Michael Smiley (Live at the Museum of Comedy, London): Episode 88

23May

Michael Smiley makes a welcomed return appearance to An Irishman Abroad in front of a live audience to discuss his upcoming film Lobster in which he stars alongside Colin Farrell, why he avoids thinking about working with Martin Scorsese, his history with drugs and alcohol as well as revisiting how he wound up homeless in London with his newborn son.
Michael uses his incredible turn of phrase to talk about how growing up a minority in a majority area taught him to stand his ground, how he has taken time to believe in himself, rebuilding his fragile relationship with his father and what it means to be an actor.
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Fergal Devitt (Finn Bálor): Episode 87

16May

Fergal Devitt (aka Finn Bálor) is a professional wrestler who is currently making his name on the world stage with the WWE and this week he joins Jarlath to discuss the journey that took him from Bray to Florida. Fergal speaks about the guidance councillor at school who believed in him and the teacher who didn't, not getting paid for the first 6 years of his career, sleeping on the floor of the Hammerlock wrestling school and the role of an apprentice wrestler in Japan where he spent 8 years.

Fergal also talks about how completing 1,000 hindu squats in one set daily has strengthened him mentally, training at the WWE development facility, becoming Finn Balór in the ring, turning heel, experiencing loneliness on the road and how Father Ted and Lyons tea calms him down after performing in front of 10,000 wrestling fans.

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Paul Howard: Episode 86

9May

Before Paul Howard became a million selling author with the hilarious Ross O'Carroll-Kelly series he was an award winning sports journalist. This week Paul joins Jarlath to talk about being raised Irish in London, how the election of a Tory government forced his family to leave, the impact the anti-English bullying of his classmates had upon him and how writing mock-reports on World Cup matches at the age of 11 eventually eventually lead to the real thing.

Paul also discusses the life of a journalist before the days of the internet, the teenager who inspired Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, the anxiety of taking Ross to the stage and how he narrowly avoided prison when "ANGLO: The Musical" was accused of being in contempt of court.

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Rory O’Neill (Panti Bliss): Episode 85

2May

Rory O'Neill is a performer, businessman and gay rights activist who is most well known for his 'gender discombobulist' act Panti Bliss. This week he speaks passionately to Jarlath about the circumstances which led to his infamous Noble Call speech, how defending his views could have caused him bankruptcy, being diagnosed with HIV, growing up in an Ireland where homosexuality was illegal and battling against the distractions of the 'no' campaign in the gay marriage referendum.

Rory also gives some incredible advice on coming out to one's parents and talks about his move to Tokyo as a teenager where he lived for five years, his reaction to RTÉs handling of a defamation case in which he was the centre, how the weight of his words has increased recently and what he feels the impact will be in Ireland if the referendum doesn't pass.

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Ger Gilroy: Episode 84

25Apr

Ger Gilroy is one of Ireland's most recognisable names in sports broadcasting. This week he gives a very rare insight into his life and the journey which has seen him at the forefront of Newstalk since its inception in 2002. Ger talks about his time reporting in Haiti, starting Ireland's first ever nightly sports show just weeks before it all kicked off in Saipan, falling in and out of love with his work and how he found out that he was losing his job at Newstalk in the Irish Times.

Ger speaks honestly about never fearing for the future of Second Captains while giving his version of events as to how to the lads parted ways with Newstalk, his reluctance to return to current affairs broadcasting, the impact breakfast radio had on his life, why he believes radio is disposable, his desire for a 24 hour sports station in Ireland before giving his thoughts on the current state of Ireland and the gay marriage referendum.

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Hector Ó hEochagáin: Episode 83

18Apr

Hector Ó'Heochagáin has probably worked abroad more than any other guest on An Irishman Abroad with his multi award-winning TV shows taking him to almost 100 countries. This week he uses his incredible ability to tell a good story to explain the journey that has taken him to where he is today. Hector speaks about the moment he realised live on air that the Irish public finally 'got' him, hanging with Bertie Ahern for a week, following his first love and eventual wife to Spain, being in the classroom when Navan's most legendary English teacher helped to discover the talents of Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran, as well as revealing when he will return to the airwaves.


Hector also discusses that hand-written letter from Daniel Day Lewis that he kept hidden from RTÉ, living in isolation on Inis Mór, accidentally ending up in Lourdes, his most bizarre day behind the bars of a Bolivian high security prison, the unbelievable highs and the devastating lows of getting inside horse racing.

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Keith Barry: Episode 82

11Apr

This week Keith Barry joins Jarlath to talk about the journey that took him from cosmetic scientist to award-winning mentalist, magician and hypnotist recognised today as the biggest selling solo artist in the history of the Olympia Theatre.

Keith speaks about the commitment to hard graft that has allowed him to create multiple international television specials and series, his current ITV show You're Back In The Room, never working with planted audience members, why he believes magic will go through a recession, the experience of working on blockbuster motion pictures with Woody Harrelson and the pure satisfaction of tricking David Letterman live on The Late Show.

Keith lowers his guard and gives Jarlath a rare glimpse into the notoriously secretive world of illusion and we learn how only Derren Brown, Dynamo and David Blaine know how all of his biggest tricks are done. As well as his unique advice to the listeners, we hear about the very real risk of death he has faced on stage and in the head-on car crash in which he almost lost both his legs.

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Gerard Barrett: Episode 81

4Apr

On the eve of the release of his second motion picture, Glassland, director Gerard Barrett joins Jarlath to discuss his incredible journey from a Kerry primary school class of just two people, to being one of the fastest rising stars in the film world with numerous awards to his name at the age of 27. Gerard tells Jarlath about the cheeky letter that helped him to sign with his first UK agent, the sacrifices, the absurdly ambitious goals that he set himself, how a Credit Union loan allowed him to get his foot in Hollywood's door and the stroke that gained him entry to the Galway Film Fleadh despite being a relative unknown.
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Robert Sheehan (Live at the Museum of Comedy, London): Episode 80

28Mar

Since Robert Sheehan last spoke to Jarlath on An Irishman Abroad in November 2013 he has fallen in love and moved to Hollywood. This week Robert was back in London to join Jarlath in front of a packed Museum of Comedy in Leicester Square to talk about what life has been like for him since he moved to LA and to give a fascinating insight into his most recent work.

Robert talks about why he would be very tempted to play Darren again in a Love/ Hate prequel, the anxiety he experienced on the set of The Mortal Instruments and how he literally lived as though he were his character as preparation for his role in The Road Within. 

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Conor McNamara: Episode 79

21Mar

This week BBC sports commentator Conor McNamara talks to Jarlath about his journey from Limerick to becoming one of the most recognised voices in BBC sports commentary. Conor discusses requiring a bullet-proof defence to online criticism, remaining unbiased on air, the influence of mob-mentality on the negative behaviour of fans at sporting events, secret tricks of the trade and why he believes Lionel Messi is better than Maradonna and Pelé. Conor also speaks about the attempts made by Premier League referees off the field to obtain sympathy from the commentators, the need for video referees and his other job of being the voice of a well known CBeebies character.

Also listen out for this week's competition to be in with a chance to win an Irish rugby jersey signed by the entire Ireland squad.

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