“The lure of live radio is kind of hard to get out of your system”: Louise Duffy teases return to airwaves

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Louise Duffy is a busy woman, she has two daughters under four at home, she presents her own podcast with Brown Thomas and she is preparing to start filming a second season of The Ballycotton sessions.

But her one true love is live radio.

She previously hosted the Louise Duffy Show on TodayFM, working with the station for eight years. Speaking to VIP Magazine at the launch of Circle K’s new partnership with children’s charity Jack and Jill, she hinted she may return to the airwaves soon enough.

“There’s always something coming up! Maybe a little bit of radio coming up hopefully,” she tells us as she lets us in on her extremely busy schedule.

Paul Galvin; Carla Thompson and daughter Lucy; and Louise Duffy Pic: Naoise Culhane

It’s been three years since she left Today FM, but she admits, “The lure of live radio is kind of hard to get out of your system. It certainly hasn’t left mine.”

“It’s something I want to be a part of again. It’s really exciting, the light is on and you’re talking to however many people. There is such a range of listeners in Irish radio and you have to make sure you appeal to all of them. It’s a different challenge.”

Of course, she’s not resting on her professional laurels, “All is busy”, she tells us. One of her many gigs is hosting the Brown Thomas podcast which she adores.

“Podcasts really let you delve in and explore things with your guest. The podcast is running really strong, we’re coming up to 70 episodes now. It’s been an incredible opportunity.”


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She is also set to head back down to Ballycotton later this year for the second season of The Ballycotton Sessions which showcases incredible Irish musicians.

“We’re actually going to shot another season of it this September, so it will be back on RTÉ2 again next year,” she divulges.

“It really was a labour of love for everyone involved. It’s lovely that it’s getting rewarded with a second season. There are really exciting things happening.”

As for her personal life, she has three-year-old Esme and one-year-old Elin at home who she adores. She gushes about getting to spend the summer with them.

Paul Galvin; Carla Thompson and daughter Lucy; and Louise Duffy Pic: Naoise Culhane

“You try not to let [motherhood] impact on your professional life, but it will. As a mother, it is so intrinsically who you are,” she admits.

“They’re already getting big on me, so I just want to enjoy every moment. Esme was blabbering away in the car the other day and I just wanted to soak it all in because there’s a point where she won’t want to talk to me!”

From now until July 31st, Circle K customers can show their support for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation by simply scanning either the Circle K app or their Play or Park loyalty tag in-store when purchasing miles fuel. In doing so, they will automatically generate digital coins, which the nursing team at the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation can then use to fuel their journeys to families in need of their support in communities across Ireland. Through the campaign, Circle K is aiming to raise up to €45,000 worth of fuel for the Jack and Jill nursing team.

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