Andrea always loved performing. She left college early to work in Windmill Lane. From there she went to TV3, working in Continuity before becoming a presenter. She also worked as a hostess in Lillie’s Bordello.
Throughout this time, suffering excruciating chronic pain, Andrea was searching for answers. After 20 years, she finally gained a diagnosis, but had to learn that the pain would never be fully relieved.
Andrea went on to present Animal A & E and Dublin Airport; Life stories, both for TV3.
“The day I was told I would never be free of pain I wrote an article for Woman’s Way magazine. There was an amazing response. And in 2013, taking three months off work to get my life on track, I wrote every day. Then I got my publishing deal.”
Who is Andrea Hayes
Date of birth: 27th May, 1978, in Dublin.
Education: St Mary’s Holy Faith in Killester. “I loved it I was a real joiner. I was the head girl.” DIT: Business studies but deferred after a year. Rathmines College: TV Studies.
Family: Husband David. “We met when I was 19, so he has been through my ups and downs.” Daughter, Brooke, 4, and Labrador Retriever, Dash.
The Day Job: Freelance TV and Radio Presenter, and writer.
“I have a show on Sunshine radio called, Sunshine Meets.”
Interests: “I’m on the board of Chronic pain Ireland. I’m passionate about my involvement, and about animal health, and my family. I love walking my dog.”
Favourite Writers: Elizabeth Gilbert; Patricia Scanlon; Claudia Carroll; Hazel Gaynor.
Second Book: “I hope there will be one, as I enjoy the process of writing. I’d like to write more about wellness and the body mind approach.”
Top Tip: “Be grateful and try to tell yourself, all is well.”
Web: AndreaHayes.ie Twitter: @AndreaHayesie
The Debut: Pain-Free Life. My Journey to Wellness: Mercier Press: €14.99. Kindle: €10.89
This memoir charts Andrea’s life and career, focusing on the pain that has dogged her since childhood. It includes a step by step pain management programme which she developed herself.
“I hope this book is welcomed, and that it helps people. I wrote the book I needed to read, but couldn’t find.”
The Verdict: An honest emotional account; ultimately inspiring.
Published in the Irish Examiner on March 5th.
© Sue Leonard. 2016