An Irishman Abroad

Writing Funny With Patrick Freyne

November 28, 2020

This week, Irish Times writer, essayist and musician Patrick Freyne joined Jarlath for a fascinating conversation about his life and career. His new book 'OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea’ is perfect for any Irish person abroad. 

Patrick gives an in-depth look into his approach to writing funny, growing up in a town of 'lunatics' and the art of interviewing.

Jarlath digs into his notorious relationship with Dermot Bannon, how organisation has become a key to his writing and why he is so cautious about what he reveals of his personal life in his writing. There is a fascinating discussion on the wider conversation about Irish artistic output and much more. To hear the entirety of this conversation about life and creativity with one of Ireland's most beloved writing talents, why not head over to

This is just a taster. To hear also gain access to the entire back-catalogue of over 400 Irishman Abroad episodes that are not available on iTunes for just the price of a pint every month visit

Supplementary research provided by John Meagher.

Our charity partner is In these tricky times, Jigsaw provides a range of resources, advice and care for your people to help them strengthen their mental health and the skills needed to navigate life. Please visit their website and consider making a donation.

For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit or email the show directly on

Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Irishman Abroad podcast is clearly and accurately provided.

Play this podcast on Podbean App