Kildare Nationalist - New podcast series to support people with migraines

Beyond Migraine, a new podcast series to help more than 500,000 people in Ireland living with migraines, was launched by the Migraine Association of Ireland in partnership with Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland.

Providing easily accessible advice, support, and information, the Beyond Migraine podcast gives migraineurs an opportunity to hear firsthand about others like them who are living with the disease.

Hosted by migraine sufferer Debbie Hutchinson, several well-known names appear as guests, including:

– Tony Cascarino: former professional footballer

– Anna Daly: Virgin Media presenter, business women

– Nicola Halloran: cook and author of the bestselling cookbook The Wonky Spatula

– Aoife Walsh: former Miss Ireland and social media influencer

You will be accompanied by leading healthcare professionals with an interest in migraines.

There will be six episodes – episode one is available now, with additional episodes being released every week. Each episode covers a different topic in terms of insights into the life experience of migraineurs revealed in Teva’s survey.

Virgin Media TV presenter Anna Daly said of her migraine trip: “It’s only been the last few years that I’ve noticed that I have migraines. I had a headache during my teenage years and it took me a long time to correlate the headache with my menstrual cycle and link it directly to hormones. Often times when you have migraines you feel like you don’t want to let people down and try to hide your migraines instead of saying that because of the migraines you can’t do or participate in something. I hope that by telling my story I can give people a better understanding of the disease and its impact on life, and how families and friends can support this person. “

And former Irish professional footballer Tony Cascarino said: “Dealing with migraines has been an integral part of my life since I was 19. As time went on, I realized that stress was often the trigger for my migraines in my handling of the disease. Fortunately, I didn’t have a lot of stress before football games, but the comedown, especially after big games like Italia ’90, could trigger a migraine for me. When that happened, I couldn’t train the next day and just wanted to sleep and shut out the world. I hope that by sharing my story on the Beyond Migraine podcast, I can help others realize that they are not alone. “

The podcast will be available on and on all major platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts – just search for “Beyond Migraine”. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #BeyondMigraine.

For information about migraine support and services available in Ireland, visit, and to see the results of the Beyond Migraine survey of Irish migraineurs, visit