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The Global Gael - A Final Farewell To Shane MacGowan With George Murphy

December 10th, 2023


George Murphy was given the honour of being one of the musicians called upon to sing at the funeral of Shane MacGowan on Friday, and he came on the podcast to take us behind the scenes of an iconic occasion where …

Global Gael - Fréa Offering Hope To Mother & Baby Home Survivors With Patrick Rodgers

December 8th, 2023


The Mother & Baby Homes - often called the "Magdalene Laundries", where young women were sent to give birth before having their children taken away from them - are a stain on Irish history, with many of the children …

Irish In Sweden - Business Beacons Shine At The ICCS Gala

December 4th, 2023


An absolutely amazing day and night in Stockholm this weekend as the Irish Chamber Of Commerce In Sweden staged its networking event and a stunning …

The Global Gael - Remembering Shane MacGowan

November 30th, 2023


On Nov 20, 2023 Shane MacGowan, leader of the Pogues, singer, poet, writer, carouser and cultural icon, passed away at the age of 65. Shane was the …

Irish In Sweden - Jim's Grandad's Odyssey, Cormac Calls Out Holmgren & Hozier Gets The Blame

November 28th, 2023


On this week's podcast (which is late, and it's all Hozier's fault!) Jim Smith Rehnström joins me to tell the story of how his grandad upped sticks …

Irish In Sweden - Orange Day & Ending Violence Against Women With Marjorie & Louise

November 20th, 2023


This week I'm joined by Marjorie Sundström and Louise Waller to talk about Orange Day on Nov 25, the international day for the elimination of …

Irish In Sweden - Brian Downey Brings Thin Lizzy's Music Back To Sweden

November 17th, 2023


Another bonus episode as Brian Downey hits the road in to bring the music of Thin Lizzy back to Scandinavia! Brian, Phil Lynott and the boys were …

The Global Gael - Health & Homes For The Irish In Leeds

November 16th, 2023


The Irish community in England is well-served with brilliant organisations taking care of our people, and Leeds Irish Health & Homes is among the best there is. For decades Ant Hanlon and his team has looked after …

Irish In Sweden - From Clare To Here With Doireann's New Book & Birgitta's Burren Smokehouse

November 13th, 2023


This week we hear from Irish author Doireann Ní Ghríofa who was in Sweden last week to promote a brand-new translation of her book "A Ghost In The Throat" ("Ett Spöke I Strupen") and Birgitta Hedin Curtin came by the …

The Global Gael - Immigrants, Emigrants & Keith - An Irish Musician's Story

November 10th, 2023


Back in the 1980s Ireland was awash with brilliant bands all being chased by record companies looking for the next U2, and when they found a teenage …

Irish In Sweden - Artist Alannah Comes To Comfort The People

November 9th, 2023


A rare midweek episode as artist Alannah Robins arrives in Stockholm to exhibit her work at Galleri Duerr. Titled "Comfort Ye My People", Alannah has …

Irish In Sweden - Behind The Scenes With The Glass Mask Theatre Company In Stockholm

November 6th, 2023


This weekend we went behind the scenes with the Glass Mask theatre company as they took a play by one of Sweden's foremost writers and staged it in the Swedish capital. The director and cast tell us what it takes to put …

The Global Gael - Father Slattery's Nigerian Schools Legacy With Deji Badiru

November 2nd, 2023


Few people can have had an impact as profound as that of Father Denis Slattery, an Irish priest from Fermoy whose St. Finbarr's Schoool in Nigeria …

Irish In Sweden - Glass Mask Theatre In Stockholm & Irish Chamber Update With Rory Moore

October 30th, 2023


This week we've a discount code for a theatre event in Stockholm at the weekend, and Rory Moore from the Irish Chamber Of Commerce in Sweden joins me …

Irish In Sweden - Mölndal Mystery Mural & Paul O'Mahony's News From The Local

October 24th, 2023


On this week's podcast, we unravel the mystery of an Irish-themed mural in Mölndal depicting the mythical figure of Niamh Cinn Oir, and Paul O'Mahony …

The Global Gael - A VIsit To The Irish Cultural Centre In London

October 18th, 2023


Since open ing its doors in 1995, the Irish Cultural Centre in London has become one of the most important places for Irish culture outside our …

Irish In Sweden - The Girls Of The Gaels Close Out The GAA Season

October 16th, 2023


The GAA season came to an end in the Hague on Saturday with the final European Gaelic football round, and the girls of the Stockholm Gaels were there …

The Global Gael - Siamsa In London With The Irish Creative Collective

October 12th, 2023


I travelled to London to keep my promise to Joe O'Neill and attend an event with the Irish Creative Collective, and I was blown away by the range of …

Irish In Sweden - A Stroll Around Sigtuna With Helen Kavanagh Berglund

October 9th, 2023


This week we head out north of Stockholm to talk to Helen Kavanagh Berglund, who is moving on from a career spent in public service to an exciting …

Irish In Sweden - Rosalie's Irish Dance Workshop & Getting In Shape With Aaron Kennedy

October 2nd, 2023


Another jam-packed episode this week as Rosalie Wagenaar joins me to talk about her upcoming Irish dance workshops in Stockholm and her plans to do …

Global Gael - Music, Movies & Living With Anxiety With Dave Rooney

September 28th, 2023


Las Vegas-based Dubliner Dave Rooney has done it all - broken Guinness world records, won Emmys and songwriting awards and played in every corner of the globe, and he did it all despite the anxiety that sometimes …

Irish In Sweden - Launching The Läs Is More Bookshop In Gothenburg With Stephanie Coughlan

September 25th, 2023


This week we're on the west coast where Irish-American Stephanie Coughlan is launching an online second-hand bookstore called Läs Is More. Stephanie hopes to soon have a physical store in central Gothenburg from which …

The Global Gael - Dan's Reid On Uganda's Equator Gaels Story

September 21st, 2023


This week we talk to Dan Reid about the amazing story behind the Equator Gaels and how Ugandan coaches are teaching Ugandan kids to play Gaelic games in East Africa!

Kilkenny man Dan moved to Uganda as a young teacher …

Irish In Sweden - Chamber Gala Announced, Comedy King Josh & Wallopers Camógie Shout-Out!

September 18th, 2023


Another jam-packed episode featuring Anthony Morrissey and the announcement of the Irish Chamber Of Commerce In Sweden's gala event for 2023, a new open mic night at Wirströms and Josh Lenn introducing improv comedy at …

The Global Gael - The Finnish Line In Innovation With Kevin Deegan

September 15th, 2023


On this week's podcast Wexford man Kevin Deegan joins me to talk about his work as vice-president of innovation at Finnish food giant Valio, and there's also recommendations for new books by Irish authors Tadhg Hickey …

Irish In Sweden - Golden Katie In Linköping & Albin The Rebel

September 10th, 2023


A jam-packed episode this week as we catch up with Ireland captain Katie McCabe in Linköping to ask her about being nominated for the Ballon d'Or as the world's best footballer, and we talk to Albin Winbo from Varberg …

The Global Gael - Answering Ireland's Call - Alan Quinlan World Cup Preview

September 6th, 2023


Ireland have travelled to France for the Rugby World Cup with best squad we've ever had and in the form of our lives, but we're facing perhaps the toughest draw we've ever had too. Irish rugby legend Alan Quinlan joins …

Irish In Sweden - Camógs & Vikings Take The Hague By Storm!

September 4th, 2023


Sport brings out the best in our communities, and the Irish in Sweden are no different - this weekend it was the turn of our hurlers and especially our camógs to remind us of the remarkable things we can achieve when we …

OMIS - No Laughing Matter - Özz Nujen On The Kurds, Sweden & NATO

August 30th, 2023


Kurdish-Swedish comedian Özz Nujen joins me to talk about his family's extraordinary flight from Turkey to Sweden in search of refuge, how the country has changed and how its application to join NATO has once again put …

Irish In Sweden - Gävle Take GAA Honours & Tony Mac Talks AI

August 28th, 2023


A report from a magnificent day of Gaelic games in Gävle is followed by a chat with Sligo man Tony McCarrick, for whom a teaching job in Nigeria …

The Global Gael - Am I Irish Yet, Asks Kate Kerrigan

August 26th, 2023


This week I'm joined by Irish author Kate Kerrigan, whose new one-woman show "Am I Irish Yet?" explores questions of identity from the perspective a woman who grew up in an Irish family in London. Kate went on to be a …

Irish In Sweden - Tall Tales, Great Camógs & New Rogues In Stockholm

August 21st, 2023


The Irish In Sweden microphone was out and about and ended up under the noses of a huge amount of people as the Swedish-Irish Society and the …

The Global Gael - Behind The Scenes With Ireland's Chloe Mustaki At the Women's World Cup

August 17th, 2023


In our final podcast looking at the Women's World Cup, I'm joined by Ireland's Chloe Mustaki who takes us behind the scenes at the tournament. The defender looks back on the highs and lows of Ireland's debut at a major …

Irish In Sweden - Until We Meet Again, Ambassador Gormley

August 14th, 2023


All good things must come to an end, and even if the tenure of Ambassador Austin Gormley was undoubtedly one of the best things that happened to our community, but the time has come for him to move on.

He will soon …

The Global Gael - From The Couch To The Norseman Finish Line With Willie Murphy

August 12th, 2023


After coming up short in a Celtman triathlon, Dubliner Willie Murphy felt he was pretty much done with the sport - but then his name was pulled out …

Irish In Sweden - Stockholm's Camógs Going From Strength To Strength

August 7th, 2023


Michelle Cotter and Hazel Reilly from the recently-founded Stockholm Camógie join me to talk about the rapid progress the team has made during the …

The Global Gael - Back Home In Derry At The GAA World Games

August 5th, 2023


The last week of July saw the global GAA family gather in Derry for the World Games, with footballers, hurlers and camógs from all over the world …

Irish In Sweden - Dee Bugg-ing Stockholm Pride

July 31st, 2023


Stockholm Pride will have an Irish tint this year as drag queen Dee Bugg makes her Celtic presence felt - Dee came to the IIS studio to talk about …

The Global Gael Women's World Cup Preview - Ireland v Nigeria

July 29th, 2023


The Girls In Green are out, but not down and there's still one more chance to impress as they take on Nigeria on Monday in their final World Cup group game.

