Chris O’Dowd: Episode 175

21Jan

This week we have delved into the Irishman Abroad archives to treat the listeners to a re-release of Jarlath’s interview with Chris O’Dowd, which, until now, was only  available through the Irishman Abroad app. In one of the biggest hits of the series to date, Chris discusses his journey from the basement setting of the UCD Drama Society to Hollywood. Through a series of fascinating and hilarious stories, Chris explains how his career hinges on the stealing of a single fax (26:00), how he once managed to blag a job running a bar in Paris (14:00) before opening up about being unable to afford his cable bill after Bridesmaids was released (46:00). This conversation is truly one of the highlights of the show to date and is not to be missed.

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/irishman-abroad-by-jarlath/id1101165812?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=irishman.jarlath.com.anirishmanabroad&hl=en

The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate the gift of £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad bag wherever you are in the world.

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Graham Linehan (returns): Episode 174

14Jan

Graham Linehan is the first guest to make a hat-trick of appearances on the podcast and this encounter does not disappoint. Graham discusses the upcoming Women’s March in London and the importance of taking activism offline (4:00), while also explaining the truly dark side of trolling (11:00) and what he sees as the cause behind the gender pay gap in the entertainment industry (49:00). 

As he is now writing the first series of Motherland, Graham speaks about being the only male member of a four-person writing team and the current challenges of writing funny (31:00). From revealing why he believes Father Ted fans do not want to see a spin-off show (50:00) to explaining the concept of making more money as a failure in the US than as a success in Britain (47:00) this conversation is a must-listen.

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/irishman-abroad-by-jarlath/id1101165812?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=irishman.jarlath.com.anirishmanabroad&hl=en

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.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Tony Moran: Episode 173

7Jan

Tony Moran has truly experienced life’s highs and lows. Having grown up in a tough environment in Liverpool, at an early age Tony found that self-defence training not only prevented him from becoming one of life’s victims, but was the secret to a successful sporting career (5:00). This week, Tony tells Jarlath about his unusual journey from becoming a karate and boxing champion before setting his sights on the MMA. 

Having earned his respect at the Wolfslair MMA Academy training alongside Michael Bisping and Quentin “Rampage” Jackson, Tony discusses how he took more heavy blows to the head in 6 rounds of boxing than in 6 years of MMA during ‘gym wars’ with the likes of Tony Bellew (27:00). Following on from the breakdown of his marriage, Tony outlines how he suffered in order to provide for his children (45:00) and tells the fascinating story of how he subsequently become the cruiser weight world champion while homeless (47:00).

From explaining the friction between boxing and MMA (22:00), why the journeyman boxers are the toughest in the fight game (16:00), why he attracted the attention of the police (40:00) and much more, this conversation is a great insight into the enthralling story of one man’s battle against life’s obstacles.

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.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Ken Early: Episode 172

31Dec

Ken Early is one of Ireland’s most respected sports journalists and broadcasters. As one of the Second Captains team, Ken has also become a name that is synonymous with superb podcasting. This week he sat down with Jarlath for an honest conversation about his life and career. Ken discusses the dynamic of the Second Captains lineup (6:00), being very well paid to create a new language (21:00) and being jeered while reporting on the UFC in Las Vegas (32:00).

For a man who has built such a name for himself in his profession, listeners will be surprised to hear Ken's description of his career highlights (26:00). Ken also speaks frankly about why he thinks that the ‘dream’ that Conor McGregor is living is boring (42:00), the perils of mansplaining (17:00), the art of hiding in a swimming pool (10:00) and what he knows John Giles really thinks of him (1:08:00).

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.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Glen Hansard: Episode 171

24Dec

Oscar award-winning singer songwriter Glen Hansard is currently working in the heart of the Irish homelessness crisis with his work on the frontline of the Home Sweet Home campaign at Apollo House in Dublin. 

In this enthralling conversation, Glen speaks passionately about his personal connection with homelessness in Ireland and how his background has shaped his desire to make a difference.

