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Irish culture and current affairs with the historical backstory that explains it all. Presented by journalist Naomi O Leary and lecturer Tim Mc Inerney, this is your passport to Ireland.

The Irish Passport Naomi O'Leary and Tim Mc Inerney

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    • 4.8, 251 Ratings

Irish culture and current affairs with the historical backstory that explains it all. Presented by journalist Naomi O Leary and lecturer Tim Mc Inerney, this is your passport to Ireland.

    Who were the Celts?

    Who were the Celts?

    Celtic identity is politically powerful but historically nebulous, a subject of debate among historians and archaeologists, while being a source of inspiration to some and irritation to others. In this episode, Naomi and Tim visit a Celtic music festival in the Netherlands to explore why the concept has such international appeal. Tim explores the political use and abuse of the idea of the Celts in debates about identity and nationalism in Scotland and Ireland. Historian Adrian Martyn tells us why he finds the idea of Celticness insulting, while National Museum of Scotland curator Fraser Hunter breaks down the complex reality of early civilisations on the Atlantic islands and what we know about our ancient ancestors.



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    Adrian Martyn’s website is  https://adrianmartyn.ie/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Halfpint: New Irish government Q&A livestream

    Halfpint: New Irish government Q&A livestream

    After almost half a year of negotiations and political maneuvering, Ireland finally has a government. It’s unlike any that has come before it, and it doesn’t include the party that got the post votes in the last election, Sinn Féin. In this livestreamed podcast, Naomi and Tim answer listener questions with special guests Aoife-Grace Moore, political correspondent with The Irish Examiner, and Darach Ó Séaghdha of the Motherfoclóir podcast.



    Is the new government’s policy programme really the greenest ever? Why are people calling this the end of the Civil War politics? Are the Green party falling into a trap, and will Sinn Féin ultimately benefit?



    The new coalition is made up of old rivals Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, with the support of the Green party. The new Taoiseach is Micheál Martin, who is supposed to be in office until the end of 2022 when he will step aside to let outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar assume the role.



    Watch the video version of this live podcast here: https://youtu.be/E8dnapYnmig



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    • 1 hr
    Ireland’s next revolution

    Ireland’s next revolution

    Young Black people in Ireland have taken to the streets to demand an end to racism and discrimination in the midst of a global uprising inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Documentary maker Amanda Adé explores the conversations and momentum for change that is happening in Ireland in the wake of the protests. We hear from Boni Odoemene, the co-founder of the Black and Irish Instagram page, which is unearthing a hidden part of Irish history. The curator of Ireland’s first Black Studies module Dr. Ebun Joseph discusses her research on the nature of racial stratification in Ireland. And Naomi and Tim dig into the complex and interesting crossovers of Black and Irish history, from the dark legacy of empire, to how the US civil rights movement inspired Catholics in 1960s Northern Ireland, to the tearing down of statues.



    You can check out Black and Irish here: https://www.instagram.com/black_andirish/



    Featuring the track BLM (I Can’t Breathe) by Jihfa http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Jihfa/61807



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    You might be interested in our other episodes:



    The Irish Slaves Myth: https://www.theirishpassport.com/podcast/episode-10-the-irish-slaves-myth/



    Direct Provision: https://www.theirishpassport.com/podcast/direct-provision/



    Ireland and America: https://www.theirishpassport.com/podcast/live-show-ireland-and-america-the-long-romance/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Halfpints: Bulelani Mfaco on Direct Provision

    Halfpints: Bulelani Mfaco on Direct Provision

    Protests against Ireland’s controversial system for housing asylum seekers Direct Provision have been re-ignited as demonstrations against racism sweep the United States. We interviewed Bulelani Mfaco where he lives in Knockalisheen Direct Provision centre on the border of Limerick and Clare for our episode on the system published in January. In this bonus episode made specially to thank our Patreon supporters, we publish the full interview. He tells us about his experience living within the system and why he sees Direct Provision as deliberate marginalisation of migrants and akin to racial segregation.



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    • 38 min
    Halfpints: Europe at a breaking point?

    Halfpints: Europe at a breaking point?

    In this bonus episode made specially to thank our Patreon supporters, Naomi and Tim catch up on how Europe finds itself at a make-or-break moment. Fundamental questions of democracy and economics are in question, and Ireland will have its role to play in figuring them out as the European Union decides what exactly it wants to be. Plus: why are people still talking about Brexit, and what are the stakes for the island of Ireland? We break it down.



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    • 48 min
    Ireland and Australia

    Ireland and Australia

    Ireland shares a fascinating history with the Australian continent – by the 19th century, in fact, about 25% of settlers in Australia were Irish-born. In this episode, we speak to Victoria University’s Diane Hall about the history of the Irish in Australia, Tim meets two generations of Irish Australians who explain what their unique identity means to them, and Naomi explores some of the major issues facing the Irish in Australia today.



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    The music featured in this episode is “Remember Love” by Lobo Loco.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
251 Ratings

251 Ratings

JeanoF ,

Absolutely love this podcast

Both of you have such a great way of explaining things. I’m Irish living in the Uk and Ive learned so much about Irish history that I never knew. Highly recommended

AnnaWriter ,

Insightful and intelligent!

A wonderful podcast giving great historical context to contemporary issues.

Paul Shelf ,

The Irish Passport

10/10
Outstanding top quality podcast
Always a great listen

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