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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.

    Ireland’s Lost Forests Pt 2: an Atlantic Rainforest

    Ireland’s Lost Forests Pt 2: an Atlantic Rainforest

    In the second part of our episode on Ireland's lost forests, Naomi travels to the Beara peninsula in Co. Cork to speak to sculptor and author Eoghan Daltun. Eoghan's award-wining book, An Atlantic Rainforest: a Personal Journey into the Magic of Rewilding, recounts how he has brought a sector of ancient Irish woodland back to life by simply making space for native ecosystems to thrive. We also hear about how E.U. policy has shaped woodland preservation in Europe, we discuss how big predators might be the key to restoring biodiversity, and we return to the mystery of the bare-bottomed Woodkernes - discovering the weird and ancient art of the Braigetóir, or professional flatulists.

    A bonus episode will be available at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ireland’s Lost Forests

    Ireland’s Lost Forests

    A rich political, social and economic history of Ireland can be told by an analysis of its landscape, and specifically through the history of its trees.

    In this episode, Naomi and Tim delve into the history of deforestation and its tangled associations with colonialism and agriculture, and whether the 'green' image of Ireland is all that it seems.

    Coming soon in part 2, we will visit a place where the ancient forest of Ireland is making a rebound: in the Irish Atlantic Rainforest restored on the Beara Peninsula by Eoghan Daltun.

    Patreon supporters can access a bonus debrief episode over at https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport in which Naomi and Tim discuss a genocidal Elizabethan poet who was banished to Cork, and why a blank and featureless lawn is considered an ideal to so many...

    Thanks so much for listening!

    • 1 hr
    Classic Irish Passport: St. Patrick’s Day Special

    Classic Irish Passport: St. Patrick’s Day Special

    Beannachtaí na féile Pádraig oraibh! To celebrate Ireland's national day, please enjoy this classic St. Patrick's Day episode from our archives, originally released in 2018.

    • 44 min
    What is the Windsor Framework?

    What is the Windsor Framework?

    After years of deadlock, EU and UK leaders have declared a historic reset in their relations as they reach an agreement on Northern Ireland called the 'Windsor Framework'. Naomi and Tim unpick the details of what is in the deal on Northern Ireland's post-Brexit arrangements, intended to resolve the dispute over the so-called Protocol that came into force in 2021. What's the story with red and green channels? Why is everyone talking about the "Stormont Brake"? Will this finally be enough to get the Democratic Unionist Party back into power sharing? And why on earth was the British king involved? You'll find the answers to all these questions and more in this fresh-off-the-press Brexit update.

    Check our our bonus episodes available for Patreon supporters and with our full archive of extra content over at: www.patreon.com/theirishpassport

    • 48 min
    Mountbatten and the IRA

    Mountbatten and the IRA

    On the 27th of August 1979, the Provisional IRA assassinated one of the best known members of Britain's royal family as he holidayed in County Sligo. But this was just one of 25 killings that took place that day. The events of that afternoon soon came to represent a watershed in the history of Anglo-Irish relations, and a landmark moment of escalation in a Northern Ireland conflict that was now settling into what some referred to as the "Long War". Naomi and Tim unpick the wider context of this notorious episode of the Troubles, and explore how it encompassed so much more than the death of a celebrity royal.

    This podcast is only mad possible by our patreon supporters. If you would like to sign up to support the podcast today, and gain access to over 80 pieces of bonus content along the way, you can sign up to our patreon page now at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Mystery tales of the strange and unexpected

    Mystery tales of the strange and unexpected

    From a mystery in rural Ireland that has persisted for over a century, to the little-known link between a World Cup star footballer and the town of Donabate, to the unexpected ways that Hiberno English is spreading in Europe... it's a story episode for you to enjoy over the holidays as Naomi and Tim share their favourite stories for 2022.
    Naomi's image: https://twitter.com/NaomiOhReally/status/1599362845942370304?s=20&t=aEc52pKN3a8a0w9sECahFw
    Tim's image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissolving_views#/media/File:Magiclantern.jpg

    A bonus episode is available for Patreon supporters along with our full archive of extra content over at: www.patreon.com/theirishpassport

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
266 Ratings

266 Ratings

GetToTheGate ,

Wonderful podcast, excellent hosts, and very informative

This is an amazing podcast and I am so glad to have found it! It is very informative and formatted in such a thoughtful way. They cover things in a very investigative way and are very thorough. They are also clear about any bias they might have, instead of just pretending that you can report without a bias, and do an amazing job of looking at all angles objectively. The hosts are lovely and intelligent and listening to them discuss things is very enjoyable. They give quips and levity as needed and I just don’t know what else to say to encourage you to listen. If you want a comprehensive, informative podcast about Ireland, its culture, history, current events, etc. than this is the podcast for you.

Palunargar ,

Excellent podcast on Irish issues

I’m glad I finally found a podcast made by Irish people wish brings a different perspectives on topics where I only heard the British point of view. The hosts explain difficult or sensitive issues with a humane perspective. Specially, I recommend “The Famine” episode. I can’t wait to listen the “war of independence” episodes. I hope one day to visit Ireland and North Ireland!

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.

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