Gutcast is the first ever podcast series for people living with Crohn’s Disease or Colitis in Ireland. The podcast is hosted by Amy Kelly, ISCC Director, who lives with Crohn’s disease and features a range of guests including healthcare experts and people living with IBD providing insights and advice on a range of topics.

We hope the Gutcast will help you feel empowered to take control of your IBD. Remember you can contact us on the ISCC helpline 01-531 2983 or via email if you have any questions.

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Gutcast is a collaboration between the ISCC and Janssen Sciences Ireland UC

Bonus COVID Episode ‘Coping with IBD during Covid-19’ addresses the key questions and concerns people living with IBD have during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Anthony O’Connor, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Tallaght University Hospital and Dr Jennifer Wilson O’Raghallaigh, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Beaumont Hospital join host Amy Kelly, Director of the ISCC to discuss issues such as cocooning, hospital appointments and mental health. 

  1. What I wish I’d known, Dr Anthony O’Connor Consultant Gastroenterologist, Tallaght University Hospital, addresses some of your questions and concerns if you are newly diagnosed with IBD. 
  2. Your mental health’, Dr Jennifer Wilson O’Raghallaigh, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Beaumont Hospital; and Prof Ted Dinan, Professor of Psychiatry and Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork, explain the impact of IBD on mental health and how to manage it. 
  3. Managing your work and social life’, Irish influencer Dearbhla Toal (aka Belle Azzure) and Occupational Therapist Deirdre O’Connor, St. James’s Hospital, discuss ways to balance studying, working and your social life with IBD, providing tips on how to manage stressful and busy periods in life. 
  4. Getting the most out of your appointments’, Dr Aoibhlinn O’Toole, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Beaumont Hospital and Emma Anderson, IBD Nurse Specialist, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, give advice on how to get the most out of your appointments with your healthcare professionals 
  5. Relationships and sex’, Natalya Price, Psychotherapist & Sex Therapist at Mind and Body Works, and Hannah Witton, who is living with Crohn’s disease and frequently discusses the impact on her own sex life, will help those with IBD overcome the concerns they may have of entering a new relationship or discussing the topic of sex with their partner. 
  6. Managing fatigue, Dr Anthony O’Connor Consultant Gastroenterologist, Tallaght University Hospital; Emer O’Shea, Senior Physiotherapist, St James Hospital Dublin; and Elaine Neary, Clinical Specialist Dietitian in Gastroenterology, Tallaght University Hospital, describe the fatigue that may occur with IBD, the cause of it, and suggested ways to manage it.
  7. Have the guts to speak up- Personal stories of Crohn’s and colitis’, - listen to the personal stories of three people living with IBD.  Irish comedian Andréa Farrell, Munster and Irish rugby player John Ryan and former Monaghan Gaelic football player Andrew Kieran, talk about their experience of IBD.

The views, information or opinions expressed during the Gutcast podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not represent those of the Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease or Janssen Sciences Ireland UC. The primary purpose of this podcast series is to educate and inform and is not a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment. This podcast is supported by funding from Janssen Sciences Ireland UC. experience of IBD.