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Travel Tales with Fergal is a weekly interview series where Irishman Fergal O'Keeffe chats to a special guest about their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. We talk about travel, culture, people, food, politics, history, tourism and expat lives.
Fergal has a lifelong love of travel. He loves going on adventures and dreaming and planning of future trips. He brings his natural curiosity and passion when interviewing a wide range of guests from the arts, sports, journalism, business, travel professionals and adventurers. I really hope these chats inspire you to dream of travel adventures like they have inspired me.
He can be found on Instagram and Facebook @traveltaleswithfergal and twitter @fergaltravel

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Travel Tales with Fergal Fergal O'Keeffe

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    • 4.9 • 63 Ratings

Travel Tales with Fergal is a weekly interview series where Irishman Fergal O'Keeffe chats to a special guest about their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. We talk about travel, culture, people, food, politics, history, tourism and expat lives.
Fergal has a lifelong love of travel. He loves going on adventures and dreaming and planning of future trips. He brings his natural curiosity and passion when interviewing a wide range of guests from the arts, sports, journalism, business, travel professionals and adventurers. I really hope these chats inspire you to dream of travel adventures like they have inspired me.
He can be found on Instagram and Facebook @traveltaleswithfergal and twitter @fergaltravel

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    John Connell: the autobiographical Longford trilogy books

    John Connell: the autobiographical Longford trilogy books

    My guest is the acclaimed bestselling author John Connell, who has written a trilogy of autobiographical books which have been described as love letters to his home county of Longford.
    John has just released The Stream of Everything which is about a canoe trip down the Camlin river in Longford with a friend. This stunning book is a meditation on the simple beauty of nature and a celebration of the slow pace of rural living especially in counties like Longford.
    John published the bestseller The Cow Book in 2018 which is a memoir of his return to his family's farm in Longford after many years in Australia. Then he wrote The Running Book about his love of running but also the rich colonial history of Longford.
    Longford recently made national attention in the tourism industry when Center Parcs set up Ireland’s largest tourist attraction with over 100 activities on offer for up to 2,500 guests in luxurious guest lodges on-site at Newcastle woods.
    But there are many more attractions and activities in the county for tourists including the Royal Canal Greenway from Clondra to Dublin, which is the longest linear greenway in Ireland. The National Famine Way from Strokestown is also a great trail in Longford for walkers.
    For history buffs there is the Corlea Trackway Visitors Centre in Kenagh, which is home to an ancient Iron Age bog road which dates back to 148BC. Then there is also the Knights and Conquests Heritage Centre in Granard which is a Norman Ireland interactive visitors centre adjacent to Ireland’s tallest motte. Another great place to visit is the Maria Edgeworth Centre in Edgeworthstown which located in the old schoolhouse in the town. The centre tells the story of one of Ireland’s leading female writers and is home to many original artifacts from the 18th century
     Longford is part of the Hidden Heartland brand and for more information on what makes Longford so special please click on https://www.longford.ie/en/see-do. 

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    • 31 min
    Derry Destination Special

    Derry Destination Special

    I have a destination special episode today on the city of Derry in Northern Ireland. I had never been to Derry and it is such a novelty to go to a new place that is both very familiar but also very different to my experiences of other holidays in Ireland.
    For lovers of history and entertainment, it is the perfect city for a break. By day you can visit the many great museums like the Guildhall.  Then by night there are great restaurants and bars all clustered together to create a vibrant nightlife buzz.
    To give you a flavour of what this wonderful city has to offer I have interviews with Charlene McCrossan from Martin McCrossan City Wall Tours, David Gilliland from Brook Hall gardens and Richard Allen from Oakfire Adventures.
    For more information on these activities go to https://www.visitderry.com.
    For Oakfire Adventures go to https://oakfireadventures.com
    For Martin McCrossan Tours go to https://www.visitderry.com/things-to-do/martin-mccrossan-city-tours-p707361
    For Brook Hall Gardens go to https://brookhall.co.uk
    For Walled City Brewery go to https://www.walledcitybrewery.com/

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    • 47 min
    The Centre of Portugal Destination Special

    The Centre of Portugal Destination Special

    I have a Center of Portugal Destination Special for final episode of Season 3 of Travel Tales with Fergal.
    I visited the centre of Portugal in September and what really shone through for me was the natural friendliness of the inhabitants of this stunning mountainous region between Lisbon and Porto.
    The landscape of the centre of Portugal continuously changes from the endless Atlantic surf beaches on the coast all the way up to the Serra da Estrela mountain range. The area contains over 40 mountain villages all with their own unique personalities, 4 natural parks and 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites. For more information check https://www.centerofportugal.com.
    You will hear interviews on the podcast from local people from this stunning region and Paul McLaughlan from the Irish Examiner.
    Useful Information
    Accommodation
    Casas da Lapa
    https://www.casasdalapa.pt
     
    Restaurants
    Casa de S. Lourenço - Burel Panorama Hotel
    https://www.casadesaolourenco.pt
      
    Transportation 
    https://www.madomistours.pt
    If you haven’t already I'd ask you to give me a follow on whichever platform you listen to your podcasts and you will be the first to get a new episode every Tuesday. Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is now listened to in 90 countries. The podcast aims to share soul-lifting travel memoirs about daydream worthy destinations.
    This is the last episode of Season 3 so please keep an eye on Instagram for updates on Season 4.
     
