RTÉ presenter Bláthnaid Treacy is one busy lady. Not only is she working as a presenter on RTÉ2FM's National Chart Show (presenting bilingually, might we add), a roving reporter on Today with Maura and Dáithí, and host of the National Lottery show but she is also launching an exciting new project.

Yesterday afternoon, the activist - who has previously worked as an ambassador for Women's Aid and mental health foundation Walk in My Shoes - has revealed an exciting new podcast series called Untold with B Treacy. 

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Across ten episodes, the series of enlightening interviews will touch on a variety of challenging subject matter such as polyamory, dating/domestic abuse from both hetero and same-sex perspectives, adoption, mental health breakdowns, and the experience being trans in today's Ireland.

Focusing on the interviewee’s perspective and personal experience, Bláthnaid will tackle some of the last Irish taboos, giving guests a chance to share highly personal stories in their own words. 

Speaking about Untold, Bláthnaid said: "This has been a passion project of mine for several months and I'm so happy to finally share it. I've met some truly inspiring people who aren’t afraid to share some of the most intimate parts of their lives. It’s been eye-opening, educational and so much fun!" 

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We caught up with Bláthnaid to find out more about this fascinating new project.

Why did you decide to start a podcast?
I decided to do it for freedom of creation - I love working on teams, but there is something really liberating about creating something yourself from start to finish and doing it exactly the way you wanted. I'd love to develop these episodes and maybe even make documentaries exploring these themes further for TV. 

I've also been really keen to make my own podcast for the last few years and the time was right. I wasn't working on DWTS this year, unfortunately, but it meant I had some extra time on my hands so I decided to put that time to good use. 

It's funny - I don't really feel any pressure with this project, of course, I want people to listen, but I made it for me, I wanted to learn more and share these incredibly interesting stories about polyamory, adoption, dating abuse, being trans and more. 

It's been an eye-opener and episode one is doing really well so I'm delighted!

You've worked with Women's Aid* in the past, did that inspire you to discuss domestic abuse on the podcast?
Yes, I've been an ambassador for them for the last few years and I've learned a huge amount from them regarding dating and domestic abuse. There is so much more to it that the physically violent ads we see on TV, yes that side is vicious and disgusting, but it's about understanding the psychological manipulation that's taken place over a long period of time, these abusers are calculated and begin grooming in a very gentle way some times, that it can be hard to know it's even happening.

I wanted to highlight those telltale signs so I've interviewed amazing young, successful women who got herself out of a horrendous situation, she shares her experience and advice. I found that interview very moving, it's really hard not to put yourself in their shoes. 

Working with Women's Aid I also heard about men who contact the service that have also experienced abuse, so I thought it would be interesting to hear about this from a male perspective. My friend is a gay man and he too experienced violence in a relationship, I really appreciated him opening up to me and sharing this story for the first time. 

CEO of Women's Aid Sarah Benson was so generous to give e some of her time too, she shares advice and great insight.

How did you find your guests for such a range of topics?
Research. Working on shows like Two Tube gave me some very useful tools, including the ability to research topics a little deeper. My search history on my laptop is quite colourful after this podcast. But, I have to say overall I've really enjoyed that side of the podcast too, pushing just that little bit further to find the right guests.

I look forward to everyone (hopefully) hearing it and if there are any other topics people would like me to explore you can get in touch on Instagram.

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The first episode of the podcast is available now and sees Bláthnaid chatting to a Dublin-based polyamorous couple about how they navigate busy family life whilst exploring other relationships; it’s available to download now from wherever you get your podcasts.

New episodes released weekly on Wednesdays at 11am from March 4th. 

*If any of these issues affect you, and you need to talk to someone, you can reach Women's Aid at 1800 341 900 or find their website here.