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8 essential episodes of An Irishman Abroad you need to listen to

Haven’t listened to An Irishman Abroad? You’re missing out.

JARLATH REGAN’S AN Irishman Abroad is one of the most beloved podcasts in Ireland.

As the podcast continues to go from strength to strength, Regan has just launched a nifty app where listeners can listen back to all 135 episodes.

But where to start?


1. Colm O’Gorman

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Recorded last October, this insightful and illuminating episode features Amnesty Ireland’s Colm O’Gorman chatting about his time as an emigrant in London, his family and, of course, the historic marriage referendum campaign.

It’ll make you grateful for good eggs like O’Gorman.

2. Chris O’Dowd

One of the earlier episodes of An Irishman Abroad features Regan chatting to Roscommon’s most famous son, Chris O’Dowd, about arsing around UCD, working abroad and how he ascended the ranks to become one of the world’s most in-demand comedy actors.

3. Una Mullally

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An inspirational episode featuring the Irish Times journalist speaking frankly about her career, her battle with colon cancer, sexism, marriage equality and more.

Riveting all round.

4. Panti Bliss

Treating me right in Sarajevo.

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Since his landmark Noble Call speech, Rory O’Neill (AKA Panti Bliss) has become a bona fide national treasure. Here, O’Neill chats openly about growing up gay in Ireland, that RTÉ defamation case, the marriage equality referendum and more.

Listen to it and see for yourself why he was selected by Time as one of the most influential — and, let’s face it, fabulous — people in the world.

5. Lenny Abrahamson

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Regan has actually recorded two episodes with Lenny Abrahamson. The first one was recorded in June 2014 and features Abrahamson chatting about his time as a philosophy scholar and making the transition into film.

The second episode was recorded in March 2016 and sees Abrahamson discuss being caught in the thick of Oscar madness, his forthcoming projects and how that coveted Best Director nomination come about.

Sure, it’d bring a tear to your eye, wouldn’t it?

6. Hozier

An in-depth chat with one of Ireland’s most popular cultural exports in recent years about Take Me To Church, going viral, the surreal experience of appearing on Saturday Night Live and selling out.


6. Sharon Horgan

Carmela Soprano just entered me

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We’re big fans of Sharon Horgan here at DailyEdge.ie and this pre-Catastrophe interview is a treat. Listen to Horgan chat about her childhood in Co. Meath, her work on television shows like Pulling and Dead Boss, and we promise you’ll want to be her BFF.

7. Mick Finnegan

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Mick Finnegan might not be the most famous guest to ever appear on An Irishman Abroad, but he might be the most inspiring and memorable.

Finnegan, who has worked as a rugby coach with the likes of Saracens, chats about the rocky road that took him from Dublin to London, and overcoming the obstacles that presented themselves along the way.

It’s a gripping, astonishing story that we promise you won’t regret listening to.

8. Brian O’Driscoll

Happy Paddy's Day!

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Jarlath Regan describes Brian O’Driscoll as a “sporting colossus” — fair assessment, no? In this episode, O’Driscoll chinwags about his sporting career, the ups, the downs and much, much more.

*puts hand on heart for national anthem*

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