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Dan and Darragh do Ability

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Episode70 Ableism and PA's
This week with Dan and Darragh, is there an ableist bias towards media representation of disability and society as a whole? We discuss this, Eileen Daly's "discrimination" as she tries to employ PAs, Dan's  Major Project and more. Dan and Darragh, Monday's at 8pm on @dublinsouthfm  and wherever you get your podcasts thereafter. @dublinsouthfm 
October 13, 2021
Episode 71 Fashion and Disability
Just don't wear it out
October 13, 2021
Episode 69 Dan and Darragh
This week with Dan and Darragh, we take a trip down memory lane as we discuss the build up to Halloween (already), we say "Sayonara" to the @paralympics and Dan discusses his latest taxi adventures. All this and more, Monday's at 8pm with Dan and Darragh on @dublinsouthfm and anywhere you get your podcasts thereafter
September 12, 2021
Episode 68
This week with Dan and Darragh, we talk Dan's upcoming return to college, his new exercise regime and we give our penultimate round up from the @paralympics On top of this we also discuss new accessibility features at @dollymountstrand and their implications for the future. All this and more, this week with Dan and Darragh. Mondays at 8pm on @dublinsouthfm.
September 8, 2021
Episode 67 All Things Paralympics
This week with Dan and Darragh, we talk all things @paralympics as we give you a round up of @paralympics_ireland exploits in Tokyo so far. From Gold for @keane_ellen to Silver for @katiegdunlevy and @evemccrystal and more. We also discuss the adventures of @_thewheeldeal prior to the Games after an incident @heathrow_airport. All this and more this week with Dan and Darragh. Mondays at 8pm on @dublinsouthfm and anywhere you listen to podcasts thereafter.
August 31, 2021
Episode 66 Lough Ree Access for All
This week with Dan and Darragh, we had our first on location recording since the pandemic courtesy of the lovely people @loughreeaccessforall Boat Trips in Athlone. We talk to John and Noel, two wheelchair users about their experience of the boat and much more along with Skipper Robert and crew member Lisa. Darragh also tells of his experience driving the "Dan Mobile" All this and more
August 23, 2021
Episode 65 Dan & Darragh
In this episode we catch up with Niamh Dunphy of Irish Music Gems the podcast and find out how her online fundraiser ' Night in for Sean's Big Build' for Sean's Big Build went, we catch up with Karl Doyle of Nerdy Bird Media and find out about his appearance in season 3 of 'Go Outside and Play' off the RTE Player. Ross Coleman's "truly dreary existence" and the Paralympics (when Darragh's bother Noel McNicholas bumped into one in the airport), all that and a little bit more from 8pm on DSFM.
August 18, 2021
Episode 63 with Niamh Dunphy and her big reveal
On this episode we have a big announcement from Niamh Dunphy of Irish Music Gems the podcast, she reveals her on line fundraising gig for 'A night in for Sean's Big Build'. Niamh has arranged some of Irelands amazing up and coming artists to perform on line to raise money for an Extension to young Sean Dunnes house to help improve his quality of life.  
July 20, 2021
Episode 55 with Grace Alice O'Shea
In episode 55 we talk about all things s€x, s€xuality and disability with S€xuality Educator Grace Alice O'Shea. We cover a lot of ground from awkward conversation to s€x education and why you have to disguise the word S€X on social media platforms.
May 17, 2021
Episode 57 Who are they?
In episode 57 which aired on @dublinsouthfm  on Monday evening by way of introduction we tell the listeners a bit about ourselves and continue our look at Disability a New History with episode 9 which looks at children and disability during the 19th century. Spoiler alerts abound as we take a look at the 2019 movie 'Come as you are', a film about three disabled men on a road trip looking to lose their virginity. all that and more on Dan & Darragh do ability.
May 12, 2021
DADDA with The IWA Ability Team
Episode 53 features the Irish Wheel Chair Associations Ability Team who help people between the ages of 18 and 29 with a physical disability (not just wheelchair users) find employment. We discuss how the pandemic has affected the way they interact with clients and businesses, how Zoom has levelled the playing field, why Dan should join the Ability Program and much much more.
April 27, 2021
Episode 53 Its Good to Talk
We talk wooden legs and wheelchairs in light of episode 6 'Disability a New History' (pirates may be mentioned). Darragh attended an online Sport Inclusion and Disability Awareness Webinar hosted by South Dublin County Sports Partnership, interesting and insightful, well worth the time.   
April 15, 2021
Episode 52 Tinfoil Hats
In episode 52 we have a look at another 12 months of podcasting from home? How the disabled community earned money in the 17th and 18th centuries and why we're so opposed to it now, Disability a New History. CEOL 21 a night out in for Dan with Glen Hansard, Mundy and friends. €70 million refurb and €17 million to fit out and over 200 complaints, it could only be the OPW. Affluent areas dodging kids with Autism? we have a look at Mick Cliffords report from the Irish Examiner and autism awareness month. All this and no laughing guaranteed, well maybe a titter or two.  
