The Irish Passport

Irish culture and current affairs with the historical backstory that explains it all. Presented by journalist Naomi O Leary and lecturer Tim Mc Inerney, this is your passport to Ireland.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 53m. Bisher sind 69 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein zweiwöchentlich erscheinender Podcast

recommended podcasts

S2 Episode 3: 1916 and the Invention of Ireland

The rebellion of a raggedy band of teachers, nurses and poets sent shock waves around the world and changed Ireland forever. But why does the Easter Rising of 1916 still cause controversy? Naomi and Tim introduce the countess, the grocer’s daughter


 2018-04-20  1h16m

Halfpints: The Táin

A tale of powerful matriarchs, fearsome warriors, and supernaturally potent bullocks from Ireland’s ancient past. What’s not to love? Naomi and Tim take on the Táin Bó Cúailnge, a tale of cattle-raiding derring-do from before Christianity mad


 2018-04-02  3m

S2 Episode 2: St. Patrick’s Day Special

A bonus special episode in honour of our national day! We discuss the annual pilgrimage of Irish politicians to the White House that inevitably results in scandal. Tim tells us the surprising origins of the St. Patrick’s Day festival and the murky


 2018-03-16  47m

S2 Episode 1: A United Ireland

A United Ireland: the idea has been a political force in Irish and British politics for centuries, and it has been given fresh momentum by Brexit. Tim explains how the concept long pre-dates the partition of the island and was once championed by Protesta


 2018-03-07  54m

Episode 13: The Invisible War

It’s the grand finale to the first season! Tim and Naomi examine how a standoff over the Irish border in the Brexit negotiations brought ignorance about Ireland among politicians and media to the surface. We review the biggest embarrassing moments


 2017-12-13  1h11m

Episode 12: Away with the Fairies

Just below the surface of modern Ireland, a parallel world exists with its roots in pre-Christian belief. Irish fairies aren’t like Tinkerbell – they’re more like a supernatural mafia. So be careful what you say, because as the story go


 2017-11-15  55m

Episode 11: Abortion

Ireland has one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe. Banned unless the woman’s life is in serious danger, it carries a 14-year prison sentence. Rumblings of change are beginning, but some a campaign could open up ugly political fault lines. Wh


 2017-10-25  57m

Episode 10: The Irish Slaves Myth

Have you ever heard that the Irish were slaves? If so, you may have been targeted with political propaganda. Naomi speaks to actress and writer Azie Dungey about how Irish history is being abused for a political agenda in the United States, while Tim ask


 2017-09-28  1h2m

Episode 9: The Great Hunger

Ireland’s great famine was the worst peacetime disaster in 19th century Europe. It shaped both Ireland and the world. And it remains such a political bombshell that people still can’t agree on what to call it. We explore the hidden history of


 2017-09-06  1h9m

Episode 8: The Brexit Irish

Applications for Irish passports surged in the last year, largely from people in Britain and Northern Ireland. Who are the new ‘Brexit Irish’? We meet them in this new episode and hear their motivations for claiming their Irish identity. We a


 2017-08-16  59m