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Lorraine Wylie is an experienced freelance journalist and author based in Belfast, Northern Ireland who contributes to a wide variety of publications in the UK, Ireland and abroad.
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Infertility is largely known as a woman’s issue, but male infertility affects up to half of cases worldwide

16 Dec 2023  |  BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
The article discusses the often overlooked issue of male infertility, which accounts for up to half of infertility cases globally. It highlights the cultural and medical bias towards treating female infertility, leading to invasive and costly treatments for women, while men's reproductive health has been neglected. Professor Sheena Lewis, CEO of Examenlab Ltd, introduces the Exact sperm DNA test (also known as COMET), which provides a more comprehensive analysis of sperm health than standard semen analysis. The test can help diagnose male infertility and predict the success of treatments like IVF or ICSI. The article also addresses lifestyle factors that affect sperm quality and the need for better education on reproductive health. A personal story from a couple, David and Rachel, dealing with Azoospermia, underscores the emotional impact of infertility and the importance of open discussion and support for affected men.

Feature on child birth during lockdown

John and Irene McClintock, owners of the Carrickfergus property, tell Lorraine Wylie about decorated ancestors and their handsome home which is a popular wedding venue

16 Dec 2023  |  BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
The article features an interview with John and Irene McClintock, the current owners of Redhall House in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, which is a popular wedding venue. The author, Lorraine Wylie, delves into the history of the property and the region, highlighting its significance during the 16th century as a thriving port. The McClintocks share their personal stories, including their love for adventure and motorbiking, and recount the history of the house, which dates back to the 1600s. They discuss the various owners of Redhall House over the centuries, including their own family's connection to the property. The article also touches on the McClintock family's notable ancestors, such as Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, an Arctic explorer. The piece concludes with a nod to the estate's current use as a wedding venue and its appeal to couples.

It's now a luxury B&B but, as James and Nicola Manningham-Buller tell Lorraine Wylie, their Co Down manor has a fascinating history - and they also reveal how she has battled back from a serious head injury

16 Dec 2023  |  BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Ballymote House, a modest Georgian property in Co Down, Northern Ireland, has been transformed into a luxury bed and breakfast by its owners, James and Nicola Manningham-Buller. The article by Lorraine Wylie delves into the rich history of the house, which dates back to before 1730 and was possibly a linen warehouse before becoming a residence. It has connections to historical figures such as Captain John Bowen Colthurst and artist Colin Middleton. The Manningham-Bullers share their personal stories, including Nicola's recovery from a serious head injury and their family's involvement in various professions. The house, now a B&B, is also a part of the local community and tourism, with its parkland and Nicola's cooking being notable attractions.

The king and queen of Chateau de la Motte-Husson chat about living their castle dream

16 Dec 2023  |  BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Dick and Angela Strawbridge, stars of the Channel 4 series 'Escape to the Chateau', share their journey of renovating the 19th century Chateau de la Motte-Husson in France and creating a legacy of memories. The article delves into their personal story, from their initial meeting to overcoming challenges such as a significant age gap and the daunting task of restoring a chateau without basic amenities. It highlights Dick's military background and television career, and Angela's entrepreneurial spirit, showcased by her business, The Vintage Patisserie, and her appearance on BBC's Dragons' Den. The couple discusses their work ethic, family life, and the joy of writing their latest book, 'Living the Chateau Dream'. They also touch on the importance of creating memories for their children and their connection to Northern Ireland.

Simple Minds' Jim Kerr: 'I’m not a good singer - but I am a great Simple Minds singer'

05 Dec 2023  |  Irish Examiner
The article features an interview with Jim Kerr, the frontman of the UK band Simple Minds, discussing the band's origins, influence of punk rock, and the support from his parents that helped launch their career. Kerr reflects on the band's unique sound, their rise to fame with albums like 'Life in a Day' and 'New Gold Dream', and their global hit 'Don't You Forget About Me'. He also touches on the role of luck and talent in their success, the importance of imagination and self-belief, and the impact of his childhood experiences on his creativity. The band's decline in popularity in the late 90s and their resurgence with the album 'Direction of the Heart' are also mentioned, along with a tribute to Kerr's late father in the song 'Vision Thing'. Simple Minds is set to perform in Dublin's 3Arena on their Global 24 Tour.

