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WTS:238 Richard Boyd Barrett

This week we're joined by People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett who spoke to us live from the Dail which is currently sitting in Dublin's Convention Centre due to Covid-19. 

Our chat with the Dun Laoghaire TD covered issues like Israel Palestine, the Debenhams workers, housing and loads more besides. 

 

WTS Bonus Pod - Alan McLoughlin

***On 4 May 2021 Alan McLoughlin passed away. He will always be remembered by Irish football fans and we are truly thankful that he joined us on this podcast in 2018. We've republished this episode in his memory. Shine on, Alan McLoughlin.***

 

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 237: David McWilliams

This week we're joined by the brilliant and always fascinating David McWilliams. 

A broadcaster, author, economist and now podcaster, David is one of the most respected voices in Ireland and beyond. This week the chats go from Vespas to the rejuvenation of main streets in Ireland and from the lack of new council housing ruining football to the increasingly asked question of 'what next for Northern Ireland?' 

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WTS 236: Brianna Parkins

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This week we're joined by journalist and reporter Brianna Parkins. Brianna will be familiar to listeners from her work with Virgin Media and the Irish Times and from her time as the Sydney Rose at the 2016 Rose of Tralee. 

From dealing with sexism in the workplace to discussing what chocolate goes in the fridge. Danny takes exception to Brianna saying the sun in Ireland is weak, Brianna also shares her Mam's hilarious reaction to her becoming the Sydney Rose and Mero shares stories from his time in Australia (again). 

WTS 235 - Just the two of us

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On this week's episode we learn Mero has Kerry Katona in his eyes, Danny can't say the word optometrist, salted caramel is a celtic tiger creation, we've found the greatest cinnamon bun on the island of Ireland, we hear listeners' "unpopular opinions" that aren't really unpopular and we hear how Mero is helping Danny get Air Jordan's for his wedding...

 

*Apologies for the audio this week - plagued with mic problems. We'll get it sorted for next episode. 

WTS 234: Finn Bálor

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In association with Inner City Helping Homeless, we are delighted to welcome Fergal Devitt - AKA WWE Superstar and NXT Champion Finn Bálor - back to WTSpod. 

As  part of Wrestlemania week, Finn will defend his NXT championship at NXT:Stand and Deliver and he took time out of his busy schedule to chat to us about what he's been up to since the last time we spoke in January 2016. 

A big thank you must go to Inner City Helping Homeless for supporting this episode and for the incredible work they do on the streets of Dublin. The ICHH outreach volunteers are on the streets 7 nights a week, 365 days a year offering practical supports to people that are sleeping rough in doorways, parks, squats and places off the beaten track. To support the great work done by this charity please visit https://ichh.ie/donate/

WTS 233: Dr. Niamh Shaw

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This week we're blasting off to space with Dr Niamh Shaw who is at the forefront of Ireland's space ambitions. 

Niamh is a performer, a writer, an engineer, a scientist, a communicator and aspiring astronaut. She has worked with the European Space Agency, presented talks at NASA, spoken at Áras an Uachtairan and, as we hear, been involved in a very unique Mars expedition simulation here on Earth. 

 

WTS 232: Ciaran Mulqueen

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Housing in Ireland is absolutely bonkers and the pandemic has only made it worse. This week we spoke to Ciaran Mulqueen of the Instagram page that has Estate Agents cursing t'internet, Crazy House Prices. We had a chat with Ciaran about the page and the madness that is buying a gaff in Ireland in 2021. 

A personal trainer turned primary teacher, Ciaran has no vested interest in the property game beyond being a first time buyer and looking for the right deal. The page has grown rapidly and has become a bit of a community for people looking to buy and finding nothing but frustration. 

WTS 231: Paul Howard & Gary Mackle

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It's St. Patrick's Day and to mark the occasion we decided to get the band back together. Gary Mackle and Paul Howard have become firm fan favourites with our listeners over the years. Paul is a best selling author and a highly respected journalist. Gary is an agony aunt, raconteur, philanthropist, entertainer and award winning designer. 

This week we help you build a playlist of great power ballads and cracking cover versions. Gary tells us about the time his arse was compared to a global rockstar's, Paul reveals a dislike for Ed Sheeran, Cheltenham and even Paddy's Day. The lads share war stories from recent trips to the supermarket while Gary gives us some much needed interior design advice and tell us about the time he had to turn down the offer of coordinating a wedding... 

 

 

WTS 230: The Toothache

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WTS 229: Conan Byrne

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This week we're joined by League of Ireland legend Conan Byrne. A league and cup winner and veteran of European campaigns, Conan has done it all across Ireland's domestic football scene and he joined us this week to chat a bit about his career so far and the upcoming LOI season. 

WTS 228: Luke O’Neill

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Immunologist Luke O'Neill joins us this week to talk Covid-19 and tell us about the vaccine. Luke tells us why the vaccine is completely safe and takes some time to answer listeners' questions. 

Luke's book 'Never mind the b#ll*cks, here's the science' was published in 2020 and is available online and in book shops. You can also catch Luke twice a week on the Pat Kenny show on Newstalk and on his own podcast, 'Show me the science' which is available everywhere now. 

WTS 227: Aoife Moore

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Making her long awaited return to WTSpod, Political Correspondent with the Irish Examiner, Aoife Moore is back to help educate the lads and shed some light on the world we live in. 

After a ten minute ramble from Danny and Mero, Aoife puts some manners on the conversation as we chat about schools in Derry v Dublin private schools, female representation in politics, getting stick over working class accents, Irish journalism has a wealth of talent and loads more besides. 

You can follow Aoife on Twitter and pick up a copy of the Irish Examiner to see her bylines running wild on the pages. 

WTS 226: Alan Moore

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Alan Moore is a sports specialist based and radio host on Captial FM in Moscow. Originally from Dublin, Alan has been based in Russia for around 10 years and has covered a plethora of sports from football to tennis and loads more besides. 

We spoke to Alan about the typically Irish way he ended up with a radio show in Moscow and about doping in sport. Alan predicted in September 2020 that Liverpool would not retain their Premier League title as they were "cycling off" - so what does it mean? How safe is hyper caffeine dosing and what is in Klopp's magic bottles? Are all the clubs playing the same game? 

WTS 225: Dr Tom Clonan

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Dr Tom Clonan returns to the podcast this week after nearly four years from his first appearance. Tom is a retired Irish Army Captain, security analyst, media lecturer and equality activist. His son Eoghan is a wheelchair user and has been the catalyst for Tom's campaign and continues to be a source of inspiration in the fight for equality. 

WTS 224: Just the Lads

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For the first time since WTS184 the lads have a chat, just the two of them, and as expected it's tangent filled, giggles, waffles and nonsense. Exactly what you'd expect really. 

WTS 223: Donal Fallon

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This week we're joined by our favourite social historian, Donal Fallon. 

Donal is the man behind the mic on the amazing Three Castles Burning podcast and has been a regular contributor to national media for the last few years. 

 

The least Christmassy Christmas Special With Paul Howard and Gary Mackle

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So here it is, our Christmas Special and everybody's having fun... we didn't really talk about Christmas but instead it felt like we pressed record on the WTS 2020 office party. 

As always, when joined by Gary Mackle and Paul Howard, we never know what way the conversation will go. From the gift exchange to dodgy doctors, rat infestations and food disposal, VAR to the Milky Bar Kid, it's random and it's beautiful. 

Happy Christmas and thanks for listening. Here's to a brighter a better 2021, we'll see you there. 

WTS 222:Mack from Good Boy Dog Training

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This week we're joined by Mack Mirahmadi - the man behind the brilliant Good Boy Dog Training

Mack gives us some great advice for our canine companions and helps some listeners out by answering their doggy dilemmas with his expertise.

Check out Mack on instagram and if you feel like you're chasing your tail  and your four-legged friend is driving you barking mad, then Mack is the man to set your tail wagging. 

WTS 221: Mel D. Cole

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This week we are joined by New York based photographer Mel D. Cole. 

Mel took time from his Thanksgiving celebrations to chat to us about life behind the lens as one of the most exciting photographers in the world today. Mel has captured a who's who of hip hop artists from Kanye to Kid Cudi, Beyonce to Rihanna and everyone in between. 

His book, Great: Photographs of Hip Hop 2002 - 2019 was published in earlier this year and is available to buy now. 

More recently, he has launched Charcoal Pitch FC. The first Black owned sports photography agency dedicated to creatively exploring soccer/football visually. 

Throughout 2020 Mel has been taking photos and documenting the Black Lives Matter protests and the reaction to the US Presidential election which saw supporters of both candidates take to the streets as results came out. You can see all of this and more on Mel's Instagram.

WTS 220: Bryan MacDonald

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Joining us this week is Bryan MacDonald, an Irish Journalist based in Russia currently working for RT. Bryan gives us his honest view of Russia and the media and helps us to try separate the fact from fiction when it comes to Russia and Vladimir Putin. 

WTS 219: Philip O’Connor

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Joining us this week is Our Man in Stockholm, Philip O'Connor. 

Philip is a regular on WTSpod and is described (on this podcast at least) as the Hulk Hogan of Irish journalism. He takes us on whirlwind tour of what happens next in the United States as well as giving us his thoughts on the covid vaccine. 

 

 

WTS 217: Paul Howard & Gary Mackle

Our favourite friends and pillars of the podcast Gary & Paul join us for a catch up and to tell some stories. 

WTS 216: Mark Burke, The medical miracle

This week on WTSpod we're joined by Mark Burke, a Wicklow man who contracted Covid-19 in March and was given a less than 5% chance of surviving. Thanks to the incredible work of the nurses and doctors, combined with incredible support from family, friends and entire communities, Mark is still here today and was able to share his story. 

This week we also take some time to try and promote some local businesses that are near and dear to us. A few quid spent locally can make all the difference so please pop in and support your favourite local places. 

WTS 215: Petesy Carroll

This week we welcome back a dear friend of the podcast, Europe's top MMA journalist and co-host of The Bash podcast Petesy Carroll

Alongside his long-term partner in crime Niall McGrath, Petesy can be heard every week on The Bash which is available on all podcast providers. 

On this episode of WTSpod we talk about the impact of covid on media, the rise of conspiratorial views from MMA fighters, Conor McGregor, a fighters union, drugs in sport, triple cheeseburgers, and the greatest prank Mero ever pulled.

 

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