An Irishman Abroad
Jason McAteer (Returns): Episode 335

Jason McAteer (Returns): Episode 335

February 15, 2020

Jason McAteer made his Irishman Abroad debut in December 2014 (Episode 64) and this week he makes his much-anticipated return to the show. The Ireland and Liverpool legend speaks with a refreshing honesty about his battle with his mental health and the journey that he has been on since he first spoke to Jarlath. 

There’s a fascinating discussion on the different manager techniques in order to deal with the various personality traits of the players (14:00) and the one rule that players agree over-stepped the mark when it comes to ‘brutal’ dressing room banter where there is ‘no room for the weak’ (5:00). Jason also speaks openly about the breaking point for his own mental health (26:00) and the importance of really listening to someone who is opening up to you about their struggles (38:00).

From what he believes is so special about the current Liverpool team (47:00) to a fascinating discussion on the challenges that face parents of millennials (45:00) and much more, this is a refreshing and honest conversation with a true gentleman of Irish sport.

To hear Jason’s thoughts on the challenges facing the fallout of the FAI saga, the task facing Niall Quinn, how we can get more Irish players into the Premier League, why he doesn't regret getting Botox and his Liverpool regret, become a patron of An Irishman Abroad for just the price of a pint on www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad. You will also gain access to the entire back-catalogue of almost 250 Irishman Abroad episodes that are not available on iTunes.

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Stephen Ferris: Episode 334

Stephen Ferris: Episode 334

February 8, 2020
This week, Irish and Ulster Rugby legend, Stephen Ferris, joined Jarlath for a rare conversation about his life and career both on and off the pitch.
 
With the honesty that he is well known for, Stephen speaks about why he came home a hero from the disappointing 2007 Rugby World Cup (32:00), his less-than-desirable approach to athletics as a youngster (17:00), his experiences of 'lick-arse' team mates (1:09:00) and the cliques within the Irish Rugby team that made him feel awkward and excluded on day one (36:00).
 
There’s a fascinating discussion on the team building methods of Ulster Rugby (45:00) and how he never thought that he would become a professional rugby player (30:00). Opinions on Joe Schmidt's 'control freak' label (1:05:00), his passionate defence of Simon Zebo's talent (1:00:00) and much more, this is a truly insightful chat with one of Ireland's finest ever rugby talents.
 
To hear Stephen's Six Nations predictions, thoughts on the Saracens corruption, why he doesn't regret buying cars for the same value as his salary, Jarlath's quick-fire round and much more, become a patron of An Irishman Abroad for just the price of a pint www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad.
 
You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below.
 
 
 
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Thatcher’s Spy (Willie Carlin): Episode 333

Thatcher’s Spy (Willie Carlin): Episode 333

February 1, 2020

This week, we hear the incredible story of the man who spent 10 years undercover as an M15 agent in Derry within Sinn Féin reporting back to the British Government. Willie Carlin now lives in a secret location in the UK and under a new identity.  He met with Jarlath to tell him about working in one of the most dangerous positions in The Troubles, having his cover blown and how he still lives in fear of an IRA hit.

Willie tells the shocking events of the night his cover was blown (4:00), why he was told he would be killed if he went to his daughter's funeral (49:00) while also explaining the role he played in the early stages of the Peace Process (47:00).

From being addicted to spying (27:00) to how he was expected to infiltrate the Republican movement with very little guidance (20:00), the psychological impact of living a double-life (8:00), why he still fears for his own life (50:00) and much more, this is a remarkable and rare conversation with a man who has truly lived life on the edge.

To hear Willie's claims that he witnessed what he understands to be Martin McGuinness sanctioning a shooting of an IRA member, his thoughts on the possibility of a United Ireland after Brexit and much more, become an Irishman Abroad patron at www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad.

Music this week is provided by Niall McNamee. Get tickets to Niall's upcoming show on February 11th at The Dublin Castle, Camden Town, London here https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/niall

You can purchase Willie's book 'Thatcher's Spy' here https://irishacademicpress.ie/product/thatchers-spy-my-life-as-an-mi5-agent-inside-sinn-fein/

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Enda Kenny: Episode 332 (Live from The Savoy Hotel in London)

Enda Kenny: Episode 332 (Live from The Savoy Hotel in London)

January 25, 2020

Jarlath sat down with former Taoiseach Enda Kenny for a one of a kind conversation in front of a UCD Alumni event at London's Savoy Hotel.

With his retirement just around the corner, Enda speaks freely about his time at the helm. Jarlath asks what a person needs to succeed in a game as difficult as politics (8:00). Sitting a stone’s throw from the British Houses of Parliament they discuss why Britain is not the Empire that it once was (33:00) and his admiration for the way in which the Queen approached her visit to Ireland (40:00).

From the hilarious story about Donald Trump and Enda's wife (23:00) to the importance of 'letting the young people fly' (14:00), his heart-warming perspective on education (43:00), how stress was never an issue for him (12:00) and much more, this is a truly memorable chat with one of Ireland's most talked about and groundbreaking political figures.

To hear the ad-free full-length interview of every episode each week, as well as to access the entire back-catalogue of over 300 episodes, become an Irishman Abroad patron at www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad.

You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below.
 
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For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Ewan MacKenna: Episode 331

Ewan MacKenna: Episode 331

January 18, 2020
Winner of Irish sports writer of the year, Ewan MacKenna, joined Jarlath this week to chat about his polarising views on Conor McGregor, Irish rugby, Dublin football and his own peculiar journey around the world.
 
