Conversations

On this page you will find some of the many conversations Ger has had over the past few years. It is mostly made up of extracts from Live on Eire but not exclusively.

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The most recent interviews appear first

 

The newly crowned Women’s World Axe Throwing Champion is a 31 year old native of Co. Sligo. Ger spopke to Ceola McGowan about her recent win. (31st August 2022)

 

 

Fans of F1 thrive on the statistics that we hear during commentaries on races, practice runs and qualifying. A man called Sean Kelly is the man behind most of the stats we are given on various broadcasts across America and Europe. Meet Sean in this episode of Live on Eire. (24th August)

 

There has always been huge interest in the remains of Red Hugh O’Donnell who died in Simancas in Spain and interred in nearby Valladolid 420 years ago. To mark the anniversary which is coming up on 10th September a series of commemorations are planned for the two Spanish towns. Ger chats to Eddie Crawford, Brendan Rohan and Carlos Burgos about this. (17th August 2022)

 

Blatnaid Gallagher from the Galway Wool Co-op tells Ger about the work of the co-op and what it is hoping to achieve (20th July 2022)

 

The second conversation between Ger and Ambassador Donal Denham. The first conversation was broadcast on 6th June and can be heard below (13th July 2022)

 

A new initiative called “Safe Pharmacy” has been launched. It aims to offer assistance to victims of domestic or coersive abuse adn the 900 pharmacies participating in this are clearly identified. The initiative is a collaboration between the Irish Pharmacy Union, an Garda Siochána, the HSE and Safe Ireland. Mary McDermott, CEO of Safe Ireland tells Ger about the initiative and the work of Safe Ireland. (6th July 2022)

 

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the buring of the Public Records Office of Ireland in Ireland in Dublin, two days after the start of the Irish Civil War Ger talks to Dr. Ciarán Wallace from Beyond 2022. Dr. Wallace tells us that most of the documents thought “gone forever” may not be!!

 

 

Veteran Irish journalist David O’Donoghue talks to Ger about his new book titled “Line of Fire” which is described as a thrilling memoir chase through a media minefield. (22nd June 2022)

 

Ricki Wynne is a mountain endurance runner from Co Leitrim and he recently ran up and down Croagh Patrick an incredible 15 times, breaking two world records and raising money for charity in the process.

 

Matin Hayes, renowned traditional fiddle player from East Clare who has travelled the world wowing audiences and bringing with him his own interpretation of what traditional players have handed down from generation to generation. (8th June 2022)

 

In a career spanning 41 years in the Irish diplomatic service, Ambassador Dónal Denham has lived among nine very different societies, spanning three continents. He recently launched his book called Nine Lives and he spoke to Ger about it on Monday 6th June 2022

 

The 20th International Conference of the Spanish Association of Irish Studies is being held in Burgos University in the coming days and its co-ordinator Amor Barros del Rio talks to Ger about the programme and the work of the Association (1st June 2022)

 

As Northern Ireland continues to dominate the news in relation to the Northern Ireland Protocol and the elected parties’ inability to form a power sharing government Ger talks to Professor Katy Hayward, co-author of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey. (1st June 2022)

 

The Irish National Opera (INO) recently announced its 2022/2023 programme of events and we’ll hear from Executive Director, Diego Fasciati, about that programme and the work of the INO (25th May 2022)

 

Dublin-based “Pillow Queens” are into their European tour. Ahead of their Madrid gig Ger spoke to co-lead vocalist and guitarist Pamela Connolly about the band, the tour and making music. (25th May 2022)

 

John Brittain is the Operations Manager at the RNLI Lifeboat station in Clifden in Connemara. The station recently received its new all-weather boat. It’s a “Memory Launch” lifeboat and it carries on its Hull the names of 10,000 people who are being remembered by their loved ones. (18th May 2022)

 

Professor Kieran Moran tells Ger about the technology that is employed in the Sliotar – which is the ball used in the Irish game of hurling. (11th May 2022)

 

Dr. Tara Byrne about the Bealtaine festival 2022 which is an Age and Opportunity initiative happening across Ireland during the month of May. (27th April 2022)

 

The General Manager of Rosslare Europort, Glen Carr talks us through the huge changes that have occurred at the port in recent years and what’s to come in the next 5 years. Exciting times for Ireland’s South East Region. (27th April 2022)

 

As our attention is being focused more and more on Climate Change and the need to protect our environment, we hear from Dara O’Maoildhia from the Aran Islands Energy Co-op to get an understanding of how the islanders are moving closer to a fossil fuel free community. (20th April 2022)

 

