The Irish Spark

The Irish Spark

By Irish Spark
Bringing you a progressive worker’s perspective through interviews, conversations and readings.
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#22 - A Time That Called For Giants
We continue our series of readings with an article from the Socialist Voice, delivered by the author: Dr Jenny Farrell. You can find similar publications in Ireland's oldest radical bookshop: Connolly Books. Connect with the podcast Email - theirishspark@gmail.com    Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast Artwork: Moira Murphy Music: Eoghan O'Neill
09:08
April 11, 2020
#21 - The Origins of the Climate Crisis
We begin our series of readings with an article from the Socialist Voice, delivered by the author: Joe Fleming. You can find similar publications in Ireland's oldest radical bookshop: Connolly Books.  Connect with the podcast Email - theirishspark@gmail.com    Twitter - @TheIrishSpark   Instagram - theirishspark  Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast   Artwork: Moira Murphy   Music: Eoghan O'Neill
07:39
April 3, 2020
#20 - The Cuban Ambassador to Ireland
To mark the 1 year anniversary of the podcast, we interview Mr Hugo René Ramos Milanés. We discuss life in Cuba in the 21st century and get an insight on the recent new Cuban constitution. Thank you for supporting the show and we hope you stay with us for our 2nd year. Connect with the podcast Email - theirishspark@gmail.com    Twitter - @TheIrishSpark   Instagram - theirishspark  Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast   Artwork: Moira Murphy   Music: Eoghan O'Neill
27:57
December 14, 2019
#19 - Women, Power and Politics in the 21st Century
This is a recording of the panel discussion at Friday’s event of this year’s James Connolly Festival which took place in Connolly Books and the New Theatre Dublin. The speakers include: Clare Daly (MEP), Fatin Al-Tamimi from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Lorraine O’Conner from the Muslim Sisters of Éire and Emily Waszak from Migrants and Ethnic-minorities for Reproductive Justice.  Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com  Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark  Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
55:14
November 7, 2019
#18 - Trademark Belfast
We have Mel Corry and Stevie Nolan from Trademark Belfast joining us for today's episode. Trademark is somewhat a unique organisation on the island of Ireland. They engage in anti- sectarian work, political education and help to form co-operative workplaces.   Connect with the podcast   Email - theirishspark@gmail.com    Twitter - @TheIrishSpark   Instagram - theirishspark  Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast   Artwork: Moira Murphy   Music: Eoghan O'Neill
35:55
September 22, 2019
#17 - James Connolly: The Coming Generation
Katie returns to perform our fourth reading on the works of James Connolly. This article was first published on the 15th of July 1900.  Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com   Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
06:02
August 25, 2019
#16 - Donal Fallon: The Irish Soviets
For the centenary of the First Dail Eireann and the Irish Soviets, we chat with Historian Donal Fallon about Rosa Luxembourg, James Connolly, Jim Larkin and the Dublin Lockout. Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com   Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
39:42
July 26, 2019
#15 - Clare Daly: Venezuela Fact Finding Mission
Our guest today is Clare Daly (TD) who gives us a very interesting account of her fact finding mission to Venezuela. Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com   Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
48:55
July 1, 2019
#14 - David Gibney: Right2Water
We interview Mandate Trade Union's Communications Officer, David Gibney on his involvement in the largest campaign in the history of the Irish State, Right2Water. Water is the most profitable commodity on the planet and the Irish people fought fiercely to keep this human right in public ownership and away from the predatory grip of private interests. Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com   Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
36:28
June 1, 2019
#13 - Alex Homits: Connolly Youth Movement
Today we interview the general secretary of the Connolly Youth Movement, Alex Homits. The CYM is Ireland's most active and fastest growing youth organisations, attracting many young people with their unique flavour of political activism. Large numbers of people are turning away from politics every year across Ireland, however, the CYM are inspiring many to get involved and work towards the ideals of James Connolly.  Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com   Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
24:57
May 21, 2019
#12 - James Connolly: Difficulties of Capitalism
Katie returns to perform our third reading on the works of James Connolly. This article was first published on the 16th of June 1900.  Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com   Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
06:13
May 3, 2019
#11 - The First Dáil Éireann: John Douglas