Celebrating Christmas in two of Northern Ireland's grandest homes: Larchfield Estate and Mount Stewart

01 Oct 2023  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Larchfield Estate and Mount Stewart, two of Northern Ireland's grandest homes, have rich histories and unique Christmas traditions. Larchfield Estate, currently owned by Sarah and Gavin Mackie, has transformed from a working estate with strict employment rules to a festive family haven. Mount Stewart, managed by Lady Rose Lauritzen and her husband, retains its historical charm and traditions, with memories of grand Christmas celebrations and a strong relationship with staff. Both estates highlight the blend of historical significance and modern-day festivities, showcasing the cultural heritage of Northern Ireland.

Co Down antique shop owner on finding ‘true beauty’ in old objects that ‘speak’ to customers

01 Oct 2023  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Rhona McMichael, an antique shop owner in Greyabbey, Northern Ireland, shares her passion for vintage items, emphasizing the unique beauty and personal connection these objects can offer to customers.

NI doctor turned life around after booze left him bankrupt and on the brink of death

15 May 2023  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Dr Ian Walsh, a respected urologist and skilled surgeon, turned his life around after struggling with alcoholism that left him bankrupt and on the brink of death. In addition to his medical career, he is a classically trained musician who writes songs, records albums, and performs live with his band, RagBone.

Belfast-born contemporary artist Keith Drury talks about his work and pushing the boundaries

24 Nov 2022  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Keith Drury, a Belfast-born contemporary digital artist, is renowned globally for his vibrant 3D cityscapes that blend iconic landmarks with a touch of otherworldliness. His work is characterized by positivity and humor, creating an intense alternative universe. Drury reflects on his journey, attributing his success to his love for Belfast and his passion for art.

Meet the Belfast-based photographer who has shifted his focus from newlyweds to four-legged friends

10 Oct 2022  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Photographs have played a significant role in society, capturing and preserving moments in history. Despite the ubiquity of smartphones, which have made professional photographers less common, the value of professional photography remains evident.

American Pie: Don McLean reflects on 50th anniversary of song which guaranteed his place in rock’s hall of fame

03 Oct 2022  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
In 1972, the song American Pie catapulted Don McLean to international fame. Five decades and 20 albums later, McLean continues to thrive in the music industry, marking the 50th anniversary of his iconic song.

Leo Sayer: Veteran singer on the Troubles, family in NI and interviewing Van Morrison

19 Aug 2022  |  belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Leo Sayer, a UK artist who rose to fame in 1973 with his debut single 'The Show Must Go On,' is known for his theatrical performances and a string of hits including 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing' and 'When I Need You.' His work has earned him several Grammy and BASCA awards.

Where grand meets green — Ballywalter Park’s carbon-neutral renovation

07 Mar 2022  |  www.thetimes.com
Ballywalter Park, located on the Ards peninsula in Co Down, has been in the Mulholland family for over 170 years. Designed by Sir Charles Lanyon and built in the mid-1800s for Andrew Mulholland, the estate was once a hub of aristocratic social life. However, societal changes, economic downturns, and two world wars led to its decline. A significant fire in 1973 further damaged the property, but it has since been restored through an extensive building project, now focusing on carbon-neutral renovation.

Angel and Dick Strawbridge are back in Ireland to share their renovation journey

20 Feb 2022  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Dick and Angel Strawbridge, known for their show 'Escape to the Chateau' on Channel 4, share their experiences of renovating the 19th-century Château de la Motte-Husson in France. The article draws parallels between their journey and the author's own renovation experiences in rural France, highlighting the challenges and triumphs of such ambitious projects.

Dick and Angel Strawbridge: Underneath the ‘overnight success’ of Escape to the Chateau is decades of hard work

20 Feb 2022  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau, which began in 2016, has captivated viewers with its documentation of the extensive renovation of the 19th century Chateau de la Motte-Husson in France's Pays de Loire region. The show's success is attributed to the stunning scenery, romantic setting, and the chemistry between the owners, Dick and Angel Strawbridge. The couple discusses their journey of falling in love, moving to France, and their desire to create a legacy of beautiful memories.

