Winner of Irish sports writer of the year, Ewan MacKenna, joined Jarlath this week to chat about his polarising views on Conor McGregor, Irish rugby, Dublin football and his own peculiar journey around the world.
Ewan opens up about the frustrations of being a journalist (24:00), the strange reason why the work 'dried up' after he was named sports journalist of the year (30:00) and tells a few of his jaw-dropping stories from his time in Brazil (35:00).
Jarlath quizzes Ewan about his book on the Conor McGregor phenomenon (48:00) and its connection to the rise of 'strong man' politics (56:00). We hear why Lance Armstrong plagued him with phone calls (1:05:00) and Jarlath challenges Ewan on why he takes pleasure in the losses of the Irish Rugby team (1:10:00) and there’s more. This is a truly eye-opening chat with one of Ireland's most respected and outspoken journalistic talents.
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