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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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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.

    An Teanga Bheo

    An Teanga Bheo

    From the streets of Brussels, to an office block in Greece, to a bus ride in San Francisco, the Irish language can pop up in some unexpected places. In this episode, we explore some of the new international frontiers of Irish. We speak to people whose knowledge of the language has launched them down far-flung career paths, ask why Irish-speaking mortgage experts are in demand in the Netherlands, and celebrate some of the people who have begun learning the language thousands of miles away from the island.



    Huge thanks to our sponsors, Irish at Heart, for backing this episode. Sign up to receive surprise boxes of artisan Irish goods at irish-at-heart.com, and get a special 15% discount off your first box with the discount code IRISHPASSPORT. Here’s the link: https://irish-at-heart.com/



    Bonus episodes are published for our supporters over at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Bishop, the Guns, and the Virgin Mary

    The Bishop, the Guns, and the Virgin Mary

    Did you ever hear the one about the bishop and the airport? Or the unlikely group of Irish revolutionaries who ended up changing history through an ill-fated trip to Belgium on a yacht?



    Hear all about it as Naomi and Tim tell some of their favourite, quirkiest stories from Irish history in this special seasonal story time episode.



    Naomi and Tim tell some of their favourite, quirkiest stories from Irish history in this special seasonal story time episode.



    Huge thanks to our sponsors, Irish at Heart, for backing this episode. Sign up to receive surprise boxes of artisan Irish goods at irish-at-heart.com, and get a special 15% discount off your first box with the discount code IRISHPASSPORT. Here’s the link: https://irish-at-heart.com/



    Bonus episodes are published for our supporters over at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport

    • 59 min
    Neutrality, Part 2: Ireland’s Dubious Defence

    Neutrality, Part 2: Ireland’s Dubious Defence

    This summer, the chaotic fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban left Irish citizens stranded, exposing the state's lack of aircraft large enough to conduct an evacuation. It also highlighted the issue of Ireland's tiny and under-funded defence forces, which force the state to rely on outside forces like Britain and the European Union for day-to-day security in areas like air and maritime patrols and cyber security. From this weak position, Ireland has increasingly been drawn into participating in international defence arrangements over the last two decades, which arguably blur the lines of its neutral status. Naomi and Tim lay out what's at stake in an increasingly unstable global order and as the EU debates a shift in defence policy in response. Guest Tom Clonan shares his experience as a soldier and lays out the profound risks to Irish interests posed by gaping holes in national defence. Conor Gallagher of the Irish Times tells us the backstory of how Irish officials worked behind the scenes, leaning on old relationships with allies this summer to get Irish citizens out of Kabul.



    This is part two of a two-part episode on Irish neutrality. In part one, we explained how Irelands' neutrality policy was born in the 20th century, at a time when the leadership feared that involvement in the Second World War could crush the fragile new Irish state. You can listen to the episode here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/podcast/neutrality-part-1-escaping-dominion/



    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @PassportIrish.



    We'll post the full version of our interview with Tom Clonan for our supporters over at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport



    Huge thanks to our sponsors, Irish at Heart, for backing this episode. Sign up to receive surprise boxes of artisan Irish goods at irish-at-heart.com, and get a special 15% discount off your first box with the discount code IRISHPASSPORT. Here's the link: https://irish-at-heart.com/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Neutrality, part 1: Churchill versus de Valera

    Neutrality, part 1: Churchill versus de Valera

    In 1939, the young Irish state stood at a crossroads in its history. Europe was descending into war, and the deeply impoverished and weakly defended nation feared its strategic location on Britain's flank could mean invasion - by either side. In this episode, Naomi and Tim describe a moment when two towering figures of 20th century history came head-to-head and shaped the fates of Ireland, Britain, and Europe. The Irish revolutionary leader Éamon de Valera and Britain's wartime prime minister Winston Churchill had profoundly different starts in life and world views - and they hated each other. Their bitter personal relations led to a Second World War standoff, and a mysterious late-night telegram from Downing Street that constitutes one of the great 'what if' questions of Irish history.



    This is part one of a double episode on Irish military neutrality, explaining how the flagship Irish policy came to be. In part two, we'll dig into what Irish military neutrality means in practice today, and the opportunities and challenges ahead as Europe revisits its strategic security in an era in which the United States is in retreat.



    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @PassportIrish.



    Bonus episodes are published for our supporters over at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport



    Huge thanks to our sponsors, Irish at Heart, for backing this episode. Sign up to receive surprise boxes of artisan Irish goods at irish-at-heart.com, and get a special 15% discount off your first box with the discount code IRISHPASSPORT. The link is here: https://irish-at-heart.com/

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Live Show: Place and Power

    Live Show: Place and Power

    Live from Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, Naomi and Tim discuss place and power: unpacking how place names, landscape, and architecture contain secret histories hidden within plain sight. Guest Linda Ervine, manager of the Irish language project Turas, explains how learning Irish is helping many in the unionist community to rediscover their own local histories, while writer and researcher Claire Mitchell explores how the covert history of the 1798 rebellion is etched into the landscape itself - if you know where to look.



    This live show was produced as part of the 2021 Hillsborough Castle Centenary Talks programme. Many thanks to the staff and organisers at Hillsborough Castle for their support and warm welcome.



    If you would like to support the podcast, you can become a Patreon subscriber today at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport

    • 1 min
    Halfpints: Lady Lavery, the Face of Ireland

    Halfpints: Lady Lavery, the Face of Ireland

    Who was the iconic woman depicted on Irish banknotes from 1927-1977? Why was  she so integral to the story of Irish independence? And what lies behind her inscrutable stare? In our latest Halfpint episode, we discover the extraordinary life of Lady Lavery - a Chicago-born debutante who would go on to become the face of an independent Ireland.



    This halfpint episode would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful patrons. You can find our full archive of Halfpint extra content over on www.patreon.com/theirishpassport, where you can help keep the podcast running by become a Patreon supporter today.



    This episode features the music tracks "Hopeless Waltz" and "Just a Waltz" by Alena Smirnova. 

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
230 Ratings

230 Ratings

CogetteUS ,

Realpolitik/Charming Hosts

unique view of Irish politics and the effects of same on Europe-and vice versa. Big portfolio. I have no idea how they manage it given their day jobs but I look forward to every podcast and save them for my dog walks so I can enjoy every bit. I suspect they will hate I called them charming but it’s not rhetorical.

The Celtic Sassenach ,

Great listening, bad if you want to live in Ireland and can’t.

The podcast I hate to love. The content is very interesting and engaging. I learn something new every time I listen. But as a recovering hibernophile it makes me long to live in Ireland like most things Irish related.

RoanokeRebel ,

So you think you know about Ireland....

Think again! I’m learning so much about Irish history and culture (past and present), and current events - things I didn’t know, or just had wrong - as I listen to each episode. I suggest listening to current episodes, but to partake of the ones from the beginning, to the present, too. An Irish perspective on Ireland, and on the world.It’s all grand!

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