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A Traveller & A Countryman

English, Social, 1 season, 51 episodes, 3 days, 3 hours, 22 minutes
A Traveller & A Countryman Podcast with Martin Stokes and Dean Scurry. This unlikely pair chat openly about a variety of subjects.
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Ep 42 - What's the News?

After a short break, Dean and Martin are back with some news.
7/6/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep 41 - The Interrogation of Dean Scurry

Martin takes the reins this week as he tries to interrogate Dean. Dean teaches Matin about the hero's journey story in Star Wars and explains how Martin is like the Traveller Chewbacca. Martin finishes off the episode with a great story about a deadly sneaky snake.
5/19/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep 40 - Freedom of Speech

In this Episode Dean and Martin chat about Community, Confession, Confrontation, Comedy, King Charles Coronations, Irish Drug Laws, The Fighting Irish and Freedom of Speech.
5/10/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep 39 - Knockin' On Heavens Door

Dean calls out the Talking Bollox lads and Martin tells us all about his recent family pilgrimage to Knock Shrine in Co. Mayo. Martins also chats about his claustrophobia and has a funny porta loo story.
4/26/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep 38- From Eviction Ban to Camper Van

Its been few weeks since we last heard from heard from Dean and Martin. The reason why is revealed in this special episode. Dean talks about his housing situation and gets some great practical advice from Martin about getting a camper van on the road.
4/19/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep 37 - Holy Water

Dean and Martin at their best, fun, free and full of shit. They discuss curse words, clowns, the cosmos, holy water, tides and traveller myths.
3/13/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep 36 - Jamie Harrington

We are joined by Jamie Harrington, The Unofficial Lord Mayor of Ballymun. Martin was super excited to get Jamie on to talk about the time Jamie sat down with a suicidal man and asked him if he was okay. Jamie brings us into his world and lets us know what makes him happy. He also shares his experience of anti-depressants and how he manages his mental health.
3/9/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep 35 - Sun, Moon and Stars, It's all a big conspiracy

Martin and Dean chat about some of the worlds top conspiracy theories. Martin tries to convince Dean the earth is the centre of the universe and freaks out when Dean brings up the Illuminati but seems okay with the idea of a lizard Queen Mother.
2/27/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep 34 - Ireland For All

This is a special episode about the #IrelandForAll movement made up of clips from previous podcast and radio interviews.
2/17/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep 33 - Lights, Camera, Action

Dean and Martin chat all things silver screen, the talk about everything from classics Films like Titanic to Movies that make you want to run for cover like Mr and Mrs and they throw in a few other gems too.
2/4/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep 32 - Lucky Khambule (We Are One)

Martin and Dean chat with Lucky Khambule a (South African) former asylum seeker. Lucky lived in Direct Provision in Cork after his arrival in Ireland in 2013. He was involved in organising a strike there protesting the restrictive rules that were enforced around eating times and access to supplies such as toiletries. He co-founded the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) which advocates for greater rights for asylum seekers and calls for the end of Direct Provision. We are also treated to an amazing poem about unity and solidarity by Martin. We Are One.
1/29/20231 hour, 32 seconds
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EP 31 - Traveller Wedding Photographs

Dean chats about a new Ballymun photobook project and Martin tell us all about a recent family wedding and shares some great advice for his younger self.
1/18/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep 30 - Refugees, Racism & New Year Resolutions

In their first chat of 2023 Martin and Dean have an honest open discussion about fear, racism, discrimination, tolerance, solidarity and love. Dean pushes Martin on why having women travellers on the podcast isn't only important its healthy and inevitable. Martin gives us a really special surprise to welcome in a new year.
1/9/202354 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep 29 - Sparky (Ray Corcoran)

In our last chat of 2022 and our first Podcast of 2023 we shoot the breeze with a Ballymun Legend, Ray 'Sparky' Corcoran. As a youth worker in Ballymun for 40 yrs Sparky has a wealth of experience, insight and wisdom as to what's what in Dublin. We chat about family, music, sea swimming, ghosts, homelessness, drugs, Christmas spirit and the importance of doing good work in your community.
1/1/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep 28 - Donal Fallon

