The Irish Passport

The Irish Passport

By Naomi O'Leary and Tim Mc Inerney

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.

Episodes

Halfpints: Bulelani Mfaco on Direct Provision

Protests against Ireland’s controversial system for housing asylum seekers Direct Provision have been re-ignited as demonstrations against racism sweep the United States. We interviewed Bulelani Mfaco where he lives in Knockalisheen Direct Provision centre on the border of Limerick and Clare for our episode on the system published in January. In this bonus episode made specially to thank our Patreon supporters, we publish the full interview. He tells us about his experience living within the system and why he sees Direct Provision as deliberate marginalisation of migrants and akin to racial segregation. This bonus content was made possible by the continued support of our patrons! Sign up to support the podcast today at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport and gain access to our whole archive of Halfpint extra content. For access to our full archive of bonus content, head on over on our Patreon page www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
03/06/2038m 51s

Halfpints: Europe at a breaking point?

In this bonus episode made specially to thank our Patreon supporters, Naomi and Tim catch up on how Europe finds itself at a make-or-break moment. Fundamental questions of democracy and economics are in question, and Ireland will have its role to play in figuring them out as the European Union decides what exactly it wants to be. Plus: why are people still talking about Brexit, and what are the stakes for the island of Ireland? We break it down. This bonus content was made possible by the continued support of our patrons! Sign up to support the podcast today at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport and gain access to our whole archive of Halfpint extra content. For access to our full archive of bonus content, head on over on our Patreon page www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
24/05/2048m 15s

Ireland and Australia

Ireland shares a fascinating history with the Australian continent – by the 19th century, in fact, about 25% of settlers in Australia were Irish-born. In this episode, we speak to Victoria University’s Diane Hall about the history of the Irish in Australia, Tim meets two generations of Irish Australians who explain what their unique identity means to them, and Naomi explores some of the major issues facing the Irish in Australia today. If you liked this episode, why not give us a rating on whatever podcast app you use – It makes all the difference to us! If you want more bonus content from the Irish Passport Podcast, you can become a Patreon supporter today and gain instant access to our archive of Halfpint episodes. Just head over to www.patreon.com/theirishpassport The music featured in this episode is “Remember Love” by Lobo Loco.
16/05/201h 7m

Halfpints: Irish and Native American solidarity

As the Coronavirus hits the Native Americans hard, Irish people have taken the chance to repay a 173-year-old debt.  A fundraiser to help the Navajo and Hopi Nations fight one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in the United States has taken off in Ireland. Donations have been flooding in, in tribute to an act of kindness during the Great Hunger in Ireland that has never been forgotten. In the worst year of the famine, 1847, the Choctaw people raised what they could and sent it to Ireland as aid. It’s not the only example of solidarity between Irish and Native American people throughout history. In this bonus episode made specially to thank our Patreon supporters, Naomi traces the history of links between Ireland and Native Americans. Did you know that during the struggle for independence, the Chippewa-Ojibwe people made future Irish President Éamon de Valera an honorary chief? You can donate to the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/NHFC19Relief This bonus content was made possible by the continued support of our patrons! Sign up to support the podcast today at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport and gain access to our whole archive of Halfpint extra content. For access to our full archive of bonus content, head on over on our Patreon page www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. You can listen to our episode The Great Hunger about the Irish famine and the Choctaw donation here: https://link.chtbl.com/GreatHunger Featuring Cello Duet No. 1 by Chief Boima
06/05/2023m 50s

The Irish Accent

In our first episode of Season 4, we take on the Irish Accent: where did it come from? What secrets might it hide? And why is it so often an issue of contention? Tim speaks to accent expert Shane Walshe of Zurich University about how Irish accents are seen by the wider world, Naomi talks with Senator Lynn Ruane about why some Irish accents can lead to discrimination and marginalisation, and most importantly we hear from our own listeners about the complications, the poetry, and the personal histories contained in every individual accent. In this episode we asked our listeners to take the “accent challenge”. Below is the list of words they were asked to pronounce: Wash, Oil, Theater, Data, Crayon, Ruin, Spitting Image, Toilet, Syrup, Aunt, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Again, Both, Probably, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, New Orleans. We’ve published a bonus episode featuring a full interview with Senator Lynn Ruane on class and inequality in Ireland over on our Patreon page www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. Special thanks to The Mary Wallopers, for the use of their fantastic track “Cod Liver oil and Orange Juice”.
18/04/201h 10m

Halfpints: “Where are you From?” – National Identity in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, questions of national identity often come with some surprising answers. Our reporter Jennifer Smith catches up with two Belfast residents born around the time of the Good Friday Agreement. They explain their understanding of identity in Northern Ireland and how nationality there constitutes a complex and ever-changing web of politics, family history, and social class. This bonus content was made possible by the continued support of our patrons! Sign up to support the podcast today at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport and gain access to our whole archive of Halfpint extra content. For access to our full archive of bonus content, head on over on our Patreon page www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. The music featured in this episode is “You get the Blues” by Lobo Loco.
08/04/2048m 34s

Halfpints: The good news!

In this bonus episode made specially to thank our Patreon supporters, we take a look at some of the good news coming out in the times of Coronavirus. We’ll be talking about drive-through testing centres in Dublin, mass volunteering efforts to help neighbours and the health service, EU officials embracing poetry, and some very promising statistics and real concrete help coming out of China. You can sign up to join the Irish health service the HSE: hse.ie/oncall If you need help or can offer help, like delivering groceries or subscriptions to your neighbours, the website to sign up is: https://localsupport.ie/ . Anyone who isn’t online can ask for help by text on 087 365 8233. We make Halfpint episodes especially to thank our Patreon supporters. If you want to access our full archive of Halfpint episodes, you can become a Patron today at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/2029m 55s

Halfpints: Ireland v. Coronavirus

How is Ireland dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak? In this freely available Halfpint episode, Naomi and Tim look into the way different countries in Europe have dealt with the unprecedented pandemic sweeping the world right now. We look at how the outbreak is affecting politics at home and abroad, and offer some advice for those who might be self-isolating right now. We make Halfpint episodes especially to thank our Patreon supporters. If you want to access our full archive of Halfpint episodes, you can become a Patron today at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport
13/03/2036m 39s

