12 episodes

Explore the cultural and psychological phenomenon of language and learning - how Irish has faded from our tongues but we're ready to gobble it back up. The word "gobble" comes from Irish! Let's talk to fresh talent bringing Irishness to a new level - musicians, historians, linguists, spiritual teachers, artists, activists and thinkers. There'll be a cúpla focal. There'll be wisdom and storytelling, a few life lessons and a few Irish lessons. Éist linn!

Irish with Mollie Irish with Mollie

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Explore the cultural and psychological phenomenon of language and learning - how Irish has faded from our tongues but we're ready to gobble it back up. The word "gobble" comes from Irish! Let's talk to fresh talent bringing Irishness to a new level - musicians, historians, linguists, spiritual teachers, artists, activists and thinkers. There'll be a cúpla focal. There'll be wisdom and storytelling, a few life lessons and a few Irish lessons. Éist linn!

    #12 Dee Mulrooney - Captain Ireland, artist, activist

    #12 Dee Mulrooney - Captain Ireland, artist, activist

    We all deeply love Ireland... but we need to talk about it.

    In this episode we talk about the salvation of art, connection with the land, grá for mná (love for women),
    finding meaning and direction, loving the eejit out of yourself, cringe, naff, and the inexhaustible desire to live.

    Dee is an everyday Goddess. Her voice will transport you. Her relationship with and understanding of Ireland and Irishness will challenge, resonate, and inspire.


    Growler is Dee Mulrooney’s alter-ego, performance piece. She is an 82-year-old drum banging, shamanic alchemist, who transmutes women’s pain through storytelling, song and spoken word. She has a tongue like a lash and a heart of gold. You can check out her daily shenanigens @growlerspeaks on Instagram.


    Go raibh míle míle maith agat, a chara!

    Is bean iontach thú - You are a wonderful woman.

    Táim fíorshásta go bhfuil aithne agam ort - I am truly happy to know you :)

    @deemulrooney

    deirdre-mulrooney.com

    • 1 hr 15 min
    #11 Ruairi Glasheen - Percussionist, composer, filmmaker and educator

    #11 Ruairi Glasheen - Percussionist, composer, filmmaker and educator

    Episode 11:
    Ruairi Glasheen is an award-winning percussionist, composer, filmmaker and educator based in London.
    Drawn by the limitless creativity and possibilities of being a percussionist, and indeed a love of drums and percussion from all around the world, Ruairi spreads his passion through diverse global projects including workshops, orchestras, filmmaking and collaborations, for which he has won many prestigious awards and accolades.
    Ruairi has led a truly illustrious career in music, released documentaries such as Hidden Drummers of Iran, and has developed courses online.

    We talk about students' confidence shifting, the positive power of music, the story of the Bodhrán, enjoying the process, preserving our culture, and reifying Irishness.

    Enjoy! Thank you for listening :)

    Agus go raibh míle maith agat, a Ruairi! It was such a pleasure and a privilege to be in conversation with you!

    Find Ruairi on instagram @ruairi_glasheen

    and www.ruairiglasheen.net

    • 52 min
    #10 Jane Casey - Journalist, content-creator

    #10 Jane Casey - Journalist, content-creator

    Wicklow native, Jane Casey, is a content creator and journalist that has a passion for highlighting the forgotten stories of Ireland’s past.

    Jane aims to ignite curiosity about our world and inspire an appreciation for the hidden beauty and rich histories we often overlook.



    We talk about reframing success, the curiosity which unveils a story in every place, pursuing passion, and reconnecting with our incredible land.


    Find Jane at @janecasey.ie

    • 50 min
    #9 Áine Tyrrell - Singer, songwriter

    #9 Áine Tyrrell - Singer, songwriter

    In this episode, Áine Tyrrell and I explore the path which presents itself to us, willing us forward despite fear, the poetry of the Irish language and how it affects our psyche, and the reconciliation we make with Irish history, oppression, and change.

    "Áine Tyrrell is a force," says The Irish Times. A force of tenderness, ferocity, curiosity and intellect, all at the same time. It was a profound conversation with one of my favourite musicians.

    Áine's unique perspective allows us reflect on the treasures of home, and the freedom which distance grants us. We talk about unleashing talents, and taking it step by step to a truer, freer way of being.

    Áine has new music out soon. Check out her page for more!

    Go raibh míle míle maith agat, a chara! Thanks a million, friend!

    Agus míle buíochas do gach duine ag éisteacht linn - And a thousand gratitude to everyone listening to us!

