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WTS 120 - Paul O’Brien

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Paul O'Brien is an award winning author, screen writer and playwrite. Hailing from Wexford, Ireland, Paul has become a hero of the pro wrestling world with his literary trilogy, 'Blood Red Turns Dollar Green'. The crime series based in wrestling's old territory days, found acclaim amongst the stars of the modern era and has become a must read for fans of the crime genre and wrestling fans alike. 

Blood Red Turns Dollar Green made such an impression on WWE's Jim Ross, that he asked Paul to co-write his 2017 autobiography "Slobberknocker: My Life In Wrestling". 

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WTS - THE 600 XI

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads are declarng Denmark enemies of the podcast ahead of Ireland's World Cup play-off and we look back on hurricane Ophelia and the mark she left on Ireland. 

WTS 119 - Jamie Heaslip

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Jamie Heaslip is one of the world's greatest rugby players. He has played 95 times for Ireland, 12 times for The British & Irish Lions and 229 times for Leinster. 

He has won 3 Six Nations titles including a Grand Slam, 2 Triple Crowns, 3 European Cups, 1 European Challenege Cup and 3 Celtic Leagues. 

In a feature length interview we chat to Jamie about everything, from his ventures on and off the pitch to if we're ever going to see him on a reality tv show, favourite travel destinations to whose face would you have on a cake? 

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WTS - The 600 IX

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week we the lads are wrecked and Mero tries to tell us about his trip to Wales for Ireland's World Cup Qualifier. Danny is excited about Sunday's guest and has an apology to make. 

WTS 118 - Michael Finkel

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Michael Finkel is an award winning journalist and best selling author. His work has taken him to some far flung corners of the world and led him to some of the most incredible stories of the past 30 years. We talk to Mike about his two non-ficton books, 'The Stranger in the Woods' and 'True Story'. 

The Stranger in the woods tells the story of Christopher Knight, a hermiit who left everything he knew behind and went to live in a forrest in Maine. He Remained in there in his own splendid isolation for over 25 years. 

True Story tells the distressing tale of Christian Longo. A man accused of the horrific murders of his wife and three young children fled the country and was arrested in Mexico, where he was pretending to be Michael Finkel, a reporter for The New York Times. True Story was made into a major motion picture starring Jonah Hill & James Franco. It is currently available on Netflix. 

To learn more about Mike visit his webiste at michaelfinkel.com

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WTS THE 600 VIII

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week on our mini cast we talk about America and guns. The lads both agree for once, except for when it comes to deciding which match is the big match in Dublin this weekend. 

WTSpod - LIVE at Dublin Podcast Festival

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A special live edition of What's the Story? - recorded in The Workmans Club, Dublin as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival 2017. Topics range from North Korea to The Kardashians and Conor McGregor to our guests' favourite decade and why. 

Guests: 

Ken Early - Irish Times journalist and a member of Ireland's greatest media production company, The Second Captains. 

Joanne McNally - One of Ireland's finest stand up comedians and a regular on national TV & Radio. 

David McWilliams - Best selling author, journalist and economist. Founder of Dalkey Book festival and Kilkenonomics Festival. 

WTS 117 - Hugh Cahill

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Hugh Cahill will be familiar to millions as the voice of RTE rugby and more recently the voice of 2FM's Game On. 

A veteran behind the mic, Hugh has called some of the biggest rugby matches of the past decade. We talk to Hugh about getting his start in the industry, a missed opportunity at the 2007 Rugby World Cup and why he isn't too keen on MCing events. Mero does his best to keep up with the rugby talk and Danny is only delighted to indulge. 

Don't forget our next live show is coming up fast!! Tickets are available NOW for our live show at the first ever Dublin Podcast Festival. We'll be joined September 26 by David McWilliams, Ken Early and Joanne McNally in The Workmans Club, Dublin. Check out http://www.ticketmaster.ie/promo/61lbgx?tm_link=tm_arts_event1 for more. 

