An Irishman Abroad
The Riverdance Episode: Episode 309

The Riverdance Episode: Episode 309

August 17, 2019

Jarlath gets a rare glimpse into the real story of Riverdance and into the lives of its lead dancers. Across three separate
interviews with former world Irish dancing champions Amy-Mae Dolan and Bobby Hodges, and one of the show's original producers Julian Erksine, Jarlath delves into what it takes to lead the show that changed Ireland and what it took to create it. 

Hear the first hand accounts of the physical and emotional grind of performing at this level from two of the best dancers in the world today, the truth behind Michael Flatley‘s departure, the celebrities that turned down the chance to invest in the original show, exclusive news on plans to change the show to mark its 25th anniversary and the story of how the show first took America by storm.

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Aisling Bea (From The Vault): Episode 308

Aisling Bea (From The Vault): Episode 308

August 10, 2019

This week, we are reaching back into the Irishman Abroad vault once again to bring you highlights from Aisling Bea's first appearance on the show in September 2015. This interview was recorded at a time when Aisling was on the cusp of some of the most incredible breakthroughs in her career. Since then, Aisling has become a household name in Britain with her role as team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats and, more recently, she has just released her incredible new Channel 4 show This Way Up.

To get your hands on the full unabridged version of this interview, as well as the entire back-catalogue of Irishman Abroad episode that are no longer available elsewhere, sign up for the price of a pint on patreon.com/irishmanabroad.

Entries are now open for the incredible “Come Home” Competition from Currencyfair.com and Irishman Abroad Podcasts. One lucky listener will win a €30,000 relocation package to help towards the cost of moving back to Ireland. To enter now visit currencyfair.com/comehome today.
 
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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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Tommy Tiernan (From The Vault): Episode 307

Tommy Tiernan (From The Vault): Episode 307

August 3, 2019

This week, we delve back into the Irishman Abroad vault to bring you one of the most downloaded interviews in the series to date. This interview with Tommy Tiernan was recorded live at the Vodafone Comedy Festival in Dublin's Iveagh Gardens in 2015. It was such a mammoth interview that we had to release it over two episodes!

To get your hands on the full unabridged version of this interview, as well as the entire back-catalogue of Irishman Abroad episode that are no longer available elsewhere, sign up for the price of a pint on patreon.com/irishmanabroad.

Entries are now open for the incredible “Come Home” Competition from Currencyfair.com and Irishman Abroad Podcasts. One lucky listener will win a €30,000 relocation package to help towards the cost of moving back to Ireland. To enter now visit currencyfair.com/comehome today.
 
To access the full back catalogue of 207 Irishman Abroad episodes visit 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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An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.

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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Ray D’Arcy: Episode 306

Ray D’Arcy: Episode 306

July 28, 2019

Ray D'Arcy doesn't usually sit on the opposite side of the interviewing desk and, as a result, this highly anticipated interview with the broadcasting legend does not disappoint.

Ray welcomed Jarlath into his home for a wide-ranging conversation which spans from filling Ian Dempsey's shoes on The Den (17:00) to coping with personal issues live on air (38:00).

Jarlath asks Ray about losing sleep over JNLR figures (43:00), why he felt 'more free' in Today FM than in RTÉ (51:00) and the moment of clarity that made him say 'what a load of shite' to religion (Patreon Full Length Version Only) and much more. This is a fascinating conversation with one of Ireland's most loved broadcasters.

Entries are now open for the incredible “Come Home” Competition from Currencyfair.com and Irishman Abroad Podcasts. One lucky listener will win a €30,000 relocation package to help towards the cost of moving back to Ireland. To enter now visit currencyfair.com/comehome today.
 
To access the full back catalogue of 205 Irishman Abroad episodes visit 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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An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.

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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How Boxing Brought Hope In The Troubles - Donald McRae: Episode 305

How Boxing Brought Hope In The Troubles - Donald McRae: Episode 305

July 20, 2019

Donald McRae’s new book in Sunshine Or In Shadow is an insight into Northern Ireland during the troubles that you won’t find in any history book or archive news footage. It explains how, through sport of boxing, two of the most historically fraught communities somehow agreed an unwritten peace deal long before the Good Friday Agreement. In a wide ranging discussion Jarlath and Don unravel this incredible collection of tales, the central character, coach Gerry Storey and the challenges Don himself faced in creating the piece. Jarlath quizzes Don on how Storey was able to create a gym where all the boxers attending were given free passes by paramilitary forces on both Republican and Loyalist sides. 

Don goes into detail on some of the most moving aspects of the book and how invested he became in the story on a personal level. Barry McGuigan’s world title winning fight offers the climax to the book but Don explains to Jarlath how Barry came close to quitting the game after one horrendous incident. Later Don goes into detail on his encounters with sporting giants such as Lebron James and what he regards as the essential components of good interviewing in journalism and in a taxi. (Patreon Full Length Version Only).

Entries are now open for the incredible “Come Home” Competition from Currencyfair.com and Irishman Abroad Podcasts. One lucky listener will win a €30,000 relocation package to help towards the cost of moving back to Ireland. To enter now visit currencyfair.com/comehome today.
 
To access the full back catalogue of 205 Irishman Abroad episodes visit 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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An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.

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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How to come back from Quadriplegia - The Billy Hedderman Story

How to come back from Quadriplegia - The Billy Hedderman Story

July 13, 2019

Billy Hedderman is a former Irish special forces army officer who left home for Australia in 2014. Three months later he found himself lying on a beach paralysed from the neck down fully sure his life as he knew it was done. And yet somehow, through sheer determination, grit and will power he dragged himself back from the brink. His return, his comeback to full health and mobility is a real life Rocky story and forms part of Jarlath's new podcast series, “An Irishman Abroad: Coming Home”. You can read the full story of Billy Hedderman and his remarkable recovery in his book “Unbowed” published by Mercier Press.

