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Travel Tales with Fergal

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Travel Tales with Fergal is a weekly interview series where Irishman Fergal O'Keeffe chats to a special guest about their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. We talk about travel, culture, people, food, po
Latest Episode3/2/2021

Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll

Season 2, Ep. 7
My guest this week is the world renowned climber Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll who has put the last 13 months in lockdown in Patagonia to record making use. In what is already considered one of Patagonia's most iconic climbs ever, Sean completed the first solo traverse of the Fitz Roy Massif in Argentina in February this year.Fellow Patagonia solo-climbing aficionado, Colin Haley said of the feat, "There is no doubt that this is the most impressive solo ascent ever done in Patagonia, and I can't help but wonder if it isn't simply the most impressive ascent ever done in Patagonia in general”.Sean is considered a genius by his peer in adventure climbing and this interview shows his love for climbing, the mountains and Patagonia in particular shining through. Listen now to how he did that already famous climb and learns how he got to that point.Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series listened to in over 60 countries. He interviews a special guest about their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. The guests all have inspirational stories that enable people to armchair travel in their imagination.I would ask you to please subscribe so a new episode will appear in your library every week. I would also really appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review as it helps others to discover this podcast.To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me onEmail fergal@lume.ieInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
3/2/2021

Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll

Season 2, Ep. 7
My guest this week is the world renowned climber Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll who has put the last 13 months in lockdown in Patagonia to record making use. In what is already considered one of Patagonia's most iconic climbs ever, Sean completed the first solo traverse of the Fitz Roy Massif in Argentina in February this year.Fellow Patagonia solo-climbing aficionado, Colin Haley said of the feat, "There is no doubt that this is the most impressive solo ascent ever done in Patagonia, and I can't help but wonder if it isn't simply the most impressive ascent ever done in Patagonia in general”.Sean is considered a genius by his peer in adventure climbing and this interview shows his love for climbing, the mountains and Patagonia in particular shining through. Listen now to how he did that already famous climb and learns how he got to that point.Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series listened to in over 60 countries. He interviews a special guest about their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. The guests all have inspirational stories that enable people to armchair travel in their imagination.I would ask you to please subscribe so a new episode will appear in your library every week. I would also really appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review as it helps others to discover this podcast.To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me onEmail fergal@lume.ieInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
2/25/2021

Brendan Dwyer - Spain

Season 2, Ep. 6
Listen to part 2 of our chat with hotelier Brendan Dwyer who is the GM of the La Finca Resort in Alicante and who lives in Cartagenawith his Spanish wife Maria, Director of Tourism for the Region of Murcia and two children. Brendan's love of travelling and passion for the hospitality sector really shines through in this episode. Brendan has worked as a hotelier for over 20 years including Vice President of Global Sales EMEA for Hyatt Hotels. and he gives a great insight into life as an Irish expat in Spain and especially not able to travel back to Ireland for over a year to see family. He talks about the current lockdown situation in Spain, where restaurants just opened again last weekend, and the difference in the current attitude to tourism in Spain v Ireland and shares his predictions for the future of the hotel business. He gives great tips on where to travel in Spain and his favourite hotels and restaurants from around the world and much more.Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series listened to in over 50 countries. He interviews a special guest about their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. The guests all have inspirational stories that enable people to armchair travel in their imagination.I would ask you to please subscribe so a new episode will appear in your library every week. I would also really appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review as it helps others to discover this podcast.To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me onEmail fergal@lume.ieInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
2/23/2021

Brendan Dwyer - GM, La Finca Resort, Spain

Season 2, Ep. 5
We have our first guest on Travel Insiders this year with Irish Expat Brendan Dwyer who lives in Murcia and works as GM in the 5 star award winning La Finca Resort in Alicante, Spain. Brendan has worked for over 20 years in some of the most iconic hotels and brands including Vice President Global Sales EMEA for Hyatt Hotels. Brendan really captures the manic world of the global hotel business as he gives an energetic, charismatic tour of working all over the world including London, New York, Cairo, Istanbul, Madrid and Murcia to name just a few. This is a whirlwind of an episode and in fact Brendan shares so many great tales from his long career in tourism that we will have part 2 of this interview as a special bonus episode this Thursday.Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series listened to in over 50 countries. He interviews a special guest about their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. The guests all have inspirational stories that enable people to armchair travel in their imagination.I would ask you to please subscribe so a new episode will appear in your library every week. I would also really appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review as it helps others to discover this podcast. To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me onEmail fergal@lume.ieInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
2/16/2021

