It’s a huge week for An Irishman Abroad as, Gabriel Byrne, one of Ireland’s most successful acting and directing exports joins Jarlath for a very rare and honest long-form interview. In this insightful and frank chat, Gabriel explains why he feels the Irish government never gave a crap about it’s emigrants or culture (44:00), how he learned that the Catholic education system failed to teach self-esteem (22:00) while also discussing the factory of Hollywood and how it uses stars as promotional brands rather than artists (27:00).
Gabriel also reveals to Jarlath why bloopers were not cut out of The Usual Suspects (37:00), how he doesn’t think he ever got it right as a father (53:00) and why he envies confident people (21:00). From the story of the time he was beaten up in London for simply being Irish (10:00) to the impact the right wing coup of the Donald Trump presidency is having on undocumented Irish in America (4:00) to his early memories of a risk-taking U2 (57:00), this episode is truly a highlight of the series to date.
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