The Women's Podcast

The Women's Podcast


Podcast by The Irish Times


Ep 146 The Dublin Fringe Fest 2017  

The Dublin Fringe Festival kicked off at the weekend with 81 productions playing across 34 venues over the next two weeks. The Women's Podcast invited two young performers, Eva O’Connor and Sahar Ali, into studio to speak to us about the shows they are involved in. Eva's play The Friday Night Effect deals with issues of bipolar disorder and sex work, the play puts the fate of three young women on a wild night out in Dublin in the audience’s hands in this interactive production. Sahar Ali brings her one-woman show to the Smock Alley Theatre Boys School, exploring the Irishism, Arabism and racism. Through poetry, music and comedy, Sahar Ali introduces us to a variety of caricatures which examine the multicultural world we live in. Sussing out the differences and similarities between here and “out foreign”.

Ep 145 Electric Picnic 2017: 'And Still We Rise'  

Recorded live at this year's Electric Picnic, The Women's Podcast gets inside the hearts, minds and bodies of women in Ireland. On the panel: RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, Traveller rights activist Eileen Flynn, Direct Provision activist Ellie Kisyombe, Sinead Burke aka Minnie Melange & Mari Kennedy facilitator and coach. And Still We Rise, presented by Róisín Ingle in association with A Lust For Life/Pieta House, delves into some of the key issues facing women in Ireland today including discrimination, bodily autonomy and work.

Ep 144 Remembering Diana  

It's 20 years since Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31st 1997. In this podcast, Róisín Ingle remembers reporting on her death, while Jennifer Ryan speaks to people who knew her personally, and those who felt like they did. Arthur Edwards is The Sun's royal photographer and got to know Diana well throughout the nearly 20 years he spent photographing her. Elizabeth Emanuel designed many items of clothing Diana wore, including her wedding dress. Tipperary primary school principal Margaret Harty admired Diana from afar and Irish Times fashion journalist Deirdre McQuillan recalls how Diana used her clothing to send out signals about her life.

Ep 143 'Not At Home' - women's abortion testimonies as art  

The ‘Not At Home’ exhibition is an attempt to recreate the experience of the 170,000 Irish women who have travelled abroad for abortions. The campaign was started by Emma Fraser (Nine Crows) and Grace Dyas (THEATREclub)and is aimed at giving voice to the thousands of women and girls who are forced to leave Ireland to find safe abortion services somewhere else. In this podcast, Grace Dyas talks to Róisín Ingle about the project. For more visit

Ep 142 Selina Cartmell & Oonagh Murphy  

Selina Cartmell's appointment as the first ever female Artistic Director of Dublin's Gate Theatre (and only the fourth artistic director in the theatre's history) marked an important milestone in the Waking The Feminists movement. She has begun breathing new life into the famous theatre, throwing open its doors to the public with a groundbreaking immersive production of The Great Gatsby, which is now firmly sold-out for the rest of its run. Following hot on its heels will be Tribes, directed by Oonagh Murphy. Both women joined Róisín Ingle for a wide ranging chat about theatre, activism, travel, Balinese dancing, and lots more.

Ep 141 Brianna Parkins, the Rose of Repeal  

It's one year since Sydney Rose, Brianna Parkins, caused a stir in the Dome in Tralee when she called for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. She has never heard the term "fair play" more in her life, or been offered as many pints from Irish people, but she has also fielded her fair share of "baby murderer" emails. She talks to Róisín Ingle about the last 12 months of her life.

Ep 140 The Elephant In The Womb: We Need To Talk About Periods  

It's about bloody time we talked about periods on The Women's Podcast, so for this episode we called on Newstalk's Dr Ciara Kelly, once again, to lend her medical smarts to the discussion. She is joined by 16-year-old student Chloe Jones and by PR and marketing expert Deirdre Hynds, who specialises in consumer psychology and has written about the history of menstrual product advertising. The panel speak about historical perceptions of periods, the lingering embarrassment about all things menstrual and the millions of period-related products marketed towards women.

Ep 139 #CopOnComrades Revisited  

Cop On Comrades is a collective of Irish activist women from a wide variety of backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations who, a few months ago, wrote a public letter that was in part in response to an article that appeared in the Irish Times on Identity Politics and also the way 'men on the left' engaged with that article. The letter was discussed on the Women's Podcast recently, so today we revisit the topic and speak to thee of the signatories: Niamh McDonald, Sinéad Redmond and Stephanie Lord.

Ep 138 Autumn Fashion & Beauty  

Stylist and fashion writer Corina Gaffey is back to talk Autumn trends, sales shopping and the perfect winter boot. In this episode she is joined by Irish Times beauty writer Laura Kennedy, who has some product recommendations for the thriftier shoppers among us. Products mentioned by Laura: The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% & Ha 2% serum, Simple Kind to Eyes makeup remover L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper Mixa anti-dryness body lotion, available from Sam McAuley chemists

Ep 137 The Women’s Rugby World Cup: Everything you need to know  

Ireland hosts the 8th edition of the Women's Rugby World Cup, which kicks off this Wednesday. There are 12 teams from around the world taking part including Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and England. We asked a panel of experts into studio to give us a crash-course on everything you need to know about the tournament. They are Elaine Buckley, presenter of Fair Game, Ireland’s first female oriented sports podcast, Orla Fulham-Smith from the IRFU and Irish Times sports journalist Gavin Cummiskey who has championed the Irish women’s rugby team for years.

