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Features Interviews with well known figures across Ireland and beyond. Covering topics from sport, music and more! Check my website for a comprehensive list of all podcasts to date plus much more. www.thetimeoutpodcast.ie
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Mark Forker from Burtonport currently works as journalist; he is the editor of CNME magazine based in Dubai. A lot of his background is linked to soccer, he played over 100 matches for Ballybofey based club Finn Harps from 2008 to 2014, and to this day still helps out at the club as a coach of their underage teams. Before his move to Finn Park, Mark got a professional contract as a teenager himself with Hearts in Scotland, we talk about a lot of his soccer experiences which include Mark just ...
Down through the years Stephen McCahill has gotten involved in many different aspects of both community and business life in Donegal and beyond. From Glenties originally he also has strong connections to Ardara where he currently helps out with the running of The Corner House Bar. In 2016 Stephen was named 'Donegal Person Of The Year'. Among his experiences in life so far he has volunteered quite a lot towards various causes. I speak to him about this during the interview plus about the...
Fergal O'Brien recently retired from being a professional snooker player, having enjoyed a 33 year career as a pro. His finest moment came in 1999 when he won the British Open, beating Anthony Hamilton 9-7 in the final. He competed in the Masters final in 2001 v Paul Hunter and just lost out 10-9 having held a 7-3 advantage at one point. He now joins Eurosport to commentate on the 2024 World Snooker Championship at the Crucible. I chat to Fergal about his career and we preview some of the eye...
As individual solo acts both Mickey Duffy and Jordan Mogey have gained a large amount of admirers in music, through the combination of the singing voices they possess and for their song-writing talent. The latter being how this great friendship began; a mutual love and appreciation of song-writing. Mickey originally from Paisley in Scotland but now living in Stranorlar has 2 albums behind him. Jordan from Ballymoney Co Antrim has 3 albums under his belt. Currently Mickey and Jordan are workin...
2023 will be a year that will live long in the memory of all connected with Na Rossa GAA club in Lettermacaward. Despite all the challenges of lack of numbers available to the club as a whole it hasn't stopped success being achieved on the pitch, like in 2023. Junior A Champions, and promotion sealed back to Division 2. I'm joined in this episode to reflect on a great year for Na Rossa by their manager Declan Bonner, captain Daniel Martin Melly and Felix Melly who was part of the backroom tea...
Danny O'Donnell was born and raised in Islington England but has lived in Donegal since 1991. Both his parents were from Donegal. During my interview with Danny, he talks about his memories of coming to Ireland in his youth and tells how things were back then and how much they've changed. As I myself am a big Manchester United fan for almost 30 years I'm pleased to be including a tribute to the late great Bobby Charlton (RIP) during this interview. A very important topic discussed at th...
Honoured to be featuring two legends of Irish country music in the one episode. Both Sandy Kelly and Brendan Shine are enjoying long successful careers in music. Although both are closely connected to country music, its not the only genre they've been involved with. Sandy Kelly as she describes in the interview has a love for music generally. In 1982 she was part of pop group The Duskeys when they entered eurovision. Sandy formed the group alongside her late sister Barbara and two cousins. On...
The title of the episode sums it up. Mary From Dungloe Past & Present. The festival's full title has grown slightly in recent years. Its now 'Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival'. Since the festival began in 1968 till current day, there is a huge amount of history attached to it. The aim of these 5 interviews is to perhaps share memories or stories with listeners that they might not have known. Guests include the first winner of the Mary From Dungloe in 1968, Celine Powell...
Máire McCole won the Mary From Dungloe in 1983. Becoming the first Mary representing Dungloe to win the title. 40 years have gone by and its a special anniversary since Máire's victory, a win which thrilled locals. I went along to Máire's house for a chat with her on August 1st past, which by chance turned out to be 40 years to the night since her memorable victory. She reminisced on many of her great memories from this famous Dungloe festival. I learnt a lot during the interview that I...
On the 11th of July 1993 a new community centre opened in Burtonport. Througout the years it has proved a fantastic hub for many different occasions, fundraisers, children's parties, ETB ran classes and so much more. The building has proved an extremely worthwhile addition. Recently the centre celebrated 30 years opened and I thought I couldn't let the day pass without marking it someway. I interviewed 4 people on the day of the celebrations, and 2 people the following day. Those ...