    @ainetyrrellmusic

    www.ainetyrrell.com

    • 1 hr 10 min
    #8 Aoife Dunne - Comedian, Storyteller, Teacher, Poet

    #8 Aoife Dunne - Comedian, Storyteller, Teacher, Poet

    Episode 8: Aoife Dunne -
    Comedian, Storyteller, Teacher, Poet

    Aoife’s acerbic and cathartic mix of humour, activism and poetry has garnered a global audience who enjoy and learn from her hilarious observations and deservedly furious rants.
    We talk about growing up in Catholic, Postcolonial Ireland, and being women - not exactly conducive to creating confidence, but nevertheless Aoife chanelling that Queen Maeve energy, and taking every tumble and triumph to write her own story. We talk about the Irish wit and spirit, and the women who have inspired her.

    Bain taitneamh as! Enjoy!

    Go raibh maith agat as éisteacht! Thank you for listening :)

    You can find Aoife on instagram @english_and_aoife

    • 44 min
    #7 Stephen Rule (Doctor Cymraeg) - Welsh teacher, writer, and activist

    #7 Stephen Rule (Doctor Cymraeg) - Welsh teacher, writer, and activist

    Episode 7:
    Stephen Rule, known online as Doctor Cymraeg, is a Welsh teacher, writer and activist. his infectious love for Welsh and his dynamic approach to teaching is a dragon’s breath of fresh air.
    The fire he’s lighting in hearts and minds, and the inclusivity and accessibility he creates in order to drive his beloved Celtic language forward deeply resonates with my own mission and journey. Is inspioráid thú, a chara - You are an inspiration, dear friend!
    In this delightful episode, we talk about the power of language and personal identity, discovering linguistic connections between Irish and Welsh, overcoming imposter syndrome, the diversity of accents and dialects, the truth about fluency, preserving languages, the emotional connection, raising bilingual children, and creating resources for language learners.
    Diolch - Thank you - Go raibh maith agat!
    Here’s to supporting each other in our work and keeping our Celtic languages alive and thriving :)

    You can find Stephen's books and materials on his website: www.doctorcymraeg.wales

    Here is his Instagram with funny, meaningful, educational content: https://www.instagram.com/doctor_cymraeg?igshid=MjEwN2IyYWYwYw%3D%3D

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Richard Spatafora ,

Enlightening, Uplifting, Engaging, Joyful….(I could go on…)

June 2024:
Original review below from January…..I’m adding an update here because it’s just getting better and better. I’ve been listening to Mollie’s podcasts for about 6 months now, and they are really magical. Mollie talks to singers, historians, instrumentalists, artists, linguists, and every day people about issues of culture, language, art, the colonialist mindset, learning theory, sex and sexuality, and more. In summary, there is literally nothing off limits in this podcast.

What makes Mollie’s podcast so special is that she actually ALLOWS HER GUESTS TO SPEAK! I know! Novel idea! She lets thought leaders from many disciplines share their special corners of the world with her, which she then so generously shares with us. She doesn’t talk over them. She actually allows them to answer questions, but perhaps even more poignantly, she allows them to take the conversation in the direction that feels most organic and real to them. And that’s when you feel the magic happening. Absolutely wonderful.

January 2024:
If you have followed Mollie online at all, you will have thought to yourself that she REALLY needs a podcast. Well, the wait is over!

The challenge for me is that with more and more great content being put out there every day, it becomes more and more difficult to pick the creators that I want to prioritize due to limited available time. Well, Mollie’s long-awaited podcast is NO-BRAINER for me, and moves to the TOP OF THE SCHEDULE.

Mollie is an Irish language teacher who has created a series of extensive and innovative courses for learning the language. The courses are quite groundbreaking, really reimagining how Irish can be taught…playfully, beautifully, and with relevance. (She has developed methods of teaching that should be in use in every classroom in Ireland!) She ALSO has a HUGE online social presence, in which she provides nuggets of Irish language education and wisdom every day!

But I think what’s REALLY SPECIAL about this podcast is that it’s not simply an extension of her courses and teaching. This feels much bigger. It involves bringing in thought leaders on language, learning, education, and communication in general for lively conversation about these topics in true high-energy-Mollie style! Mollie’s passion for Irish goes beyond the language. I think of her as a student of learning, perfecting her approach to teaching by learning about learning!

What I like about this podcast is that Mollie understands how to elicit the most out of her guests, gracefully drawing out their beautiful contributions and accomplishments in their areas of expertise, like a conductor of an orchestra. This podcast is going to be huge over time. I’m thrilled with it.

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