An Irishman Abroad
How to come back from Quadriplegia - The Billy Hedderman Story

How to come back from Quadriplegia - The Billy Hedderman Story

July 13, 2019

Billy Hedderman is a former Irish special forces army officer who left home for Australia in 2014. Three months later he found himself lying on a beach paralysed from the neck down fully sure his life as he knew it was done. And yet somehow, through sheer determination, grit and will power he dragged himself back from the brink. His return, his comeback to full health and mobility is a real life Rocky story and forms part of Jarlath's new podcast series, “An Irishman Abroad: Coming Home”. You can read the full story of Billy Hedderman and his remarkable recovery in his book “Unbowed” published by Mercier Press.

Entries are now open for the incredible “Come Home” Competition from Currencyfair.com and Irishman Abroad Podcasts. One lucky listener will win a €30,000 relocation package to help towards the cost of moving back to Ireland. To enter now visit currencyfair.com/comehome today.
 
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Roger Wilson: Episode 303

Roger Wilson: Episode 303

July 6, 2019

Concussion was for a long time considered "just part of the game" of American Football. Then a string of tragic cases and the Will Smith movie “Concussion" changed the thinking of the community. Roger Wilson the former Ireland, Ulster and Barbarians player explains to Jarlath how the change is actually slower than you’d think. After his career ended Wilson set up a company aiming to address the root cause of concussions for players - poor tackling technique. Based in the football hotbed of Texas, Roger’s Tackle Smart company works with high-school, college and pros on adjusting their approach to, thinking towards and technique in tackling. 

 

In this revealing conversation Roger speaks for the first time about the challenges he has faced from within the footballing establishment, the progress that’s been made and some truly shocking realities of the American approach to contact in the sport (31:00). Jarlath speaks to Roger about his own experiences of concussion within rugby (17:00), how he prepared for retirement when he knew it could be forced upon him at any moment and the nature of toxic masculinity in sport (47:00). Roger opens up about his friendship with Paddy Jackson, his feelings about the outcome of the case and how the game can change and learn from this dark episode. (Patreon Full Length Version Only). 

To learn more about Tackle Smart and Roger Wilson’s work visit http://tacklesmartsports.com today.

Entries are now open for the incredible “Come Home” Competition from Currencyfair.com and Irishman Abroad Podcasts. One lucky listener will win a €30,000 relocation package to help towards the cost of moving back to Ireland. To enter now visit currencyfair.com/comehome today.
 
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Sinead Gleeson: Episode 302

Sinead Gleeson: Episode 302

June 29, 2019

Writer Sinéad Gleeson's story is nothing short of fascinating. From her four year struggle with monoarticular arthritis as a teenager to her battle with leukaemia in her twenties, it is no surprise that Sinéad's journey through life is a powerful tale.

With a beautiful honesty, Sinéad opens up about why she believes 'immobility is gasoline for the brain' (5:00), her lightbulb moment as a writer (35:00) and how she feels women are now able to speak out (14:00).

From her incredible depiction of her anger with the world of medicine (47:00), dealing with grief (1:02:00) to the power of a supportive partner (Patreon Full Length Version Only) and much more, this is a truly enlightening conversation with one of Ireland's top literary talents.

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Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen: Episode 301

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen: Episode 301

June 22, 2019

How Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen brought the “Aisling” phenomenon to life is a story you’re going to love.

This week, Jarlath sat down with Emer and Sarah at a very exciting time as they prepare for Aisling her big screen debut.

Emer and Sarah explain the fascinating origins of the Aisling character (9:00), why they wanted to avoid the stereotypical depiction of the Irish Mammy (32:00) and how they had to learn the ropes of screenwriting for the release of the Aisling movie (4:00).

From becoming a voice for Irish women (11:00), reading bad reviews (42:00) to the concept of 'notions' (49:00), grappling with writing sex scenes for Aisling (Patreon Full Length Version Only) and much, much more, you're going to love this chat with two of the most inspiring characters in Irish literature.

Jarlath also announces the very exciting news of Currency Fair's competition in which €30,000 can be won to help a very lucky winner move home to Ireland. For more information visit https://www.currencyfair.com/comehome

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Episode 300 (Live from the Underbelly Festival) with Laura Whitmore, Aisling Bea, Niall Breslin, Angela Scanlon, Roisin Conaty and Bronagh Waugh

Episode 300 (Live from the Underbelly Festival) with Laura Whitmore, Aisling Bea, Niall Breslin, Angela Scanlon, Roisin Conaty and Bronagh Waugh

June 17, 2019
The 300th episode of the series is like no other episode. The conversation between Jarlath and his six guests ranges from their most hilarious stories of feeling like a fish out of water abroad to questioning whether the changes that have taken place back home can be believed. Aisling Bea speaks for the very first time about making her new sitcom series for Channel 4 “This Way Up” (34:00). Angela Scanlon confesses to the mortifying downside of faking it until you make it (26:00). Roisín's Philomena Begley obsession is explored (24:00). Bronagh Waugh tries to unpick why Northern Ireland continues to be an after thought in Westminster (43:00). Niall Breslin takes us back to his first ever episode of Irishman Abroad and how it changed the conversations he was having with other men about mental health (14:00). Laura Whitmore tells of the most Irish reason for a first date fail (11:00) and how the up-skirting law change should provide us all with hope for other changes in society (49:00). There’s music from the superb singer song-writer Emmet O’Malley (59:00) for more see emmetomalley.com) and DJ Chewy Chewerson makes a special presentation to Jarlath. (Patreon Full Length Version Only).
 
