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The Writer’s Passage Episode 10: Chrissy Osbourne

In the tenth and final episode of  The Writer’s Passage Author Chrissy Osbourne visits key areas in Dublin associated  with her book  Michael Collins ~ A Life in Pictures.   Chrissy gives us a personal insight into one of the men who  shaped Irish history and the times he spent in the capital city.  We start the journey on a typically soft Irish day along the Dublin quays.

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The Writer’s Passage Episode 9: Kate Kerrigan

In the ninth episode of our series of  free Irish podcasts The Writer’s Passage, Author Kate Kerrigan takes us to the real town that influences the fictious setting for her book Ellis Island.  We join Kate in Kilkelly, County Mayo as she tells us why this town is so important to her story, both in her writing and in her past.   We start this episode in DJ’s cafe on the main street, taking refuge from a rather wet day in Mayo.

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The Writer’s Passage Episode 8: Vincent Caprani

In the eighth episode of  our series of free Irish podcasts The Writer’s Passage we visit Dublin with author and historian Vincent Caprani.  Based on his book “A View From The Dart” Vincent takes us to 3 location along The Dublin Area Rapid Transport rail system. As well as reading from his book, Vincents shares some of the homes of great Irish writers who could never have guessed what a great asset to public transport in Dublin The Dart would be and how it’s inhabitants and visitors alike would come to depend on it.

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The Writer’s Passage Episode 7: Thomas McCarthy

In the seventh episode of In the sixth episode of our series of free Irish podcasts The Writer’s Passage we visit Cappoquin, in County Waterford with author Thomas McCarthy.  Thomas recalls passages from his memoir “The Gardens of Remembrance” at various spots in a scenic town which is steeped in history. We arrived in Cappoquin on a delightful Spring morning, and Thomas guided us to some treasured places in the town and its surrounds.  As well as reading from his book, Thomas shared some of his poetry too. Aptly a tour that focuses on memory, is also gauranteed to be a memorable journey for this writer’s passage.

 

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The Writer’s Passage Episode 6: Tommy Sands

In the sixth episode of our series of free Irish podcasts The Writer’s Passage we travel to one of the most beautiful parts of the country from Carlingford Lough to the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and ultimately to the places on the pages of musician Tommy Sand’s book The Songman.   This is a fascinating journey,  peppered with good humour, song and tinged with emotion as Tommy visits 3 of the locations.

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The Writer’s Passage: Episode 5 Steve Dunford

In the fifth episode of our series of free Irish podcasts The Writer’s PassageThe Writer’s Passage we hear some of the stories from Steve Dunford’s book The Irish Highwaymen.   Steve takes us to Cashel and Clonmel in County Tipperary where he highlights two of the many nefarious characters that operated as highwaymen in Ireland, in days gone by.    Peppered with songs and unbelievable tales, this is a journey not to be missed.

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The Writer’s Passage:Episode 4 Alice Taylor

In the fourth episode of  our series of free Irish podcasts The Writer’s Passage; your guide is author Alice Taylor.  Alice brings us to the school so fondly depicted in her best selling book “To School Through The Fields” and to her family home which is located just fields away. 

“To School Through The Fields” was first published in 1988 and became one of Irelands biggest selling memoirs of all time.   A nostalgic look back at the era of Alice’s childhood, a farmer’s daughter who grew up in rural County Cork in the 1940s and reflects on stories about her parents, her family, her teachers and some of the other characters who lived in her village.

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The Writer’s Passage: Episode 3 Jack Harte

In the third episode of our series of free Irish podcasts The Writer’s Passage, Jack Harte takes us to Lanesboro in Co Longford, and to neighbouring Ballyleague in County Roscommon to highlight his book In The Wake of the Bagger. 

In The Wake of the Bagger is Jack’s first novel, semi autobiographical, it is set both in the Nineteen Fifties, and the  present day.  The novel traces the story of the Dowd family who are uprooted from their home in Killeenduff, Co Sligo, to re-settle as economic migrants in the Midlands, where the industrial development of the Bord Na Mona bogs is providing jobs and opportunities.

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The Writer’s Passage: Episode 2 Claire Nolan

In the second episode of our series of free Irish podcasts The  The Writer’s Passage your guide is author Claire Nolan.  Claire brings us to three places in Kilkenny City which form the backdrop of her book The Stone.

The Stone tells the story of Alice Kyteler a notorious noble woman who disappeared without trace in 1324. She was thought to have supernatural powers and to have poisoned several men, including three of her husbands.

Claire takes us to three areas in Kilkenny which mirror the steps taken in her book, tales of witch trials, religious power and ultimate tragedy, this journey is an insight into Medieval Ireland with Claire’s own take on this world central to the tour.

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The Writer’s Passage: Episode 1 John Mulligan

In the first episode of our series of free Irish podcasts The Writer’s Passage, your guide is travel writer John Mulligan who retraces some of the steps he took which led him to write his book  ‘Following in the Footsteps of the Four Famous Flannerys’.   John takes us to Monasteraden in Sligo where the original journey began, from there we travel to Scramogue in County Roscommon and finish up this writer’s passage at Cloondara in County Longford.  We took one or two photographs (below) which we hope will enhance your journey but as usual, we hope you let your imagination paint the pictures of this wonderful pilgrimage.

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