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Abood Al Jumaili : Baghdad to Balinteer

Topics covered : Hurling, diversity, inclusion, religion.


In this episode I speak to Abood Al Jumaili who also goes by the name Bonnar O’Loinsigh.

He lives in Dublin and his nickname is based on two hurling greats, the Bonnar Maher from Tipperary and former player Colin Lynch from Clare.

He left his home in Baghdad when he was only 9 years old and came to Ireland with his family, five years after the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.

When he arrived here, he had no English but soon developed the distinctive accent he has today.

And in this conversation we talk about his passion for hurling, his deep faith, his role as a GAA ambassador promoting diversity and inclusion, the culture clashes he’s encountered over the years and his dream of becoming an Irish diplomat someday.


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