Tadhg Kennelly: Episode 193

27May

Tadhg Kennelly is a man who truly knows the highs and lows of a life in sport, not to mention the passion and dedication that it demands. This week Tadhg joined Jarlath to speak about his sports-mad background, which saw him have a stint at Blackburn Rovers at the age of 15 (3:00) before setting his sights on pro-football in Australia (9:00), which he left behind 10 years later to return to Ireland with the sole aim of winning an All-Ireland medal with Kerry (30:00).

Tadhg speaks frankly about how winning the All-Ireland became an obsession (40:00), how he spent 9 months learning how to kick the round ball once more (38:00) and the origins behind his "f*ck the begrudgers" attitude (10:00). From explaining the reasons behind why he felt more pressure in one year in Kerry than he did in 10 years playing professional down-under (48:00) to revealing the truth behind hitting Nicholas Murphy in the jaw (56:00) and much, much more, this is a fascinating conversation with one of Ireland's biggest sporting exports.

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Jonathan Drennan: Episode 192

20May

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).

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

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Sam Barry: Episode 191

13May

Sam Barry is one of Ireland’s finest tennis players and his journey to the top of his sport has been driven by raw hard work, self-discipline and family support. In fascinating detail, Sam explains how he has struggled with his own identity as a result of the level of anonymity in Irish tennis (5:00) and how anxiety and stress in his career once turned him to bitterness towards the game (19:00). 

As a professional in a sport where even those who are not superstars are subject to online abuse from gamblers (52:00), sharing a locker room with the likes of Nadal and Djokovic one minute before playing on run-down courts the next (42:00), at just 25 Sam is in the perfect position to discuss the financial burden of being within touching distance of the top of the world rankings and the determination that it takes to get there (45:00). From his rock bottom moment in Belarus (1:03:00) to the one thing about his playing that he would love to change (1:01:00), this episode is a true tale of perseverance and self-belief.

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

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The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate the gift of £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad bag wherever you are in the world.

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Gavan Hennigan: Episode 190

6May

Not only is Gavan Hennigan the first extreme environment athlete to appear in the series, by trade, he is also a deep-sea saturation diver and holds the record for the fastest solo competitor to ever complete the 5,000km Atlantic rowing race. This week, Gavan speaks openly about his incredible journey from being a drug addict on the run (7:00) to working 200 metres below sea level (25:00) and being able to survive the jaw-dropping realities of surviving 50 days alone at sea (52:00).

Including the explanation behind his compulsion to pursue a life working in one of the world's most dangerous and isolated jobs (45:00), the moment he was forced by the drug squad to catch a 'bigger fish' (9:00) and an account of the sleep deprivation training (56:00) needed to survive his epic journey, this conversation is a sobering insight into the life of a man who came back from the brink of suicide to live a life he never dreamed possible as a true adventurer.

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

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John Butler: Episode 189

29Apr

John Butler is the director of The Stag and the recently released Handsome Devil. This week he joined Jarlath in London to tell the harsh truth behind growing up gay in Blackrock College. John describes for the very first time the moment in New York when he  decided he to come out (16:00) and desire for truth that it released within him creatively. There's also a hilarious description of the role archaic RTÉ structures played in taking his sketch show Your Bad Self almost 10 years to air (28:00)!

In powerful detail, John discusses the toxic masculinity (7:00) that inspired his latest movie, as well as the generation of people who feel the need to instil negativity in their children’s education based on their own experiences (59:00). From spotting the talent in Domhnall Gleeson early on (32:00), to the importance of getting knockbacks and accepting criticism (41:00) and his unique method for dealing with horrible people (56:00). This is a fascinating and one of a kind conversation with one of Ireland’s top creative talents.

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

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The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate the gift of £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad bag wherever you are in the world.

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Declan Murphy: Episode 188

22Apr

Declan Murphy says that standing at the bottom of your mountain will not make it any smaller, you have to change something in yourself in order to climb it. This week’s episode brings one of the most harrowing and life-affirming stories of the podcast to date with a top jockey who lived to race again after a catastrophic injury which saw the Racing Post publishing his obituary before his miraculous recovery. Declan tells the tale of the shattering moment of mistrust on the part of his horse which very nearly killed him (23:00), how he once won the Cheltenham Gold Cup solely on adrenaline which delayed the onset of a serious concussion (19:00) and the period of utter confusion for the 28 year old jockey having awoken from a coma believing he was a 12 year old boy (34:00).

From explaining why he believes that it is imperative for us to be prepared to lose everything just to gain that one something (41:00) to how a moment of acknowledging someone’s pity for you can render you useless (48:00), and describing the poetic nature of the trust between the horse and jockey (11:00), this is by far one of the most outstanding conversations of the series.