Dick and Angel Strawbridge: Underneath the ‘overnight success’ of Escape to the Chateau is decades of hard work

20 Feb 2022  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau, which began in 2016, has captivated viewers with its documentation of the extensive renovation of the 19th century Chateau de la Motte-Husson in France. The show's success is attributed to the stunning scenery, romantic setting, and the chemistry between the owners, Dick and Angel Strawbridge. The couple discusses their journey of falling in love, moving to France, and their desire to create a legacy of beautiful memories.

Male reproductive health has been largely ignored

15 Nov 2021  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The article highlights the often-overlooked issue of male reproductive health, emphasizing the need for better diagnosis and treatment options for men. Professor Sheena Lewis discusses the innovative Exact (COMET) sperm DNA test developed by Examenlab Ltd, which provides deeper insights into sperm quality and male infertility. The article also shares personal stories of individuals affected by infertility, stressing the emotional toll and the importance of education and support. The piece underscores the need for societal change in addressing male reproductive health and reducing the stigma associated with infertility.

Degrees of discomfort: The realities of living with scoliosis

26 Oct 2021  |  belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Scoliosis affects four out of every 1,000 children in the UK, with 31 young people in Northern Ireland awaiting surgery last year. Emily Scott, diagnosed with a 40 degree spinal curve, underwent a life-changing operation in Turkey due to the stretched capacity of the NHS.

Duke Special feels more confident in his own skin these days… ‘I don’t have to hide behind a persona anymore’

23 Aug 2021  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Duke Special, also known as Peter, reflects on his personal and professional growth, including his return to live performances, his education at Queen's University, and his evolving music career. He discusses his past works, such as the albums 'Adventures in Gramophone' and 'Songs From the Deep', and his involvement in theatre productions like 'Mother Courage and her Children'. Peter also talks about his experience during the pandemic, his connection with fans through online concerts, and the importance of supporting local artists. He is looking forward to performing at the Open House Festival on August 26 and continues to work on new material, including a sequel to the musical 'Paperboy' called 'Breadboy'. He expresses a newfound confidence, having shed his previous visual persona, and describes music as a spiritual and therapeutic adventure.

The Co Down woman who spent 20 years searching for ‘Celtic Curse’ diagnosis

20 Jul 2021  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Genetic haemochromatosis, also known as the 'Celtic Curse,' causes an overload of iron in the body and is difficult to diagnose. Lorraine Wylie reports on a woman from Co Down who spent 20 years seeking a diagnosis for this condition.

Parents and pupils experiencing educational nightmare after not securing places in chosen schools

22 Jun 2021  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have significantly impacted young people, particularly in Northern Ireland. School closures have disrupted education and exacerbated mental health issues, with anxiety and depression rates among children in Northern Ireland being 25% higher than in other parts of the UK.

How bullies made schooldays a nightmare: ‘The name calling and jeers were relentless... I had nowhere to hide’

21 Jun 2021  |  www.independent.ie
The article discusses the severe impact of bullying on a student's confidence and self-esteem, highlighting the relentless name-calling and jeers that made schooldays a nightmare.

For our grandmother’s generation, issues such as bladder incontinence, prolapse or the like were dismissed as ‘women’s troubles’ – but there’s no need to suffer in silence any longer

18 May 2021  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Innovative new treatments are now available for conditions like bladder incontinence and prolapse, which were once dismissed as 'women's troubles.' Dr. Patrick Campbell, a gynaecologist and sub-specialist urogynaecologist, discusses the satisfaction of treating and curing these conditions, highlighting the significant impact on women's lives.

Imelda May on her new LP, racism in Ireland and reading Pat Ingoldsby to her daughter

06 Mar 2021  |  www.irishnews.com
Imelda May discusses her new album '11 Past The Hour,' which features collaborations with Noel Gallagher and Ronnie Wood, and explores themes of love in various forms. She reflects on her poetic journey, including the impact of her poem 'You Don’t Get to Be Racist and Irish,' which received both support and backlash. May shares her thoughts on the importance of poetry, her experiences during lockdown, and her personal life, including the loss of her dog and her new relationship with musician Niall McNamee.