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WTS - The 600 VII

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

Everyone's favourite budget airline, Ryanair, turned heel this week and are cancelling flights faster than Mero cancels tinder dates and Danny cancels gym memberships. Of course we're gonna talk about it. 

Tickets are available NOW for our live show at the first ever Dublin Podcast Festival. September 26, Workmans Club Dublin. Check out http://www.ticketmaster.ie/promo/61lbgx?tm_link=tm_arts_event1 for more. 

WTS 116 - Cormac Moore

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Cormac Moore is a comedian, broadcaster and podcaster. He has been on the airwaves across Ireland for years and now he has launced his new, documentary style podcast. Project 10 Podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud and Podbean or you can check out www.project10podcast.com for more. 

Don't forget our next live show is coming up fast!! Tickets are available NOW for our live show at the first ever Dublin Podcast Festival. We'll be joined September 26 by David McWilliams, Ken Early and Joanne McNally in The Workmans Club, Dublin. Check out http://www.ticketmaster.ie/promo/61lbgx?tm_link=tm_arts_event1 for more. 

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Chapter 85: Burt Watson

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WE ROLLLLLIINNNNN!!!!! When it comes to boxing and MMA there is one man who has worked with the best of the best and and all the rest, Burt Watson. 

Burt Watson has been a coordinator/baby sitter to the stars for over 30 years and in that time he has worked with Smokin' Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe and in his 14 + years with the UFC he has worked with just about every fighter who has been talked about as a pound for pound best in the world. 

We talk to Burt about his life and times at the top of the fight game, where he got his start and his latest venture with Alliance MMA. 

But, before we got rollin with Burt we talked a little about a lot, including Mero making accusations about a rugby legend with no evidence or proof of it being true and Danny offers his more realistic reasoning on the matter. 

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WTS - The 600 VI

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

Its that time of year again where reality TV and talent shows take over our televisions - so the lads have a little whinge about it. 

Tickets are available NOW for our live show at the first ever Dublin Podcast Festival. September 26, Workmans Club Dublin. Check out http://www.ticketmaster.ie/promo/61lbgx?tm_link=tm_arts_event1 for more. 

WTS 115 - Ian Versey

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This week the lads bring it all back home as they welcome another Borough legend to the podcast. 

Ian Versey has been involved with Irish hip hop for over 10 years. As an emcee that has collaborated with a ton of people, Versey is a well versed veteran of the scene.

While the standard of hip hop in America has long been the bar, the UK's Grime scene has become more popular than ever and over the last few years Irish emceeing has found its real voice. Versey tells us about his start in Dublin's Temple Theatre all the way to now, where the music is a passion and creating has to be balanced with a 9-5 and a family. 

Mero tries his best to get Danny to rap and we spend way to long talking about chippers and the now infamous Spice Burger Famine of 2009. 

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Tickets are available NOW for our live show at the first ever Dublin Podcast Festival. September 26, Workmans Club Dublin. Check out http://www.ticketmaster.ie/promo/61lbgx?tm_link=tm_arts_event1 for more. 

WTS - The 600 V

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads discuss North Korea. Danny believes the world is already at war and the lads discuss some of the finer moments of Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un's dynasty including giant rabbits, golf and Disney Land. 

WTS 114 - Darragh McDonald

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Darragh McDonald is a Paralympic gold medalist and World Champion swimmer. At the age of just 14 he qualified for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics where he took home a silver medal. 

An unquestionably brilliant athlete, In 2015 Darragh called time on his swimming career aged just 21 after severing ties with Paralympics Ireland due to what he described as "years of broken deals." 

For the first time since 2015, Darragh talks candidly and honestly about his experiences in and out of the pool. 

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WTS - The 600 IV

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads record through the magic of Whatsapp and discuss Mero's gripe with hospitals and bodily stones... 

