Enda Walsh: Episode 141

28May

Have you ever wanted something but had no idea how to get it? Today’s guest knows a thing or two about it too. Enda Walsh is the multi award-winning playwright behind Disco Pigs, The Walworth Farce, Ballyturk, Misterman, The New Electric Ballroom and Once: The Musical. This week he joined Jarlath to discuss living on crisps, finding his path, leaving Cork in search of anonymity, spotting raw talent in Cillian Murphy before he had ever acted and having Roddy Doyle as his early mentor.

Having overcome severe anxiety, OCD and the pressure to repeat his success, Enda has truly experienced both the highs and lows of critical acclaim. He explains how his collaboration with David Bowie came about, how they worked together and the awful moment he revealed to him his illness. 

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Rob Heffernan: Episode 140

21May

Rob Heffernan is about to make history by becoming the first Irish person to compete in five Olympics. This week Rob spoke openly to Jarlath about the extreme trials and tribulations of being an Olympic standard race walker and his constant battle with staying on top of the emotional challenges that being a world-class athlete brings. From heartfelt discussions about working closely with his wife and handling the nasty side of social media to mind games on the starting line and his strong views on how doping tests are being carried out this episode is packed full of fascinating insight into the life of one of Ireland’s elite sportsmen.

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Charlie Bird: Episode 139

14May

Former RTÉ journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird joined Jarlath this week on the day before his wedding to discuss his fascinating career. He first started working in RTÉ as a researcher in 1974 and in the space of 6 years found himself travelling all over the world chasing the news wherever it happened to be. Charlie discusses in graphic detail the experience of reporting on the Stardust tragedy, the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Sri Lanka and many other disasters. We hear how he became acclimatised to ‘the stench of death’ and unable to switch off.

Charlie also explains what life was like being the point of contact between RTÉ and the IRA, and his first realisation that the financial regulator was asleep at the wheel. And finally we hear about his most recent journey gathering stories of those touched by the Gay Marriage Referendum for his new book A Day in May - Real Lives, True Stories.

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Mark Geary: Episode 138

7May

This week we hear the extraordinary story of multi award-winning singer/ songwriter Mark Geary. Having built his life and career in New York he has returned home to Dublin. Mark explains how his chance to live in the States was literally pulled out of a hat, the creation of the infamous Sin-é venue by his brother, befriending U2 and Sinéad O’Connor in New York, as well as opening up for Jeff Buckley, Chrissie Hynde and Joe Strummer.


Mark also tells the incredible story of how he was signed by a shady record label for his first album deal which ended in devastating circumstances. We hear his his secret for winning over any audience as a support act and how he once came to act opposite Christopher Walken.


Jarlath announces the launch of the Irishman Abroad iPhone app. For the first time ever all 138 episodes are available in one place. Special thanks to Milkbar Studios (www.milkbarstudios.com) for helping to create the app which is now available to download for free in the App Store.

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Ronan O’Gara: Episode 137

30Apr

This week legendary Munster and Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara joined Jarlath for his most in-depth interview to date. Ronan explains the journey from hating Jonny Sexton to missing him deeply after his departure from Racing Metro. He also speaks publicly for the first time about "that photo" of him apparently snubbing the Queen and how he denied himself the fairytale ending to his playing career.

With brutal honesty Ronan tackles the subject of Munster's difficult 2016 season, the prevalence of self doubt in rugby, why Brian O'Driscoll was the only Leinster player he could trust, his 2 year old son practicing penalty kicks during mass, having the Bataclan terror attack occur six miles from his home and why there's rarely ever a knock at his family's door in Paris.

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Oisin McConville: Episode 136

23Apr

This week we hear the incredible story of one man’s journey to hell and back with a serious gambling addiction which saw him in a crippling six-figure financial debt while at the same time being one of the most prolific Gaelic footballers in the country. 

Oisin McConville joined Jarlath this week as a trained addiction councillor to discuss his life growing up in Crossmaglen in the midst of the troubles, what the real cause of his gambling addiction was, becoming a compulsive liar and how his own life decisions caused him to become a risk to both himself and his own family.

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Father Peter McVerry: Episode 135

16Apr

Father Peter McVerry has been a leading figure in the battle against homelessness in Ireland for over 30 years and this week he joined Jarlath to discuss his dedication to the cause, the establishing of the Peter McVerry trust and why there is no bigger critic of the Catholic Church than him. 

Peter explains how the horrific circumstances that some people find themselves in has caused him to question God, why he predicts a massive flood of homelessness in Ireland if drastic action is not taken and why he believes the Irish government would not be happy to take the multibillion Euro payout from Apple.

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Chris Nee: Episode 134

9Apr

Chris Nee is the creative genius behind Doc McStuffins. Since it's creation the show has won rave reviews, earned an audience of millions and pushed the boundaries of modern children's television. With multiple awards and invites to the White House to her name Chris has also played an integral role on shows such as Sesame Street and Deadliest Catch. 

In this episode Chris explains to Jarlath the importance of following your heart and working hard to live your dream, her pride as a gay woman of Irish origins and her emotional struggle during her time in a position in which others would be envious.

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Paul McGinley: Episode 133

2Apr

Irish golfing legend and Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley speaks about his journey from being rejected by many American golfing scholarships before he became one of the world’s most respected motivators in all of sports. Having overcome a serious knee injury in his teens which put an end to his dream of playing Gaelic football, Paul is now part of the Irish sporting hall of fame for masterminding a Ryder Cup win. In this episode he reveals to Jarlath the meticulous nature of his planning for the competition.

Paul also discusses how it feels to earn Rory McIlroy's complete trust, the importance of considerate and detailed leadership, the intrigue of Augusta and the one time in which he felt absolutely unstoppable. 

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Sarah Millican: Episode 132

26Mar

Sarah Millican is one of the biggest names in British comedy and her journey to get to where she is today is a truly fascinating one. Sarah discusses her Irish roots, the fascinating history of resilience in her family, how divorce released her, the disparity between contracts offered to male and female comics and her philosophy of kindness above all else..

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