On Thursday 28th April the first public meeting and launch of Music Alliance Ireland takes place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Ahead of that the Chair of the group, Toner Quinn, speaks to Ger about its membership, aims and its hopes for the music industry in Ireland. (20th April 2022)

 

The recently announced pilot support scheme for 2000 Irish artists is featured on the programme when Ger talks to Tom Creed from the National Campaign for the Arts. (13th April 2022)

 

Continuing our feature on Irish American singer/songwriters today we hear from John Smith. (30th March 2022)

 

Not to be missed if you are a Game of Thrones fan – even if you’re not, there will be something for you as Ger speaks to Brad Kelly from the Game of Thrones Studio Tour in Belfast. (30th March 2022)

 

Deanna Byrd from the Choctaw Nation. Ger explores the links between the Choctaws and the Irish that dates back to 1847. (16th March 2022).

 

Ger’s first interview with the newly appointed Irish ambassador to Spain, H.E. Ambassador Frank Smyth which was recorded at the Irish Embassy in Madrid (16th March 2022)

 

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches Ger talks to H.E. Ambassador Ronan Gargan, the Irish Ambassador to Hungary and Damien O’Kane from the Irish Hungarian Business Circle in Budapest to find out what preparations are under way to celebrate our Patron Saint’s Day. (9th March 2022)

 

The President of LagunCara, the official Irish/Basque Community Association based in Bilbao about their St. Patrick’s Day plans and the association in general. (9th March 2022)

 

 

Irish American singer, songwriter, author, poet and producer Kitty Donohoe. (2nd March 2022).

 

Jean Sutton from the Women’s Museum of Ireland. (2nd March 2022)

 

The Arts Council of Ireland celebrated 70 years in existence recently and its Director, Maureen Kennelly talks to Ger about the work of the Arts Council and its origins. (23rd February 2022)

 

Acclaimed author James Lawless talks about his work and in particular the novels that he has written that has Spain at the heart of the story. (9th February 2022)

 

All you ever wanted to know about “Forest Bathing” but were afraid to ask!! Ger Sweeney talks to Cathelijne de Wit, a Dutch native who now lives in Wicklow and is one of the country’s first Forest Bathing guides. (9th February 2022)

 

This was broadcast on the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses so our resident Joycean, Roger Cummiskey joins Ger to tell us about the book and its author. (2nd February 2022)

 

Ger talks to County Cork native, Bríd O’Riordan following the release of her first CD titled Scáthán mo Shaoil. (19th January 2022)

 

Paraic Browne from the Irish Old Goats Society, based in Mulranny Co. Mayo, which is currently on a mission to protect the Old Irish Goats as they are close to extinction. (19th January 2021)

 

Three very talented ladies – Ruth Dillon, Julianna Erkkonen and Yvonne Tiernan. Together they make wonderful music as The Raines (5th January 2022)

 

Galway-based singer/songwriter Ultan Conlan joins Ger for an extended conversation and we hear some of his music. (29th December 2021)

 

Pat Egan, one of Ireland’s most successful promoters has written a book called “Back Stage Pass” (15th December 2021)

 

Councillor Aengus O’Rourke from Athlone tells Ger about the new robotic life buoys that have been launched on the River Shannon in the town. (1st December 2021)

 

Dr. Martin Worthington from Trinity College Dublin on his collaboration with the makers of the recently released Marvels movie “Eternals” in relation to ancient languages. (17th November 2021)

 

Darragh Doyle from EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum talks us through the resource that has just been voted the leading visitor attraction in Europe for the third year in a row. (27th October 2021)

 

Caroline Boland from Dingle Peninsula Tourism talks to me about the Bottlenosed Dolphin called Fungie who lived in Dingle Harbour for 37 years. The week of broadcast marked the 1st anniversary of his leaving. We talk about the dolphin’s importance to the local economy and its community. (20th October 2021)

 

Some years ago, PJ Curtis produced a Kate Purcell album called “A Dream Unfolds”. On the programme PJ and Kate discussed with Ger the making of that great album. (6th October 2021)

 

Archaeologist Fiona Maguire discusses recent archaeological finds in Ballinasloe Co. Galway during an upgrade of the town’s infrastructure. (29th September 2021)

 

Martin McElligott from Dundalk tells Ger about the work of the town’s Business Improvement District initiatives designed to enhance the town as a place to live and shop. (29th September 2021)

 

Teddy Fennelly talks about the “Portlaoise Plane”. This is a great history piece about a plane that was built in, and flown from Portlaoise, in 1912. It lived in a garage in the town for 60 years and ended up in a museum in Britain for an additional 40 years. However, the plane is home now! (22nd September 2021)