The election that changed history

A seismic result has emerged in the Irish election: the left-wing nationalist Sinn Fe’in are the most popular party, sweeping away the traditional dominance of Fine Gael and Fianna Fa’il for the first time in the history of the republic. What caused the political earthquake? And what happens now? Naomi joins Tim from the main voting count centre in Dublin to break down the results. The housing crisis, what went wrong for Leo Varadkar, the peculiar nature of Irish nationalism, and options for the next government: it’s all up for discussion. We speak to Dessie Ellis, who spent time in prison for his involvement with thetime Provisional Irish Republican Army, after he swept to the top of the poll in his constituency of Dublin North West. Naomi brings context from the campaign trail as voters tell us their concerns. And we hear from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar, and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald to tell you all you need to know about the election that changed history. For bonus episodes including an interview with Mary Lou McDonald about the meaning of left-wing nationalism, support us on Patreon: https://www.theirishpassport.com/podcast/what-the-uk-election-means-for-ireland-brexit-and-the-union/ Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
09/02/20

Rise of the right: what Ireland can learn. With political scientist Cas Mudde

The global rise of radical right nativist parties seemed to skip Ireland. But the last 18 months have seen efforts to introduce anti-immigration politics to Ireland in a way not seen before, amid a backlash against the legalisation of abortion. We hear how a conspiracy theory elevated by US pundit Alex Jones has ended up on the streets of Cork, as protesters ambush an event by ruling party Fine Gael a week out from the election. Naomi speaks to Dutch political scientist Cas Mudde about what Ireland can learn from the experience of countries that have already seen similar trends. Mudde breaks down the evolution of the far right, new tactics at play, and the dubious role played by the media in the United States and the Netherlands. This is an episode of Halfpints, the bonus content we make specially to thank our Patreon supporters. You can find a whole archive of extra content over at https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Share this episode and tag @PassportIrish to be in with a chance to win a copy of Cas Mudde’s new book, ‘The Far Right Today’.
01/02/200s

Inside the Housing Crisis: the issue that could cost Leo Varadkar the election

Tech workers abandoning Dublin due to housing costs, an Airbnb maintenance worker who is himself homeless, and the woman battling to transform Ireland’s swathe of vacant properties into homes. This episode takes an inside look at the housing crisis from the point of view of people facing the hard edge of the issue in different ways. As polls ahead of the election on February 8th indicate Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s chance at a second term may be slipping away as support ebbs towards Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil, Naomi puts the appeal of promises to build social housing in context. This is an episode of Halfpints, the bonus episodes of The Irish Passport podcast we make specially to thank our supporters on Patreon. You can find a whole archive of extra content over at https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. Featuring ‘Bittersweet’ by SYBS.
31/01/20

Six points that sum up Ireland’s 2020 election

Ireland goes to the polls on February 8th. We break down six points that explain the election. Who are the players? Why was the election called? What are the main issues? How will the election work? What are the likely results? And what do the Black and Tans have to do with it? This is an episode of Halfpints, the bonus episodes of The Irish Passport podcast we make specially to thank our supporters on Patreon. You can find a whole archive of extra content over at https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
25/01/2015m 46s

Direct Provision

Contains an interview about anti-LGBT+ and anti-immigration violence. In this season finale, The Irish Passport takes on one of Ireland’s most controversial issues: Direct Provision. The system for housing people who apply for refugee status in Ireland turns 20 this year. We speak to Bulelani Mfaco, who fled persecution of gay and LGBT+ people in South Africa to Ireland in 2017, and now campaigns for the rights of those seeking asylum. We visit the Direct Provision centre he lives in to take a look at life on the inside, and find out why Mfaco describes the system as deliberate marginalisation of migrants and akin to racial segregation. Irish Times journalist Sorcha Pollak explains how the system came to be, and discusses the evidence that the system was deliberately designed to be unpleasant. In the wake of a series of arson attacks on planned Direct Provision centres, Pollak’s reporting has revealed that a small group of far-right activists are hijacking community meetings all around Ireland in an attempt to exploit unhappiness about Direct Provision and inflame anti-immigration politics that have so far skipped over Ireland. Finally, we explore cultural responses to the system, in a discussion with award-winning music group Rusangano Family, featuring their acclaimed song ‘Heathrow’. We made bonus episodes specially to thank our Patreon supporters over on https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. A full interview with Bulelani Mfaco about life in Direct Provision can be heard here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/35038927 You can hear a bonus episode on Irish politics and the far right featuring political scientist Cas Mudde here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/podcast/rise-of-the-right-what-ireland-can-learn-with-political-scientist-cas-mudde/ Featuring editing by Alan Meaney http://alanmeaney.ie/ . Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
22/01/2055m 15s

Home for Christmas

Every year, thousands of returning emigrants make their way through the sliding doors of Dublin airport arrivals to come home to Ireland for Christmas. Tim and Naomi record from the scene to bring you the stories of those who have travelled from far and wide and come back home to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. We share funny stories, sad stories, moving stories, and discuss family quirks and pre-Christian traditions that make up the Irish Christmas experience. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Featuring editing by Alan Meaney http://alanmeaney.ie/ . Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. Featuring the track “wound” by Jahzzar.
22/12/1941m 56s

What the UK election means for Ireland, Brexit and the union

The UK has voted for a Boris Brexit, and the future of the union has never seemed so fragile. What does the biggest Conservative majority in a generation mean for Ireland north and south? Naomi and Tim dissect the election results, discuss how a number of upsets from the Democratic Unionist Party indicate the party seriously miscalculated on Brexit, and bring you fresh analysis from the election frontlines. Unionist political commentator Sarah Creighton tells us how Northern Ireland is reacting to the results and what it means for loyalism. Chatham House analyst Pepijn Bergsen tells us how the remaining members of the European Union are reacting. MEP and First Vice President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness tells us why Brexit is far from over and what lies ahead in the next phase of the negotiations. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Featuring editing by Alan Meaney http://alanmeaney.ie/ . Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A text transcript of this episode is available here: https://theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-what-the-uk-election-means-for-ireland-brexit-and-the-union/
13/12/1929m 51s

