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September 23, 2021 00:53:39
Geraldine Judge - A Dub in Liverpool, A Scouser in Ireland

Geraldine Judge - A Dub in Liverpool, A Scouser in Ireland

Geraldine Judge (aka Geraldine Moloney Judge) is an outreach worker with Irish Community Care in Liverpool, as well as a writer and actor (the aka is her stage name). Born in Southampton, raised in Dublin and now a resident of Merseyside, she has encountered bigotry on either side of the Irish Sea – too English for some, too Irish for others – but has come through those incidents with determination, humour and compassion. We talk football, medicine, the need for specifically Irish community care, mishearing words, The Spy Who Loved Me and being taught by Roddy Doyle, as well as her solo show “Obscured View“. Plus Pauline Nevins raises a very personal Plastic Pedestal. ...

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September 16, 2021 00:55:06
Anthony Ekundayo Lennon - Actor. Director. Genetic Echo.

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon - Actor. Director. Genetic Echo.

Born to white Irish parents in West London, but with the colouring and facial features of a mixed race child, Anthony’s appearance led to family strife, police harassment,  and – eventually – accusations of “passing” as black in order to gain Arts Council funds. The subsequent media and Twitter storm – along with Anthony’s lifelong struggle to be accepted for who he is – is as fascinating as it is emotional. We’re grateful to him for sharing his story with us. Plus Joanna (“Jo”) Neary raises Lucia Joyce up onto The Plastic Pedestal. ...

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May 14, 2021 00:53:13
Pauline Nevins: A Mixed-Race Daughter in a White Irish Family

Pauline Nevins: A Mixed-Race Daughter in a White Irish Family

Pauline Nevins is the author of Fudge, The Downs and Ups of a Bi-Racial, Half-Irish, British War Baby. Born the only mixed race child in a family of eight white children, hers is a story of family secrets, revelations and reunions. Raised in Wellingborough, and now a resident of California,. Pauline’s story has been featured in two exhibitions organised by The Mixed Museum, one in conjunction with the Association of Mixed Race Irish, the other focussing on the “Brown Babies” of World War II. Plus, Adrian Lunney selects Brendan Mulkere for The Plastic Pedestal ...

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February 25, 2021 00:58:28
Jo Neary: Cornwall, an Irish Gran and Other People's Voices

Jo Neary: Cornwall, an Irish Gran and Other People's Voices

Jo Neary is an actor, writer, comedian, artist, puppeteer, singer…the list goes on. Nominated for a Perrier Award in 2004, she is arguably best known as Judith in the BBC series “Ideal”, starring Johnny Vegas. Born in Coventry, but raised in Cornwall, to an Irish father and Welsh mother, she talks accents, growing up below the poverty line, going untouched by school bullies, her mercurial Irish gran, dad’s naked yoga and the life lessons she’s passing on to her son. Meanwhile – over at The Plastic Pedestal – Patrick, Angela and Niall of Liverpool Irish Centre nominate the fab four of Tommy Walsh, Joe England, Phil Fitzpatrick and John Lennon https://the-plastic-podcasts.castos.com/episodes/jo-neary-cornwall-an-irish-granny-and-other-people39s-voices Photo (c) Steve Ullathorne ...

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February 18, 2021 00:56:12
Adrian Lunney: Building sites, fiddle lessons and being a republican in Purley

Adrian Lunney: Building sites, fiddle lessons and being a republican in Purley

Writer, journalist, editor and PR guru, Adrian Lunney graduated in English at Cambridge and was EMAP’s feature writer of the year in 1991. He now runs Adrian Lunney PR. Born to Northern Irish parents in West London in 1960, Adrian’s story covers the rise of The Troubles on both sides of the water as well as left wing activism, the Catholic Church, the joys of Rory Gallagher and becoming reconciled to his identity and place in the world. There’s also talk of music masters, Henry Cooper, squeamish butcher’s sons and David Soul. Plus Mo O’Connell and Mary Tynan set the record for the largest number of Plastic Pedestals ever nominated in one episode… https://the-plastic-podcasts.castos.com/episodes/adrian-lunney-building-sites-fiddle-lessons-and-being-a-republican-in-purley ...

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February 11, 2021 00:56:05
Liverpool Irish Centre: Heritage and Hopes for

Liverpool Irish Centre: Heritage and Hopes for "Dublin's Twin City"

Patrick Gaul, Angela Billing and Niall Gibney of Liverpool Irish Centre talk about facing the challenges of Covid and staging virtual performances as well as the shopping lists you can fill at their Irish Shop. They also discuss the history of both city and centre, the question of being Irish, English or Liverpudlian, the centre’s role in the wider community and the rise of the Irish-themed bar in Liverpool. All of this while waiting for The Logues to tune up. Plus Laurence Cox raises trailblazer Michael Dillon onto The Plastic Pedestal ...

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