Irish Ambassador to Spain talks to Ger Sweeney

A few days before St. Patrick’s Day Ger Sweeney visited the Irish Embassy in Madrid. Ambassador Frank Smyth took up his position in Madrid in September and Ger wanted to find out how it was all going. The conversation covered a lot of ground and it offers an insight into the work of the Embassy, … More Irish Ambassador to Spain talks to Ger Sweeney

Deanna Byrd of the Choctaw Nation on “That Donation to Ireland in 1847”

During the “great famine” as Irish people were dying of hunger and millions of people emigrated to the four corners of the world, assistance came from the Choctaw Nation. For his Irish radio programme, Live on Eire, which is broadcast on Talk Radio Europe, Ger Sweeney spoke to Deanna Byrd of the Choctaw Nation about … More Deanna Byrd of the Choctaw Nation on “That Donation to Ireland in 1847”

St. Patrick’s Day in Spain 2022

The Irish Embassy in Madrid has compiled a list of activities happening across Spain to mark St. Patrick’s Day The infromation is below along with details of where further information is available. To add to this please email info@emeraldconnection.net and your event in Spain can be added here. Ger Sweeney will be promoting these events … More St. Patrick’s Day in Spain 2022

Have Mic and Camera – Will Travel

The story of Colm Flynn from Ennis, Co. Clare. Colm and Ger Sweeney worked together for a few years in Clare FM and have remained friends as the years (and decades) passed. A chance comment one evening on Ger’s Irish radio programme on Spain’s Talk Radio Europe gave Ger the idea to contact Colm to … More Have Mic and Camera – Will Travel

The Irish Arts Council Turns 70

It was a very progressive step – the establishment of the Irish Arts Council in 1951. The first meeting took place in January 1952 so in January of this year the 70th anniversary of that meeting was marked. The current Director of the Arts Council, Maureen Kennelly, spoke to Ger Sweeney recently for his Irish … More The Irish Arts Council Turns 70

Acclaimed Irish Author James Lawless

Acclaimed Irish author James Lawless spoke to Ger Sweeney about his works. The conversation was broadcast on Ger’s weekly Irish radio programme that is broadcast on Talk Radio Europe. It was appropriate that the conversation started with a focus on the Spanish element of many of James’ novels – including one that has yet to … More Acclaimed Irish Author James Lawless

The Feast of St. Brigid – But who is she?

The 1st of February is St. Brigid’s Day and in Ireland we have recognised it as the feast day of our “other” patron saint. St. Brigid is the female patron saint of Ireland. We learned this going to school and we even made our St. Brigid’s crosses to mark it. Our female patron saint has … More The Feast of St. Brigid – But who is she?

Bríd O’Riordan Powerful Debut Album

Bríd O’Riordan is from Cill na Martra, a beautiful village in the Muskerry Gaeltacht in West Cork and is now living in West Clare. Scáthán mo Shaoil is the title of her debut album which was produced by Philip Begley and features a host of luminaries from the music world such as Paul Brady, Kevin … More Bríd O’Riordan Powerful Debut Album