99 episodes

An Irishman Abroad features rare long-form interviews with extraordinary characters such as Sir Bob Geldof, Sharon Horgan, Hozier, Brian O'Driscoll, Chris O'Dowd, Boy George, Dara O’Briain, Gabriel Byrne, Lisa Hannigan and Dylan Moran. In each episode, comedian Jarlath Regan is joined by a well known writer, actor, performer, athlete or public figure to discuss their life and shared experiences of Ireland and abroad. An Irishman Abroad is a former winner of the iTunes Store's Best New Audio Podcast Award and has been a fixture in iTunes' Best of the year list since its creation in 2013. An Irishman Abroad has been recommended by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Irish Times and The London Metro.

(To access the full archive including almost 300 episodes and the true crime bonus series Irishman Behind Bars, visit patreon.com/irishmanabroad today.)

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An Irishman Abroad features rare long-form interviews with extraordinary characters such as Sir Bob Geldof, Sharon Horgan, Hozier, Brian O'Driscoll, Chris O'Dowd, Boy George, Dara O’Briain, Gabriel Byrne, Lisa Hannigan and Dylan Moran. In each episode, comedian Jarlath Regan is joined by a well known writer, actor, performer, athlete or public figure to discuss their life and shared experiences of Ireland and abroad. An Irishman Abroad is a former winner of the iTunes Store's Best New Audio Podcast Award and has been a fixture in iTunes' Best of the year list since its creation in 2013. An Irishman Abroad has been recommended by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Irish Times and The London Metro.

(To access the full archive including almost 300 episodes and the true crime bonus series Irishman Behind Bars, visit patreon.com/irishmanabroad today.)

Thanks to our sponsor, CurrencyFair, who are a great way to avoid massive bank fees and expensive exchange rates when transferring money abroad. Listeners of the podcast get their first transfer for free so go to currencyfair.com/irishman and register there to get your free transfer and save a lot of money.

    Niamh Algar: Episode 336

    Niamh Algar: Episode 336

    This week, star of the forthcoming movie Calm with Horses, Niamh Algar, joined Jarlath to discuss her incredible journey from architectural design to the big screen.
    Niamh explains how a fascination with story-telling opened her up to the world of film from an early age (11:00), how telling a white lie to RTÉ gave her a big break with the broadcaster (17:00) and why she is not scared of the modern challenges which face the film industry (41:00).
    From her incredible stories of working alongside Guy Ritchie (37:00) and Stephen Graham (32:00), while also revealing her anxiety over getting the call to say that she'd been offered a part in a new Ridley Scott series (56:00) and what life is like working in a post-Weinstein film industry (1:00:00) and much more, this is a truly enlightening conversation with one of Ireland's fastest rising acting talents.
    To hear Niamh's thoughts on the phenomenon of 'it', drama school's teaching formulae, toxic sets, her career ambitions and Jarlath's famous Lightning Round and more, become a patron of An Irishman Abroad for just the price of a pint on www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad. You will also gain access to the entire back-catalogue of almost 250 Irishman Abroad episodes that are not available on iTunes.
    You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below:
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    An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.
    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Jason McAteer (Returns): Episode 335

