100 episodes

Free State is a podcast for the curious that stimulates, provokes, challenges and entertains, while never taking itself too seriously. Free State covers topics from sport to politics, love to loss, the human condition and how to fix the world, with guests from across the planet including Nigerian princes, former Prime Ministers, ex convicts, footballers, boxers and extraordinary people from every walk of life. 
Free State is presented by Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning. Brolly is a barrister, an original thinker with a fascinating backstory, who donated a kidney to a stranger and then led a crusade to transform organ donation on the island of Ireland, and Fanning is an award-winning interviewer and author. 
They are not motivational gurus or life coaches. They will never try to sell you a penis scented candle. They are two people from very different worlds, with one core belief uniting them - this is not a high performance podcast.

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Free State is a podcast for the curious that stimulates, provokes, challenges and entertains, while never taking itself too seriously. Free State covers topics from sport to politics, love to loss, the human condition and how to fix the world, with guests from across the planet including Nigerian princes, former Prime Ministers, ex convicts, footballers, boxers and extraordinary people from every walk of life. 
Free State is presented by Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning. Brolly is a barrister, an original thinker with a fascinating backstory, who donated a kidney to a stranger and then led a crusade to transform organ donation on the island of Ireland, and Fanning is an award-winning interviewer and author. 
They are not motivational gurus or life coaches. They will never try to sell you a penis scented candle. They are two people from very different worlds, with one core belief uniting them - this is not a high performance podcast.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Winners & Losers

    Winners & Losers

    The Ulster final was a study in winning and losing. A perfect example of the question everyone in sport has wrestled with for generations: what makes one team win and another team lose?
    What makes one team confident as they reach the dying moments of a game while another becomes tense, tight and anxious?
    What separates Dublin from Mayo or Donegal from Armagh? What distinguishes Alex Ferguson from David Moyes?
    On Free State today, Dion and Joe look at the difference between winning and losing. Joe talks about the time he spent with the men from the great Kilkenny sides recently and what he discovered from those conversations about the secret of success. And when they talk about winning, naturally the conversation leads back to Jim McGuinness.
    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.
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    • 46 min
    Superman. An American football story. Joe Klecko, quarter back killer

    Superman. An American football story. Joe Klecko, quarter back killer

    Joe Klecko always had mayhem on his mind. Klecko, the legendary defensive linemen for the New York Jets, is regarded as the strongest man in the history of American Football.
    When Joe Klecko was inducted into the Hall of Fame, he invited Joe Brolly to Cleveland to be part of the event.
    On Free State today, Joe Klecko talks to Joe about his life on the front line of the most demanding sport of all. But it came easy to a man who once wrestled a bear and another time pulled the doors off Burt Reynolds’s tour bus. How he dealt with Joe was another story…
    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.
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    • 31 min
    Roger Casement Part 2. The Mission.

    Roger Casement Part 2. The Mission.

    Roger Casement’s executioner described him as ‘the bravest man it fell to my unhappy lot to execute’. In part 2 of a special Free State on Casement, his biographer Roland Philipps explains the doomed and heroic final act of Casement’s life when he was driven by an obsessive desire for Irish freedom. He talks to Dion and Joe about the love affair which helped to condemn an impractical romantic. 
    If Roger Casement’s life had ended after he had exposed the barbarity in the Congo, he would have been hailed as one of history’s great humanitarians. But his final years were taken up with the cause closest to his heart: Irish freedom
    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.
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    • 39 min
    Roger Casement And The Temple Of Doom Part 1

    Roger Casement And The Temple Of Doom Part 1

    When Roger Casement was hanged in Pentonville Prison in 1916, he died an Irish hero and a traitor to the British Empire.
    On Banna Strand in 2016, President Higgins described Casement as “not just a great Irish patriot, he was also one of the great humanitarians of the early 20th century”.
    On Free State today, Joe and Dion look at the many lives of a man who so impressed a tribe of cannibals with his courage that they didn’t eat him. 
    Casement’s lives were varied, and some of them were secret, but he also, as President Higgins said, exposed “the darkness that lay at the heart of European imperialism”. His biographer Roland Philipps joins Joe and Dion to talk about this modern story. A story of a man who exposed the rotten heart of empire. It was a life that changed Ireland and the world. Nobody will ever live a life like Roger Casement’s again.
    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.
    For more on Free State: https://freestatepodcast.com/
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    • 34 min
    Jimmy’s Winning Matches (Again)

    Jimmy’s Winning Matches (Again)

    What drives Jim McGuinness? Why does he inspire such devotion and how does he command such loyalty?
    On Free State, Joe explains his own complicated relationship with Jim McGuinness.
    In a world where GAA managers are conformist and conservative, McGuinness is a man apart. Is this why he was able to dismantle Derry? And Joe reveals what he was shouting at Mickey Harte from the stand.
    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.
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    • 44 min
    Anyone For the Last Few Choc Ices? The Life and Turbulent Times of Christy Moore. Part 3

    Anyone For the Last Few Choc Ices? The Life and Turbulent Times of Christy Moore. Part 3

    Christy Moore has been a giant in Irish life. In the final part of the Free State special he talks to Joe and Dion about the songs and the people who have guided him along the way.
    He plays the songs whose success surprised him and he talks about the ones that were censored. What word led the BBC to ban ‘St Brendan’s Voyage’? How did a review of ‘The Time Has Come’ lead to it being taken off the airwaves? 
    He also tells the extraordinary story of how he was given the lyrics to ‘Back Home In Derry’ which were written by Bobby Sands in the H Blocks.
    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.
    For more on Free State: https://freestatepodcast.com/
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
190 Ratings

190 Ratings

Conie 09 ,

Connie

Very interesting subjects, but so annoying that Joe keeps interrupting Dion.

Anthony w ,

Could be great..

Fascinating topics, but had to stop listening. It was endlessly frustrating that Joe would not let Dion speak, and was un-necessarily aggressive.

Can't watch ,

Always interesting

Always discuss interesting subjects and very good guests. Joes love of his own voice. Interrupting Dion and every week mentioning his love for Hamas is annoying.

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