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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Liz Bonnin: Episode 61

15Nov

Liz Bonnin's journey which brought her from France to Dublin to tracking wild cats in Nepal is a fascinating one. This week Liz sat down for a conversation with Jarlath at the BAFTA headquarters in London to discuss her story and sudden departure from mainstream television in favour of her first love, science.

Liz talks about how academia gave her a sense of control in her hectic lifestyle as an entertainment presenter, completing her Masters degree before embarking on a career as a specialist factual presenter for the BBC which has brought her all over the world. From discussions of her life-changing experiences with tigers to her struggles campaigning for the protection of endangered animals to the importance of valuing hard work and persistence, this interview truly has it all.

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Pat Shortt (Live from the Cork Film Festival): Episode 60

10Nov

Just three months ago Pat Shortt was acting alongside Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway and in this week's episode he joined Jarlath live on stage at the Cork Opera House during the Cork Film Festival to discuss the fascinating journey of what has seen him become one of Ireland's comedy legends as well as one of the country's most prolific actors.

Pat tells the story of how he ended up being unable to even book a gig in Dublin while at the same time selling out theatre venues across America and touring around Europe, Africa and Russia in the nineties as part of D'Unbelievables. He also explains his transition to taking serious acting roles which has given him an international name as an actor staring in films such as The Garage, Calvary, The Guard and most recently, Queen and Country as well as West End and Broadway stints with The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Pat opens up about suffering stage fright, becoming part of the 'Broadway family', the process of understanding the physicality of a character as well as discussing how his work ethic and determination has shaped his career.

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Matt Cooper: Episode 59

1Nov

Jarlath joins Matt Cooper in his studio to discuss his life and career as one of Ireland's most respected journalists. Matt talks about his work ethic, living without regrets and tells the gripping story of how he found himself travelling to North Korea with Denis Rodman to entertain Kim Jong-un. Matt gives his top tips for interviewing, speaks candidly about the anger he felt watching the country go bust and gives his view on what makes this government worse than the last.


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Des Bishop (Live from the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Galway): Episode 58

26Oct

Des Bishop is one of Ireland's most successful comedians. This week he sits down with Jarlath in front of a packed house at The Roisín Dubh in Galway to talk about the bizarre chain of events that brought him to emigrate to Ireland at the tender age of 14. 
From his brush with the mafia, to the bullying he suffered as a child, to his substance abuse, subsequent recovery and discovery of stand up, this is a roller coaster of a tale that he has never properly told. Dealing with serious self-doubt, acting alongside Cillian Murphy, his cheat code for comedy and how he learned Mandarin in the space of a year, there is something in this one for everyone.
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Duke Special: Episode 57

19Oct

Duke Special is one Ireland's most loved musicians and in this week's episode it is not hard to see why. The man behind Duke Special, Peter Wilson, opens up to Jarlath about his insecurities and the reason why he chooses to perform as Duke Special, how he felt completely out of his depth performing on Later with Jools Holland and how not being a megastar has allowed his artistic creativity to run completely free.

Peter talks about moving to Swindon aged 18 before returning home to Belfast out of guilt, the experiences he had as an apprentice pianist, his love for timelessness and things that are forgotten as well as revealing how he almost tried to join East 17. 

This episode is sponsored by Currency Fair. 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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George Kane: Episode 56

11Oct

George Kane is a multi-award winning writer, director and editor and this episode of An Irishman Abroad is very special as George does not usually do interviews, in fact, this is his first. George sits down with Jarlath in his home to talk about the work he put into his first pilot which brought him to the attention of Channel 4, the processes involved in creating Headwreckers which later evolved to become The Savage Eye and the importance of kindness before giving some fantastic advice to those who are budding professionals in his field.

George also speaks of the fascinating creative journey that he embarked upon alongside comedy troop Dead Cat Bounce in the making of Discoverdale which was filmed across Europe and was subsequently awarded many prizes at International film festivals.

This episode is sponsored by Currency Fair. 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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Johnny Vegas: Episode 55

4Oct

In this week's episode, the man behind Johnny Vegas, Michael Pennington, talks to Jarlath about growing up with a father who was desperately in search of his Irish roots, the origins of his renowned comedy character and how the events he experienced while training to become a priest cost him his faith. Michael also discusses being tormented by hypochondria for years, how he has dealt with the duality of his character and his current battle with the notion of performing as Michael Pennington.

This episode is sponsored by Currency Fair. 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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Enda Brady: Episode 54

27Sep

Enda Brady is a Sky News reporter who many listeners will know as soon as they hear his voice but very few will know the story of how he arrived at where he is today. In this week's episode Enda talks to Jarlath about being the first reporting team on the scene of the Woolwich murder, interviewing Michael Jackson and Tiger Woods and having Boyzone requesting him to interview them following the death of Stephen Gately. Enda also gives his thoughts on paparazzi journalism and the place of the media in worldwide events as well as talking about his experiences working in Basra during the invasion of Iraq.

This episode is sponsored by Currency Fair. 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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Darren O’Dea: Episode 53

20Sep

It's not often that a footballer is held at gunpoint along with his team mates on the way to a match but Darren O'Dea has recently experienced just that. As a result of the civil war in the Ukraine he has made the brave decision to give up his lucrative contract, put his professional future in the balance and return for the sake of his family. 
In this week's episode he talks to Jarlath about his career that has seen him win Young International Player of the Year for Ireland as well as playing for clubs in England, Scotland, Canada and the Ukraine. Darren talks about signing for Celtic as a teenager, fainting during his medical at Donetsk, taking up the highest salary cap in the history of the MLS, the genius of Brendan Rodgers, the importance of having strong support in one's life, the search for a new club and the intense pressure of professional football in Scotland. 
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