An Irishman Abroad

Roddy Doyle (Live from the Dublin Podcast Festival): Episode 212

October 7, 2017


Author and national treasure Roddy Doyle joins Jarlath in front of a packed Tivoli Theatre at the Dublin Podcast Festival to discuss the fascinating story of his life and work. Roddy explains how the head Brother in his school had no faith in his potential (7:00) while also outlining, in riveting detail, some memories of his earlier years (9:00).

Roddy also gives his views on Ireland's preoccupation with private ownership and the homelessness epidemic (48:00) and also offers his refreshing attitude to criticism (37:00). From the one book of his which he would describe as “shite” (16:00) to discussing Roy Keane's fondness for spinning around in a swivel chair (40:00), why The Commitments would not have been as good if mobile phones existed at the time (57:00) and much more, this is a truly enjoyable conversation with one of Ireland’s literary legends.

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