love the element of hardship and want to see the Northern Lights!

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11am-1pm Psych'd with Sinead Lynch and John Moynes

On Friday's Psych'd with Sinead Lynch & John Moynes: scintillating cinephile Michael Doherty talks feel good movie moments. Advice to become a better parent by mothering (or fathering!) yourself. Keep up to date with weekend events nationwide with our guide. Tips to get into the kitchen with the kids this Halloween. And we've an incredible musical guest. Don't miss out!

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1pm-3pm Lisa Gernon and Brent Pope

Join Brent Pope and Lisa Gernon at 1pm today for a program packed with great chat and even greater music. Guests Amanda McArdle, campaign officer with walk in my shoes, former professional footballer and TV soccer personality and analyst Richie Sadlier will be engaging with Brent and Lisa, and singer/ songwriters Fiach Moriarty and Laura Elizabeth Hughes will be chatting and providing the in-studio musical performances.

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3pm-5pm Laura Woods and Dustin

On the show with Laura and Dustin , Tom Maher from St Patrick's Mental Health Services will be chatting about work -place stress. Rory McInerney from Fitter Faster Stronger will be chatting about anxiety among millennials. Robert Carley will be joining us to share his experiences of mental health difficulties and his recovery now and Jim Breen will be joining us to review the Mental Health conference in the Aviva which took place this week.

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5pm-7pm Drivetime with Corina & Bex

We will interview Ian Power from, fashion blogger Emma Carty, nutritionist Orla Walsh, and Margaret Bourke, Adolecent Nurse Practitioner

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7pm-9pm Aisling O’ Loughlin

Madge O'Callaghan tells us about My Uncle Jack the New York Radio Festival award winning Radio Documentary she made with RTE Radio 1 Doc On One

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7am-9am Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery

On today’s show: Helen Redmond, Nutrionist, on the benefits of healthy eating, Roisin Whelan from Mindworthy and Joanne Donohoe, Co . Carlow on their Menasa project.

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9am-11am Shay Byrne

Paul Mitchell of Click and Go will tell us how to take the stress out of foreign travel.
Occupational Therapist Sherrie Buckley will walk us through the therapeutic garden here at St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services.
Review papers with Declan Ralph

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11am-1pm Sinead Lynch

Coming up on Wednesday’s Psych’d – the show that brings you two hours of pure positivity – we’re joined by Sian Sharkey and Alyson Smyth; one of Ireland’s leading hair and makeup teams with tips on taming wedding-day timing woes. And whether your planning your nuptials or a birthday bash, top party-planners from The Hip Hooray will get your creative juices flowing. And the rhythm is gonna get you with our next guest – psychotherapist Paula McHugh is on hand to help us unleash our body’s power to heal through dance. Plus Professor Jim Lucey explains how a calm mind is a happy mind and shares the tools to set us on the right road. Cook Catherine Leyden plans to tempt us all back into the kitchen with her scrumptious 3 ingredient scones. Then, she co-starred with Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn, and now actress Niamh McCann chats about her new production the Dublin Theatre Festival. And the blues have never sounded so good, musician Colm Skwirbat rounds off our day with a tune on his homemade cigar box guitar. Not a show to miss – Wednesday to Friday, getting you psyche’d

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1pm-3pm Nuala Carey and Brent Pope

Today’s guests:
Musical therapist Paula Higgins from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services
Neil Kelders and Miriam Dowling. Talking about Green Ribbon Report & their own personal journey with depression.
Mary Ananda Shakti about Laughter Yoga & its benefits.
Gerry Serry – Running Saved My Life

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3pm-5pm Laura Woods and Dustin

Coming up on the show today we have Tyco to dog and Clare his owner from Irish Therapy dogs and Ree Day , senior dog trainer with King of Paws and the DSPCA, they’ll be chatting to Laura and Dustin about the role pets can play in recovery from mental health difficulties. Here come the girls! Elva Carri and members of GirlCrew will be in studio. GirlCrew is an online community for offline events for women. We also have Shirley Graham talking about her “inspiring women” programme. And we’ll be telling you about events happening around the country as part of mental health awareness week!