April 7, 2021
DADDA Episode 51 Nice firm balls
We review Episode 5 of 'Disability, a new history' where they look at a 1754 essay on deformity, World Down Syndrome day challenging your perception on disability and the governments antics keeping records on its citizens.  We also have a look at the BISFed/World Boccia Ball Licencing issue with our guest Geraldine Massey.   
March 31, 2021
Episode 50 with Catherine Gallagher_ Dan and Darragh do Ability
In episode 50 we acknowledge our half century of podcasting and we have a chat with Catherine Gallagher about ableism, the media, a career in journalism, how society disables and how a kerfuffle over a scholarship payment to study at PHD level has led to Catherine's Law.  All that and a little bit more.
March 23, 2021
Episode 49 Sorting Your Ginger Kids Out
Episode 49, Dan regales us of stories from the radio and how he ended up on the Claire Byrne RTE1 radio show. We have a look at episode 4 of Disability-A New History where they discuss Beauty and Deformity in the 17th century and how to sort your ginger kids out. How Jennie Barry blogger on Instagram looks at the power of saying no. Darragh heads down a train of thought he hasn’t quite thought through yet.
March 16, 2021
Episode 48 Normal Children
We have a review of episode 3 of BBC Radio 4's Disability - A New History Freaks and Entrepreneurs, how in 17th and 18th century England disability wasn't necessarily a barrier to employment. How you can loose all your disability allowances in an effort to improve yourself? Ask Catherine Gallagher, 23, a journalism student from the west, this has since been resolved but it took an awful amount of work to correct it.  How has lockdown affected you? We know how its getting to us. 
March 10, 2021
Episode 47_So what's in a Word_DADDA
Cripple, Handicap, Mongo, Midget, Spastic, So what’s in a word? In this episode we have a deeper look at the language of disability, its history and how words come and go. We also report on a hearing-impaired student’s run in with a lecturer over zoom and we look at Episode 2 of Peter Whites Disability- A new History from BBC radio 4.
March 2, 2021
Episode 46 It's all strangely connected
In episode 46 we find its all strangely connected, from a Para-Olympian to a dwarf in Liverpool and the design of that wheelchair we all know when we see it. Take a little trip down the disability worm hole with us, you’d be a little bit surprised where it goes but we get to join the dots.
February 23, 2021
Episode 45 with Dr Tom Clonan
In this weeks episode we speak with Dr Tom Clonan, soldier, journalist, campaigner, father and sometimes angry man. We talk about disability, the lack of support, the challenges of the leaving cert, covid and Darragh pitches an Irish alternative to the 'Hunger Games' called 'I'm more importanter than you' to sort out who gets the vaccine first. All that and more in Episode 45.
January 25, 2021
EP 44 Dan & Darragh do Ability
In this weeks episode we have a chat with disability activist, radio host and newly minted to the work force Sean Kelly, Sean shares with  us his insights into breaking into the employment market, job interviews and disclosing disability in the interview process.   
January 17, 2021
Episode 11 Dan & Darragh doing Something Else
Lots covered in this episode, we discuss How's your Head, the Young Voices Covid-19 survey which is very revealing about the mindset of our youth during this very unusual time period. How can the Cure and Morrisey help? Have a listen World cerebral paly day? Just one day or everyday? Whats your USP? (unique selling point), we might have found one of Dan's.
October 26, 2020
Episode 10 Dan and Darragh do Something Else
In this weeks episode we look at access to TU Dublin Tallaght Campus for those with additional needs as students return to college. Dan brings us up to date on the survey he has been involved in with National Youth Council of Ireland, Young Voices to gauge just where the youth of Irelands heads are at during these Covid times, this is in conjunction with the Department of Health, and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. We have a chat about the Irish Wheel Chair Associations fund raising drive 'Stuck' which highlights just how important any money raised is to the organisation as without the funding many of its members will find themselves stuck. We also have a chat about work, the impacts of Covid and what opportunities it might bring. All this and some giggling too.
October 4, 2020
Episode 9 Dana and Darragh do Something Else
This is Episode 9 with Dan and Darragh doing something else. We discussed the Netflix documentary Rising Phoenix, disabled golfer Brendan Lawlor's full European Tour debut and more
October 1, 2020
E43 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
Episode 43, the truth, your truth, being kind and dogs making a difference.
March 11, 2020
E42 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
Its Episode 42 and this week we have a look at the week that was for politics and what impacts that a left government might have on disability, representation and disability in film along with death anxiety for the able bodied community living with disability on the screen giving us inspiration porn (yep). What more could you want?
