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WTS 205: Eric Lalor

The great and wonderful Eric Lalor joined us this week as we all continue to play our part in the lockdown. 

Eric is one of Ireland's favourite comedians and actors, known for lighting up stages and the streets of Carrigstown on RTÉ's Fair City. 

WTS 204: Donal Fallon

This week we're joined by the People's Historian and host of the brilliant Three Castles Burning Podcast, Donal Fallon. 

Donal has forgotten more about Dublin than most will ever know and specialises in social history - sharing the stories of the people behind the events. 

Wash the hands. Stay at home. 

WTS 203: Paul Howard & Gary Mackle

In the midst of a COVID-19 lockdown we turn to two comedic masterminds to share some laughs through Skype. 

Stay at home. Wash the hands. Much love. 

WTS 202: Tom O’Mahony

A global pandemic with people living in isolation? There's only one man to turn to, host of Buckshot Podcast and comedian, Tom O'Mahony. 

Tom gives his thoughts on the pandemic, lets us know what he's been up to and how he's surviving, Mero bails out when rugby gets brought up, and Tom tells us about his hard hitting 99-year-old grandad who takes no shit. 

Check out Buckshot Podcast to hear more of Tipperary's finest. 

Wash your hands. 

WTS 201: Paul Devaney

Paul Devaney is a Longford man who has been leading a challenge to scale the world's highest heights. The Seven Summits Challenge involves reaching the top of the highest mountain on every continent. To date, Paul has reached 6 of the 7 summits with only the biggest prize eluding him, Everest. 

Paul tells us his story including what happens when you're on the other side of the world and there's a family tragedy, his dedication to completing the 7 summits, and what happened on his previous two attempts to climb Everest. 

Check out www.irishsevensummits.com to learn more about Paul's story and what happens next. 

WTS 200 - Michael Conlan

This week we're joined by boxing legend Michael Conlan, who is currently in camp training for another headline bout a Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day. 

A double Olympian and double Inter-Continental champion, Conlan is widely regarded as one of Ireland's greatest ever boxers. Mick chats to the lads about some of his career highlights, friendships - including how Paddy Barnes helped save Christmas, his passion for mental health advocacy and helping people, and what comes next. 

It was a pleasure for us to have Mick on the podcast, especially for a milestone episode like 200. 

We've loved the 5 years we've spent making this podcast, and we hope to continue as long as you keep listening. Thanks for listening and supporting two lads from Ballybrack who like to hear stories and laugh at each other's mistakes. 

WTS 199: Aoife Moore

General Election 2020 is in the books but the result has left more questions than answers. To help us with those questions we asked the wonderful Aoife Moore to join us and put a bit of manners on our (lack of) political knowledge. 

Much like Irish politics, chaos takes over and the result is a lot of giggles and Mero getting a new nickname. 

WTS 198: Paul Dollery

The42.ie journalist and writer Paul Dollery joins us on the podcast this week. 

Paul gives his take on the 2020 League of Ireland season, the state of Irish MMA and we take a little look at the Republic of Ireland national team's future. 

 

WTS 197: PJ Gallagher

The brilliant and hilarious PJ Gallagher returns to WTSpod this week. You can get more of PJ on the Dubland podcast alongside Suzanne Kane and every weekday morning on Classic Hits Radio with Jim McCabe. 

 

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

WTS 196: Jack Byrne

Jack Byrne is a professional Irish footballer currently playing with Shamrock Rovers and the Republic of Ireland national team. At the age of 15 Byrne signed with Manchester City and moved to England to pursue the dream of most teenage boys. Jack tells us about his time in England and the decisions that led him back to Ireland and winning his first international cap. 

 

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

WTS 195: Philip O’Connor

Our Man in Stockholm, the great Philip O'Connor joins us on the podcast this week as we give a little nod to the great Gay Byrne and acknowledge the first FAI Cup win for Shamrock Rovers since before Danny was born. 

Phil shares some advice Gay once gave him, which he didn't listen to, and we get into the nitty gritty of journalism and why you need to know where you get your news from. 

Check out some of the brilliant work Phil is producing over at Our Man in Stockholm.

WTS 194: Ewan MacKenna

The great and powerful Ewan MacKenna makes his return to WTSpod and it's a joy as always. In a chat that includes Irish rugby, drugs in sport, Conor McGregor, and words of wisdom from the late great George Carlin - Ewan never disappoints. 

 

WTS 193: Reunited at last

After a little break, the lads return from travels and tribulations to the warm embrace of WTSpod's controversial comrade, Gary Mackle. 

Over the years, there has been a swell in the demand for Gary to be a permanent fixture of the WTS line-up, and there has been an almost equal demand for Gary to be shot into the centre of the sun and never heard from again... we don't have the technology to do that, but we do have the technology to have him on the podcast regularly so we'll go with that.  

WTS 192: Adam Redmond

This week's episode of WTSpod is a great lesson in why pre recording a podcast five days before it's due to go out can be a really bad idea... 

Through the magic of Skype, Under the Sticks podcast host and Pro 14 Communications gaffer Adam Redmond joined us to talk rugby, wrestling, the world and craic. Of course, we all presumed Ireland would dispose of this year's World Cup hosts and continue their march towards the quarter final... Japan had other ideas and made us all look like ticks. 

