The Irish Passport
By Naomi O'Leary and Tim Mc Inerney
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A podcast on Irish culture, history and politics by Naomi O'Leary and Tim Mc Inerney. We bring you the backstory to today's news at a moment of geopolitical upheaval with plenty of lighthearted moments. It's your passport to Ireland.
||CleanBonus Live Show: The London-Irish Diaspora||This St Patrick’s Day weekend we’re bringing you a bonus live show! Tim comes to you from the Museum London, where he speaks to journalist Séamas O’Reilly and historian Danielle Thom about the London-Irish Diaspora, past and present. We’ll also||11 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLive show! Ireland and America: the long romance||The Irish Passport’s first live show takes on the issues of race, politics and history between Ireland and the United States. We hear the backstage gossip from St. Patrick’s Day at the White house from RTÉ broadcaster Caitríona Perry, author||14 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalfpints preview: Brexit, the border and Irish unity||A sneak preview of a bonus episode published to thank our Patreon supporters. Hear the full episode at patreon.com/theirishpassport. How has Brexit transformed the debate on Irish unification? We hear from locals in Northern Ireland on why a referendum||28 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 13: Nationalism||It’s the Season 2 finale of the Irish Passport Podcast, and we’re taking on Irish Nationalism. Naomi interviews Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald about her concept of progressive Irish nationalism, and why she believes its anti-colonial r||25 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 12: The Mysterious Eviction||Strange things are happening in Co. Roscommon, where a controversial eviction has set the internet on fire. Who were the unidentified men who ejected an elderly family from their farm house last week? Why do ex-British soldiers appear to be involved?||17 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalfpints: Brexit chaos||Brexit chaos has turned British politics upside down for the last few weeks. What’s actually going on and should you care? Naomi and Tim lay out what are the UK’s realistic options, what the various factions actually want, and how it all rela||4 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 11 Irish Politics and the Civil War||Ireland’s main political parties are not split on a traditional left-right model, but instead represent different sides of a bloody civil war in the 1920s. But why is this war spoken about so little today? Could it be that its memory is too painful||20 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalfpints: Why the poppy divides Ireland||A hundred years since the end of the First World War, the remembrance poppy remains a controversial symbol in Ireland. Why? Writer Kylie Noble explains what the poppy meant to her as a child growing up in Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, and how she recon||10 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalfpints: Ireland elects a president||Ireland votes for president on Friday October 26. Naomi and Tim break down the drama of the campaign. Featuring dragons, horses, and car-crash interviews (literally). We hit the campaign trail on the streets of Dublin, ask Sinn Féin candidate Liadh N||19 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 10 The Housing Crisis||Ireland’s housing crisis is at boiling point, with homelessness at record levels and even well-paid people struggling to afford soaring rents and house prices. It’s the political issue everyone is talking about — but it’s one with||30 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 9: The Glorious Twelfth||Tim and Naomi travel to Belfast for the peak of Northern Ireland’s marching season: the 11th and 12th of July, when unionists and British-identifying communities light enormous bonfires and parade through the streets to commemorate Protestant milit||10 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalfpints: Pope Francis in Ireland||Pope Francis visits Ireland in the wake of the abortion referendum, as Church infighting over the legacy of abuse in Catholic institutions threatens to derail the trip. We hear from people who protested the papal visit, and feature a special guest who d||31 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 8: Derry: “Ireland’s Jerusalem”||Derry: ground zero for the outbreak of conflict in Northern Ireland. Is it once again being threatened with instability as Brexit causes deep uncertainty over the border? Naomi and Tim travel north just as unrest breaks out in the ancient city as Protes||25 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 7: Brexit Update 2018||The British government has locked itself in a country mansion to debate Brexit, like a demented Agatha Christie novel. In Brussels, Irish and European leaders grimly start planning for a cliff-edge, no-deal outcome. What’s going on and what does it||6 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalfpints: Scotland and Ireland||Why are there two Scottish football clubs, one whose supporters wave the Irish tricolour, the other the Union Jack? The rivalry between Celtic and Rangers is just one aspect of a fascinating cultural interchange between Ireland and Scotland that goes ba||3 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 6: The Gaelic Games||The most popular sports in Ireland are the Gaelic games: uniquely Irish sports with an ancient history and a dramatic political backstory that are finding increasing international success. Tim visits the Paris Gaels to hear why players who have never se||19 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 5: After the Eighth. Ireland repeals abortion ban||Ireland has voted by a landslide to end its near-total abortion ban. We hear the voices of victorious campaigners in Dublin Castle in the moments when the result was announced. Naomi and Tim discuss the historic moment in a Dublin pub. We ask what this||27 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalfpints: Northern Ireland’s stake in the abortion referendum||Northern Ireland is watching the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland carefully. It’s already forcing political parties in the north to debate their abortion policies, and the vote’s outcome will have immediate repercussions in Belf||21 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 4: Ireland’s Abortion Referendum: Information Warfare||Ireland is fighting it out on whether or not to remove its constitutional abortion ban