Ronan MacManus: Bible Code Sundays Among The Irish Of London

Singer songwriter and family historian Ronan MacManus is the son of Ross and brother of Declan (aka Elvis Costello) but more importantly is something of a legend among the Diaspora of London and the South East, with his band Bible Code Sundays and their anthem Maybe It’s Because I’m An Irish Londoner. We talk familyContinue reading “Ronan MacManus: Bible Code Sundays Among The Irish Of London”

John Wardle, aka Jah Wobble: Putting Some Food On It With A London-Irish Geezer

Bass player with the original line-up of Public Image Limited, alongside John Lydon and Keith Levene, John Wardle – dubbed “Jah Wobble” by Sid Vicious -went on to front Invaders Of The Heart, worked on the London Underground during lean years and returned to music to work with – amongst others – Brian Eno, DeloresContinue reading “John Wardle, aka Jah Wobble: Putting Some Food On It With A London-Irish Geezer”

Josie O’Driscoll: Holocaust, Independence And The Future For Travellers In Herts

The only Irish Traveller to found and head a Gypsy And Traveller Exchange, Josephine (“Josie”) O’Driscoll talks visits to holocaust sites in Krakow, education, family and her hopes for community ownership among Gypsies, Romani and Travellers. Plus John Lee of Irish Stew Podcast raises author Peter Quinn onto The Plastic Pedestal

Eithne Browne: From Ballina to Brookie and Beyond…

Star of “Blood Brothers”, Chrissy Rogers in “Brookside” and – would you believe – Mrs Devaney in Jimmy McGovern’s “Broken”, Eithne Browne discusses memories of Mayo, her Master Mariner father and singer mother, changes in Liverpool and strange Irish coincidences. Plus Patrick Osborne raises James (“Big Jim”) Larkin onto The Plastic Pedestal

Fr Bernárd Lynch: The “AIDS Priest” From Co. Clare Finds Love In London

Born in Ennis, Co. Clare, Bernárd Lynch was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1971. He founded the AIDS Ministry in New York in 1982, faced down the persecution of his own church and finally married the man of his dreams, Billy, in 2017. He has been honoured by both the City of New York and the President of Ireland, and now he honours us.

Plus Brian O’Neill of Dimple Discs raises Sean O’Hagan onto The Plastic Pedestal