Mark Lawrenson: Episode 158

24Sep

Mark Lawrenson is one of the UK’s most respected football experts. He is best known for his work on the BBC’s Match of the Day and Football Focus. Before his move into punditry, Mark’s career as a footballer saw him become one of the most capped players in his days for Liverpool and Ireland. This week Mark spoke to Jarlath about playing under both of the Charlton brothers where he discovered Bobby’s discomfort with management (15:00) while Jack would schedule training around pints in Gibney’s (23:00). Mark explains why he feels removed from the modern expectations of players (25:00) and why he thinks he would have survived as a player in today’s game (1:01:00). 

Having been on the pitch during the Heysel Stadium disaster, Mark tells the story of how a police chief insisted the players played (44:00). The most bizarre turn of events also ensued that day and Mark discusses how failed attempts to reset a dislocated shoulder resulted in him being smuggled out of hospital the following day (45:00). From explaining why he hates his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport (59:00) to why he is none of the five Mark Lawrensons on Twitter (57:00), this episode is a must-listen for football fans. 

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Finn Balor (returns): Episode 157

17Sep

Finn Bálor is one of the most talked about wrestlers in the WWE. Having won the Universal Championship after 16 years in the business he was forced to relinquish the title the very next day. This week he rejoined Jarlath discuss his roller coaster journey since they last spoke, the extent of his injury and exactly what happened him in that match with Seth Rollins (28:00).

Finn speaks honestly about how his alter ego The Demon helps him to over come his crippling shyness (15:00), how supportive the WWE have been to him and his family (56:00) while also revealing how a simple phone call from Triple H somehow managed to free up his surgeons’ schedule (46:00). Fergal also explains how avoiding all news media keeps him grounded in such an intense industry (1:03:00). 

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Sharon Horgan (returns): Episode 156

10Sep

Sharon Horgan is a BAFTA award-winning writer, actress and producer who’s outstanding work includes shows such as ‘Pulling’, ‘Catastrophe’ and the upcoming HBO series ’Divorce’ starring Sarah Jessica Parker. This week Sharon joined Jarlath three years after her first Irishman Abroad appearance to discuss the whirlwind journey that she has been on since they first met. 

Sharon describes her working relationship with Rob Delaney and struggling to write jokes (37:00), how wanting ‘the suits’ out of the room is more of a male disposition (47:00) and why her bullshit radar has been improving lately (6:00). Having become a fashion icon for Irish women Sharon also opens up about the frustration that comes with it (57:00).

From discussions about how she has never been good at life skills (29:00) to where she draws the line with her material (21:00) and Louis C.K.’s very low budget (15:00), this episode is the perfect follow up interview with one of Ireland’s most successful writing exports.

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Billy Walsh: Episode 155

3Sep

Billy Walsh is one of Ireland’s most talked about sporting exports in recent years having become a champion amateur boxer at home before leaving it all behind to coach the USA team in 2015. Billy discusses the art of earning the respect and faith of one’s trainees (6:00) while also giving an honest account of why he dislikes MMA and speaking frankly about his doubts over Conor McGregor’s potential as a boxer (48:00).

Having fallen into a deep depression after his defeat in the Seoul Olympics (17:00), Billy explains the injustice for boxers that is seen in modern scoring criteria (20:00) while also stating that he remains close to his former team yet he hasn’t spoken to anyone higher up than that in the system since he left (37:00). Billy also opens up about how he realised that he was better off alone than with his own team mates (9:00) and discusses fascinating phenomenon of the ‘flow state’ (13:00).

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Emmet Kirwan: Episode 154

27Aug

This week writer and actor Emmet Kirwan speaks to Jarlath at the Edinburgh Fringe where his play Dublin Old School is receiving rave reviews (3:00). Emmet discusses the normality of his childhood in Tallaght and the misrepresentation of the ’working class’ by the media (11:00). Having worked as a writer for Irish television, Emmet describes the freedom he finds in theatre and its status as the last non-viral art form (27:00). Later he explains how RTÉ let him away with murder by not reading the scripts for Sarah and Steve (29:00).

Emmet speaks passionately about the need to open the conversation on drugs in Ireland and the unnecessary hysteria with which it is usually met by the uninformed (45:00) before telling the incredible story of his chance reconnection with his brother in the most unlikely of places (54:00).

You can watch Emmet in ‘Just Saying’ here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpvxG7S0rbs

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Miriam O’Callaghan: Episode 153

20Aug

Despite being one of Ireland’s most respected journalists and broadcasters, Miriam O’Callaghan had no aspirations to work in the media when she embarked on a career in law at the age of 16. This week Miriam discusses starting out on Newsnight and This is Your Life under the glare of 20 million viewers (7:00).


Miriam talks about feelings of guilt (26:00) and despite having received death threats she explains why she still refuses to block those who are abusive to her on social media (34:00). Having had an incredibly fruitful personal and professional life Miriam is in a great position to give her thoughts on the importance of having the right partner (51:00) and to discuss where she believes happiness really comes from (1:06:00). From her explanation of why she believes makeover shows can be abusive to women (1:04:00) to where she draws the line on her fame and salary in Ireland (49:00) this interview is truly a highlight of the series.


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Peter Stringer: Episode 152

13Aug

Peter Stringer is a former Munster and Ireland scrum-half who has seen his already glittering career revived in the UK. At 38, he continues to play at the highest level with Sale Sharks and commands the highest respect of his peers. Peter talks about the lowest point in his career at Munster (3:00), the unusual birth of his obsession with fitness (6:00) and the confidence that grew from rejecting his parents' offer of a human growth hormone operation at 13 (23:00).

Having worked closely on the pitch with Ronan O'Gara for many years, Peter speaks candidly about why they weren't as close off the pitch as many people think (56:00). Peter also opens up about how not being a drinker saw him isolated from so-called 'friends' (1:03:00) before finally outlining why his skills defy age and the so called "rugby experts" (1:08:00).

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Kevin McAleer: Episode 151

6Aug

Kevin McAleer is one of Ireland’s original comedy legends and this week he joins Jarlath to explain his journey from Ireland to London before returning home once more with his family. Kevin describes ‘picking his victims’ with killer lines as a schoolboy (5:00) and why he packed in a job with a magazine in Dublin to become a broke tourist which saw him picking tulips in Amsterdam, painting and decorating in San Francisco and living on the bare essentials in Barcelona (11:00).

Kevin describes how raising the price of his art saw him reach fame in Ireland while living in squats and council accommodation in London with three children under the age of one (25:00). With stories of anger management (29:00), being obsessed with his own JFK obsession (36:00) and going behind the veil of the Orange Order (52:00) this fascinating conversation is a must-listen. 

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Dylan Moran: Episode 150

30Jul

What better way to celebrate An Irishman Abroad’s 150th episode than to re-release Jarlath’s favourite episode of the series with Dylan Moran, which was originally recorded for Episode 13. In one of Jarlath’s most challenging interviews to date, Dylan talks about how self employment has allowed him to make a living on his own terms (4:00), the distracting nature of modern media (24:00) while also speaking passionately about his fascination with global affairs (58:00). In this rare and frank conversation with the comedy legend and writer Dylan also explains his discomfort with the concept of having followers (56:00) and much, much more.

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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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