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February 04, 2021 00:58:22
Mo O'Connell and Mary Tynan: From Ireland to England and Back Again

Mo O'Connell and Mary Tynan: From Ireland to England and Back Again

Maureen (“Mo”) O’Connell and Mary Tynan are actor-writer-directors who went from Ireland to England for professional reasons and who both returned to Dublin and Galway respectively in 2015/2016. Mo is an award-winning film maker whose feature “Spa Weekend” is currently being feted with awards wherever it goes. She is also the founder of the Dublin International Comedy Film Festival Mary is the creator of Notes From Xanadu, “probably” the world’s first online arts centre, and its sister institution Xanadu Theatre Plus Nathan Mannion of EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum raises Paul Boyton – the fearless frogman – onto The Plastic Pedestal ...

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January 28, 2021 00:59:04
Laurence Cox: Empire, Sedition and the forgotten Irish Buddhist monk who faced down the British in Burma

Laurence Cox: Empire, Sedition and the forgotten Irish Buddhist monk who faced down the British in Burma

Dr Laurence Cox is an associate professor of sociology at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. He is also one of the three authors of “The Irish Buddhist”, the story of U Dhammaloka and his clashes with the British Empire in the early 20th century. We talk about Dhammaloka (born Laurence Carroll in Dublin, or so we think), Buddhism among the Irish, going native, Kipling’s “Kim”, the Irish in 19th Century America, and what stories like these mean in the aftermath of the Mother and Baby Homes report and the death of George Nkencho. Plus Zoe Lyons raises a small fleadh onto The Plastic Pedestal… ...

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December 31, 2020 00:56:50
Nathan Mannion - Migration, Family and Stories at EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum.

Nathan Mannion - Migration, Family and Stories at EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum.

Nathan Mannion is the senior curator at EPIC, which stands proudly on Custom House Quay in Dublin. Founded by Neville Isdell in 2016, EPIC tells the story of Ireland’s emigrant people throughout the ages. IOT’s been visited by some 750,000 people in its first four years and was voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction for an unprecedented two years running in 2019 and 2020 at the World Travel Awards. It’s a far-ranging and fascinating discussion taking in Spitfire Paddy (Brendan Finucane), Margaretta Eagar, tutor to the last of the Romanovs, Lord Haw Haw and Eamonn Andrews. Plus, Rosemary Adaser places Edna O’Brien on The Plastic Pedestal ...

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December 17, 2020 00:58:35
Zoe Lyons: Stand-up, Passport Paddies, Just A Minute and Gingsters

Zoe Lyons: Stand-up, Passport Paddies, Just A Minute and Gingsters

One of the country’s leading stand-ups, Zoe Lyons tones’ have been heard on everything from Clive Anderson’s Chat Show to Just A Minute. A fixture on the comedy circuit, her 2007 debut show “Fight or Flight” saw her nominated as Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Fringe. A second generation member of the diaspora, she recorded a personal documentary series “Zoe Lyons: Passport Paddy” for Radio 4 in 2018. 2021 will see her game show, “Lightning” broadcast on BBC2. Plus Dame Elizabeth Anionwu raises Conrad Bryan onto The Plastic Pedestal ...

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December 10, 2020 00:55:21
Rosemary Adaser: Finding A Voice And Using It To Be Heard For The Mixed-Race Irish

Rosemary Adaser: Finding A Voice And Using It To Be Heard For The Mixed-Race Irish

Rosemary is the founder and former CEO of AMRI, the Association of Mixed Race Irish, a campaign and support group with members in Britain, Ireland, the US and China. Born in Ireland to a white mother and Ghanaian father, her childhood was a series of foster homes and industrial schools. After moving to London at the age of 20, she gained a Masters in Social Policy and worked in Social Housing before forming AMRI. Hers is a remarkable story of fighting injustice and seeking visibility in a society that has for too long ignored or neglected her and others like her. Plus Tommy McLaughlin and Liam Thompson of Leeds Irish Centre do a double Plastic Pedestal. ...

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December 03, 2020 00:55:55
Dame Elizabeth Anionwu: the heritage of racism, the politics of health

Dame Elizabeth Anionwu: the heritage of racism, the politics of health

Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu is, in her own words, “a black British woman of Irish-Nigerian heritage, thank you very much”. She is an activist, health care administrator, lecturer, and Emeritus Professor of Nursing at University of West London, where she created the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice. Her memoir, “MIxed Blessings From A Cambridge Union” tells of how her parents met in 1947 and how she was subsequently raised in convent schools and by her grandparents. Inspired at the age of four to take up nursing, she has been a leader in the research and treatment of sickle cell disease and thalassemia, has been granted a CBE and a damehood, been cited as one of the 100 most influential women in the world in 2020 by the BBC and, to top it all, appeared on Desert Island Discs earlier this year. And now she’s here with us. Plus journalist and writer Sheron Boyle raises a pair of personal Plastic Pedestals ...

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