Halfpints: Ireland’s history of locking up women: interview with Caelainn Hogan

During the 20th century, a significant proportion of the Irish population was incarcerated in a network of institutions. These ranged from Magdalene laundries where ‘troublesome’ women were put into servitude, to industrial schools for children that were famed for their cruelty. Journalist Caelainn Hogan is the author of Republic of Shame: Stories from Ireland’s Institutions for ‘Fallen Women’. In this interview, Hogan explains how this dark side of Irish society is a much more recent phenomenon than commonly thought. She tells the story of one Mother and Baby home that was only founded in the 1980s, and closed in 2006. Born to unmarried parents herself, Hogan explains how her own family history gave what she discovered additional poignancy as she tells the story of women still searching for their lost children, and adopted people struggling to uncover their origins. This is an episode of Halfpints, the bonus series we make to thank our supporters on Patreon. To gain access to our full catalogue of bonus content, head over now to www.patreon.com/theirishpassport, and become a supporter of the podcast today. Share this episode on social media and tag @PassportIrish to be in with a chance to win a copy of Republic of Shame. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. Editing by Alan Meaney.
28/11/1938m 36s

Secret Dublin with comedian Tara Flynn, Irish Queer Archive’s Tonie Walsh, and historian Terry Fagan

Live from Dublin, the Irish Passport brings you the hidden history of the Irish capital. Comedian and author Tara Flynn discusses her favourite Dublin secrets. Tonie Walsh describes gay life in the city before the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and the furious anger at violence against gay people that fuelled the earliest Pride marches. Terry Fagan of the North Inner City Folklore Project recounts some of his favourite Dublin tales and takes us inside the lost red light district of The Monto. This live show was held at the Button Factory as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival. It was a double bill with our friends over at the Motherfoclóir podcast. You can hear their show and our crossover Q&A session here. Many thanks to Headstuff, to the brilliant Button Factory production team, and to Darach, Peadar, Gearóidín and Éimear. Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
24/11/191h 10m

Ireland and Japan

Islands on opposite sides of the world with deep differences, and surprising similarities! Naomi and Tim explore the thriving traditional Irish music scene in Tokyo, reporting from a session in a downtown pub where dozens of Japanese musicians meet to play jigs and reels, many of them speaking in Irish accents. Ireland’s ambassador in Tokyo Paul Kavanagh tells us why Japan is the biggest investor in Ireland in the Asia-Pacific and us why economic relations are set to get stronger. Featuring the voice of Sister Paschal O’Sullivan, the last Irish missionary nun in Japan, who taught generations of the Japanese elite including the current Empress of Japan. We interview her cousin France 24 journalist James Creedon, director of a recent documentary about her life, ‘Thanks to your Noble Shadow’. And how do you translate James Joyce’s Ulysses into Japanese? We hear from Professor Kazuo Oikawa, a teacher of Irish literature and culture to students of Waseda University and author of ‘The Harp and Green’, who tells us why Ireland has some surprising historical overlaps with his native Hokkaido. Featuring the track ‘Fogs’ by Tokyo trad band O’Jizo, the Toyota Ceili Band, and the session musicians of The Old Rock pub in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Special thanks to Kozo Toyota and Aisling Braiden. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Featuring editing by Alan Meaney http://alanmeaney.ie/ . Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
18/10/1958m 41s

Re-inventing Ireland: live show with author Sarah Maria Griffin, Green Party’s Clare Bailey and political scientist David Farrell

A century since a revolutionary Irish government declared the birth of a new nation, we ask how Ireland could be re-invented for the future. We are living in a moment of rapid change. Great geopolitical shifts are destroying old certainties. Climate change is poised to transform our way of life. In Ireland, landmark referendums have been a break with the Ireland of the 20th century and a beacon of democratic innovation. We take the opportunity to re-imagine what Ireland could be, with special guests Clare Bailey, leader of the Green Party Northern Ireland, award-winning science fiction writer Sarah Maria Griffin, and the political scientist who lead Ireland’s Citizens Assembly David Farrell. Unification? Votes at 16? Moving the capital out of Dublin? Banning cars? It’s all up for discussion. Special thanks to our hosts the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. For bonus episodes, support us on: https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport Tote bags are available to buy on our website: https://theirishpassport.com/shop/ Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
14/10/191h 28m

Returning diaspora, repeat referendums and loyalists in a United Ireland: it’s a listener questions episode!

The Irish Passport is opening up the floor to listeners in this episode, and taking questions on everything from recent Irish political history, to life as a returned member of the diaspora. Several people got in touch with practical questions about a United Ireland. Is the republic prepared for the possibility of loyalist violence? And would people born in Northern Ireland still be able to claim British citizenship in a unification scenario? Naomi and Tim delve into the history of countries that broke off from the British empire to ask what we can learn from precedent. Is it true that the Irish people were told to vote again after rejecting the European Union Nice and Lisbon Treaties? We speak to the Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration John O’Brennan and discover the complex truth of an argument often used in the Brexit debate. A listener in the United States who is Irish by descent got in touch to say he was considering a move to Ireland, and would like to hear from people who had already done the same. We hear from people who moved to Ireland as adults and discover the country through fresh eyes: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. Special thanks to everyone who responded, including: Tadgh Jenkins, Shana Slow, Kevin from New York, Kath O’Meara, Stevie Nolan, and Guy Le Jeune. To hear a full interview with Professor O’Brennan and additional responses from people who moved to Ireland, support us on: https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport Featuring editing by Alan Meaney http://alanmeaney.ie/ . Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
09/10/1946m 26s

Where the Brexit Stakes are Highest Part 2

The second installment in two episodes bringing you the voices of those with the most at stake as a disastrous No Deal Brexit threatens the island of Ireland. We speak to Orla Smyth, a businesswoman who has invested everything she had in building Belfast’s thriving Kaffe O coffee chain, only to see the prospect of tariffs, the plummeting pound and delays at the border threatening all she has worked for. A man whose house is a mile from the border tells us what it was like growing up in militarized South Armagh and how the prospect of a return to the past drove him into activism. And border integration expert Caitríona Mullan talks us through life in a cross-border household, the work that has gone into building networks across the dividing line, and how she sees people reverting to old coping mechanisms from the time of conflict to deal with the atmosphere of uncertainty. Part one of two episodes bringing you the voices of those for whom the Brexit stakes are highest. You can listen to part one here. Featuring editing by Alan Meaney http://alanmeaney.ie/ . For the full interview with Caitriona Mullan and more bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. Featuring ‘Voyeur’ by Jingle Punks.
23/09/1955m 23s

