An Irishman Abroad

Mary Robinson: Episode 341

March 14, 2020

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Since the inception of An Irishman Abroad, Mary Robinson has been one of the most requested guests for the series. This week, the former President of Ireland and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights joined Jarlath for a truly memorable conversation about her life and career.

With a beautiful honesty, Mary opens up about how nothing seemed out of the realms of possibility for her while growing up (9:00), how she battled shyness by taking up debating (16:00) and why she believes the coronavirus will help us (58:00).

Mary also speaks addresses the scepticism and vital finer details of global warming (59:00), her regret at not finishing out her term as President (1:02:00) and the impact that witnessing the realities of severe inhumanity in Sierra Leone and Somalia had on her (1:08:00).

From how close she came to a nervous breakdown during her time as U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (1:06:00) to how she was banned by the Historical Society of Trinity College (34:00), the wild parties with her four brothers in the house in which Oscar Wilde was born (32:00) and much more, this is a one of a kind conversation with one of Ireland's most inspirational women.

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