Shane Horgan: Episode 71

24Jan

Just three years ago former rugby player Shane Horgan lifted the Heineken Cup with Leinster having previously represented both Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. Today Shane is a trainee solicitor in London and he joins Jarlath on the show this week to discuss the path that took him here. 

Shane opens up about how he doubted whether he wanted Ireland to succeed without him having being dropped from the Irish team just ahead of them winning the Grand Slam before explaining why he believes Paul Kimmage should leave no stone unturned when it comes to investigating drugs in rugby.

From discussions about facing up to Jonah Lomu, obsessive behaviour in sportspeople, comparing the money in rugby versus soccer to the role of parents in sports this chat covers it all.

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Michael Redmond: Episode 70

17Jan

Michael Redmond is best known for his role as Father Stone in Father Ted having also appeared in Brass Eye and Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. Over the last thirty years Michael has made his name on stage as a stand up comic in the UK. This week he talks to Jarlath about what topics he believes should or should not be joked about, how he once quit comedy before returning and starting from scratch, the response to Father Ted in it's early days and how a rain mac gave him comfort on stage.

Michael also discusses why he believes some people like to be offended, his experiences of having his jokes stolen and in the course of this conversation Jarlath also uncovers what would really push this mild-mannered man over the edge.

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Peter Breen: Episode 69

10Jan

Today Peter Breen is the PRO for the International Cricket Council in Dubai. And while he was the public relations officer for Leinster Rugby during their journey from rags to riches, this is not strictly an episode about sport. Peter tells the story of how one of Ireland's most legendary sports teams grew from almost nothing to becoming a Goliath over the course of ten years due to hard graft and determination. From players getting togged out of the back of cars pitch side, to being one of the most dominant rugby clubs in the world this is a fascinating story of one of the lesser discussed areas within sports.

Aside from his career, as a nine year old boy Peter was one of the lucky survivors of the Hillsborough disaster and this week he discusses the events as they unfolded and how it changed his life forever.

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Paul Murray: Episode 68

3Jan

Author Paul Murray's work is critically acclaimed and his accolades include his novel Skippy Dies being longlisted for a Booker prize as well as placing third in Time magazine's top 10 works of fiction for 2010. This week Paul joined Jarlath to discuss his career and to give his thoughts on the importance of questioning authority, what shaped his writing style, how technology is stifling modern communication, writing funny versus writing tragic and the notion of compromising his art in order to support his family and much, much more.

Paul also discusses his experiences abroad which include living on ketchup sandwiches in Barcelona, completing his Master's in Norwich and making bread in a factory in Germany.

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Timothy V. Murphy: Episode 67

27Dec

Tim Murphy joins Jarlath this week to talk about his journey which took him from Tralee to Hollywood. Having starred in shows such as 24, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Sons of Anarchy and True Detective, Tim discusses the process of playing the villain in many of his roles. He also talks about fear permeating Hollywood, loneliness, how to become a financially secure actor in America and the problem with viewing the world's problems as 'black and white' before giving his thoughts on the release of The Interview amidst fears of terrorism upon it's release.

Jarlath would like to give a word of thanks to Shane O'Connor for making the introduction to Tim.

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Sir Terry Wogan: Episode 66

20Dec

Sir Terry Wogan is a legend of broadcasting and just might be the most popular Irishman abroad in the UK. This week Terry joins Jarlath for a face to face chat about everything from luck to talent, to pride and the importance of kindness. He speaks candidly about the journey which took him from a simple office job in a bank to becoming one of the most universally loved television and radio personalities in the history of broadcasting.


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Kieran Conway: Episode 65

13Dec

Kieran Conway is the author of Southside Provisional. He is a former IRA member who now works as a criminal lawyer. Jarlath asks the question, what leads a person from an affluent background with a first class education to risk everything and decide to live their life as a member of the IRA?

Kieran discusses the process of joining the IRA which took him to London, his years spent in prison, why he watched the Good Friday agreement in 'stunned disbelief' and his conscience. Perhaps the most challenging interview of the series, this is an episode you need to listen to right to the end.

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Jason McAteer: Episode 64

7Dec

Jason McAteer is a former Irish international and Liverpool footballer and this week he joins Jarlath to talk about his incredible story which took him from studying graphic design in college to playing for Ireland in the World Cup. Jason discusses valuing hard work over talent, battling depression, why modern players don't see the real world as well as how he always found the English football team boring. 

Jason also gives his thought's on what he believes to be the problem with Roy Keane. From discussions on playing up to his 'Trigger' character to comparing the dictatorship-style management of Graeme Souness to the man-manager style of Jack Charlton this interview truly has it all.

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Ruby Walsh: Episode 63

29Nov

Ruby Walsh won the Grand National on his first appearance at just twenty years of age and since then he has become one of the world's most prolific jockeys. This week he talks to Jarlath about how working abroad caused him to fear missing the important moments in his children's lives, why people shouldn't be afraid to be wrong, and how being a professional athlete requires a certain level of selfishness.

Ruby also explains how he lives a life on the road with a very limited diet, why he encourages others to stick with school and see it through to completion, how he maintains a friendship with one of his biggest rivals, why he believes in luck, why jockeys help each other out mid-race, and much, much more.

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Kian Egan (part 2): Episode 62

22Nov

In An Irishman Abroad's first ever second instalment of a two-part interview Kian Egan returns to finish telling the incredible tale which is the life of one of Ireland's most successful musicians.

Kian gives his thoughts on Brian McFadden leaving Westlife at the time that he did and how it drove the band forward as well as how he felt responsible for one of Westlife's all time lows. Kian also discusses some of the realisations that he experienced in the jungle, Simon Cowell's people skills, establishing the nationality of his son, why a business mentality is required to make it in the music industry and why he believes One Direction will never sell as many records as Westlife.

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