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.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Paul McGrath: Episode 170

18Dec

Paul McGrath is, without a doubt, one of Ireland’s greatest sporting legends. This week he joined Jarlath to talk about is journey from Dublin to Manchester United. No stone is left unturned as Paul opens up about the demons he has faced throughout his entire life. 

Paul also explains how being the ‘black sheep’ at Manchester United saw him start out as an outsider but eventually find a kindred spirit in a 16 year old Norman Whiteside (12:00). We get a rare glimpse into a chapter in Paul's life he has never spoken about before, in which he was bed bound for 2 years unable to communicate with the world (15:00).

From explaining how it felt to be on Alex Ferguson’s drop list (30:00), to being an ambassador for survival (47:00) and talking about the so-called footballing friends who stopped answering his calls when he retired (01:00:00), this episode is a fascinating conversation with a survivor the entire nation took into their hearts. 

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.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Fionn Davenport: Episode 169

10Dec

Fionn Davenport is best known for his outstanding travel writing and journalistic broadcasting, yet many will be unaware of his incredible journey from Blanchardstown to Argentina and New York before returning home to Ireland once more at an early age. Fionn discusses how a life of constant travel informs a different kind of thinking (7:00) and how he experienced alienation as a teenager when he struggled to find any meaning in the term ’home’ (17:00).

Fionn opens up about his alcohol and drugs abuse while living in New York during a period of profound unhappiness in his life (27:00) and he admits that he was ‘paralysed by pure fear’ during that period (38:00). Having travelled the globe in both his personal and professional lives, Fionn is not short of some enthralling stories which including the time he was held up by Marxist guerrillas in Northern Guatemala (50:00) and how he was reduced to sleeping on bails of rice in a rat-infested barn in China (53:00). From conversing about the Irishperson’s problem with vulnerability (59:00) to why a drunken heart to heart is to be taken with a pinch of salt (48:00), this episode is a fascinating insight into the backstory of one of Ireland’s most prolific travel writers.

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.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Michael Conlan: Episode 168

3Dec

Michael Conlan is, quite simply, the greatest Irish male amateur boxer of all time. This week he joined Jarlath to speak frankly about his journey to the top, his recent move into professionalism and the wake of his devastating Olympics loss. Michael opens up about his innate self-belief and the feeling of invincibility that came with becoming world champion (38:00). Michael also discusses how he switches off his negative thoughts (44:00) while also opening up about why, for a brief moment, he thought he could be the Irish athlete found guilty of doping in Rio (48:00). 

Having recently turned professional, Michael is now able to open up about how ‘money is God’ to many of the most corrupt people involved in amateur boxing (22:00) and how the ‘complete stupidity’ of its fight scheduling (20:00) perfectly demonstrates this.

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.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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J.P. & Brendan Byrne (Authors of “Don’t Hug Your Mother”): Episode 167

26Nov

This week the authors of "Don't Hug Your Mother" J.P. & Brendan Byrne met Jarlath to talk about the lives that inspired their astonishing book. With unflinching honesty they detail how their father forced their mother from their family home and attempted to turn these two young brothers against her and each other. It's an episode like no other in the series and you'd be a fool not to listen to it.

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.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Amy De Bhrun: Episode 166

19Nov

Actress and writer Amy De Bhrún does not sit back and wait for opportunities to arrive on her doorstep. While attending drama school, Amy started her own theatre company at a time when the feminist message was drowned out by sexist traditions. She speaks about meeting resistance and confronting it head on (13:00). While Amy is best known for her roles in Penny Dreadful and Jason Bourne, her work as a solo theatre performer and writer has also seen her evaluating success on a particularly interesting level with her audiences (1:05:00).

Amy speaks about the ordeal of dealing with her sister’s breast cancer while on the Jason Bourne set (32:00), the battles women have to maintain a certain ‘look’ in a cut-throat industry (25:00) and how it feels to have your mother direct your plays (26:00). From discussing her thoughts on the Repeal the 8th movement (53:00) to the importance of loving oneself (6:00) and the process of writing funny (58:00), this is a truly fun and heartfelt conversation with one of Ireland’s rising female stars.

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.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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