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In each episode, comedian Jarlath Regan is joined by a well known Irish writer, actor, performer, sports person or public figure to discuss their life and shared experience of moving abroad.




Ian Lloyd Anderson: Episode 209

Ian Lloyd Anderson talent is undeniable. Best known for his standout roles on stage and screen (Love/Hate, Game of Thrones), this week, Ian joined Jarlath to discuss his work opposite Emmet Kirwan in the forthcoming movie adaption of Dublin Oldschool (4:00/52:00). Ian explains how his acting journey began in a school play he was forced into doing (10:00), his battle with weight loss (18:00) and being jealous of Peter Coonan on the set of Love/Hate (39:00). Ian tells the story of the birth...

Duration: 01:06:44

Kevin Gildea: Episode 208

This week Irish comedy legend, Kevin Gildea, joins Jarlath to discuss the life and career behind one of the most influential voices in alternative Irish comedy. Kevin and Jarlath discuss the nature of the modern audience’s relationship with offence (7:00), how he balances his work as a professional critic with his career as a stand up comedian and writer (50:00) and the time he spent as DCU Student’s Union president who slept a lot (33:00). From the hilarious stories from his days as a...

Duration: 01:10:38

Donal Skehan (returns): Episode 207

Having first appeared on the podcast over three years ago, celebrity cook, author and TV presenter, Donal Skehan, returns to the show this week from his home in LA where he now presents on the Food Network. Donal tells us the incredible journey that he has been on in recent years, which amounted to him working so hard that he was hospitalised with exhaustion (5:00). Donal opens up about battling loneliness (35:00), how he and his wife carefully control what of their private life is let...

Duration: 01:05:15

Adam Fergus: Episode 206

This week, star of Supernatural, Inside I’m Dancing and Being Erica, Adam Fergus, joined Jarlath to discuss his journey from Laytown to Hollywood. Adam tells the hilarious stories of how his acting career all began in his parent’s garage by putting on shows for the neighbours (5:00), how he blagged his way through economics in UCD (19:00) and how his mother packed his bags for Canada when Being Erica came calling (45:00). Adam discusses the nature of ‘pilot season’ in Hollywood and how...

Duration: 01:08:15

Dr. Ciara Kelly: Episode 205

Dr. Ciara Kelly is best known for her role as a medical consultant on the hit TV show Operation Transformation and on her own radio show Alive and Kicking. As a passionate activist for women’s rights, Ciara explains that how we treat women in Ireland falls short of what it should be and how a distrust of women is at the heart of the cause for the Repeal the 8th campaign (24:00). Ciara also discusses the polarising character of the man who gave her the break she needed early in her media...

Duration: 01:14:33

Joe Wilkinson and Kevin McGahern (live from the Vodafone Comedy Festival): Episode 204

Comedians/actors/writers/chancers Joe Wilkinson and Kevin McGahern join Jarlath for a fun chat in front of a live audience at the 2017 Vodafone Comedy Carnival in Dublin. Kevin and Joe discuss the jobs that they gave up to pursue careers in comedy and the hard and rewarding work that subsequently followed. While Joe explains the generosity of Channel 4 in his outrageous appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (39:00), Kevin explains the difficulties he encountered during his time...

Duration: 01:11:00

Tara Flynn: Episode 203

This week, writer, comedian, actress and activist Tara Flynn joined Jarlath to discuss her journey in finding the courage to speak out in recent years (3:00), what it’s like living with systemic sexism in comedy (17:00) and her desire to create a conversation about the need for broad access to abortion (36:00). In this fascinating chat, Tara explains her own journey to have an abortion in the Netherlands (26:00) and the concept of consenting to sex and not pregnancy (40:00). With...

Duration: 01:13:23

Danny O’Reilly (part 2) Live from the Galway Arts Festival: Episode 202

This week The Coronas frontman, Danny O’Reilly, joined Jarlath on stage at the Galway Arts Festival to discuss how things have changed for him since Danny’s first appearance on the podcast three years ago. Danny spoke openly about walking away from Island Records to start their own label (4:00) and how he now keeps his private life away from the media spotlight having learned from past experiences (45:00). While discussing the bond between The Coronas, Danny explains why he does not think...