Before the tournament I spoke to Samuel Ahmadu, Africa's …

Irish In Sweden - EU Legal Eagle - Graham Butler

July 24th, 2023


As Sweden experiences some very Irish summer weather, we pay a visit to Växjö to talk to legal expert Graham Butler about living in Sweden, working in Denmark and how different laws at different levels influence how we …

The Global Gael - #FIFAWWC Ireland v Canada Preview

July 22nd, 2023


A narrow defeat in our first game means it's all to play for against Canada, a team riven by strife with their FA and whose talismanic player missed a penalty in a scoreless draw with Nigeria. But who are the Canadians …

The Global Gael - #FIFAWWC Ireland v Australia Preview

July 18th, 2023


The moment is almost upon us - on Thursday Ireland take on hosts Australia in the opening game of the FIFA Women's World Cup, and to set the scene I spoke to former Matilda Joey Peters about her career and what this …

The Global Gael - Chasing The Scoop - Journalism, Data & Social Media With Nic Keaney

July 15th, 2023


An internship when she was at Warwick University taught Nic Keaney one valuable lesson - no matter how much money it paid, she didn't want an "ordinary" job, so she went into journalism instead.

Her readiness to go …

Irish In Sweden - Getting Going In Gothenburg With Anthony Morrissey

July 10th, 2023


Semester?! What semester?! A jam-packed episode this week with news of two Swedish-Irish weddings and an open call for young architects, followed by …

Global Gael - Women's World Cup Warm-Up With Rianna Jarrett

July 8th, 2023


This week, we kick off the Global Gael's Women's World Cup coverage with Ireland international Rianna Jarrett, who talks about her playing career in the U.S. and England, playing for Vera Pauw and what we can expect …

Irish In Sweden - Horses For Courses With Paddy Looney

July 2nd, 2023


He may have started out as a lowly stable hand in County Meath, but Paddy Looney's sharp mind and huge capacity for hard work quickly saw him rise …

The Global Gael - Murders, Match Reports, Murdoch & Me - Andrew McGarry In Australia

July 1st, 2023


Andrew McGarry first left Longford for Dublin, and then Ireland for Australia as his mother's career in journalism took them to the other side of the …

Irish In Sweden - Putting Women's Health In Focus With Jessica Stokes Diehn

June 26th, 2023


This week physiotherapist Jessica Stokes Diehn joins me to talk about how her practice is now focused solely on the wellbeing of women, particularly …

The Global Gael - What Happens When An Irish Person Dies Abroad?

June 25th, 2023


What happens when an Irish person dies abroad? How can they be brought home, and what can families do if they can't foot the bill? The answer is the …

Irish In Sweden - The Night Aslan Came To Stockholm With Eoin O'Connor

June 19th, 2023


This week we're joined by Eoin O'Connor to pay tribute to Aslan singer Christy Dignam, who passed away this week, with a special episode remembering …

The Global Gael - The Accidental Journalist - Barry Glendenning

June 17th, 2023


London-based Barry Glendenning is one of Ireland's best-known sports journalists and his live blogs and podcasting for the website of the Guardian …

Irish In Sweden - All Paddling In The One Direction - Emma Patterson

June 12th, 2023


Like many Irish people, Dubliner Emma Patterson only came here for a brief stay, but ended up here (almost!) permanently! She came into the studio to talk about her work with public health and nutrition, the …

Irish In Sweden - Tapping Into Microbrewing With Ivan Keane

June 5th, 2023


This week we visit Ivan Keane of Keane Brewing on Lidingö to talk about running a microbrewery in Sweden, how the wrong label can stop your beer ever …

The Global Gael - Telling The Story Of Tom Crean With Tim Foley

June 3rd, 2023


For decades the heroics of Irish explorer Tom Crean flew beneath the radar, but in recent years tales of his exploits in the South Pole have come to …

OMIS - How Goalkeeper Shannon Saved Her Mental Health

June 1st, 2023


Shannon Lynn was a successful pro soccer player playing in the Swedish top flight and representing Scotland at the World Cup, but deep down, she …

Our Man In Stockholm - Web Of Lies - Conspiracy Theories, The Internet & The Far Right With Aoife Gallagher

May 30th, 2023


Aoife Gallagher's new book "Web of Lies" dives deep into the subject of how easy it is to go down the rabbit hole of compelling online conspiracy …

Irish In Sweden - Author Anna Sivenius Rattigan & Her New Tale

May 29th, 2023


Anna Sivenius Rattigan has a new book out in Swedish called "Odödlig Jord" and this week she joined me on the podcast to talk about how falling in love with a Meathman and Ireland in general has shaped her telling of …

The Global Gael - Kicking It Down Under With LOI Legend Brian Shelley

May 27th, 2023


Brian Shelley is one of the finest defenders ever to grace the League oF Ireland, but after two of the clubs he played for fell into financial …

Irish In Sweden - Claire's Cooking Up A Storm On Söder

May 22nd, 2023


Claire O'Halloran's new Iníoní gastro bar on Timmermansgatan is already winning rave reviews for its brilliant food and intimate atmosphere, so I …

The Global Gael - Ruadhán's Wrestling With An Irish Sporting Tradition

May 20th, 2023


While travelling the world to train and learn about various different kinds of wrestling, Irishman Ruadhán McFadden discovered that Ireland had it's very own style, and he is determined to bring it back. In fact, Irish …

Irish In Sweden - Absolut Innovation With Gavin Boland

May 15th, 2023


Dubliner Gavin Boland joins the podcast this week to talk about moving to Sweden and his job as global innovation manager for one of Sweden's most …

Irish In Sweden - BONUS PODCAST - Irish Artists At The Supermarket Art Fair

May 10th, 2023


Once again Irish artists are making a splash at the Supermarket Art Fair, which this year is taking place at Stadsgårdsterminalen in Slussen. I took the chance to drop by and talk to the Irish contingent featuring Niamh …

Irish In Sweden - Gary's Peaks For Gearóid's Smile & Adrian's Airport Nightmare

May 8th, 2023


This week's podcast goes behind the scenes at Landvetter Airport as Irish wheelchair user Adrian Keogh had to crawl down the steps when assistance …

Irish In Sweden- Dan's Golf Centre & Michelle's Camogie Crew

May 7th, 2023


This week Zack Elbouzedi and I paid a visit to Dan Hickey's new IMPA golf centre out in Arlandastad, and Michelle Cotter joined me to talk about her …

Global Gael - Taking A Trip From the U.S. To Ireland With Paul Ward

May 6th, 2023


Paul Ward was just 17 when his family moved across the Atlantic to Wisconsin, and decades later he is aiming to bring as many people back to Ireland …

Irish In Sweden - Darragh's Doing Great Deals With Enterprise Ireland

May 1st, 2023


The last few years have been a remarkable success for Enterprise Ireland, and this week I'm joined by Darragh O'Carroll to talk about his work …

The Global Gael - Seán Takes To TikTok To Promote GAA

April 29th, 2023


This week's podcast takes us to Brussels, where Meathman Seán Ryan is leveraging the power of social media to bring Gaelic games to a global audience.

His "A Day In The Life Of A European Gaelic Footballer" video has …

Irish In Sweden - Taking Your Points - Voices From the Malmö GAA Tournament

April 24th, 2023


Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds from a wonderful day of Gaelic football at Limhamnsfältet in Malmö where the first tournament of the year …

Irish In Sweden - An Artful Trim With Billy The Kid

April 17th, 2023


Back after the Easter break, and there's plenty of community news, especially from a musical and sporting perspective. There's also a long chat with the magnificent Billy Chaney, a barber-turned-artist from Dublin who …

The Global Gael - The Good Friday Agreement, Biden's Visit & What Comes Next With Aoife Grace Moore

April 15th, 2023


As the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement is celebrated with a visit from American president Joe Biden, we go behind the pomp and ceremony with Derry-born journalist Aoife Grace Moore to talk about what has …

Irish In Sweden - Breakfast With The Chamber & A Serving Of Spuds & Sill With Grace O'Malley

April 3rd, 2023


This week we meet two of the new board members for the Irish Chamber of Commerce In Sweden (one of whom you know already!), and the hugely talented …

The Global Gael - Sign Of The Times? Gearóidín McEvoy On Minority Languages

April 1st, 2023


What do sign language and the Irish language have in common? For Gearóidín McEvoy, an Irish academic in Finland, the answer is a lot more than we thought - minority languages are all around us and are keys to …

Irish In Sweden - My Heart Is Full Of (Tourism) Ireland With Emer MacDiarmada

March 27th, 2023


As we leave our national day in the rear-view mirror, we look forward to a summer of travel with passport tips and a chat with Emer MacDiarmada form Tourism Ireland about the ins and outs of how the country is marketed …

The Global Gael - Clare At The Opry & Ronan In Cambodia & Limor Paddy's Day Greetings!

March 25th, 2023


This week we have two magnificent interviews as Clare Cunningham realises her dream of playing the Grand Old Opry in Nashville and Ronan Sheehan embarks on his dream of getting a team of Cambodian Gaelic footballers to …

Irish In Sweden - Sounds Of St. Patricks Day 2023

March 20th, 2023


We pay our annual visit to the St. Patrick's Day parade in Stockholm and talk to some of the well-known voices in the community such as the …

Global Gael - St. Patrick's Day Greetings From Michael D & Tadhg The Leading Kicker

March 18th, 2023


This week we have a St. Patrick's Day message from President Michael D. Higgins and we hear the fascinating story of Tadhg Leader, an Irish rugby player who tried his luck in American football and is now preparing a new …

Irish In Sweden - St. Patrick's Day Prep & Music From Andy Irvine & Quilty

March 13th, 2023


This week we hear from the Swedish Irish Society ahead of the St. Patrick's Day festivities, and I paid a visit to a rehearsal in Malmö for Quilty's 30th-anniversary tour with Andy Irvine. Get your tickets at …

The Global Gael - John & Danielle Walking In Brendan Behan's Footsteps

March 11th, 2023


In the week of St. Patrick's Day, we celebrate with a chat about one of Ireland's greatest writers Brendan Behan, together with the creators of a new show about him. 

