Darach Ó Séaghdha #CraicBaby Ep.95


Language matters, words matter and sometimes even one word can make such a difference. Our guest in the tortoise shack, writer and host of the excellent and insanely successful Motherfoclóir podcast, Darach Ó Séaghdha talks all things Irish, English, Class and then incredibly powerfully on a different kind of normal.

There’s also a childish “my kids are better than your kids” fight. But Martin started it.

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Una Power #GreenWeek Ep.90


This week the Spin Doctors and “Climate Laggards” of Fine Gael decided to pay lip-service to climate change with their #GreenWeek. The hypocrisy of the Party that fought almost every piece of climate change legislation in the Dáil wasn’t lost on our guest in the tortoise shack, Green Party Equality Spokesperson, Una Power.
She explained to us how while using a reusable coffee cup is good personal practice, unless we tackle the big polluters of agriculture, transport and corporate, it won’t make any difference.

And YOU really should care; we are facing EU fines of potentially €1.6m per day for continuing on the path of drill baby, drill. There’s also the small matter of saving the planet…

Oliver Callan #CallansKicks Ep. 71

Satire, done well, can be an effective tool for poking fun at the establishment and informing the general public of the truth behind the spin. That’s exactly what our guest in the tortoise shack, Impressionist, Columnist and lovable troublemaker, Oliver Callan does. Warning: there are several special guest appearances and one major walk out!

Michael Fry #BigDirtyFry Ep. 69

Hello and welcome to the Echo Chamber Podcast, with me, Michael Chambers. Joining me in the chamber is Fianna Fail TD, Lisa Chambers and writer and author of the popular book, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling. Today we’re asking the questions; is pee really stored in the balls and is Derry Londonderry going to be the hit tune of Summer 2018?

We are Fanboys of the mega talent that is Michael Fry, someone give this guy his own show!

Ruth Fitzpatrick #BitShookTBH Ep.54

Social Media can be a bit of a dark place. But today’s guest in the tortoise shack, writer and activist Ruth Fitzpatrick(@RuthieFizz)is a colourful and creative social media phenomenon. Her twitter threads, using animal pictures and childlike language to explain the most difficult of subjects are must reads. Ruth, as you will hear, is way smarter than the average Bear, nose. Give this woman a book deal!

Garvan Grant #TrueishPodcast Episode 22

Martin and Tony are delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by editor and co-founder of Traffic Content, author of the humorous book The Trueish History of Ireland, former journalist with The Sunday Business Post and the number one source for fake-fake news on Twitter, Garvan Grant.

After Tony exposes his man-crush they discuss:
The future of print; mainstream media in the social media age
The good and bad sides of social media
Satire as a tool for change and some of the best fun twitter accounts around
Trump Twitter, Leo Twitter and who can you bloody vote for these days!

Garvan has kindly given us a copy of his book for one lucky listener. All you need to do is tweet the podcast after you’ve listened and tag Garvan @garvangrant

Sorry about the earlier technical difficulties, Martin has no idea what he’s doing…

Strong language, maybe.

My New Year Resolution

Rule Number 1 of Christmas Day: Don’t mention politics on Christmas Day.

Rule Number 2: Always remember rule Number 1.

I had several reports of people who, sure that they weren’t one of ‘those’ families, decided to ignore the rules. I’m not sure what’s worse, ignoring the rules, or the realisation that your cool brother in law isn’t really cool with repealing the 8th?

For so many of us the Christmas dinner table is the first time outside of our echo chamber since, well, last years Christmas dinner.

The peculiar thing is that we, being so wise, are so taken aback by the differences of opinion across the Turkey and Ham table. Of course, we’ve spent all year saying that the opinion polls are crap and that there’s no way 56% of people think Socks, Selfies and Spin make a good Taoiseach.

The realisation that we are wrong makes swallowing the customary brussel sprouts all the more difficult. The truth is a bitter pill to swallow. Around the table the Right Wing (I’m a centrist!) agenda of apathy and I’m alright Jack conversation flows.

