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James Hennan is a Local Historian and OPW Tour Guide at Portunma Castle in county Galway. In this episode, myself and James sit down to discuss the importance of local history. James also tells us about the history of his locality, Lorrha, a once major monastic site dating as far back as the 6th century. In the final part, James shares the wisdom h…
 
Aidan Harte is the man behind the now famous or perhaps notorious Púca of Ennistymon. In this episode, we sit down to discuss the furore around the Púca. Before that, however, we hear about his work as a sculptor, and his fascination with Irish folklore. To support the erection of the Púca in Ennistymon please send an email to Clare County Council …
 
The topic of mental health has long been a taboo a subject in Irish society, particularly, in rural communities. Yet, in recent years attitudes have begun to change and this has sparked an acceptance and willingness to talk about mental health issues. In this episode, I sit down with Integrative and Holistic Counsellor; and Director of The Dancing …
 
In part two, Tina tells us about her reluctant return to Ireland from the wildernesses of Botswana only to find another wilderness on her own doorstep, namely the boglands of Ireland . Donate: https://www.thehutnearthebog.com/donate Store: https://www.thehutnearthebog.com/store Tina Claffey Website: https://www.tinaclaffey.com/ Portal – an exhibiti…
 
Tina Claffey is the preeminent photographer of the Irish boglands. In this first part of two interviews, she tells us how she ended up working as a nature photographer in the pristine wilderness of the African nation of Botswana and how this prepared her for her later work photographing the Irish Boglands. Donate: https://www.thehutnearthebog.com/d…
 
Since ancient times many in Ireland believe that the veil between the physical world and the spiritual world becomes thinnest at certain times of year or when in the presence of certain places or people. This was most certainly the case when myself and Sheila sat down with spiritual medium, Joy Connolly, to hear her story and wisdom she offers. Don…
 
The end of April/Start of May marks the ancient Celtic festival of Bealtaine. In this episode Sheila speaks with Celtic Priest – Dara Molloy – to discuss the origins of Bealtaine and its spiritual significance. Dara also tells us how we can celebrate this ancient festival in contemporary life. Check out Dara’s books at www.aislingpublications.com. …
 
Toasted Cake 261! In which we sing. At 0600 hours, Aurora brews coffee, intensifies the lights to 800 lumens, and heats the ship to an optimal 70.2 degrees, all according to protocol. This story first appeared righthere in Fireside. Jenn Reese writes speculative fiction for readers of all ages. Her middle grade books include A Game of Fox & Squirre…
 
Toasted Cake 260! In which maybe we procrastinate? Just a little? Jen's final sociology paper was due tomorrow, so she was procrastinating. This story first appeared in Galaxy's Edge, and a slightly longer version is available to read on Curious Fictions. Effie Seiberg is a fantasy and science fiction writer. Her stories can be found in the "Women …
 
Toasted Cake 259! In which we skate the spell. I fell the first time I tried the spell. The magic broke, snapping a crack into the ice and getting me a three-day ban from the rink by the angry ex-almost-pro who drove the Zamboni. This story is original to Toasted Cake. Kristen Koopman is a graduate student, writer, and nerd. Her interests include b…
 
Toasted Cake 258! In which we arrange our features in a neutral expression. "I am experiencing an unpleasant digestive reaction to something I ingested this morning and my primary spousal relationship is suffering a breakdown which is causing me emotional distress." This story first appeared on Darusha's Patreon. M. Darusha Wehm is the Nebula Award…
 
Toasted Cake 256! In which we ride. Araana picked a sticky seedpod off his coat and stepped out of the brambles, onto the surface of the wide and flat road left over by an empire long past. This story first appeared on Bogi's patreon. You can find Bogi at Bogi reads the world, dot com! Bogi is also bogiperson on a variety of social media. TC256-win…
 
Toasted Cake #257! In which we attempt the parallel parking maneuver. 360-degree camera coverage. Radar, inertial compass, GPS. Independent all-wheel drive, nanoceramic brakes. 5G, sat-phone, and UHF communications. Air bags everywhere. And the worst student driver in the history of the automobile. This story is original to Toasted Cake. Laurence R…
 
Craig Jordan-Baker is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Brighton. He has published fiction in New Writing, Text, Firefly Magazine, Potluck and in the époque press é-zine. In this, our final episode of season one, Sheila sits down with Craig to discuss his recently published book – The Nacullians. Sheila and Craig explore se…
 
Toasted Cake #255! In which we make breathable air. It wasn't a new idea. But as soon as mother said out loud "we should wrap the Moon"--so close, so dead, but with resources hidden under dust and rock--father and his scientists started figuring out how to do it. This story is original to Toasted Cake. Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curti…
 
Dara Molloy is a truly fascinating individual. Along with the likes of John O’Donohue and John Philip Newell, Molloy is considered to be among one of the few experts on the subject of Celtic Spirituality. In this episode James sits down with Dara to discuss his spiritual journey from Roman Catholic priest in Dublin to Celtic priest, monk and druid …
 
Toasted Cake Podcast #254! In which we hold our breath. When we rounded everybody up for the register, Maude and Julie were sheepish. They only wanted this one thing, this battered white box of . . . craft parts? This story first appeared in Sabr Literary. Christi Nogle's short stories have been produced on podcasts such as PseudoPod, Escape Pod, T…
 
Toasted Cake Podcast #253! in which we try to raise fully functioning adults. Whether you are adopting by chance because you found the smoking crater on your property or whether you volunteered for the Zeptonian Childcare Service, congratulations and thank you! This story first appeared in Podcastle. David Steffen is a writer, publisher, editor, an…
 
Owen Colgan is the Irish cult comedy hero, best known for his role as Buzz McDonnell in Hardy Bucks. In this episode I sit down with Owen to get to know the man behind the comedy. Owen starts off by telling us how growing up in the West of Ireland shaped his comedy. We then explore the differences between the rural and urban senses of humour; and t…
 
Toasted Cake #251! In which we get out the hard-boiled egg. This one November my mom went missing and me and Andy and his other friend Meg tried to fill in for her because my mom is the moon. This story is original to Toasted Cake. Megan Lee Beals is fostering mason bees in her modest city garden, sewing things which attempt to defy physics, and fo…
 
Toasted Cake #252! In which we connect. When I got to Mario Reyes's dorm room, I heard him scuffling around, opening and closing drawers as if he had a girl coming over. This story first appeared in Factor Four Magazine. Katherine Quevedo was born and raised just outside of Portland, OR, where she works as an analysis manager and lives with her hus…
 
J.J. Houghs Singing Pub in Banagher, Co. Offaly is a legend among Irish pubs. Indeed, it has long held this status due to the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of its owners - the Hough family. From artists to actors to musicians and lecturers the Houghs are truly a talented bunch. This is no less true of the second eldest and current proprieto…
 
Toasted Cake #250! In which we celebrate. Tommy's sixth birthday was ruined due to a mix-up at the bakery. This story is original to Toasted Cake. Liam Hogan is an award winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction 2016, and Best of British Fantasy 2018 (NewCon Press). He's been published by Analog, Daily Science Fict…
 
Toasted Cake 249! In which we feed the printer. Everyone in the office called the supply room printer a "giant plastic sack of crap that deserved to rot in the underworld for all eternity." This story is original to Toasted Cake. Diane Callahan strives to capture her sliver of the universe through writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. As a devel…
 
In this edited interview Johnny Ziomek tells us how he ended up discovering Gaelic football in South Korea and about the setting up of the Houston Gaels. He also tells how a twist of faith related to one of the most tragic events in modern history, namely—9/11—brought him to play Gaelic football. In the final part, Johnny shares the wisdom we can t…
 
In this full (unedited) interview Johnny Ziomek discusses his background as a child actor, photographer, and globe trotter. We hear about his Irish roots and his founding of the Houston Gaels. He also tells us of his experience of 9/11 and the profound implications this had for his life. In the final part, Johnny shares the wisdom we can take from …
 
Toasted Cake 248! In which we mend the tear in the fabric. You pieced it together decades ago; so far back that you don't remember not knowing. This story first appeared in Daily SF. José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer, high school math teacher, and parent of two. Jose's fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award and long-listed for …
 
This is an excerpt from our upcoming episode 'How the man who photographed 9/11 fell in love with Gaelic football'. Here our guest Johnny (Ziomek) tells us how he ended being present at and documenting 9/11. See more at: https://www.thehutnearthebog.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Toasted Cake 247! In which we use the unicorn-mane thread. The day before my wedding, my dress is a pile of birch leaves. This story first appeared in Daily SF. Caroline M. Yoachim is a prolific author of short stories, appearing in Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, among other plac…
 
The Troubles or the 30-year political and sectarian conflict that took place in Northern Ireland was perhaps one of the darkest and bloodiest chapters in Irish history. And yet, there is much we can learn from it, not least about the nature of forgiveness. In this episode we explore forgiveness. Sheila and James begin by outlining their views on fo…
 
The Troubles was perhaps one of the darkest and bloodiest chapters in Irish history. There is much we can learn from it, not least, about the nature of forgiveness. Here we share an excerpt from our upcoming episode dropping this Saturday. See more at: https://www.thehutnearthebog.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
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