It is never easy being discovered and as Christie Hennessy said many years ago on The Late Late Show it took him about 40 years to become an overnight success. CallyAnna, a hugely talented Mayo-based singer songwriter told me all about her musical journey as she prepares to launch her second studio album. She’s very … More CallyAnna – Singer Songwriter Breaking Through
It was during the Covid restrictions so the meeting between Camilla Griehsel and Ger Sweeney was via Zoom but the ensuing conversation flowed as freely as if they were sharing a coffee overlooking the sea in beautiful West Cork. Camilla is Swedish and has been singing since she was five years old. Her journey to … More Camilla Griehsel – From Sweden to Ireland and the Journey Taken
Jim Schofield is busy working away in the garage beside his house in Blessington, Co. Wicklow at present. He hopes that he will complete it before the summer and his plan is to race it across the Atlantic later this year. Jim took time out to talk to Ger Sweeney about the project. Hear the … More Jim Schofield & His Home-Built Boat for Solo Atlantic Crossing
“Are you Going Up Town” is the title of a wonderful book that explores the shops of Limerick City through the years, and the Limerick shopping experience there that was so special. Written by Hélène Bradley Davies, Ursula Callaghan and Maura Cronin, the book is a result of them asking “Where do we shop and … More Book about Limerick City’s Shops and Shopping Launched
The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Clare has launched a series of podcasts that is proving to be very popular and informative. The series, called “#Making it Happen” is produced and presented by Ger Sweeney and features eight Clare-based entrepreneurs who have availed of supports and/or services offered by LEO Clare. Each episode is different in … More Local Enterprise Office Clare Launches New Podcast Series
Denis Carey is from Newport, Co. Tipperary and has been playing music since he was 7 years old. His life-long immersion in music involves playing, composing, teaching, arranging and anything else music related. Denis recently chatted with Ger about his career.
Legendary singer/songwriter and musician Barry McCabe features in this episode. Barry is from Virginia in Co. Cavan and has spent his adult life travelling the world playing music, entertaining people, gathering stories and making great memories.
The band Shaskeen celebrates 50 years on the road this year. Tom Cussen was the man that put the band together in London in 1970. David Sanders wasn’t even born in 1970 but today he is the latest recruit to the band that has done so much to promote traditional Irish music and song over … More The Emerald Conversations Episode 7. Tom Cussen and David Sanders from Shaskeen
Many organisations have looked at their operations since the Covid-19 pandemic hit and many have made changes to what they offer, and how they offer it. The Irish Cultural Centre in London is one such organisation and in this episode of the Emerald Conversations Ger Sweeney talks to Rosalind Scanlon, a Director of the Centre. … More The Emerald Conversations Episode 6. Rosalind Scanlon, Director, Irish Cultural Centre, London