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Chapter 85: Burt Watson

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WE ROLLLLLIINNNNN!!!!! When it comes to boxing and MMA there is one man who has worked with the best of the best and and all the rest, Burt Watson. 

Burt Watson has been a coordinator/baby sitter to the stars for over 30 years and in that time he has worked with Smokin' Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe and in his 14 + years with the UFC he has worked with just about every fighter who has been talked about as a pound for pound best in the world. 

We talk to Burt about his life and times at the top of the fight game, where he got his start and his latest venture with Alliance MMA. 

But, before we got rollin with Burt we talked a little about a lot, including Mero making accusations about a rugby legend with no evidence or proof of it being true and Danny offers his more realistic reasoning on the matter. 

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WTS - The 600 VI

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

Its that time of year again where reality TV and talent shows take over our televisions - so the lads have a little whinge about it. 

Tickets are available NOW for our live show at the first ever Dublin Podcast Festival. September 26, Workmans Club Dublin. Check out http://www.ticketmaster.ie/promo/61lbgx?tm_link=tm_arts_event1 for more. 

WTS 115 - Ian Versey

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This week the lads bring it all back home as they welcome another Borough legend to the podcast. 

Ian Versey has been involved with Irish hip hop for over 10 years. As an emcee that has collaborated with a ton of people, Versey is a well versed veteran of the scene.

While the standard of hip hop in America has long been the bar, the UK's Grime scene has become more popular than ever and over the last few years Irish emceeing has found its real voice. Versey tells us about his start in Dublin's Temple Theatre all the way to now, where the music is a passion and creating has to be balanced with a 9-5 and a family. 

Mero tries his best to get Danny to rap and we spend way to long talking about chippers and the now infamous Spice Burger Famine of 2009. 

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Tickets are available NOW for our live show at the first ever Dublin Podcast Festival. September 26, Workmans Club Dublin. Check out http://www.ticketmaster.ie/promo/61lbgx?tm_link=tm_arts_event1 for more. 

WTS - The 600 V

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads discuss North Korea. Danny believes the world is already at war and the lads discuss some of the finer moments of Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un's dynasty including giant rabbits, golf and Disney Land. 

WTS 114 - Darragh McDonald

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Darragh McDonald is a Paralympic gold medalist and World Champion swimmer. At the age of just 14 he qualified for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics where he took home a silver medal. 

An unquestionably brilliant athlete, In 2015 Darragh called time on his swimming career aged just 21 after severing ties with Paralympics Ireland due to what he described as "years of broken deals." 

For the first time since 2015, Darragh talks candidly and honestly about his experiences in and out of the pool. 

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WTS - The 600 IV

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads record through the magic of Whatsapp and discuss Mero's gripe with hospitals and bodily stones... 

WTS 113 - Alan Cawley

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Alan Cawley is an ex-pro footballer and proud Sligo man. He was part of the great Shelbourne team that won the league and took on Deportivo in 2004. Since finishing his career on the pitch Al has become known for his outstanding punditry on RTE television and radio. 

You can hear Al every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on RTE 2FM alongside Hugh Cahill on Game On. 

WTS - The 600 III

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads are tyring to explain Ireland's connection to the colour green and mostly failing. 

 

WTS 112 - Petesy Carroll

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This week we welcome Dublin's King of the North(side) back to WTS towers and say hello to Petesy Carroll. 

For years now Petesy has been Ireland's and Europe's best MMA journalist. Having coverd the sport for national and international media outlets Petesy has found a new home on the world famous mmafighting.com. 

We look ahead to the biggest fight in the history of sport, Mayweather v McGregor and weigh up the outcomes of the megafight. Can McGregor's magic find a hole in the greatest defensive boxer in recent history? Did we learn annything from the leaked sparring footage? Will 8oz gloves make a difference? All of this and loads more besides. 

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

WTS - The 600 ii

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads are are talking about The Rose of Tralee and how it is the greatest beauty contest that isnt about beauty on the planet. There's also signing, and the lads put money on a Rose to win.... 

WTS 111 - Louise Bruton

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Louise Bruton is a freelance journalist and writer who will take to the stage at this year's Dublin Fringe Festival and ask the question, "Why won't you have sex with me?"
 
Louise has enjoyed great success as a journalist and has featured on the TED X series. Her website, Legless in Dublin, has been well received and provided a an outlet to highlight Dublin's (lack of) accessibility.
 
We talk to Louise about her upcoming Dublin Fringe debut, patronising people, frustrations at public buildings that do not allow for access for all and of course, Britney Spears.
 
Don't forget you can now get double the dosage of WTSpod - our new bonus podcast "The 600" is free to download and if you subscribe on iTunes you'll never miss an episode.

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

WTS - The 600

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads are discussing Irish politician Danny Healy Rae and his recent claims that Irish Roads are being ruined by vengful fairies... 

 

WTS 110 - Aisling Daly

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This week we welcome a true Irish legend to WTSpod as we catch up with the one and only Aisling Daly. 

Ais is one of Ireland's most recognised MMA stars and recently announced her retirement from competitive action. A brazillian jiu jitsu blackbelt, a world champion, a UFC fighter and one of the nicest people out there, it's always a pleasure to sit down and chat with Ais. 

We catch up with The Bash on what led to her retiring and what she's up to now, Safe MMA and what comes next. 

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WTS 109 - The Lads

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It's been a while since Danny & Mero just sat down together and had a chat so this week they correct that. Mero tries accents, the lads talk about Spanish students coming to Ireland and the Liverpool football star who hung around the tunnell at Tesco Ballybrack. 

There's talk of the cringe factor in football today as clubs try to embrace social media to announce players coming and going - Liverpool and Chelsea in particular. Danny hates football fans and Mero can't wait for Danny to go on holiday so he can takeover the WTS twitter account. 

The lads also show how current they are by talking about the Mayweather McGregor press tour two weeks after it happened. There's also news of a new WTS venture so you can get even more of the multi award winning podcast...

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WTS 108 - Mark O’Connor

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This week we welcome back an old friend in director and writer, Mark O'Connor. When we spoke to Mark in 2016 (chapter 48) and John Connors (Chapter 43) we heard about a project called "Cardboard Gangsters". Fastforward to today and Cardboard Gangsters is the highest grossing Irish film of 2017 and is entering its 6th week in Cinemas across the country. 

Mark tells us about the project and what goes into producing a film like this. We hear of his admiration for John Connors who he co-wrote the movie with and for those listening overseas Mark gives an update on an international release. 

Of course there's the usual chat and waffle from the lads and Mark gives his prediction for Mayweather McGregor. 

Cardboard Gangsters in cinemas across Ireland now, check local listings, head along and support Irish Film. 

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

WTS 107: Damian Darker

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Damian Darker is an Elite Martial Arts athlete, a professional kickboxer, a personal trainer, an all round gent and of course, a Borough legend. 

Besides just having the craic we spoke to Damo about his highlight reel knockout which went viral and put his name on everyone's lips in Irish K1. Damo talks about turning professional in Ireland, the difficulty in finding opponents and even when he does find them, the difficulty in finding one who treats the sport professionally. 

We hear about his new business venture, The Lab, which he runs with with BJJ ace, Austin Rhatigan, and a name that will be familiar to longtime listeners of WTSpod - Lindsey "Danger" Doyle. 

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WTS 106 - Al Foran

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This week the lads set up camp in Ballybrack's Igo Inn and welcomed back one of their favourite guests, Al Foran. 

It's been an incredible year for Al which has seen his stock rise internationally with his videos racking up millions of views, and a memorable encounter with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. 

Al's impressions have earned him a massive following and he brought them to table when he sat down with us, including Gordon Ramsay, President Trump, Jeff Stelling, Wayne Rooney, Tyson Furey and of course The Notorious Conor McGregor. 

Later this year Al will be hitting the stage with his brand new one man show, be sure to follow him on Facebook to keep up to date. www.facebook.com/alforancomedy 

WTS 105 - Colm Hayes

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Colm Hayes is an award winning broadcaster and mental health advocate. He was recently announced as the new Programme Director for Radio Nova and has been involved in Irish radio since the 1980s.

Colm is regarded as one of the thought leaders in Irish Broadcasting, his work with FM104, particularly with the Strawberry Alarm Clock, established them as Dublin's leading radio station. Colm has also enjoyed success with the national broadcaster, RTE. 

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WTS 104: Dr Cara Augustenborg

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This week the lads reunite with their favourite climate scientist, Dr. Cara Augustenborg. 