 

Another in the series featuring record producer PJ Curtis talking to the legendary Sonny Condell about the album he produced for Scullion in 1979. (8th September 2021)

 

Another in the series of interviews between Ger Sweeney, record producer PJ Curtis and another. Today Ger and PJ chat with legendary Irish singer/songwriter Mick Hanly about the making of his “Wooden Horses” album which was produced by PJ. (25th August 2021)

 

An extended with Mayo singer/songwriter CallyAnna. Hear about her career, her music and hear the fascinating story of some of the fabulous tracks on CallyAnna’s forthcoming album titled “Goddess in Me”. (18th August 2021)

 

Director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Geraldine Enright who tells us all about the majestic Cliffs and the launch of their new App. (11th August 2021)

 

Jason Byrne on the work that goats and Sheep are doing in a graveyard outside Crosshaven in Co. Cork. (28th July 2021)

 

Ger continues the series of interviews with record producer PJ Curtis and some of the artists whose albums he has produced. On this edition Ger and PJ chat with Freddie White about the making of his 1981 album called “Do You Do” and a subsequent four track EP called “Have a Nice Day”. (21st July 2021)

 

Jennifer Horgan talks about her new Book titled “O Captain My Captain” which looks at the Irish education system and the need for change. (14th July 2021)

 

One of Ireland’s favourite entertainers – Charlie McGettigan. (7th July 2021)

 

Some weeks ago, Ger spoke with PJ Curtis about his career and in particular his production of some of Ireland’s iconic recordings. Today, PJ joins Ger in studio to chat with Mike Hanrahan of Stocktons Wing on Zoom. Together they talk about how two of the bands most memorable albums, Take a Chance (1980) and Light in the Western Sky (1982) were created. (30th June 2021)

 

The Yeats Society Sligo has launched a fundraiser to allow it continue its work. Ger talks to the Director of the Centre, Susan O’Keeffe. (23rd June 2021)

 

Ger talks to Simon Taylor who has had a very successful career in music. He discusses his time as CEO of Ireland’s National Concert Hall, being head of the RTE Symphony Orchestra, his time as a presenter with the BBC and RTE and much more. (9th June 2021)

 

PJ Curtis is an author, broadcaster, musician, blogger and record producer who has worked with some of the best Irish bands and artists through the years. (26th May 2021)

 

An extended interview with Swedish native Camilla Griesel who has been living in West Cork for many years. They talk about Camilla’s singing, her connections to musical royalty in Ireland and her fascinating life in general. (24th February 2021)

 

Ger talks to Whiskey Historian, Fionnán O’Connor, about the unearthing of whiskey recipes that have been revived for the first time in more than a century. (17th February 2021)

 

Jim Schofield is building a boat in the garage beside his house in Blessington Co. Wicklow and he hopes to sail solo across the Atlantic later this year. (13th January 2021)

 

Limerick entertainer Tommy Drennan tells us the story behind one of Irelland’s icon Christmas hits – His version of Oh Holy Night (25th December 2020)

 

Winter Solstice – Clare Tuffy on Newgrange and the 5000 year old passage tomb there. (7th December 2020)

 

Dr. Ursula Callaghan co-authored a book called “Are You Going Uptown” Shop and Shopping in Limerick. (23rd November 2020)

 

Ger talks to one of Ireland’s best loved entertainers, Red Hurley. (9th November 2020)

 

Ger speaks to Regina Whelan Richardson about the Salamanca Archive which is housed in St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Co. Kildare (5th October 2020)

 

Colin Ahern is part of Kilkenny Tourism. He goes through some of the initiatives that are currently attracting people to Ireland’s medieval city. (14th September2020)

 

Ger Sweeney talks to Newport based musician and composer Denis Carey about his life in music – so far (10th August 2020)

 

On the Day that we lost John Hume, Ger chatted with Maurice Fitzpatrick who wrote and produced a documentary called “In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America”. (3rd August 2020)

 

June Burke from Spanish Point in Co. Clare started a “movement” creating a link between swimming and mental wellbeing. (3rd August 2020)

 

Sean Torpey is one of Ireland’s leading makers of hurleys – the sticks with which the game of huring is played – and he tells Ger about his new BAMBOO hurley (13th July 2020)

 

Ger talks to the Irish barrister who came to Spain to write a book….about an Irish barrister who came to Spain to Write a book!!! (13th July 2020)

 