Huge thanks to all our guests, the staff at the Underbelly, the London Irish Centre for all their help in promoting the show (https://www.londonirishcentre.org/), DJ Chewy (is available for bookings) and Emmet O’Malley for his performance on the night. Deep breath. This is an epic episode and the perfect way to mark out first 300. Thank you for listening.
 
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Dennis Taylor: Episode 299

Dennis Taylor: Episode 299

June 8, 2019

Dennis Taylor’s journey from factory worker in Tyrone to the pinnacle of snooker was more than bizarre and unusual. He left Ireland without a snooker cue or any thought of turning professional. At that time there was barely a professional version of the game. He explains to Jarlath how he realised that he had a talent by chance in a local snooker club in the north of England (6:00). Within 5 years he was listed as one of the top ten players in the world and gunning for the world title. 

Dennis opens up about the unseen grind of the game (20:00), his friendship with the late Alex Higgins (55:00), the effects of being an overnight celebrity (24:00), Ronnie O’Sullivan (35:00) and much much more. Whether you’re a snooker fan or not, this is an episode about a unique life you can’t fail to enjoy with one of the best characters ever to play the game.

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John Giles: Episode 298

John Giles: Episode 298

June 1, 2019
This week John Giles welcomed Jarlath into his home to tell the incredible story of his life, career and journey abroad.
 
With a refreshing honesty, John opens up about his difficult time at Manchester United (48:00), why he thinks Brian Clough was scared of his players (1:00:00) and how he was criticised for a management style that is similar to that of Pep Guardiola (1:18:00). John also speaks passionately about why he firmly believes that numbers and stats are a complete waste of time in football (Patreon Full Length Version Only).
 
From the truth behind why he never missed the game in his retirement (1:31:00) to his first meeting with an isolated Eamon Dunphy (29:00), why The Damned United is 'a joke' (58:00) and much, much more, this is one of kind and fun chat with an Irish sporting icon.
 
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Dr. Andrew Rynne: Episode 297

Dr. Andrew Rynne: Episode 297

May 25, 2019

Jarlath meets Ireland’s first vasectomy doctor to discuss a new short film about an attempt that was made on his life in 1990. Back when the Catholic church dictated Ireland’s laws on sex and reproduction, Dr. Andrew Rynne stood up and challenged the establishment on the issues of contraception, abortion, vasectomies and more.

For his troubles he was hauled in front of the courts, splashed across the tabloids, denounced from the pulpit, disowned by his own father and shot one afternoon in the summer of 1990. Paul Webster’s short film “The Vasectomy Doctor” takes us to that shocking moment and discovers why it happened. Jarlath delves deeper into Dr. Rynne’s story to find out why he left Ireland for Canada only to return due to emigrant ache, how he learned to do vasectomies when nobody would teach them, how the procedure relies on touch more than sight and how taboo the issue sex was back in the late 1970s.

Later in the episode Dr. Rynne looks at the changes that porn has caused in the Irish male and why testosterone deficiency syndrome could explain more than just a loss of libido in older men. Jarlath then speaks to Paul Webster about directing the short film and gets are further insight into the life of one of Ireland’s most influential and courageous medical professionals. (Patreon Full Length Version Only)

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Imelda May: Episode 296

Imelda May: Episode 296

May 18, 2019

Imelda May is, without a doubt, one of the most requested guests in the series to date. This week, Jarlath and Imelda finally had the chance to sit down and chat face to face.

In fascinating detail, Imelda discusses the addictive nature of losing oneself on stage (9:00), her time working every job that she could find when she first moved over to London (14:00) and her clever marketing plan to grow her name while touring with Jools Holland (Patreon Full Length Version only).

From her incredible story about Bono's endless support for her (37:00) to her frank discussion on why artists should 'keep away from talent shows' (42:00), how you have to be totally committed to make it as an artist (30:00) and much more, this is a thoroughly heartfelt conversation with one of Ireland's true musical greats.

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Cora Staunton: Episode 295

Cora Staunton: Episode 295

May 11, 2019

Jarlath meets Cora Staunton during one of the most tumultuous weeks of her life.  In a wide ranging conversation, Cora explains the pressure of being recognised as a local public figure from a young age (8:00), the reaction to loss that defined her personality (52:00) and the core belief that will no doubt help her along the road to recovery  (50:00).

From revealing the one regret that she has from moving to Australia (39:00) to the key to her success (1:04:00) and her frank opinions on the topic of compensation players in the GAA (Patreon Full Length Version Only), this is a one of a kind conversation with one of Ireland’s greatest sportswomen.

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