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

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The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate the gift of £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad bag wherever you are in the world.

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Vincent Hogan: Episode 187

15Apr

Vincent Hogan is one of Ireland’s most respected sports journalists. This week he joined Jarlath in his home for a candid conversation about the world of sports writing and a career built on great writing and building close relationships with some of Ireland’s most prominent sportsmen. Vincent speaks about the battle with rapidly approaching deadlines and the conflicts with supporter loyalty that it brings (4:00). As the man behind the critically acclaimed Paul McGrath autobiography, Vincent explains how he won the trust of McGrath (17:00) and why Henry Shefflin’s level of reflection was different (29:00).

In what appears to be one of the darkest hours in his career, Vincent explains the position that the Michelle de Bruin doping saga put him in and how it caused hostility between himself and other journalists including Paul Kimmage (39:00). From why he still attends Olympic Games with a knot in his stomach (39:00) to questioning whether the battle against doping is really achieving anything (50:00), and the challenges facing journalism in the digital age (1:05:00), this conversation is a fascinating insight into the trials and tribulations of the career of one of Ireland’s elite sports writers.

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

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The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate the gift of £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad bag wherever you are in the world.

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Camille O’Sullivan: Episode 186

8Apr

Camille O’Sullivan is one of Ireland’s finest performing artists. This week she joined Jarlath to give a fascinating insight into her thoughts on the mentality of performance and living out one’s dreams. Camille explains how being unhinged opens the door to intimacy with her audiences (10:00), why she sometimes feels completely embarrassed when coming off stage (15:00) and how she continues to suffer from a “quite debilitating” stage fright (17:00).

Camille speaks openly about the car accident that pushed her to face her fears head-on while also detailing how it made her realise her own unimportance (32:00). From revealing the truth behind why she is her own manager (45:00) to the art of engineering fear and jeopardy into her performances (1:01:00), this conversation offers a refreshing insight into the mind of one of Ireland’s most critically acclaimed performers.

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

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The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate the gift of £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad bag wherever you are in the world.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Pat Burke: Episode 185

1Apr

Pat Burke is the only Irish-born player to have played in the NBA. This week he joined Jarlath to talk about his journey from Tullamore to Ohio, before playing professionally in Europe and then arriving back Stateside once more to play for Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns. As he now runs the Hoops Life youth training program, Pat is in the ideal position to discuss the importance of letting children fail (16:00) and how communication in sport has changed over the years (20:00). Pat reveals the effect the hierarchical nature on the team dynamic in an NBA dressing room (28:00) and why he believes Doc Rivers is one of the greatest coaches at babysitting and massaging ego (37:00).

In an episode which is surprisingly not basketball-centered, Pat goes into fascinating detail about the impact of the individual within a team environment (20:00) and his earliest memories of being an Irish emigrant in America (42:00). From offering his thoughts on the impact of money in the NBA (53:00), to playing opposite Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O’Neill (59:00), this episode is the opportunity to hear a rare extended conversation with arguably the greatest Irish ball player of all time.

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

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The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate the gift of £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad bag wherever you are in the world.

An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. Get updates on future episodes and live shows by following @jarlath on Twitter, visiting www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.

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Mick Fitzgerald: Episode 184

25Mar

With more than 1,300 winners, including the 1996 Grand National, Mick Fitzgerald is widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish national hunt jockeys ever to have lived. This week, Mick joined Jarlath to talk about how it all began with a life-changing thirty second experience at just 13 years of age (3:00). Mick explains the truly addictive nature of winning (17:00), why jockeys must exhibit some form of madness (22:00), while also offering his thoughts on those in the game who are “ahead” of the drug testers (49:00). 

We hear in riveting detail how he was forced into retirement for his own safety only to then contract MRSA and was barely able to eat for 4 months (27:00). His account of the career-ending fall that left him unable to move his legs (31:00) has Jarlath’s jaw on the floor. There's so much in this episode, whether you're a horse racing fan or not. From why he compares A.P. McCoy to Lionel Messi (26:00), to his unsettling meeting with an IRA member while investigating the disappearance of Shergar (44:00) and outlining the ongoing battle to keep the public image of horse racing spotless (53:00), this episode is a fascinating listen with a true Irish sporting legend.

To access the entire archive of episodes in the series, download the Irishman Abroad android and iPhone apps for free in the app stores today (links below).

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The Irishman Abroad podcast is crowd funded and is only made possible by the listeners’ generosity. We sincerely appreciate your continued support. Donate the gift of £20 today via PayPal (jarlo11@yahoo.com) and by way of thanks, we will send you a beautiful Irishman Abroad bag wherever you are in the world.

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