Entrepreneurial spirit alive and well for those working in historic Townsend Street area of Belfast

04 Feb 2021  |  belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Townsend Street in west Belfast, historically the edge of town, was once home to the Soho Foundry, established by Robert Shipboy MacAdam and his brother James. Robert, a Presbyterian and Irish language enthusiast, became a founding member of the Ulster Gaelic Society. His notable invention was a steam engine that was the largest in Ireland and was used for irrigation in Egypt. Although the Soho Foundry no longer exists, Townsend Street's entrepreneurial spirit continues in the form of The Townsend Enterprise Park.

Winning couple: Tatia Rea on her life with world motorbike champion husband Jonathan

31 Oct 2020  |  BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
The article features an interview with Tatia Rea, the wife of six-time World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea. Tatia discusses her life with Jonathan, including her fears when he races at high speeds, raising their young family, and her own career aspirations. The article highlights Jonathan Rea's historic achievement in the world of motorbike racing and Tatia's unwavering support for her husband since their marriage in 2012. The family, including their sons Jake and Tyler and their dog Bruno, are pictured at their home in County Antrim.

Winning couple: Tatia Rea on her life with world motorbike champion husband Jonathan

28 Oct 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Jonathan Rea, a six-time consecutive World Superbike Champion, has made racing history. His wife, Tatia Rea, known as Tarsh, has been a steadfast supporter since their marriage in 2012. Tatia shares insights into their life together and her affection for Northern Ireland, which she considers her second home.

Sonia Irvine on life in locked-down Monaco and her sadness at not being able to visit her mother in NI

21 Aug 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Monaco, one of the smallest and wealthiest countries, has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, leading to a lockdown that halted its vibrant social and sporting events. Businesswoman Sonia Irvine, originally from Northern Ireland and sister of former F1 driver Eddie Irvine, shares her experiences of living in Monaco during the pandemic and her sadness at being unable to visit her mother in Northern Ireland.

Does age matter?

27 May 2020  |  Woman Alive
Sam and Christine Bright, a couple with a 17-year age gap, share their journey of love and faith, emphasizing that their Christian beliefs and love for God and each other overcome any challenges associated with their age difference. They met at church and bonded over their passion for prayer. Despite Christine's previous engagement and Sam's facial issues and bullying, they found solace in their faith. They experienced no negativity from friends or family when they became a couple, and their wedding emphasized Jesus as their most important guest. At 42, Christine gave birth to their daughter Rebekah Rose, defying doctors' expectations, which they consider a miracle and testimony of their faith.

Northern Ireland's grandest homes have weathered many storms down through the ages... but how are they managing to cope with the coronavirus?

30 Apr 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The article explores how historic homes in Northern Ireland, such as Finnebrogue House, Ballyscullion Park, and Ballylough estate, are coping with the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Noel Lamb, owner of Finnebrogue House, shares his personal experience with Covid-19 and expresses concerns about the impact on charity events. Richard and Rosalind Mulholland of Ballyscullion Park discuss the effects on their wedding and event business, while maintaining a positive outlook. June and David Traill of Ballylough estate highlight the financial struggles and their efforts to diversify and adapt. The article underscores the resilience and adaptability of these historic homes and their owners in the face of unprecedented challenges.

Sam Bright's keeping everyone's spirits up at Portadown care home during coronavirus crisis

20 Apr 2020  |  BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Residents at Sandringham Nursing Home in Portadown, despite the Covid-19 lockdown, are determined to maintain normalcy with the help of staff, ensuring communication lines stay open even as isolation measures prevent visits from family and friends.

How they celebrate Christmas in Northern Ireland's stately homes

23 Dec 2019  |  belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The article describes Christmas traditions at Ballymote House and Grey Abbey House, stately homes in Northern Ireland. Ballymote, home to the Manningham-Buller family, celebrates with a mix of practical gifts and a low-key approach, while Grey Abbey, home to the Montgomery family, enjoys festivities with grandchildren, a Christmas play, and musical performances. Both homes maintain traditions such as decorating on Christmas Eve and employing a small number of staff who do not work on Christmas Day.

A strict governess and circus trips with the butler: a busy life with beloved below stairs staff at Mount Stewart

14 Oct 2019  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Lady Rose Lauritzen recalls her upbringing at Mount Stewart in Co Down, Northern Ireland, with fond memories of the staff who worked there. She watched Downton Abbey and found it authentic to her experiences. The staff, considered friends, were allowed to use the family's facilities and were well-treated. Lady Rose had a favorite butler, Gilbert Gant, who took care of her during school holidays. Despite societal changes, Mount Stewart was slower to adjust, and after her grandmother's death in 1959, her mother began to retrench. Today, Mount Stewart is preserved by the National Trust, and Lady Rose still enjoys a private apartment there with a small number of staff.

Noel Lamb on how he restored Finnebrogue House in Downpatrick

31 Aug 2019  |  BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Noel Lamb, the current owner of Finnebrogue House in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, has overseen extensive renovations to restore the 17th-century mansion. The house, believed to be the oldest undefended house in the country, has a rich history with notable figures such as Henry Maxwell and Robert Perceval Maxwell. Lamb, who has a deep connection to Ulster and a varied international career, is also the chairman of the charity Hope for Youth, which supports cross-community projects for young people. Finnebrogue House plays an important role in the community, hosting events and maintaining historical significance.

War hero ancestors, working with Bette Midler and appearing in Derry Girls and Game of Thrones... life is never ordinary for the owners of this country house near Ballyclare

03 Aug 2019  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Breckenhill, a Georgian country house near Ballyclare, serves as both a family home and an award-winning outdoor activity center. Owners David and Henrietta Reade have transformed the once-ruined 18th-century property into a thriving business and wedding venue. The Reade family has a rich history, including significant contributions to Northern Ireland's linen industry and military heroism. David's career in the tobacco industry and Henrietta's work with the Walt Disney Company highlight their diverse backgrounds. The couple is dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing through educational programs and hopes to host a music festival at Breckenhill in the future.

Ballylough House: Meet the Co Antrim couple whose home was once owned by an ancestor of Princess Diana, and is said to have three ghosts

01 Jun 2019  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Ballylough House, a Georgian property in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, is rich in history and once belonged to an ancestor of Princess Diana. Current owners David and June shared stories of the house's past, including tales of three benign ghosts that inhabit the estate. The property has connections to significant historical events and figures, such as the Battle of Hastings and the Civil War. The Traill family, who purchased the estate in 1789, have a storied past, including links to royalty and innovations in hydro-electric power. David and June, who have a deep appreciation for the house's heritage, are involved in community projects and educational initiatives, including historical re-enactments and social prescription programs. They envision Ballylough House as a shared heritage site that offers educational and wellbeing opportunities to the public.

Ballylough House: Meet the Co Antrim couple whose home was once owned by an ancestor of Princess Diana, and is said to have three ghosts

01 Jun 2019  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Ballylough House, a historic Georgian property in Northern Ireland, is rich in history and folklore, including tales of three resident ghosts. Owned by David and June, the house has connections to Princess Diana's ancestors and has been in the Traill family since 1789. The couple shares stories of the property's past, including feudal wars and archaeological discoveries. They also discuss their personal histories and the challenges of maintaining the estate. The Ballylough Living History Trust organizes events like the Battle of the Boar to educate and engage the community. David and June aim to transform Ballylough into a heritage and wellbeing site, emphasizing the importance of sharing its unique history with others.

Eugene Laverty: 'Some lads, after the first big knock, can't handle it. They never ride again... it's about how you deal with it'

14 May 2019  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Eugene Laverty, a Northern Ireland motorcyclist, discusses his recent accident, his resilience in overcoming injuries, and his anticipation for the North West 200 road races. He reflects on his upbringing, life in Monaco, and the camaraderie among racers. Laverty shares insights on fear, technology in the sport, and his fitness routine. He expresses satisfaction with his recent performances and offers advice to young riders. Laverty also comments on the rivalry with fellow racer Jonathan Rea and predicts a close competition between Rea and Alvaro Bautista for the 2019 World Superbike Championship.

