Deirdre O’Kane: Episode 52

13Sep

While Deirdre O'Kane is one of Ireland's most well known comics, acting has always been her first love. Having moved to London eight years ago and having also considering a move to LA much of Deirdre's story will not be known to the general public.
In this episode the star of Moone Boy, Intermission and Paths to Freedom talks about the incredible process she underwent which led her to making the film Noble which is now set for worldwide cinematic release, the importance of faith in her life, why she still doesn't feel successful, why she laughs more in Ireland and how to make use of rejection in one's life.
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 contact the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.
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Niall Quinn: Episode 51

6Sep

One of Ireland's most highly acclaimed sportspeople Niall Quinn talks about his route to success as a footballer before making it successful in both business and media. Niall talks about the GAA constructing a rule to prevent him playing with too many clubs as a youngster, being told so abruptly that he would never make it as a footballer at fifteen which made him temporarily turn his back on the sport before becoming one of Ireland's footballing legends.

Niall played more sport before the age of sixteen than most families have combined and his journey to get to the heights of success that he has is a fascinating one. In this rare long form interview with Niall he reveals which Irish bank is partly responsible for saving Sunderland when he took over as chairman before giving a fascinating insight into the pressures of running a club which is in despair. He also gives opinion on the circumstances of Saipan in 2002 and his relationship with Roy Keane whom he later hired as manager for Sunderland.

This episode is sponsored by GAA GO, 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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50th episode special: An Irishman Abroad so far…

30Aug

It is An Irishman Abroad's 50th episode and this week we have put together a very special show of some of the most memorable moments from the past year. Below is a guide to the clips played in this episode. Sit back and enjoy.

If you are unable to view the full information on your listening device then please find the info in full at soundcloud.com/an-irishman-abroad

Left open-mouthed:
Ken Doherty, Andy Lee, Derval O'Rourke, Mick Finnegan

Importance of love:
Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Brendan Dempsey, Robert Sheehan

Laugh out loud moments:
Dara O'Briain and Ed Byrne, Tom Dunne, Graham Linehan, Ken Doherty

Hitting rock bottom:
Jack Reynor, Graham Linehan, Richard Hughes, Jane Ní Dhulchaointaigh, Chris O'Dowd, Ronnie Whelan

Telling a good story:
Andrew Maxwell, Aidan Gillen, Barry Glendenning, Chris O'Dowd

Dealing with criticism:
Paul Kimmage, Tony McCoy, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Robert Sheehan

Being a chancer:
Kian Egan, Michael Smiley, Ken Doherty, Angela Scanlon, Chris O'Dowd, Owen O'Neill

Influential people in their story:
Lisa Hannigan, Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan

Mental Health:
Niall Breslin (Bressie), Mick Finnegan

Advice:
Lenny Abrahamson, Boy George, Tony McCoy

This episode is sponsored by GAA GO, 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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Boy George: Episode 49

24Aug

One of the world's most successful pop artists and DJ's joins Jarlath this week to talk about growing up Irish in London, how his upbringing influenced his aversion to authority and how prison opened up his eyes to those around him. With a Grammy Award to his name and over thirty million records sold George's story of reaching superstardom includes the Culture Club's breakup and reformation, how Buddhist chants help him with his aspirations, why he believes one can invest in happiness and how life has been for him since he became sober six years ago.

This episode is sponsored by GAAGO, 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.

Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless credit and/or hyperlink to the Irishman Abroad podcast is clearly and accurately provided.

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Susan Loughnane: Episode 48

16Aug

Susan Loughnane is an actress, model, artist and writer who will be most recognisable to Irish audiences for her part of Debbie in Love/Hate. Susan's path to get to where she is now will be very much unknown to the listener before this. From painting to help fund her way through studying acting in New York to experiencing her lowest ever confidence having just won an IFTA award Susan's story is one that must be heard. In this interview Susan talks about relapsing into shyness, why she believes that her part on Britain's Next Top Model was not necessarily a wise decision for her modelling career, how she still enjoys working 'normal' jobs occasionally in order to stay grounded and why she values fun over ambition.

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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Donal Skehan: Episode 47

9Aug

Many guests on this show have spoken about changing career paths but Donal Skehan's story takes this to a whole other level. Today Donal is most recognisable as a TV home cook, author and food photographer but many will be unaware of his journey to get there which includes being in bands which brought him two Irish number one hits and losing to Dustin the Turkey in Eurosong, packing everything in and starting from scratch with a new focus on more than just one occasion, letting romance take him to Sweden and working with Jamie Oliver. Donal opens up to Jarlath about how he has dealt with begrudgery towards him, how he deals with worry as well as giving his stance on the place and influence of food in today's media.

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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Angela Scanlon: Episode 46

2Aug

Angela Scanlon had incredible aspirations for herself from a very early age. In this week's episode Angela talks about how her childhood struggle with authority shaped her goals, the importance of trust and credibility and she also gives her opinion on the modern day sexualisation and image expectations of women. Angela's story explains why she believes most people are faking it until they make it, how she created her own fashion business which led to gaining clients such as Louis Vuitton and how she ended up being on Vogue magazine's one-to-watch list.

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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Dara O’Briain and Ed Byrne (live from the Vodafone Comedy Festival): Episode 45

26Jul

In An Irishman Abroad's first ever live show in Ireland, Irish comedy legends Dara O'Briain and Ed Byrne sit down together with Jarlath in an intimate theatre at the Vodafone Comedy Festival in Dublin. Dara and Ed deliver some hilarious stories of their long friendship, how being Irish can be an asset abroad, the trials and tribulations of being a working comic and how modern parenting differs from that of previous generations.

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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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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