Hi my name is John O’Driscoll and I am the creator and host of The-Blueprint podcast. I am a financial adviser by profession and own Blueprint Financial Planning and financialfitness.ie. I have a huge interest in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, sport and personal development, so I thought why not launch a podcast and chat about these subjects.

In each episode I chat to guests about their Blueprint for success in life, I hope you enjoy!

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Season 1

Episode 1

John Murphy: Turning Pro in the Tough World of Golf

John Murphy is a professional golfer hailing from Kinsale Co Cork. John had a distinguished amateur career which included an appearance on the British & Irish Walker cup team along with winning the prestigious Byron Nelson award before he turned professional in 2021. 

John discusses his Blueprint for success all the way from a juvenile golfer in Kinsale to playing on the hallowed turf of St Andrews and Pebble Beach alongside some of the world’s top pros.

Episode 2

Neil O'Brien: Champion of Human Potential

Neil is a pioneer in the area of ‘mental fitness’ and was the very first life coach to appear on Irish Television. Neil has worked with elite sports teams, individual athletes and large corporates in the areas of personal development, stress management and goal setting.

Simply put he is a legend in the area of personal development, sit back and enjoy this episode!

Episode 3

Ernest Cantillon: Borrowing €1.5 Million at 22 Years of Age to Launch Your First Business

Ernest is the owner of Electric and Sober Lane bar and restaurants in Cork City as well as being Director of the rapidly growing Kinsale Spirit Company.

A born entrepreneur, Ernest is a must-listen for anyone hoping to launch their own business – his Blueprint for success? Don’t let your ego get in the way!!

Episode 4

Mark Fennell: Building a Life That Makes You Smile

Mark is a life coach based in Dublin, his goal for his clients is to help them ‘’build a life that makes you smile’’. Mark works with clients on an individual basis, delivers corporate talks and runs a burgeoning monthly group mentoring platform called Tribe.

Mark has a huge social media following and consistently produces quality content on his Instagram @markfennell.ie

Episode 5

Peter Lawrie: From Winning on Tour to Winning in Business

Peter is a former professional golfer on the European Tour where he enjoyed great success including winning the Spanish Open in 2008 and being the only Irish person to win Rookie of the Year award in 2003. Peter retired from the professional game in 2016 when as he says it became “financially unviable to remain a pro”.

With unwavering honesty and humour, Peter discusses his transition from pro golfer travelling the world to a business owner at Spawell Golf Academy in Dublin.

Episode 6

Brian Carmody: From Skibbereen to Los Angeles to Broadway

Brian is a native of Skibbereen, West Cork and moved to the States over 30 years ago. Working from the ground up he is now the co-founder and managing partner of international production company SMUGGLER who have interests in Film, TV, Commercials and Music video. 

Brian has received many of the most coveted awards as a producer including a Tony, Emmy, Palme d’Or and a Grammy. He has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands including Apple, Xbox and Microsoft to name but a few. Brian is funny, engaging and honest and discusses how his career and company has flourished over the last number of years.  

Episode 7

Peter O’Keeffe: On a mission to make the nation Golf Strong!

Peter is a highly decorated amateur golfer and Irish international who has won most of the top titles in the game. Off the course Peter has grown a very successful golf specific fitness business and recently became a part owner in the international F45 franchise in Cork.

Episode 8

Barbara Nugent: The importance of emotional intelligence in our everyday lives!

Barbara is the owner of Transilient Coaching and EQ.ie and is a highly qualified expert in her field. Barbara works with leadership teams in multinationals and business owners delivering workshops on resilience and emotional intelligence. She is a former President of Network Ireland Cork branch.

Episode 9

Aisling Vaughan: Inspiring women worldwide to rise up!

Aisling is the founder of Ayrie whose mission is to inspire women worldwide to achieve their potential and maximise their success by focusing their Fitness, Lifestyle, Wellbeing and Mindset. Aisling currently resides in West Cork and is an active participant in endurance races and swims.

Episode 10

Andy McMahon: Observing Tiger and getting ready for the Ryder Cup

Andy McMahon is the Director of Golf Operations at the world renowned Adare Manor in Co Limerick which recently paid host to the JP McManus Pro Am. The Ryder Cup is returning to Ireland at Adare Manor in 2027 and as Andy tells us preparations are already underway!

Episode 11

John Goulding: Connecting over 1 million employees worldwide on a daily basis

John Goulding is CEO of Workvivo, a rapidly growing technology company with it’s headquarters in Cork. Workvivo provide a suite of products to assist employee engagement to some of the largest companies in the world.

Episode 12

John O'Driscoll: Review of Season 1

Host John O'Driscoll takes a look back at Season 1 of The Blueprint Podcast from turning pro golfer with John Murphy to connecting employees worldwide with John Goulding and everything in between.

Season 2

Episode 1

Brent Pope: Living a Life Less Ordinary

Brent Pope is a man of many talents, a former Rugby player and coach and now a highly respected analyst, a fashion entrepreneur via his Pope shirts and shoes business, a multi time best selling author, charity founder and mental health pioneer. With unwavering honesty and openness and in a self-deprecating manner Brent discusses his story so far with a smile never too far from his face despite some very tough times both physically and mentally.

Episode 2

Gary Murphy: Heading Back Out on Tour 

Former European Tour player Gary Murphy discusses his decision to join the Seniors Tour, why the competitive forest still burn and how he juggles life back on the road whilst working full time in the exclusive K Club.

Episode 3

Gary Lavin: from Pro Rugby to a Global Vitamin Drink Entrepreneur

Gary Lavin had his pro rugby career abruptly ended at 24 due to injury, although it was cruel at the time perhaps it was a blessing in disguise? Showing tremendous resilience and unwavering belief in the brand he created Vit Hit Gary now oversees a company selling 30 million vitamin drinks a year with a turnover of over €20 million. Gary is a true Irish entrepreneurial success story!

Episode 4

Dave Moore: Entertaining the nation and embracing change

Dave Moore hosted one of the most popular and successful daytime radio shows in Ireland for 21 years as one half of Today FM's Dermot and Dave. Now as he embarks on a new chapter of his professional life with a solo show on Today FM weekdays from 9-12 he discusses how he has embraced change with a smile on his face and positive attitude.

Episode 5

Jacqui Hurley: Dreams do Come True

Jacqui Hurley has, for many, the dream job presenting The Sunday Game and the Rugby World Cup along with the Olympics. It hasn’t always been plain sailing however, Jacqui talks openly about challenges in her career and how she adopted a “why not” attitude after the tragic passing of her younger brother.

Episode 6

Caroline Foran: You can be successful and vulnerable at the same time

Best selling author and podcast host Caroline Foran joins us to chat about her battle with anxiety and how she’s overcome it to build a life she wants. Her podcast Owning It has been downloaded over 7.5 million times and Caroline has helped countless people battler anxiety and panic.

Episode 7

Season 2 Review

The Review Pod. Host John O'Driscoll reviews key takeaways and insights from all his great guests throughout Season 2 .