Written by John Merrigan with songs and music by …

Global Gael - Celebrating International Women's Day With Ireland's Amber Barrett

March 8th, 2023


What better way to celebrate International Women's Day than a conversation with Ireland international Amber Barrett, the woman who scored the decisive goal against Scotland to send Ireland to the Women's World Cup …

Irish In Sweden - Anton Foley Versus The Swedish Government

March 6th, 2023


This week I'm joined by Anton Foley, the Swedish-Irish man suing the Swedish government over their inaction on climate change. He talks to me about …

The Global Gael - Joining The Fanclub With Dec Magennis

March 4th, 2023


This week I'm joined from the Cayman Islands by Fanclub founder Dec Magennis, an old school friend and lifelong music fan who has built a new …

Irish In Sweden - Celebrating 25 Years Of Fagans Pub In Malmö

February 27th, 2023


The first weekend in March marks 25 years of Fagans Pub in Malmö, a vital centre for the Irish community in the Öresund region that will be celebrated over a long weekend with pints, music and craic. I paid them a visit …

The Global Gael - North Circular & Irish Movies Taking Hollywood By Storm With Luke McManus

February 25th, 2023


On this week's podcast I'm joined by film director Luke McManus to talk about his documentary "North Circular", which is being shown at film …

The Global Gael - Making Strides With Your Running - Colm O'Callaghan

February 18th, 2023


It's still early in the year and many of us are still thinking about what we can do to get fitter and healthier - and for Colm O'Callaghan in …

Irish In Sweden - Some Swede Irish Music With TIMSIG & Quilty

February 13th, 2023


Irish music is lucky to have many great evangelists around the world, and this week we speak to Stina Rosén of The Irish Music Session In Gothenburg …

The Global Gael - Voting Rights With Larry Donnelly

February 11th, 2023


This week's discussion centres on democracy and Ireland's restrictive approach to allowing its diaspora to vote. Legal scholar Larry Donnelly, who is …

Irish In Sweden - The Big Man - Remembering Kevin Higgins

February 5th, 2023


Last week brought the sad and shocking news of the passing of Kevin Higgins at the age of 48 - a Gael, a father, a footballer and an endless source of joy to everyone who met him, this week's podcast pays tribute to a …

The Global Gael - From The Shankhill To The Las Vegas Strip - Wayne McCullough

February 4th, 2023


Boxer Wayne "The Pocket Rocket" McCullough went from growing up on Belfast's Shankhill Road to carrying the tricolour for Ireland at the 1988 …

The Global Gael - Joyce & The Joy Of Humanities - John Francis McCourt

February 2nd, 2023


On the birthday of one of Ireland's finest and most famous writers, I talked to Irish academic John Francis McCourt. about James Joyce, the joy of studying humanities, artificial intelligence and why we all need a …

Irish In Sweden - Jack & The Beans Talk

January 30th, 2023


From the highlands of Ethiopia to the Stockholm Archipelago, Swedes are finally getting a taste of what real coffee tastes like thanks to an …

The Global Gael - Allen At The Heart Of New York Music Scene

January 28th, 2023


For two decades Allen Gogarty rocked the bars of New York, mixing his own compositions with covers as he built a sold career as one of the most …

Premier Swedes - Pontus Kåmark

January 26th, 2023


A defender as clever as he was tough - and boy, was he tough - Pontus Kåmark helped cement Leicester's status as a Premier League team in his three-and-a-half seasons there, which were crowned by winning the League Cup …

Irish In Sweden - Anja's Boxing Clever For Irish Olympic Gold

January 23rd, 2023


Two of Ireland's greatest gold-medal triumphs at the Olympics have come via the gloved hands of Katie Taylor and Kellie Harrington, but few know the …

The Global Gael - Russian To Conclusions With Alan Moore In Moscow

January 21st, 2023


When Russia invaded Ukraine almost a year ago it affected Irishman Alan Moore more than most - all of a sudden he had more than 2000 university students, several of them from Ireland and Ukraine, to take care of in a …

The Global Gael - BONUS PODCAST - Gaeilge Le Jane

January 17th, 2023


The Irish language has been enjoying a strong revival in recent years, but how do you go about learning it or returning to it as an adult? Jane Ní …

Irish In Sweden - Big Balls, No Walls - Olympic Handball With Chris O'Reilly

January 16th, 2023


The World Handball Championships are taking place in Sweden, but it's not the kind of handball that many Irish people will be familiar with - but one man is. Chris O'Neill is a former semi-professional player now living …

The Global Gael - Tony's Talent For Bringing Gaelic Games To Europe

January 14th, 2023


Nothing binds Irish communities abroad together like Gaelic games, and Dubliner Tony Bass has been one of the most important and influential figures in their rapid growth in Europe. On this week's podcast he talks about …

Irish In Sweden - From Running Man To Restaurateur With Tom Chamney

January 9th, 2023


First out of the blocks this year is Tom Chamney, a former professional athlete in one of the most punishing track and field distances there is, who found love and a new career as a restaurant owner on Sweden's west …

The Global Gael - Joe's Non-Stop Dry January

January 7th, 2023


With many listeners staying off the booze in January, I'm joined by Irish actor and comic Joe O'Neill, who quit alcohol almost a year ago for at …

Irish In Sweden - A Taste Of Christmas With Liam Ginnane

December 19th, 2022


This week I paid a visit to Irish Michelin-starred chef and hotel manager Liam Ginnane at the splendid surroundings of Vår Gård in Saltsjöbaden to talk hospitality, kitchen work and the joys of Christmas cooking for …

The Global Gael - To Be Irish At Christmas

December 17th, 2022


A very special Christmas edition focusing on "Back Home - A Christmas Concert", which will take place in Dublin and be streamed live to the Irish community around the world on Dec 21. 

I spoke to Aimee van Wylick, the …

Irish In Sweden - The Gaels, The Society & The ICCS Ball With Suzanne Hunt & Sofie Murphy

December 12th, 2022


With the Irish Chamber Of Commerce in Sweden holding its annual gala, it was time for a wrap-up of the year in the community. I'm joined by the …

The Global Gael - The Iceman Cometh - Luke Field

December 10th, 2022


This week we visit one of the longest-established, yet smallest, Irish communities abroad as I talk to Irish academic Luke Field about life as a …

Irish In Sweden - Prize-winner Emmet & Principal Robbie

December 5th, 2022


Against all odds, we have a jam-packed episode this week with award-winning Stockholm Gaels footballer Emmet Brogan and Robbie Graham, the Cork-born …

The Global Gael - Faraway Martin In Doha

December 3rd, 2022


This week we talk to brilliant Irish musician Martin Farragher - known as Faraway Martin - about having hits in the Middle East, what life is really like here and what needs to change, and how. 

Irish In Sweden - Earth For All With Owen Gaffney

November 28th, 2022


This week I'm joined by Irish author and thinker Owen Gaffney to talk about his new book "Earth For All - A Survival Guide For Humanity", that looks at the climate crisis and what we can do about it in a conversation …

The Global Gael - Cora The Scorer In Aussie Rules

November 26th, 2022


This week's episode features Irish sporting legend Cora Staunton, who blazed a trail in Gaelic football (and soccer, and rugby ...) before going Down …

Irish In Sweden - Bottling Success With Thirsty Karl

November 21st, 2022


This week we're brewing up a soft-drink storm with Karl Stein, whose Törst beverage company is flying. Karl talks about moving to Sweden, the highs …

The Global Gael - Elaina's Head Injury Story & Clare Takes Over Nashville

November 19th, 2022


This week we visit Stockholm to hear how an attack in London left Elaina O'Shea with a traumatic brain injury that changed her life and how she is …

Irish In Sweden - Pasta Jen & Christmas Planning

November 14th, 2022


This week the clocks are gone back and Christmas is just around the corner, so it's time to get booking everything from flights to turkeys!
Gareth …

The Global Gael - Rodney's New Zealand Odyssey

November 12th, 2022


When Rodney Walshe and his mother took the plunge and moved to New Zealand many decades ago, there were no airport lounges - instead it was a month-long boat trip and a new life in a new country with little chance of …

Irish In Sweden - Rovers In Stockholm & Rugby Ref Cormac

November 7th, 2022


This week we go behind the scenes as Shamrock Rovers came to town to  play Djurgårdens IF. Rovers fanatic Graham Merrigan told me what it was  like …

The Global Gael - Gone To America With Con Hurley

November 5th, 2022


This week on the Global Gael, Corkman Con Hurley talks about growing up in England, returning home and writing "Gone To America", a deeply-researched and fascinating account of his family's history of emigration from …

Irish In Sweden - The Irish Breakfast Chamber & Claudia The Candidate

October 31st, 2022


This week we pay a visit to the monthly breakfast with the Irish Chamber Of Commerce in Sweden in Stockholm where we talked about everything from …

The Global Gael - The Sydney Currach & Kiwi Leon

October 29th, 2022


This week we head Down Under, where friends Joe McManus and Jamie Cleere have built a currach and sailed it under Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge, and Leon Hartnett joins me from Invercargill on New Zealand's South …

Irish In Sweden - BONUS Episode - Shamrock Rovers v Djurgården with Kevin Walker & Zack Elbouzedi