Katherine Jenkins: When it comes to classical, you can't bypass the hours of practice

22 Apr 2019  |  www.irishnews.com
Katherine Jenkins, a renowned mezzo-soprano from South Wales, reflects on her career, motherhood, and the importance of hard work in classical music. She discusses her latest album 'Guiding Light,' which includes personal songs inspired by her children. Jenkins emphasizes the necessity of practice and dedication in achieving success in classical music. She also shares her experiences balancing her career with motherhood and her upbringing's influence on her work ethic. Jenkins expresses her appreciation for Belfast and her connection to the city, highlighting her excitement for her upcoming performance at the Waterfront Hall.

Toyah Willcox: The things that have remained constant are originality and energy

29 Mar 2019  |  irishnews.com
Toyah Willcox, known as the 'princess of punk', reflects on her career and the evolution of the music industry. With over 20 albums, two books, and numerous film and stage appearances, Willcox continues to value originality and energy in her work. She cites David Bowie and Patti Smith as key influences and embraces the opportunities presented by modern platforms like YouTube. Despite her fame, Willcox maintains privacy and encourages young people to value knowledge for success. She looks forward to performing at the Forever Young Festival in Co Kildare and connecting with her audience, which spans generations.

How Lisa McHugh and Derek Ryan made country music cool again

08 Oct 2018  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Lisa McHugh and Derek Ryan, both successful country music performers, have collaborated on their first duet, 'Honey, Honey.' They plan to showcase this song at the Farmers' Bash in Belfast, a major event in the country music calendar, contributing to the genre's renewed popularity.

At home with Lady Dunleath in Ballywalter Park

20 Sep 2018  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Lady Dunleath, also known as Vibeke, shares her journey from Copenhagen to Ballywalter Park, detailing her personal history, career, and family life. The historic Ballywalter Park, built in 1846 and restored with green technology, is now one of Ireland's most beautiful stately homes. Lady Dunleath discusses her experiences in London, her views on British cuisine, childcare, and education, and her eventual move to Northern Ireland. She highlights her passion for gardening and future plans for a gardening club, despite recent storm damage. The article portrays her as a vibrant, opinionated individual with a deep love for her family and new home.

John Lydon: So what’s Bangor like – is it hot?

11 Aug 2018  |  www.irishnews.com
John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, discusses his career, the 40th anniversary of Public Image Limited, and his upcoming performance at the Open House Festival in Bangor. Reflecting on his past, he shares insights into his childhood, his views on music and technology, and his ability to connect with diverse audiences. Despite his controversial persona, Lydon emphasizes the importance of empathy and unity through differences.

Omagh singer Donna Taggart on global success, grief and grasping opportunities

28 Jul 2018  |  www.irishnews.com
Donna Taggart, an Omagh-based singer-songwriter, achieved global fame with her single 'Jealous Of The Angels,' which resonated deeply with audiences, especially those grieving. Despite her success, she remains grounded, balancing her career with family life. Her journey includes significant personal challenges, including the loss of a child and her sister's cancer diagnosis. Taggart emphasizes the therapeutic role of music and her commitment to her family, even declining high-profile invitations to prioritize them. Her new works, including the song 'Guiding Light,' continue to reflect her emotional depth and connection to her audience.

Cara Dillon: Before a concert, I'm rushing around to get everything ready for the childminder

14 Jun 2018  |  belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Cara Dillon discusses her life as a musician and mother, touching on her latest album 'Wanderer', her desire to possibly return to Ireland, and her experiences with motherhood, including a dramatic onset of labor during a concert. She reflects on the therapeutic nature of music, both for her premature twin sons and herself, and the success of her album 'Hill of Thieves'. Dillon also shares her challenges with type one diabetes and her surprising popularity in China, where her music is used to teach English. She continues to perform, with upcoming concerts in Downpatrick and Londonderry.

Don McLean on his love for Ireland and making music

20 May 2018  |  Irish Examiner
Don McLean, the iconic singer-songwriter known for 'American Pie', is preparing for an Irish tour and reflects on his career and life in an interview. He reminisces about his first trip to Ireland in 1972 and his experiences with the Gresham Hotel and the Clancy Brothers. McLean discusses the challenges of releasing his debut album 'Tapestry' and the support he received from Alan Livingstone at Mediarts. He shares his views on the changing music scene, the importance of melody, chorus, and lyrics in songwriting, and the role of luck. McLean also talks about his latest album 'Botanical Gardens', inspired by the gardens in Sydney, and expresses his thoughts on romance and modern life. Despite a past domestic violence charge, McLean enjoys a quieter life in Maine, spending time with family and collecting antiques.

