Episode 12: Annemarie Ní Churreáin

In this podcast Sinéad talks with Annemarie Ní Churreáin, a world-renowned, award winning and highly regarded Irish poet, who grew up just a short distance away from the song house here in Falcarragh. Annemarie cites the poets house as a place where she began her writing career – you’ll hear more about this in the conversation to follow which is altogether so interesting, engaging, evocative and good fun and just as you’d expect a conversation with a poet to be. Annemarie for such a young woman has a highly impressive biography as a poet, writer and facilitator – please check out her website –  studiotwentyfive.com to read more about her and her work. 

Her publications include Bloodroot (Doire Press 2017) and most recently The Poison Glen (The Gallery Press 2021) which you’ll hear more from and about in the following podcast.

Email info@thesonghouseireland.com to be added to the in-person retreat wait list
To join us for the poetry video showcase – check out this link https://thesonghouseireland.com/event/story-song-and-other-shenanigans-imbolg/

Episode 11: Michaela Mc Daid

Michaela Mc Daid is best known in the North West as a mental health educator, devising and delivering wellness courses for countless groups over 25 years. Her interest has always been in empowering people to affect their own health and healing.

As a facilitator, Michaela openly draws on her own lived experience of mental health challenges and healing with nature to bring insight, empathy and wisdom to professional knowledge and skills.

Her flourishing ecotherapy practice is founded on education and experience. Education – why nature is good for us – satisfies the inquiring mind, while Experience – how nature is good for us – honours intuition with the opportunity to feel what is salve for the soul.

In this conversation Michaela delves deep into facilitation, empowerment, nature as therapist, her own story, education, science, being in nature and so so much more. Eco Therapy as a powerful healing modality is at the centre and you will hear Sinead being fascinated again and again throughout. So much gold, insight, practical understandings and perhaps after hearing this conversation – you’ll be inspired to join our The Original Medicine weekend in March/April 2022, designed and led by Michaela, featuring our own Candy who will facilitate some simple & wholesome group singing as part of a potent, educational, experiential and restorative long weekend.

Book a place on The Original Medicine Weekend:  https://thesonghouseireland.com/event/the-original-medicine/

Michaelas website: https://www.michaelamcdaidecotherapy.com/

Episode 10 – David Ingerson

Today Sinead introduces you to David Ingerson. David is an award winning Irish traditional singer from the US and he has been singing traditional Irish songs for 40 years. He has visited Ireland fourteen times, attending music and singing festivals and workshops, collecting songs, and researching the backgrounds of songs. During his visits he has studied traditional singing under dozens of Irish singers, including Paddy Tunney, Roisin White, Lillis Ó Laoire, and Seamus MacMathuna. He has performed on the stages of folk clubs throughout the Northwest, including the Northwest Folklife Festival, Tumbleweed, and Princeton (BC) Traditional Music Festivals, and presented workshops at folk singing camps and festivals. Find out more about David and hear his music at the links below –





Song House Revisted – Jenny O’Hare

In this podcast we revisit some of the nuggets of wisdom, understanding, knowledge and insights from previous guest Jenny O Hare – Jenny is a deep ecologist, writer and facilitator – she will facilitate the Sacred Seasons event on November 6th & 7th. Here you’ll hear Jenny talk about permaculture, the connection between literature, poetry, philosophy and deep ecology, about the importance of systems thinking and what it means to, and crucially HOW to, live in right relationship with our natural selves the natural living world around us, its cycles and rhythms. She talks about the Celtic wheel of the year and how marking and celebrating these times can nourish us in significant and powerful ways, and to go a step further, Jenny introduces us to biodynamic farming practices which is a next level cyclical intimacy with the cycles of not just this planet but also with the lunar cycle and stars and in characteristic Jenny style – she brings it all back down to earth and makes it all make perfect understandable sense. Enjoy – Jenny O’Hare

Episode 8 – Robin Botley

Gift yourself with this hour of magic and wisdom in conversation with Robin Botley. Robin is the good man behind the good woman herself – Candy. Married to Candy and living in the Song House too, Robin goes into many subjects from quaker roots to knowing presence, stillness and the skill of listening to the beauty and challenge involved in ‘rolling with grief’ as well as cultivating an imagined versus a conditioned life. Robins focus is on his work with men, the importance of vulnerability and the creation of well structured and strongly held places where men can support one another in very real ways. They do this through rites of passage weekends – which is just one example of the offerings by ABandofBrothers ABandOfBrothers | Helping young men grow with purpose– – the organisation co-founded by Robin in the UK over 10 years ago which is now being seeded here in Ireland following his move to Donegal. As well as all of the above Robin covers so so much more. As always – kick back relax and enjoy.

