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Experience the rich hidden history of the land of Ancient Ireland with historian , author, musician Danny Houlihan. The rich myths and legends are many and the culture of Ireland is diverse. In this podcast Danny relates the Myths and Legends of the area of Ballybunion.Through its people its heritage and its rugged coastline this is truly Danny Houlihan‘s Irish Experience.
 
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AVIATE with Shaesta

Shaesta Waiz, Michael Wildes

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AVIATE with Shaesta brings some of the most interesting female aviators together- trailblazers, record-setters, mothers, adventurers, entrepreneurs- to have honest conversations about what it means to be a woman in aviation. Join Shaesta Waiz, the Youngest Woman to Fly Solo Around the World, as she goes around the world (via a podcast) and connects with the industry to have honest conversations about being a woman in aviation. AVIATE, which stands for Acknowledge, Vocalize, Inclusion, Act, T ...
 
Jules Verne is the master of classic adventure tales. Around the World in Eighty Days is just more proof that his excellent writing skills put the readers right in the book with Phileas Fogg and Passepartout. Because of a bet by his friends, Phileas sets out to get all the way around the world in eighty days. Phileas is a rich man, but also very precise about his life. He wants everything done the way he likes and will get rid of anyone who does not do that. The wager starts when he is at a ...
 
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Wild Atlantic Way Champion Danny Houlihan takes us on a Journey from the Castle in Ballybunion to the famous caves of the town which in 1834 was visited by famous writers and Geologists both William Ainsworth and writer Alfred Tennyson and later many more. Leaving the historic strand Danny follows in the steps of many famous people onto the walk wh…
 
Our guest today, who will conclude season two of the AVIATE with Shaesta podcast, is Colonel Nicole Malachowski. At age 5, during a time when women were not permitted to fly for the military, Nicole knew that someday, she would fly a fighter jet. Finishing fourth in her class, Nicole graduated from pilot training at Columbus AFB, Mississippi, and w…
 
Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison is our podcast guest today. Some of you may be familiar with Vanessa’s leadership from OBAP (the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals) or her advocacy and hard work with the FAA. Vanessa grew up in Denver, Colorado, and was introduced to aviation by her mother, a Flight Attendant talent recruiter. Inspired by her …
 
Today, our guest is a corporate pilot, Founder and President of the Hera Aviation Group, and mommy of two, Jessica Webster. As a Massachusetts native, Jessica attended airshows with her family and admired the aircraft from afar. It wasn't until the Commander of a P-3 Orion invited Jessica to sit on the aircraft's wing with the crew that she believe…
 
Joining me on this episode of the AVIATE with Shaesta podcast is the CEO and President of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Amy Spowart. Amy grew up in central Pennsylvania and took a non-traditional route in aviation. Her first flight experience was when she was 19 years old on a TWA flight. Although Amy had her hesitations about flying for the …
 
In this episode Danny travels inland from the Wild Atlantic Way nine miles to the famous market town of North Kerry Listowel Ireland. Listowel Castle is at the centre of its proud history combined with its famous writers the late John B Keane & Brian McMahon who have left a legacy of writing for all of us to enjoy and explore our rich diverse histo…
 
Our guest today is the Chief Executive Officer of The Registry of Aruba, Alexandria (Alex) Colindres. Alex had fond childhood memories of spending her summers at The Registry of Aruba, which is a company founded by her dad. Although she was surrounded by business aviation, Alex had a soaring interest in the arts. After receiving a bachelor’s in fin…
 
Today, our guest, Shelley Svoren, is the Founder and CEO of Infinite Branches, which connects and transforms business aviation investments. With over 30 years of experience in finance, Shelley received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Finance, Economics, International Business, and Scandinavian Studies. Her interest in aviatio…
 
On the 19th of March 1919 Marconi Radio Station YXQ transmitted the first East to West Voice Speech Transmission from a wireless station on Sandhill Road Ballybunion North Kerry Ireland to a receiving station at Louisbourg Cape Breton Nova Scotia Canada. Transmissions were successful with Marconi Engineer W T Dirchem’s voice heard at Cape Breton No…
 
Our guest today is Guyanese American pilot Beverly Drake. In the 1970’s Beverley became one of Guyana’s first female pilots, flying both military for the Guyana Defense Force and commercial operations for Guyana Airways. By the end of the 1970s, Beverly left her country as a celebrated aviator, got married, had her first child while settling in Ame…
 