Today we bring you another short recorded segment from the centenary celebration of the first Dáil Éireann. John Douglas, the General Secretary of Mandate Trade Union will be speaking about global warming for Motion 3 of the day. So grab your pitchforks and enjoy the show. Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com   Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark  Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
07:27
April 20, 2019
#10 - Alex Gordon: Lexit
We talk with British Trade Unionist and RMT rail driver Alex Gordon about the working class’s decision to leave the European Union. Lexit which is the left wing exit of the UK from the EU is a materialist look at the reasons why the majority of the population voted to leave and is distinct from Brexit in that it isn’t focused on racism or xenophobia. The Lexit argument is entirely absent from the popular public discourse so we hope you find this conversation a refreshing break from what you’ve been exposed to in the main stream media for the last few years.  Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com   Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark  Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
28:26
April 6, 2019
#9 - John Hilary: Labour Party (UK)
Our guest today is John Hilary, Head of Trade Policy for the Labour Party (UK). With Brexit looming around the corner, we discuss the possibility of a hard border in Ireland and the rising threat posed by the far-right across the globe. We apologise in advance for the sound quality for this recording. We spoke outside as it was a calm evening, however, the microphone managed to pick up occasional gusts of wind. We will work hard in the future not to allow this to happen again. Connect with the podcast Email - theirishspark@gmail.com  Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast Artwork: Moira Murphy Music: Eoghan O'Neill
20:15
March 15, 2019
#8 - The First Dáil Éireann: Clare Daly
We have a short recorded segment from the centenary celebration of the first Dáil Eireann in Liberty Hall. Motion 2 was announced by Alex Homits, the General Secretary of the Connolly Youth Movement, followed by Clare Daly, Teachta Dála for Dublin Fingal constituency. Connect with the podcast Email - theirishspark@gmail.com  Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast Artwork: Moira Murphy Music: Eoghan O'Neill
09:04
March 8, 2019
#7 - James Connolly: The New Evangel
Katie returns to perform our second reading on the works of James Connolly. This article was first published on the 10th of June 1899.  Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com   Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
07:01
February 23, 2019
#6 - Paul Dobson: Venezuela Update
In this episode we have an exclusive interview with journalist Paul Dobson about the current situation in Venezuela as it stands today.  Connect with the podcast Email - theirishspark@gmail.com  Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast Artwork: Moira Murphy Music: Eoghan O'Neill
27:50
February 7, 2019
#5 - James Connolly: Home Thrusts
For this episode we have the first in a series of readings on the works of James Connolly. This performance will be done by professional actor and writer, Katie O’Kelly.  Connect with the podcast Email - theirishspark@gmail.com  Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast Artwork: Moira Murphy Music: Eoghan O'Neill
10:28
January 31, 2019
#4 - Carolus Wimmer: Venezuela
In this episode, Eugene speaks with Carolus Wimmer who is the International Secretary of the Communist Party of Venezuela. Carolus shares his insight about life in Venezuela in the lead up to the dramatic current events facing the people there. Connect with the podcast Email - theirishspark@gmail.com  Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast Artwork: Moira Murphy Music: Eoghan O'Neill
20:49
January 24, 2019
#3 - Akiem & Olu: The South African Struggle
In this episode, James interviews Akiem and Olusegun from South Africa. They discuss their country's current political situation in addition to them hosting the first international Marxist conference on the African continent. The vision of their Mzala Nxumalo Centre: For the Study of South African Society is to be a centre of left-wing thought and practice by the promotion of the National Question through political and academically sound research, training and public engagement.  Connect with the podcast Email - theirishspark@gmail.com  Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast Artwork: Moira Murphy Music: Eoghan O'Neill
34:59
January 11, 2019
#2 - Paul Keating: Maritime Union of Australia
In our second episode, fellow Irish Spark host, Eugene McCartan, Interviews Paul Keating, an Australian trade unionist from the newly formed Maritime Union of Australia. Paul tells us about the current state of the working class in Australia from a unique perspective which we hope you find very interesting. Connect with the podcast Email - theirishspark@gmail.com  Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast Artwork: Moira Murphy Music: Eoghan O'Neill
15:43
December 28, 2018
#1 - Conor McCabe: Money
In the inaugural episode, James interviews Dr. Conor McCabe on his new book: Money, as well as his thoughts on the current state of Ireland.  Connect with the podcast  Email - theirishspark@gmail.com  Twitter - @TheIrishSpark  Instagram - theirishspark  Facebook - The Irish Spark Podcast  Artwork: Moira Murphy  Music: Eoghan O'Neill
34:27
December 14, 2018