Ruby Wax: 'When Belfast people open their mouths I just get it and I hope it's the same vice versa'

07 May 2018  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Ruby Wax discusses the shared sense of humor between Belfast and Chicago, her journey with mental health, and the role of mindfulness in managing her depression. She highlights her career in comedy, her advocacy for mental health, and her upcoming tour and book. Wax emphasizes the importance of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in controlling mental health symptoms and reducing the stigma around mental illness. She also reflects on her personal experiences and the impact of her upbringing on her mental health.

Gary Numan: Having Asperger’s has given me a different view of the world and I’d never wish it away

16 Feb 2018  |  www.irishnews.com
Gary Numan, a techno pop-pioneer, reflects on his career, personal life, and the impact of having Asperger's Syndrome. Despite early criticism, he achieved significant success with hits like 'Are Friends Electric' and 'Cars'. Numan discusses his struggles with depression, the support of his wife Gemma, and their journey to parenthood through IVF. He views Asperger's as a positive influence on his life. This year, he celebrates 40 years in the music industry and looks forward to new projects, including upcoming gigs in Belfast and Dublin.

Classical sisters' cross-over debut

16 Sep 2017  |  heraldscotland.com
The Ayoub Sisters, a Scottish classical music duo, gained fame after their YouTube cover of 'Uptown Funk' caught the attention of Mark Ronson, leading to a feature at the 2016 BRIT awards. Sarah and Laura Ayoub, both classically trained musicians, have performed at iconic venues like the Royal Albert Hall and recorded at Abbey Road. They arrange their own music, blending classical with other genres, and have a close sibling relationship that contributes to their unique sound. They are set to release an album with Decca.

Sonia Irvine: My mum's Alzheimer's is one of the cruellest things that can happen to a family and I am still struggling to come to terms with it

09 Sep 2017  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Sonia Irvine, founder of Amber Lounge, balances her high-pressure career in Monaco with family life, including raising two daughters and managing her mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis. Despite her success in the entertainment business, she faces personal challenges, such as dealing with Coeliac disease and supporting her daughter's fundraising efforts for a Kenyan orphanage. Sonia is also involved in charitable activities, including Race Against Dementia and Make a Wish. Her story highlights the complexities of juggling professional achievements with personal and family responsibilities.

Fringe benefits: Imelda May on her new look, album and sound

17 Apr 2017  |  www.irishnews.com
Imelda May discusses her new album 'Life. Love. Flesh. Blood,' her evolving personal style, and her increased awareness of environmental issues since becoming a mother. The album, described as 'classic with a kick,' showcases her vocal versatility and includes collaborations with Jeff Beck and Jools Holland. Despite personal challenges, including the end of her marriage, May remains optimistic about the future and continues to find joy in her music and performances.

Petula Clark's incredible career proves she has staying power

01 Aug 2016  |  Irish Examiner
Petula Clark's career, spanning seven decades, showcases her enduring talent and adaptability. From her early days singing during wartime to becoming a beloved international star, Clark's journey includes significant milestones such as her hit songs 'Downtown' and 'Romeo', and her roles in films and stage productions. Her personal life, including her marriage to Claude Wolff and the challenges of balancing family and career, is also highlighted. Despite the pressures of fame, Clark remains grounded, attributing her longevity to a simple love for singing and a pragmatic approach to life.

Older and wiser: The Corrs comeback

04 Jun 2016  |  Irish Examiner
The Corrs, a band formed by siblings Sharon, Andrea, Caroline, and Jim Corr in 1991, have made a comeback after a decade-long hiatus. Sharon Corr reflects on her early musical journey, the band's rise to fame, and the personal milestones she has achieved, including motherhood and a solo career. The band's unique blend of rock, pop, and traditional Irish music gained international acclaim, and their latest album, 'White Light,' is emotionally charged and inspired by various life experiences. The Corrs are set to perform at Live at The Marquee in Cork, marking their return to the stage.

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