Where the Brexit Stakes are Highest Part 1

With the threat of a cliff edge Brexit posing extremely serious consequences for the island of Ireland and the border, we bring you the voices of people with the most at stake. Featuring a doctor in Derry who is worried about his patients getting their essential medicines, young people in Belfast facing changes to their rights, and people who rely on a peaceful open border in their daily lives. We hear from Irish News security correspondent Allison Morris on why the Brexit uncertainty and talk of a hardened border has emboldened dissident republicans, with an increasing pace of shootings and bombings over recent months. Tim sums up the chaos and shenanigans in Westminster so far, and the government’s predictions of riots and shortages in the case of a No Deal. Naomi describes the view from Belfast’s loyalist Shankill Road, where she went to interview former paramilitaries about their dissatisfaction with the peace, why they hate the so-called “Backstop”, and the real risks of a return to violence they see now. This is the first in a two-part episode focused on the voices of those for whom the Brexit stakes are highest. Featuring editing by Alan Meaney http://alanmeaney.ie/ . For the full interview with Allison Morris and more bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
20/09/191h 0m

Why can’t all Irish citizens vote?

Irish law in an international outlier in its restrictions on where its its citizens can vote. The franchise is limited to those resident inside the boundaries of the 26 counties of the republic, with almost no provision for early, postal or overseas voting. Ahead of a planned referendum to extend the right to vote for president to all Irish citizens, including in Northern Ireland and overseas, Naomi and Tim explore the political implications of the current voting system and weigh the arguments for and against change. We hear the case for reform from Irish people from the north, and from people who travelled back to Ireland in the famous ‘Home to Vote’ movements. This episode features a report from the campaign launch of Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad by contributor Michael Lanigan, as well as the voices of ordinary people in Dublin on their hopes and concerns about the proposal. Editing by Alan Meaney http://alanmeaney.ie/ For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. The music you heard in this episode is Night II, by Swelling, and Serial Killer, by John Bartmann. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
07/08/1958m 17s

Countdown to No-Deal Brexit?

There’s a shift in the air. The British government looks set to pursue a crash-out, “No-Deal” Brexit. Meanwhile, the Irish government has started to accept that this would mean a hard border on the island. Is disaster becoming unavoidable? In this bonus Halfpint episode, freely available to all our listeners, Naomi reports on the mood in Dublin, London and on the continent as the clock ticks down to October 31st. University College London professor Ronan McCrea reflects on going viral in a media interview, and tells us why giving the straight facts is no longer working in public debate. Northern Ireland Retail Consortium director Aodhán Connolly explains what the impact will be on ordinary families the day after Brexit. We also hear from Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok on why checks on goods cannot be avoided. We make Halfpint episodes to say thank you to our Patreon supporters. To gain access to our full catalogue of halfpint episodes, you can head over now to www.patreon.com/theirishpassport, and become a supporter of the podcast today. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
22/07/1951m 25s

Galway, City of the Tribes

Fishermen kings, Spanish galleons, and fearsome pirate marauders – these are just some of the things that make the history of Galway City on the west coast of Ireland so intriguing. Take a tour around the medieval old town with historian Adrian Martyn, and find out all about the infamous ‘Tribes of Galway’ who presided over this western frontier-city for over five centuries. Who were they? Where on earth did they come from? And what’s left of them today? See Tim’s photographs of the landmarks discussed here. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. If you want to check out more from historian Adrian Martyn and order his book ‘The Tribes of Galway’, you can find his work here: https://adrianmartyn.ie/ Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
15/07/1959m 40s

Poetry and Pain

A Newry woman visits her big brother in Paris. The two share a drink and talk all night. The next morning, he leaves instructions for taking the metro, and disappears. His family never see him again. The story of Anne Morgan’s 32-year search for her missing brother Seamus is just one told in this episode, the second in a two-part series on the theme of dealing with the past. We speak to Damien McNally of Belfast’s Wave Trauma Centre about how trauma can be passed down from one generation to the next, and the implications of providing front-line care while political deadlock prevents wider societal change. Historian Roy Foster of Oxford University discusses Ireland’s culture of dealing with the past and how it differs from the mood in Britain as Brexit looms. From historical inquiries to ‘Derry Girls’, we explore different routes to closure: through justice, truth-seeking, or creativity. This episode concludes with an exclusive reading by poet Gail McConnell of her poem about the Long Kesh breakout and the death of her father, ‘Start Out’. This is the first of a two-part series on the issue of dealing with the past, dedicated to the memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee. You can read ‘Suicide of the Ceasefire Babies’, the essay which inspired these episodes, here. ’Start Out’ is published in Fourteen by Gail McConnell (Green Bottle Press, 2018): https://greenbottlepress.com/order-form/our-books/ Featuring editing by Alan Meaney http://alanmeaney.ie/ . Special thanks to Emma Rainey of Fem-Vibes podcast for reading an excerpt of Lyra McKee’s writing for us. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. The music you heard in this episode is Night II, by Swelling, and Serial Killer, by John Bartmann. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
02/07/191h 4m

Collusion

A brutal mass shooting shocks the world. In its wake, leaders vow to find those responsible and bring them to justice. But instead, the investigation goes nowhere. Evidence mysteriously goes missing or is destroyed. Suspects are tipped off before they are questioned. Leads are allowed to go cold. This episode delves into the murky history of collusion in Northern Ireland. We speak to investigative journalist Barry McCaffrey about the damning information he discovered linking the the infamous Loughinisland massacre to the British state’s so-called “Dirty War”. Naomi traces how Brexit has re-politicised Northern Ireland for the British right, and how modest progress in digging up the truth about the path has led to a backlash at the top of Westminster politics. This is the first of a two-part series on the issue of dealing with the past, dedicated to the memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee. Editing by Alan Meaney http://alanmeaney.ie/ For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. The music you heard in this episode is Night II, by Swelling, and Serial Killer, by John Bartmann. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://theirishpassport.com/transcript-collusion/
28/05/1947m 50s