October 28th, 2022


A very special bonus episode ahead of the UEFA Europa Conference League clash between Djurgårdens IF and Shamrock Rovers - I'm joined by ex-DIF midfielder Kevin Walker and AIK winger Zack Elbouzedi from Dublin to talk …

Irish In Sweden - Noah's Shipping Up To Dublin

October 24th, 2022


After a mad week in the world of podcasting, Noah O'Rourke Drevfjäll joins us on his return from Ireland to tell us about his first visit to Dublin …

The Global Gael - Creatives In London & Sinéad's Gone Def

October 22nd, 2022


The second episode of the Global Gael takes us to London, where actor, writer and comedian Joe O'Neill tells us about a new group for Irish creatives there, and then on to Las Vegas where we meet Mayo woman Sinéad …

Irish In Sweden - Rolling Out The Barrel With Diarmuid Reidy

October 17th, 2022


This week we head south to hear the tale of Diarmuid Reidy and how an unusual date with a Swedish woman eventually led to him owning his own brewery in Eslöv. There's also a bit of a celebration of the Irish women's …

OMIS - Black Light - Crime Reporting & Writing With Michael O'Toole

October 16th, 2022


Michael O'Toole is an Irish crime correspondent who has reported on some of the most heinous acts you can imagine - and some you can't. Like many …

The Global Gael - Ambassador Marianne & Sportswriter Dan

October 15th, 2022


On the very first episode of the Global Gael we meet Marianne Bolger, the Clondalkin woman who was recently appointed Ireland's ambassador to Jordan, …

OMIS - Breaking - Leona O'Neill On The Death Of Lyra McKee & Trauma In The Newsroom

October 10th, 2022


Leona O'Neill witnessed the murder of fellow journalist Lyra McKee in April 2019, an incident that she reported on diligently, barely realising how it was traumatising her. Together with Chris Lindsay she has put …

Irish In Sweden - Pelle's Bangor Book & Reggie The Rodfather

October 10th, 2022


Another jam-packed episode that takes us to the midlands town of Örebro, where Swede Pelle Blohm's new novel "From Bangor With Love" is set to go to …

Irish In Sweden - Keeping The Lights On With Warren O'Neill

October 3rd, 2022


This week's guest is Warren O'Neill, who tells his story of moving to Sweden and starting up Nabla Analytics before going on to explain how the price of one of the hottest commodities of the year - electricity - is …

OMIS - Mia Makes Her Analyst Pitch For Women's Soccer

September 30th, 2022


Back after a looooong summer break with Mia Eriksson, one half of women's soccer podcast "Their Pitch", which is taking the game by storm thanks to its analytical approach.
Mia and I went in-depth about what makes a …

Irish In Sweden - From Where's Me Jumper To Garth Brooks Hats With Morty McCarthy

September 26th, 2022


By day, Cork native Morty McCarthy is a language teacher at Folkuniversitetet, but behind his unassuming studious exterior lies the story of the punk …

Irish In Sweden - Nigel, Lord Of The Rings

September 19th, 2022


This week I'm joined by goldsmith and stone-setter Nigel O'Reilly, whose career took off after a period spent honing his craft in Stockholm with …

Irish In Sweden - Hej och välkommen, Marian Keyes!

September 12th, 2022


This week we're joined by one of Ireland's best-selling authors and biggest Scandiophiles, the magical Marian Keyes, as she takes us on a journey through her writing career and a recent trip to Rättvik to see Robert …

Irish In Sweden - Follow Me Up To Gävle

September 5th, 2022


Last week the LPI Group opened an office in Gävle, some 90 minutes north of Stockholm, becoming the latest Irish company to establish a long-term …

Irish In Sweden - Shane's Good Governance & The Golden Gaels Get Together

August 29th, 2022


A busy program this week that starts with Irishman Shane Quinn explaining about the Better Governance projects and his fascinating  work in international relations before we head to Skarpnäcks IP for a brilliant final …

Irish In Sweden - Rugby & Romance In Karlstad With Dave Hanley

August 23rd, 2022


This week's chat is all about life, love and rugby with Dave Hanley in Karlstad. The Corkman moved from his native county to Västmanland and soon found himself preaching the gospel of the oval-ball game, and it can only …

Irish In Sweden - What To Expect From the Swedish General Election With Paul O'Mahony

August 15th, 2022


Sweden goes to the polls to elect a new government on Sept 11, so Paul O'Mahony of The Local came down to the studio on Atlasgatan to talk about the …

Irish In Sweden - Making Something Out Of Nothing With Mark O'Sullivan

August 8th, 2022


This week, multi-talented Corkonian Mark O'Sullivan grabs a cup of coffee for a chat about making everything from hit records to successful …

Irish In Sweden - Alan Dalton & The Call Of The Wild

August 1st, 2022


The podcast returns after the briefest of summer breaks, and to help you enjoy the rest of the Swedish summer I spoke to Alan Dalton about bird-watching, fishing and how to get the most out of nature here in Sweden. …

Irish In Sweden - A Farewell To Eoghan

July 11th, 2022


This week's podcast is a bittersweet one as I say goodbye to Eoghan O'Connor, who has spent the last couple of years in Stockholm working with …

Irish In Sweden - Anna The Sustainable Legend & "Farmer Michael" Fan Marcus Wrestles With Stand-Up

July 4th, 2022


A jam-packed podcast this week kicks off with Stockholm Gaels legend and ex-Shanghai Siren Anna Rönngård, who recounts her key role in putting the …

Irish In Sweden - Céad Míle Fáilte With Marjorie At The Marriott

June 27th, 2022


With the worst of the pandemic seemingly over, the hotel business is booming again, and none more so than the magnificent Marriott Hotel on …

Irish In Sweden - Balfe's In Bloom & Ian's B*stard Book

June 20th, 2022


On June 16 Bloomsday was celebrated around the world, so I paid a visit to a marathon reading of Ulysses at Rönnells Antikvariat in Stockholm to talk …

Irish In Sweden Metal Guru Alan & Ragnar's Diplomatic Readings

June 13th, 2022


A love of music and friends made through the metal scene led Alan McCahey to a one-way Ryanair ticket to Sweden and life on the road with symphonic metal band Zornheym, while Ragnar Almqvist's more diplomatic path saw …

Irish In Sweden - Phil-ling The Shelves & Sean's Soccer Stories

June 6th, 2022


This week we here how Phil Martin's love of Mexican food led to his products being stocked on the shelves of some of Sweden's finest supermarkets, and former AIK assistant coach Sean O'Shea talks about growing up Irish …

OMIS - Lovette Jallow on #Swedengate Taking Over Social Media

June 3rd, 2022


This week social media was on fire as the hashtag #Swedengate gave the nation's carefully-cultured image a bit of a shoeing over some its cultural …

Irish In Sweden - Murre Channels Rory & Laura Draws Out The Humour

May 30th, 2022


This week we hear from Miranda "Murre" Eriksson, a Swedish folk-rock singer who discovered the joy of Ballyshannon blues legend Rory Gallagher during …

OMIS - David Steadson On Statistics, Sweden's Pandemic And The Curse Of Long Covid

May 27th, 2022


A podcast producer recently brought an article in the Daily Telegraph to my attention about how Sweden's excess mortality rate proved that lockdowns were too harsh a measure in handling the pandemic. To understand why …

Irish In Sweden - Julia Climbs Kilimanjaro & Covid Critic Keith Speaks Out

May 23rd, 2022


Having reached the summit of Gaelic football with her last-minute goal to win the Nordic championship for the Stockholm Gaels in 2019, Julia Kjelsson …

Irish In Sweden - Paddy Can English & Neil's Behaving Himself

May 16th, 2022


This week I'm joined by Paddy Kelly to talk about his book "We Can English", which weaves together some hilarious copywriting fails in Sweden with …

Irish In Sweden - Amateur Drama & Alcohol-Free Joe

May 9th, 2022


This week Aidan from Stockholm's Spuds & Sill Drama Society joins me to talk about their upcoming production of "Cupid Wore Skirts", and I catch …

OMIS - First She Takes Manhattan - Petesy Carroll On Katie Taylor At MSG

May 4th, 2022


Unlike yours truly, who needs to have a serious think about his life choices, MMA journalist and podcaster Petesy Carroll was in New York to see …

Irish In Sweden - Teanga Beo & Sound Man Kevin

May 2nd, 2022


This week we pay a visit to the basement of Wirströms Pub as a group of people got together to practice speaking Irish. There's news of Paddy Kelly's new book "We Can English" and the latest Spuds & Sill theatre …

Irish In Sweden - Guitar King Brian & Dan's Under Par

April 25th, 2022


This week there's new music from the legendary Brian O'Connor and we hear how Dan Hickey went from Scandinavian Gaelic games star to professional …

Irish In Sweden - Football Fever & Malena's Fight For Her Family

April 18th, 2022


Later this week Stockholm Gaels will kick off a historic first season as the club's soccer team makes its debut in Division 7D of the Stockholm …

Irish In Sweden - Bonus Sports Special With Gaelic Football, Zack Elbouzedi and the Irish WNT

April 13th, 2022


A bumper week of Irish sport in Scandinavia leads to a bonus podcast here during Easter week, with visits to a Gaelic football tournament in …

Irish In Sweden - The Mighty Quinn & Alex The Teacher

April 11th, 2022


As Ireland take on Sweden in Gothenburg, former Eskilstuna defender Louise Quinn joins the podcast to talk about playing here, selling tickets in the rain and learning the language, and another brilliant footballer Alex …

OMIS - Ghost Writing - Danny Robins On Podcasting The Supernatural And Lily Allen The Actress

April 8th, 2022


A friend's shared spooky experience struck a chord with writer and broadcaster Danny Robins, but little did he know it would pretty much change his …

Irish In Sweden - Alannah's Art & Rory's Chamber

April 4th, 2022


This week we visit Eskilstuna where Irish artist Alannah Robbins provided the visuals for an uplifting musical experience, and I chat to Rory Moore in Örnsköldsvik about how he wound up in Sweden and the Swedish-Irish …