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5pm-7pm Aisling O'Riordan
7pm-9pm Aisling O’ Loughlin

Cherry Sue will be discussing her blog, post partum depression and mental health awaress and being a single mum.
Jordan, from Humans of Dublin, will discuss his battle with mental health.

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7am-9am Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery

St Patrick’s Head of Communications, Sarah Surgenor, will be filling us in about WIMS Radio and what to expect in the week ahead. Ciara and Jon will also be joined in studio by Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee, and 2FM broadcaster Eoghan Mc Dermott.
Tune in at 08.45am to hear us begin our Guinness World Record attempt to set a record for the World’s Largest Mindfulness Lesson.

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9am-11am Shay Byrne

Shay will be catching up with Walk in My Shoes Ambassador, U2’s Adam Clayton, who has flown in from the States especially to be a part of our radio launch this week! He’ll also be chatting to Ireland AM Presenter, Sinead Desmond. Plus, St Patrick’s cognitive behavioural therapist, Patricia Maher, fills us in about her recent work with the travelling community.

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11am-1pm Sarah Carey

Counselling psychologist Leslie Shoemaker will be discussing peer support – how to advise those helping loved ones in need of mental health support. Sarah will also be addressing the controversy surrounding the use of anti-anxiety medication with Professor Patricia Casey from the Mater Hospital. And St Patrick’s Head of CBT Colette Kearns talks the A-Z of CBT.

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1pm-3pm Nuala Carey and Marty Whelan

Michael Doherty from the RTE Guide will be exploring how mental health is depicted in the movies. Counselling psychologist, Michael Ryan, has advice on coming out for gay teens. Plus, how can volunteering help the volunteer? We’ll be joined by Eamonn Victory from Gorta-Self Help Africa.

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3pm-5pm Laura Woods and Dustin

We’ll have live music from the High Hopes choir, comedian and Republic of Telly presenter Joanne McNally joins us in studio, and we’ll be discussing coaching and the role of a coach in a young person’s life with Irish boxer Darren O’Neill and Liam Moggan from the Irish Sports Council.

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5pm-7pm Alison Canavan

Alison will be chatting to Orlan Crosy from Alcohol Action and to nutritional therapist Olive Curran about the positive effects of omega. The legendary Jason McAteer opened up on RTE’s The Late Late Show last week about his own experience of mental health difficulties. He’ll be chatting to Alison just after 6pm.

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7pm-9pm Aisling O’ Loughlin

Singer songwriter Luke Clerkin is going to sing us some songs and talk about the touring he did over the summer.

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7am-9am Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery

Jill O’Herlihy She is head of communications for Mental Health Ireland.
Anthony O’Donnell Was overweight and lost 11 st. to get healthy and experience good mental health.
Enda O’ Doherty- On his upcoming climb up Kilimanjaro carrying a washing machine, I kid you not, all in aid of Pieta house South East.

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9am-11am Shay Byrne

Colman Noctor, on his book ‘Cop on – what it is and what your child needs to survive and thrive in today’s world”, on his work with Adolescents, on how he took part in a discussion at the Web conference on life with technology, how you pitch at a conference like that, different audience from a confluence of psychlogists/psychotherapists, psychoanalytics.

Intro Paper review – Valerie Cox. Valerie Cox on work in Greece with refugees.

Carrie Crowley, beginning working life as a teacher, her life in Waterford, her love of music and musicals, singing in a band, how she stays well swimming every day in the sea, TV, radio and film work, writing, playing Jackie in Fair City (Jackie had/has mental health issues).

Colm Hayes about Cycle Against Suicide, and the spin-off this Saturday in North County Dublin and their Orange Tie Ball is coming up in November.

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11am-1pm Sinead Lynch and John Moynes

On Thursday’s Psych’d with Sinead Lynch & John Moynes: Dr Francis Valloor talks about the healing power of forgiveness. Get a taste of Apres Match in the AM with the incomparable Barry Murphy dropping by. Top fitness team FitPros talk women and weights, and debunk some common work-out myths. Pedigree pooch lover Pete the Vet talks about the scourge of puppy farming,and tells us how to keep our critters out of harms way this halloween. And Dr Olivia Hurley talks mental myths and mental facts about mental fitness.

