Tommy Tiernan (Live at the Vodafone Comedy Festival): Episode 97

26Jul

Tommy Tiernan is, without a doubt, Ireland's most successful comedian and in the first instalment of this very special two-part interview of an Irishman Abroad he sits down with Jarlath in front of a live audience at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival to discuss his life and career. In what is possibly one of the most revealing and personal interviews with Tommy, he opens up to Jarlath about his years of self-loathing, huge regrets and the loneliness that he feels in places where he is unknown.

Tommy also speaks about the media's ruling in Ireland, finding wisdom in laziness, his stubborn confidence, feeling trapped financially and why he believes improvisational comedy is his true calling. 

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Aidan Turner: Episode 96

18Jul

Actor Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Poldark, Being Human) gives, by his own admission, the most personal interview of his career to date. On a rare break from filming he sat down with Jarlath in Soho to discuss the key moments in his life and work including his days as a welder and as a student at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. With an honesty and insight that is rare to find in any interview with a high profile actor, Aidan opens up to Jarlath about his process, the on-set notes from Sir Ian McKellen, the secret he will never reveal, his new movie with Chris O'Dowd, his connection with Ross Poldark and why "that scything photo" was born out of a commitment to becoming his character rather than any sort of vanity. 

Relaxed and informal, this is a break from the standard press interviews Aidan is usually forced to perform and it gives a rare glimpse of an Irish actor living the dream and moving up in the world with a smile on his face.

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David Walsh: Episode 95

11Jul

David Walsh is one of the world's most acclaimed sports writers and his work was one of the cornerstones in the building of a successful case against Lance Armstrong. David speaks to Jarlath about having a fascination with sport from a very early age, the fallout with Stephen Roche in front of the Irish public, his obsession with the Lance Armstrong charade, and being played by Chris O'Dowd in the upcoming Working Title picture 'The Program.'

David also speaks openly about why he believes Jonny Wilkinson's selfish nature may prevent him from taking the next step in his career, overcoming a major stutter, regarding enthusiasm as his only quality, the problem with humility, who he thinks will win the Tour de France before weighing in on the Mo Farah debate.

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Philomena Lee: Episode 94

4Jul

Philomena Lee's story is quite possibly the most heart breaking yet inspirational story to have ever been told on An Irishman Abroad. This week Philomena spoke candidly to Jarlath about her life in a Magdalene Laundry and the moment her three year old son was taken away from her without warning. And how she kept the secret for fifty years.

Philomena speaks of how becoming a psychiatric nurse helped her deal with her anger, arrive at forgiveness and understand the barriers that were put in the way of her search for her son. And finally we learn how the authorities in Ireland are still standing in the way of parents and their stolen children who wish to reunite.

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Brendan Courtney (Live at the Body and Soul Festival): Episode 93

27Jun

TV presenter, designer and entrepreneur Brendan Courtney joined Jarlath in a packed Vodafone Comedy Tent at the Body and Soul Festival last weekend to discuss his life and work in fashion and television. Brendan talks about writing Wanderlust which he subsequently sold to 19 countries, hating Off the Rails by the end, feeling like a fraud during the Brendan Courtney show, entering the business world with the Lennon Courtney brand and why he wouldn't host The Late Late Show. 

Brendan also discusses working in a fetish club with Rory O'Neill, being on the receiving end of homophobic abuse, experiencing self-doubt and why he feels it's "all over" for traditional media.

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Evanna Lynch: Episode 92

20Jun

When is calling home not the best thing to do? In this week's episode actress Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter, My Name Is Emily, G.B.F.) speaks to Jarlath about her life in LA and whether it is hard to function in an image obsessed industry when you've overcome an eating disorder. Evanna explains how our idea of Hollywood is not accurate, auditions, rejection, learning full self-respect, overcoming cynicism, the vacuum that Potter left behind and the phone conversations we don't necessarily need with our parents.

With a rare maturity beyond her 23 years, Evanna talks about why she believes in running towards fear, choosing her charity work carefully and why she thinks ambition in the arts might not be appreciated in Ireland as much as it is in America.

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Stephen Hunt: Episode 91

13Jun

In this week's episode Ipswich and Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt talks to Jarlath about his career and some of the lessons he has learned along the way. Stephen speaks about jealousy and moaners in the dressing room, being crushed at Crystal Palace the day after receiving his first International under 21s cap, being a victim of José Mourinho's scrutiny, why Giovanni Trapattoni is a managerial genius who broke his heart and why he believes Raheem Sterling won't be leaving Liverpool this summer.

Stephen also discusses what makes a good agent, getting tired of the Stephen Ireland furore, the Jack Grealish question, what went wrong at Wolves, his regrets about not moving to Everton and much, much more.

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Jason Manford: Episode 90

6Jun

Jason Manford is one of the most fascinating guests ever to appear on the show. His story is a true rags to riches tale - including the heartbreaking account of Christmas being cancelled as a child, Bette Midler's rage over Jason's innocent request, his work addiction, why cursing is holding some comedians back and how Ricky Gervais inadvertently threw a spanner in the works of his first Edinburgh show.

Jason also tells the story of turning around a show from nothing into being a Perrier Award nominee in just four weeks before speaking frankly about the struggle of fatherhood following his divorce and the ramifications of making mistakes as a person in the public eye.

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Shane Allen: Episode 89

30May

This week Shane Allen, the BBC's Controller of Comedy Commissioning, talks to Jarlath about his lifelong obsession with comedy, how he went to Edinburgh University specifically to hang out at the Fringe during the summer, getting his big break on the 11 O'Clock Show and the bizarre experience of shooting Ali G with Sasha Baron Cohen in Northern Ireland.

It's a very rare insight into the man in charge of the BBC's multimillion pound comedy budget including his thoughts on spotting and nurturing talent, why things rarely end well for people in his position, an admission about Mrs Brown's Boys and much, much more.

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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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