Premier Swedes - Roland Nilsson

March 29th, 2022


It may seem amazing now, but Sweden's Roland Nilsson was one of only 11 foreign players to play on the very first weekend of the Premier League back …

OMIS - My Fourth Time, We Drowned - Sally Hayden On The Hellish Path To Europe For Migrants

March 28th, 2022


Sally Hayden's book "My Fourth Time, We Drowned" is the most important book that will be published in Europe this year. It painstakingly documents the brutal path to Europe for many migrants from Africa, the Middle East …

Irish In Sweden - Curing Cancer & Cookies For All

March 28th, 2022


On one of our more eclectic episodes so far, Hazel Reilly from Dublin talks about her work trying to find a cure for cancer, as well as her desire to …

Irish In Sweden - Sounds Of St. Patrick's Day Parade In Stockholm

March 21st, 2022


On Saturday the Swedish-Irish community gathered in Stockholm for the first parade since 2019, and what a day it was. Guinness Zero, wolfhounds, …

Our Man In Stockholm - From Press Row To The Cage - Casey Leydon On His MMA Debut

March 17th, 2022


On Saturday night, at the age of 44, Casey Leydon will swap press row and his regular work as the best video creator in combat sports for a place in …

Irish In Sweden - St. Patrick's Week Special - Minister Damien English

March 15th, 2022


A bonus podcast during the finest week of the year - St. Patrick's Week - as Minister Damien English sits down with me to talk about our two countries, our diaspora and what we can expect from each other, as well as …

Irish In Sweden - St Patrick's Day & Learning Swedish

March 14th, 2022


Every day is a good day to be Irish, but St. Patrick's Day has that little extra, and in Sweden it will be once again celebrated with a parade on March 19. 

Sofie Murphy from the Swedish-Irish Society joins me to talk …

Premier Swedes - Anders Limpar

March 10th, 2022


The first in a new series of football podcasts telling the stories behind Sweden's Premier League stars.
First out is Arsenal and Everton legend Anders Limpar, the mild-mannered wizard of the wing who ignited a …

Irish In Sweden - Trading Places - Meet The Swedes In Ireland

March 7th, 2022


With the pandemic seemingly receding, I visited Dublin where I took the chance to see how the other half live - the Swedes who have made Ireland their home. Anton Berglund moved to Ireland for a job last November, …

Cúpla Focail And A Few Tunes

February 28th, 2022


This week I've been talking to Max Ortiz, the man behind the revival of the Irish language in Stockholm, and musician Karl Murphy joins me to talk …

Farewell, Beijing

February 24th, 2022


Behind the scenes at the Beijing Olympics, the genius of photographers and why the outbreak of more illustrates why we need the Olympics now more than ever... 

Irish In Sweden - Renting In Sweden & Stephen Farran Lee On Literature

February 21st, 2022


This week Glenn Karlsson of Hyresgästförening tells us about the pitfalls of renting in Sweden and what you can do if you end up in a dispute with your landlord, and Stephen Farran-Lee recounts his career as an editor, …

Irish In Sweden - Enterprise Ireland And Brewing Up A Storm

February 14th, 2022


Hannah Fraser talks to me about the work Enterprise Ireland is doing in Sweden and the great success stories of Irish companies here, while Kieran and Tom from the Mälardalen Brewing Company say goodbye to "Dry January" …

Irish In Sweden - AIK's Aoife And Thomas The Olympian

February 7th, 2022


Teenager Aoife Leacy moved to Ireland at the age of six and became a bit of a sporting prodigy, but it is the very Swedish sport of ice hockey that won her heart, and she's now playing in the elite with AIK.
They play …

Mexico 1970 And The Greatest Show On Earth - Andrew Downie

February 3rd, 2022


The 1970 World Cup changed football forever as a swashbuckling Brazil team won the Jules Rimet trophy in fine style, and it's all documented in a new …

Irish In Sweden - Our Vancouver Olympian And Team Ireland At Vasaloppet

January 31st, 2022


With the Winter Olympics on the horizon, our attention turns to all things snow and sliding. Now living in Stockholm and working at IES, Aoife Hoey …

Lights, Camera, Traction - Documentary-Making With Pat O'Mahony

January 26th, 2022


While the whole world was going nuts over "Get Back", I was giving it a major body swerve - do we really need another endless documentary about lads …

Irish In Sweden - Minding Yourself With Mark Ennis

January 24th, 2022


This week I spoke to Mark Ennis about mental health, depression and being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, and there's some news about what's going …

The Swedish Irish Society And The Irishwoman Running Sigtuna's Show

January 17th, 2022


This week Sofie Murphy joins me to talk about the Swedish-Irish Society, probably the country's oldest organisation promoting Irish culture here, and …

Changing The Game For Trans Athletes

January 13th, 2022


A study by Denmark's sports federation published last week attempts to address the situation for trans, non-binary and intersex athletes in sport, and it surprised many - six of its seven recommendations had nothing to …

Irish In Sweden Ep 7 - The Irishman Who Fought Covid With Tyson

January 10th, 2022


This week I visited the Karolinska Institute to talk to scientist Gerry McInerney about his work on COVID-19 antibodies together with an alpaca named …

Setting Our Sights On September Election In Sweden

January 5th, 2022


In the first OMIS podcast of 2022, Christian Christensen joins me to talk about Sweden's upcoming election in September - will it be another weak centre-left coalition or can Magdalena Andersson sweep to power with a …

Irish In Sweden Ep 6 - New Year, New You

January 3rd, 2022


January brings a focus on sport and fitness, and there are plenty of opportunities in Sweden to get involved. I go through some of the current gym …

Irish In Sweden Ep 5 - Inbetween (Christmas) Days

December 27th, 2021


Something to listen to while you're out on a brisk, bracing walk on the days between Christmas and New Year! 

Emma Löfgren of The Local takes us through what's needed to get back into Sweden* once your time in Ireland …

Irish In Sweden Ep 4 - Christmas Special

December 21st, 2021


A trip through Stockholm to visit one of the few restaurants serving a turkey dinner (but only until the 23rd!), a chat with "Kitchen Hero" Donal …

Irish In Stockholm Ep 3 - Gaols And Gaelic Football

December 15th, 2021


A review of the best season yet in Swedish Gaelic football, when Gävle and Luleå burst onto the scene to challenge Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, …

Independent Helwani

December 13th, 2021


Ariel Helwani is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) of MMA journalism and a man at the very top of the game - but along the way, he too has suffered …

Irish In Sweden Ep 2 - Stockholm Street Stories

December 10th, 2021


Jennifer O'Sullivan has taken the plunge and started a new business, and Zack Elbouzedi has been taking football's Allsvenskan by storm - in episode …

Irish In Sweden - Ambassador Austin Gormley

December 7th, 2021


It's here! The first episode of a new podcast for the Irish community in Sweden!
Whether you're here building a data centre in Luleå or at university …

The Magic Slice - Jack Murray On Storytelling

November 17th, 2021


Jack Murray is one of Ireland's foremost communications professionals, and like everyone from Hans Christian Andersen to Björn from ABBA, he quickly realised the value of storytelling, no matter what it is you are …

Sweden's Disability Russian Roulette - Eric Hammarstrand On Covid

November 12th, 2021


Sweden's Covid mitigation strategy has stuck out to the world, but what is seldom mentioned is those that it left behind - the elderly and people with disabilities.
Eric Hammarstrand has been housebound pretty much …

Ireland's Women Answer The Call - Stephanie Roche

October 29th, 2021


Two huge games for Ireland's footballing women ended with one loss, one draw and the World Cup dream very much alive - Stephanie Roche joined me to go through the tactics that Vera Pauw's side used in this momentous …

If I Could Talk To The Animals - Brendan Walsh On Podcasting, Zookeeping And The Environment

October 13th, 2021


Brendan Walsh has gone from sending letters to zoos begging for information to being a zookeeper himself, educating people about animals through everything from daily talks to podcasts and TV shows. I had him as a …

Down The Rabbit Hole - Qanon, Conspiracy Theories & Social Media With Aoife Gallagher

September 30th, 2021


Conspiracy theories have always been with us, but as the Covid-19 pandemic swept around the world in March 2020 they exploded in popularity as …

A Sporting Chance For Trans Athletes - Kirsti Miller

September 21st, 2021


Before transitioning, Kirsti Miller was a world champion and a multi-sport sensation in her Australian hometown of Wagga Wagga, as well as being the …

Qatar, Human Rights And Heart Attacks - Tim Sparv

September 15th, 2021


Finland captain Tim Sparv is one of the most outspoken footballers when it comes to the Qatar World Cup and the conversation around human rights, and there are not too many more like him.
His article for the Players …

What We Talk About When We Talk About Sport, Or Politics, Or Anything Else

September 9th, 2021


No matter what we are talking about, whether it is sport, politics or anything else, we need to think before we speak - and we also need to ask …

Zack To The Future - Zack Elbouzedi On Soccer, Stockholm And Seeing A New Path

August 26th, 2021


Zack Elbouzedi's path in football has taken many twists and turns, the latest of which has led him to Stockholm and AIK. In front of 12,300 fans on …

Paralympics For The People - Sport, Sex And Wheelchair Use With Graham Merrigan

August 25th, 2021


The Paralympics is taking place in Tokyo, and even though the coverage is way, way better than it used to be, there's always room for improvement. Actor, activist, athlete, podcaster and heartthrob Graham Merrigan …

Auslander - Singing, Songwriting & Surviving With Craig Walker

August 13th, 2021


Over 30 years ago Dublin was a vibrant city struggling to shake off generations of poverty and the shackles of the cult of Catholicism. As a teenage …

Once In A Lifetime, Da

August 10th, 2021


From the moment my Da told me about Muhammad Ali as a six-year-old (me, not him), I was smitten.

