‘LUCKY COUNTRY ’ PODCAST
A podcast series where Irish people, from a wide range of ages and backgrounds , share their journEYS leaving Ireland & settling in Australia.
They tell their intimate stories, their trials & tribulations. many now call Australia home.
ABC Radio Sydney’s leading Evening Radio Host, Chris Bath, chats with Jack Murphy about his brand new podcast series Lucky Country (first aired Mar 14 2019)
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Featuring 2 Dubliners who grew up 5 kms from one another BUT … 55 years apart! meet Harry Cummins & Neil O’Sullivan …
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Harry Cummins settles in australia while Neil O’Sullivan shares his passion for soccer & the big influencers during his formative years …
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Harry Cummins & judy his sydney born wife start their family in the snowy mountains. his fellow dubliner,Neil O’Sullivan,50 years his junior, DREAMS about heading to australia.
we meet martin cunningham, born in war torn northern ireland. he recalls how he & his mum narrowly escaped death when they’d simply gone shopping in the border town of newry.
martin was just 7 years old.
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South dubliner,Neil O’Sullivan settles into life in australia, playing soccer, setting up a business, while dealing with mental health issues.
newry born martin cunningham, recalls his early years in the troubles of northern ireland ,HOW he became an obsessed cricket follower & his dreams of university life in england.
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martin cunningham tells of his time leaving northern ireland for england - meeting english born sinn fein supporters & ex british soldiers, GRADUATING UNIVERSITY & getting a job in cambridge, before heading out on a 12 month VISA with HIS english GIRLFRIEND.
meet daragh foley, a 20 something dubliner & professional boxer. born in england to irish parents who’d returned home to the CELTIC tiger, darragh recalls his early years in ENGLAND & ireland and how his passion for boxing started!
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martin cunningham stays on in australia after his breakup & meets his future wife at a sydney train station.
daragh foley, recalls his early years in ireland & how he turned his boxing into a sporting success.
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daragh foley, moves to perth then sydney to become a professional boxer. he dreams of a world title fight in new york & las vegas.
we meet galway’s val baynes, an accountant & accomplished rugby player who tells of his early idyllic years growing up on ireland’s rugged west coast.
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we rejoin ‘35 something’ val who recalls his many sports including representing IReland in the junior world discus competition. he studies commerce at galway UNIVERSITY & moves to dublin to pursue accountancy. val joins dublin’s bective rangers RFC from galway’s corinthian’s.
he lands a great job at merrill lynch, only to soon find himself caught in the celtic tiger meltdown!
meet ‘50 something ‘ dave gallagher from dublin’s clontarf, who shares his irish life in the ‘BLACK & white ‘60’s & early ‘70’s era’. dave explains why there was always chocolate at home & why most of his childhood FRIENDS ended up in DIFFERENT SECONDARY schools to him.
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val meets his future wife in a dublin nightclub, moves to sydney & decides to bring a slice of irish rugby life downunder with his friend, pat noble. in 2013,they set up sydney irish RFC as a permanent rugby club for the diaspora. he marries and soon learns he is to be …
dave gallagher tells of his secondary school years at mount temple school in dublin, what it was like GROWING up in a musically creative year at school with what was to become the most famous band out of ireland,u2.
dave gets an australian working holiday visa, moves to sydney meets a girl and…
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dave gallagher tells of life in australia now with his childhood sweetheart wendy, running his own very SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS, but finds himself burnt out by 40.
we meet larger than life john leahy,also 50 something, from kildare via galway, who decided, at an emigrant wake, that he too would head off to australia at 23 years old,just in time for paddy’s day in sydney.
SPECIAL oct 20th below
#BREXIT DEAL not passed in UK Parliament & IRISH RUGBY Team humiliated in Japan … NEW MUSIC from The Script plus U2, Cranberries, Declan O’ Rourke, Saw Doctors Satire from Callan’s Kicks & Comedy from Dara O’Briain
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#BREXIT DEAL DONE OR …? Featuring NO 1 ALBUM IN IRELAND & UK Dermot Kennedy’s ‘Without Fear’, The Potbeleez , Thin Lizzy, Paddy Reilly FIELDS OF ATHENRY, SHOULDER TO SHOULDER, AMHRAN NA BHFIANN, Gary Moore. Satire from Callan’s Kicks and … R.O.C.K. has evidence Munster didn’t beat the ALL BLACKS OR …?
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#BREXIT LATEST. Featuring NO 1 ALBUM IN IRELAND & UK Dermot Kennedy’s ‘Without Fear’, Gary Moore, Chris De Burgh, Picture This ‘as Gaeilge’,Celtic Tenors. Satire from Callan’s Kicks and … R.O.C.K craving to help the Irish Rugby Team in FUKUOKA, Japan.
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#BREXIT LATEST. Featuring JUST RELEASED Dermot Kennedy’s 1st Album ‘Without Fear’, Flogging Molly, U2, Stiff Little Fingers, KILA, Thin Lizzy. Satire from Callan’s Kicks and … an exhausted R.O.C.K staying up late to watch Rugby World Cup games, Japan
#BREXIT LATEST. Music from Sinead O ‘Connor LIVE on The Late Late , 4 of Us, KILA plus RUGBY WORLD CUP SPECIAL featuring part of Luke Fitzgerald’s Left Wing Podcast… PLUS the latest episode from R.O.C.K. who asks whether the Munster’s win against the All Blacks in 1978 really did happen?
