Thursday 23 January 2020

Norah Casey almost backed out of powerful Late Late Show interview due to nerves

Norah Casey on the Late Late Show
Norah Casey on the Late Late Show
Norah Casey. Photo: Tony Gavin

Daniel O'Connor

Businesswomen Norah Casey has spoken about how she very nearly didn’t make her inspiring appearance on the Late Late Show because she was so nervous.

The former Dragons Den star has been applauded since her emotional interview on the 26th of May in which she described the physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her first husband.

She told her story about she met him at 23 in England and married him before having to put up with years of abuse, describing several incidents in which he physically beat her and seriously injured her.

Speaking on the Last Word with Matt Cooper on TodayFM, Norah says she has since received almost a thousand messages both thanking her and reaching out to her with similar experiences.

However, she explained that she believed she wouldn’t be able to follow through and do the interview on Friday because of her difficulty talking about it.

“I was so worried about doing that show myself,” Norah said. “I think the Late Late might have had someone ready to stand in because I was nervous all week”

“I’d wake up thinking ‘I can’t do it. I can’t do it’ before getting my resolve back during the day, so I wasn’t thinking about the moment after it.”

Since the interview, domestic abuse treatment centre Women’s Aid has reported an upsurge in the amount of calls they received from women seeking help.

While Norah herself has also been “overwhelmed” by the amount of people who have reached out to her, she has encouraged people to talk to someone professionally instead.

“No exaggeration but I’m nearly at 1,000 messages. They’ve just flooded in from LinkedIn, Facebook, anywhere I have a presence they came in,” Norah said.

“I’m not a counsellor. I’m just a woman who this happened to.”

“I was overwhelmed by this feeling of everybody’s sorrow and pain and how much we all underestimate it. It can’t possibly just be Women’s Aid’s upsurge in calls. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

Norah spoke about one particular attack which resulted in her suffering from a broken cheekbone and broken ribs.

This would lead to a long period where she told herself every weekend she would leave him, but couldn’t work up the courage to until she finally told her mother about it.

She explained though that despite she knew what her ex-husband did, she couldn’t come out and tell her story until he had passed away.

“I wouldn’t talk about it if I felt it would hurt people,” Norah explained.

“Then he passed away and I felt ‘Why do I keep running from this? I need to talk about this. I’m not hurting anyone’.”

“All the time that was eating away at my mind saying I could do something about this. There’s nobody in Ireland that’s ever said up and said ‘I am a victim of sexual abuse’.”

Norah also revealed that she hasn’t yet sought professional help herself and is not planning to, saying that doing the interview in itself was her own “therapy.”

“The key thing for me is talking to someone. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it’s not about the person listening. It’s about the person talking about it.”

If you have been affected by issues raised in this article you can contact Women's Aid on 1800 341 900

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