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1pm-3pm Lisa Gernon and Pat O’Mahony

Lisa Gernon & Pat O’Mahony will interview Macra na Feirme’s President Seán Finan & Tina Glynn.
Sinead Lynch – Counsellor and psychotherapist (and presenter on WIMSFM) will be talking about how to keep that Summer feeling during the long dark winter nights.
They will have Breege Leddy – Sleep Technologist, Stephanie Lynch & Sara Mason Adventure Therapy.

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3pm-5pm Laura Woods and Dustin

In the show today we have Robert Gill, the Addiction Services Coordinator of the Dual Diagnosis Programme at St Patrick’s, we have Peter O’Sullivan, psychotherapist who’ll be sharing his recovery story, we have live music throughout the show with Isaac Butler, we have Rachael Dempsey from Global Harmonies who’ll be teaching Dustin some vocal excercises and much much more!

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5pm-7pm Rick O'Shea

Today, Rick O’Shea will interview Dave Lordan, Poet, Arnold Fanning, Playwright, Kate Quigley, talking about on Flying South stand-up night and Oisin Fagan, novelist and writer

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7pm-9pm Aisling O’ Loughlin

We have Joanna Fortune – she’s a journalist who will be speaking about about an article she wrote in the Irish Independent about the effects of social media on teens.
We have musician ‘Tadhg’ coming in to sing some songs.
We also have Maria Fusco, writer, coming in.

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7am-9am Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery

Craig Rankin, a young Dubliner with Spina Bifida who now trains in John Kavanghs SBG gym alongside the likes of Conor McGregor and Pat Murphy from Lifering

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9am-11am Shay Byrne

Eileen Dunne to review papers – also I/V on herself, her work, how she keeps healthy, her love of the GAA…and France
Dr.Niall Muldoon – on the work of the Children’s Ombudsman
Jackie Lavin, former model, entrepreneur on the stresses of running a small business, on the failure of those enterprises due to the recession, her coping skills and the courage to start again
Mike Quigley, Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer – and on Meditation – and he will put Shay through his paces!

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11am-1pm Pat O Mahony

Singer songwriter Brian Kennedy will be in studio tomorrow. Pat will also be catching up GP Dr Ciara Kelly and Pieta house CEO, Brian Higgins…

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1pm-3pm Nuala Carey and Brent Pope

Nuala Carey and Brent Pope will be joined by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services head of communications Sarah Surgenor, and author of the blog sunny spells and scattered showers, Fiona Kennedy. Broadcaster Nikki Hayes will be talking about her own personal struggles, and Judy Moran of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will be talking about panic attacks.
Chef, columnist and author Sophie White will talk about her life and her new book, recipes for a nervous breakdown.
Musician and percussionist Tom Quinn will talk about how drumming can have a powerful healing effect on our moods and emotions, and speaking of music….. we’ve got some great songs on the show as well.

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3pm-5pm Laura Woods and Dustin

Tomorrow we have The Swing Cats live in studio, we have Chris Flack from talking about digital detoxing , we have Trish and Jennifer from SpunOut talking about their “listening is helping “campaign and we have Jules Coll talking about her experience of emotional eating!

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5pm-7pm Elaine Crowley

Debbie Van Tonder, Cognitive Psychotherapist with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will discuss the rising issue of burnout and what we can do about it.

You can take times out

Mary shares a hopeful story of how her son, who had been on drugs since his teens and in and out prison, has recently gone into recovery and is doing great.

Benji Bennett, author from Adam’s Cloud, will share his story of losing his son Adam nearly 10 years and how he keeps his memory alive through beautiful children books.

Donal Scanlan, Project Manager with Mental Health First Aid explains what MHFA is and how important mental health first aid is in the workplace.