Ellen Coyne before everything changed

A clip from our archives captures a moment before Ireland changed for ever. Enjoy this episode of the Irish Passport Podcast Halfpints, the exclusive extra-content series we make to thank our Patreon supporters. We interview Ellen Coyne, the journalist whose work reporting on Church, state, and women’s healthcare drove momentum for change ahead of the referendum on abortion. Sadly, Ellen and her colleagues have just lost their jobs, as the Ireland edition of The Times has been axed by owners News Corp. This Halfpint is dedicated to passionate and hard-working journalists across Ireland. Please help keep the tradition of quality, professional journalism in Ireland alive by supporting your favourite Irish news outlets. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
22/05/1921m 32s

Travellers

Who are Irish Travellers? The answer is Ireland’s most hidden history: mistaught or not taught in schools, often invisible or misrepresented in the media, and abused by some for political gain. In this episode, three Irish Travellers explain who they are and what it means to be a Traveller. We hear from John Connors, the actor, screenwriter, and activist, who welcomes us into his home to tell us about his childhood, family history, and what his research has discovered about the origins of his community. Campaigner Eileen Flynn explains her journey in becoming a feminist, and her battles with health, housing and discrimination. Finally, Julia O’Reilly tells us how she overcame challenges in education, and how her conviction that things must be better for the next generation has led her to seek change by running for political office. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-travellers/
26/04/1955m 26s

Women in Politics

In this first episode of Season 3, we explore the fascinating story of Irish women in politics from 1916 to the present day. We ask why women –  integral to the foundation of the state – almost disappeared from the country’s political landscape until relatively recently, and why 2019 could represent a new era of revolutionary change. Historians Mary McAuliffe and Emma O’Toole explain why radical feminist politics was so central to the Irish Revolution, while journalist Martina Fitzgerald outlines the challenges faced by female politicians during the 20th century. Naomi speaks to Hazel Chu, who is vying to become the country’s first Irish-Chinese political representative, and Union of Student of Ireland representative Aisling Cusack tells us why things are changing, and changing fast … For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Season 3 of The Irish Passport podcast is made with the kind support of Biddy Murphy, online sellers of genuine Irish goods. Check them out on www.biddymurphy.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-women-in-politics/
28/03/1959m 23s

Bonus Live Show: The London-Irish Diaspora

This St Patrick’s Day weekend we’re bringing you a bonus live show! Tim comes to you from the Museum London, where he speaks to journalist Séamas O’Reilly and historian Danielle Thom about the London-Irish Diaspora, past and present. We’ll also hear about how London’s historic Irish community was formed, with a few words from the Museum of London’s Director of Content, Finbarr Whooley. Special thanks to the organisers of this Young Ambassadors event, William McQuillan, and the staff and crew of the Museum of London. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1953m 30s

Live show! Ireland and America: the long romance

The Irish Passport’s first live show takes on the issues of race, politics and history between Ireland and the United States. We hear the backstage gossip from St. Patrick’s Day at the White house from RTÉ broadcaster Caitríona Perry, author of In America: Tales from Trump Country. We find out how strong the Irish-American lobby really is in Washington, and what that could mean for Brexit. Academic, broadcaster and author of Don’t Touch My Hair, Emma Dabiri, breaks down the fascinating and complex history of Ireland, slavery and the abolitionist movement. Recorded with a live audience at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris on February 15, 2019. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/191h 21m

Halfpints preview: Brexit, the border and Irish unity

A sneak preview of a bonus episode published to thank our Patreon supporters. Hear the full episode at patreon.com/theirishpassport. How has Brexit transformed the debate on Irish unification? We hear from locals in Northern Ireland on why a referendum on unity some thought they’d never see in their lifetime suddenly seems closer than ever. Naomi describes the mood on the ground and lays out polling that shows why the border is such a decisive issue. David McCann of Slugger O’Toole explains how politics in Northern Ireland has transformed since the referendum, and we hear from self-described unionist Raymond McCord on why he’s battling for clarification of the circumstances under which a vote on unification could be held. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/191m 11s

Nationalism

It’s the Season 2 finale of the Irish Passport Podcast, and we’re taking on Irish Nationalism. Naomi interviews Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald about her concept of progressive Irish nationalism, and why she believes its anti-colonial roots distinguishes it from counterparts in continental Europe. Tim speaks to historians Richard English and Aidan Beatty to find out why race, gender and a whole lot of misunderstandings made Irish nationalism what it is today. And guest reporter Michael Lanigan heads to Dublin, where a Republic of Ireland versus Northern Ireland soccer match offers an interesting perspective on one of the newer national identities on the island: Northern Irish. This episode is sponsored by Tigh Neachtain pub in Galway. This sponsorship allowed us to hire an audio editor for this episode: thank you very much to Alan Meaney. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-nationalism/
19/03/191h 8m

The Mysterious Eviction

Strange things are happening in Co. Roscommon, where a controversial eviction has set the internet on fire. Who were the unidentified men who ejected an elderly family from their farm house last week? Why do ex-British soldiers appear to be involved?  And where do the rumours stop and facts begin? Naomi and Tim uncover the dramatic story of this eviction and its deep historical resonances in the Irish cultural consciousness. They trace out the facts of what exactly happened in the townland of Falsk, how it inspired a vicious vigilante counter-attack that has gripped national headlines – and why you should pay very close attention to what happens next. This episode includes exclusive unreported revelations about security guards from Northern Ireland who carried out the eviction. Trust us, you’re going to want to listen to this one. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1942m 53s

Halfpints: Brexit chaos

Brexit chaos has turned British politics upside down for the last few weeks. What’s actually going on and should you care? Naomi and Tim lay out what are the UK’s realistic options, what the various factions actually want, and how it all relates to the biggest Brexit roadblock of all: the Irish border. As the clock ticks down to Brexit day on the 29th of March, this is the summary you need to understand Brexit and its consequences for the island of Ireland. This is a free edition of Halfpints, the extra series we make to thank our Patreon supporters. You can support the making of The Irish Passport podcast on www.patreon.com/theirishpassport, and get full access to our full archive of extra Halfpints episodes there. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1950m 1s

Irish Politics and the Civil War

Ireland’s main political parties are not split on a traditional left-right model, but instead represent different sides of a bloody civil war in the 1920s. But why is this war spoken about so little today? Could it be that its memory is too painful? Or is it because it still so strangely dominant in modern Irish politics? In this episode, Tim traces the history of Ireland’s Civil War from 1922-23, and how it shaped the country’s political landscape. Meanwhile, Naomi pays a visits the Irish Senate in Dublin, where she meets two politicians who have been deeply influenced by Civil War politics, albeit in very different ways. One is Senator Mark Daly, a descendant from anti-treaty rebels still questing for a 32-county Ireland, and the other is Senator Ian Marshall, the first northern unionist ever to be elected to the Irish Seanad. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-irish-politics-and-the-civil-war/
19/03/191h 5m

Halfpints: Why the poppy divides Ireland

A hundred years since the end of the First World War, the remembrance poppy remains a controversial symbol in Ireland. Why? Writer Kylie Noble explains what the poppy meant to her as a child growing up in Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, and how she reconciles it with her British and Irish identity today. Naomi traces the roots of Ireland’s complex relationship with the poppy and how it intersects with her own family history, and interrogates what the fundraising appeal is for according to the accounts of the Royal British Legion. Should Taoiseach Leo Varadkar be wearing a shamrock poppy? You decide. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. Featuring Cello Duet No. 1 by Chief Boima
19/03/1927m 16s

Halfpints: Ireland elects a president

Ireland votes for president on Friday October 26. Naomi and Tim break down the drama of the campaign.  Featuring dragons, horses, and car-crash interviews (literally). We hit the campaign trail on the streets of Dublin, ask Sinn Féin candidate Liadh Ní Riada why she’s running when she probably won’t win, and tell the backstory to why Ireland has this peculiar position at all.  This is a free sample of a new Halfpint, the bonus content we make for our Patreon supporters. To hear the whole thing and get access to all our bonus episodes, head over to The Irish Passport Patreon page to become a patron. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/194m 11s

The Housing Crisis

Ireland’s housing crisis is at boiling point, with homelessness at record levels and even well-paid people struggling to afford soaring rents and house prices. It’s the political issue everyone is talking about — but it’s one with a long and dramatic history. Tim traces the backstory to how an agrarian revolt turned Ireland into a kind of property-based welfare state. We visit an ‘occupation training’ session by Take Back the City, the activists who are grabbing headlines by seizing empty buildings in Dublin and demanding they be turned into social housing. How did Ireland go from the excesses of the Celtic Tiger property boom, to bust and back again? Hear the whole story in this episode. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcript-the-housing-crisis/
19/03/191h 0m

The Glorious Twelfth

Tim and Naomi travel to Belfast for the peak of Northern Ireland’s marching season: the 11th and 12th of July, when unionists and British-identifying communities light enormous bonfires and parade through the streets to commemorate Protestant military victories of the 17th century. We speak to experts who explain the meaning of the tradition, and visit loyalist and republican communities in Belfast to understand what this time of year is like for them. We find many sides to the Glorious Twelfth: it can be a beloved community event, but it’s intimidating enough that it drives most Catholics off the streets of Belfast. Naomi and Tim come face to face with the darker side, as they find themselves caught up in the thick of openly sectarian celebrations. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-the-glorious-twelfth/
19/03/191h 5m

Halfpints: Pope Francis in Ireland

Pope Francis visits Ireland in the wake of the abortion referendum, as Church infighting over the legacy of abuse in Catholic institutions threatens to derail the trip. We hear from people who protested the papal visit, and feature a special guest who decided he wanted to hear what the pope had to say for himself. Naomi and Tim discuss what the low turnout tells us about how the country has changed, and whether the visit closes a chapter in modern Irish history. This is a Halfpint episode, the extra content created to thank our Patreon supporters. Due to strong demand for an episode about the pope’s visit, we’ve released this Halfpint to all listeners. You can listen to our full archive of bonus episodes by signing up as a supporter on our Patreon page. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1956m 53s

Derry: “Ireland’s Jerusalem”

Derry: ground zero for the outbreak of conflict in Northern Ireland. Is it once again being threatened with instability as Brexit causes deep uncertainty over the border? Naomi and Tim travel north just as unrest breaks out in the ancient city as Protestants and unionists prepare to mark the 12th of July: a yearly celebration of their culture. We chat to a man who lost his father in Bloody Sunday, speak to children building a bonfire about why they burn the Irish flag, and sketch out why this city of so much promise has been held back by decades of discrimination. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-derry-irelands-jerusalem/
19/03/191h 7m

Brexit Update 2018

The British government has locked itself in a country mansion to debate Brexit, like a demented Agatha Christie novel. In Brussels, Irish and European leaders grimly start planning for a cliff-edge, no-deal outcome. What’s going on and what does it all mean? Naomi and Tim untangle the latest developments and discuss the implications for Ireland and the border. We speak to UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn about his Brexit border stance and his plans for Northern Ireland if he became prime minister. Meanwhile, Irishmen at the heart of Brussels Dara Murphy and Commissioner Phil Hogan explain the challenges of the negotiation and why Europe is preparing itself for the worst. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1943m 27s

Halfpints: Scotland and Ireland

Why are there two Scottish football clubs, one whose supporters wave the Irish tricolour, the other the Union Jack? The rivalry between Celtic and Rangers is just one aspect of a fascinating cultural interchange between Ireland and Scotland that goes back thousands of years. Naomi explores these ancient links and how they are still playing out in modern politics in this discussion with Professor Graham Walker, an expert on politics, sectarianism, culture and identity in Scotland and Northern Ireland at Queen’s University Belfast. We talk about how the bombshell of Brexit is alienating Scottish voters, and whether the quest for Scottish independence is making waves across the Irish sea. This is a ‘Halfpint’ episode, a special series we create in addition to the main podcast to thank our wonderful Patreon supporters. You can get access to many more Halfpint episodes if you sign up to support us at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1924m 47s