    Jason McAteer (Returns): Episode 335

    Jason McAteer made his Irishman Abroad debut in December 2014 (Episode 64) and this week he makes his much-anticipated return to the show. The Ireland and Liverpool legend speaks with a refreshing honesty about his battle with his mental health and the journey that he has been on since he first spoke to Jarlath. 
    There’s a fascinating discussion on the different manager techniques in order to deal with the various personality traits of the players (14:00) and the one rule that players agree over-stepped the mark when it comes to ‘brutal’ dressing room banter where there is ‘no room for the weak’ (5:00). Jason also speaks openly about the breaking point for his own mental health (26:00) and the importance of really listening to someone who is opening up to you about their struggles (38:00).
    From what he believes is so special about the current Liverpool team (47:00) to a fascinating discussion on the challenges that face parents of millennials (45:00) and much more, this is a refreshing and honest conversation with a true gentleman of Irish sport.
    To hear Jason’s thoughts on the challenges facing the fallout of the FAI saga, the task facing Niall Quinn, how we can get more Irish players into the Premier League, why he doesn't regret getting Botox and his Liverpool regret, become a patron of An Irishman Abroad for just the price of a pint on www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad. You will also gain access to the entire back-catalogue of almost 250 Irishman Abroad episodes that are not available on iTunes.
    You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below.
    https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/an-irishman-abroad-by-jarlath-regan/id1101165812
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=irishman.jarlath.com.anirishmanabroad&hl=en_IE
    An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.
    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.
    Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Irishman Abroad podcast is clearly and accurately provided.

    • 55 min
    Stephen Ferris: Episode 334

    Stephen Ferris: Episode 334

    This week, Irish and Ulster Rugby legend, Stephen Ferris, joined Jarlath for a rare conversation about his life and career both on and off the pitch.
     
    With the honesty that he is well known for, Stephen speaks about why he came home a hero from the disappointing 2007 Rugby World Cup (32:00), his less-than-desirable approach to athletics as a youngster (17:00), his experiences of 'lick-a**e' team mates (1:09:00) and the cliques within the Irish Rugby team that made him feel awkward and excluded on day one (36:00).
     
    There’s a fascinating discussion on the team building methods of Ulster Rugby (45:00) and how he never thought that he would become a professional rugby player (30:00). Opinions on Joe Schmidt's 'control freak' label (1:05:00), his passionate defence of Simon Zebo's talent (1:00:00) and much more, this is a truly insightful chat with one of Ireland's finest ever rugby talents.
     
    To hear Stephen's Six Nations predictions, thoughts on the Saracens corruption, why he doesn't regret buying cars for the same value as his salary, Jarlath's quick-fire round and much more, become a patron of An Irishman Abroad for just the price of a pint www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad.
     
    You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below.
     
    https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/an-irishman-abroad-by-jarlath-regan/id1101165812
     
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=irishman.jarlath.com.anirishmanabroad&hl=en_IE
     
    An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.
     
    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.
     
    Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Irishman Abroad podcast is clearly and accurately provided.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Thatcher's Spy (Willie Carlin): Episode 333

    Thatcher's Spy (Willie Carlin): Episode 333

    This week, we hear the incredible story of the man who spent 10 years undercover as an M15 agent in Derry within Sinn Féin reporting back to the British Government. Willie Carlin now lives in a secret location in the UK and under a new identity.  He met with Jarlath to tell him about working in one of the most dangerous positions in The Troubles, having his cover blown and how he still lives in fear of an IRA hit.
    Willie tells the shocking events of the night his cover was blown (4:00), why he was told he would be killed if he went to his daughter's funeral (49:00) while also explaining the role he played in the early stages of the Peace Process (47:00).
    From being addicted to spying (27:00) to how he was expected to infiltrate the Republican movement with very little guidance (20:00), the psychological impact of living a double-life (8:00), why he still fears for his own life (50:00) and much more, this is a remarkable and rare conversation with a man who has truly lived life on the edge.
    To hear Willie's claims that he witnessed what he understands to be Martin McGuinness sanctioning a shooting of an IRA member, his thoughts on the possibility of a United Ireland after Brexit and much more, become an Irishman Abroad patron at www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad.
    Music this week is provided by Niall McNamee. Get tickets to Niall's upcoming show on February 11th at The Dublin Castle, Camden Town, London here https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/niall
    You can purchase Willie's book 'Thatcher's Spy' here https://irishacademicpress.ie/product/thatchers-spy-my-life-as-an-mi5-agent-inside-sinn-fein/
    You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below.
    https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/an-irishman-abroad-by-jarlath-regan/id1101165812
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=irishman.jarlath.com.anirishmanabroad&hl=en_IE
    An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.
    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.
    Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Irishman Abroad podcast is clearly and accurately provided.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Enda Kenny: Episode 332 (Live from The Savoy Hotel in London)

