The standard of men’s attire might be down this week but the quality of guests is pure Armani seersucker. The voice of eir sport, Des Curran, stands in for the sunbed roulette playing Dan McDonnell, who we think might be in Capri. We’ve got Brendan Clarke, the safest hands in Limerick, in studio to talk about their upcoming Munster derbies and relegation battles. On the phone from Dundalk we have a very happy cup winner in Sean Gannon, oh yeah, and there’s a 99c sandwich that just won’t go away.
It's EA Sports Cup Final week, and as the newspapers continue to pile up outside the McDonnell's hotel suite, Damien Lynch keeps the presenter's ergonomic swivel chair warm on this week's pod. Ronan Finn gives his immediate reaction to the FAI Cup semi final draw that pits his Shamrock Rovers against Dundalk. There's the Athlone Town situation up for debate as well as the usual previews of the week ahead. Also this week, in a special 'origins' section we discover how a draughty lodgings in Whitehall and a warm cup of coffee in a shiny building next to a public house led to one man striking a change for punters everywhere. Well, it's something like that....
It's all very 'Dude' in Dan's prenuptial show. "Laid Back" Johnny Mc (Donnell) returns to bring his own brand of Sam Elliot knowledge to the relegation battle, the future of the International team, reverse defections from the USA to ex eastern bloc countries and his own brand of human trafficking. There's Johnny Ward's full on Lebowski impression and the usual analysis, previews and shameless plugging of mens outfitters. This is not 'nam, it's episode 29, there are rules....
"Guess who's back? Damo's back..." and while we're talking back, let's talk full backs. Because the debate will rage over who was better, Damien Lynch or San Fransisco born Neal Horgan, who's also back. Despite his best efforts Neal ends up talking again about crisis clubs and this time it's Athlone Town. Johnny gets all fanboy with Galway United's Ronan Murray who talks about their cup run and working with Roy Keane at Ipswich. There's the usual random degrees of separation from the Hitler Youth comparisons with Social Media to mass defections of Bray Wanderers players in Inverness....but the main thing is that Damo's back and he's got 1600 emails to answer!
On this week's show we welcome Ger 'Buzzer' Rowe from Crumlin to talk about their upcoming cup match against the reigning champions, and his fond memories of Shelbourne legend Ollie Byrne on the tenth anniversary of his passing. He also offers expert opinion on which ex pros make the best taxi drivers, little people kicking in his door in Mosney and how five a sides in the flats honed his skills from a very early age. If this wasn't enough for you, we have Shane Keegan from Galway Utd on the phone and the results of the piano man poll are in as to whether it's gonna be Ollie Horgan or Ollie Horgan who tinkles the ivories at Dan's Wedding! Goodness Gracious, Great balls of....
In between selecting Dan's Wedding Songs and appraising Dublin's formal menswear retailers, 'Smooth' Johnny Ward and 'Dynamic' Dan McDonnell, play host to Longford Town manager Neale Fenn, who tells us about his love of the job and his career to date. Ollie Horgan is back on the phone from 'Harps to talk through the end of season run in, we don't discover what Alan Cawley cooked for Johnny, and Johnny takes ten minutes to to come up with a pun for 'Chambers'! All this and more....Because you just keep giving us 5 star reviews!
This week we welcomed Bohs Duo Oscar Brennan and Shane Supple to the studio...well almost! Our transition year sound engineer insisted on recording the first half of Oscar's contribution in a corrugated iron roofed shed for effect. We abandoned this experiment after about ten minutes and instead focused on Bohs beating Cork, Stephen Kenny's new contract and The Shawshank Redemption - Gypsy Style
The boy genius Johnny Dunleavy takes the train to our studio just north of North Korea where he joins a stag weary Dan and a Galway Races weary Johnny for a humdinger of a show that tackles head injuries, the obvious observations of middle aged cork men, amnesia, Aaron Lennon's driving position, going Hurling with Hunt, and "How The Simpson's would do press releases". It's so good that this weeks episode would get 12 A's in it's Inter Cert, including Latin!
Dan returns to accompany Johnny after an 'Oh-So-Short' European adventure to analyze what went wrong for the LOI teams. Luke Byrne from Shamrock Rovers drops in to preview the upcoming Bohs-Rovers game and Alan Reynolds from Waterford talks hurling, tenors, and the cup run. Oh, and Vincent Browne somehow gets a look in.
Gary McCabe from Bray Wanderers gives us a frank and honest opinion about the situation at the club from a players perspective in one of the most revealing interviews we've broadcast thus far. Also as it's make or break time for LOI clubs in Europe, Dan McDonnell is in Rosenborg and joins Johnny and Aidan Fitzmaurice from The Herald on the line from Norway to discuss if "it's over now?". Oh and there might be a little 90's Nordic pop theme too..