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

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.

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.

Episode 26: Running with Patrick Mercie


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Patrick Mercie is an avid runner and ultra-runner, a businessman, a life coach and owner of The Intentional Academy. In the podcast Patrick is sharing with us his unique approach to life which he applies to all aspects of it, including his running. While listening to this episode, you will not only hear interesting stories, tips and advice for runners, but you might also get a glimpse of Partick’s life philosophy, “Do more of what you love”.

Episode 25: Mental Health and the Outdoors with Gráinne Clancy


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Gráinne Clancy is a counsellor, psychotherapist and owner of Clancy Care Counselling. Gráinne has vast experience working with people who are going through hard times in their lives. So, I was delighted to have the opportunity to talk with her about how being in the outdoors benefits mental health. You can think of our discussion as an expansion on an article published on Tommy’s Outdoors blog titled, “Benefits of the Outdoors”. It was a very interesting conversation and I would encourage everyone to listen to it.