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The Eiffelovercast is a regular digest of matters engineering, creativity and practical philosophy. Each episode I either interview somone to learn what I can about the themes of this podcast, or I visit an event or a destination and report what I find.
 
We believe Northern Ireland has a better story to tell — one that goes beyond bombs, bullets and a sunken ship. You are part of this story. With 180+ conversations featuring some of the incredible people who call this place home, our weekly show gives you the chance to get away from the clickbait and connect with the amazing things happening on your doorstep. Previous guests include NASA Scientists, Billion-Dollar CEOs, 91-year-old parkrunners, teenaged entrepreneurs, Oscar-winning directors ...
 
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People come and go in our lives — “friend’s for a season” — folks who we journey with for a while and then part ways. But every now and then a connection is made that you know will last a lifetime. For me, podcaster James O’Connell from Dublin is one of those connections. After strangely being introduced by previous podcast guest and current Mental…
 
Gemma Gallagher is an award-winning Visual Artist and the Founder of Design & Dine, a Creative Workshop company based in the UAE and Northern Ireland. The aim was to create an event where guests could discover their creative abilities and learn to make art in a fun, sociable environment. What started as a small workshop has now grown to become the …
 
Dr Lindsay Broadbent is a virologist at Queen's University Belfast who has made over a thousand media appearances during the pandemic. In this conversation we talk about: What a virus actually is How viruses jump from animals to humans The potential scientific truth behind vampire lore Human responses to pandemics throughout history The importance …
 
Grab a pair of headphones, a shovel and get to work. The boys are out of town and this time we’re volunteering at Hahu Organics to try and find the meaning of life amongst the worms and dirt. Along the way we chat about how disconnected we’ve become from our food, the change of perspective working the land can give us and whether or not our great-g…
 
Biruk Sahle is the no-dig gardener behind Hahu Organics: an initiative that feeds 40+ families from a small plot of land in Helens Bay Walled Garden. By flipping modern agriculture on its head, Biruk and his family have been able to create a sustainable and profitable business growing vegetables in the 21st Century without pesticides, subsidies, he…
 
Dr Amilra De Silva (more commonly known as AP) is a Professor in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering who during his 40-year career with Queen’s University developed a blood analyser that has sold 10’s of millions of units and saved countless lives around the world. In today’s episode we talk about: Growing up in Sri Lanka The role his …
 
Shines Seafood are a family business based in Killybegs, Co.Donegal that sell Ireland’s only Irish Tuna, Irish Sardines & Mackerel to both the retail & food services sectors. It’s is their aim to make the best quality Irish Seafood in the world more affordable and available to the nation. Having been involved in the fishing industry for a combined …
 
Rory O’Connor, a native of Derry, is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow where he directs the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, one of the leading suicide research groups internationally. He is a world leader on suicide research and prevention and has been working in the field for 25 years, beginning with his PhD on su…
 
Dr Yassin Brunger is a Lecturer in Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the Gender Justice and Society Research Network at Queen’s University Belfast. Originally from the Gambian, Yassin spent 20 years living in the Middle East and is rooted in transnational understandings of justice and human rights. As a long-term feminist and scholar-activist, he…
 
Colly Graham is a 78-year-old international businessman, sales training expert and great-grandfather. He's also a former alcoholic, rough-sleeper, petrol-bomber, prisoner and member of the RAF. In today's episode we talk about: - The secret to a happy marriage - Old drinking dens in Belfast - Sobriety - Spiritual experiences - What most young peopl…
 
Dear friends! Excited to share with you today a very special conversation with someone I've only met once who left a big impression on me. The short story is that I got more from a two-hour chat with Rabo (Polish-Canadian Engineer, Writer and Product Manager) at the launch of Mark Dowd's new business in December than frankly, I have in most relatio…
 
Professor John Barry is the C0-Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action at Queen's University Belfast, and C0-Chair of the Belfast Climate Commission. He’s also a recovering politician, public servant, electric-car driving, foldable bicycle riding activist himself, as well as a lover of The Lorax by Dr Seuss — but I’ll…
 
