In our special programme from County Sligo, we're looking at the work-life balance conundrum amidst the beautiful scenery of the seaside town of Strandhill. Local businessman Neil Byrne of Mammy Johnston's Icecream Parlour meets us on the strand to tell us about the history of the town.
We're joined by Aoife Porter of Bua Marketing and Matt Griffiths to discuss leaving city life and careers behind to make their own way as business owners on the West coast. We're also joined by Alma McCarthy of NUI Galway, who has studied the issue of work-life balance in large organisations.
Whether you live in Strandhill or not, we all know that it's important to find a way to de-stress. Alan Dukes is a man who's well known for his political career as the former leader of Fine Gael. More recently, he was tasked with cleaning up Anglo, or the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation as it was to become known. Maeve Dineen has been finding out what he does for kicks.
Neil and Mark Walton have a business just around the corner in Strandhill where they're building an empire based on seaweed. Their company, Voya Seaweed Baths and Beauty Products, has gone from strength to strength in recent years and they join us in Mammy Johnston's to tell us their story.
We all know how important it is to be getting the work-life balance right, but there are plenty of businesses who actually make money from our attempts to unwind. We've been catching up with some businesses in the northwest who are hoping to be big successes in stress relief.
Pat Gallagher is a man who is well-used to a life on the road and having to find his own version of work life balance. He and his band "Goats Don't Shave" shot to fame and fortune with "Las Vegas (In the Hills of Donegal)" in the early 90's. He gave up touring for a while, but he's back on the road again and he dropped into Mammy Johnson's to discuss his career and play us a tune.
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