Reverend Nóirín Ní Riain

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During this month’s Limerick Lady podcast, Reverend Nóirín Ní Riain shares the story behind suddenly losing her voice for twenty years, as well as the journey to working with Sinéad O’Connor, to her late ex-husband Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, to living with the monks at Glenstal Abbey, to her faith, and to her sense of self and contentment in recent years.

Ann Blake and Emma Langford caught up with the woman who has impacted both of their lives in various ways: the ordained interfaith minister who married Ann and her wife Jenny; a tutor and mentor to Emma at the University of Limerick; and a friend to both. In this episode, they also talk about the Irish Spring festival of Imbolc and Brigid, the goddess and saint, spirituality, what that might mean to us, and why we as Irish people often shy away from it.

You can listen to Reverend Nóirín Ní Riain: Learning To Be Silent and Listen here.

Nóirín has kindly offered listeners to the podcast a discounted rate to join her virtual hedge-school gathering, the Turas d’Anam Bealtaine course, taking place from 24 April 2021. To avail of the special offer use the code LIMERICKLADY for 20% off at

The Limerick Lady is supported by the Feminist Supermarket at Ormston House and The Limerick Post Newspaper.

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