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7pm-9pm Aisling O’ Loughlin

Sarah Doyle from the Better Life Project is coming in to us.
We have Dermot Malone from Banjoman films – who directed ‘Darkness‘.
And we also have Lorna Weightman from Style Isle Irl who will be discussing her experience with anxiety.
We’ve got The Klares in for 8.40-9.00pm

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Listen to our previous radio shows

Upbeat On Air, from Monday March 23rd 2015 to Friday March 27th 2015
Listen to Upbeat On Air

Walk In My Shoes Radio 2015, from Monday October 5th to Friday 9th
Listen to 2015 WIMS FM

Walk In My Shoes Radio 2017, from Monday October 9th to Friday 13th
Listen to 2017 WIMS FM

Our 2016 presenters

Aisling O’Loughlin

Aisling O’Loughlin began her broadcasting career while studying journalism at DCU. As part of her internship she worked on the Today with Pat Kenny show on RTÉ Radio 1 where she reported on a range of current affairs subjects. She later completed her studies in Toulouse.
After returning to Ireland Aisling joined Clare FM where she read the news and also reported on local issues. She spent some time as a radio journalist before embarking on a career with the print media as a reporter with the Evening Echo and the Limerick Leader.
In 2001 Aisling  switched to television when she joined TV3 News where she began working in the newsroom behind the scenes. She subsequently spent six years as a general news reporter and as a relief newsreader before moving from TV3’s news and current affairs programming.
Aisling  joined TV3’s new entertainment show Xposé when it launched in 2007 and has remained with the show as a presenter and reporter since then.

Aisling Riordan

aisling riordanAisling Riordan is an award winning journalist and producer who has worked in the media industry for over 12 years across TV, radio, print and online in many organisations including RTÉ, Newstalk radio, CBC and Good News Toronto newspaper.

She has presented and reported on programmes like RTÉ’s Nationwide, News2day and Morning Ireland.

Aisling has a keen interest in the area of mental health. As the reporter for RTÉ’s Morning Edition TV programme, she had the opportunity to focus on this with her Positive Mental Health mini-series.

In 2015, she came up with the idea and organised the #LightUpOrange campaign which saw over 50 landmarks and thousands of homes across the island of Ireland lighting up Orange on World Suicide Prevention Day to help spread the message “It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help”.

This year, a petition she started, helped reverse a HSE decision to divert allocated funding away from the Mental Health budget to other areas.

Alison Canavan


Alison Canavan is a daily mail columnist, health and wellness coach and an award winning author of “Minding Mum- A time to take care of you” Having travelled the world as one of Ireland’s most successful international models for nearly two decades, in recent years she has devoted her time to her greatest passions: parenting, health and wellbeing.

Helping people to join the dots with their health and wellbeing is Alison’s primary goal and passion which led her to create her new website Her interest in nutrition began in 2009 when she started studying Fitness Nutrition Coaching under NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association), in the United States. She graduated with distinction in Nutrition and Health Coaching from Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health (IINH), where she is continuing her studies in Nutritional Therapy. Alongside that she has been studying for a Raw Foods Mastery level 3 at The Life Change Health Institute.

Alison has become a much sought after motivational speaker and regularly does talks on health and wellbeing in schools, corporates and events around the country and is a regular contributor to radio and TV shows.

Brent Pope


Brent Pope is a former New Zealand rugby player domiciled in Ireland since 1991. Brent is a rugby broadcaster for RTE for over 20 years working alongside the controversial George Hook, he is also an accomplished children’s book author publishing 8 books all for children’s charities since 1985. In 2012 Brent wrote an autobiography entitled Brent Pope “If you really knew me” which was shortlisted as one of the UK’s top sporting books of that year. Brent has curated his own art gallery for outsider artists, and celebrated their inspirational work in a recent and acclaimed RTE, he also has his own fashion brand label called POPE and has appeared in many of Irelands top television and radio shows including the Hook and Popey Roadshow, The Late Late Show, the Saturday Night Show, Instrumental, Eurostar, The Restaurant, No frontiers and many others. Brent is an ambassador for many Irish mental health charities, including St Patricks Hospital walk in my shoes, cycle against suicide and Pieta House and is one of Irelands leading speakers on mental health strategy. Brent is currently juggling a busy television and fashion career with a return to study a masters in psychotherapy with UCC.

Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery

ciara-jonCiara Whelan and Jon Slattery are best known for fronting ‘The Holiday Show’ on TV3.
Ciara, who is one part Kilkenny, one part South County Dublin, is also a producer who can be found behind the camera working mostly on TV commercials for some of Ireland’s favourite brands.
Jon was the original face and voice of RTÉ2 and hails from County Kildare where his career in the media began on pirate radio. Having worked on the airways for a decade he made the move to television and
now runs production company Trilogy Media.
Ciara and Jon, often complimented for their on-screen chemistry, are a real-life couple who, when not traveling around the world, can be found at home with their five cats, toddler Bo and baby Edie.
Ciara’s hobbies include drinking coffee, watching documentaries and reminding Jon to pick up his dirty socks. Jon’s hobbies include playing rugby and feeding Ciara snacks so she doesn’t nag him about the dirty socks.

Corina Grant-Doyle

corina-grantCorina Grant-Doyle has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years. Now she is a makeup artist as well as a TV stylist, columnist and Transition Year tutor. Along with Rebecca Horan, the two girls work together on their blog and run the Transition Year workshops for teenage girls dealing with all aspects of life from life skills to fears to body image.

Dustin the Turkey


For over twenty five years Dustin has being firmly ensconced in the Irish entertainment landscape as the nation’s favourite chancer. Dustin first appeared on the Den with a level of success far beyond that of any of any other TV character Dustin has reaped rewards that are usually reserved for major rock stars with eleven chart topping singles and albums, countless sold out live shows, merchandise and massive TV ratings. Dustin also represented Ireland at the 2008 Eurovision in Serbia. A long campaigner for charities in 2010 Dustin was made an official UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In his time Dustin has been an usual political figure, out-polling official candidates in two presidential elections(Dustin still hopes one day to bring the DART to Dingle).

Dustin is delighted to be taking part in Walk in my shoes.

Elaine Crowley


Elaine Crowley is an journalist, presenter and newsreader, best known for presenting TV3’s Midday since 2010.

John Moynes

John MoynesJohn Moynes is a poet and comedian who has been writing for television and radio for over twenty years. He performed in the pioneering mental health
play A Box of Frogs and also SeeChange’s Mad Craic Comedy Show. John also writes for and is a regular contributor on Newstalk FM.

Laura Woods
Laura Woods TV3

Laura Woods

Laura Woods is part of the presenting team at weekends on SaturdayAM and SundayAM.

She has also presented IrelandAM for TV3 and Renovation Nation. She has been with TV3 for 5 years and previously she was with RTE for 11 years, presenting a wide selection of programmes; The World Poker Championships, The Trump Card, Big Money Game, Winning Streak, National Lotter Draws, Festival of World Cultures, the Cafe and many more.

She also contributed to Will Leahy’s show on 2FM for 5 years.

As a graduate of Sociology and French at Trinity, she was delighted to be a student on the first ever year of the Post Graduate Diploma course in CBT which was run by Trinity and St Patrick’s University Hospital.

Lisa Gernon

lisa-gernonLisa Gernon is a TV producer and Radio Broadcaster and has been working in the media industry for over a decade after returning to Ireland from San Francisco in 2003. She began working as a researcher with RTÉ and over the years has worked on Ireland’s most popular day time TV show’s including The Afternoon Show, The Daily Show & Today. Radio is her true love and has always gone hand in hand with her TV career. She’s interviewed Daniel Day Lewis about the work he’s done with the Wicklow Hospice and sat down with Martin Sheen to discuss his friendship with Irish priest Father Shay Cullen. She is currently presenting Nova Nights on Radio Nova.

