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We are delighted to bring you the 35th showcase.  On this months podcast we have poetry from Mary Guckian reading ‘Harnessing The Horse’ and Kevin O’ Shea reading ‘Notes for a Future Eulogy’, we have an excerpt from our Arts Council of Ireland funded series The Writer’s Passage featuring Vincent Caprani.  We also have an excerpt from our award winning podcast The Calendar Road  recorded in July 2011 and our music comes from Thom Moore whose album ‘Seven Things Aloom’ was released in late April.   Fans of The Calendar Road might also like to learn that this particular podcast now has its own webpage and the podcast will also be available through but don’t worry The Calendar Road will remain first and foremost part of  In the meantime we have added a new writer to our list in Galway based poet Miceál Kearney you can listen to his interview now and in a few days time we will be adding the poetry readings to his page.  Still to come this month we have a new interview with Thom Moore along with some new and emerging writers from South County Dublin reading their short stories and come July we will be interviewing playwrites in association with The Civic Theatre in Tallaght and more new and emerging writers who contibute to Number Eleven Magazine.  We want to sincerly thank those of you who support both and The Calendar Road on Facebook and Twitter and to thank our new followers and likers but of course we are most grateful to those of you who visit

Showcase No 34

We are delighted that you have joined us for our 34th Irish writers showcase podcast; a collection of exclusive audio recordings for  On this show we feature prose from Ann Chambers who reads her short play ‘The Journey Home’ which has subsequently been turned into a short film,  Grace Wynne Jones reads an excerpt from her best seller ‘Ordinary Miracles’ while our poetry comes from Pauline Fayne reading ‘Rewind’ from her most recent collection ‘Mowing In The Dark’ and music is supplied by Ben Sands and Mickey Harte.  We want to welcome our Facebook likers and to thank those of you who have been with us for so many years now. Showcase Number 33


Josh Johnston features on the Showcase

Our 33rd Showcase has a heavy Cork influence as the people behind 3 of our spoken word pieces come from or have made their homes in The Rebel County.  We have poetry from Rosemary Canavan and Michael Pattwell and a short story from Sheila Smyth but Killkenny is represented by Mark Roper, and our music represents Leitrim with Charlie McGettigan and Dublinwith Josh Johnston

We are delighted with our 4th placing in The Professional section of The European Podcast Awards and would like thank you our visitors and of course the writers who have so generously shared their work with us to make the success it is today


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The Calendar Road March 2013

It’s a very cold March along the Calendar Road, Sinéad braves the unseasonal weather to try and get the sound of some new visitors who have taken up residence in the pastureland. Hopefully you will hear them too, as the Easterly winds are vying for attention as well.  


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Another great Irish podcast for you to enjoy.  Firstly though, we have to admit our failings when we make them but as the phrase goes, every cloud has a silver lining.  Just over a year ago we recorded some sessions over 2 days which led to the creation of a new channel for our new and emerging writers channel.  The sessions has just one criteria and that was they had to be short stories only.  They were recorded on 21st and 22nd of March at The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoighre with writers whose work had been included in the e zine Wordlegs and students from The Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin whose work was featured in their published collection ‘A Thoroughly Good Blue’ . Over the following weeks we uploaded the various short stories and we had a fantastic reaction to them, just when we thought of planning another such event; it came to my notice that we had neglected to upload one of the stories, such was the amount of activity on the site.  So today we are delighted to let you know that we have just uploaded ‘Jigsaw Falls Into Place’ by Alan Bennett, with apologies to Alan for the delay though we are sure the wait will have been worth it.  In the meantime we are busy beavering away in the background so that we can continue to bring you podcasts from Irish writers of poetry, prose and music; happy Easter everyone.

A little bit of good news

We are delighted to have been placed 4th overall in the professional section for Ireland and The UK in European Podcast Awards and 14th for all of Europe not bad going when you consider that there were literally thousands of entries and we were a bit relaxed about asking for votes.  We celebrated here with a cup of tea and a hot cross bun even though we are listed as Voices From Ireland rather than but rest assured it is us.  You could check out if you need clrification that it is us.