On Sunday I got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see …

Konichiwa - A Postcard From Tokyo

July 28th, 2021


Reflections from the first ten days in Japan at the Tokyo Olympics featuring dubious surfers, imaginary busses, and what happens when everything gets lost in translation...

Remembering Utoeya, Ten Years On

July 19th, 2021


This time ten years ago, none of us knew the name of Anders Behring Breivik.
If only it had stayed that way.
On July 22 he detonated a bomb in Oslo …

Fighting, Writing And Coming Out - Meatball Molly McCann

July 15th, 2021


Molly McCann was always a little bit different, but she didn't always want to be. A fantastic athlete, she excelled at football and now competes in …

Fighting To Stay In The Game - Petesy Carroll On MMA Journalism During The Pandemic

July 7th, 2021


Petesy Carroll is the best MMA journalist in Europe, but even he was on the ropes due to the pandemic. He's back with a new deal that has seen him …

A Danish Football Fairytale - Audio Diary From Euro 2020

June 22nd, 2021


Behind the scenes in Copenhagen on the day of Denmark's must-win game against Russia at Euro 2020.

Inside The Night Christian Eriksen's Heart Stopped

June 16th, 2021


On Saturday night we watched live as a man died and was brought back to life on a football field in Copenhagen. A few days later I tried to relive that night to find out what, if anything, we learned.

Euro 2020 Part 3 - Sweden Striker Isak Set For Euro Breakthrough

June 10th, 2021


For the third and final pre-Euro 2020 podcast, I spoke to my favourite Swedish-Spanish reporter Alexandra Jonson about her native country and our expectation that we have seen the future of Swedish football, and its …

Euro 2020 Part 2 - Denmark Dream Of A New '92

June 4th, 2021


In the second of three pre-Euro 2020 podcasts, I talk to Danish Footy editor Claus Røndbjerg about Denmark's chances, the current and recent coach and players, and THAT tournament victory back in 1992, the one that …

Euro 2020 Part 1 - Finland Finally Arrive With Ronan Browne

June 2nd, 2021


The first of three podcasts focusing on the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament from a Nordic perspective. Journalist, documentary-maker and self-described football dreamer Ronan Browne joins me from Tampere to talk about …

Zionism, Israel and Palestine - Jacob Woolf

May 20th, 2021


The recent violence in Gaza and the resulting hot takes landing like Scud missiles all over the discourse prompted me to contact Jacob Woolf, an …

Arabian Nights - Living In Qatar With David O'Leary

May 13th, 2021


With the World Cup in Qatar coming up, there's a lot of discussion around sport, human rights and life in the Middle East. David O'Leary lived in Qatar for four years, working on infrastructure projects, some of which …

Sock Puppets, The Gammonati And Whistleblowers

May 7th, 2021


In a week that has been a podcast producer's nightmare, two stories stuck in my mind - that of Eoghan Harris and his sock puppet account, and how a …

Saving Sport From Itself - Seán Sheehan

April 30th, 2021


From the Super League to Jake Paul's boxing career, sport has been letting me down lately. I spoke to Pod God Seán Sheehan to get him to restore my …

Surprise, Hypocrisy And The Super League Rocking Soccer

April 19th, 2021


Finally, soccer's Super League has announced itself, and the only surprise is that people are surprised. The somersaulting hypocrisy is not just …

Peace Comes Dropping Slow - What's Really Going On In Northern Ireland With Emma De Souza

April 13th, 2021


Is the recent violence in Northern Ireland a return to the dark days, or a once-off in a relatively stable piece? Writer Emma De Souza joins me to …

Taking Aim At the Drug Cheats - Sebastian Samuelsson

March 29th, 2021


In 2018 I interviewed biathlete Sebastian Samuelsson, and hours after it was published he started to get death threats. The young Swede spoke out about doping in his sport and not everyone was OK with that - especially …

Qatar Boycotts And Zlatan Returns - Johanna Franden

March 23rd, 2021


There is increasing support for a boycott of the Qatar World Cup among Scandinavian soccer fans, and one leading journalist has already decided that she won't be taking part - Johanna Franden joins me to talk …

Why Not Her - Linda Coogan Byrne On Radio And Representation

March 9th, 2021


Turn on your radio in Ireland and you'll hear some of the best music anywhere in the world - but it will most likely be by a man.
Linda Coogan Byrne started "Why Not Her?" to get an answer to that very simple questions …

Nothing About Us Without Us - Noah Halpin On Trans Healthcare

March 3rd, 2021


Healthcare for transgender people is coming up short in many European countries, Ireland among them. For the most part, non-trans people know very little about the current situation and the effect that it is having on …

No Country for Covid Critics? Keith Begg On MEWAS And Speaking Out In Sweden

February 22nd, 2021


Keith Begg and 200 others critical of Sweden's Covid-19 mitigation strategy had a private Facebook group where they aired their opinions and discussed what to do about it. A media report about the group shot the …

Handshakes, Hands On Hearts And How A Tweet Exploded

February 18th, 2021


A throwaway tweet of mine went viral this week, prompting hundreds of replies and millions of views, but at the same time drowning out any possibility of real engagement. What have I learned from it? You can find out …

Manufacturing Dissent? Sweden Hits Back At Covid Critics

February 10th, 2021


A frankly bizarre story attacking critics of Sweden's Covid-19 strategy appeared yesterday, in which the 200 members of a closed Facebook group were all but accused of treason. The publishing of the story and the …

Panorama Goes For Kinahan KO - Kieran Cunningham

February 2nd, 2021


Professional boxing has always had its share of dodgy characters but the sport has never faced anything like Daniel Kinahan. A man named in Irish courts as being one of the biggest gangland figures in Europe is …

Forbidden Fruits, The Free Press And Fight Island

January 27th, 2021


My first journey abroad in ten months took me to Abu Dhabi in the Middle East to cover a sporting event, where I discovered the real winners and losers can be measured in terms of how free they are to express themselves.

New Year, New You - Food, Fitness And Feeling Good With Paul Redmond

January 12th, 2021


It's that time of the year when articles and social media posts are trying to shame us off the sofa and into the gym, using the extra weight gained over lockdown or Christmas as a stick to beat us with.
Many of us try …

Coup In The Capitol - Sulome Anderson On What Next For America

January 8th, 2021


An attempted coup in the seat of America's democracy finally brought the media's focus onto the far right and what it is capable of, and the final days of Trump's presidency will be a damage limitation exercise as the …

Christmas Special - Having It All With Kevin Walker

December 21st, 2020


With parallel careers as a professional footballer and a pop star, Swedish-Irish Kevin Walker looks to have it all. His league and cup titles sit …

Can Journalism Survive Covid?

December 14th, 2020


As 2020 puts on its coat and heads for the door, it leaves behind one story which has dwarfed all others this year - the Covid-19 pandemic. Many businesses and workers have been hit, and amongst the worst affected has …

La Política Y La Pelota - Remembering Diego Maradona

December 1st, 2020


Almost a week has past since Argentinian icon Diego Maradona died of a heart attack, sparking a period of grief and mourning around the world as a man who transcended sport - and sometimes life itself - was lost to us. …

WIth The World At Her Feet - Emma Coolen On Football's Epiphanies

November 26th, 2020


Emma Coolen is a football-loving multimedia producer whose social media skills landed her a dream job with the Dutch team at the Women's World Cup in …

Waking The Winner Within - Pannie Kianzad

November 17th, 2020


As a kid Pannie Kianzad wasn't one for team sports, preferring the solitude of the swimming pool to more social setting of the soccer pitch. And when …

On Eagle's Wings - Noel Rock On What's Next For Joe Biden's America

November 8th, 2020


A former intern for then-senator Hilary Clinton back in 2006, Noel Rock was elected to Ireland's parliament but retained his interest in American …

When Hope And History Just Might Rhyme - US Election Special With Stephanie Brumsey And Áine O'Neill

November 6th, 2020


As America still counts its votes, I sought the counsel of two women in the media that I have enormous respect for - Áine O'Neill, an Irishwoman who has recently moved to Los Angeles, and Stephanie Brumsey, a Black …

Cheap Beer And Child Brides - Johanna Karlsson On Lifting The Lid On The Malmö Restaurant Business

October 26th, 2020


As a teenager Johanna Karlsson got so far under the skin of a local newspaper editor that he gave her an album to review to see if she could do it …

Hoop Dreamer - Jonas Jerebko On Steph, Kobe And Life In The NBA

October 20th, 2020


For ten years Sweden's Jonas Jerebko carved out a career as one of the 450 players in the toughest, most competitive basketball league in the world - the NBA. A gritty, hard-scrabble player as a rookie, he added a silky …

Stories From Unquiet Graves - Sean Murray On Documentary-Making In Northern Ireland

October 7th, 2020


The history of Northern Ireland is bloody, complicated and understood by few, and it has often been told by outsiders.
No longer. Documentary-maker …

Maybe You'll Never Go Away - Joe Rooney On Revisiting The Music Of Guernica, 30 Years On

October 1st, 2020


Dublin in the late 80s was a hotbed of creativity and, for a while at least, no band was hotter than Guernica. Starting out in the mould of Joy …

The Seven Deadly Sins Of Modern Media & Journalism

September 23rd, 2020


As journalists and editors we have a terrible habit of making the same mistakes over and over and over again, especially when it comes to reporting on the far right. We think we are showing them up for the buffoons they …

Lessons To Be Learned? Åsa Plesner On Sweden's Free - Market School Experiment

September 17th, 2020


Long hailed as a paragon of social democracy, Sweden is one of the only countries in the world - perhaps the only - where limited companies can …

Tribal Fear On The Road To The White House

September 7th, 2020


On the whole, fear is a good thing - it's what helps us stay alive in dangerous situations. But it's also used to manipulate how we think, how we …

Politics, Power And The NBA - John Karalis

September 2nd, 2020


John Karalis of and the Locked On Celtics podcast joined me to talk about Black Lives Matter, the NBA bubble and how the players are …

First Captain, Second Captain, Whatever - Ken Early

August 24th, 2020


Covid has played havoc with the work of journalists, especially those of us involved in sports. I talked to Second Captains football kingpin Ken …

Outside It's America - The Prequel

August 19th, 2020


As you will no doubt be aware, I'm trying to fund a project to do "Outside It's America," which is 50 podcasts from America's 50 states in 50 days, …

A Heads - Up Before The World Turns Upside Down

August 9th, 2020


A quiet few weeks is about to get a lot busier as a secret project reaches the starting gate - listen to find out more.

