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Who was the iconic woman depicted on Irish banknotes from 1927-1977? Why was she so integral to the story of Irish independence? And what lies behind her inscrutable stare? In our latest Halfpint episode, we discover the extraordinary life of Lady Lavery - a Chicago-born debutante who would go on to become the face of an independent Ireland. This h…
 
Government ministers have been blowing hot and cold about vaccine passports. Now the Westminster government says it is not planning to introduce them to England, though they're being kept as an option should things change. The Welsh government is thinking about them, while Northern Ireland has rejected them for now. In Scotland vaccine passports ar…
 
Goodbye Muirhseen Durkin. Hello Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. The McDades, Jen Midkiff, The Irish Rovers, McKasson & McDonald, Celtic Rain, Alexander James Adams, Steel Clover, Catherine Koehler, Ciúnas, Achill Crossing, Battlelegs, The Flailing Shilaleighs, Hugh Morrison, Onde, Songs For Ceilidh I hope you enjoyed this week's show. If you did, ple…
 
Born to white Irish parents in West London, but with the colouring and facial features of a mixed race child, Anthony’s appearance led to family strife, police harassment, and – eventually – accusations of “passing” as black in order to gain Arts Council funds. The subsequent media and Twitter storm – along with Anthony’s lifelong struggle to be ac…
 
After the showbiz fiasco of 2014 where five Garth Brooks concerts planned for Croke Park had to be cancelled after planning issues and local outrage, he’s now planning a big return in 2022. Is this the last chance saloon for the country music icon to finally perform as he wanted for his 400,000 Irish fans?…
 
At the start of the first pandemic lockdown the government announced a £20 uplift for those receiving Universal Credit, the benefit designed to help those of working age with their living costs. It made clear at the time that the extra money was temporary and, in the coming weeks, payments will start to be reduced. But is a cliff-edge drop in the i…
 
If I were a blackbird, I’d listen to the sweet sounds of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. The Rogues, Susana Seivane, IIsabeau Corriveau, An Lár, Anna Bosnick, Colleen Raney, Stephanie Claussen, John Mcgaha, Wooden Legs, Highland Reign, The Whiskeydicks, Brendan Monaghan, The Celtic Kitchen Party, Lissa Schneckenburger I hope you enjoyed this week…
 
Michael Burke lost his close friend Kieran Gorman in the attack. He made his way to ground zero and became part of the volunteer rescue team charged with finding survivors and clearing the mountains of tangled wreckage. It wasn’t just lives lost that day. US politics and foreign policy also changed for a generation with the start of the War on Terr…
 
Food shortages are hitting Britain hard, and things are set to get worse - but why are shelves still fully stocked in Northern Ireland? Naomi explains the ins and outs of Brexit’s effect on UK supply chains, and how traders and consumers are going to have to adapt to some new (and pricey) post-Brexit realities. We also look at how changes to data r…
 
The Taliban takeover over of Afghanistan has left millions of people internally displaced and hundreds of thousands more hoping to leave the country soon. Where will these Afghan refugees try to go and how will they be received by different countries?Joining David Aaronovitch in The Briefing Room are:Camille Le Coz, Policy Analyst with Migration Po…
 
Ministers are set to push ahead with the phased return to offices from next month. But what sort of Dublin City will many office workers be returning to? Dublin Independent councillor Mannix Flynn says the fear on the street is palpable.“Many people are fearful of assaults, and what they’re going to be faced with when they see people coming down th…
 
HS2, a high-speed railway linking up London, the Midlands and the North of England has been in development for more than a decade. It was described by Boris Johnson as the ‘spine’ of a new network to deal with the ‘great musculoskeletal problem of UK transport’. The ‘spine’ is costing an arm and a leg. In 2012 the project was priced at £32.7bn. Tha…
 
Even Irish Airmen sing and dance along to this week's Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Emerald Accent, The Fretless, Gone Molly, Brigid's Crossing, John Doyle & Cillian Vallely, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Gaelynn Lea, Kyle Gryphon, Seamus Kennedy, Band O'Brothers, The Gartloney Rats, The Kilt Lifters, John McLean Allan, Celia Ramsay & Shay Black I hope …
 
The Government will publish a new roadmap for the lifting of Covid restrictions at the end of the month but already it has been branded too little, too late by many in the events industry.Justin Green, spokesperson for Event Industry Alliance believes the sector has been discriminated against at a time when 40,000 GAA fans were allowed inside Croke…
 
‘The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely,’ said President Joe Biden six weeks ago. This prediction has not aged well. One harrowing scene this week saw some Afghans trying to escape their new reality by clinging to the wheels of a US Air Force plane as it took off from Ka…
 