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    • 43 min
    Thom Breathnach

    Thom Breathnach

    I have a great guest today for people who are interested in adventurous travel off the beaten track. My guest is Thom Breathnach who is the travel editor of the Irish Examiner. So it was fascinating to see what 5 places would Thom pick from his travels all around the world. Thom shares great tales to American, Iran, South Africa and Switzerland and many more places in between.
    Thom is very much into conservation and loves travelling into the wilds of nature. He wanted his first trip post pandemic to be a special one so I loved hearing about his recent trip to Churchill, Manitoba in Canada which is known as the polar bear capital of the world.
    If you haven’t already I'd ask you to give me a follow on whichever platform you listen to your podcasts and you will be the first to get a new episode every Tuesday. Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is now listened to in 90 countries. The podcast aims to share soul-lifting travel memoirs about daydream worthy destinations.
     
    To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me on
    Website www.https://www.traveltaleswithfergal.ie
    Instagram @traveltaleswithfergal
    Facebook @traveltaleswithfergal
    Twitter @FergalTravel
    YouTube @traveltaleswithfergal

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    • 53 min
    Comedian Des Bishop

    Comedian Des Bishop

    I have a very special guest today - the brilliant Irish American comedian Des Bishop who shares with us the five places that have most influenced him on his travels.
    Des Bishop’s latest stand up show is called Mia Mamma and it is a comic and dramatic exploration of his mother Eileen’s passing in 2019. The show explores sadness and grief through humour and is full of love, affection and hope. The show is also an elegy to the Irish mammy – that most celebrated and most important member of every family.
    Des is touring all over Ireland over the next few months including Clonmel on the 10th of March and you can get tickets here https://secure.tickets.ie/Listing/EventInformation/43538/des-bishop and details on his Irish tour here https://www.desbishop.net/tour-dates.
    If you haven’t already I'd ask you to give me a follow on whichever platform you listen to your podcasts and you will be the first to get a new episode every Tuesday. Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is now listened to in 90 countries. The podcast aims to share soul-lifting travel memoirs about daydream worthy destinations.
     
    To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me on
    Website www.https://www.traveltaleswithfergal.ie
    Instagram @traveltaleswithfergal
    Facebook @traveltaleswithfergal
    Twitter @FergalTravel
    YouTube @traveltaleswithfergal

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Damian Browne's Everest Climb

    Damian Browne's Everest Climb

    I spent 20 wonderful days on the Annapurna Circuit through trekking from village to village through mist-covered valleys, remote villages and sacred monasteries in the Nepalese Himalayas in 2000. That experience has given me a deep appreciation of Nepal, the Sherpas and the climbers who attempt the greatest mountain of them all - Everest.
    Since then, I have always been fascinated with stories of Everest’s often deadly history. So I was riveted last May when following the literal ups and downs of my podcast guest today as he attempted to climb Everest during the peak of the pandemic. 
    Damian Browne hails from Galway and is a former professional rugby player who has played for Leinster, Northampton, Brive and Oyonnax. Damian’s passion for travel and adventure has led him to visit more than 50 countries on 6 continents.
    Damien is an adventurer in the truest sense of the word using the world’s most extreme environments to test his physical and mental capabilities. Damien has covered more ground than many of the great explorers of the early 20th century including spending 63-days rowing solo across the Atlantic. An epic trip he previously spoke to me about on my very first podcast in 2020
    Since he first climbed Elbrus (the highest mountain in Europe) in Russia in 2018 he has been obsessed with successfully climbing Everest. His original trip was called off in 2020 when the pandemic took hold and he only found out he could go to Nepal in April last year a few days after his Australian partner gave birth to their first child in Brisbane.
    Epic is a word often used when talking about adventures but this attempt on Everest was truly epic. Damian’s tale is all about that famous mountain, what it is like working with Sherpas, being at basecamp, the Khumbu Icefall and much more. 
    If you haven’t already I'd ask you to give me a follow on whichever platform you listen to your podcasts and you will be the first to get a new episode every Tuesday.
    Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is now listened to in 90 countries. The podcast aims to share soul-lifting travel memoirs about daydream worthy destinations.
     
    Follow Damian and Fergus' attempt to row the Atlantic this summer https://www.facebook.com/projectempower2022/
    To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me on
    Website www.https://www.traveltaleswithfergal.ie
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

racheloc ,

Great variety

Brilliant podcast Fergal. A great mix of fascinating guests. The itchy feet get itchier after every one. Keep the episodes coming. Rachel aka Betty😉

PWDaly ,

Brendan Dwyer

This is a super episode .... He really captures that manic world of the global hotel business !

thatsgas_2020 ,

Great travel podcast Fergal. You have a wonderfully relaxed interviewing style.

You have a wonderfully relaxed interviewing style.

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