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WTS 168 - Paul Howard

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Christmas wouldn't be Christmas if the lads didn't invite their great friend Paul Howard to the fabulous and famous Fitzpatrick Castle, to record their annual festive podcast. 

It's been another great year Paul, Ross O'Carroll Kelly continues to have a place in Irish hearts, and Copper Face Jacks the musical was one of the most popular stage shows of the year - so popular it will return in 2019 for its second outing. 

This episode of WTSpod is brought to you by Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, go to www.fitzpatrickcastle.com for more. 

WTS 167: The Hart Island Project w/ Melinda Hunt

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Off the New York's Bronx coastline is an island that is home to the remains of over 1 million people.There are no gravestones, no memorial services and you cannot attend funerals there. Each grave contains 150 people, pine box caskets are stacked three-high and two-deep as they fill the giant holes with little room to spare.

Hart Island is the world's largest publicly funded cemetery, and for years it has been shrouded in secrecy and associated with the poor, criminals, insane, and diseased. But is the more Hart Island and is it as dark and sinister as some press reports have portrayed it? 

Since 1994, The Hart Island Project has independently assisted families in obtaining copies of public burial records. The group also helps people track down loved ones and negotiate visits. The Hart Island Project was founded by New York artist Melinda Hunt in an effort to aid the loved ones of the dead buried on Hart Island. 

WTS 166 - Alan Gernon

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Alan Gernon is a comedian and author. His first book, "Retired: What happens to footballers when the game is up?", was released to rave reviews in 2016. 

Two and half years later Alan is back, and this time he's had a little look into the transfer market. His book, "The Transfer Market: The inside stories" will be available from December 1st, you can pre-order it ahead of the Christmas rush to be guaranteed your copy. 

WTS Bonus Pod - Alan McLoughlin

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In November of 1993 Alan McLoughlin wrote his name into Irish football history. His left foot providing the strike that ultimately sent the Republic of Ireland into a frenzy, packing their bags for the 1994 World Cup in the US, after securing a draw against Northern Ireland. 

On this bonus podcast, Alan joined us just hours after the FAI parted ways with Martin O'Neill, Roy Keane and the rest of O'Neill's backroom staff. Following a disappointing run of games, the Republic of Ireland are struggling to see a bright future for their football fortunes. 

We also spoke to Alan about his days in the green jersey and the legendary strike in Windsor Park back in '93. 

 

WTS 165: An audience with the Heel

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This week the lads take questions from Instagram and Mero is currently on a world tour of podcasts which hasn't made Danny jealous at all. 

WTS 164: Ewan MacKenna

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Ewan MacKenna is an award winning Irish journalist based in Brazil.

We spoke to Ewan about Brazil's president elect, Jair Bolsonaro, and how he came to power. Bolsonaro has hit headlines internationally for his controversial policies and comments about members of the black community, immigrants, Brazil's LGBTQ population, political opponents and climate change. 

We also talk about the Irish presidential campaign, drugs in sport and loads more. 

 

WTS 163: The Babyface & The Heel

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Mero returns from two weeks of working on his all over tan and resumes his role as fan favourite. Danny, resenting Mero's rising popularity, turns the heat up on his heel run and continues to be The Macho Man Randy Savage to Mero's Hulk Hogan. 

The lads finally catch up on Khabib v McGregor, Danny didn't bother watching the build up and gets it wrong, before taking a look at what next for the current and former UFC lightweight champions. There's a brief stint on the Presedential election which annoys Danny and Mero doesn't want to talk about football. 

WTS 162: Christy Moore

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Christy Moore is one of the greatest recording artists Ireland has ever produced. A career spanning six decades, songs as famous as Ireland itself, and a following that is unrivalled, it was an honour to welcome Christy to Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel for a chat and some tunes. Enjoy. 

WTSpod is brought to you by Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, go to www.fitzpatrickcastle.com for more. 

WTS 161: Gary Mackle

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WTS' official correspondent, Gary Mackle, returns to the show for the first time since helping our listeners with their love lives back in February. 

Gary gives us his home decorating tips, thoughts on Trump, Roy Keane and Gardai in balaclavas. 

THE 600: Welcome to Ballybrack

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BACK TO THE BRACK! 

The 600 has returned to celebrate the launch of Ian Versey's "Welcome to Ballybrack". 

10 minutes, 600 seconds (give or take) of Mero & Danny talking, waffling, slagging and having the craic - sure what else do you need? 

WTS 160: Philip O’Connor

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Philp O'Connor is an irish journalist based in the Swedish capital of Stolkholm. 

Having spent 20 years in Sweden, Phil's work has brought him around the world to cover everything from World Cups to Conor McGregor, politics and more. 

You can keep up with Our Man in Stockholm here

WTS 159: Vivian Rath

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Vivian Rath is an activist and advocate from county Wexford, Ireland. He is currently undertaking PhD research at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin.

Viv has campaigned for the disabled community for many years, and has opinion pieces and articles published across several media outlets including The Irish Times and thejournal.ie. 

WTS 158 - Rants & Bants

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Due to a software malfunction and Danny not understanding computers, we lost a recording with a guest. However, all is not lost as you get the joys of Mero asking Danny about the Pope which leads to rants and Mero asks Danny about a cat, which leads to bants. 