    Enda Kenny: Episode 332 (Live from The Savoy Hotel in London)

    Jarlath sat down with former Taoiseach Enda Kenny for a one of a kind conversation in front of a UCD Alumni event at London's Savoy Hotel.With his retirement just around the corner, Enda speaks freely about his time at the helm. Jarlath asks what a person needs to succeed in a game as difficult as politics (8:00). Sitting a stone’s throw from the British Houses of Parliament they discuss why Britain is not the Empire that it once was (33:00) and his admiration for the way in which the Queen approached her visit to Ireland (40:00).From the hilarious story about Donald Trump and Enda's wife (23:00) to the importance of 'letting the young people fly' (14:00), his heart-warming perspective on education (43:00), how stress was never an issue for him (12:00) and much more, this is a truly memorable chat with one of Ireland's most talked about and groundbreaking political figures.To hear the ad-free full-length interview of every episode each week, as well as to access the entire back-catalogue of over 300 episodes, become an Irishman Abroad patron at www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad.You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below. https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/an-irishman-abroad-by-jarlath-regan/id1101165812
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=irishman.jarlath.com.anirishmanabroad&hl=en_IEAn Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Irishman Abroad podcast is clearly and accurately provided.

    • 55 min
    Ewan MacKenna: Episode 331

    Ewan MacKenna: Episode 331

    Winner of Irish sports writer of the year, Ewan MacKenna, joined Jarlath this week to chat about his polarising views on Conor McGregor, Irish rugby, Dublin football and his own peculiar journey around the world.
     


    Ewan opens up about the frustrations of being a journalist (24:00), the strange reason why the work 'dried up' after he was named sports journalist of the year (30:00) and tells a few of his jaw-dropping stories from his time in Brazil (35:00).


    Jarlath quizzes Ewan about his book on the Conor McGregor phenomenon (48:00) and its connection to the rise of 'strong man' politics (56:00). We hear why Lance Armstrong plagued him with phone calls (1:05:00) and Jarlath challenges Ewan on why he takes pleasure in the losses of the Irish Rugby team (1:10:00) and there’s more.  This is a truly eye-opening chat with one of Ireland's most respected and outspoken journalistic talents. 
     


    To hear Ewan's dissatisfaction with where Manchester City gets its money, the circumstances which led to John Kavanagh posting his phone number online, his thoughts on the future of the GAA and FAI as well as much more, become an Irishman Abroad Patron for just the price of a pint every month on www.patreon.com/irishmanabroad for the full length version of this interview.
     
    You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below.
     
    https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/an-irishman-abroad-by-jarlath-regan/id1101165812

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=irishman.jarlath.com.anirishmanabroad&hl=en_IE
    An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com.
    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com.
    Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Irishman Abroad podcast is clearly and accurately provided.

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

Lúcás ,

Forget Self Help Books - this is all you need!

Without a doubt this is my favourite podcast. Jarlath consistently has great diversity in his guests and I’ve listened to people I would never have thought of it wasn’t for his approach.

It’s incredible to see how Jarlath’s interviewing skills have grown and no guest seems out of place with this style.

Each guest regularly drops knowledge bombs that can only be reached because of the ground work Jarlath does before they speak. It means the conversation can quickly move away from the usual mundane interview format. So much great information shared here - better than any self help book you can find!

Keep creating incredible content Jarlath! You’re a national treasure!

Tessie Oshay ,

I Love this podcast!

Thank you for these interviews Jarlath.
It's been amazing listening on SO many levels.
Keep up the great work!!!
Love ❤️ to you and your family from Canada

Ashleigh2705 ,

Great podcast!

Love listening to these interviews. Makes for some easy listening.

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