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56 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Follies & Garden Hermits
THE BOY(S) discuss the weird, wonderful world of FOLLIES and their impractical existence, as well as their unlikely connection to the FAMINE. EVER wanted an old man living in your back garden? EVER want a slice of Egypt in your ends? EVER build something to break? ARISTOCRATS did.
85 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Conversations with a Druid
NEW GROUND for the podcast, WITH Aran preparing to venture into the bowels of the Amazon, Luke holds down the fort, but not alone, as the Pisrogs Podcast takes on its its first roguish interview with the rambunctious Ronan O'Raghallaigh! RONAN is an artist from county Kildare who took the matter of disassembling his colonization into his own hands, by taking part in a Bealtaine Baptism over quarantine and becoming a 21st Century Druid. HE'S also a really nice guy! OPEN YOUR EARS TO: Shamanic drum visions, spirit animals and personal journeys Celtic art and its misreading as purely 'decorative' The collective conscious, Surrealism, Franis Bacon, Karl Jung, Psychedelia and Naas Tales of Manannan the sea god and his tomfoolery, The Celts siege on Rome and the origin of the term for which Ronan titled his first exhibition - VAE VICTIS - WOE TO THE VANQUISHED
74 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Invention of Music
JOIN the boys as they discuss everything under the big sonic sun - From the mythological invention of music, to the instruments of the past, to the magic behind the instruments and their players . . . A meal for the ears! “NO enemy speaks slightingly of Irish Music, and no friend need fear to boast of it. It is without a rival, Its antique war-tunes, such as those of O'Byrne, O'Donnell, MacAlistrum and Brian Boru, stream and crash upon the ear like the warriors of a hundred glens meeting; and you are borne with them to battle, and they and you charge and struggle amid cries and battle-axes and stinging arrows. Did ever a wail make man's marrow quiver and fill his nostrils with the breath of the grave, like the ululu or A Muire ir Truag of Munster” - Thomas Davis ULULU, ULULU! MUSIC has a place at the core of one's imagination of the Irish 'scene' a place so central that its place within the setting can often be overlooked: A dimly lit room, pipes and pints, feet tapping, chats going, and all there for the sound produced by fiddles, bodhrans, whistles and hums.
90 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Irish Martial Arts & Faction Fighting
“Bataireacht is a category of stick-fighting martial arts of Ireland. The concept of people swinging sticks at each other, in anger, dates far into pre-history.” The 18th and 19th century Irish phenomenon known as the Faction Fight was essentially a mass brawl that involved hundreds and sometimes thousands of antagonists organised into groups and meeting at designated venues and dates such as fairs, markets, funerals, race meetings, patterns or any other large gathering. Angry stick swinging, shin kicking, Irish wrestling, shillelagh making and Faction Fighting explored by the boys in this episode. Music by Gareth Quinn Redmond Logo by @aislinglarkindesign
88 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Eoin Roe O'Neill
AN Irish mercenary in the Spanish army trained in the art of war by Franciscan monks. EOGHAN Ruadh Ó Néill is one of the most famous members of the O'Neill Dynasty of Ulster, an Irish family which claim the lineage of Niall of the Nine Hostages, a legendary High King. HAVING only left Ireland as boy in the Flight of the Earls, O'Neill became known as an incredible defensive tactician, oftentimes fighting and winning with significantly fewer soldiers than the enemy. He quickly rose the ranks of the Spanish garrison. IT is often said that O'Neill's defensive capabilities could have changed the sequence of events that followed Cromwell's bloody tirade across Ireland. BUT this is not how the story goes. LUKE and ARAN discuss the unpredictable, fascinating and unfortunate rise and fall of Owen Roe O'Neill and read through a selection of tales sourced from the National Folklore Collection. (also it is a really hot day upon the recording and the boy's concept of whats going on hangs by a thread)
61 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Beans, Beads and Begora!
You heard it, an episode of beans, beads and begora, tis mighty. We've kept it colloquial with the help of listener suggested stories. From stories of a man who was danced himself dead to a ship of beans. Scary fairies to golden stalks to beat the ass, we've got it all. Music by Gareth Quinn Redmond Logo by Aisling Larkin Design (@aislinglarkindesign)
40 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
The Fairy Cow (Part Two)
CUID A DÓ. In part one the lads discussed the mythological origins of Glas Gabhnenn, an early Irish tale that involved giant cyclopes, glass towers, trapped princesses, sword-wielding champions and a magical cow! IN PART TWO, The fairy cow takes centre stage! ARAN and Luke read from an everlasting bucket of archival folk stories, learn about: The first white and black cow in Ireland, EVER. Tales of an evil Queen, her defiant son and his ability to put on weight DESPITE her best efforts. A razor tempered with rat's blood . . . . Hold on, did we read that right? LISTEN NOW, it's a goodie! (And check back in on the first part in case you missed anything!)
43 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
The Fairy Cow (Part One)
CUID A HAON of our double bill dedicated to An Glas Gaibhnenn, The Gloss, or simply put The Fairy Cow. THE Fairy Cow is a mythical beast who was said to have an abundant supply of milk. COUNTLESS stories on The Fairy Cow exist all over Ireland, think of the oldest story you know and then think of that story's older brother. That's give or take how ancient this beauty is. IN PART ONE, Luke and Aran dive into the mythological origins of Glas Gaibhnenn only to find: CYCLOPS Giants, GLASS towers, CUNNING Smiths, TRAPPED princesses, A BATTLE at Sea, OH, and a lovely wee green cow.
