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In Honour of St. Patrick’s Day, 10 Guests From The Emerald Isle
March 17, 2014
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Today, March 17, is St. Patrick's Day — and while in North America, the day may be be better known for inebriated antics, it's actually an important part of Irish culture. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and this day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in the country (which, if you're at all familiar with Irish history, is a pretty big deal). In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated as a public holiday, and it's a statutory holiday in Newfoundland, too, thanks to the province's Irish heritage. 

All that makes today a great opportunity to celebrate all things Irish — which at means looking back at some of George's interviews with an impressive collection of Irish guests. (It helps that he spent a week taping interviews in Dublin in 2009). 

Sinead O'Connor

George sat down with the Irish mega-star in 2008 to talk controversy, music and the difficulties of being in the public eye.

Chris O'Dowd

Last season, Bridesmaids and The I.T. Crowd star Chris O'Dowd stopped by to talk about his film, The Sapphires.

Saoirse Ronan

Actor Saoirse Ronan has been in the red chair on a couple of occasions. Her first time round, she brought her Lovely Bones co-star Rose McIver.

This season, she gave George an update on her career, and talked about her latest film, How I Live Now.

Michael Fassbender

Yes, Michael Fassbender. Although he was born in Heidelberg, West-Germany, Fassbender grew up in Killarney, Ireland (his mother is from Northern Ireland). In 2011, he spoke with George about playing Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method and reuniting with director Steve McQueen for Shame (they've since partnered again on the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave).

In 2009, George travelled to Dublin to shoot a series of episodes in Ireland. These conversations come from that trip:

Shane MacGowan

Although born in England, few singers are as closely identified to Ireland and St. Patrick's Day as Shane MacGowan. To interview the legendary Pogues frontman, George travelled to a pub in Tipperary. 

Bertie Ahern

The long-time taoiseach (or prime minister) of Ireland spoke with George about his career and the state of his country.

Des Bishop

George's conversation with Irish-American comedian Des Bishop touched on everything from dealing with testicular cancer at age 24 to being an Irish non-drinker.

David McWilliams

Author and "rockstar economist" David McWilliams spoke with George about the Great Recession of the late aughts and the state of the Irish economy.

Maria Doyle Kennedy

George spoke with Maria Doyle Kennedy about forging a career as both an actor and a musician.

Tommy Tiernan

The Irish comedian and actor Tommy Tiernan told George about everything from his first girlfriend (a Canadian named Catherine) to his childhood desire to become a priest (in a later interview in Toronto, he did a memorable impersonation of Don Cherry).

And if all these Irish interviews aren't enough for you, stay tuned: later this season, George will have a conversation with actor Brendan Gleeson, who stars in the new Canadian film The Grand Seduction.


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