David Coffey: Episode 44

19Jul

How do you go from not being fully invested in your college course in communications to being on the cusp of making it in LA before returning back home once more? David Coffey's story answers that question. In this week's episode Dave calls around to Jarlath's house to chat about his work as a writer pitching ideas to TV executives around the world, how his show Dan and Becs propelled his career forward, his obsession with wrestling and how good timing is vital in one's career.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or contact the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Danny O’Reilly: Episode 43

11Jul

The frontman of The Coronas and extremely sound man, Danny O'Reilly joins Jarlath this week to catch up on the last ten years they missed in their friendship and break the news that will change everything for the band. 

Danny discusses how he was at first afraid to admit that music was the career he wanted, his flirtation with the GAA, the lesson he has learned from letting the media into his private life and the band's big news that puts them along side the likes of Mumford and Sons and Florence and The Machine.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or contact the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Mick Finnegan: Episode 42

5Jul

In one of the most enthralling episodes of An Irishman Abroad to date Mick Finnegan opens up to Jarlath about how he escaped certain death, lived homeless and was the centre of a landmark British court case.

Mick has worked as a coach at Saracens and London Irish rugby clubs. He is the creator of State of Mind Rugby Union charity but his journey to arrive at this point has been more difficult than you can imagine. From living rough on the streets of Dublin to time in custody in London to much, much worse, Mick explains to Jarlath the chances life gave him and how he took them.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair, The Email Laundry and supported by the Mercy Law Resource Centre. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or contact the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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Conor McPherson: Episode 41

29Jun

Olivier Award winning playwright and director Conor McPherson talks candidly about the importance of finding the right focus and drive, why he believes good news can be equally as traumatic as bad and how to pursue your passion while still putting food on the table.  Jarlath and Conor chat about the way in which knowledge affects the purity of art and we get an insight into the process of casting Hollywood stars. Conor speaks about being spotted by an agent, his surprisingly critical view of his smash hit play The Weir, writing for TV and much much more.


This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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Arthur Mathews: Episode 40

21Jun

Arthur Mathews is one of Ireland's most prolific comedy writers having worked on critically acclaimed material such as Father Ted, Big Train, Brass Eye, Black Books, Toast of London and Harry Enfield and Chums. Arthur talks to Jarlath about writing funny, how the eighties wasted some of the most important years of his life, Roy Keane, being an outsider, living and working with Graham Linehan and the Irish actors who almost appeared on Father Ted.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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Niall Breslin (Bressie) : Episode 39

14Jun

Niall Breslin has a story which many people would have never imagined. From having a career in professional rugby for Leinster which led him to representing Ireland in the under 21s World Cup to being the frontman of multiple award-winning band The Blizzards before embarking on a solo career and coaching on The Voice of Ireland. In this gripping episode Niall opens up about suffering with a general anxiety disorder which has led him to becoming an ambassador for mental health in Ireland. Niall also talks about why he was completely broke after a successful career with The Blizzards, why he believes the Brit School drains the 'rawness' out of artists before offering some sterling advice on how to fight back against mental health issues.

This episode is sponsored by Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly at irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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Lenny Abrahamson: Episode 38

7Jun

Multi award-winning director Lenny Abrahamson talks about living in a trailer while on a PhD scholarship to Stanford University before giving it all up and returning home to Dublin for reasons much deeper than homesickness. The man behind Adam and Paul, The Garage, Frank and What Richard Did also discusses learning how to fail and why being unable to walk out on a project has made him stronger while also offering up some sage advice to the listeners. 

This episode is sponsored by Vyke, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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Dermot O’Leary: Episode 37

1Jun

This week Dermot O'Leary talks to Jarlath about being raised Irish in London as the son of a Wexford hurler, how he values hard work and why he believes that this generation of youths can save the world.

Dermot's story is a true tale of hard graft from working as a sports reporter who was unable to find his way to football grounds to dominating live television presenting in Britain for the last 15 years since getting his big break which led to hosting on Big Brother's Little Brother before eventually becoming the host of XFactor. In this episode which was recorded at his BBC Radio 2 studio, Dermot speaks frankly about the importance of honesty, how he handled a now-famous difficult interview with Morrissey and why he likes people underestimating him.

This episode is sponsored by Vyke, Currency Fair, The Email Laundry and Keogh's Crisps. Get updates on future episodes by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Tony McCoy: Episode 36

24May

One of Ireland's most successful sportspeople, jockey Tony McCoy, tells his fascinating story of how he lives with a fear of failure which has seen him ride over 4,000 winners without having a fear of injury in a career which has caused him to suffer over 50 broken bones. Tony also talks about how he learned to become a winner, the importance of providing oneself with obstacles in order to be pushed to one's limits, winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and how his patience is tested with a diet and weight loss regime which has seen him lose 5 pounds in an hour.

This episode is sponsored by Currency Fair, Vyke and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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Jane Ní Dhulchaointaigh: Episode 35

17May

Jane Ní Dhulchaointaigh from Kilkenny is an inventor of a product that Time magazine rated as the 22nd most important invention of the 21st century (10 places above the iPad). Here she tells the story of how Sugru was born out of her realisation that she could not do the thing she'd worked to achieve her whole life. Jane talks about the stigma surrounding failure while explaining her journey of exploration, struggle, faith in other people and the importance of starting small before something can be truly good.

This episode is sponsored by Vyke, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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