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Chapter 43: John Connors, What’s the Story?


This week on the award winning WTSpod, Danny and Mero were joined by actor and activist John Connors. 

John came to the attention of the nation on the smash RTE drama "Love/Hate" as Patrick, the man who killed criminal kingpin "Nidge". More recently John featured on Irish screens as part of the documentary "I am Traveller" which focused on exploring the identity of Travellers in modern Ireland. 

John brings us through his life on the camp in Darndale on Dublin's north side and how he got started in acting. From losing his father to suicide aged eight to battling with mental health issues in his teens, John's story is filled with ups and downs and features some heart wrenching as well as heart warming moments.  

On top of this the lads talk about summer in Ballybrack, UFC 200 and Danny is going to see Britney Spears. 

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Chapter 42: John Ross Crangle, What’s the Story?


This week Danny & Mero are joined by yet another Borough legend. John Ross Crangle. JR, as we know him, is a world cup winning Pitch and Putt player and has won four Leinster Championships. 

What makes these accomplishments on the course even more impressive is JR was able to achieve this while battling his demons off the course. In an emotional chat with the lads Jr describes what life is like with a gambling addiction and how it brought him to some dark times. 
From having to get loans for special occasions after losing his savings to the isolation and frustration of standing on Killiney beach in the rain and contemplating suicide. 
Just this week Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar announced cuts to the Mental Health Service budget and yet JR is the perfect example of how important that funding is. It's now over a year since he entered Pieta House and now JR is an advocate for keeping a healthy mind and speaks bravely battling an addiction that has ruined so many peoples lives. 
You can check out JR's blog at jrcrangle.wordpress.com 

Chapter 41: What’s the story with MMA?


Following the tragic death of Portuguese MMA fighter, Joao Carvalho, in Dublin this week Danny & Mero take a look at the reaction and try make some sense of it all. The lads obtained a copy of the letter Minister for Sport, Michael Ring, mentioned on national radio this week and take a closer look at what he said in that letter. 

Following the call for an outright ban on MMA in Ireland from some groups, Danny asks about deaths in other sports and Mero pushes for much needed regulation in Ireland. 

There's the usual housekeeping slot where the lads discuss Bruce Springsteen setting the trend in North Carolina, Bono is a Pox, Robbie Keane is a top bloke and Dublin Husky Rescue needs your help. 

Chapter 40: Bernard Jackman, What’s the Story?


This week the lads had the pleasure of speaking to a rugby legend. Bernard Jackman was capped over 90 times while playing in the blue of Leinster and managed to lift two Celtic Leagues and Heineken Cup before retiring in 2010 due to concussion related injuries. 

A true legend to the Leinster faithful, Bernard Jackman also lined out for Connacht and Sale Sharks earlier in his career, winning a European Challenge Cup along the way. He has also represented Ireland at test level. Bernard spoke openly about his career including his start with Connacht under the guidance of Warren Gatland, the decision to turn professional, funny moments from the road, retirement due to concussion and of course his current role as Head Coach of Grenoble in France. 

Besides this Danny & Mero have their usual housekeeping spot including drugs in sport, ice cream, Danny's first job and Mero tries to speak French. 

Chapter 39: What’s the Story with Mero & Danny? Round 2


This week the lads are loving April Fool's Day. Having played a joke on the listeners they talk about some other decent pranks from April 1st including Google, The Dublin Spire and floating people. 

April 4th 2016 marks the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King jr so the lads talk a little about this and other historic assassinations including Danny going full geek on one in particular. 
Mero talks about his experience at the recent 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and this leads the lads to talk about songs that make you feel like Ireland. 
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