59 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Fairy Wind, Love Charms & Milky Tails
Kick back and relax with this grab bag episode of Irish stories, riddles and love charms. From Fionn Mac Cumhaill's mother's shin bone to the fairy wind. Guaranteed laughs and Irish love. Music by Gareth Quinn Redmond Logo by Aisling Larkin Design (@aislinglarkindesign)
51 minutes | May 19, 2021
The Tailteann Games
OLDER than the Olympics, a yearly 'sporting' event that was about so much more than feats of strength. THE TAILTEANN GAMES drew crowds from all over Ancient Ireland to take part in competitions of swordplay, long jumps, crafting, storytelling . . . . There were even hills were mass marriages and the occasional divorce took place. THE boys delve into the real history of the Tailteann Games, an event in honour of the Queen and God Tailtiu . . . There's even evidence to suggest the Greeks took a little inspiration from the Irish.
70 minutes | May 5, 2021
Bealtaine (Gaelic May Day)
The light half of the year has finally arrived. The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, nature is getting greener. It is time to send the animals off to higher pastures, cut turf and prepare for the summer of working the land ahead. Bonfires must be lit to cleanse and protect homes, people and animals. The morning dew must be collected to ensure luck and prosperity. The boys discuss all this and more in this episode on the Gaelic May Day Festival of Bealtaine Music by Gareth Quinn Redmond Logo by AislingLarkinDesign
62 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
CHILD sacrifice, intense worship and a battle between an ancient idol and St. Patrick. THIS all took place in the small clearing 'Magh Slecht' in the hills of Cavan where a golden idol to the god CROM CRUACH stood. The boys journey to Magh Slecht, to explore Crom Cruach as a dark yet likely misinterpreted figure. Discover if there really was child sacrifice at Magh Slecht and why exactly it happened in the first place. Gareth Quinn Redmond on music. Aisling Larkin on the logo. Pisrogspodcast on instagram.
70 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Local Stories, Piseóga and Riddles
Join Aran and Luke this week as they explore their parish and townlands past with stories of treachery, ghosts, hauntings, strongman Seán Byrnes and Miles 'The Slasher'. Also a sprinkling of Piseóga, superstitious beliefs and practices, and riddles throughout. Thank you Gareth Quinn Redmond for the music. Thank you Aisling Larkin (@aislinglarkindesign) for the logo.
70 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Book of Invasions (Lebor Gabála Érenn)
Ever wondered whose the first person to settle in Ireland? Well there's a few first people, six groups in fact, and one group are gods, and one aren't gods... but both are related? Lets start from the beginning. Journey back in time with Aran and Luke to meet the many groups that settled, ruled and fought for Ireland (according to the Book of Invasions). Music by Gareth Quinn Redmond Logo by AislingLarkinDesign
62 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
The Bean Sí (Banshee)
The Bean Sí, literally the Fairy Woman, has no abode. She comes near a house to wail for one who is about to die. Those who know how piercing is the caoine, the people's lament for the dead, will realise what a dread visitant the Bean Sí would be. Join Aran and Luke as they explore the Bean Sí's origins, purpose and alternative interpretations throughout the country. Filled with tales both personal and from older generations. Also hear of Luke's new internship with the Bean Sí's Music by Gareth Quinn Redmond Logo by AislingLarkinDesign
64 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
The Irish had and have a funny approach to death, that bit after life. It's a very funny and uplifting one for an episode about death, that's all we'll say. Come along with Aran and Luke to learn about the mad craic and practical jokes which would be carried out at Wakes, a celebration of the dead individuals life (It gets very Weekend at Bernie's). ALSO discover Irish Folktales of journeys to heavenly islands where abundant feasts, parties and beautiful beautiful people await. Thanks for the fan submission that made this episode possible! Music by Gareth Quinn Redmond Logo by AislingLarkinDesign
39 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
At Glenade lake in County Leitrim a mythical creature known as the Dobhar-chú was said to have murdered a woman whilst she washed clothes, a tombstone exists supposedly depicting this act. Aran and Luke dive in to the murky depths of the stories and songs about the legendary Dobhar-chú! There's also a water horse too.
62 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Veiled One, Crone, Witch. The embodiment of Winter, a creator deity and daughter of the Little Sun. The Cailleach is one of Ireland's oldest characters who very well may still be on this island. Also explored in this episode are the colloquial Caillí, Witches, the like to fill your boots with butter or squeeze you to death. Music by Gareth Quinn Redmond Logo by AislingLarkinDesign
42 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
The Christmas Special
The boys cant meet in person but they can meet in spirit, a SEASONAL MIRACLE for the final episode of this season! In this episode the lads chat about a long celebrated and peculiar Irish tradition, The Wren (or Wran, depending where you're from). The tradition involves gaggles of lads all over Ireland chasing down the little bird dressed in false faces, tinsel, straw and- you know what, its best you just listen. Learn about The Wren and laugh about much more in this fantastic Christmas themed episode. Music by Gareth Quinn Redmond Logo by AislingLarkinDesign
55 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Bean Feasa (Woman of Knowledge)
The boys explore An Bheán Feasa, wise women who possessed remedies for physical and spiritual ailments as well as being a diplomat between the the people of the physical world and the Good People of the netherworld. If there was a prize for the wisest of the wise women, it'd go to none other than Biddy Early. To the Church and the local priest, Biddy Early was a witch. To those of the locality who received her help, she was the closest thing they had to a living saint. Join Aran and Luke to learn more about Biddy Early, and how you definitely, definitely, DEFINITELY should not speak ill of her. Or maybe even speak of her full stop. Music by Gareth Quinn Redmond Logo by AislingLarkinDesign
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