Sea-swimming, sauna-sweating and aufgussing (wait, what?!). Join myself, Scott and special guest Ryan Scollan on another esoteric adventure — this time up the North Coast on Benone Beach in our favourite sauna in the world: Hotbox! Medical Disclaimer: please do not do anything mentioned, discussed or actually done in this episode. Enjoy! // Notes: …
 
Dr. Ryan Milligan is a lecturer in the Astrophysics Research Center at Queen’s University Belfast. His research focuses on the study of the sun and how it can impact our planet. After graduating from Queen’s University in 2007 he spent several years at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center outside Washington, DC, and two years at the University of Gla…
 
Dr Caoimhe Rooney is a mathematician at NASA that searches for life throughout the universe by studying distant planets, known as exoplanets. Following an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Trinity College Dublin, with a scholarship year at UCLA, Caoimhe achieved a PhD in Industrially Focused Mathematical Modeling at the University of Oxford. I…
 
What a ride the last few weeks have been! Highly recommend you going back and listening through the six different episodes we've released as part of this Addiction Series. Today's episode is a final recap conversation and overview with my dear friend Professor Steve Ilardi from our new Mental Health podcast. If you would like to hear other episodes…
 
Today’s episode features a conversation about the state of addiction in Northern Ireland with Dr Anne Campbell and Professor Kathryn Higgins from Queen’s University Belfast who have both dedicated their professional careers to researching and implementing solutions around this issue. In today’s episode we talk about: What personally got each them i…
 
Floatation and trauma expert Vivian McKinnon set up Hydro-ease: Northern Irelands only dedicated floatation centre in September 2015. She established the business in response to her own traumatic experiences and a passion for helping people move away from pain and towards a life of fulfilment. Qualified and experienced in many therapeutic approache…
 
Theo Fleury is a former NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medalist. He’s also the two-time best-selling author of Playing with Fire and Conversations With a Rattlesnake. While Theo enjoys his hockey memories and accolades, he feels his true life’s purpose is what he does today: creating healing through conversation, particularly in …
 
Willy G is a world-famous tattoo artist from Whitehead, Northern Ireland. He’s also a husband, proud father of three, painter and former cocaine addict. In today’s episode we talk about: The intimacy involved in tattooing How Willy got into art Working towards dreams/goals Managing success at a young age The years that led him to rock bottom And wh…
 
Today’s very special episode features an in-depth conversation with an individual in his 70s who has been sober for 40+ years through the Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-Step Program. In this episode, “Alan” shares: Why anonymity is a key pillar of AA The origins of this organisation that has helped millions of people get sober Why alcoholics are “allergi…
 
Kicking off our addiction series is Dr. Anna Lembke: a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and one of the world's leading experts on dopamine. Over the last few years, Anna has appeared in Netflix documentaries like The Social Dilemma and podcasts like The Rich Roll Podcast, The Huberman Lab and The Joe Rogan Experience. Her new book, Do…
 
Hopping on to give a head-up about probably the most important thing we will ever share on this podcast. Over the next six weeks, we're diving deep into the topic of addiction, including some incredible stories from recovered addicts and the research from some of the world's leading experts on the topic. Really hope you enjoy it and find it benefic…
 
Pilot episode for our new podcast! // Over the last two years, there’s been a lot of discussion about the short and long-term side-effects of COVID-19. But something I’d never heard anyone talk about was the proven link between depression and the virus itself… That was until I got COVID myself and hopped on the phone with my dear friend Steve Ilard…
 
This week, the Dunk Brothers headed to Hydro-Ease (the first float centre on the Island of Ireland) in East Belfast for Scott's 7th time esoteric float and Matt's 1st ever. In our pre-and-post-float chat we talk about: Why would someone even want to do this? Expectations versus reality of the float tank experience Our reactions to our time in the t…
 
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