The Gaelic Games

The most popular sports in Ireland are the Gaelic games: uniquely Irish sports with an ancient history and a dramatic political backstory that are finding increasing international success. Tim visits the Paris Gaels to hear why players who have never set foot in Ireland have taken to Gaelic football, while Naomi explores the importance of the intensely local amateur sports to communities in Ireland. We hear from sports historian Paul Rouse of University College Dublin on how the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884 was deeply linked to the nationalist politics of the time. From Bronze Age myths about hurling matches between ancient tribes, to a devastating massacre in Croke Park stadium in 1920, we hear why modern Ireland can’t be understood without the GAA. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1954m 44s

After the Eighth. Ireland repeals abortion ban

Ireland has voted by a landslide to end its near-total abortion ban. We hear the voices of victorious campaigners in Dublin Castle in the moments when the result was announced. Naomi and Tim discuss the historic moment in a Dublin pub. We ask what this means for Ireland, what it means for the world, and whether Northern Ireland is next. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1946m 8s

Halfpints: Northern Ireland’s stake in the abortion referendum

Northern Ireland is watching the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland carefully. It’s already forcing political parties in the north to debate their abortion policies, and the vote’s outcome will have immediate repercussions in Belfast. Naomi speaks to David McCann, deputy editor of political commentary site Slugger O’Toole about why social issues are in sync north and south. We hear how young abortion rights activists are organising coaches to cross the border and campaign in the republic’s referendum. Naomi traces how the two jurisdictions ended up with similarly strict abortion bans, for very different reasons. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1914m 5s

Ireland’s Abortion Referendum: Information Warfare

Ireland is fighting it out on whether or not to remove its constitutional abortion ban in a referendum on May 25. We investigate how tactics seen in the Trump and Brexit campaigns have come to Ireland, turning it into a battleground for progressive and conservative forces in a global culture war. Our deep dive into Facebook advertising with journalist and transparency campaigner Gavin Sheridan leads us down a rabbit hole that leads to Houston, Texas. Tim asks Minister of State for the Diaspora, Ciaran Cannon, whether the strict abortion laws he supports is causing young women to emigrate. We hear from a 23-year-old who spends his spare time knocking door-to-door in Wicklow to keep abortion illegal in Ireland. And we meet the woman behind “In Her Shoes”, the Facebook page that has caused a viral outpouring of confessions from women who have suffered under the 8th Amendment. Special thanks to Aine O’Neill. Featuring Against the Wall by BoxCat Games. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-irelands-abortion-referendum-information-warfare/
19/03/1949m 32s

1916 and the Invention of Ireland

The rebellion of a raggedy band of teachers, nurses and poets sent shock waves around the world and changed Ireland forever. But why does the Easter Rising of 1916 still cause controversy? Naomi and Tim introduce the countess, the grocer’s daughter, the carpenter and the ex-cobbler who all picked up guns on the morning of April 24 1916 and marched out to declare an independent Irish republic. Leading historians give their analysis of how the concept of Ireland was forged, and how the centenary celebrations in 2016 changed how the Easter Rising is remembered. This episode analyses how 1916 remains an intoxicating idea in Irish politics, and explores the cultural movement that created an ‘idea’ of Ireland so powerful, it was to die for. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcript-1916-and-the-invention-of-ireland/
19/03/191h 16m

Halfpints: The Táin

A tale of powerful matriarchs, fearsome warriors, and supernaturally potent bullocks from Ireland’s ancient past. What’s not to love? Naomi and Tim take on the Táin Bó Cúailnge, a tale of cattle-raiding derring-do from before Christianity made it to Ireland. The first episode of our Halfpints mini-series, available to our Patreon subscribers only. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/193m 50s

St. Patrick’s Day Special

A bonus special episode in honour of our national day! We discuss the annual pilgrimage of Irish politicians to the White House that inevitably results in scandal. Tim tells us the surprising origins of the St. Patrick’s Day festival and the murky history of the leprechaun mascot. Naomi investigates the global empire behind the viral spread of Irish Pubs from Hong Kong to Panama, but discovers how a friendly Irish bar can be a real  asset for immigrants far from home. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1947m 2s

A United Ireland

A United Ireland: the idea has been a political force in Irish and British politics for centuries, and it has been given fresh momentum by Brexit. Tim explains how the concept long pre-dates the partition of the island and was once championed by Protestant elites. Naomi visits a public meeting about unification in central Dublin, and asks why it matters to people — and when they expect it to happen. We hear from expert Katy Hayward on the potential options for Northern Ireland after Brexit, and why she believes talk of a United Ireland should be avoided altogether. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1954m 14s

The Invisible War

It’s the grand finale to the first season! Tim and Naomi examine how a standoff over the Irish border in the Brexit negotiations brought ignorance about Ireland among politicians and media to the surface. We review the biggest embarrassing moments on air from the past few weeks, quiz ordinary English people about what they know about Ireland, and give a quick and dirty roundup of the history you need to know to understand today’s news. Tim hears from a group of Northern Irish podcasters about what it’s like to be from the forgotten province, and Naomi meets the Irishman who worked in Downing Street in the thick of the Brexit campaign and tried in vain to warn his colleagues of the border problems that were coming. We speak to finance professor Brian Lucey about the myths about Ireland that Brexit has brought to the surface, and hear an audio essay by Gordon Guthrie about Britain’s ‘great forgetting’. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/191h 11m

Away with the Fairies

Just below the surface of modern Ireland, a parallel world exists with its roots in pre-Christian belief. Irish fairies aren’t like Tinkerbell – they’re more like a supernatural mafia. So be careful what you say, because as the story goes, they’re probably listening. Tim talks to one of Ireland’s last seanchaí or story-teller historians, who once managed to get a highway diverted to prevent the felling of a fairy bush. We also hear about modern traditions from the streets of Galway as the Celtic New Year Samhain festival is underway. Meanwhile, Naomi discovers that fairies can even make an appearance in modern politics, thanks to Ireland’s unique clan of rural populists, the Healy Rae political dynasty of County Kerry. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1955m 13s

