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North West to South East

Irish podcasts don’t get much more contrasting than our latest 2 offerings this week.  Firstly the nostalgic writing of times gone by are captured in the work of Hazel McIntyre a native of County Donegal who we are pleased to welcome to and as always we begin by introduce you to the writer with an interview before bringing you some of her readings in the future.  Which is exactly what we did with Pat Flynn whose book ‘Catherine and Friends’ is a first hand account of the investigation into the case of Ireland’s Black Widow.  Not alone is the subject matter contrasting but you would have to travel from The Northwestern tip to The Southeastern tip of Ireland to meet both autors which goes to show you how far we are prepared to travel to bring great Irish writers to you, although to be fair, both Hazel and Pat came some of the way to share their work with us.   Again our thanks go to Markree Castle in Sligo and The Brandon House Hotel in New Ross for providing us with somewhere to record.

 We have plenty more podcasts to bring you and as we approach the end of August preparations are underway for new episodes of our popular shows The Calendar Road and The Showcase 

Kindle surprise

This week anoter great Irish writer Noel Duffy released his Two Novellas for The Kindle and we are delighted to be able to bring you a podcast of Noel reading from one of the stories ‘Our Friends Electric’.  The title of this short excerpt might remind some people of The Tubeway Army song of a similar name and yes you would be right, there is a connection but what happens when a fan of new romance music falls for a fan of Johnny Cash, can there be any hope for their relationship ?  Well, you don’t expect us to divulge such information but the podcasts just might solve the riddle.

Those of you who visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, Seventy Million Irish, Live Ireland, Linked In or My Space will know that we have been to Galway this week recording some more podcasts for you and regular visitors might be aware that there are one or two new pages which still have not had readings or performances added, worry not, we are beavering away in the background here editing and gathering the visuals for more podcasts which are in the can so we are confident that we have enough podcasts to upload 2 or 3 a week for the next five weeks at least and are arranging recording sessions with other writers all the time.  Again we might remind you that we would really appreciate a vote in The European Podcasts Awards if you think we deserve it and come on over and “Like Us” on Facebook if you haven’t already done so.

New Podcasts From Our First Writer

We are delighted that we had an opportunity to make some brand new podcasts with Irish poet Terry McDonagh.  Terry shares his time between Cill Aodain in County Mayo and Hamburg and it was during a recent visit home that we met up with him to record a new interview and some new readings.  Terry was one of the first writers we appraoched about the idea of setting up and his encouragement went a long way to making our mind up to go ahead with this project.  At this point we should also mention that Ger Reidy and Jack Harte also encouraged our ideas and pledged their individual support to the project.  All 3 allowed us unlimited access to the material in our archives so that we could test the viability, sound quality etc and to these 3 unsung heros of Irish literature we will be enternally indebted.  We hope you will visit their repective pages and discover a new pleasure in their work.  We are also beggining to see the benefit of social networking and would appreciate Twitter retweets or Facebook shares or likes if you see fit. 
In The meantime you will find a new interview and readings by Terry on his page by clicking here

Straight to The Point of Singing

We are delighted to bring you a podcast from another great Irish writer.  Having added a page for Waterford based poet and dramatist Edward Denniston last month, we bring you some poetry read exclusively for by Edward from his collections ‘The Point of Singing’ including “Platypus” and “Looking for Eddie” and his e book ‘Eskimo Advice’ the poem which gave the collection its title. and as always we have plenty more podcasts to bring you with at least 2 free Irish podcasts coming your way everyweek.

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Showcase 14 and counting

We have another 6 great Irish writers featured in our latest podcasting showcase.  This month  Alice Taylor visits the school that made her famous  Ger Reidy reads from Drifting Under The Moon while Carmel Gunning, Pete Courtney and Ben Sands provide the music and we make a first visit to our series Mayo’s Heritage with Tony Reidy in Westport’s Octagon; as always your host is Jho Harris.  We have plenty more to bring you during August so please stay in touch.  If you have the time and the inclenation perhaps you will share our links via Twitter and Facebook, a big thanks to those of you who do this for us regularly.

