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.
||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||20 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalfpints 1: 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||3 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||16 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||9 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||13 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||15 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||25 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||28 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||6 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||16 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||26 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||28 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||14 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.||9 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||7 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
An entertaining education
Super informative but also entertaining and accessible guide to Ireland's past and present. Well-researched, lighthearted, current; an all-round keeper.
Everything you wanted to know about Ireland but were afraid to ask
Very Informative and also very easy to listen to.
As a Northern Irish woman from a Protestant background, I've not always felt the most connected to the Irish part of my identity. This has really made Ireland and Irishness feel much more accessible to me. The hosts are absolute delights, it is a fascinating podcast and I can't wait to see it grow!