Be a part of Ireland with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Gaelynn Lea, Adam Young, Ashley Davis, Yeats in Song, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Thom Dunn, Jesse Ferguson, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Laughing Jack, The Darkeyed Musician & Grimwater, Bang On The Ear, The High Kings, Will Macmorran, Michael Darcy & The Atlantic Tramps, Drumspyder, The Elders, Sk…
 
The Taliban’s relentless march across Afghanistan continues – taking control of provincial capitals, rural districts and the financially lucrative border crossings. As the world watches on with increasing concern US President Biden has told Afghan leaders that it’s their battle to win and that they need to come together and fight for their nation. …
 
Let’s head over the moor from here to beyond with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Talisk, Dram & Go, Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne, Kennedy's Kitchen, Jeff Blaney, Band O'Brothers, Fir Arda, John Mcgaha, The Munster Men, Wicked Tinkers, The Guinness Brothers, Aerialists, Caliceltic, THE DIVINERS I hope you enjoyed this week's show. If you did, ple…
 
On October 26, 2020, two sons and a father lost their lives in what became known as the 'Kanturk tragedy'. Mark O'Sullivan (26) was shot dead by his father and brother, who then took their own lives. Six months later, their bereaved mother and wife Anne O'Sullivan lost her life to terminal cancer. In this podcast, host Denise Calnan talks to Irish …
 
Special guests Naomi's sister Molly May O'Leary and her musical collaborator Fionn Ó hAlmhain visit the podcast to play songs from and discuss their new album, Lambent Flame. It was recorded with the famed Hothouse Flowers singer and multi-instrumentalist Liam Ó Maonlaí over a difficult period when the Covid-19 pandemic shut down much of the music …
 
Only a handful of small states officially recognise Taiwan as an independent country, though in many ways this democratic territory has the trappings of an independent nation. But Taiwan's giant neighbour, China, argues that the island is a renegade province that will one day reunify with the mainland - and Beijing reserves the right to use force t…
 
School is back in session in Georgia. So let's enjoy the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Tartanic, Bay Allen, ÚLLA, Sue Spencer, Jesse Ferguson, Duncan Mclauchlan, Glaucia Carvalho, The Gothard Sisters, Matthew Young, Brad Reid, The Munster Men, No Murder No Moustache, Ockham's Razor, Banda Gaites Camín de Fierro, Blaggards, Caliceltic I hope you enj…
 
A supermarket chain is offering £1000 welcoming handshakes to new truck drivers - just one indication of the shortages in the haulage industry. The Road Haulage Association says that there is now a shortfall of 100,000 lorry drivers across the UK and other sectors of the economy are also finding it difficult to find workers, including in hospitalit…
 
This year, a whistleblower revealed a shocking secret. A popular British holiday camp business kept a 'blacklist' of Irish surnames, distributed to staff to bar customers from booking. In this episode, Naomi and Tim dig into the incident to explore how a policy meant to exclude Travellers inadvertently swept up a large part of the general Irish pop…
 
Cozy on up in an Irish cottage with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. ÚLLA, Steve Gibb, Willowgreen, Tartanic, Andreas Transø, Marc Gunn, Brobdingnagian Bards, Andrew McKee The Irish Bard, Kinnfolk, The Munster Men, Clann An Drumma, Old Man Flanagan's Ghost, The Badpiper, Celtic Rebels Band,, Loveridge, The Longest Johns, Battlelegs, Screaming Orph…
 
We speak again with The Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, about how we can truly change the world for the better through peace, Constitutional courts, and the courage to suffer for what we know is right. If you haven't already, check out our first chat with Marc - Marc Emery on Irish Radio – The Prince of Pot.…
 
Right across the world unpredictable and extreme weather has led to devastating consequences: homes washed away by floods in Europe and China with hundreds dead; extreme heat and giant wildfires in North America and in Siberia, and we now hear that the Amazon rainforest is emitting more carbon dioxide than it is soaking up. Scientists are clear tha…
 
It’s a summer with great Celtic women on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. The Gothard Sisters, The Bookends, Erin Ruth, Liesel Wilson, Emma Langford, Willowgreen, Elizabeth Sutherland, Anna Bosnick, Tullamore, The Darkeyed Musician & Grimwater, Norah Rendell, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sora, Amelia Hogan #celticwomen #summerwomen #celticmusic I h…
 
The summer’s biggest horse-racing festival, the Galway Races, starts next week. But it comes at a time when the horse racing industry is dogged by controversy, scandals and crises.From bans on trainers, to doping allegations to revelations of animal abuse, the sport of kings is under the spotlight.By Independent.ie
 
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