Episode 7 – Chloe Greenwood

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Song House Podcast. Today I talk with Chloe Greenwood who is an interfaith minister who sees all religious traditions as expressions of humanity’s longing for and relationship with that which is greater than ourselves, Chloe shares with us how each tradition carries centuries of accumulated wisdom and the understanding of which has the power to enrich and deepen our everyday life experiences – even the most ‘supposedly’ mundane tasks such as washing the dishes! Chloe was part of the New Findhorn Association for five years, she is a Taize leader and is involved in the Dances of Universal Peace movement which she talks about in more detail here and she offers song and dance events where groups and individuals can experience the beauty of so many songs and words from many traditions. We at The Song House are delighted to host one such event – an in-person gathering on September 24th – 27th, more details of that included in the conversation and also linked below in the notes.  In this podcast Chloe sings, literally the answers to my queries and questions about her work. We start out by talking about the ‘thing’ that happens when we hit the record button – in the hopes that we diminish its power over us. This was a beautiful and special conversation with Chloe Greenwood – Enjoy

More about Chloe here – https://www.onespiritinterfaithministers.com/chloe-greenwood
And her Song House Event here – Celebration with Sacred Song – The Song House (thesonghouseireland.com)
If you have any questions for Chloe please email her at greenwoodkingfisher@fastmail.fm

Episode 6 – Brian Lacey

Bonus episode! In this special edition episode of the song house podcast, Sinead meets with Brian Lacey who is an archaeologist, historian, lecturer, author and educator. This episode is especially dedicated to the subject of Colmcille/Columba – the historical figure who’s 1500 birth year anniversary is marked and celebrated this year. Brian himself celebrates 50 years of Colmcille study and we thought it fitting to invite him to share some of his wealth of knowledge in relation to Colmcille with us. These is so much to talk about in relation to this rich, very significant historical figure and if you are a beginner like me – you will likely end up with more q’s after hearing this 1 hour fascinating snippet from Brian.  At the end of this episode you can hear a choral rendition of ‘I am tired’ with the recent singing holiday group that stayed at the Song House. This is an old song that was inspired by the last words of St. Colmcille. We will be back with another fantastic guest next week for our regularly scheduled episode.

 Colmcille poetry writing workshops – On The Trail Of Colmcille/Columba with Annemarie Ní Churreáin – The Song House (thesonghouseireland.com)

Brians most recent publication on St. Eunan – Four Courts Press | Adomnán, Adhamhnán, Eunan

Brians books on Colmcille specifically – Colum Cille and the Columbian Tradition by Brian Lacey (goodreads.com)

Lacey Brian [editor]. O’Donnell Manus. The Life Of Colum Cille, limited edition, signed. at Whyte’s Auctions | Whyte’s – Irish Art & Collectibles (whytes.ie)

Saint Columba: His Life and Legacy by Brian Lacey (goodreads.com)

Episode 5 – Alexandra Grace Derwen

In this podcast Sinead talks with Alexandra Grace Derwen – A birth and End of Life Doula. They are a writer, a poet, the founder and lead facilitator of sacred circle community interest company which holds courses in circle to help prepare people to accompany the dying, to lament the dead and hold meaningful ritual and ceremony throughout the dying death and grief process. They are also an author currently writing a series of Lost Rights books – the first of which has just been published – Lost Rights, Ceremony and Ritual for Death and Dying, with a second one due out soon called Lost Rights of Land Place and Space. This podcast is full of gold – full. Alexandra masterfully and beautifully articulates the connections between grief and the competencies of tending to grief with community, belonging, social justice and so much more.  Please gift yourself with these sacred 90 minutes with Alexandra and hear about this absolutely essential and deeply important work that our world so needs right now. More links below to look deeper and enjoy the podcast. 

Oaks and Angels are creating death and grief literate communities | Patreon
Ceremony & Ritual | Sacred Circle
Red Tent End of Life Doula Preparation
Lost Rites: Ceremony & Ritual for Death & Dying | wysewomen publishing
End of Life Doula Training – The Song House

Episode 4: Roisin Fallon

Episode 4: Roisin Fallon

Today you will hear from Family Constellations therapist/facilitator and trainer – Roisin Fallon. In this conversation Roisin goes deep into the wonder and power that is this therapeutic modality. Although it’s been around for a long time, with new breakthroughs in our scientific understanding of trans-generational trauma – it is gaining more traction and long due respect in the mainstream. Roisin talks about why and how it works – phenomenologically with true facilitation at its core. She demystifies the seeming magic of this work – talking about the ‘one-mind or uni–mind’ field, from which vital information & healing is drawn, in the one hand and in the other she explains how and offers practical down to earth examples of ways we can begin to do this for ourselves. Links to more info on Roisin and her work are below, do check it out – this work is fascinating and it works!

Family Constellations Facilitator Training – The Song House

Roisin Fallon – Family Constellations Facilitator and Trainer

Home – Family Constellations Camp Ireland

Intro music played by Andrew Roddy.  

Ep.3 Seamus Doohan

The Song House Podcast Episode 3 – Seamus Doohan

Todays podcast is with Seamus Doohan who, along with many other hats wears one as a Donegal Hill walking guide. This conversation was recorded last year at Glenveagh national park –Amongst much more packed into the 30 minutes here, Seamus talks about the importance of spending as much time as possible outside, slowing down, talking with and spending time with each other as well as a few snippets of his encyclopedic knowledge of local & ancient history. You’ll find out more about Seamus on his website walkingdonegal.net and Facebook page facebook.com/WalkingDonegal.net

And the Song House course he facilitates with Candy -Hiking, Heartsong and History on the Wild Atlantic Way – thesonghouseireland.com

Intro music played by Andrew Roddy.