Travel Tales with Fergal

5/4/2021

Phil Martin - CEO of Blanco Nino

Season 2, Ep. 14
Our guest this week is Phil Martin, CEO of Blanco Nino, who has just launched a range of gourmet tortilla chip flavours in Ireland. Phil shares tales ofhis travels all over Mexico and his love for Mexican food. We also have a great chat about walking the Camino in Spain.This is a fascinating and insightful episode for all lovers of Mexican street food. Tipperary is justifiably renowned worldwide for its food producers. Phil tells why he chose Clonmel as the location for Ireland’s only authentic Mexican tortilleria using source ingredients from heritage producers in Mexico.Before opening Blanco Nino, Phil travelled throughout Mexico to learn the art of making authentic corn tortillas. He visited the milpas, molinos and tortillerias to learn the secrets of the ancient Aztec process ofnixtamalisation, which helps to give authentic tortillas their unique flavour.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 70 countries. The podcast aims to share soul-liftingtravelmemoirs about day-dream worthy destinations.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 onWebsite www.https://www.traveltaleswithfergal.ieInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
4/27/2021

Annie Kennedy

Season 2, Ep. 13
My guest Annie Kennedy this week is part of the Expat Lives series. Ireland has a tradition of university graduates emigrating for work all over the world and seeking out new adventures. Annie left Ireland straight after studying in DCU and worked abroad ever sinceAnnie has had an eventful and high octane career working in sports marketing for UEFA, FIFA, Eurosport, F1 and Shell on the Ferrari F1 team and more recently on the commercial side for shell in Africa.Annie shares great tales of working of on some of the most memorable sporting events over the last 20 years including the Euro's in Portugal in 2004 and the World Cup in Germany in 2006.Annie has worked both directly for F1 and also representing Shell on the Ferrari F1 team. She has worked with four World Champion drivers Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. This was a dream job for any lovers of F1 and Ferrari.Annie is currently working for shell throughout Africa and she shares why that continent has such a special place in her heart. Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series listened to in over 70 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 onWebsite www.https://www.traveltaleswithfergal.ieInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
4/20/2021

Manchan Magan

Season 2, Ep. 12
My guest this week must be my most well-travelled guest so far. The renowned Irish adventurer, writer and documentary maker Manchan Magan.If every episode has a personality, then Manchan’s is pure joy and love for the remotest places and peoples on a planet. A planet that needs sustainable help.After over 30 years of unrivalled adventures to parts of the world unseen by most people, Manchan shared great travel tales about Africa, South American, Asia and the Middle East to name a few. Manchan also tells me about his decision in January last year to give up flying for holidays for ecological reasons and to help raise awareness about the harmful effects of carbon emissions from flying and how he intends to renew his love of slow travel especially by train.Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series listened to in over 70 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
3/30/2021

Louise Nealon

Season 2, Ep. 11
My guest Louise Nealon's debut novel Snowflake is coming out on the 13th of May. This much anticipated book has already been optioned by Element Pictures who are behind Sally Rooney's Normal People and Conversations with Friends. Louise is already being acclaimed as a voice for her generation.Louise's writing is truthful, moving and very, very funny. I think she has the magic ingredient and is going to be a star. We had a lovely chat about the places and trips that most influenced her including J1ing in New York and San Diego, interrailing throughout Europe, Belfast and the west of Ireland to name a few. This episode is for all lovers of great writing as Louise gives us a unique insight into the writing process.Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series listened to in over 70 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
3/23/2021

Rory O'Neill - Panti Bliss

Season 2, Ep. 10
Our guest this week is Rory O’Neill, who is known as the drag queen Panti Bliss. Rory became a cultural lighting rod during the successful Irish marriage equality referendum in 2015 and is now famous all over the world as an Irish gay icon.He talks on the podcast about the five trips and places that influenced him the most. He shares great stories of spending teenage summers in the south of France. Coming out in London in the 80’s and living through the Aids epidemic. He talks about travelling overland on the Trans Siberian Express and then living for 4 years in Tokyo where he learned his trade as a drag queen and his many trips to Sydney for the Mardi Gras. This episode really shines a light on why travel is so important in shaping a person’s outlook on life. It is exactly one year since all hospitality businesses in Ireland had to close due to the pandemic. Rory owns the Pantibar in Dublin, so he knows first-hand the devastating effects of the lockdown restrictions. He speaks eloquently of the effects of that lockdown on people working in tourism. Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series listened to in over 70 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
3/16/2021

Alan McGee - Creation Stories

Season 2, Ep. 9
I interview the music industry legend Alan McGee this week. Alan is one of the most influential figures in the history of British music. After setting up Creation Records in the 1980’s, his label was behind era-defining albums from Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Oasis.Alan is most famous for discovering and signing Oasis. His life has been turned into a movie called Creation Stories by the Trainspotting team of Danny Boyle and Irvine Welsh and the premier is Saturday, 20th March on Sky Movies. Alan speaks on the podcast about how he irrevocably changed the face of British culture.Hear all about Alan’s amazing life during the Cool Britannia era of the 90’s. 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
3/9/2021

The Two Bohemians

Season 2, Ep. 8
The Travel Tales with Fergal Podcast features the travel influencer couple the Two Bohemians, who have nearly 70,000 followers on Instagram, who are working as digital nomads in Tulum, Mexico. They give a fascinating insight into life as full time travel influencers. They tell us how they make money by being influencers on social media, the secrets of the trade and what it was really like travelling the last year during the pandemic. Mexico has become a mecca for travel influencers, jet-setting celebrities and hippies as they flock to Tulum on the Caribbean coast. This beach resort town on the "Mayan Riviera" is booming from an influx of tourists and remote workers, not without some controversy. They give an honest assessment of why they left the UK in January to go to Mexico for work and the reaction they got for doing that. “It gets to the point when you feel you have had enough and that was us at Christmas. We are people that thrive on being in different countries, cultures, by learning and exploring. Travelling is how we find our natural happiness”.Influencers have come under fire in recent weeks for jet-setting off to sunny destinations abroad for work trips during a pandemic. But for influencers, whose livelihoods depend onengaging an audience and keepingsponsorships, travelling goes beyond adventure.The Two Bohemians share great travel stories including campervanning through Europe, cycling the plains of Mongolia and why Costa Rica and Sri Lanka are the new travel hotspots.They give great insights into what it is like to devote your life to travel and how exactly you make money from influencing. They continued to travel throughout 2020 during the pandemic and they share what that was really like. 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