The Paris Agreement was thrust into the world's attention recently when President Trump announced the United States would be exiting the agreement. So the lads asked someone who actually knows something to come in and tell us what's what. Cara first joined the lads last year and now, nearly a year on she's come back to continue her efforts in trying to educate two clowns from the borough. From coffee being in danger to islands going under water and trying to capture carbon, Cara took the lads on whirlwind tour of climate and what we could all do to help. 

You can hear more from Cara at her website, www.caraaugustenborg.com 

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WTS 103: Dil Wickremasinghe

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Dil Wickremasinghe is a broadcaster, journalist. mental health advocate and campaigner for social justice. She hosts "Global Village" on Newstalk Radio and is a regular contributor to national TV and press. She has actively contributed to seeking equality for the LGBTQ communities in Ireland and as it is Pride week in Dublin, you'll hear why Dublin Pride has a significant meaning to Dil. 

Dil's story is one of incredible pain and amazing healing. From the coldness of a family break up in Sri Lanka, to the warmth of the 2015 Marriage Referendum here in Ireland, Dil's journey has been long and her courage unquestionable. 

in 2011 Dil and her partner, Ann Marie Toole, set up Insight Matters, which aims to provide affordable and inclusive psychotherapy and councelling. In 2015 they welcomed their first child and are expecting their second child this summer. 

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WTS 102 - Richard Kiely

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This week the lads welcome current BAMMA welterweight contendor Richard Kiely to Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. 

With BAMMA 30 in Dublin's 3 Arena just a few weeks away, Richie came in and told the lads his plan to become the Bamma Welterweight Champion once he disposes of his BAMMA 30 opponent. 

A vetran Kickboxer and with multiple titles, Kiely transitioned to MMA under the watchful eye of Coach John Kavanagh and made his pro debut in December 2016, taking the fight by TKO with a vicious knee. 

You can follow Richie on the build up to his BAMMA 30 fight on Facebook - www.facebook.com/richardkielymma 

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WTS 101 - Ellen Coyne

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Ellen Coyne is one of Ireland's brightest and best journalists. In a short space of time she has earned herself the respect of audiences and peers alike, as well providing investigative pieces that have shocked, angered and educated many. 

We we spoke to Ellen about Women's Rights in Ireland, the Repeal the 8th campaign, communicating with emojis, online dating and loads more besides.

Ellen currently writes for the Irish edition of The Times which is now available Monday - Saturday in print and online so you can have access to great content whatever way you want it. 

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WTS100 - The live show in Aid of Suicide or Survive

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To celebrate the 100th episode of WTSpod we had our first ever live show all in aid of Suicide or Survive. 

Recorded from a sold out Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, the lads were joined by Al Foran, Aisling Daly, Colm Hayes, Paul Howard, Steve Gunn and Caroline McGuigan for a live quiz that at times was beautiful mayhem. Thankfully, WTSpod special correspondent Gary Mackle was there to keep track of what was happening and provide motivational talks when needed... 

Thanks to the support of everyone who came on the night, The Natural Kitchen Dun Laoghaire, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Sound Works and all of the local businesses that supported the night we raised over €2500 euro that will go directly to SOS and the amazing work they do with Mental Health. 

(Thanks to Syncwood Studios who helped us recover audio in post production) 

Chapter 99: Tom O’Mahony

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Tom O'Mahony is one Ireland's busiest comedians. A regular in comedy clubs across the country, Tom has also been a regular across Irish TV with parts in Bridget & Eamon, Damo & Ivor, Republic of Telly and TV3's Uploaded Uncut. 

Tom is also familiar to the podcasting world with his own podcasts. The Tom & Gerry show which he records with fellow comedian and Waterford Whispers writer Gerry McBride, and his recently launched podcast, "Buckshot" which gives us a view of the world through the eyes of a rough neck Tipperary native with no time for bullshi*t. 

To see Tom live on a stage near you, go to https://www.facebook.com/TomBearComedy/ to see dates across Ireland. 

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Chapter 98: Clelia Murphy

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Clelia Murphy is a screenwriter, director, producer and actress. She is best known for her work on the RTE's flagship drama series, Fair City, where she plays the fiesty Naimh Cassidy. She is also due to star in the up coming comedy series "Nowhere Fast" alongside her daughter Clarabelle and Alisson Spittle. 

On top of being one of Ireland's most recognised TV stars, Clelia also happens to be Mero's soap crush and well able to put the two lads in their place for the duration of this chapter... not even Mero's Aunty Mary was safe... 

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