February 17, 2020
E41 DanandDarraghdoAbility
Would you look who's back? After a long Christmas break Dan and Darragh are back at it again. In Episode 41 theres talk of horses for physio, wheelchairs as bomb disposal robots and so much more.
February 10, 2020
Episode 40 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In Episode 40 we have a look at why a blind student was dragged from a debating chamber in Oxford, the right to a personal assistant and its impact on so many people across the country and the upcoming Ahead conference.
November 26, 2019
Episode 39 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In episode 39 we have a look at toilet signage again in the UK, a sperm bank banned from advertising its wears, climbing Kilimanjaro with no legs and lots more.
November 20, 2019
Episode 38 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
Episode 38 and we have a look at Paddy McGuinness in a disabled parking spot, Luka Pezzillo challenges his teachers to spend the day in a wheelchair in school and the results are interesting, we have a look at people who are being labelled as 'Transabled' as they feel they should be living their life not as an able bodied person but as one with a disability and Dan tells us of his trip to the Positive Sexual Health Conference where he was talking about willies.
November 13, 2019
Episode 37 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
Dan gives his review of the 'Peanut Butter Falcon' movie, why is this story about cerebral palsy a story?, The blue buckets for Halloween trick or treat, Karl from 'Up' re-imagined and Dan previews hid involvement in the Youth Work Ireland Positive Sexual Health talk in the Mansion House on Friday
October 31, 2019
Episode 36 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In episode 36 we preview 'Peanut Butter Falcon' and how its had an effect on its lead Shia LaBeouf and his rocky road. You think you have a worry waiting for a bus? We look at Ryan McDaids story from the UK. Cyborgs aren't that far away it would seem, we look at Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan and his efforts to give motor neurone disease the slip. There is also Dans trip out to TU Dublin Blanchardstown.
October 28, 2019
Episode35 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In Episode 35, we talk about disability being described as a gender, the Workability 2019 Conference with @Irish_wheelchair_association and much more.
October 6, 2019
Episode 34 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
Episode 34 and we're discussing the right to live one's life to the fullest degree without unnecessary restrictions, back to college and more.
September 29, 2019
Episode 33 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In Episode 33, we get to hear from Dave Barry in the Irish Wheelchair Association to follow up on the Roll and Stroll, Dan tells it like it is when it comes to relationships and lots more.
September 22, 2019
Episode 32 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
This week we talk more about the Diversity and Inclusion Conference, the Positive Sexual Health Conference coming up in November with @youthworkireland, yet more issues for @irishrail with a challenge to @seanokelly and so much more.
September 16, 2019
Episode 31 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
Its episode 31 and we get the low down on the roll and stroll, the National Diversity and Inclusion Conference and lots more.
September 9, 2019
Episode 30 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
Episode 30 with Anne Hopkins from the Irish Wheelchair Association. Anne is the Eastern Region Job Coach for the IWA's new Ability Programme. We also have a Run and Roll update.
September 2, 2019
Episode 29 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
Back from the holidays and recording Episode 29 of the award winning podcast. This week Dan has flash backs as we discuss one wheel chair users efforts to get to Dublin with Bus Eirean, parents helping their disabled kids at the school sports day and lots more up for debate.
August 19, 2019
Episode 28 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In this week’s episode we are talking to Roslyn Moore about her volunteering work with the Tallaght Tornadoes, a Special Olympics bowling club based in Tallaght LeisurePlex. Roslyn graduated from IT Tallaght (TU Dublin) with her honor's degree in Creative Digital Media so she also gives us an insight into job hunting after college and the challenges of breaking free from University life.
August 3, 2019
Episode 27 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In this weeks Episode we are in Oracle in Dublins East Point Business Park talking to Eva McEneaney about her journey, working in a corporate environment, travel, inclusion and lots more. There may be excuses from Dan regarding training for Roll and Stroll in September. A huge thanks to all the team in Oracle for having us.
July 28, 2019
Episode 26 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
Disability and representation in Toy Story 4 {spoiler alerts galore}, Podcasting in Oracle, 'getting mugged' and roll and stroll.
July 23, 2019
Episode 25 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
Episode 25 back in studio in college, we're covering accessible bike parking in Trinity College, Dan's work experience in Oracle, roll and stroll training progress and why we can't talk about Toy Story 4.
July 14, 2019
Episode 24 Dan Aand Darragh Do Ability
In this weeks episode we are out in the Irish Wheelchair Associations holiday village in Clontarf, talking to Niamh Dunphy about doors that aren't automatic, why 'Yesterday' is not 'Toy Story 4', how many wheelchairs you can squeeze into the Yacht, independent living and lots more. *a word of warning, this episode has been heavily edited to remove as much laughter as possible.
