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Chapter 19: Ken Early, What’s the Story?

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Our guest this week is one of Ireland's leading sports journalists. Ken Early has become renowned from his time on the multi-award winning "Off the Ball" before departing Newstalk FM with his collegues to form The Second Captains - a multi platform media production company. 

Over the last few years Ken and the Second Captains have dominated the podcast charts in Ireland and many will be familiar with their hugely successful TV show on RTE. Along side the podcast and TV work, Ken also writes for The Irish Times. 
We spoke in depth about MMA - UFC Dublin and Lindsey's involvement with Aisling Daly's training. We discuss Conor McGregor and if he is the champion or if the interim-title he holds is just a fancy fashion accessory. Ken offers his opinion on Dana White and his thoughts on the UFC being their own worst enemy. 
Should MMA fighters have a union, and outside of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor is their anyone strong enough to take on Dana and the Fertita brothers? Is the situation even that bad for fighters? 
There's also chat about best man duties at weddings, the life and deaths of Bob Durst, is Baseball a sport? Ireland in the play offs, Danny struggles to end the podcast and loads more besides. 
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Chapter 18: Richard Boyd Barrett, What’s the Story?

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This week on What's the Story? Podcast we change gears and welcome our first Politician to our ranks. 

Richard Boyd Barrett is TD (Member of Irish Parliament) for the constituency of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown located in South Dublin. After over a decade of political campaigning, Richard was elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2011 general election and has become one of the most prominent voices amongst the anti government opposition. He is a member of the People Before Profit party and is also one of the 16 TDs that make up the Dáil Technical Group. 

We spoke to Richard about growing up in his constituency, playing football for every team in the borough and how he came to get involved with politics and campaigns. Having grown up in a relatively affluent area and attending one of Ireland's most elite private schools, its been a long road to campaigning for social justice; a road that brought Richard to London, Israel and back again. 

It was in Israel in the late eighties that Richard was exposed to politics in a way that would inspire him to get involved upon his return to Ireland. We heard all about his early days in the Socialist Workers Party and his involvement in campaigns from Save our Seafront and opposing the water charges. 

Danny admits he didn't vote for Richard in the last election while Mero proudly admits he did, Danny then does his best to question things like social housing, welfare and opposition to Ireland's low corporation tax rate. 

All of this and we hear about Lindsey's adventures with BJJ and her upcoming MMA debut, Mero has pink eye, Toblerone banter and Danny continues to spread the word of secret messages within company logos. 

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Chapter 17: Story with the Lads? (Round 3)

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This week on What's the Story? its just the three lads having the craic. 

Lindsey has big news she wants to share and the lads are excited by it. She also goes to war on "bread myths". 
Mero has beard nits and Danny announces his 15 year plan to climb Mount Everest and talks about his special eye. 
Besides this we talk all things Rugby World Cup, Ireland slaughter France and we look at Ireland v Argentina. Danny predicts who will make the semi finals and gets emotional over #DoItForPaulie #ThanksPaulie
Ireland v Poland also pops up and it was heartbreaking. The lads talk documentaries that range from Ice Hockey to Basketball, Formula 1 to Amy Winehouse and how many dead bodies are on Everest anyway? 
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Chapter 16: Stephanie Roche, What’s the Story?

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This week we were joined by Sunderland ladies and Ireland ladies footballing hero, Stephanie Roche. 

Steph spoke to us about growing up in the borough, her early days of playing and football with Valeview FC and Cabinteely FC and the discovery that she could play football as a profession. 
From the inaugural women's Champions League with Dublin's Peamount United to her time playing in France, her short stint in The US with Huston Dash right up to her signing for Sunderland earlier this year and venturing into the world of media with her Irish Independent column. It's been a storied career for the Irish striker and we haven't even mentioned "that goal". 
We heard all about the wonder strike that shot Steph from local girl from Shankill to household name and global recognition. The nomination for the famed FIFA Puskas Award all the way to the award ceremony where she was rubbing shoulders with footballing superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi. It was great sitting down with Steph and we hope you enjoy hearing about her career to date. 
As always there is the usual bit of jokes, chat and opinion from Danny, Mero & Lindsey including Mero's birthday, Lindsey tapping people out all over the place, Danny is 30kg down, Ireland v Germany, Euro 2016, The Rugby World Cup, Papa Johns, The spice bag/box and loads more besides! 
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Chapter 15: Aisling Daly, What’s the Story?

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This week we were joined by a pioneer of women's MMA and a true Irish legend. Aisling Daly is part of the now famed SBG Ireland crew that have taken over the UFC. At the age of just 27 Ais "The Bash" Daly is already a veteran of the sport and one of the most respected European competitors, there's also the small matter of her being Ireland's first ever pro MMA champion and Ireland's first female UFC fighter. 

We spoke to Ais about everything, from how she got started in MMA and the early days of training under the brilliant John Kavanagh in "the shed" in Dublin's Harold's Cross, her first fight, the growth of MMA and the UFC, the Irish reaction to MMA, her time in The Ultimate Fighter house and of course her upcoming fight against Erika Almedia at UFC Fight Night in Dublin. 
On top of all this we hear about Lindsey's victory in her most recent fight to capture the Four Nations title, Danny is waiting on a call up from Joe Schmidt and Mero is still looking for parking. 
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