Our guest today is Kimberly Perkins who is a Gulfstream 650 Captain, writer, researcher, and mother to two adorable girls. Discovering the possibility of an aviation career during a college campus tour, Kimberly was determined to earn her wings to fly. After building her flight time and finding unique ways to instruct pilots, Kimberly landed a job …
 
In this episode Danny travels back to the days of the ship wrecks during the 1800s on the Shannon Estuary Ireland on The Wild Atlantic Way North Kerry Ireland. The Thetis still to this day is with us, all that remains is a few wooden ribs buried in the sands of Beale and the memory of that faithful night many moons ago and that of SS Premier which …
 
Carole Hopson, our guest today, is a New Jersey native who took notice of the airplanes flying above her in the sky at the young age of four. Although she admired flight because she didn't see other black women pilots, let alone pilots who wore glasses like her, Carole didn't consider an aviation career. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree fr…
 
Rachel Jacobson, President of the Drone Racing League, is our guest launching us into season two, centering our conversation on the Act theme in AVIATE.A New Jersey Native, Rachel graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's in Hotel and Business Management. Rachel spent 21 years at the National Basketball Association (NBA), where her career…
 
Zara Rutherford, the Youngest Woman to Fly Solo Around the World, joins me in the exclusive conversation where we discuss her historic and inspiring trip around the world. On January 20, 2022, Zara broke my record of being the youngest woman to fly solo around the world at the young age of 19, capturing the hearts of so many who followed her flight…
 
Buried deep within old boxes were many historical gems, some are now gone forgotten and indeed lost forever. I came across this old tale from my place here in Ballybunion many moons ago, indeed there is a reference to an event. In Ireland when a story was told it gathered speed and in those early days with no internet it made a bolt and was added t…
 
In this episode Danny Houlihan highlights a special woman Mary O Malley Young, who left her mark on the people and the landscape of Ballybunion North Kerry Ireland in 1868, this mark will be there for years to come. Mary was a kind person to all including young orphan children and locals alike. Mary was a local woman from Kilconly who married a tea…
 
In this episode Danny Houlihan takes a historical journey back on the old Lartique Mono Railway System which ran from Listowel to Ballybunion from 1888-1924. Our history is unique and highlights an area which was developing as a seaside resort from 1888 to 1924 through the times of the Mono Rail System its staff, landlords,parish priests and the de…
 
In this episode I will travel along the North Kerry Coastline on the Wild Atlantic Way to Ballylongford to its Castle Carrigafoyle, to explore a part of its rich history. Strategically located on the inland estuary Carrigafoyle Castle commanded the respect of all who arrived in the estuary within its banks. From Ri Na Fhile on Doon Promontory Bally…
 
Michael Wildes, our Executive Producer for Aviate with Shaesta, joins for a very special season one, three-part series recap. Michael stays busy. Outside of his role as Producer, Michael is the Business Editor for Flying Magazine and sits on the board of Dreams Soar. Michael is also a pilot, recently working at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University …
 
Michael Wildes, Executive Producer for Aviate with Shaesta returns for this second episode of a three-part season one review. This time we discuss our favorite moments of the season. Did Michael answer fully? You decide. She reveals why it was important to lead off with Mental Health and we briefly outline our plans for more. Michael shares what he…
 
In this final of three-part season one review series, Michael Wildes, Executive Producer for Aviate with Shaesta returns. Michael joins to talk about why he’s a “superfan” of Patty Wagstaff: hint, she’s a 3-peat legend. Shaesta shares the pressure women face to be perfect, as we review Episode 7 with Erika Armstrong. Michael wants to know if Shaest…
 
The Cashen Wooden bridge in North Kerry just on the outskirts of Ballyduff is no longer with us but over the years the large oak beams have been found. This priceless part of our river crossing history has been uncovered from time to time from the bed of the Cashen River. In ancient times the river was known as Casan Chiarraighe Luachaire the Pathw…
 
In this episode Danny Houlihan takes a journey out along the North Kerry Coastline to Ballylongford and its famous Abbey/Friary known around the World as Lisslaghtin. The story unfolds its rich history and the many raids that Abbey and its friars suffered at the hands of advancing forces. Lisslaghtin is a must for all to visit when arriving in Irel…
 