Disclaimer: Danny's rants are in no way reflective of WTSpod or its associates. They are simply the latest angry opinions of a fat bloke who is hangry at the time of recording. 

WTS 157: Petesy Carroll

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This week we welcome back an old friend in the shape and form of MMAfighting.com's Petesy Carroll. 

We talked a lot about why Khabib v Connor is so important to The UFC and MMA - We wonder if Petesy will ever get to write *THAT* book and is the future looking a little bit dim for MMA? 

 

WTS 156 - The long 600

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With Danny still trying to make his new house a home, and scheduling conflicts that make booking a guest harder than climbing Everest - the lads got cosy on Skype to record an episode that basically turned The 600 into The 6000. 

(We know, we havent recorded an episode of The 600 in a while, but it'll be back - promise.) 

This week we talk Khabib v McGregor, Ballybrack the music video, Transfer deadline day is a pile of sh*te and loads more besides. 

WTS 155 - The Lads

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This week the lads catch up after cancelling last week's recording. Danny said goodbye to an old friend, moved house and is an emotional mess. Mero hates Tommy Robinson and sees through Danny's attempt to wind him up over the national anthem. 

*Audio this week isn't as good as we'd like, we're trying new recording software and should have the hang of it soon. 

 

 

WTS 154 - Amy O’Connor

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Our guest this week is the brilliant Amy O'Connor. One of Ireland's favourite journalists,

Amy's writing has covered everything from Volleyball and The MLS to Ireland's political elite and their love (or lack of) for Beyonce, bags of cans, and Love Actually. 

WTSpod is brought to you by Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, go to www.fitzpatrickcastle.com for more.

WTS 153 - Don Marnell

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This week we are joined by a man with arms almost as big as his big bag of cans, Don Marnell. 

Don joined us to talk about his time with Ireland's OTT Wrestling, and how he came to be the voice of all the action inside Ireland's leading wrestling promotion. 

Check out OTT on Demand to see some of Europe's and the World's top wrestling.

 

WTSpod is brought to you by Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, go to www.fitzpatrickcastle.com for more. 

WTS 152 - Donal Fallon

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This week's episode sees the return of one of the most popular guests to ever appear on WTSpod. 

Donal Fallon is one of the curators of 'Come Here To Me' and one of Ireland's leading historians. He is a broadcaster and author and has forgotten more about Dublin and her people than most of us will know. 

You can check out more of Donal's work on www.comeheretome.com 

WTSpod is brought to you by Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, go to www.fitzpatrickcastle.com for more. 

 

WTS 151 - The Lads

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This week the lads talk about Ireland's heatwave, The Pope, VAR and Danny is chancing his arm as an influencer.... Hiya Volvic. 

 

 

WTS 150 - Jon Kean

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Jon Kean is an actor, director and all round gent. His new documentary "After Auschwitz" documents the trials and tribulations of six women who survived the Nazi death camps only to find freedom has a price. The same six women were also the focus of Jon's 2007 documentary "Swimming in Auschwitz" which focused on the events of the ladies' lives up to the end of the second World War. 

Jon also talks a little a bit about Trump's USA and we catch up on the World Cup with one of the 12 Americans actually watching it. 

You can learn more about Jon and his work at www.afterauschwitz.com

WTSpod is brought to you by Fitzpatric Castle Hotel, go to www.fitzpatrickcastle.com for more. 

WTS 149 - Pauly Kinsella

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This week we welcome an old friend back to WTS, Pauly Kinsella. A legend of The Borough, Pauly is one of the driving forces behind Monkstown Boxing Club, and has played a pivotal part in Ireland's schoolboy and schoolgirl boxing evolution. 

We have a good chat about the sweet science and of course, The Monkstown International Box Cup. Now in its sixth year, The Monkstown International Box Cup is the biggest boxing tournament in the world. Almost 1000 boxers representing 191 clubs from around the world will compete across three full days (June 29 - July 1). 

If you want to check out the next wave of Olympians and Champions you can go to the tournament for just €5 per day. Full details on https://www.facebook.com/MonkstownBoxCup/ 

WTSpod is brought to you by Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, go to www.fitzpatrickcastle.com for more. 

WTS The 600 - World Cup of First Dates

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Our mini podcast is back and the lads try to talk about the World Cup but get distracted by Blindboy, First Dates and a little talk about the late, great Anthony Bourdain. 

 

 

WTS 148: Con Murphy

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This week we are delighted to welcome the great Con Murphy to WTS towers in Fitzpatrick Castle.

 Con hosts the brilliant “Greatest League in the World” podcast and his voice has provided the soundtrack to sport in Ireland for over 20 years. He has covered six Olympics, football, rugby and golf, including the incredible European Ryder Cup victory at the K Club in 2006.

 WTSpod is brought to you by Fitzpatrick Caste Hotel, go to www.fitzpatrickcastle.com for more.

WTS 147: Danny Morrison

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Danny Morrison is an Irish author and political activist. A native of West Belfast, Danny has been a key member of the Republican movement for over 50 years and has lived through some of Ireland's most challenging times. 

WTSpod is brought to you by Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, go to www.fitzpatrickcastle.com for more.