Mission Made Possible

Well we have finally managed to get all of our podcast pages published which came about from our visit in April to counties Waterford and Wexford in the creation of a page for David Metcalf, earlier this week we uploaded a page for Pat Flynn to add to those of Alan  Murphy, Michael Patwell, Grace Wells and Edward Denniston, of course not forgetting Episode 7 of our Arts Council of Ireland funded series The Writer’s Passage featuring Cappoquin born poet  Thomas Mc Carthy.  We still have readings by Edward, Pat and David to bring you and have more in the can from Alan, Michael, Grace but more on that over the coming weeks.  We would very much like to thank The Mayor of Waterford Councillor Mary Roche, Katherine Collins Senior Executive Librarian at Waterford Library, Margaret Organ County Arts Office for Waterford, The Brandon House Hotel New Ross and Richard and Maria Mc Cann for their assistance before and during our most pleasant visit.  We have managed for the past year or so to post an average of 3 podcasts per week, all of them free and featuring great Irish writers and exclusive readings or performances of the fantastic work they have created.  There are now over 180 free podcasts to enjoy and we intend to keep them coming.  In the meantime, we and the writers always enjoy your comments and perhaps you might be good enough to keep them coming too and don’t forget to vote for us in The European Podcasts Awards, you will find details on how to do that on the right hand side of this page.  In the meantime we in Ireland are off to enjoy the August Bank Holiday weekend and we hope you have a great weekend too.

Dial M11 For Murder

Catherine Nevin was at the centre of one of Ireland’s biggest murder story’s of the last century.  Our latest featured writer would never have known what was in store for him when his phone rang in at 5:45 in the morning, the day after Saint Patrick’s Day in 1996.  As Chief Superintendent for Gorey in County Wexford he was to become investigating officer in Ireland’s most infamous murder and subsequent trial.   In Catherine and Friends Pat Flynn has recounted the case of Ireland’s black widow from inside what he describes as the finest investigative team Ireland has seen.  We begin with an interview recorded in The Directors Suite of The Brandon House Hotel in New Ross County Wexford and next week will bring a reading from the book by Pat.

The European Podcast Awards – We’re Nominated!

With over 180 free Irish podcasts available, we are delighted to announce that has just been nominated for A European Podcast Award in the Professional Section for three of our podcasts – The Calendar Road April – The Showcase Number 10 and The Writer’s Passage Episode 6: Tommy Sands.  To vote for us (and we hope you will) please visit The European Podcasts Awards Here  

It is so good to see some of what we’re doing here being recognised, if you enjoy our podcasts, please vote.  Also this week we haved added a new page for Waterford based poet and dramatist Edward Denniston and a reading by Chrissy Osborne from her book Michael Collins Himself.  Next up will be the final epeisode of The Writer’s Passage which will be based on Chrissy’s second book Michael Collins:  A life in Pictures and we are fast approaching time for new episodes of The Calendar Road and The Showcase Show.

And one other thing and we don’t do this often enough is to welcome new visitors to the site, there is plenty here for you to enjoy so please make the most of this free service a bif thank you to our regular visitors of course, we appreciate the fact the you have been voting away for us all week, don’t forget that we and our featured writers love to get comments too

The Irish side of Ellis Island

Irish weather being what it is, it can be impossible to plan outdoor podcast recordings but when you have Kate Kerrigan’s warm personality to keep you company, even the wilds of a cemetery on the outskirts of Aughmore can be a pleasing place to be even for a couple of people with sound equipment and clipboard in hand.   There was an unplanned surprise in store at the graveyard.  Episode 9 of our Arts Council of Ireland funded series of podcasts The Writer’s Passage features the ever popular Kate exploring the real places that inspired the fictional Irish locations from her 3rd novel “Ellis Island”.  Here is your chance to visit Kilkelly and Aughamore in County Mayo with the lady who portrays them as Killa in her best seller.  Reading from Ellis Island on locations where Ellie was brought up and revisits during her time back in Ireland just a week or two after the book received its American launch.  There is more to come this week from Mick Hanly tooand we delve back into our Waterford and Wexford recordings.

News update July 4th

Irish author Kate Kerrigan’s third novel has been on release world wide for some time but has only recently been launched in America.  To celebrate we met up with Kate and recorded both a new interview and a new reading from the book.  In a week when our main system was more caput than computer we still managed to upload the interview and have just uploaded the reading and as is the norm for this time each month, we also managed to record and upload the June edition of The Calendar Road.  With 3 different experts trying to fix our PC it was 3rd time lucky for us and we are back to normal and have plenty more podcasts to bring you.   We wish to dedicate this page to our neighbour Noel Dwyer whose life was so tragically cut short on Saturday as a result of a motor cycle accident.  He will be missed not alone by his wife Jane but by his sons Scott and Jason and daughter Cloe and by those who knew of his great charity work in the community and for children’s hospitals nationally.   Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam