Susan Loughnane: Episode 48

16Aug

Susan Loughnane is an actress, model, artist and writer who will be most recognisable to Irish audiences for her part of Debbie in Love/Hate. Susan's path to get to where she is now will be very much unknown to the listener before this. From painting to help fund her way through studying acting in New York to experiencing her lowest ever confidence having just won an IFTA award Susan's story is one that must be heard. In this interview Susan talks about relapsing into shyness, why she believes that her part on Britain's Next Top Model was not necessarily a wise decision for her modelling career, how she still enjoys working 'normal' jobs occasionally in order to stay grounded and why she values fun over ambition.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or contact the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Donal Skehan: Episode 47

9Aug

Many guests on this show have spoken about changing career paths but Donal Skehan's story takes this to a whole other level. Today Donal is most recognisable as a TV home cook, author and food photographer but many will be unaware of his journey to get there which includes being in bands which brought him two Irish number one hits and losing to Dustin the Turkey in Eurosong, packing everything in and starting from scratch with a new focus on more than just one occasion, letting romance take him to Sweden and working with Jamie Oliver. Donal opens up to Jarlath about how he has dealt with begrudgery towards him, how he deals with worry as well as giving his stance on the place and influence of food in today's media.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or contact the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Angela Scanlon: Episode 46

2Aug

Angela Scanlon had incredible aspirations for herself from a very early age. In this week's episode Angela talks about how her childhood struggle with authority shaped her goals, the importance of trust and credibility and she also gives her opinion on the modern day sexualisation and image expectations of women. Angela's story explains why she believes most people are faking it until they make it, how she created her own fashion business which led to gaining clients such as Louis Vuitton and how she ended up being on Vogue magazine's one-to-watch list.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or contact the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Dara O’Briain and Ed Byrne (live from the Vodafone Comedy Festival): Episode 45

26Jul

In An Irishman Abroad's first ever live show in Ireland, Irish comedy legends Dara O'Briain and Ed Byrne sit down together with Jarlath in an intimate theatre at the Vodafone Comedy Festival in Dublin. Dara and Ed deliver some hilarious stories of their long friendship, how being Irish can be an asset abroad, the trials and tribulations of being a working comic and how modern parenting differs from that of previous generations.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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David Coffey: Episode 44

19Jul

How do you go from not being fully invested in your college course in communications to being on the cusp of making it in LA before returning back home once more? David Coffey's story answers that question. In this week's episode Dave calls around to Jarlath's house to chat about his work as a writer pitching ideas to TV executives around the world, how his show Dan and Becs propelled his career forward, his obsession with wrestling and how good timing is vital in one's career.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or contact the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Danny O’Reilly: Episode 43

11Jul

The frontman of The Coronas and extremely sound man, Danny O'Reilly joins Jarlath this week to catch up on the last ten years they missed in their friendship and break the news that will change everything for the band. 

Danny discusses how he was at first afraid to admit that music was the career he wanted, his flirtation with the GAA, the lesson he has learned from letting the media into his private life and the band's big news that puts them along side the likes of Mumford and Sons and Florence and The Machine.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or contact the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Mick Finnegan: Episode 42

5Jul

In one of the most enthralling episodes of An Irishman Abroad to date Mick Finnegan opens up to Jarlath about how he escaped certain death, lived homeless and was the centre of a landmark British court case.

Mick has worked as a coach at Saracens and London Irish rugby clubs. He is the creator of State of Mind Rugby Union charity but his journey to arrive at this point has been more difficult than you can imagine. From living rough on the streets of Dublin to time in custody in London to much, much worse, Mick explains to Jarlath the chances life gave him and how he took them.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair, The Email Laundry and supported by the Mercy Law Resource Centre. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or contact the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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Conor McPherson: Episode 41

29Jun

Olivier Award winning playwright and director Conor McPherson talks candidly about the importance of finding the right focus and drive, why he believes good news can be equally as traumatic as bad and how to pursue your passion while still putting food on the table.  Jarlath and Conor chat about the way in which knowledge affects the purity of art and we get an insight into the process of casting Hollywood stars. Conor speaks about being spotted by an agent, his surprisingly critical view of his smash hit play The Weir, writing for TV and much much more.


This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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Arthur Mathews: Episode 40

21Jun

Arthur Mathews is one of Ireland's most prolific comedy writers having worked on critically acclaimed material such as Father Ted, Big Train, Brass Eye, Black Books, Toast of London and Harry Enfield and Chums. Arthur talks to Jarlath about writing funny, how the eighties wasted some of the most important years of his life, Roy Keane, being an outsider, living and working with Graham Linehan and the Irish actors who almost appeared on Father Ted.

This episode is sponsored by Bonkers.ie, Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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Niall Breslin (Bressie) : Episode 39

14Jun

Niall Breslin has a story which many people would have never imagined. From having a career in professional rugby for Leinster which led him to representing Ireland in the under 21s World Cup to being the frontman of multiple award-winning band The Blizzards before embarking on a solo career and coaching on The Voice of Ireland. In this gripping episode Niall opens up about suffering with a general anxiety disorder which has led him to becoming an ambassador for mental health in Ireland. Niall also talks about why he was completely broke after a successful career with The Blizzards, why he believes the Brit School drains the 'rawness' out of artists before offering some sterling advice on how to fight back against mental health issues.

This episode is sponsored by Currency Fair and The Email Laundry. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter or email the show directly at irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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