WTS 113 - Alan Cawley

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Alan Cawley is an ex-pro footballer and proud Sligo man. He was part of the great Shelbourne team that won the league and took on Deportivo in 2004. Since finishing his career on the pitch Al has become known for his outstanding punditry on RTE television and radio. 

You can hear Al every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on RTE 2FM alongside Hugh Cahill on Game On. 

WTS - The 600 III

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads are tyring to explain Ireland's connection to the colour green and mostly failing. 

 

WTS 112 - Petesy Carroll

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This week we welcome Dublin's King of the North(side) back to WTS towers and say hello to Petesy Carroll. 

For years now Petesy has been Ireland's and Europe's best MMA journalist. Having coverd the sport for national and international media outlets Petesy has found a new home on the world famous mmafighting.com. 

We look ahead to the biggest fight in the history of sport, Mayweather v McGregor and weigh up the outcomes of the megafight. Can McGregor's magic find a hole in the greatest defensive boxer in recent history? Did we learn annything from the leaked sparring footage? Will 8oz gloves make a difference? All of this and loads more besides. 

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WTS - The 600 ii

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads are are talking about The Rose of Tralee and how it is the greatest beauty contest that isnt about beauty on the planet. There's also signing, and the lads put money on a Rose to win.... 

WTS 111 - Louise Bruton

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Louise Bruton is a freelance journalist and writer who will take to the stage at this year's Dublin Fringe Festival and ask the question, "Why won't you have sex with me?"
 
Louise has enjoyed great success as a journalist and has featured on the TED X series. Her website, Legless in Dublin, has been well received and provided a an outlet to highlight Dublin's (lack of) accessibility.
 
We talk to Louise about her upcoming Dublin Fringe debut, patronising people, frustrations at public buildings that do not allow for access for all and of course, Britney Spears.
 
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WTS - The 600

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A weekly bonus podcast where Danny and Mero take a topic from listeners, guests, social media or anywhere really and have 10 minutes to disect it. Or they have 10 minutes to waffle like they always do. 

This week the lads are discussing Irish politician Danny Healy Rae and his recent claims that Irish Roads are being ruined by vengful fairies... 

 

WTS 110 - Aisling Daly

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This week we welcome a true Irish legend to WTSpod as we catch up with the one and only Aisling Daly. 

Ais is one of Ireland's most recognised MMA stars and recently announced her retirement from competitive action. A brazillian jiu jitsu blackbelt, a world champion, a UFC fighter and one of the nicest people out there, it's always a pleasure to sit down and chat with Ais. 

We catch up with The Bash on what led to her retiring and what she's up to now, Safe MMA and what comes next. 

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WTS 109 - The Lads

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It's been a while since Danny & Mero just sat down together and had a chat so this week they correct that. Mero tries accents, the lads talk about Spanish students coming to Ireland and the Liverpool football star who hung around the tunnell at Tesco Ballybrack. 

There's talk of the cringe factor in football today as clubs try to embrace social media to announce players coming and going - Liverpool and Chelsea in particular. Danny hates football fans and Mero can't wait for Danny to go on holiday so he can takeover the WTS twitter account. 

The lads also show how current they are by talking about the Mayweather McGregor press tour two weeks after it happened. There's also news of a new WTS venture so you can get even more of the multi award winning podcast...

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WTS 108 - Mark O’Connor

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This week we welcome back an old friend in director and writer, Mark O'Connor. When we spoke to Mark in 2016 (chapter 48) and John Connors (Chapter 43) we heard about a project called "Cardboard Gangsters". Fastforward to today and Cardboard Gangsters is the highest grossing Irish film of 2017 and is entering its 6th week in Cinemas across the country. 

Mark tells us about the project and what goes into producing a film like this. We hear of his admiration for John Connors who he co-wrote the movie with and for those listening overseas Mark gives an update on an international release. 

Of course there's the usual chat and waffle from the lads and Mark gives his prediction for Mayweather McGregor. 

Cardboard Gangsters in cinemas across Ireland now, check local listings, head along and support Irish Film. 

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