Abortion

Ireland has one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe. Banned unless the woman’s life is in serious danger, it carries a 14-year prison sentence. Rumblings of change are beginning, but some a campaign could open up ugly political fault lines. Why is Ireland like this? Tim and Naomi explore the strange and surprising backstory to Ireland’s constitutional abortion ban. Tim hears from a journalist who snuck contraband condoms into 1970s Dublin. We hear from Ireland’s 31-year-old health minister on what change he wants to see, while Naomi meets a 17 year-old student who has swapped her textbooks for a megaphone in the pro-choice campaign. Just don’t let her Catholic school find out… For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1957m 34s

The Irish Slaves Myth

Have you ever heard that the Irish were slaves? If so, you may have been targeted with political propaganda. Naomi speaks to actress and writer Azie Dungey about how Irish history is being abused for a political agenda in the United States, while Tim asks two experts in the topic about the truth behind the internet myth. We hear from US journalist Traci White who set out to investigate why the meme was appearing on her Facebook page, while Irish Senator Aodháin Ó Ríordáin tells us what the Trump administration needs to know about Irish-American history. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. Featuring: ‘When the Wick is Gone’ by the Pangolins. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-the-irish-slaves-myth/
19/03/191h 2m

The Great Hunger

Ireland’s great famine was the worst peacetime disaster in 19th century Europe. It shaped both Ireland and the world. And it remains such a political bombshell that people still can’t agree on what to call it. We explore the hidden history of the mass starvation, from its little-known role in the origins of modern journalism to its surprising link to a Native American tribe. Tim discovers a piece of 1840s Ireland in the middle of Manhattan, while Naomi asks what lessons should be applied to current events today. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. Featuring Cello Duet No. 1 by Chief Boima
19/03/191h 9m

The Brexit Irish

Applications for Irish passports surged in the last year, largely from people in Britain and Northern Ireland. Who are the new ‘Brexit Irish’? We meet them in this new episode and hear their motivations for claiming their Irish identity. We also speak to the Irish ambassador who found himself in the eye of the storm as applications soared. Tim hits the streets of Galway to investigate what ordinary Irish citizens think of the newcomers — and is taken aback by what he hears.  Discover why Ireland has such a large diaspora in the first place, and the key role they played in the foundation of the state. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1959m 57s

Ireland and Europe

Ireland and Europe: what is Ireland’s future in the EU now that its neighbour the United Kingdom is leaving? Is the so-called Irexit at all realistic? We explore Ireland’s relationship with the continent now and in the future and unpick why Ireland differs so much from Britain in its history as part of Europe. We speak to Ireland’s most, and perhaps only, well-known eurosceptic Ray Bassett, as well as Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs and the ordinary people of Dublin to understand Ireland and Europe at this crucial moment in history. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/191h 2m

Elites

Who are Ireland’s elites? That question was once easily answered, but not since independence upended the entire social order! In this episode Naomi visits a castle in Dublin that has been the home of one family for 35 generations — and finds the current heir still feels he’s not accepted as one of Ireland’s own. Tim investigates how his own ancestors went from being aristocrats’ servants to rebels in one generation. Or perhaps they were rebels all along? We speak to an expert who says Ireland today is in denial about having elites, when they are hiding in plain sight. Find out who they are and more in our chat with elitism expert Dr. Ciaran O’Neill. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-elites/
19/03/191h 7m

The Catholic Church

For decades, Ireland was synonymous with Catholic control – but the last 30 years have seen a new cultural climate take hold in the country, and a furious backlash has broken out against the legacies of the Church’s institutional stranglehold. We’ll be looking at how the Church became so powerful in the Irish Republic in the first place, and the reasons behind its dramatic fall from grace in recent times. We’ll be talking to the formidable local historian Catherine Corless, who exposed institutional abuse and cover-ups on a massive scale in 2014, and we’ll also interview journalists and doctors at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, which inspired public outrage when the state almost gave it over to an order of nuns with a questionable past. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcription-the-catholic-church/
19/03/191h 19m

The Knowledge Gap

Recent politics have revealed a common lack of knowledge about Ireland and Northern Ireland in the Britain at a time when it is of vital strategic importance. What is behind the blind spot? We call this phenomenon ‘The Knowledge Gap’, and investigate how it came to be by comparing the history courses taught in Ireland and the UK, with some striking results. We also hear from experts on Northern Ireland who found themselves in the eye of the storm following the recent election which brought the Democratic Unionist Party unexpectedly close to power in Westminster and unleashed huge demand for crash courses on Northern Ireland. This episode reveals that uncertainty about where the UK begins and ends is widespread — including among those whose job is to know. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish.
19/03/1952m 32s

The Irish Language

Irish: a rare and ancient language that is spoken from the streets of Canada to the corridors of power in the European Union. This episode delves into why the language is such a powerful national symbol for Ireland, its fraught history, and how it’s still a point of political strife today. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-the-irish-language/
19/03/1950m 17s

Unionism: Election Special

The dramatic UK election result has suddenly made Northern Irish politics more pressing than ever. Are you trying to figure out what the DUP is anyway and what all this means for Brexit? We answer all these questions and more in this special UK election edition of The Irish Passport. It includes a report from a loyalist pipe band event where we asked marchers what they thought of Brexit, and got some surprising answers…. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-unionism-election-special/
19/03/1938m 40s

The Border

What will happen to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit? We discuss how Britain has ignored this problem, and speak to ordinary people on the border about their lives and their fears about any hardening of the border. Naomi reports from the border on how Brexit could affect a family of farmers and a man who has to cross the border four times in 10 minutes to get to his nearest town. We hear how talk of a united Ireland is on the rise, and a Sinn Fein councillor who is missing a few fingers from his struggles against a hard border in the past tells us a return to violence “depends on what conditions are created”. Tim lays out how the border came to be in the first place, from the plantations, through religious wars, rebellions, and the war of independence that led to the emergence of the modern Irish state. What is Ireland anyway? This episode gets the facts straight. For bonus episodes, support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @PassportIrish. A transcript of this episode is available here: https://www.theirishpassport.com/transcripts/transcript-the-border/
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