Be Irish for at least one day

It is hard to believe but this is our third year at to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and gives you a chance to be Irish too.  People all over the world bring out even the remotest Irish gene and of course The Irish diaspora get a chance to celebrate being from the land of saints and scholars.  For those of you who are away from Eireann at this special time of year there we have plenty of stories on our Myths and Legends channel and from our almost 300 free audio podcasts, we want to bring your attention again this year to one of the podcasts from our national broadcasters archive.   “To Love Two Countries” recorded during Saint Patrick’s week in New York with the city bedecked in green and preparations underway for the Fifth Avenue parade.. For the residents of Woodlawn, on the outskirts of the city boundary, the streets and avenues always have an Irish theme with delis selling soda bread and bars showing the GAA matches from home. Of 122,000 Irish born residents of the United States, many of the elder New York residents live here within streets of each other, maintaining friendships, visiting their local Irish community centre, The Aisling. 

Yvonne Judge brings us to Woodlawn during Saint Patrick’s week to meet a few of the elder residents who left Ireland in the 1950s as young men and women.   98 year old Joe Cunningham drives Yvonne around the Bronx in his Buick car, Joe’s wife Rose celebrates her 92nd birthday in the Aisling with cake and soda bread.  Martin O’Malley shows us around Gaelic Park, and listeners will meet Eileen Moran and Julia Doyle, best friends who have lived in the same apartment building for years.

This is the story of four witnesses to history; the adventures of leaving Ireland on ships, the friendships and matches, the Irish dancehalls and Saint Patrick’s Day in the city where it probably has most resonance; New York.

Produced by Yvonne Judge.

Sound supervision by Richard McCullough and Damien Chennelles.

First broadcast Thursday 17th March 2011.

Showcase Number 32

After a short break in February The Showcase is back with more exclusive recordings of music, prose and poetry.   We have a reading by Stephen Dunford from his last book Táin Bó Flidhais (The Mayo Táin), poetry from John Corless and excerpt from his edition of The Writer’s Passage featuring Thomas Mc Carthy and music this month comes from Patrick Galvin’s son Macdara and from Thom Moore.   Now that spring is back in the air we plan to bring you many more new and original podcasts featuring great Irish writers and Irish culture, all free and all high quality, you taste of Ireland on the web.  Don’t forget you can vote for us, if you wish in The European Podcast Awards and join us on our Facebook page for updates on all news and newly released podcasts.

Showcase Number 31

A very happy new year to you all and welcome to the first new Irish podcast for 2013.  On this months showcase we highlight 2 programmes from our series ‘The Writer’s Passage’  the first featuring Tommy Sands from his book ‘The Songman’ and secondly Alice Taylor from her book ‘To School Through The Fields’  that Alice in a photograph we took of her at her homeplace looking back across the fields though which she travelled.  We also have poetry from John Walsh and music from Colum Sands and Ursula Connolly.  If you are new to the web you can click on the coloured writing to be taken directly to the page featured, you might also like to join us on Facebook where we will keep you posted everytime we upload a new podcast, regular and experienced web users are also welcome and might also get the same information from our RSS feed.

Christmas Showcase 2012

We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring you our Christmas Showcase.  This podcast is especially for an Irish Christmas featuring some poetry, prose and music for the festive season.  Alice Taylor recounts Christmas as a child on The Cork/Kerry border as featured in her book ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and we have one or two memories of Christmas in Ireland from two ladies who work at The Coleman Irish Music Centre in Gurteen County Sligo.  Noel Monahan reads from his poem ‘ Diary of A Town’ and we have music from Ursula Connolly and Johnny Duhan especially for yuletide.  We do hope you enjoy this podcast and would like to thank you for your support so far in a year which will see us reach almost 150,000 visitors.  We also want to wish everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.