Episode 30: Digital Detox with Orla Dempsey


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I have talked about the importance of the outdoors for mental health and wellbeing on many occasions. This blog post comes to mind as well as podcast episodes 10 and 25. I am still blown away by the interest and feedback on the subject. In this episode we return to the topic. My guest, Orla Dempsey is a Life and Career Coach. During our conversation we talk about mud runs, how to control day to day stress levels and the importance of unplugging every now and then. Unplugging is also known as digital detox. If after listening to this episode you want more information, you can get in touch with Orla by visiting her website at orladempseycoaching.ie

Happy New Year and Some Housekeeping Items

The new year has started and all the fuss and distractions of the Christmas holidays are behind us. In this short blog, I would like to address a few housekeeping items as we enter 2019. Firstly, I would like to draw your attention to the excellent episode of the podcast, Forestry and Native Woodlands with Ciaran Nugent. The episode was published right after Christmas, so I’m afraid that many of you might have missed it. It should be appealing, not only for people interested in forestry and its history in Ireland, but also for those interested in shaping forestry policy for the future. I also think that hikers and hunters would benefit from giving it a listen, as it will help them to better understand the landscape they interact with.

We are going to continue to publish the podcast every other Wednesday even though I heard from a few of you, that the episodes are being published too often. That is a little surprising to me as I would ultimately like to settle into a weekly schedule. So, I’d be grateful if you would provide your thoughts on this in the comments below. For now, I am planning to publish no less than 30 episodes of the podcast this year. That, of course, means that I will be switching to a weekly schedule a few times, just like I did last year.

There are also a few other things that I am planning for this year. In the coming weeks, Tommy’s Outdoors website will undergo a refresh. The extent of it will depend on many factors, but the goal will be to improve the consistency of the look and feel. It also looks like it’s time to give the Tommy’s Outdoors logo a little facelift. My graphic designer will be delighted to hear that! Finally, I am planning to put together the very first Tommy’s Outdoors Live podcast. The final form and shape of that event is still very much a work in progress, but if you have any suggestions, or perhaps are interested in being in the audience, please leave a comment.

I wish you a great new year and many unforgettable moments in the outdoors.

Episode 29: Forestry and Native Woodlands with Ciaran Nugent


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There is a lot of talk recently about continuous cover forestry, timber plantations and development of native woodlands. I had an opportunity to explore the subject with my guest, Forestry Inspector and Fire Management Officer in the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Ciaran Nugent. In my opinion, this is one of the most educational episodes of the podcast. During our conversation, we talk about the history of Irish forestry, its current direction, wildlife conservation and the delicate balance between plants and animals in the environment. We also spend some time discussing fires, their role in an ecosystem and fire prevention.

Tommy’s Outdoors end of year summary

The year is coming to an end, so it is a good time for a quick review. Even though Tommy’s Outdoors podcast online presence reaches back to late 2016, this is the first year that I did it right.

In 2018 I launched Tommy’s Outdoors website and Tommy’s Outdoors YouTube channel. I established a regular schedule for publishing podcast episodes and blog posts. I discussed a wide variety of topics ranging from hunting and angling to the benefits of the outdoors for mental health, from cycling and running to flying drones and horseback riding, from marine conservation to the development of native woodlands, and the list goes on and on.

I am especially thankful for all of my regular listeners and readers who engage with Tommy’s Outdoors content. Your voice is being heard and your feedback is invaluable in developing the Tommy’s Outdoors brand. Please keep your comments coming!

In the coming year I will continue to work tirelessly to bring you the best information and discussions about any and all outdoors related topics. I would like to thank all of you for suggesting guests for future episodes. Rest assured that I will do my best to get them on the podcast.

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
See you in the outdoors!

Episode 28: Christmas Special with Susan Baughman


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Christmas is coming so I decided to record a special episode of the podcast to mark the occasion. You might recognize my guest, Susan Baughman from episode 7 of the podcast. Last year Susan was a big help to the podcast and I thought it would be only fair to have her on again and chat for awhile. During our discussion we talk a lot about photography, a little about horse racing and a tiny bit about other topics. It is a fun and relaxing episode, so I hope you will enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

Podcasting controversy

Dear friends, it finally happened! I knew it would at some point, so I really shouldn’t be surprised. Someone who initially agreed to be my guest decided to pull out because he didn’t like one of the subjects previously discussed on the podcast. People are different and have different motivations for their actions. I respect his decision but thought this would be a good moment to make a short statement about the purpose of the podcast.

Tommy’s Outdoors is dedicated to everything outdoors. We discuss not only specific outdoor activities, like cycling and angling, but also issues related in any way to the outdoors, such as outdoors safety or wildlife conservation. The podcast is meant to be a conversational and educational platform. I welcome guests from all walks of life with a variety of different views. I encourage them to express their ideas. The more the merrier, as that will provide listeners with a wide spectrum of opinions on many different, often complex, subjects.

Being my guest doesn’t mean that you agree with or support the opinions expressed in any previous episodes of the podcast. Instead, it gives you an opportunity and platform to express your own views even if they are completely opposed to mine. That is okay and it has already happened more than once. I’m happy to have my opinions challenged and I welcome the discussion. This is how progress is made, this is how we get a better understanding of complex issues, and this how we enrich and educate listeners.

Thank you for your continuous support and I hope you will enjoy coming episodes of the podcast!

Episode 27: Sailing with Damian Foxall


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Ever since I started the podcast I wanted to talk about sailing. So I was truly honoured when my invitation was accepted by Irish national hero, Damian Foxall. Damian is a veteran of ten round-the-world races, which include four 1st place finishes. He has sailed in no less than five Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, and was also part of a team that set an around the world sailing record. In this podcast I had an opportunity to ask Damian many question related to his sailing exploits and to hear his stories from the high seas. We also spoke about the natural environment as Damian is actively working on issues related to Ocean conservation and is an ambassador for the nonprofit Sailors For The Sea.