We’re on a trip to Tipp this week with crime journo extraordinaire Nicola Tallant, who is delving into the world of car dealership raids by CAB in Tipperary. How are criminals laundering their money, what does Tipperary have to do with it, and how has the pandemic impacted organised crime?
Plus, Andrea has the hots for Brian Boru, Una is the first Dubliner ever to go sea-swimming, and we pitch a co-living development ban.
Our recent HORSE POWER episode looked at horse culture in Dublin’s Liberties, and now the filmmaker Marion Bergin has a new short film called Saoirse, premiering now on Nowness.com – watch it here! We spoke to Marion about the story she was telling, returning to Dublin, and what making art in a new era of Eire is like.
Normal can only be what you decide it is – so we’re going back to our normal and breaking the counties back out again and boy, does it feel good!
This week’s county is Wicklow and this week’s question is: What happened to the people who lived in the trees?
As tempting as it is to be always looking at the current news cycle and what might happen, sometimes it’s good to go back and look at change with perspective. So for this episode, we’re talking to Daithi O’Reilly who was one of the environmental activists who lived in the trees and occupied a section of the Glen of the Downs in Wicklow to protest the widening of the roads along the N11 that would see the felling of 1,700 mature broadleaf trees between Kilmacanogue and Kilpedder.
We also see the return of Andrea’s legendary County Facts and for the County Rep, Simon Harris is taking the Wicklow mantle.
PLUS Get In The Sea, It’s Bananas and all of our Fave Bits.
It’s good to be back to normal.
As Facebook finally takes action to combat the QAnon conspiracy theory on its platform, Institute for Strategic Dialogue analyst and friend of the pod, Aoife Gallagher, joins us to discuss if the horse has already bolted, whether this action will make a difference, and what the impact on the Irish conspiracy theory ecosystem will be.
The Irish Times features writer is known for his hilarious, absurd takes on TV and pop culture, along with a reporting style that is loaded with humanity and kindness. His new collection of personal essays, Ok Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea, reveals more about a journalist whose formative years were rooted in a hard-working band, before committing to life on the page.
Horses have been part of Dublin’s culture for generations, but in the inner city, that culture is being sidelined and in some cases erased by development. At Molyneux Yard in the Liberties, horse yards are now under serious threat from yet another hotel being built.
On this episode, we speak with Norwegian artist, Kristin Vollset who found herself embedded in this community and is now fighting for it to be sustained, alongside horse-owners, and other locals.
Also, Owen Keegan is Una’s new pen-pal, clampers are up to some wily tricks, and one meat plant was charging its workers for PPE.
Yes we know things are crap, we know people are stressed and on edge and beginning to crack. We know Dublin at least is on the verge of more restrictions. We know the government and its comms strategy is clown car levels of YA WHA. And yet, there’s always hope. In this episode, we flip the script, and instead of getting bogged down, ask some beacons of hope to give us just that. What positive things can emerge from this harsh moment? Mary Lou McDonald, Ailbhe Smyth, Maser, Philip King, Conner Habib, Gary Gannon, Elaine Feeney, and more join us to offer hope – it’s a thing with feathers, so let’s fly.
Manchán Magan’s book 32 Words for Field, Lost Words of the Irish Landscape has sold out in most places. When you read the blurb accompanying his book, you can see why.
“The richness of a language closely tied to the natural landscape offered our ancestors a more magical way of seeing the world. Before we cast old words aside, let us consider the sublime beauty and profound oddness of the ancient tongue that has been spoken on this island for almost 3,000 years. In Thirty-Two Words for Field, Manchan Magan meditates on these words – and the nuances of a way of life that is disappearing with them.”
As our COVID lives continue on, and we try to connect with simpler and more magical times, this book is perfectly timed to enhance our thoughts and minds. AND, finding out the 32 words for sesh in Irish makes it feel more uplifted. As is right.
Less enhancing of our minds is what can Get In The Sea this week, some It’s Bananas thoughts and of course the Tuna Chicken Roll. There’s 2 this week and they are TUNAS!
Robert Burns is a council director who oversaw pandemic-era design and infrastructure changes that are transforming public space in coastal villages in south Dublin. In this episode we talk to him about what the public wants and needs and what councils everywhere can learn from moving so quickly to change the layout of where we live. Also, Una is not spoilering Tenet, the Dublin Fringe begins, and David Blaine is being a balloon bore.