July 7, 2019
Episode 23 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In episode 23 we talk about putting your child in a home and walking away, ways to alert the emergency services and first responders to hidden disabilities and Dans Roll and Stroll progress.
July 1, 2019
Episode 22 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In episode 22 we talk about the National Youth Council and young people preaching to the old people, the DART app in beta testing phase and more on Dan's progress towards the Roll and Stroll in September.
June 23, 2019
Episode 21 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In Episode 21 Dan starts the fitting process for his racing chair at the IWA headquarters, we talk fund raising and men's health.
June 16, 2019
Episode20 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In this weeks episode we have a chat with James Cawley from the Independent Living Movement Ireland and talk all things independent living and personal assistants. The HSE's trip to court for placing a woman with a disability in a nursing home. Dan does some retail therapy and you won't look at a changing room the same way again.
June 7, 2019
Episode 18 DanandDarraghdoAbility
In this weeks episode we follow up on that bus, Dan talks diving, disabled parking bays and the Dublin dance festival
May 17, 2019
Episode 17 Dan and Darragh Do Ability
In this weeks episode we talk about our trip to the BICS (Board of Irish College Societies)awards night in the Shearton Hotel in Athlone. And Dan gets to experience yet again first hand the low standards of transport for people with disabilities in Ireland and the lack of interest there after.
April 14, 2019
Episode16 DanandDarraghdoAbility
In this weeks episode we go through Dan's post and find a very interesting letter from the HSE regarding his medical card. We're super excited as we're off to the BICS awards on Thursday 11th April as we've been nominated for an award.
April 10, 2019
Episode15 DanandDarraghdoAbility PS
In this weeks episode we chat to Paddy Slattery, Director, Producer and writer. If Jesus had an I-Phone and all things disability on screen and representation.
March 30, 2019
Episode13 DanandDarraghdoAbility
On this weeks Episode we have a chat with Niamh Dunphy a 1st year digital marketing student at TU Dublin (Tallaght campus). Niamh gives us an insight in the sport of Boccia, concert reviews and independent living.
March 9, 2019
Episode12 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In this weeks episode we have a look at the new fuel service app that allows drivers with a disability to get assistance when filling up. Dan tells us of his trip out to RTE and his appearance on the Ray Darcy radio show. We also reveal some breaking news on an upcoming guest.
March 3, 2019
Episode11 Dan And Darraghd Do Ability
In Episode 11 we look at mental health and the upcoming Mens Mental health week, Dan tells us about the Mens Health Program he was involved in at the weekend creating videos on Physical, Mental and sexual health. We also have a chat about the projects we are involved in for our mini thesis this semester.
February 26, 2019
Episode10 DanandDarraghdoAbility
Episode 10 In this weeks episode we have a chat with the amazing Saoirse Schad about writing and mental health and impact both have had on her life. Well worth a listen. If you want some more of Saoirse this is where you can connect with her.
February 17, 2019
Episode 9 DanandDarraghdoAbility
In this weeks episode we have a catch up after the Christmas break. We here about Dan's upcoming appearance on First Dates Ireland, his trip to RTE to meet with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show, more from the Europe and the youth.
February 1, 2019
Episode 8 Dan And Darragh Do Ability
In episode 8 we have a look at how visually impaired football fan has been treated following a Liverpool match, we kick the wheels of Dan's new chair and we have a chat with David Barry and Chris Cassini from the Bray Rollers youth club.
December 14, 2018
Episode 7 DanandDarraghdoAbility
Episode 7 In this weeks episode we have a look at what’s making the headlines. We report back on our eventful trip on the Dart and we have a chat with Luka and Sean at the Bray Rollers youth club. Remember if you want to get in touch you can send an e-mail to and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and YouTube.
December 8, 2018
Episode6 DanandDarraghdoAbilityA1
Episode 6 Dan and Darragh do Ability. In this episode we have a look at the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we have a chat with Marie Nolan from Tallaght about mobility and other issues and Dan tells up of his work with Eu's Youth Goals.
December 1, 2018
Dan and Darragh do ability Episode 5
In Episode 5 we have a look at the headlines from the week and we talk to Orla Doyle and Grainne Bulger at Rathfarnham Equestrian Center about therapeutic riding and why it works, we also talk to Alva and Izzy from Izzys Wheels about pimping your wheel chair with wheel covers.
November 23, 2018
This week we are having a look at transport, we have a chat with Chris Rafferty in Irish Rail about access to the Dart for people with accessibility issues and we have a look at some of the diability issues hitting the headlines.
November 16, 2018
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November 2, 2018
DanandDarraghdoAbility Episode1
Dan and Darragh do Ability, Episode 1. We'll be taking a look at the ability in disability.
October 26, 2018