So... enjoy us showing we know nothing about rugby and come back next week when we'll cover a topic that requires no predictions at all. 

WTS 191 - Dr Jennifer Cassidy

Dr Jennifer Cassidy is a lecturer at Oxford University and specialises in the world of politics. Originally from Dublin, Jennifer tells us how she got to Oxford as we try to understand the chaos of the modern political landscape. From life as diplomatic attache in the UN, to appearing on BBC and fearing she would become a meme, Jennifer covers a lot of ground as we try to understand how the fate of the western world is being determined by Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. 

 

WTS 190: Matt Burke

This week we're joined by the host of Magic Minds podcast Matt Burke. 

When he's not podcasting, Matt works with people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and he tells us about some of the brilliant work being done in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin. 

WTS 189 - Ger Redmond

This week we're joined by Ger Redmond, an endurance athlete with an incredible story. On the brink of fulfilling every boyhood dream of becoming a professional footballer, after signing a contract with Dunfermline in Scotland, Ger recieved news that forced him to leave that dream behind and return home. The next 20 years of his life are filled with trials and tribulations that inspire and show that anybody can change and save a life. 

 

While you're here, why not go back and listen to one of our early episodes from the archives? WTS Chapter 189 live in Las Vegas was recorded 4 years ago after UFC 189. Check it out here

WTS 188 - Gary Mackle

He's back, and it's as beautiful as ever. 

Fresh from a sun holiday and with plenty to get off his chest, Gary Mackle, our special correspondent, returns due to popular demand. 

Despite being rudely interrupted by his parenting responsibilities, Gary gave us his thoughts and opinions on a range of subjects. Sport, music, knife crime, obscenities, gambling, and tapas are just some of the areas we ramble into this week. 

It's weird. It's wonderful. It's WTSpod with Gary Mackle.  

WTS - Jumpers For Goalposts Special

Jumpers for Goalposts was back in the Brack this week, so we packed up our gear and went along to chat with some of the people involved. 

Jumpers For Goalposts (J4G) is a new volunteer-run movement that encourages men of different ages, races, backgrounds, and abilities to come together for an old-fashioned game of football using ‘jumpers for goalposts’. The idea is the brainchild of Ballybrack mental health activist Keith Kelly. It followed the success of a poem and video he created for World Mental Health Week back in 2018.

To learn more about #J4G, visit www.jumpersforgoalposts.ie

 

WTS 187 - Chef Adrian Martin

Chef Adrian returns to WTSpod and Fitzpatrick Castle to chat all things food, cooking and deliciousness.

We hear about his new book "Create Beautiful Food at Home" which is available  online and in all good bookshops now. and Adrian challenges Danny to make his simple Carbonara... 

We apologise to Adrian and you this week, Danny pulled an absolute clanger and somehow forgot the recorder. Still, thanks to the magic of technology we managed to salvage something, but the audio is a little thin - feel free to tweet Danny your favourite disappointed or disapproving gif. 

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

WTS 186 - Peter Stringer & Clelia Murphy

This week we welcomed Clelia Murphy back to Fitzpatrick Castle for her second outing on WTSpod, however this time she brought back up! Joining Clelia on the podcast this week is Munster and Ireland hero, Peter Stringer. 

Clelia and Peter were both contestants on the hugely popular series Dancing With the Stars and joined us to talk dancing nerves, struggles, Tupperware and heels.Mero gets embarrassed about his arms and Danny hunts for some tabloid dirt from behind the curtain on this season of DWTS. 

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

WTS 185: Irvin Muchnick

Irivin Muchnick is an independent journalist and author who specialises in sports muckraking. He has written for Sports IllustratedPeopleThe Washington Monthly, and the Sunday magazines of the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among many other major publications.

Irv originally joined us back on episode 83 of WTSpod and we caught up with him to hear the latest in the George Gibney saga and find out why 2019 might be the year of reckoning for the former Olympic swimming coach and sex criminal. 

We also talk about the Chris Benoit murder suicide - one of the darkest moments in the history of professional wrestling. 

If you want to know more about Irvin's work visit www.concussioninc.net

WTS 183: Paul Howard & Gary Mackle

We're back! 

After an extended break to allow Danny find himself, WTSpod is back in your life and bringing you an endless stream of tangents, waffles and Mero struggling to say big words. 

This week we welcome two of our favourite people to Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Paul Howard and Gary Mackle. Paul is one of Gary's biggest fans, so we agreed to set up a meeting between two of the greatest minds to ever come out of Ballybrack. 

Give it a listen, and don't forget to visit www.fitzpatrickcastle.com

WTS 182: Joshua Levine

Joshua Levine is a writer, broadcaster and historian. He joined us to discuss the topics of some of his incredible books, including: 'Operation Fortitude' and the role of espionage in World War 2 and 'Beauty and Atrocity' which is about the struggle for peace on the island of Ireland. His book and knowledge of Dunkirk landed him the position of official historian for the Oscar winning Christopher Nolan epic, Dunkirk.

As always, there's tangents and side tracks including a discussion about Corn Flakes and how Josh put together a documentary about the world's most expensive stamp...

If you'd like to see more of Josh's work, and we highly recommend you do, you can visit here and you can follow his twitter exploits here