The Truth Behind Survivor Stories - Kamron Clarke

July 20th, 2020


Reporting on sexual violence is complex and knowing who owns the story and what it means to them is key to doing it justice. Student journalist …

Beyond Representation - Wuraola Majekodunmi On The Black Irish Media Experience

July 7th, 2020


The Black Lives Matter movement has made people of colour more visible and offered new opportunities for them to make their voices heard - is this a …

Being There - Author Paul Howard On Covering Big Sporting Events

June 21st, 2020


As a child Paul Howard dreamed of covering a World Cup - luckily for him, that dream came true as a journalist, but it turned out to be a lot …

Dear Fellow White Journalists

June 12th, 2020


Some reflections on modern media, culture and "cancelling", and why racism is not a Black people problem - it's a white people problem, and it's ours …

Foreign Correspondence - Heba Habib On Sweden, Covid And Differing Perspectives

June 11th, 2020


Born in Cairo to a family of diplomats, Heba Habib got used to developing different perspectives. As a journalist now living in Sweden during the Covid -19 pandemic, she has observed the similarities and differences as …

Capturing The Canvas - Ester Lin On Fighting, Focusing And Fine Art

May 25th, 2020


Among anyone who knows anything about MMA media, Esther Lin is widely acknowledged as the GOAT - the Greatest Of All Time - among combat sports …

Shutterbug - Pulitzer Prize-Winner Kai Pfaffenbach On Photojournalism

May 22nd, 2020


Photographer Kai Pfaffenbach recently won a Nobel prize together with his Reuters colleagues for his coverage of the pro-democracy protests in Hong …

First Drafts From The Barricades - Una Mullally On Writing History From The Inside

May 11th, 2020


During a decade of social upheaval in Ireland, two referendums have been passed that have granted marriage equality to LGBT people and removed the …

Calling The Shots - MMA Commentator Brad Wharton

May 5th, 2020


From a youthful fascination with wrestling and getting paid in beer to commentate to becoming the voice of Cage Warriors and calling the UFC London …

Building The Perfect Home Studio With Niall McGrath

April 14th, 2020


There's a lot of people As the Covid-19 pandemic grips the globe, there's a lot of people working - including journalists, broadcasters, experts and interviewees, and the standard of set up has been, shall we say, less …

Five Commandments For Dealing With Journalists

April 11th, 2020


In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, powerful people and their PR departments seem to be forgetting some basic things about journalists and …

Viva Espana - Sid Lowe On Football, Franco And Friendly Chats With Beckham

March 24th, 2020


On the latest episode of the Our Man In Stockholm Podcast, I spoke to journalist and historian Sid Lowe about how he got started writing about …

Show Your Stripes For 20x20 - Sarah Colgan

March 8th, 2020


This week I talked to Sarah Colgan of 20x20, an initiative to raise the awareness of and participation in Irish sport - from modest beginnings, their …

Media, Myths And Modern Antisemitism - Jacob Woolf

March 2nd, 2020


From 1930s cartoons depicting the Jews as sly, hooked-nosed figures to conspiracy theories about Mossad interfering in modern elections and the "Great Replacement", antisemitism may have morphed and changed over the …

The 13 Ethical Rules Of Journalism

February 28th, 2020


I got a delivery of some new podcast equipment this week, so to test it out I decided to go through the 13 ethical rules of journalism observed by …

Transforming The Trans Discussion - Aoife Martin

February 17th, 2020


Trans people and the issues facing them are one of the hottest cultural topics and/or battlefields we have at the moment, for a variety of reasons, …

Creativity Against The Odds - Ken Robertson

February 12th, 2020


Ken Robertson is the man who has created some of the most attention-grabbing and eye-catching marketing and advertising campaigns in history - there's barely a person in the UK, Ireland or beyond who hasn't been …

With The Accent On Change - Reflections On The Irish Election

February 10th, 2020


The first of a number of podcasts this week, looking at the general reporting around the Irish election and how the accents of those speaking on TV …

Redemption Songs - Who Gets Forgiven In The Media, And Why?

January 29th, 2020


Conor McGregor, Kobe Bryant and Rory Best have all been in the eye of the media storm in their careers, and all have been redeemed to some degree - but why do some get forgiven, and others not? Who decides when they are …

World Records And Wowing Las Vegas - Irish Musician Dave Browne

January 20th, 2020


Guitar player Dave Browne is the greatest Irish musician you may never have heard of - despite the fact that he holds three Guinness world records …

New Year, New Beginnings

January 16th, 2020


An update from somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with some thoughts on the passing of a mentor and an idea about how to change the Patreon model. 

Fact-checking, Fake News And A Possible Finnish Solution

December 23rd, 2019


"Russian interference" is a new thing for many democracies, but since independence the Finns have worried about other countries spreading …

A Severe Passion For Sport, And 2019 In Review

December 18th, 2019


There are many routes into journalism and not all of them go via formal training - Seán Sheehan (aka The Pod God, aka Seánie Podcast) has become one of the most respected and high-profile Irish sports podcasters through …

The Media's Role In An Election Of Feelings, Not Facts

December 13th, 2019


Despite seemingly overwhelming evidence of their avarice and incompetence, the British voters have given the Conservative party an overall majority …

You Suck! John Karalis On Criticism And Being Criticised

December 3rd, 2019


NBA player Kyrie Irving caused a stir last week when he reacted to criticism from Boston fans over his off-season move to Brooklyn on Instagram. He …

The OMIS Tapes Vol 3 - Former ABBA Guitarist Janne Schaffer

November 25th, 2019


As the man behind the riffs on some of ABBA's most iconic hits, there is barely a person on the face of the earth who hasn't heard Janne Schaffer …

Facing Down The Troll That Wished His Family Dead - Sami Koivisto

November 15th, 2019


Every journalist with a byeline has been abused and threatened online, but few have come face to face with their abusers. 

Sami Koivisto, a Finnish journalist with public service broadcaster YLE, has had more than his …

Is Free Speech Racist?

November 11th, 2019


Every day, your newspapers and airwaves are full of angry contrarian commentators, all shouting over one another about how they are being silenced, …

Good Faith, Verification And Not Being Fooled By Nazis

November 4th, 2019


Until the recent release of a private recording of hime being racist, anti-Semitic and generally losing his shit, Richard Spencer was the acceptable face of neo-Nazism. Newspapers wrote puff pieces, TV stations gave him …

Trials And Tribulations - Court Reporting With Sarah-Jane Murphy

October 29th, 2019


While all journalism follows the same basic principles, court reporting is something of a special case - it requires sharp skills, an analytical mind …

Understanding Sourcing

October 23rd, 2019


When is it OK to use anonymous sources? Can they be trusted? And can we as journalists be trusted to make that call?

When it comes to establishing who said what to whom, modern journalism has become the Wild West. Keen …

A Woman Who Is One Of The Lads

October 15th, 2019


Jo Kamenou describes herself as "one of the lads" at Bleacher Report Football - a woman in the previously male-dominated environment of sports …

Greta Thunberg, Getting The Scoop And Giving Fair Warning

October 7th, 2019


On the road again so this week's pod covers some issues that have cropped up recently in the media sphere - how very few people now writing about Greta Thunberg have any idea what they are talking about, what it's like …

Never Forget - Telling The Story Of The Holocaust, 75 Years On

September 26th, 2019


During a two-day seminar at the Auschwitz Museum I spoke to journalists and museum staff about the challenges of  telling the story of the Holocaust, …

How 9-11 Changed The World Of Journalism

September 11th, 2019


On this day 18 years ago we watched in horror as the Twin Towers collapsed live on television - and with them went many of the checks and balances of …

The OMIS Tapes Vol 2 - Gaute Boerstad Sjaervoe

September 2nd, 2019


Gaute Boertad Sjaervoe was 16 years old when he saw two of his friends murdered by Anders Behring Breivik on July 22, 2011. Trapped on an island 40 …

The Search For Dawit Isak - Martin Schibbye

August 29th, 2019


Over the last 17 years I have gotten married, had a family and built a career in media for myself - all that time, Dawit Isak has been sitting in a cell in Eritrea in the most appalling conditions, imprisoned without …

The Psychology Of Social Media

August 20th, 2019


Whether we like it or not, social media is now an inherent part of the wider media, and journalists, editors and consumers need to understand the …

Shout To The Top - Zainab Boladale

August 13th, 2019


As a child Zainab Boladale would pretend to read the news by grabbing a paper and making things up based on the pictures she saw, and ever since she …

The #OMIS Tapes Vol 1 - Gunnar Nelson

August 2nd, 2019


A new podcast series on the same feed, featuring interviews with some of the interesting people I meet on my travels. 

First up is a recent conversation I had in Reyjavik with Gunnar Nelson - a fighter, a father and a …

Saving Private Hannes - Iceland's Goalkeeper On Going Behind The Camera

July 29th, 2019


Hannes Halldorsson is not just a top-class international goalkeeper for Iceland - he's a scriptwriter, movie-maker and director back operating in a small national market where budgets are tight and dreams are big. 

