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The Episodes of 'An Irishman Abroad' That Struck A Chord With Jarlath Regan

The Episodes of 'An Irishman Abroad' That Struck A Chord With Jarlath Regan
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Over the years there have been over 300 episodes of 'An Irishman Abroad', the popular podcast presented by Irishman Jarlath Regan.

Since he began podcasting all the way back in 2013, Regan has sat down with actors, writers, sportspeople, comedians, activists and more.

Each and every episode makes for compelling listening, but which ones have remained ingrained within the presenter's memory?

Of all the episodes, which made an significant impact on him?

Moreover, which, does he feel, made a significant impact on his listeners?

John Giles

The great John Giles always makes for compelling listening, whether he's talking about football or just life in general.

In this all-encompassing episode, Regan delved deep into Giles' life, from the moment he knew he was going to become a professional footballer at the age of five to being part of the furniture at Manchester United when the Munich Air Disaster shocked the world.

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Speaking to Balls.ie, Regan remembers:

Sometimes you'll speak to somebody like John Giles and you forget the number of strands of history that he's connected to and the parts of the game and Irish life he's borne witness to or played an active part it. That one, I could have stayed there for three hours.

Ronan O'Gara

We all knew Ronan O'Gara the rugby player; few knew Ronan O'Gara the person.

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Through sitting down with Regan, the public got to know the man behind the stone-cold persona who scored over 1,000 points for Ireland and more again for Munster.

Regan recalls:

Ronan has this steely exterior and for a long time I think Ireland couldn't really make sense of the guy. That's why there was so much speculation and intrusion into his private life which was patently wrong.

I was expecting a wall; I was expecting him to tell me certain things were off limits. And if people go back and listen to it it's clear he has no issue with talking about anything whatsoever.

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

At a time when Irish people were obsessed with Love/Hate, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays Nidge in the series, sat down to chat on the podcast. Nobody quite knew what to expect.

Everybody knew the thug the actor portrayed, but the actor remained an enigma. Nobody could have expected the personality that emerged.

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It was a highly emotional interview that was evocative and remains etched in the memory of everybody that tuned in.

For Regan, it's one of the interviews he can remember most vividly.

Tom was just so connected to his emotions that immediately he had tears on his face and so did I. I think that was kind of a turning point for the series in some ways because it just resonated so much with some people.

It was Nidge - people were messaging me saying: 'You made Nidge cry.' So that was special.

Boy George

One of the biggest names to sit down with Regan over the years was Boy George, but it was a strange series of events that led the Irish presenter to the singer's home.

In fact he was celebrating his own birthday when the text came through saying the singer was now available to sit down and have a chat. Regan immediately picked up his notebook and headed out the door. Needless to say, the subsequent podcast didn't disappoint.

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Regan recalls:

You go over to this rockstar's mansion at Hampstead Heath and he's telling you about his memories in the West of Ireland, doing the cúpla focal as Gaeilge and you realise the normality of somebody as strange as we were led to believe. Really, it's the humanity that tends to come out over and over again in the show.

Jarlath Regan was speaking as CurrencyFair launch the a multi-month, international campaign to find the most deserving Irish emigrant to receive a €30,000 ‘Come Home’ to Ireland relocation package. The package includes accommodations in Dublin (or Ireland) for one year, flights home and car insurance. Our goal is to address, for one deserving person or family at least, some of the repatriation pains returning Irish emigrants face

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