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Podcasts.ie Showcase No. 26

Another Irish writers showcase podcast for you as we visit Letterkenny, Leitrim, Lismore and Ballina.  This month we have an excerpt from our series The Writer’s Passage, episode number 2 which featured The Stone by Claire Nolan; this sequence was recorded in Kilkenny Castle (pictured left).  We have poetry by Michael Pattwell recorded at Lismore Heritage Centre in County Waterford, Micheal reads the title poem from his collection ‘Flaghopping‘ .  There is music by Pete Courtney singing ‘Please Somebody’ and Mick Hanly performing ‘Happy As A Baby In Your Arms’ both these songs are featured in sessions recorded at The Dock Arts Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim and a reading from ‘City of Hope’ by Kate Kerrigan recorded at her writing den in Ballina County Mayo.  Kate incidentally also recorded an episode of The Writer’s Passage for us.  And of course elsewhere on the site we have added a new Interview with Kate, a short story by Sheila Smyth and The July ediition of The Calendar Road since our last showcase.  In the meantime thank you for all your comments and Facebook likes, we really appreciate you that the time to contact us.

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Hope For Us All

Kate Kerrigan has been a good friend to our efforts to bring you high quality Irish Podcasts.  Just before the European release of ‘Ellis Island’ we recorded the first podcast with Kate and again after the book was launched for The US market last June.   The Killala based best selling author also shared with us some of the locations from the book in our series ‘The Writer’s Passage’ in 2011 and after a few months of trying to synch schedules we have finally caught up with her again this week to record some material based on the second of the Ellie Hogan Trilogy ‘City of Hope’.  Today we are pleased to bring you our latest interview with Kate during which she talks about her life in Killala and being on the road to promote her novels and as if that were not enough, she tells about her latest venture in print which is an edited selection of her regular newspaper and magazine articles in a collection called Motherhood & Manolos.  You can enjoy her interview now on her page here and in the coming weeks we will be bringing you exclusive readings from both ‘City of Hope’ and ‘Motherhood and Manolos’.  To make life easier for the bookworm in you we have also started an affiliate programme with Amazon.com which will enable you to buy the work of our selected writers from their respective pages on Podcasts.ie.

No One Shouted Stop – 40 Years on

In 1968, writer John Healy published a work that made Charlestown, Co. Mayo famous: “No One Shouted Stop: Death of an Irish Town”.

The book chronicled and railed against the economic decline of his Mayo home town. For “Flux”, Ronan Kelly visits Charlestown and gets a snapshot of the place from behind the counter of the local Gala convenience store.  Kelly visits Charlestown and gets a snapshot of the place from behind the counter of the local Gala convenience store. The kind of shop unknown 40 years ago – it sells everything: breakfast rolls, petrol, coal, phone credit.

Ronan Kelly hears from customers and staff, like Lisa and Bernie (pictured). From behind the deli counter, Charlestown seems in rude economic health and the days of “No One Shouted Stop…” are far behind. However, there are one or two who fear the days Healy wrote about will return.

Music used: Gemma Hayes, “Undercover”

First broadcast, March 2007

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Eimear Ryan

Eimear Ryan is a young Irish writer born in 1986 and grew up in Co Tipperary. Her stories have been published in New Irish Writing, The Stinging Fly, Horizon Review and Necessary Fiction. She was the winner of the Over the Edge Award 2011, the Sean Dunne Young Writers’ Award 2011 and the Hennessy Award for First Fiction 2008. She is currently writing a novel.

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Eimear reads from her story Lament which is included in The Trinity College Anothology  ‘A Thoroughly Good Blue’

Podcasts.ie Showcase #25

We are a little late with our Irish writers showcase podcast this month but we feel that it brings a fitting, yet hopefully discreet tribute to Sinead’s father and our mentor Joe Mc Clure who passed away on Thursday 5th of July.  This show features 2 excerpts from episode 4 of our series The Writer’s Passage featuring Alice Taylor , music from Josh Johnston and Joe’s grand nephew Josh Mc Donald and poetry by John Corless and the late Joe Mc Clure’s privately published collection Red Days of Autumn.  Thank you all for your kind thoughts on our various Facebook pages.

