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!

Karl Callan #LadsForChoice Ep.53


The referendum to Repeal the 8th amendment isn’t a vote to stop abortion coming to Ireland. It is already a reality here. It is a vote to take it out of the shadows and treat women as individuals and not as vessels. Director, Writer and Activist Karl Callan’s short film, Repeal punches you in the gut and shows that reality in 12 minutes. We also have that MANEL discussion on why men need to get out, support and vote in this crucial referendum. You can watch the film here.
#Together4Yes

Tara Flynn #TogetherForYes Ep.48



It’s a little known fact that actor, writer, comedian and activist, Tara Flynn is our Fairy Podmother. So you can imagine the excitement when she came into the tortoise shack to discuss her play, ‘Not a Funny Word’, the current state of the arts, how going public with her story of having to travel for an abortion changed how she was perceived and working with the #TogetherForYes campaign to #repealthe8th!


Terry McMahon #ThisIsOurIreland Ep. 45


Film was once the realm of myth making and escapism, but these days our politicians are the scripted actors who are playing roles in a PR Spun Irish success story. Award winning Actor-Writer-Director, Terry McMahon, joins us in the tortoise shack for a no holds barred discussion on Our Ireland, wanting to take over the GPO, Apollo House and the lies they were told by a government that wants to maintain the myth and normalise obscenity!
There’s also an incredible story about how Culture Ireland and our Government treated Terry’s movie success.
Warning: strong language and mature themes throughout!

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Steph Costelloe #StrategicCommunicationsUnit Ep. 38


This week we’ve seen a weak media susceptible to Government manipulation as the Taoiseach’s vanity project (Strategic Communications Unit) went on an advertorial/propaganda campaign. But the media has more problems, precarious working conditions, lack of diversity and concentration of ownership have eroded the Irish Media’s ability to speak truth to power. We are delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by journalist and podcast host(The Suss), Stephanie Costelloe, to speak about her experiences and even her latest piece on the rise of the social media bots. Media Matters.

Sabina Brennan #BrainHealth Ep. 34

The brain takes up nearly a quarter of the body’s energy supply, but is only about 2% of its mass. So why don’t we look after it? We are joined in the tortoise shack by Psychologist, award winning communicator and brain health advocate, Sabina Brennan.
We discuss how we should treat people with brain health issues, such as Alzheimer’s, versus how we currently do. She gives us an insight into how our brains grow, cope with trauma and adapt. Sabina also gives us her top tips for looking after your brain and how to build what she calls a cognitive reserve that can stave off brain disease.

Echo Chamber Podcast: Ep 16 Aaron Vallely

Martin and Tony are joined in the tortoise shack by writer, journalist and essayist Aaron Vallely. Aaron writes for the Huffington Post and has also written for counter-punch, head-stuff and the new statesman among others. He is best known for his work on pop culture and is a passionate voice for the arts.

They discuss:
Aaron’s experience of New York and the rise of Donald Trump.
The #MeToo phenomenon and how it has empowered so many people and Aaron relates his own personal experience.
The Creative Ireland Arts Fund and where the money really goes.
The 8th Committee and the likely next steps.
And Arron gave us his 2 recommendations to watch over the Christmas.

Aaron is a complete gentleman and we apologise for the strong language.

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