Ewan opens up about the frustrations of being a journalist (24:00), the strange reason why the work 'dried up' after he was named sports journalist of the year (30:00) and tells a few of his jaw-dropping stories from his time in Brazil (35:00).
Jarlath quizzes Ewan about his book on the Conor McGregor phenomenon (48:00) and its connection to the rise of 'strong man' politics (56:00). We hear why Lance Armstrong plagued him with phone calls (1:05:00) and Jarlath challenges Ewan on why he takes pleasure in the losses of the Irish Rugby team (1:10:00) and there’s more.  This is a truly eye-opening chat with one of Ireland's most respected and outspoken journalistic talents. 
 
To hear Ewan's dissatisfaction with where Manchester City gets its money, the circumstances which led to John Kavanagh posting his phone number online, his thoughts on the future of the GAA and FAI as well as much more, become an Irishman Abroad Patron for just the price of a pint every month on www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad for the full length version of this interview.
 
You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below.
 

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For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Louise O’Neill (Returns): Episode 330

Louise O’Neill (Returns): Episode 330

January 11, 2020

It's almost 4 years ago since Louise O'Neill first appeared on the podcast. This week, Louise returned to speak to Jarlath about her rollercoaster journey over the last few years at the forefront of feminism in Ireland since the release of her critically acclaimed book Asking For It.

Louise opens up about her journey and the toll being an activist has taken on her personal and professional life, including her decision to step away from social media. Louise also discusses the importance of speaking about consent from a young age, her creative process and the stage adaptation of Asking For It.

To hear about Louise's exciting big screen plans, her book and podcast recommendations, as well as her incredibly productive tips for writers and more, become an Irishman Abroad Patron for just the price of a pint every month on www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad for the full length version of this interview.

To hear he full extended cut of each interview every week and to hear every episode from the back-catalogue, become a patron of An Irishman Abroad on patreon.com/irishmanabroad.

You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below.

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Alan Joyce: Episode 329

Alan Joyce: Episode 329

January 4, 2020
Alan Joyce tells Jarlath the story of his journey from being raised in Tallaght to running the biggest brand in Australia.
 
As CEO of Qantas airlines, Alan Joyce turned around the airline from losing $20m per week to profits of over a billion per year. Alan explains how he wrestled with the tough decision make 5,000 redundancies (45:00) as well as revealing the incredible stroke of luck in the midst of it all which resulted in cancer diagnosis (57:00).
 
From the time he was attacked by dogs while live on T.V. (1:04:00) to why Irish people are better-suited to Australia (29:00) and what life was like to be openly gay in an Ireland when homosexuality was illegal (22:00) and much more, this is a truly fascinating conversation with one of the world’s most respected CEOs.
 
To hear about Alan's management style, his thoughts on morality in business, our lightning round of listener questions and more, become an Irishman Abroad Patron for just the price of a pint every month on www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad for the full length version of this interview.
 

To hear he full extended cut of each interview every week and to hear every episode from the back-catalogue, become a patron of An Irishman Abroad on patreon.com/irishmanabroad.

You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below.

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For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com

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The 2019 Irishman Abroad Awards Episode

The 2019 Irishman Abroad Awards Episode

December 28, 2019

Another year has passed and our guests of 2019 certainly did not disappoint.

Our team has trawled through thousands of clips from the archive over the last year to bring you the annual Irishman Abroad Awards made up of some of the most jaw-dropping, side-splitting and heart-breaking stories from the year gone by.

Featuring categories with awards for the 'Holy Shit' Moment, Advice and Best Colin Farrell Story of the Year as well as prizes for the Most Chequered Past, the 'Oh Christ, I'm glad that didn't happen to me' story and much more, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

To hear he full extended cut of each interview every week and to hear every episode from the back-catalogue, become a patron of An Irishman Abroad on patreon.com/irishmanabroad.

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For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com. 

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Sinead Burke: Episode 327

Sinead Burke: Episode 327

December 21, 2019

This week, Sinead Burke sat down with Jarlath in the London Irish Centre in Camden for conversation like no other conversation featured in this series. Together they sift through the biggest moments in her incredible rise to prominence over the last three years. She tells Jar about the remarkable circumstances that lead to her Ted Talk and how her life changed almost immediately afterwards. She opens up about her stage fright and anxiety just prior to the filming and the four questions she now asks her self before taking on any sort of work. 

Jarlath is keen to know how Sinead finds working with the fashion industry at a time when publicity seems to trump actual change. He asks Sinead what are the things that she beats herself up about the most and gets a really unusual answer he wasn’t expecting. What’s it like to deal with Oprah? What exactly is the limit and danger of self-kindness? What can we do to help make the changes Sinead is chasing? It’s all here in a remarkably expansive interview with one of the most influential and stylish Irish women of the last 50 years.

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Lisa McGee: Episode 326

Lisa McGee: Episode 326

December 15, 2019

This week, the mastermind writer behind the Channel 4 smash hit Derry Girls, Lisa McGee joined Jarlath for an incredible conversation about her life and journey which led to the creation of one of the comedy series of a generation.

Lisa speaks about the influence of Friends on her work (57:00), why she was more afraid of the nuns than the soldiers growing up in Derry (47:00) and the fascinating process of finding the dream team of actors for the Derry Girls characters (53:00).

From the chalkboard scene that went viral (1:00:00) to the challenge of cutting good jokes (43:00), the impact of owning her own experiences when it comes to her writing (18:00) and much more, this is a very powerful conversation with one of Irelands true writing talents.

To hear Lisa's thoughts on the phenomenon of the 'big bowl', her admiration for Sharon Horgan and Aisling Bea as well as her valuable advice to young writers who are struggling to get heard, become a patron of An Irishman Abroad on patreon.com/irishmanabroad.

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For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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