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Brent Mueller

 

Brent Mueller was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attained his bachelor’s degree in English from Wittenberg University in 2009. He has published two illustrated short stories through Ink & Drink Comics, he is a dreamer who loves to write, or is he a writer who loves to dream?  Either way, this is his first foray into podcasting, but hopefully not his last.  At present he is studying in the grand old city of Dublin, Ireland to refine his craft and put the final touches on his first novel, Children of the End, a fantasy epic based in Norse mythology.  If anyone out there wants to read more of his work, check out his blog at http://theblogofbrent.wordpress.com.

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Brent reads from an excerpt From Children of The End included in ‘A Thoroughly Good Blue’



Who Said We Could Not Corless?

It might have taken a while to get this podcasting project to you but we are delighted at last to include John Corless reading poetry from his collection ‘Are You Ready?’  Pictured here on the tarmac of Ireland West Airport Knock you can witness us at work with John as far back as 2007 while we were recording the original series of documentaries that now make up Mayo’s Heritage.  When we first hit on the concept of Podcasts.ie, John was one of the first writers we approached and his encouragement and advice were invaluable but alas, both sets of schedules have kept us apart until recently.  Meeting up at Murphy’s Hotel in Tubbercurry we finally managed to record an interview and the long awaited poetry from John which we are pleased to say is now available by clicking here.

The Book Club

This podcast is a documentary about one of Ireland’s oldest book clubs.

In rural Ireland in the 1970s, it was hugely challenging for women in domestic contexts to have an intellectual life. In 2012 book clubs are enormously and increasingly popular. But things were different in Ireland in the 1970s, when no one had heard of them.

And so, when a dozen women met in 1974 in the West Cork countryside to talk about a book they’d read, their families wondered what it was they were up to – ‘you’re getting together to talk about a book?’ they asked, confused. But these women kept meeting, and kept reading and kept discussing, and they’ve been doing this for nearly forty years. This is their story.

The Literary Dozen are Patsy Devoy, Nan Fitzgerald, Leigh Hudgens, Pat Lewis, Shevaun McDonnell, Imelda Murphy, Gretta O’Regan, Mary Purcell, Eileen Sherrard, Sesca Tyrell, Deirdre Wall and Marcia Wrixon.

Narrated and produced by Jools Gilson.

Production supervision by Nicoline Greer.

Sound supervision by Anton Timoney.

First broadcast: June 9, 2012

‘Documentary on One is the home of Irish radio documentaries and the largest library of documentary podcasts available anywhere in the world. We tell stories in sound, mostly Irish ones, and each documentary tells its own story’

Liz Mc Manus

Liz Mc Manus was born in Montreal Canada. Trained as an architect at University College Dublin. She first entered Irish politics in 1979 being elected to her local town council and later her county council,in 1992 she was elected to Dail Eireann and in 1994 became Minister of State in the Rainbow Government. She has won various awards for her short fiction. Her first novel ” Acts of Subversion ” was published in 1990. This is an extract from her second novel. Working title is “Disappeared”. this extract is included in The TCD anthology “A Thoroughly Good Blue”    

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Ready at Last

It has taken a while to get this podcast but we finally managed to met up with our old friend John Corless and record a session with him and our thanks go to Murphy’s Hotel in Tubbercurry county Sligo for allowing us to use their fine function room to record in.  John was one of the first people we approached when we were planning Podcasts.ie but like many a busy writer and recording unit, our schedules clashed somewhat until now.  Some of you may have already heard John on Podcasts.ie as he is also featured in our series Mayo’s Heritage Episode One.  As is always the case for our featured writers we have posted an interview with John and we will be adding a second podcast featuring John reading his poetry in the coming days.