Podcast presenters Sinead Ní Uallacháin, Siún Ní Dhuinn and Áine Ní Bhreisleáin are bringing their show, Beo ar Éigean, to RTÉ Radio 1. Delivered in Irish with some cúpla focal Bearla included, the ladies will be discussing anything and everything that interests them. We caught up with the gals to find out more.

Tell me a little about yourselves.
I'm Áine Ní Bhreisleáin, 34 from Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal. I've been broadcasting with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in Na Doirí Beaga in Donegal since 2015 and before that spent 7 years with Nuacht RTÉ/TG4. I present the entertainment and chat show Bladhaire on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and also work in current affairs. 

My interests are folklore, traditional song and music and photographing the flora and fauna of Donegal on social media.

Áine Ní Bhreisleáin
Áine Ní Bhreisleáin

I'm Siún Ní Dhuinn, also 34 and originally from Dundalk in County Louth, a most underestimated place in my opinion! I am currently working with RTÉ as the Digital Coordinator for Irish language content. I work at curating the best Irish language content across the organisation for rte.ie/Gaeilge and I'm happy to say it is my dream job.

Siún Ní Dhuinn
Siún Ní Dhuinn

Sinéad Ní Uallacháin is my name and I'm from West Kerry. I’m 33. I’ve been working with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta for a number of years, since 2007. When I’m not working I like to act and I also like to draw in my spare time; when I’m not meeting up with friends or hanging with my family!

Sinéad Ní Uallacháin
Sinéad Ní Uallacháin

How did the three of you meet?

Siún: We met over 10 years ago, through university and work and forged those important first days of friendships on the Irish language social scene, often staying out until the next morning together.

How did the podcast start? And how do you choose the topics?

Áine: The podcast started three years ago over a chat in the RTÉ Radio canteen between Siún and Sinéad, over what podcasts they were listening to, they saw a clear gap in Irish language podcasts and material on certain platforms aimed at our age and interest demographic - young(ish) women and they decided to start Beo ar Éigean. I was lucky to be asked to join as the third BAÉ and off we went!

We sometimes decide on topical issues: the day the Rebecca Vardy/Colleen Rooney social media story broke, we knew we had to record an episode ASAP! Sometimes we take inspiration from the seasons, music or books we are engrossed in, our own personal lives - but it is a very democratic process and the conversation could end up going anywhere!

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How has it evolved from the beginning to now being on RTÉ Radio 1?

Sinéad: I believe it has evolved quite naturally over the years. In the beginning, we were perhaps more aware of our audience and that could be heard in our delivery. But, over time, we’ve almost forgotten that they’re there - this allows us to be super open with each other and adds to the 'eavesdropping’ experience of the listener!

Both Áine and I work for Raidió na Gaeltachta, and are used to a particular style of presenting, whereas I believe we’ve more freedom to experiment with our performance on this platform! Also, in the past few years, we’ve grown really tight, and I feel our loyalty, closeness and bond is more evident now than ever before – just in time for RTÉ Radio 1!

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Favourite episodes?

Siún: Some of my favourites episodes are where the three of us are really in our flow, talking honestly about our perspectives on topics like death, love, family and friends. I think our superpower is in not being afraid to show our vulnerability, something which can be scary to broadcast to the world but in fact, is a strength. Our live broadcasts at Electric Picnic, All Together Now and one we did in UCD with folklorist Jonny Dillon stand out in my mind.

Biggest highlight so far?

Áine: Our trip to London in January was a real personal highlight , to meet so many listeners we had chatted to on social media and who were so supportive, also the incredibly kind and inspiring messages from listeners and fans since we announced we would be on Radio One, it has really been uplifting!

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What do you hope the show will become over the next year?

Sinéad: I’d love to bring the show on the road! We were lucky enough to go to Electric Picnic, All Together Now and Liú Lúnasa, amongst other festivals over the past few years. When restrictions are lifted, we’d absolutely love to go to New York. We have an audience there, we just have to make sure that the time is right!

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What do you want potential listeners to know?

Siún: This is essentially a podcast about living. I think Beo ar Éigean is probably aimed at those who are over 18 and have lived a little, survived the ups and downs, and are still figuring things out - just like us. We often get feedback from those learning more Gaeilge who don't necessarily understand everything we say but enjoy the craic and are able to understand more and more every week.

Tune in to Beo ar Éigean on RTÉ Radio 1 this Saturday at 8pm