Louise O’Neill: Episode 126

13Feb

Louise O'Neill is the award winning author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It. In perhaps her most candid interview to date she explains her early years in Clonakilty, the eating disorders that almost claimed her life and the difficult decision to change track after three years of university. Jarlath tries to get to the heart of the anger that inspired her to start writing her controversial novels and discipline needed to complete them. Louise explains how working for Elle magazine in New York City while attempting to overcome her illness made her reevaluate her entire outlook on the world. The music for today's episode is provided by The Evertides. Their debut EP is available to download now on iTunes.

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This episode is dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Thomas (1928-2016).

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Ciarán Ó’Lionáird (part 2): Episode 125

6Feb

It has been two years since Ciarán last spoke to Jarlath on the show and a lot has happened for the Cork athlete. This week Ciarán speaks to Jarlath about his battle with a serious rehabilitation process following on from a career saving operation and the recent promising signs from his almost record-breaking form which should see him compete for Ireland in the Rio Olympics later this year.

Ciarán speaks frankly about the problems in athletics, why he believes the best thing that could happen track and field would be its omission from the Olympics, why athletics is a product people can’t believe in and why he doesn’t blame Kenyan athletes for doping.

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Robert McLiam Wilson: Episode 124

30Jan

Robert McLiam Wilson is a writer for Charlie Hebdo and is also the award-winning novelist behind Eureka Street and Ripley Bogle. This week he joined Jarlath to discuss how stealing from a library began an obsession with reading at a young age, the art of writing funny for books, falling in and out of love with Belfast as well as explaining the circumstances which saw him homeless while still a schoolboy.

Robert beautifully describes the current mindset of Paris where he now resides, the gentle soul which is at the heart of Charlie Hebdo and what he believes is the birth of humour in France.

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Brian O’Driscoll: Episode 123

23Jan

In the most anticipated episode of the series Brian O'Driscoll joins Jarlath for an open and brutally honest discussion about success, failure, personal strength, fame, self-doubt and of course Conor McGregor. Brian explains to Jarlath how rugby turned him into the man he is, why even a world champion isn't immune to a slump in confidence, how he overcame the toughest period of his career while also revealing what really happened between him and Paul Kimmage.

Brian also talks for the first time about a specific broadcaster whose lack of loyalty gave him vital fuel for his competitive fire, his lack of grudges, his thoughts on the current Irish squad and the tough pill he believes Munster will have to swallow.

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Bridget Christie: Episode 122

16Jan

Bridget Christie is an award-winning comedian, actress and writer and this week she joins Jarlath to discuss being raised by Irish parents in a house where she was the youngest of nine children, leaving school at a very young age, breaking into alternative comedy, how an acceptance into drama school was her ticket out of a horrible career and much, much more. 

Bridget speaks passionately about feminism, the perception of female artists, the screwed language around domestic abuse and why we should all spend less time in the company of our phones.

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Gavin Hickie: Episode 121

9Jan

Gavin Hickie played for Leinster, Leicester Tigers and London Irish before moving Stateside to play with Belmont Shore and he is now the head coach at both Dartmouth College and the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans. Having recently written the best-selling rugby book, Rugby Revealed, Gavin speaks about the tackle that changed his life, the social life at Leicester while at the peak of their Heineken Cup success, spotting sporting talent in a sea of hype and how tackling in America is the hardest he has ever seen.

Gavin also talks about the rugby culture in the US, playing with Jonny Sexton, what it's like to coach at an Iveagh League college and what he believes to be at the heart of England's Rugby World Cup failure. 

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Joe Rooney: Episode 120

2Jan

Joe Rooney is one of Ireland's most recognisable faces from the stage and television with an acting and comedy career spanning over 20 years. This week Joe joined Jarlath to talk about his early career as a frontman in a successful Dublin band in the late 80s before speaking publicly for the first time about the agoraphobia and panic attacks that he suffered after its split. 

Joe explains the process of creating Father Damo in Ted, how taking to the stage was a relief for him during a time where he feared leaving his house, why he believes a lot of comedy doesn't have a social conscience anymore and the importance of simply starting to work on one's goals.

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The Best of Sports 2015: Episode 119

28Dec

Gathered together for the first time in one place, the greatest most inspiring and hilarious sporting moments in the history of the Irishman Abroad series. Consider it a late Christmas gift! Featuring stories, advice, motivation, wisdom and harrowing tales from Andy Lee, Jerry Flannery, Ronnie Whelan, Bressie, AP McCoy, Paul Kimmage, David Walsh, Niall Quinn, Ken Doherty, Jason McAteer, Paul Howard, Owen O'Neill, Barry Glendenning, Darren O'Dea, Keith Gillespie, Derval O'Rourke, Ciarán Ó'Lionáird, Sonia O'Sullivan, Steve Collins, Ronnie Delany, Shane Horgan, Richard Hughes, Padraig Harrington, Ruby Walsh, Shane Lowry and WWE star Finn Bálor.

Happy Holidays to all our listeners where ever you are in the world.

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Cecelia Ahern: Episode 118

19Dec

Cecelia Ahern is one of Ireland's most celebrated writers having sold over 24 million books while the film adaptation of her novel P.S. I Love You took in a staggering $156 million at the box office. Cecelia joined Jarlath while in London this week promoting her new book The Marble Collector to talk about her battle with anxiety, the story behind her first book deal, being managed by Louis Walsh, pitching Samantha Who and how she still manages to write at least one book a year. 

Cecelia explains the circumstances which led to her almost walking out of a Late Late Show appearance at the very last second, the criticism she constantly receives from her publishers and how she had 10 pitches rejected last year while still remaining at the top of her game.

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James Vincent McMorrow: Episode 117

12Dec

James Vincent McMorrow took time out of recording his much-anticipated third studio album to meet Jarlath in London to talk about his journey from years of writing in isolation to receiving worldwide critical acclaim. James talks about the unorthodox vocal training that he received, the impact Higher Love had on his career, how his sensitive disposition has shaped his decisions, battling his insecurities and how online critique is not as positive as it used to be.

We get a fascinating insight into his true musical inspirations which are not grounded in the folk background as is often mistakenly portrayed by the media. James expresses his frustrations with being compared to Bon Iver and explains what he believes is the secret to creative longevity. This up close and personal chat also sees him open up about his regrets, why he sabotaged a publishing deal with EMI, how living in London toughened him, how his drinking caused him to not remember one of the biggest shows of his career while also giving an emotional account of the support he received from Tony Fenton.

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