Experiencing July 12th as a southerner

This summer myself and my podcast co-host Tim Mc Inerney travelled to Derry and Belfast to experience the 11th and 12th of July for ourselves and record our experiences for our podcast The Irish Passport. With our southern accents and southern registration plates, we got plenty of warnings to be careful — from both sides of the border. But we wanted to see and understand for ourselves what the Glorious Twelfth is all about, confronting our own biases and gaps … Read more

Shock and awe. We react to the repeal of the 8th Amendment.

It took 24 hours for the result to really sink in. A landslide yes to end Ireland’s near-total abortion ban. It was so unexpected, the reaction of many was shock. “We’re just blown away by the landslide,” one woman told The Irish Passport podcast as she absorbed the result in Dublin Castle. “It’s like living in a new Ireland.” “I’m kind of astounded,” said an older man who voted No. “I thought it would be tighter.” Myself and Tim McInerney … Read more

High stakes for Northern Ireland in abortion referendum

The Republic of Ireland’s referendum on whether to overturn its near-total constitutional abortion ban is already having an impact in Northern Irish politics, and the outcome on Friday is crucial. That’s the takeaway from Slugger O’Toole deputy editor David McCann in a special episode of The Irish Passport podcast from Belfast. Have a listen here.   Naomi O LearyIrish journalist writing for @PoliticoEurope. Try my politics/history/culture podcast @PassportIrish.

The Facebook referendum

Erin believes if Irish people only realised the suffering the abortion ban inflicts on people, they would vote to repeal it. You might know Erin as In Her Shoes, the Facebook page that has gained a following of 90,000 since she started posting crowd-sourced stories of abortion earlier this year. The page has made stories of tragedy go viral. Stories of rape. Stories of happily expected babies given a fatal diagnosis. Stories of secrecy and shame. She got the idea … Read more

Rethinking 1916 ahead of Ireland’s abortion referendum

One April morning 102 years ago a countess, a grocer’s daughter, a carpenter and and a former British soldier picked up guns and marched onto the streets of Dublin to rebel against the British Empire and declare an Irish republic. We introduce these characters and what they were fighting to achieve in the new episode of The Irish Passport podcast: ‘1916 and the Invention of Ireland‘. The episode traces the cultural upheaval that led to the rebellion and questions whether, 102 … Read more

How the Irish pub took over the world

Today people will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Irish pubs from Hong Kong to Panama. But did you ever wonder how Irish pubs spread to the ends of the earth? The fascinating backstory is explained in the St. Patrick’s Day special of The Irish Passport podcast. The Irish pub empire began in the 1990s, when Guinness and The Irish Pub Company came up with The Guinness Irish Pub Concept ™. Guinness were looking for ways to sell more stout, and they gambled that … Read more

The new season of The Irish Passport podcast is here

The second season of The Irish Passport podcast has arrived. If you haven’t heard the podcast yet, it’s a ‘passport’ to Irish culture, history and politics. It gives the low-down on the unfinished history that explains today’s news. I’m a journalist, and the show combines my reporting on current affairs with the historical insight of my co-host Tim Mc Inerney, who is a lecturer in British and Irish cultural history. We launched the podcast out of a sense of urgency … Read more

Should all Irish citizens around the world be given a vote in presidential elections?

Ireland is set to have a referendum on whether to allow all Irish citizens resident outside the state to vote in presidential elections. This has provoked a debate, with some fearing this could lead to a distant diaspora imposing a terrible unwanted president on residents of the country. Here’s why that is not going to happen Isn’t this a radical proposal? No. Currently, Ireland is radical in the other direction. Its lack of any provision for overseas voting is internationally … Read more