Many think, no, many believe that Fine Gael and not the sacrifice of the Irish people rescued the country. Many think, no, many are adamant that the government are doing a good job. Many, many more are opposed, down to their Indo reading bones, with the idea of Left Wing concepts.

They are not the problem. We are. We’ve wasted 364 days talking to each other about the wonderful ideas we all agree on. We never spoke to the people around our dinner table.

We’ve squabbled about Labours place in the Left. We’ve decried concessions as selling out. We’ve reduced Left Wing cohesion to a Brendan Ogle column in the Sunday Business Post. Worst of all, we have allowed the tsunami of the water movement to be reduced down to a Phil Hogan trickle.

Something has to change and it starts at the dinner table. It starts with joining the dots.

We join the dots. Whenever Leo Varadkar says that salary increases could endanger the economy WE must point out the hypocrisy of him getting a €21,000 pay rise.

We join the dots. When your brother says that it’s a testament to the strength of the economy that Ireland has repaid Denmark’s €400m loan early ask him does that house any of the 3,333 homeless children.

We join the dots. When an old friend explains that she knows a family looking for help from St Vincent De Paul who have 2 televisions, ask her why that’s a crime and screwing 40,000 Tracker Mortgage holders into debt (and death) for nearly a decade is not.

We join the dots. When your pal in your local says that the Multinationals will leave if we make them pay tax, explain that we are, according to the OECD, the best tax haven in the world YET only get one sixth of the jobs from Multinationals that non havens do.

At every water cooler moment we join the dots. At every lazy OpEd we join the dots. We forget about infighting. We forgive ourselves and others for slights and we take the fight to the barrage of bullshit that is the machinery of State.

We act as our own Strategic Communications Unit, our goal/mission statement/blue sky thought is simple: Join the Dots!

Join the dots. That’s my New Years Resolution. That’s this blog. That’s the Echo Chamber Podcast. That’s my Twitter timeline. That’s my dinner table.

We join the dots in 2018. You’re welcome to join me.

Tony Groves Dec 2017

The Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 8

Martin and Tony are joined by twitter royalty, Fintan O’Toolbox. The satirist and wannabe viking brings his no comment commentary to the topics of the week, including:

Will Donegal build a wall and get Derry to pay for it.
The #SFAF17 and the changing face of the party.
The Grand Old Duke of Cork, Micheal Martin and the whistleblower controversy.
The homelessness crisis and Fr Peter McVerry calling Leo Varadkar a Hard Right Taoiseach.
The Flat-Earth corner of twitter
And finally they each have a say on if we are on the verge of a General Election…

Spoiler Alert: Does not contain any spoilers for the upcoming season of Vikings!

We also need to apologise to Fintan for not having prepared any Viking Meats or Ales. Next time, Big Man!

Strong Language and adult themes.

The Viking and the Banker

The Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 7

The guys are delighted to be joined by the man behind Callan’s Kicks, the Leader of the Late Late Show Band and creator of Kilkenomics, Paddy Cullivan! Paddy tells the lads all about his love of music, his wacky/not-so-wacky ideas about fixing the country.

They discuss the events of the week, including:
#NotNormal and the Fine Gael Meltdown
Damien English’s media faux pas and admission that our international reputation comes before tackling homelessness.

They also share their views on the:
#RWC2023 the failure and the fallout.
#PSC card and how that controversy continues to grow.
#FutureofEurope The White Paper and the effects on Ireland
#8thCommittee and how the Barry Walsh side of the argument might be the best thing to happen for the Pro Choice side.

They finish by wondering what the Irish robot, who is going to take all our jobs, will look like. A Healy-Rae Bot, anyone?

Strong language and mature themes, by 3 very immature people.

Paddy also breaks the world record for most plugs for his shoes/books/albums in one podcast!

Paddy Cullivan and Martin McMahon

Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 3

This week Tony and Martin breakdown the week on twitter, Leo’s Republic of Photo-Opportunities, Storm Ophelia and the art of tweet stealing!
Strong Language and mature themes. As well as weak language and very immature themes.