Monday October 26, 2020

Saved by cancer

A diagnosis of breast cancer and subsequent treatment helped comedian Anne Gildea come to terms with her depression and find a purpose to life, writes Fiona Ness.

5th October, 2013
Anne Gildea found success failed to dim her depression. Picture: Feargal Ward

Anne Gildea should have been having the time of her life. Her comedy trio, the Nualas, were enjoying a sell-out run at Dublin's Vicar Street. At their last performance they received an instantaneous standing ovation, the type, Gildea says, "you work your whole life for".

"And it meant nothing. I had absolute joylessness. I felt heavier and heavier. I was giving up."

At that moment, she was losing a life-long battle against crippling depression. Then...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

The best writing and and the biggest stories of 2019 from the Business Post

Richie Oakley | 9 months ago

Denis O’Brien is back in court, residents continue to fight the Council on halting site and a row surfaces in government over rent control proposals

Leanna Byrne | 5 years ago