An Irishman Abroad

Fionn Davenport: Episode 169

December 10, 2016

Fionn Davenport is best known for his outstanding travel writing and journalistic broadcasting, yet many will be unaware of his incredible journey from Blanchardstown to Argentina and New York before returning home to Ireland once more at an early age. Fionn discusses how a life of constant travel informs a different kind of thinking (7:00) and how he experienced alienation as a teenager when he struggled to find any meaning in the term ’home’ (17:00).

Fionn opens up about his alcohol and drugs abuse while living in New York during a period of profound unhappiness in his life (27:00) and he admits that he was ‘paralysed by pure fear’ during that period (38:00). Having travelled the globe in both his personal and professional lives, Fionn is not short of some enthralling stories which including the time he was held up by Marxist guerrillas in Northern Guatemala (50:00) and how he was reduced to sleeping on bails of rice in a rat-infested barn in China (53:00). From conversing about the Irishperson’s problem with vulnerability (59:00) to why a drunken heart to heart is to be taken with a pinch of salt (48:00), this episode is a fascinating insight into the backstory of one of Ireland’s most prolific travel writers.

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