Callan's KicksBrexit, U2 and US Midterms

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On Callan’s Kicks, a busy week for Brexit, plus US midterm elections, U2 in Dublin and a feisty row between Mary Lou and Leo… Click play above for this week’s episode of Callan’s Kicks. Want to download the Callan’s Kicks Podcast?  Click here for iTunes Click here for Android Share this Post

Lord Chris Patten on Brexit ‘It’s increasingly the case that we find that we’re living in a sort of a world where it’s like one of those nightmares…  People are refusing to face up to that.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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“We’re living in cloud cuckoo land,” Lord Chris Patten told Sean O’Rourke, ahead of his Ivy House lecture on Ireland, Britain and the challenge of nationalism.  His experience as a member of the British Cabinet, as Junior Minister of Stormont and as Chair of the Policing Commission of Northern Ireland gives him ample insight into the practical implications of Brexit …

Olivia O'Leary on Trump‘Trump could win again…we may be fooling ourselves if we think he won’t.’

As heard on Drivetime

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He could win again, you know. I woke up this morning realising that Trump could win again. And that we may be fooling ourselves if we think he won’t. And I wasn’t thinking particularly about the summit with North Korea but just about the odds. And they were the same odds that indicated that he would win in the first place in 2016. I had a great …

Olivia O’Leary“Rugby offers one of the few occasions for people on all parts of this island to declare publicly and passionately their common allegiance.”  

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Olivia O’Leary used to dislike Ireland’s Call. Not anymore. These days, she finds the sight and sound of the Irish rugby team and supporters all singing Phil Coulter’s song together moves her beyond words. She follows rugby, she says, for the national anthems. And, hearing the Welsh in full flight singing Land of My Fathers, you’d have to agree that …

Paddy Duffy“Tell me a crazed experiment involving dinosaurs isn’t the first thing to mind when you think of Brexit.”

As heard on Drivetime

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The witty and wise London-based author and broadcaster Paddy Duffy sent us his thoughts on Brexit and St Patrick on Monday’s Drivetime. Paddy recalled being impressed when his college History lecturer admitted that there weren’t that many details known about Ireland’s patron saint. Most questions, he told us, seemed to have answers like, “we don’t know”, we’re not sure”, or …

Callan's KicksLEO: ‘I don’t know, Murphs. Maybe we were just too cool for Ireland. You’ve got that sweet beard and a TV heartthrob brother.’

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Politicians find that talking about the thing distracts from the other thing… We hear from those on either side of the Brexit-border omnishambles… And touching tributes from celebs (and politicians) to their mams… Want to download the Callan’s Kicks Podcast?  Click here for iTunes Click here for Android Share this Post

Olivia O'Leary on John Redmond and Brexit‘The price paid for Partition is being brought home even more sharply today.’

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The SDLP leader, John Hume, didn’t much like being an MP in the House of Commons. He said he realised early on that his most useful political work would be done on other stages in the United States or even in the European Parliament. He said he used to see the bust of the Irish Parliamentary Party leader, John Redmond outside The Strangers’ Bar …

Brexit ‘The letter comes, extremely scary language, it says, you are liable to be detained. You’ve got thirty days to leave the UK or you will be removed.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Things are getting real.  Brexit is no longer just a political concept.  Its implications could be palpable and far-reaching.  The latest face put to this massive overhaul of policy is that of Dr Eva Johanna Holmberg who works at the Queen Mary University of London. To her horror, Dr Eva received a letter in the post giving her thirty days …