Declan Nerney for me sits among the very finest singers Irish Country Music has seen over the past 30 plus years, and his early experiences in bands pushes his overall story so far around the half century mark. From Drumlish in Co Longford, Declan has through the years kept new hits coming, adding continually to a fine collection of music recorded. An authentic singer, good musician and can write a song. It makes for a good combo. I chat to Declan about some of his biggest songs, the influenc...
Michael Allsop hails from Nottinghamshire in England. His wife hails from Ardara. In the spring of 2021, they re-opened Sandfield pitch and putt in Ardara as the new owners. Michael tells the story of how this came to be, buying the piece of property from the now late Tom Finn. We look back on the course's early history as well, which dates back to 1983. Michael has exciting plans for the future of Sandfield pitch and putt which he and his family run. He talks about th...
Beatrice Farrelly is the president of 'Elvis rocking in the hills of Donegal fan club' - A club which commemorates the memory of one of music's biggest ever legends, the late Elvis Presley. The club formed in 2014 and along with remembering 'The king of rock of roll, it also has so far raised over €27,000 for various charities both locally and nationally. During my interview with Beatrice I talk to her about how the club came about, the Elvis tribute acts that perform at their fun...
Danny O'Donnell from Annagry, Co. Donegal is right now one of the most popular solo musical acts around; not just in his home county but beyond as well. At just 21 years of age, he has already gigged in USA, Spain, the UK, and many more locations are set to follow. From singing his own covers of well known numbers across various genres to writing his own songs; the future looks very bright for Danny, who is also purusing a career as a music teacher to share his passion and knowledge of ...
Ronan O'Donnell from Glenties is qualified as a primary school teacher for nigh on 10 years. It's something he wanted to be from a very early age. During the initial stages of covid he developed another interest; in media which now has led him to pursuing a career in this field. He has a buisness called Dronan Media; where in the world of videography and photography he captures everything from sunrises on well known mountains to general everyday life in local towns or on city streets. He also...
Helen McCready's story so far is inspiring and with many different angles to it. Her work life has different facets. She is a Coru registered Phyiscal Therapist. In Study, she has a few different degrees and a lot of experience in the fields of autism and mental health. She's also into athletics in a big way and to date has ran so many different races varying from 5k's right up to marathons; she has completed an amazing 6 of the latter. Including Berlin in 2021 and last year...
Fr Matt McInerney celebrated 60 years ordained as a priest in 2020. For 40 odd years he served as a priest in England before returning to his home county of Donegal in the early 2000's, where despite being retired he still helps out in the parish of Burtonport/Kincasslagh alongside Fr Pat Ward. I chat to Fr Matt about his early life before he went to England. We also talk about the various places he was placed there as a priest. Which include, Brighton, Worthing and Crawley. His love of fishi...
I've had this in mind for a while. For the last 20-25 or so podcasts I've been saving clips here and there that would come under the blooper umbrella, most of these bloopers made by me. Some outtakes included also, and its mentioned how these didn't make the final edit. The purpose of this Bloopers & Outtakes show is to mostly try and give people a laugh. No episode number on this. EP 75 will hopefully come early in the New Year. Thanks for listening to my po...
Sligo man Patrick Feeney has been going strong in Irish country music for two decades. One of the very finest voices in Ireland. Since his debut album to current day he has recorded many popular songs ranging from country to gospel. He's also of course one third of the three amigos alongside Robert Mizzell and Jimmy Buckley. I caught up with Patrick last weekend ahead of his gig in the Highlands Hotel Glenties. Lots covered including where he went on honeymoon after marrying his wife Claire, ...
A few years back during lockdown, Glenties man Micheál Brennan starting posting entertaining, light hearted videos to Instagram of himself and his daughter Gracie. Little did Micheál think that a few years on, his pages across several social media platforms would now have the following they do. I chat to Micheál about how the idea for Donegal Daddy came about and much more, including the influence his mum and late dad Francis had on him. We also talk about Naomh Conaill and Martin Regan...
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