Andrea Hayes

Posted by Sue Leonard on Saturday 5th March 2016
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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.

Home:  Rathmichael.

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 

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