Duration: 00:58:52

Dave Hannigan: Episode 201

This week, acclaimed sports writer and journalist Dave Hannigan joins Jarlath from his home in New York to discuss life in Trump’s America (48:00) and being a Conor McGregor cynic (22:00). Dave discusses how the differences of opinions between the McGregor fans and critics could be explained by a generational gap (18:00) and his strong views on McGregor’s representation of Ireland to the world (23:00). From the origins of the famous Cork pride (7:00) to why his time spent interviewing...

Duration: 01:08:28

Sir Bob Geldof: Episode 200

Sir Bob Geldof might be the most influential Irish emigrant of all time. In this momentous episode, Bob speaks openly to Jarlath about handling world leaders alongside Bono (54:00), the massive anxiety that comes with topping the charts (35:00) and how he got married to let some light into his family after the death of his daughter (1:05:00). Bob explains how his passion to affect change came at a young age during his self-described ‘crap existence’ (5:00) and his initial reaction to the...

Duration: 01:17:46

Annalise Murphy: Episode 199

Last year, Annalise Murphy won a silver medal in the Rio Olympics and her journey to get there was far from plain sailing. In this conversation, Annalise speaks about how she very nearly packed it all in just months before she won silver (11:00), dealing with sexism in sport (44:00) and her difficulties with being on a diet for the last eight years (12:00). Annalise explains the importance in letting kids come to a sport, rather than forcing it on them (9:00) and the incredible sacrifices...

Duration: 01:03:58

John Lynn: Episode 198

Comedian/Actor/Writer John Lynn joins Jarlath to explain his narrow escape from death when he was at the cusp of a huge break in his career. John tells the fascinating story of the day in which he had a near-fatal collapse in public and how it caught him completely off-guard (4:00). As a consequence of his prolonged recovery time, John lost out on massive professional opportunities (22:00). He explains how the deterioration in his mental health resulted in him losing trust in his own mind...

Duration: 01:19:48

Wallis Bird: Episode 197

This week, Wexford born Wallis Bird joined Jarlath from her home in Berlin to discuss her experiences working within the music industry both as a performing artist and songwriter. Wallis speaks with such a refreshing level of positivity about her life, in which she has experienced the non-musical side of the music business (30:00), losing five fingers in a lawnmower accident (7:00) and having her friends spot an unattractive change in her character when she started to become a successful...

Duration: 01:20:29

James McClean: Episode 196

This week Ireland and West Brom winger James McClean joined Jarlath for a fascinating conversation about the highs and lows of football and his thoughts on the modern game. James discusses how football has become a softer sport (10:00), why the life of a footballer is far from a life of luxury (12:00) and how the Irish team need to be ruthless to make it to the World Cup (45:00). From giving grief to Séamus Coleman to lighten the mood after breaking his leg (29:00), to his aspiration of...

Duration: 00:55:22

Seamus Coleman: Episode 195

In what is the most highly anticipated episode of the series to date, this conversation with Séamus Coleman certainly does not disappoint. Recorded just days before his devastating injury against Wales in March, we get to hear how Séamus puts his body on the line in every challenge (38:00) and what he sees as the key for Ireland to make it to the World Cup (53:00). Séamus also explains how an infected blister almost saw his career come to an end before it even begun (10:00), his desire to...

Duration: 00:59:23

Tadhg Kennelly: Episode 193

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...

Duration: 01:07:19

Jonathan Drennan: Episode 192

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...

Duration: 01:08:27

Sam Barry: Episode 191

While Sam Barry is one of Ireland’s finest tennis players, the lack of a model for elite tennis development in the country results in his journey to the top of his sport being 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...

Duration: 01:12:03

Gavan Hennigan: Episode 190

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...

Duration: 01:20:06

John Butler: Episode 189

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...

Duration: 01:14:30

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