In their final podcast chat of 2022 Martin and Dean sit down with Historian, Author and Podcaster Donal Fallon for a lovey heart felt social history chin wag about all things Dublin. Donal's Podcast 'Three Castles Burning' is a wonderfully crafted insight into some of the real hidden gems of Ireland's capita cityl, 'Dubh Linn', beyond the air brushed tourist traps and trails.
12/20/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep 27 - Subset / Unauthorised Murals

We sit down with Subset for a conversation about Art, Love, Life, lessons to learn and what to do to feel alive. Recorded live in Mend. Since inception Subset have been preparing for an inevitable standoff with Dublin City Council. Ideological differences have given rise to a clash between imagination and risk mitigation. This has led to a protracted court battle over several years, stemming from the allegation of “Unauthorised Murals”.
12/16/20221 hour, 34 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep 26 - Shark in the Water!!

6 months in Dean and Martin sit down to shoot the breeze and chat about everything from finding money in a cashless world, toll bridges trolls, online scams, Emmet Till, The Wire, Rainbow Rapids, bullying bosses, Sharyn Ward, Finbar and Tyson Furey, Thomas Carty, Elvis Presley, Maverick Sabre and music business sharks.
12/8/20221 hour, 35 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep 25 - John Connors

We're joined by John Connors for a warts and all chat about life and death and everything in between. This is a lovely conversation between two travellers and a country man. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
11/29/20221 hour, 57 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep 24 - Live with Senator Lynn Ruane in axis Ballymun

This is our first ever live podcast and the first live podcast recorded in axis theatre Ballymun, the first event of the first ever Ballymun Summit and Martins first time on stage. A lot of firsts. We had the great pleasure having the amazing Senator Lynn Ruane as our guest. Thanks to all the staff at axis and the wonderful audience. We had lots of fun, and we can't wait for our next live show.
11/21/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep 23 - Smart Phones & Antisocial Media

This is a special Episode, recorded a few months ago. Dean and Martin chat about the pros and cons of social media, the good, the bad and the often very ugly. Smartphones for all the good they bring have made for some very dumb ideas. TikTok, Instagram, Facebook etc are in the business of keeping your attention at any cost. Remember Kids... If You Are Not Paying for the Product, You Are the Product!
11/11/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep 22 - Pagan Halloween Prayers and Pilgrimages

Just back from having Covid Dean sits down with Martin and talks about everything from the Pagan Festival of Halloween, Martin leading Good Friday prayers on St Margarets Traveller site, to pilgrimages and black fasts on an Island on Lough Derg in Donegal. We also promote our first live show in axis Ballymun on Nov 18th.
10/31/20221 hour, 38 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep 21 - Hughie Maughan

We have the pleasure of sitting down with the courageous, charismatic and intelligent Hughie Maughan. Hughie is Martins neighbour, and this conversation explores so many important themes. From why humans fight, our fear of death, and how we might be all able to learn to live with each other without prejudice. This episode is basically Talking Bollox for Travellers.
10/19/20222 hours, 23 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep 20 - War and Peace, Heaven and Hell

Martin and Dean chat about patience, ignorance, sarcasm, feuds, peace keeping and using forgiveness as a weapon. Martin talks about his love for Medjugorje and describes it like heaven on earth. They ask what those are who want war are running away from and could they benefit from a human love connection. There's also a lovely surprise at the end.
10/12/20221 hour, 36 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep 19 - Jimmy Judge

Martin and Dean sit down with Jimmy Judge. Jimmy works as a psychotherapist based in Dublin, working with those suffering through addictions, trauma, abuse and those who find themselves isolated or disconnected from mainstream society. Jimmy also works in the Traveller Counselling Service. We chat about his work and how an early traumatic incident where he was falsely accused of stealing a push bike led him into a caring career.
10/5/20221 hour, 48 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep 18 - The Ten Commandments

Dean and Martin chat about Recovery Month, The 100 Km Recovery Cycle, Rave and Ride, 12 step programs like AA and GA. They discuss making mistakes, learning lessons and who we should take advice from. They also explore The Ten Commandments and the pros and cons of giving to charity. Martin tells us about that time he got annoyed with Daniel O'Donnell.
9/26/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep 17 - Pauline Scurry (Dean's Mother)