Marty Whelan

marty-whelan-2016Arguably one of Ireland’s favourite broadcasters, Marty Whelan is a much loved Award-winning radio and television personality who frequently Hosts and MCs conferences and events all over Ireland.
Marty’s professional and relaxed manner keeps audiences entertained while the also taking on the serious business of presenting Awards and keeping your event on track.
As well as his charity work, and being seen and heard on RTÉ radio and television, Marty has presented a variety of shows including Winning Streak, Open House, Celebrity Bainisteoir and many more.
Every morning Marty takes the chill out of early morning starts with music, news, weather and travel updates on the popular show, ‘Marty in the Morning’ on RTE Radio. Marty is also a previous winner of the VIP Style Award for Most Stylish Man and recently launched his memoir, ‘That’s Life’ in Dublin.

Nuala Carey


Dublin – born, RTE Weather & National Lottery Presenter, Nuala Carey is delighted to be joining the team and supporting this year’s WIMS.

After graduating from UCD with a BA in English and Sociology, her initial job in the media was presenting traffic reports for AA Roadwatch on RTE’s Radio 1, so she is really looking forward to returning to this medium and sharing the microphone with two great friends of hers – Marty Whelan and Brent Pope.
This will not be the first time Nuala and Marty have worked side by side as they were often on – air together on the early morning radio favourite, ‘ Risin’ Time’ and, co – hosted ‘ Winning Streak’ on RTE Television in October 2014.
Nuala and Brent have known each other since 2007, when they both took part in ‘ Charity You’re a Star’. Her chosen charity was the ‘ Alzheimer’s Society’. She is also an Ambassador for ‘Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’ and ‘ Bumbleance’.

Nuala is relishing the chance to take on the challenge of co – hosting 2 hours of live radio each day and her plan is to bring some afternoon ‘sunshine’ to WIMS. She would encourage people to get in touch with the show ( but apologises in advance that she cannot give you next week’s Lotto numbers!). Nuala promises to play lots of uplifting music and hopes you will enjoy listening to the programme, mindful that the object of WIMS is to create awareness around ‘Mental Health’ issues.

Pat O'Mahony

patomahonyAward-winning, Dublin-based TV/radio producer/director/presenter
Over 27 years broadcasting experience, both in Ireland and the UK
Regular blogger at Off Message about all aspects of the media
Ideas originator and developer
Occasional journalist

Rebecca Horan


Rebecca Horan is a Broadcast Journalist in Dublin, for over 3 years she worked as a newsreader in Newstalk, 98FM and Today FM. Recently Rebecca joined Irish TV where she produces and presents a weekly show called ‘Dublin County Matters’ and presents other live productions, she also has editorial oversight in the new newsroom. Rebecca is a regular contributor to Ireland AM and RTE Today and has been published in the Irish Examiner.

Rick O’Shea

rick_osheaRick has been a radio presenter with RTE 2FM since 2001. His weekend show includes music and has included interviews with One Direction, Daniel Craig, Russell Brand, The Manic Street Preachers, Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Bailey as well as live performances from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Bell X1 and Stereophonics. The show has twice won Bronze PPI Radio Awards.
He’s also the presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1.

Sarah Carey

sarah-careySarah has a degree in History from Trinity College and a post-graduate diploma in Business Studies from UCD. She pursued a career in marketing and public relations with various technology firms and then began writing her blog GUBU. She has been a columnist for The Sunday Times, The Irish Times and currently The Sunday Independent. Sarah presents Talking Point on Newstalk radio on Saturdays at 9am.

Shay Byrne


Shay Byrne is the well known host RTÉ Radio 1’s Rising Time. He has been the voice of RTÉ’s Winning Streak for the last 7 years and is also Radio 1’s Eurovision commentator! Shay is married with 3 young children. Over the years in his role as a reporter and presenter he has covered many issues relating to parenting and mental health and will this year take on the annual Paris to Nice cycle in aid of various charities.

Sinead Lynch

sinead-lynchSinéad Lynch is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working in Dublin. With a passion for positive mental health Sinéad is currently studying a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Sinéad also has a H.Dip in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin City University a B.A in Psychology from University College Dublin. Sinéad is also a member of the Psychology Society of Ireland (PSI) and works privately with clients in South Dublin.

Sinéad previously worked as a Television producer with RTÉ and is still heavily involved in media writing articles, contributing to radio shows and actively promotes positive mental health on YouTube with her pug Edgar. More info on Sinéad can be found at

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