Bernard Jackman: Episode 149

23Jul

Former Leinster, Connacht, Sale Sharks and Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman joined Jarlath this week from his home in France where he is currently the head coach at Top 14 club Grenoble. Bernard discusses how selling cattle with his father in Carlow gave him valuable life lessons (8:00) and how playing opposite Warren Gatland in Clontarf saw him escape a move to Japan and remain in Ireland to become one of its first professional rugby players (13:00).

In this insightful interview Bernard discusses the email he sent to Michael Cheika after the release of his brutally honest book (43:00) and why he would always choose attitude over talent (1:00:00). While offering a glimpse into the realities of sporting injuries Bernard also reveals the motives behind his ‘idiotic’ decisions to fool the team doctors and the importance of promoting concussion awareness in sport (26:00).

 

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Richie Egan (Jape): Episode 148

16Jul

Richie Egan is the Choice Music Prize-winning artist behind Jape and is also a member of The Redneck Manifesto. This week Richie joined Jarlath to discuss his isolated life in Malmo, Sweden where he has been living in recent years (3:00), the importance of the creative mind living life (10:00) and what it exactly means when a band ‘clicks’ (18:00). 

For the first time in any interview, Richie opens up about his battle with what he believes was a clinical depression in which he felt he could turn suicidal (47:00). By explaining the need for professional musicians to be malleable (42:00) while also stating why revealing the brutal truths behind his private thoughts may be the only place left for him to turn creatively (57:00), Richie gives a fascinating insight into the life and mind of a professional artist in 2016. 

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Donald McRae: Episode 147

9Jul

Donald McRae is one of the most respected sports interviewers in the world. He has conducted long form intimate interviews with the biggest names in sport for the last 20 years and produced 10 award winning books on a wide range of subjects.

In this rare interview with the South African native, Donald gives a gripping account of growing up in a wealthy white family during apartheid (3:00), starting fresh in London to join NME magazine (23:00) and experiencing genuine fear while interviewing a ’deeply disturbing’ Mike Tyson (29:00).

Donald explains his intrigue with boxers and why deceit is at the heart of a fighter (0:51) while also discussing the times he has questioned whether the sport should exist (1:01:00). From calling ‘bullshit’ on Chris Gayle recently (1:16:00) to Conor McGregor's mentality (1:04:00), this a rare opportunity to get behind the scenes with one of the world's most respected sports journalists.

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Roisin Conaty: Episode 146

2Jul

Roisin Conaty is an award-winning comedian, actress and writer. Roisin joined Jarlath this week to discuss growing up in Camden in the 1980s (5:00), formative Irish summer holidays (9:00) and almost throwing in the towel on her career (1:04:00).

While a young Roisin had a desire to be a country music sensation (17:00), she never had the urge to perform (21:00) until a close friend directed her towards the stage (27:00). Since then Roisin has won the Edinburgh Fringe's Newcomer Award (44:00), had her comedy pilot Game Face be commissioned for a series by E4 (1:12:00) as well as having had appearances on Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard’s Good News.

Over the course of this conversation Roisin also explains the importance of having goals (1:29:00), the experience of working alongside Ricky Gervais (1:24:00) and being at the centre of a TV nightmare (56:00).

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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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