David McWilliams

Season 2, Ep. 4
David McWilliams is a world renowned economist, author, journalist, documentary-maker and broadcaster and is ranked the 10th most influential economist in the world. David believes passionately that economics should be easily understandable and widely available whilst also making it topical, fun and entertaining. David has worked and travelled all over the world and we cover a lot of ground as you can imagine.David gives fascinating socio economic, cultural and historical insights into the Caribbean. He talks about his time in America and Russia as a student. He goes in-depth about the character of Russians and why America lost its lustre as a holiday destination during the Trump era. He tells us about his love for Croatia where he has a summer home.He shares great tales of working for a French bank and chasing financial disasters around the world. David has a great eye for seeing cultural trends before anyone else and he shares prescient insights into the future of business travel in the era of the pandemic and reflects on the age-old power dynamics of travel in the workplace. And much, much more!Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series listened to in over 50 countries. He interviews a special guest about their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. The guests all have inspirational stories that enable people to armchair travel in their imagination.I would ask you to please subscribe so a new episode will appear in your library every week. I would also really appreciate if you could leave a rating and review as it helps others to discover this podcast. To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me on Email fergal@lume.ieInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
2/11/2021

The Joy of Après

Season 2, Ep. 3
Whether it is a Gluhwein or hot chocolate to warm the hands and heart after coming down off the mountain, there is nothing like that contented feeling when sharing stories of that day's exploits and the giddy expectation for the night ahead. The fun from Après Ski after a long day on the slopes is one of the great joys of a ski holiday. This episode is an appreciation of all things Après from the great craic to the fun bars and fantastic restaurants to the great resorts for Après. This is a short bonus episode with an extended interview with my ski sidekick Sean. I hope this episode conveys that giggly Après feeling. This is the perfect antidote for you if you want a good laugh. So if you find you laugh at someone else laughing, then this is the episode for you! The podcast next week will feature world renowned Irish economist David McWilliams talking about his time living in Russia just after fall of the Berlin Wall and working and traveling for the International Development bank all over the around the world.Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series where a special guest shares stories from their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. The guests all have inspirational stories that enable people to armchair travel in their imagination.I would ask you to please subscribe so a new episode will appear in your library every week. I would also really appreciate if you could leave a rating and review as it helps others to discover this podcast. To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me onInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
2/9/2021

Paul Wallace

Season 2, Ep. 2
Our guest this week is the Irish and Lions rugby legend Paul Wallace. He talks about the Six Nations, the mystique of Lions rugby tours, whether this year’ tour to South Africa should go ahead and his favourite countries to tour including Japan, Australia, New Zealand and that famous 1997 Lions tour to South Africa.Paul talks about life touring as a professional rugby player and how South Africa played a pivotal role in his career. He got his first cap playing alongside his brother Richard against Japan at the World Cup in South Africa in 1995.Paul returned to South Africa for the Lions tour in 1997 and shares great stories of that tour made famous by the “Living with Lions” documentary. Paul was pivotal to the winning of that series and was one of only five players to play every minute of the three tests.He speaks in-depth about that tour and how it compares to an Irish tour.He also talks of his playing days with Saracens in London and shares a great story of going to a teammate’s lodge on the Zambezi in Africa.The podcast next week will feature world renowned Irish economist David McWilliams talking about his time living in Russia just after fall of the Berlin Wall and working and traveling for the International Development bank all over the around the world. Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series where a special guest shares stories from their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. The guests all have inspirational stories that enable people to armchair travel in their imagination. I would ask you to please subscribe so a new episode will appear in your library every week. I would also really appreciate if you could leave a rating and review as it helps others to discover this podcast. To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me onInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
2/2/2021

Ski Special

Season 2, Ep. 1
Season 2 starts with a Ski Special featuring 10 top ski experts and enthusiasts sharing their favourite resorts for skiing and regaling us with great Après Ski yarns. This podcast aims provide some escapism during lockdown by conjuring up fond memories of past travels and to inspire more adventurous future holidays.Ireland’s top ski journalist Catherine Murphy and the legendary ski instructor Warren Smith give great overviews of the best skiing in Europe. We cover a lot of ground including Europe, Japan, Canada and the USA. We have some brilliant guests coming in the next few weeks and to give a flavour hear ski enthusiasts David McWilliams, expat Annie Kennedy in Switzerland and Canadian Randy Lewis from Randaddy’s restaurant in west Clare, telling us about their favourite resorts. We also have great recommendations from Keith wood, Irish journalist Philip O’Connor who lives in Sweden and Taragh Lougnrey Grant. Après ski is often as important as the slopes and I have our regular contributor Sean O’Neill back to share some fun Après Ski memories. The podcast will have a special interview next Tuesday with rugby legend Paul Wallace, who will be chatting about the Six Nations, the mystique of Lions rugby tours to South Africa and whether this year’ tour will happen. I would ask you to please subscribe so a new episode will appear in your library every week. I would also really appreciate if you could leave a rating and review as it helps others to discover this podcast. To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me on Instagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal