HAVING THE CRAIC Laurita Blewitt is pictured with Tommy Tiernan and Hector Ó hEochagáin at the launch of their new podcast last week.
NO two days are ever the same for me because of my work as a fundraiser with the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.
But since Tommy [Tiernan], Hector [‑Ó hÉochagáin] and myself decided to join up and start a podcast together, I go to Galway every Tuesday to meet up with them and record it.
I usually wake up around 7.30am and am trying to get into a good habit of having porridge and strawberries before I hit the road for Galway. I bought one of those reusable thermal cups lately so I bring a cup of coffee with me because I don’t like stopping along the way.
I’m a typical Mayo person that way, once I get on the road I want to keep going.
I’d worked with Tommy and Hector in iRadio years ago on the breakfast show, we became great friends, and we stayed in touch ever since. We had talked in the past about joining up to do something together again so after the lockdown restrictions started to ease, Tommy rang and said, ‘Will we get the show back together?’
We threw a lot of ideas around but felt that a podcast was the best fit.
We record it in Tommy’s shed at the back of his house outside Galway.
We wanted to do something spontaneous that was a bit of craic. The whole idea is that we’re just three people sitting in the kitchen having a chat. I’m Laurita from Mayo and they’re the two lads from Navan. I’m usually the one telling them to cop on!
I always feel that I’m the little sister and they’re my two big brothers.
It’s not a typical podcast in that you could hear everything from a rant about the traffic in Ballina to a random story about Tommy or Hector’s travels in some foreign country.
It’s for everyone really; the person who’s working from home and the people who are living abroad that want to connect to home every week.
Someone said the other day that they think it might have come along at just the right time to lift people’s spirits. There’s going to be a show every week and they’re released on a Thursday on iTunes, Spotify and Acast.
We’d usually record for an hour or two and then break for lunch. Hector will always bring scones or some sort of goodies. Then we head back in for another hour or two and then edit the show down from there.
My sister, Catherina, lives in Galway so I try to call in to see her on the way home.
I find that because you put so much into it over a fairly short space of time, and there’s so much energy involved with working with Tommy and Hector, that you’d be exhausted when you finally get to sit down. There’s no slacking with those lads! I don’t want to talk to anyone really once I get home, so the phone goes on silent and the pyjamas go on.
I’ve also been working with the Mayo Roscommon Hospice since 2014. I love the job and I’ve learned so much since I started there. I realise now how important the services we provide are and how we’re doing a small bit of good in society.
My own mum had cancer and I saw how tough it was for her. But I also know that no matter how tough a situation is, there are always people who have it so much harder.
I have so much admiration for so many of the people I have met over the years.
All of us in the Hospice organisation are focused on building a unit in Roscommon at the moment. Lockdown slowed things down but it’s full steam ahead again now.
The priority will be to keep fundraising in the months ahead.
I would always check in on US politics on CNN before I go to bed, just to keep an eye on what Donald Trump and Joe Biden are up to. Joe’s our relation so we’re all hoping he gets elected as the next President of the United States.
Usually, it’s lights out for me by 11.30pm.
In conversation with Mike Finnerty
Name: Laurita Blewitt
Did you know? Laurita also hosts the ‘Tommy and Hector with Laurita Blewitt’ podcast.
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Fly first class to NYC for a spot of shopping and partying (Covid permitting).
Tell us something about yourself we don’t know?
I’m Joe Biden’s cousin!
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
Favourite place in the world?
What makes you angry?
When I’m hungry and can’t get food or when Knockmore are treated unfairly by a ref!
How do you unwind?
Play the XBox with my nephew Dara.
Name three things in your fridge?
Milk, chillis and eggs.
What makes you nervous?
When I get my phone bill!
Last book you read?
‘This is going to hurt’ by Adam Kay (I’d highly recommend it) .
Favourite TV show?
Ozark or Schitts Creek.
Most famous person you’ve met?
What do you miss most being a kid?
Playing football for Knockmore and not having to worry about working.
What’s your most prized possession?
My soda stream. I’m addicted to sparkling water.
Best advice you ever got?
Never worry about getting a taxi home at night, just make sure you get out!
Describe yourself in three words?
Ambitious, loyal and caring.