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.

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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.

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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.

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Jonathan Forbes: Episode 165

12Nov

This week, actor Jonathan Forbes joined Jarlath on the set of ITV's 'Fearless' to discuss his journey of hard graft, success and embracing adversity. 

Despite starting out his career starring alongside Chris O'Dowd in 'Conspiracy of Silence', Jonathan explains how working in a kitchen was the best thing that ever happened to him (53:00) and the importance of failures in appreciating success (55:00). Jonathan also outlines how landing a lead role straight out of drama school saw him auditioning for big parts in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'King Arthur', while feeling as though he didn't belong there (26:00), before discussing the process of understanding rejection as an actor (35:00). 

From speaking about the Irish relationship with self-deprivation (31:00), his embarrassing audition for 'Catastrophe' (45:00) to the challenges of finding love as an actor (1:12:00), this conversation is a very entertaining chat with one of Ireland's fastest rising on-screen talents.

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Simon Carswell: Episode 164

6Nov

As Washington Correspondent for The Irish Times, award-winning journalist and author, Simon Carswell, is currently living and breathing the American presidential election, and this week he gave Jarlath a fascinating insight into the most anticipated election of all time. Simon explains the importance of humanising his content to make it accessible to the public (4:00), the sleepless nights he endured during the Irish banking crisis (16:00) and how he believes Brian Cowan’s public invisibility placed a substantial burden on the late Brian Lenihan at that time (21:00).

As he has tirelessly followed the rallies of both Trump and Clinton, Simon is in a great position to outline what Trump has done better than anyone else in this campaign (27:00) and why we can’t trust the polls (48:00). Simon also describes the shocking incident that happened to him at a Trump rally, which caused him to be no longer surprised by any of the events of the campaign (39:00) and how Clinton could be out of touch with public life (45:00). From whether people could, in fact, be mistaken about Trump’s potential as US president (1:02:00), to discussing the ‘lesser of two evils’ nature of the campaign (40:00), and much more, this episode is a must-listen for anyone following the most exciting political race of our time. 

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Amy Huberman: Episode 163

29Oct

In perhaps her most open and honest interview to date, actress/writer/designer Amy Huberman speaks to Jarlath about her unusual up-bringing (8:00) and how constant rejection has paved the way for her success (13:00). Having acted in The Clinic for seven series, listener’s will be surprised to hear the fascinating story of how she was working in coffee shops in London during that period (51:00). Amy also speaks frankly about her struggle with self-doubt and experiencing ‘imposter syndrome’ early on in her career (45:00).

From getting the boat to Wales just to get cherry lip balm (6:00), learning to act with Chris O’Dowd in UCD’s Drama Society (38:00) and how being handcuffed to Bill Bailey for a day got her through a hard time (19:00), this episode is not to be missed.

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Frank Murray: Episode 162

22Oct

As a tour manager, manager, roadie and music promoter, Frank Murray has worked with some of Ireland’s biggest musical acts including Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, The Frames and Glen Hansard. This week Jarlath gets a rare insight into the life of a man who has seen the glorious highs and heartbreaking lows of working so closely with some of these legendary artists. Frank speaks about life during the early days of Thin Lizzy in an Ireland that was “dogged by conservatism” (6:00) and their subsequent move to London having exhausted Ireland’s biggest venues (14:00).

Frank explains how The Pogues changed attitudes towards the Irish in London (42:00), the integral part he played in the creation of ‘Fairytale of New York’ (53:00) and the incredible lengths he went to in his attempts to save Shane McGowan from his alcohol and drug addictions (48:00).

This conversation is certainly not short of jaw-dropping stories including when Shane McGowan did a runner before an American tour (44:00), smoking joints on aeroplanes (17:00) and negotiating vital venue requirements with farmers (22:00).

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Victoria Smurfit: Episode 161

15Oct

Victoria Smurfit is currently starring as Cruella De Vil in ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time.’ While Irish audiences first came to know Victoria for her role in ‘Ballykissangel’, her work on NBC’s ‘Dracula’ brought her to settle in LA. This week she joined Jarlath for a conversation from her home in Santa Monica via Skype.

Victoria opens up about her battle with confidence in the early stages of her career (9:00) and that the feeling of being "back at square one" is still a regular occurrence for her (29:00). Victoria speaks frankly about working with A list actors who won’t engage with others on set (35:00), the difficulty she found in adjusting her role in 'Bulletproof Monk' from comedic to serious (36:00) and why going through dark times personally worked to her advantage while preparing for the Cruella De Vil role (48:00). 

As well as telling the shocking story of being deliberately locked in a theatre so she could not attend an audition for ‘Michael Collins’ (24:00), Victoria gives a hilarious account of how she recently took the law into her own hands when the police proved unhelpful (44:00).

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Gordon D’Arcy: Episode 160

8Oct

Despite being an integral part of the historic successes of the Leinster and Ireland squads, Gordon D’Arcy’s journey has certainly seen periods of both glory and struggle. This week Gordon explains how it felt to be called up by the Ireland squad just before he sat the Leaving Cert (14:00) and the difficult three years which followed (23:00) during which he had to endure the sobering experience of having to listen to the honest perceptions his teammates had of him (32:00).

Gordon gives an insight into the dramatic shift his life has recently taken as he now works a 60 hour week for a top financial firm with a young baby at home (57:00). We also learn which former coach Gordon ranks above Joe Schmidt (14:00), why he believes you can’t talk rugby to a journeyman (27:00), and that he doesn’t take kindly to being compared to Wayne Rooney (4:00).

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Jerry Buting and Dean Strang: Episode 159

1Oct

Jerry Buting and Dean Strang are the world’s most talked about lawyers in 2016 having become household names while representing Steven Avery in Netflix’s hit series 'Making a Murderer.' This week they joined Jarlath while on tour in Ireland to give a sobering account of the truth behind a justice system in which legal blackmail (30:00) and unbelievable contradictions in trials are commonplace, and where the search for conviction dominates the search for truth (40:00).

Jerry and Dean discuss how the legal system in the United States has not moved on with the rest of the world (8:00) and how being jaded while working in the criminal justice system causes people to lose sight of defendants as human beings (22:00). This conversation naturally progresses into discussions of the Steven Avery conviction and how different things would look were the police to have handled vital evidence professionally (1:07:00) and the deeply disturbing culture of police brutality in America (1:01:00).

From Jerry’s honest account of his misjudgement which was a huge wake up call for his career (21:00), to the witness who creeped Dean out during the Avery trial (48:00), this episode is a fascinating listen. 

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