#BREXIT LATEST. Music from Roisin Murphy, Donal Lunny with The Edge, Damien Dempsey, Monoband , Keywest PLUS the latest episode from ROCK who has dog troubles with his daughter !
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#BREXIT LATEST. How to spot HAEMOCHROMOTOSIS. Music from KILA , ELECTRIC PICNIC ARTISTS Dermot Kennedy, Roisin Murphy ( Moloko & HOZIER plus Odhran Murphy & Aodhan Conlan PLUS R.O.C.K. creator, Paul Howard, felt attending his first Leinster schools rugby game in Donnybrook back in the late 80's
Music from … The Irish Tenors , Dermot Kennedy, Picture This, KILA , PLUS Ireland’s Call – the Irish Rugby Anthem ahead of England Ireland game this weekend plus a double episode of ROCK !
Featuring INCREDIBLE Documentary on BERNADETTE DEVLIN-MCALISKEY & 50 Years since the BATTLE of DERRY’S BOGSIDE. Music from … Stiff Little Fingers, U2, KILA, Simple Minds, Paul Brady & more !
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Featuring DERRY GIRLS Interview about Series 3, Danny Doyle (RIP this week) ,The Pogues, Dermot Kennedy, Picture This, The Script, MOVIE REVIEW - BLACK 47 , Plus comedy drama R.O.C.K.
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BLOOMS DAY Reading from Irish Senator, David Norriss…MUSIC from LUKA BLOOM, DERMOT KENNEDY,HOZIER,PICTURE THIS,BOOMTOWN RATS, PLUS Comedy - David O’ Doherty and the hilarious R.O.C.K
SPECIAL SHOW IN Support Of The Irish Musicians Union Call To Boycott the Israeli Apartheid State hosting the Eurovision in 2019
Listen to Irish RTE Great MIKE MURPHY on how appallingly he was treated by the Israeli State
GREAT Music ... Christy Moore, KILA, The Shaker Hymn, Frances Black, Elvis Costello, Sharon Shannon with Roisin El Safty, Damien Dempsey, Aodhan Chezney Conlan & Odhran Murphy... & R.O.C.K.
april 27 below featuring ‘The catalpa rescue’
Interview with prolific Australian author, President of the Australian Republican Movement and former Wallaby, storyteller PETER FITZSIMONS. Peter tells us about his latest book, ‘The Catalpa Rescue’, the escape of Irish Fenians from Fremantle Jail, Western Australia in 1875. Music from Paddy Reilly & The Dubliners, Glen Hansard, Thin Lizzy & The Pogues. Satire from Oliver Callan , CALLAN’S KICKS & R.O.C.K.
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Dedicated to LYRA MCKEE , her partner and family #rip
Music from Flogging Molly, Dermot Kennedy, Frances Black sings RAGLAN ROAD at Martin McGuinness funeral, DERRY 2016,Mary Black,WESTLIFE with Sydney’s JOHN STEPHAN. HILARIOUS Satire - CALLAN’S KICKS &… R.O.C.K!
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SPECIAL FEATURE ON BREXIT , PICTURE THIS, US Chart Topper HOZIER, Phil Lynott’s 2 Dublin Songs, The Strypes & Director Plus Ross O’Carroll Kelly & SUPER Satire - CALLAN’s KICKS!
March 23 2019
FEATURING MIAMI SHOWBAND MASSACRE INTERVIEW Plus US Chart Topper HOZIER sings in a NYC Subway.Dermot Kennedy LIVE on Ellen DeGeneres Show. KILA, Snow Patrol, Undertones. Ross O’Carroll Kelly & SUPER Satire - CALLAN’s KICKS!
March 16 2019
HAPPY ST PATS ! Sasta La Fheile Padraig MUSIC from The Pogues, Picture This, KILA & Christy Moore PLUS Ross O’Carroll Kelly & SUPER Satire - CALLAN’s KICKS! … PLUS R.O.C.K… THIS SHOW IS DEDICATED TO THOSE MURDERED in CHRISTCHURCH by racist, bigoted right wing extremists, seemingly led by an Australian from NSW, the state where we are based. #racism #rip #peace #justice #equality
NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL part 1 dec 29 2018
30 YEAR IRISH STATE SECRETS REVEALED. UPBEAT TUNES from MARXMAN with Sinead O’Connor, Samantha Mumba, U2, The Potbelleez, Moloko, Aslan, KILA, COMEDY from DYLAN MORAN, PLUS …Satire, R.O.C.K & the HILARIOUS… Callan’s Kicks !
show OCTOBER 6 2018
MUST LISTEN PODCAST Features chilling interview with the MIAMI SHOWBAND survivor Stephen Travers. He shares what happened on the night of the massacre of his band mates on July 31st 1975. Plus latest news, satire & music from a range of Irish artists.
show SEPTEMBER 29 2018
This show features EXCLUSIVE interview with the creator of ROSS O’CARROLL KELLY, PAUL HOWARD. Plus news, satire & music from a range of Irish artists.