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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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. 

The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad t-shirt wherever you are in the world.

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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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