Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell (founders of Brown Bag Films): Episode 145

25Jun

Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell are the two founders of Dublin-based Brown Bag Films - the Oscar nominated animation company behind Give Up Yer Aul Sins, Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, Noddy, Henry Hugglemonster and Doc McStuffins. Cathal and Darragh discuss the evolution of Brown Bag in a nineties Ireland which offered no support (6:00/52:00) before growing to become one of the world's most respected animation companies.

Cathal and Darragh explain the workings of their relationship having met in a college which they were subsequently kicked out of and the various business decisions behind their success. Cathal discusses valuing persistence in business (14:00), choosing satisfaction over money (17:00) and how the success of Give Up Yer Aul Sins caused the phone to stop ringing (26:00). Darragh speaks about overcoming a crippling shyness before later confidently pitching to Disney and Netflix (49:00), turning down Boyzone (55:00) while also outlining the importance of resisting greed and reinvesting profits in the company (01:02:00).

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Gordon D’Arcy, Niall Breslin and Derval O’Rourke (Live from UCD): Episode 144

18Jun

This week Jarlath is joined by Gordon D'Arcy, Niall Breslin and Derval O'Rourke live at UCD Festival's 'Life After Sport' event. The panel discuss the circumstances surrounding their retirements from sport (4:00), the ruthlessness of the sacrifices they made as professional athletes (16:00) while also reflecting on their own personal battles throughout their careers.

How does someone prepare for the second chapter in their career after having one which they fought so hard to obtain? Through discussions which include Bressie's admission to never fully understanding the rules of rugby as a professional (36:00), Gordon's belief in selfishness (24:00) and Derval's regrets (20:00), this panel offers a fascinating insight into the incomparable life of a sports professional.

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Seann Walsh: Episode 143

11Jun

Seann Walsh is one of the most sought-after comics in the UK today and this week he joined Jarlath to discuss his Irish roots (3:00), how a Lee Evans VHS tape changed his life at the age of 11 (7:00) and learning how to stand still (28:00).

Seann explains his dedication to making people laugh at school which included performing on the school bus (10:00) and how his regrets of not taking education seriously have left him feeling intimidated and out of his depth working in television (11:00). To his audience Seann appears confident and in control however he explains the anxieties that he’s experienced in television which includes having a panic attack while recording a well known TV show (53:00). From discussions on the abuse he received for Seann Walsh World (56:00) to clarifying the differences between real-life Seann and his on stage persona (1:04:00) this episode is a fascinating chat with one of the UK’s fastest rising comedians.

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Eamon Dunphy: Episode 142

2Jun

Eamon Dunphy is one of Ireland's most prolific public commentators and sports journalists and this week he spoke frankly with Jarlath about never kissing arse in his career (25:00), the theatre of politics and how an evil Europe has decimated Ireland (1:00:00). Having moved to England to play for Manchester United at the age of 15 Eamon expresses how, at a time where he was cleaning the boots of Johnny Giles and Bobby Charlton (5:00), he still felt there was a stark contrast in the treatment of the working class in Britain compared to Ireland which he feels still exists today (14:00).

From discussions on a stubborn Jack Charlton who didn't trust talent (48:00) to venturing into strip clubs with George Best (9:00) and not being afraid to leave RTÉ (36:00) this conversation is truly a must-listen.

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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.

The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad t-shirt wherever you are in the world.

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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.

The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad t-shirt wherever you are in the world.

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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.

The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad t-shirt wherever you are in the world.

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