The Irish Spark

The Irish Spark

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Bringing you a progressive worker’s perspective through interviews, conversations and readings.


#20 - The Cuban Ambassador to Ireland
Dec 14, 2019 • 27 min
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…
#19 - Women, Power and Politics in the 21st Century
Nov 7, 2019 • 55 min
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…
#18 - Trademark Belfast
Sep 22, 2019 • 35 min
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…
#17 - James Connolly: The Coming Generation
Aug 25, 2019 • 6 min
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 - [email protected] Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook -…
#16 - Donal Fallon: The Irish Soviets
Jul 26, 2019 • 39 min
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 - [email protected] Twitter -…
#15 - Clare Daly: Venezuela Fact Finding Mission
Jul 1, 2019 • 48 min
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 - [email protected] Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook - The Irish Spark…
#14 - David Gibney: Right2Water
Jun 1, 2019 • 36 min
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…
#13 - Alex Homits: Connolly Youth Movement
May 21, 2019 • 24 min
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…
#12 - James Connolly: Difficulties of Capitalism
May 3, 2019 • 6 min
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 - [email protected] Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook -…
#11 - The First Dáil Éireann: John Douglas
Apr 20, 2019 • 7 min
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…
#10 - Alex Gordon: Lexit
Apr 6, 2019 • 28 min
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…
#9 - John Hilary: Labour Party (UK)
Mar 15, 2019 • 20 min
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…
#8 - The First Dáil Éireann: Clare Daly
Mar 8, 2019 • 9 min
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…
#7 - James Connolly: The New Evangel
Feb 23, 2019 • 7 min
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 - [email protected] Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook -…
#6 - Paul Dobson: Venezuela Update
Feb 7, 2019 • 27 min
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 - [email protected] Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark Facebook -…
#5 - James Connolly: Home Thrusts
Jan 31, 2019 • 10 min
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 - [email protected] Twitter - @TheIrishSpark…
#4 - Carolus Wimmer: Venezuela
Jan 24, 2019 • 20 min
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…
#3 - Akiem & Olu: The South African Struggle
Jan 11, 2019 • 34 min
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…
#2 - Paul Keating: Maritime Union of Australia
Dec 28, 2018 • 15 min
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…
#1 - Conor McCabe: Money
Dec 14, 2018 • 34 min
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 - [email protected] Twitter - @TheIrishSpark Instagram - theirishspark…