Michael Dixon on a paper that has remained hidden since 1950 that shines some light on James Blake – the man who supposedly poisoned Red Hugh O’Donnell (29th June 2020)

 

Leon Moore’s aunt Bernadette Cooper vanished without trace in 1993. Originally from Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, Bernadette lived in London and Benalmadena prior to her disappearance. (15th June 2020)

 

On this occasion the broadcast of Live on Eire fell on the 24th Anniversary of the last time Ireland won the Eurovision Song Contest. Eimear Quinn sang “The Voice” on that occasion. Ger talks to Eimear about that win and her forthcoming album. (18th May 2020)

 

Musician and songwriter Barry McCabe talks about his extensive career. (27th April 2020)

 

The band Shaskeen has been on the go for 50 years and to mark that the band’s new double CD will go on release on April 17th – in advance of that the founding father Tom Cussen and newbie David Sanders talk about the band and its members. (13th April 2020)

 

Ger talks to Irish broadcasting legend Mike Murphy about his broadcasting career and newly launched podcast series in association with Senior Times magazine. (30th March 2020)

 

Anna Walsh and Irma McLoughlin from Theatre Forum in Ireland were in Malaga participating in a European initiative involving women artists from Ireland, Spain and Sweden. (20th January 2020)

 

Earlier in the year Antonio Sierra visited Derry and that visit resulted in Derry-based journalist Ciaran O’Neill making a trip to Malaga. Ger found out why. (2nd December 2019)

 

Now living in Nerja, Irish woman Marie Kusters McCarthy talks about her new book about murder and how a girl from Co. Waterford got a job with the UN (14th October 2019)

 

Dermot Hurley of the Valencia Irish Cultural Association talks about its work (30th September 2019)

 

 

Dr. Aoife Brady, Curator of Italian and Spanish art at the National Gallery of Ireland on the Sorolla exhibition that is currently showing. (2nd September 2019)

 

Ger talks to Co. Clare-based musician and singer Katie Theasby about her upcoming debut album. (19th August 2019)

 

Live on Eire’s Spanish/Irish Cultural Consultant José Antonio Sierra talks about the official opening of the Spanish Cultural Institute on 11th February 1974. (11th February 2019)

 

There is extensive work being done for over a decade at the Military Service Pension Collection department of the Military Archives in Ireland. Cecile Gordon talks to Ger about the project that is very important as we head towards the centenary of the Civil War and the War of Independence. (14th January 2019)

 

An extended sit-down interview with Irish Showbiz and comic Legend Brendan Grace (7th January 2019)

 

Richard Fitzpatrick an Irish journalist based in Barcelona and he talks about Margaret Kearney Taylor who ran the Embassy Tea Room in Madrid. Margaret helped over 30,000 Jews, Servicemen and others escape the Nazis during World War II. (10th December 2018)

 

Ciaran Carty is a well-known Irish journalist, broadcaster and movie critic.  His new book “Writer to Writer” has just been launched. He talks about that while explaining his very close ties to Spain and Spanish culture over the past 50 years. (26th November 2018)

 

 

Manus Walsh is a well-known and much-loved artist. He splits his time between his Ballyvaughan home in the Burren and his Spanish home. As he launched a new exhibition called “Variations” at the Kenny Gallery in Galway Manus spoke about his work, his inspirations and his long-time love affair with Spain and the Burren. (19th November 2018)

 

Catherine Nowlan Roebuck, she is co-author of a new book on Nano Nagle, the founder of the Presentation Sisters. (5th November 2018)

 

Patricia Trainor from Belfast spent 25 years teaching Irish and Irish studies at the University of Malaga. Following this conversation Patricia became a regular contributor to Live on Eire. These contributions have been collected and are available on a Podcast Series titled “Stories of Ireland and the Irish” and can be heard wherever you get your podcasts. (29th October 2018)

 

Carlos Perez Torres is based in Malaga. On 13th  August 2018 he spoke at length about his connection to Irish artist George Campbell who is remembered fondly and has been honoured in the city of Malaga.

 

The name, John Hume will be forever linked with bringing peace to the island of Ireland. Just ahead of the broadcast of a documentary on John Hume’s life, Live on Eire listeners heard from the film’s writer and producer, Maurice Fitzpatrick. (30th July 2018)

 

The wild Atlantic Way has been a phenomenal success. Siobhan King gives us the details of this genius marketing campaign. (4th June 2018)

 

John Lynch is the leader of the world renowned Kilfenora Ceili Band. (7th May 2018)

 

The First “Live on Eire” was broadcast on Monday 30th April 2018 and the first guest was Ireland’s Ambassador to Spain Síle Maguire