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Top 10 Irish podcasts to get you through the day

For those who want something to listen to while they’re out and about or just want something to tune into while they’re at home, Irish podcasts are the way to go.

We’re absolutely spoiled for choice in this wee country and so here’s just a taster of some top Irish podcasts that you can tune into today and listen back to at your leisure.

Note: Some of these podcasts haven’t been updated for a while however many have a massive backlog of episodes that will keep you occupied.

1. Beo Ar Éigean

Presented by Siún Ní Dhuinn, Áine Ní Bhreisleáin and Sinéad Ní Uallacháin this is a podcast from three intelligent and funny women, each with her own unique style. Showcasing the Irish language in a modern, fresh approach, they all use it naturally and incorporate it seamlessly into every sort of topic. Listen back on the show here.

2. Glow West

This is a new podcast by Dr Caroline West which focuses in on sexual wellness and covers everything like sex, sexuality, and the body. Available on all podcast platforms, Caroline and guests talk about all the topics that perhaps you were too shy to discuss or Google yourself. Find out more here.

3. Motherfoclóir

Darach Ó Séaghdha and friends host this podcast which encompasses topics from psychology to mythology, feminism and more, all connecting to the Irish language. The podcast is in English but there’s plenty of Irish within and it’s very accessible to all sorts of listeners. Find out more here.

4. Mothers of Invention

Comedian Maeve Higgins and our former President Mary Robinson are the unexpected duo in this fascinating podcast about feminism, climate change and saving the planet. Featuring mostly women from around the world, learn how to cope, empower and enact change through the eyes of extraordinary women driving climate innovation.

Available across multiple platforms like Spotify and out more on the Mothers of Invention website here.

5. The Irish History Podcast

This is an extremely accessible history podcasted hosted by historian Fin Dwyer. Discover more on his website here. Topics are varied and always fascinating as Fin reveals aspects of history from things like the Great Famine to witches and witchcraft, medieval life to Peig’s background. For history buffs, this is a must.

6. Afra-Éire

Hosted by Ola Majekodunmi through Raidió na Life, this is a brilliant Irish-language show about the connections between Ireland and Africa. Her wonderful podcast covers everything from African music to interviews with people with a unique connection to Africa like Ayo Arogundade, Caoimhe de Barra, Alan Titley and Sorcha Pollack. You can listen back to Afra-Éire on Soundcloud here.

7. Grief Encounters

Dealing with death doesn’t sound like your typical podcast affair nor easy listening but this is a really insightful podcast by Sasha Hamrogue and Venetia Quick that’s worth a go.

Focussing on life after death, their Irish podcasts have won them an army of fans and both have experienced huge loss in their lives. Sasha’s parents and Venetia’s husband died from cancer and in the podcast, they touch on everything like the practicalities of what to do after death and how to support grieving friends. If you’re dealing with grief or want to lend your support to someone who is, this really is essential listening. Find out more here.

8. The Republic of Players Podcast

This is a top weekly podcast from Irish gamers covering topics like the latest developments in the video game industry, tackling that ever-changing backlog of games and interviews with some of Ireland’s top industry professionals. The podcast is live to watch on YouTube and watch back to old shows or some older episodes can be listened back to on Castbox.

Disclaimer: I’m the editor of the TROP website but not currently part of the podcasting team!

9. The Echo Chamber Podcast

Hosted by Martin McMahon and Tony Groves, this Irish podcast covers independent news, politics and culture. Talking about the many problems that are facing us in society today, Tony and Martin (quite often with guests) talk about real solutions and do their best to set records straight. Available through places like Overcast, iTunes and Soundcloud and more, check them out here.

10. Taranoia

Tara Flynn’s podcast is no longer broadcasting but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t listen to her show! Her backlog of 54 brilliant episodes includes insightful interviews and humorous takes from people like Lynn Boylan, Shawna Scott and Dr. Gavan Titley. You can check these Irish podcasts out here.

If you’d like to find even more online content to get you through these strange times, take a look at this list of some of our amazing short films from Irish creators here.

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I'm a freelance content creator and a journalist who has a strong desire to do as much as possible in the time I've got left on this planet. I got a taste for storytelling when I interned in Storyful many moons ago and since then have worked for places like WorldIrish (now Irish Central), Her.ie and Lonely Planet. I am constantly curious.

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