An Irishman Abroad

Jonathan Drennan: Episode 192

May 20, 2017

As an aspiring journalist growing up in Northern Ireland, Jonathan Drennan could only dream to one day write for a local newspaper. Now living in Sydney, Jonathan writes for the Irish Times and The Guardian, having also been a correspondent for Australia’s Channel 7. To say Jonathan struggled with his mental health is an understatement, this week he outlines his battle with depressive tendencies despite growing up in a positive family environment (4:00) and how it eventually led to him being numb to everything while captaining a rugby team in London aged 26 (9:00).

Jonathan explains his incredible meeting with Freddie Roach, which was helped by the boxing legend’s mother taking a shine to him (26:00) and why his take on the furore surrounding Tyson Fury is not in line with the popular opinion (32:00). With a refreshing honesty, Jonathan also speaks frankly about the process of understanding one’s emotional triggers (50:00) and the true impact of Irish people over-doing it when it comes to self-deprecating humour (51:00).

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