Ep 136 Life After Maternity Leave  

Author Soozi Baggs's life took a sharp turn when she split up with her husband. They had two-year old twins at the time and were living and working in London. So, Soozi decided to up-sticks and move back to her childhood home in the Cornwall countryside where, faced with being a single mother and having to earn a living to support her family, she had to get creative about her work options. Four years on, drawing from her own experience and the experience of friends, she has put together a book that she hopes will help other people reach their own workable solution now that they're a parent. It's called Maternity Leavers: What to do about Work now that you're a Mum.

Ep 135 Agent to Stars Carol Hanna & Michelle Cullen at Inspirefest  

Carol Hanna recently marked 50 years in show business and 30 years at the helm of the talent agency she founded Carol and Associates. In this episode she tells Róisín Ingle how she went from the Knights of Columbanus to the Showbands, to Eurovision and Boyzone. She gave Louis Walsh his break in the industry, paying him £3 a week to make posters for her, a working relationship that has continued to this day. In the second part of the show, we bring you another excellent speech from InspireFest. This time it's Michelle Cullen, Managing Director with Accenture, speaking about gender inequality and inclusivity the workplace.

Ep 134 Lean In And Speak Up & Ruba Shamshoum  

The science and technology conference, InspireFest took place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin earlier this month boasting a great line-up of female speakers. The organisers have kindly given The Women’s Podcast permission to broadcast some of their speeches and in this episode we bring you an address by Dr Anita Sands – a global business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women. In her speech she talked about embracing change, ignoring that 'roommate in your head' who tells you that you aren’t going to make and explains why it’s not good enough to just lean in, you have to lean in AND speak up. In the second part of the show we will be bringing you two songs performed live in studio by the Dublin-based Palestinian singer Ruba Shamshoum ahead of her appearance at the Hotter Than July festival in Dublin this Sunday.

Ep 133 Beth Nielsen Chapman & Mongoose  

Beth Nielsen Chapman is one of Nashville’s foremost producers and songwriters, having written hits for the likes of Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt, to name but a few. The country-pop singer Faith Hill had a number one smash hit with Chapman’s song This Kiss and Elton John borrowed her song Sand and Water for the US leg of his string of concerts in memory of Princess Diana. Chapman, the latest inductee to the Songwriting Hall of Fame, is in Dublin for a performance at the National Concert Hall this Sunday evening and we spoke to her ahead of that. Later in the podcast, Molly O'Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne, Muireann Ní Cheannabháin and Cara Dunne, also known as the band Mongoose, play their new single, Old Friend.

Ep 132 Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald & Sarah Maria Griffin  

Feminists Are Everywhere in the title of the annual event held by the National Women's Council in Dublin. And we really are everywhere - even in Dail Eireann. (Hi, Leo!) In this episode we hear from one of the feminists who addressed that event last month, Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald who spoke about the challenges and milestones when it comes to women in Irish society. And going further afield, we listen in on a recent Irish Abroad event, where returned Irish emigrant and author of Spare and Found Parts, Sarah Maria Griffin, talked about coming home to Irish Times journalist Ciara Kenny.

Ep 131 Hot summer reads from our Book Club  

Our book club help you get settled on your sun lounger with their recommendations for summer holiday reads. From John Boyne's The Heart's Invisible Furies to Rachel English's The American Girl to a blast from the dystopian past of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Books that also got the thumbs up from Irish Times journalists Niamh Towey, Bernice Harrison and septuagenarian book lover Ann Ingle were Eithne Shortall's Love in Row 27, Alison Jameson's This Family of Things and Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Ep 130 Women on Wednesdays & Grace Dyas  

Women on Wednesdays is the name of a new monthly gig in Whelan's, Dublin which will give the stage over to female musicians, comedians and spoken word artists while raising money for an excellent cause. Aishling Lennon of Aidlink told Kathy Sheridan how the event came about and Deborah Byrne and Suzette Das from the band Hvmmingbyrd explore the challenges of being a woman in the music industry. Continuing our contributions from the Markievicz School, Theatre Club's Grace Dyas talks about the motivation for The Game, a powerful production that explored prostitution in Ireland.

Ep 129 #CopOnComrades : Men & Feminism  

The episode was intended as a general discussion about men and feminism in the wake of the visit by feminist Canadian President Justin Trudeau. With Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also declaring himself a feminist, three men were invited in to discuss the feminist credentials of both leaders and the challenges of the feminist debate for men. The guests were Patrick Freyne, an Irish Times features journalist who identifies as feminist, Mark Paul is an Irish Times business journalist who believes men can often feel alienated from the debate and writer Frankie Gaffney, who wrote an article in this newspaper recently about identity politics which caused controversy and spawned the hashtag #coponcomrades. In the end the episode was dominated by that controversy, about class, feminism and privilege with both host Kathy Sheridan and Freyne taking issue with much of Gaffney's article. If you've any thoughts on what in the end was a heated debate contact us on @itwomenspodcast or

Ep 128 Separated but still living together & female street performers  

In this episode, Roisin Ingle talks to Ashe Conrad Jones a woman who despite breaking up with her partner, is still sharing a house with him and their two children and making that unusual arrangement work. We also hear from one of the few female street performers who will be performing in the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular in Dublin from the 7th to the 9th of July 2017 and in Cork on the 15th of July.

Ep 127 Autism diagnosis at 45 & Moya Brannan of IBM  

Laura James struggled with various issues, physical and emotional, all her life and was finally diagnosed with autism at 45. In her memoir Odd Girl Out, she tells the story of discovering she was autistic after forging a successful career, marrying twice and being a mother to four children. She spoke to Roisin Ingle about her story. And continuing our coverage of women in STEM Jennifer Ryan talked to IBM's Moya Brannan in London.

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