I …

Assange, Activism And Archiving the Internet - Birgitta Jonsdottir

July 22nd, 2019


Together with Julian Assange and Wikileaks, activist and "poetician" Birgitta Jonsdottir turned the world on its head by releasing the "Collateral …

Living Life Looking Over Your Shoulder - Karim Zidan On Covering Sport And Politics

July 9th, 2019


I have met almost every MMA journalist at one time or another, but not Karim Zidan - then I realised that the reason he doesn't attend events is that …

Owning It - Crisis Communication With Jack Murray

July 3rd, 2019


When it comes to media, marketing and journalism, Media HQ CEO Jack Murray has done and seen it all. 

A former political advisor and government …

For The Love Of the Game - Ann Odong

June 25th, 2019


Long before the glossy production and the fan zones, long before the slick social media presence and the souvenir stores in host cities, Ann Odong and her friends were covering women's soccer. 

A lawyer and journalist, …

Chaos Is A Friend - Sportswriting With Ewan MacKenna

June 18th, 2019


Summer is a time when sport takes over and who better to talk to than Irish-born, Brazilian-based sportswriter Ewan MacKenna?

Often dismissed as a professional contrarian, Ewan's writing and workflow is both deep and …

Five Pitfalls To Avoid When Covering Women's Sports

June 10th, 2019


With the sudden - and very welcome - interest form media outlets in the Women's World Cup, many reporters whose beat is normally men's soccer find …

Free speech, hate speech and over-reach with Jodie Ginsberg

June 3rd, 2019


The Index on Censorship are the watchdog that ensures that you and I can exercise our freedom of speech, and they kick up an almighty fuss about those places in the world that don't allows us to do that. 

But the recent …

Election Reflections - Three Takeaways From The European And Local Elections And Ireland's Divorce Referendum

May 29th, 2019


Why journalists should never be surprised by election outcomes, the end for private religious fundamentalist lobby groups in Ireland's public debate, …

Reporting On The Climate Crisis With Alister Doyle

May 28th, 2019


As teenagers around the world skip school to protest the destruction of the planet and a  "Green Wave" sweeps through European politics, I spoke to …

Tales From The Locker Room With The Athletic's Jay King

May 20th, 2019


Sports media is a beast that mus be constantly fed with news, views and comment, and nowhere is that more true in America, where seasons bleed into one another in a never-ending carousel of coverage. 

The quality of the …

Sarah Maria Griffin - Reading, Writing And Finding Your Voice

May 14th, 2019


Sarah Maria Griffin is a novellist and poet who effortlessly flits between the worlds of fiction and non-fiction, engaging in occasional (and often …

Sound & Vision - Linear Vs Digital Video

May 7th, 2019


The way we consume video has changed, but the old way is not dead yet - what do we need to consider when shooting for mobile devices and linear TV? …

Radio Head - Pat O'Mahony On The Wonderful World Of Audio Broadcasting

April 29th, 2019


I love radio. It's where I started, and if forced to choose, it's what I'd do full time. 

And one of the most creative, knowledgeable and smartest …

Learning from Lyra McKee

April 24th, 2019


Journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead while covering disturbances in Derry last week, and today she will be buried after her funeral in Belfast. 

What …

Copyright, Copywrong - How To Not Steal From Freelancers

April 8th, 2019


Over the weekend a broadcaster in Ireland came under fire for apparently using audio belonging to a freelance journalist without her permission. 

Though they have since agreed to pay her for her work, the case …

Fash Boys, Facebook And Freedom Of Speech

April 2nd, 2019


As Ireland's far-right desperately tries to get off the ground and the tech giants are once again in the firing line for giving them a platform to spread hatred, I spoke to journalist and academic Niamh Kirk about …

How Sourcing In Stories Is Key To Credibility

March 27th, 2019


When writing or broadcasting, journalists have a responsibility to tell you how they got to know what they know - and if they don't explain it properly, you have no way of knowing if you can believe them or not. 

What's in your bag, Christian Payne?

March 11th, 2019


Apart form a sharp mind and some tough questions, the most important thing for any journalist is the contents of the bag slung over their shoulder - …

OMIS Live In Dublin - Sport, Spin And Seeing The Future With Dion Fanning

February 22nd, 2019


Dion Fanning was one of Ireland's most well-known sports journalists when he suddenly stepped away from the Sunday Independent and into the wild online world of Joe. In doing so he left behind much of his past, moving …

OMIS Live In Dublin - The Price Of Speaking Out With Dil Wickremasinghe

February 22nd, 2019


When a presenter on Newstalk said that women might bear some of the blame if they get raped, he was suspended and eventually reinstated - but when Dil Wickremasinghe criticised him and the station, she was sacked and …

OMIS Live In Dublin - Margaret E. Ward On Diversity On Air

February 18th, 2019


A small but dedicated group attended the first-ever live OMIS podcast in Dublin, and for almost an hour they listened to journalist, broadcaster and …

OMIS - The Story of The Hurricane Tapes

February 11th, 2019


Why make a one-hour radio documentary when you can make a six-and-a-half-hour podcast series spanning 13 episodes about infamous boxer Ruben …

We Need To Talk About Framing

January 22nd, 2019


Framing is a term we use in journalism when we decide what you could call the “terms of reference” for a story - and how you do it is of vital …

Danny Robins on jokes, Johnny Cash and trying to laugh at Brexit

January 18th, 2019


Danny Robins is one of the finest comedy scriptwriters and documentary-makers I know - my fellow freelancer is also married to a Swede in what is an …

Sporting Sisters Doing It For Themselves

January 6th, 2019


Women's sport might be getting more and more space in the media, but there is still a lot to do - I spoke to producer Elaine Buckley about her efforts to raise the profile of female athletes and what fans and …

News photography - now and in the future

December 31st, 2018


A picture is worth ... what, exactly? 

Photojournalism is powerful, immediate and perhaps more undervalued than ever before - but it is no less …

Nowhere Left To Run - The Story of Hind Aleryani

December 18th, 2018


What would you do if an article you wrote led to Al Qaeda threatening to kill you?
Yemeni citizen Hind Aleryani left the safety and security of a job …

Reporting On Rape And Sexual Violence

December 15th, 2018


An allegation that an Irish athlete raped a woman in a Dublin hotel has set tongues wagging, and though little is known about the case, plenty of people are sharing wild theories on social media as editors and reporters …

OMIS - Why Footballers Never Say Anything Interesting With Bojan Djordjic

December 6th, 2018


Most interviews with professional athletes these days are very guarded affairs. They spend almost as much time on media training as they do in the gym - but are journalists in part to blame for them being so boring?
I …

The pros and cons of naming and shaming

November 30th, 2018


What would the coverage of the Belfast rape trial have looked like if we didn't know Paddy Jackson was involved? And was the public interest served, …

Episode 12 - Whitney Phillips

November 2nd, 2018


I spoke to American academic Whitney Phillips about how the media's attempts to do the right thing in reporting on the far right have backfired …

OMIS Episode 11 - Clara Rose Thornton

November 1st, 2018


Middle Ireland recently got a jolt of what it is like when the far right stick their head above the parapet in the form of presidential candidate …

Episode 10 - John Connors, anti-Traveller racism and the Irish presidential election

October 27th, 2018


In the wake of a presidential campaign that saw a candidate go from one percent to 21 percent by attacking Travellers and welfare recipients, I spoke to actor, writer and director John Connors about being on the …

OMIS Episode 9 - Joe Brolly

October 26th, 2018


Outside of Ireland, barrister, columnist and broadcaster Joe Brolly could walk down the street almost entirely unmolested - at least he could, until …

OMIS Episode 8 - Johanna Franden

October 15th, 2018


In this week's episode I speak to Johanna Franden about breaking into a male-dominated world, being a soccer pundit on the trail of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Barcelona and Paris, and why a second language can be vital to a …

The Heat on the Beat - the battle to cover UFC 229 in Las Vegas

October 5th, 2018


I talk to Niall McGrath in the middle of the maelstrom that is covering a Conor McGregor fight in the UFC.


October 4th, 2018


I'm in Las Vegas for UFC 229, so here's a little bonus material to keep you going.

A few years ago I went to a firing range to find out why America loves guns, and I had a clear idea in my mind about what I wanted to …

Name Your Price - The Value of Journalism

September 30th, 2018


What should you be getting paid for your work? What do you do if you don't get it? And is it ever wise to work for free?
Ahead of a big week in Las …

Episode 7 - Eamon Dunphy

September 26th, 2018


Eamon Dunphy is a former footballer and one of the most controversial figures in Irish life. His work as a journalist and broadcaster is sometimes derided as sensationalist and provocative, but his sharp intellect and …

Episode 6 - Andrew Downie

September 17th, 2018


You don't have to be Scottish to go to Brazil and tell them the story of one of their greatest football icons, but it helps...
Andrew Downie is a …

How Not To Cover An Election

September 10th, 2018


Judging by the international coverage, Sweden's election was a referendum on immigration - but while it was indeed a factor, much of the tunnel-vision journalism that was produced was amateurish, ill-informed and …

Our Man In Stockholm Episode 5 - Graham Linehan

September 3rd, 2018


Long before he gave us so the rib-shatteringly funny comedy that was Father Ted, Graham Linehan was an almost accidental journalist treading the dark, rainy streets of Dublin, reviewing gigs and albums and harbouring …

Our Man In Stockholm Episode 4 - Suzy Byrne

August 27th, 2018


Journalists often find themselves having to cover subjects like disability, racism and LGBT rights. These are subjects in which they have no direct personal experience, and the language they use has the power to cause …

Our Man In Stockholm Episode 3 - Christian Christiansen

August 20th, 2018


With the Swedish election looming and Marine Le Pen denied a Portuguese platform, I spoke about free speech, the far right and how to cover politics …

Our Man In Stockholm Episode 2 - Sulome Anderson

August 13th, 2018


Sulome Anderson's father Terry was bureau chief for Associated Press when he was kidnapped before she was born and held hostage for almost seven …

Our Man In Stockholm Episode 1 - Petesy Carroll

August 6th, 2018


An interview with Irish MMA journalist Petesy Carroll about how covering the rise of Conor McGregor led to him being able to create a career as a …

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