Entries are now open for the incredible “Come Home” Competition from Currencyfair.com and Irishman Abroad Podcasts. One lucky listener will win a €30,000 relocation package to help towards the cost of moving back to Ireland. To enter now visit currencyfair.com/comehome today.
 
To access the full back catalogue of 204 Irishman Abroad episodes visit 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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Roger Wilson: Episode 303

Roger Wilson: Episode 303

July 6, 2019

Concussion was for a long time considered "just part of the game" of American Football. Then a string of tragic cases and the Will Smith movie “Concussion" changed the thinking of the community. Roger Wilson the former Ireland, Ulster and Barbarians player explains to Jarlath how the change is actually slower than you’d think. After his career ended Wilson set up a company aiming to address the root cause of concussions for players - poor tackling technique. Based in the football hotbed of Texas, Roger’s Tackle Smart company works with high-school, college and pros on adjusting their approach to, thinking towards and technique in tackling. 

 

In this revealing conversation Roger speaks for the first time about the challenges he has faced from within the footballing establishment, the progress that’s been made and some truly shocking realities of the American approach to contact in the sport (31:00). Jarlath speaks to Roger about his own experiences of concussion within rugby (17:00), how he prepared for retirement when he knew it could be forced upon him at any moment and the nature of toxic masculinity in sport (47:00). Roger opens up about his friendship with Paddy Jackson, his feelings about the outcome of the case and how the game can change and learn from this dark episode. (Patreon Full Length Version Only). 

To learn more about Tackle Smart and Roger Wilson’s work visit http://tacklesmartsports.com today.

Entries are now open for the incredible “Come Home” Competition from Currencyfair.com and Irishman Abroad Podcasts. One lucky listener will win a €30,000 relocation package to help towards the cost of moving back to Ireland. To enter now visit currencyfair.com/comehome today.
 
To access the full back catalogue of 203 Irishman Abroad episodes visit 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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An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.

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 Gleeson: Episode 302

Sinead Gleeson: Episode 302

June 29, 2019

Writer Sinéad Gleeson's story is nothing short of fascinating. From her four year struggle with monoarticular arthritis as a teenager to her battle with leukaemia in her twenties, it is no surprise that Sinéad's journey through life is a powerful tale.

With a beautiful honesty, Sinéad opens up about why she believes 'immobility is gasoline for the brain' (5:00), her lightbulb moment as a writer (35:00) and how she feels women are now able to speak out (14:00).

From her incredible depiction of her anger with the world of medicine (47:00), dealing with grief (1:02:00) to the power of a supportive partner (Patreon Full Length Version Only) and much more, this is a truly enlightening conversation with one of Ireland's top literary talents.

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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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An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.

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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Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen: Episode 301

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen: Episode 301

June 22, 2019

How Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen brought the “Aisling” phenomenon to life is a story you’re going to love.

This week, Jarlath sat down with Emer and Sarah at a very exciting time as they prepare for Aisling her big screen debut.

Emer and Sarah explain the fascinating origins of the Aisling character (9:00), why they wanted to avoid the stereotypical depiction of the Irish Mammy (32:00) and how they had to learn the ropes of screenwriting for the release of the Aisling movie (4:00).

From becoming a voice for Irish women (11:00), reading bad reviews (42:00) to the concept of 'notions' (49:00), grappling with writing sex scenes for Aisling (Patreon Full Length Version Only) and much, much more, you're going to love this chat with two of the most inspiring characters in Irish literature.

Jarlath also announces the very exciting news of Currency Fair's competition in which €30,000 can be won to help a very lucky winner move home to Ireland. For more information visit https://www.currencyfair.com/comehome

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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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Episode 300 (Live from the Underbelly Festival) with Laura Whitmore, Aisling Bea, Niall Breslin, Angela Scanlon, Roisin Conaty and Bronagh Waugh

Episode 300 (Live from the Underbelly Festival) with Laura Whitmore, Aisling Bea, Niall Breslin, Angela Scanlon, Roisin Conaty and Bronagh Waugh

June 17, 2019
The 300th episode of the series is like no other episode. The conversation between Jarlath and his six guests ranges from their most hilarious stories of feeling like a fish out of water abroad to questioning whether the changes that have taken place back home can be believed. Aisling Bea speaks for the very first time about making her new sitcom series for Channel 4 “This Way Up” (34:00). Angela Scanlon confesses to the mortifying downside of faking it until you make it (26:00). Roisín's Philomena Begley obsession is explored (24:00). Bronagh Waugh tries to unpick why Northern Ireland continues to be an after thought in Westminster (43:00). Niall Breslin takes us back to his first ever episode of Irishman Abroad and how it changed the conversations he was having with other men about mental health (14:00). Laura Whitmore tells of the most Irish reason for a first date fail (11:00) and how the up-skirting law change should provide us all with hope for other changes in society (49:00). There’s music from the superb singer song-writer Emmet O’Malley (59:00) for more see emmetomalley.com) and DJ Chewy Chewerson makes a special presentation to Jarlath. (Patreon Full Length Version Only).
 
Huge thanks to all our guests, the staff at the Underbelly, the London Irish Centre for all their help in promoting the show (https://www.londonirishcentre.org/), DJ Chewy (is available for bookings) and Emmet O’Malley for his performance on the night. Deep breath. This is an epic episode and the perfect way to mark out first 300. Thank you for listening.
 
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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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