In this episode we are joined by another very special guest, Pauline Scurry, Dean's Mother. Pauline talks about her life growing up in Eastwall, working in Wales as a teenager, meeting Dean's Da, Paul Scurry, getting married, rearing six kids in Ballymun in the 80s, and her Recovery journey. This is another very rare conversation.
9/22/20222 hours, 5 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep 16 - Fr Peter McVerry

We chat with Fr Peter McVerry about how his work began in Ballymun and the Dublin North Inner City during the 1970s and 80s and where its going in 2022 and beyond. We talk about God, love, compassion, service, greed, neoliberalism, housing first, a housing referendum and the necessary shift in perspective required to bring about real change in Ireland.
9/11/20221 hour, 47 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep 15 - Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do

Dean and Martin chat about sins, virtues, the importance of forgiveness and having sense of humour.
9/6/20221 hour, 46 minutes
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Ep 14 - Jeff O'Toole

We chat with actor, director and community worker Jeff O'Toole about the ups and downs of his acting career, the Irish film industry and pulling favours to make films with young people in a working class community. He tells us about his childhood friendship with his best mate JR from a traveller family in Tallaght. We also discuss the success of the Safe talk Suicide project.
8/29/20221 hour, 54 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep 13 - Richie Smyth

In this episode we sit down with Film Director Richie Smyth. We chat about superstitions, healing medicines like ayahuasca, Fighting Charity, Brad Pitt playing a traveller, Irish shame, problem solving, working with U2 and directing The Siege of Jadotville. As it was episode 13 we had some inevitable tech glitches but we persevered and are delighted to let you all listen in on our conversation.
8/22/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep 12 - Helen Stokes (Martin's Mother)

In this episode we are delighted to be joined by a very special guest, Martin's Mother, Helen Stokes. Helen is a traveller woman and our first female guest. Recorded live in her caravan in St Margaret's Park, Ballymun. She tells us about her life growing up, getting married and some stories she heard about Travelling people. This is a very rare conversation.
8/16/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep 11 - Sean 'Seany' Kinsella

In our first interview we chat with Sean 'Seany' Kinsella about his life growing up in Ballymun. Sean tells us about how he went from Iron bars to Ironman and his journey towards unconditional love. This episode is very special and has loads of big laughs and some nice tender moments too.
8/9/20221 hour, 54 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep 10 - There But For The Grace Of God Go I

Dean and Martin reach a milestone of 10 podcasts and reflect on why they started and where they might be going.
7/25/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep 9 - Fun And Laughter

Dean and Martin have the craic with each other. Sometimes we need some fun and laughter.
7/18/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep 8 - Fáilte Ireland

In this episode Martin and Dean discuss what they love about Ireland and a few things that piss them off too.
7/11/20221 hour, 42 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep 7 - The Power Of Protest

In this episode Martin and Dean chat about how they met and discuss some of the strategies and tactics they've used when protesting against abuses of power in Ireland.
7/4/20221 hour, 34 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep 6 - Traveller Health and Dublin City Council

Dean and Martin talk openly about Traveller Health and Dublin City Council.
6/28/20221 hour, 51 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep 5 - The N-Word & The K-Word

Dean and Martin chat about the N-Word & the K-Word
6/20/20221 hour, 30 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep 4 - Speaking Up

Dean and Martin talk about entrepreneurs, hitting rock bottom, comfort zones, speaking up, Travellers in pubs and 'The Special Class'.
6/13/20221 hour, 40 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep 3 - Family

Dean and Martin chat about Family.
6/6/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep 2 - Heaven and Earth

Dean and Martin chat about UB40, Charles Haughey and the ‘Final Solution’ to the ‘Traveller problem’ from 'The Commission on Itinerancy' 1963 and much more..
6/2/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep 1 - In The Beginning

Martin Stokes and Dean Scurry introduce A Traveller and A Countryman Podcast. This unlikely pair chat openly about a variety of subjects.
5/30/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 40 seconds
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Podcast Trailer

A Traveller And A Countryman Podcast Trailer with Dean Scurry and Martin Stokes.
5/19/202211 minutes, 58 seconds