In this episode Danny takes a short look back at the Penal Times, and the effect it had on the Irish people in the area called Gleann Na dtalamh. The old Mass Houses that were knocked and the old customs that the people had area now gone and forgotten. The tradition of celebrating mass in glens and valleys and mass rocks during those harsh Penal Ti…
 
Thomas McCarthy the famous piper of Ballybunion was born in 1799 in Doon Ballybunion North Kerry Ireland. Toms music was legendary and the times he lived through and the people he met. The music of his pipes made him an International artist when he featured on postcards. He played for the Great houses in the area and for the local people and touris…
 
Standing stones erected by our Irish ancestors dot the landscape of Ireland. Built way back in antiquity to mark a place of burial of a chieftain or special member of a clan. In this episode Danny Houlihan takes a look at the standing stone and its importance to ancient Ireland. In researching standing stones other items have been found, such as Ci…
 
In this episode I will cross the Shannon Estuary to the Holy Island of Scattery or in its Irish name Inis Cathaigh, from the golden beaches of Ballybunion, Beale and Littor the sight of a round tower breaks the Irish skyline with the backdrop of County Clare, this is the holy Island of the Shannon Estuary called Scattery Island. During the periods …
 
In this short episode Danny Houlihan relates the history of our out door cooking places of Bronze Age Ireland called Fulachta Fiadh, Fulachta refers to a cooking place and Fiadh a deer. All that remains of these priceless relics today are the heaps of burnt stone that lie buried on the landscape of Ireland. This is the first in the weekend episodes…
 
One forgotten castle on the North Kerry coastline is Leac or known locally as Lick Castle north of Ballybunion. Built on a rocky promontory fort of the Clan Connor during the 1300s. Sited in a scenic place called Faha on the Wild Atlantic Way. Danny Journeys back to Lick through the landscape that shapes Ireland, its culture and its people. In this…
 
North of Ballybunion North Kerry is a very special place called Kilconly, steeped in history myth and legend. In this episode Danny Houlihan Journeys back to the Early Christian Period and relates the story of a monk called Chonnla and a battle with a huge serpent coupled with the history surrounding the church. This podcast is another snapshot of …
 
The landscape of Ireland is marked by the old homesteads of our ancestors the Ring Fort or Rath. Danny Houlihan in this podcast takes a short journey into some of the forts in his area near Ballybunion in North Kerry. This podcast is not a complete history but again a snapshot of our golden heritage. Through its people, its heritage and its rugged …
 
Sue Sommers, VP of Sales and Marketing for Atlantic Aviation, has over 25 years of experience in aviation. She started her career working at an FBO in customer service and has built her career impressive career over the years. Sue is a native of Louisiana and a mother. Hear how she leaned on her community to help her build her career.…
 
In this short episode Danny Houlihan concludes the series for the present with myths and legends from the Ballybunion area. These myths were gathered by Danny Houlihan 30 years ago in the old oral way, local tales were recorded by Danny Houlihan from people who's ancestors lived in the area during the Great Famine while some deal with the famous Fi…
 
The tradition of holy wells can be traced back to the Early Christian Period in the area, with many myths and legends associated with the site. Ancient customs which are now forgotten were once practiced there, and customs preserved. Later on Pattern days emerged with mass celebrated at the local church of St John's followed by a procession to the …
 
The Great O Connor Chieftain and his nine daughters features in this short podcast, Danny Houlihan weaves his tapestry once again on the history of the Ballybunion area. Viking raids coupled with the O Connor Clan are all deal with at the swing of legendary O Connor sword, all interwoven into Danny Houlihan's Irish Experience.…
 
Ancient Burial Rites in the Ballybunion area were forgotten until building works during the 1980s uncovered the remains of our past, my late father Sean Houlihan with his JCB un-earthed one such grave called a long stone lined Cist. These stone lined graves date to a period of our history when the rites of the dead were treated with great ceremony.…
 
Danny Houlihan moves out again from his Ballybunion base and travels along the coast to Beale a few miles from Ballybunion. This area is steeped in history and folklore & Irish culture. In this short podcast Danny visits the Beale Stone Alignment, passed by thousands of visitors each year, these priceless relics of our past stand out with the Wild …
 
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