in a referendum on May 25. We investigate how tactics seen in the Trump and Brexit campaigns have come to Ireland, turning it into a battleground for progressive and||2 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 3: 1916 and the Invention of Ireland||The rebellion of a raggedy band of teachers, nurses and poets sent shock waves around the world and changed Ireland forever. But why does the Easter Rising of 1916 still cause controversy? Naomi and Tim introduce the countess, the grocer’s daughter||19 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalfpints: The Táin||A tale of powerful matriarchs, fearsome warriors, and supernaturally potent bullocks from Ireland’s ancient past. What’s not to love? Naomi and Tim take on the Táin Bó Cúailnge, a tale of cattle-raiding derring-do from before Christianity mad||1 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 2: St. Patrick’s Day Special||A bonus special episode in honour of our national day! We discuss the annual pilgrimage of Irish politicians to the White House that inevitably results in scandal. Tim tells us the surprising origins of the St. Patrick’s Day festival and the murky||15 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 1: A United Ireland||A United Ireland: the idea has been a political force in Irish and British politics for centuries, and it has been given fresh momentum by Brexit. Tim explains how the concept long pre-dates the partition of the island and was once championed by Protest||6 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: The Invisible War||It’s the grand finale to the first season! Tim and Naomi examine how a standoff over the Irish border in the Brexit negotiations brought ignorance about Ireland among politicians and media to the surface. We review the biggest embarrassing moments||12 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Away with the Fairies||Just below the surface of modern Ireland, a parallel world exists with its roots in pre-Christian belief. Irish fairies aren’t like Tinkerbell – they’re more like a supernatural mafia. So be careful what you say, because as the story go||14 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Abortion||Ireland has one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe. Banned unless the woman’s life is in serious danger, it carries a 14-year prison sentence. Rumblings of change are beginning, but some a campaign could open up ugly political fault lines. Wh||24 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: The Irish Slaves Myth||Have you ever heard that the Irish were slaves? If so, you may have been targeted with political propaganda. Naomi speaks to actress and writer Azie Dungey about how Irish history is being abused for a political agenda in the United States, while Tim as||27 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: The Great Hunger||Ireland’s great famine was the worst peacetime disaster in 19th century Europe. It shaped both Ireland and the world. And it remains such a political bombshell that people still can’t agree on what to call it. We explore the hidden history of||5 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The Brexit Irish||Applications for Irish passports surged in the last year, largely from people in Britain and Northern Ireland. Who are the new ‘Brexit Irish’? We meet them in this new episode and hear their motivations for claiming their Irish identity. We a||15 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Ireland and Europe||Ireland and Europe: what is Ireland’s future in the EU now that its neighbour the United Kingdom is leaving? Is the so-called Irexit at all realistic? We explore Ireland’s relationship with the continent now and in the future and unpick why I||24 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Elites||Who are Ireland’s elites? That question was once easily answered, but not since independence upended the entire social order! In this episode Naomi visits a castle in Dublin that has been the home of one family for 35 generations — and finds||12 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: The Catholic Church||For decades, Ireland was synonymous with Catholic state control - but the last 30 years have seen a new cultural climate take hold in the country, and a furious backlash has broken out against the legacies of the Churchs institutional stranglehold. Well||26 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Britain’s ‘Knowledge Gap’ about Ireland||Recent politics have revealed a common lack of knowledge about Ireland and Northern Ireland in the Britain at a time when it is of vital strategic importance. What is behind the blind spot? We call this phenomenon ‘The Knowledge Gap’, and inv||21 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: The Irish Language||Irish: a rare and ancient language that is spoken from the streets of Canada to the corridors of power in the European Union. This episode delves into why the language is such a powerful national symbol for Ireland, its fraught history, and how its stil||13 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Unionism: Election Special||After the shock UK election result, what you need to know about Northern Irish politics.||8 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The Border||What will happen to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit? We discuss how Britain has ignored this problem, and speak to ordinary people on the border about their lives and their fears about any hardening of the border. Naomi repo||2 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Coming to this Irish party late but definitely better than never! I really enjoy the in depth and frank discussion and I’ve been learning so much. I’m not British but have lived in the UK for many years. I’ve always been curious about the history of the conflict but confess that it was Brexit and abortion law have propelled me to seek out more information. This podcast is a godsend. Thank you for putting together such a valuable resource for us.
If you’re British and not sure why Ireland is different?
This podcast is so in depth it shocked me. Naomi and Tim are such professionals at this, they have a depth of knowledge you should all take on. It explains so much of the things I’ve been shocked to hear from my own friends. Listen and tell all your friends.
Love this podcast
Really informative and engaging podcast! Naomi and Tim are great hosts and bring so much enthusiasm to every episode and subject. I’m learning a lot about Ireland’s history and culture but also about Ireland today and the challenges it faces. Keep up the good work! Cúig réaltaí!