The Plastic Podcasts

Tales of the Irish Diaspora. We all come from somewhere else. Find out more and subscribe to us at www.plasticpodcasts.com

Latest Episodes

July 21, 2022 00:51:35
Patrick Osborne: Telling Tales From London to Dublin, to Birmingham and Back

Patrick Osborne: Telling Tales From London to Dublin, to Birmingham and Back

Poet, playwright, novelist, horticulturalist, referee and self-proclaimed spoofer, Patrick Osborne talks family, 70s telly in Dublin, local football teams and the best of British and Irish cultures. All the while managing to slip an occasional reference to his debut novel "Baxter's Boys" - a mix of The Snapper, Fever Pitch and Shameless - into the conversation. Plus Fr Bernárd Lynch raises President Michael D. Higgins onto The Plastic Pedestal. ...

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July 14, 2022 00:50:08
Fr Bernárd Lynch: The “AIDS Priest” From Co. Clare Finds Love In London

Fr Bernárd Lynch: The “AIDS Priest” From Co. Clare Finds Love In London

Born in Ennis, Co. Clare, Bernárd Lynch was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1971. He founded the AIDS Ministry in New York in 1982, faced down the persecution of his own church and finally married the man of his dreams, Billy, in 2017. He has been honoured by both the City of New York and the President of Ireland, and now he honours us. Plus Brian O'Neill of Dimple Discs raises Sean O'Hagan onto The Plastic Pedestal ...

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July 07, 2022 00:50:51
Brian O'Neill: Dimple Discs and the Music of the Diaspora

Brian O'Neill: Dimple Discs and the Music of the Diaspora

Co-founder of the Dimple Discs label - alongside the similarly named Damien O'Neill (he of The Undertones), Brian O'Neill has a roster of mostly Irish and Irish Diaspora artists including Derry's finest plus Sack, Eileen Gogan, Keeley, Jah Wobble and Telefis and many others. We talk music, Dublin of the 60s, Swastika Laundries, Sinn Fein picnics, The Beatles' works beano, pubbing with Nick Cave and so much more. ...

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June 30, 2022 00:56:27
Warren Reilly: Design, Discovery and a Duchess

Warren Reilly: Design, Discovery and a Duchess

Designer Warren Reilly is a rising star in the world of textiles and fashion. A queer, gender-fluid artist of Irish and Afro-Caribbean heritage, his work examines the intersections of identity, taking particular inspiration from the 18th Century. He has been creative director of Fashioning Our History, a headliner for the Queer Georgian Social Season at Burgh House and is currently the curator of the digital exhibition By The Cut Of Our Cloth at The Mixed Museum. He also has strong views in gravy. And as we head towards our second birthday, we return to the first ever Plastic Pedestal - John O' Donoghue on Brian Behan ...

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June 23, 2022 00:51:22
Margaret Urwin: Seeking Justice For The Forgotten

Margaret Urwin: Seeking Justice For The Forgotten

A tale of remembrance fighting against amnesia, Margaret Urwin works with Justice For The Forgotten, a campaign seeking to find the truth behind the Dublin-Monaghan bombings and other similar atrocities that took place on Irish soil during The Troubles of the 1970s and 80s. It is a tale as often overlooked in Ireland as it is in England and sheds a unique light on that turbulent time. Plus Plastic Pedestals provided by Chelsea McDonagh ...

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June 16, 2022 00:53:02
Chelsea McDonagh: Fighting for Traveller Education

Chelsea McDonagh: Fighting for Traveller Education

An Irish Traveller with an MA in Education, Chelsea McDonagh is also an academic, a creative, a sportswoman, a loving granddaughter, daughter and aunt, a voracious reader, an intellectual powerhouse and one of the most incredible people we've had the privilege to interview. ...

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