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Chapter 22: Darragh O’Conaill, What’s the Story?


Brazillian Jiu Jitsu has exploded in popularity over the last few years and this week we sat down with one of the world's best competitors. 

Darragh O'Conaill is Ireland's youngest black belt in BJJ and one of the most decorated practitioners of martial arts on the island. We spoke to Darragh about his start in BJJ, how the sport as developed and how he has grown with it. From starting out twice a week in Dublin, to training full time and running his own academy, East Coast Jiu Jitsu. 
Darragh spoke to us about competing at the World Championships, European Championships and coaching the new wave of Irish hopefuls ready to take to the mats around the globe. 

All of this and we hear about Lindsey's prep for her MMA debut, Ireland are going to the Euros and the lads talk a bit of UFC 193.  

Chapter 21: Senator David Norris, What’s the Story?

We've embraced technology this week as the lads go mad for a bit of skype. 
We talk about the atrocities in Paris, UFC 193, Lindsey's MMA debut, Mero's basketball blues and all of this before we even get onto our guest! 

Danny & Mero travelled out to North great George's Street in Dublin to meet its most famous resident. Senator David Norris has been a member of Seanad Eireann since 1987 and has campaigned for human & civil rights for over 40 years. 

From playing a vital part in the rehabilitation of James Joyce into Irish society, Senator Norris was also one of the key figures in two of the biggest referenda in the history of the Irish Republic. The defeat of the motion to abolish the Senate and the history making success story behind the Marriage Equality referendum. 
We spoke to the Senator about his love of Joyce, his love of jazz and classical music. Born in the Belgian Congo, David tells us about his family tree and his famous ancestors including Earls, Pawnbrokers and Drunken Soldiers. We also hear his opinion on the West's interference in the Middle East as well as a story about a meeting with Sadam Hussein's foreign minister. 
From bringing the Irish State through the courts to legalize homosexuality all the way to seeing the Irish people make history by legalizing same sex marriage by popular vote - David Norris has seen Ireland grow, evolve and adapt and he told us all about his life in the process. 
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Chapter 20: Story with the lads? (Round 4)


This week on What's the Story? Your three hosts are off to a wedding so that means a simplified chapter with no guests. 

Mero is talking about Michael Moore, Danny hates Halloween and Lindsey goes to town on The Biggest Loser. We drop hints at future guests including the greatest phone call Danny has ever received. 

The lads discuss the chart success they have enjoyed, Lindsey wants to marry Sunny Bill Williams and we check back in on Danny's bid to go from obese to beast. 

All of this and loads more besides. You can check out our previous chapters on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and all android outlets. Just search WTSpod. 

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