Local podcast reaches top spot for Philosophy in Ireland

The Hut Near The Bog, a podcast hosted by Sheila Hoctor, a local life, business and interview coach, from Rathcabbin near Birr and her son, the philosopher Dr James Hoctor recently beat stiff competition to become the number one ranked philosophy podcast in the Apple Podcast Charts for Ireland.

Sheila and Dr James Hoctor.

The production draws on the collective wisdom of Irish generations past, as well as, the expertise and life experiences of its hosts to discuss various aspects of life, such as, gratitude, grief, uncertainty, and encouragement. The show topped rival podcasts produced by the international news website Vox, and the prominent Indian American author—Deepak Chopra—to take the number one position.

Sheila said: “We are just so delighted that we have been able to help people in a meaningful and thought-provoking way. Our aim with this podcast was to help people reflect during the lockdown period, and we have been inundated with kind messages and expressions of gratitude ever since we released our first episode.”

The podcast is available for free and can be found on all major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. For more information check out the podcast’s Facebook and Instagram pages @thehutnearthebog.

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