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Experience the rich hidden history of the land of Ancient Ireland with historian , author, musician Danny Houlihan. The rich myths and legends are many and the culture of Ireland is diverse. In this podcast Danny relates the Myths and Legends of the area of Ballybunion.Through its people its heritage and its rugged coastline this is truly Danny Houlihan‘s Irish Experience.
 
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A weekly podcast from India, that is not about Science, Pop Culture, Technology, Sport, News, Sociology, or the Internet, and yet, all at once it is. Far From Fact is designed to cater to your basic need for ignorance. Catch the lads, as they fake-solve real problems on a weekly basis. This podcast is presented by Husein Merchant and Keshav Naidu. Husein is an optimist who loves observing things while being lazy. He is observing you even as you read this. Keshav recently came out as a comedi ...
 
Opening with an introduction to the life of the most famous Englishman of all, William Shakespeare, Edith Nesbit captures the reader's imagination in her inimitable way. Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare is a compendium of stories that re-tells some of his most famous plays. As the author of some of the best-loved children's classics like The Railway Children and The Story of the Treasure Seekers, E Nesbit always felt that children should be introduced to Shakespeare in an easier and more e ...
 
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In this episode Danny Houlihan takes a historical journey back on the old Lartique Mono Railway System which ran from Listowel to Ballybunion from 1888-1924. Our history is unique and highlights an area which was developing as a seaside resort from 1888 to 1924 through the times of the Mono Rail System its staff, landlords,parish priests and the de…
 
Villagers in Odisha put up a fake telecom tower made of bamboo, and then invited the local MLA to inaugurate it. Next up is the story of the Navi Mumbai airport, rather the tussle between the name of the airport which is quickly turning into a political opportunity. And lastly, the lads overshare a bit under the guise of covering a laser surgery in…
 
In this episode I will travel along the North Kerry Coastline on the Wild Atlantic Way to Ballylongford to its Castle Carrigafoyle, to explore a part of its rich history. Strategically located on the inland estuary Carrigafoyle Castle commanded the respect of all who arrived in the estuary within its banks. From Ri Na Fhile on Doon Promontory Bally…
 
It’s a mind bender of an international story this week - One that covers technology, politics and the legal system. Join the lads as they punch way above their weight class. + Music credit – Simon D’Souza + Write to us – hello@farfromfact.in + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/farfromfact/ Instamojo https://www.instamojo.com/@thelads_farfromfact …
 
The lads are punching out for the year with this laid-back one-topic episode. Feeding wild animals at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai will now cost you, as per a news report. Happy New Year everyone, and see you on the other side! + Music credit – Simon D’Souza + Write to us – hello@farfromfact.in + Follow us https://www.instagram.com/far…
 
The lads do a heavy one this time around. Courting thorny issues like the minimum age for marriage for women, and student suicides on the IISc campus in Bengaluru. But they round it off well, with the story of woman in Brazil who was duped with the purchase of a baby pig - She was told she was buying a miniature 2.5 kg pig, that ended up turning in…
 
In December 2021, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration deployed a Security Directive that shined a spotlight on rail cybersecurity following a series of global cyberattacks that occurred at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Class I CSX and short-line operator OmniTRAX, as well as several rail companies around the globe.…
 
The lads dive into a pool that gently goes from deep to shallow. Catch them as they wade through thorny topics like euthanasia, follow it up with the mass zoom-call-firing of 900 employees. And emerge on the other side, pondering over the story of identical twins in Australia who want to get pregnant at the same time, and with the same human. Enjoy…
 
The Cashen Wooden bridge in North Kerry just on the outskirts of Ballyduff is no longer with us but over the years the large oak beams have been found. This priceless part of our river crossing history has been uncovered from time to time from the bed of the Cashen River. In ancient times the river was known as Casan Chiarraighe Luachaire the Pathw…
 
Thieves in UP steal a fighter aircraft tyre from the back of a truck. Two guys at a wedding continue to eat even as a fire rages behind them, and lastly, an MLA who breaks a road, while trying to break a coconut at the inauguration ceremony. Wedding fire video link + Music credit – Simon D’Souza + Write to us – hello@farfromfact.in + Follow us http…
 
In this episode Danny Houlihan takes a journey out along the North Kerry Coastline to Ballylongford and its famous Abbey/Friary known around the World as Lisslaghtin. The story unfolds its rich history and the many raids that Abbey and its friars suffered at the hands of advancing forces. Lisslaghtin is a must for all to visit when arriving in Irel…
 
A dead man in Bihar is elected as the Sarpanch. While the election officials try to make sense of this fiasco, the lads have a good laugh. But first, the story of a matrimonial site that has pulled down an ad for being too specific. Followed by North Korea’s ban on leather jackets, to make sure only Kim Jong Un can look like Kim Jong Un. Emperor’s …
 
In this episode Danny takes a short look back at the Penal Times, and the effect it had on the Irish people in the area called Gleann Na dtalamh. The old Mass Houses that were knocked and the old customs that the people had area now gone and forgotten. The tradition of celebrating mass in glens and valleys and mass rocks during those harsh Penal Ti…
 
An Odisha groom cancels his marriage because the bride’s family didn’t serve them mutton curry. A thief in Gujarat eats just one meal for three months, so could lose weight for a heist. And lastly, a Chinese binge-eater who has ben banned from an all-you-can-eat restaurant. Plus, the lads do a listener-special story this week at the end of the epis…
 
Thomas McCarthy the famous piper of Ballybunion was born in 1799 in Doon Ballybunion North Kerry Ireland. Toms music was legendary and the times he lived through and the people he met. The music of his pipes made him an International artist when he featured on postcards. He played for the Great houses in the area and for the local people and touris…
 
A family in UP falls sick after mistaking marijuana for methi. Catch the lads as they wonder out loud what they could have possibly been thinking. Next up is the story of Greek anti-vaxxers who paid bribes to get a fake vaccine, but got vaccinated with the real deal. And lastly, the Canadian who became the first ever person to be diagnosed with ‘Cl…
 
Standing stones erected by our Irish ancestors dot the landscape of Ireland. Built way back in antiquity to mark a place of burial of a chieftain or special member of a clan. In this episode Danny Houlihan takes a look at the standing stone and its importance to ancient Ireland. In researching standing stones other items have been found, such as Ci…
 
Elon Musk announced that he will sell 10% of his Tesla shares and pay tax on the gains, if Twitter thinks he should do so. Catch the lads do a deep dive into this tax-politics-stock market 3-way pile-up. But first, the story of a Mumbai pet owner who gets into a scuffle over Diwali crackers, and it turns out Mumbai homeowners are the unhappiest in …
 
In this episode I will cross the Shannon Estuary to the Holy Island of Scattery or in its Irish name Inis Cathaigh, from the golden beaches of Ballybunion, Beale and Littor the sight of a round tower breaks the Irish skyline with the backdrop of County Clare, this is the holy Island of the Shannon Estuary called Scattery Island. During the periods …
 
In this short episode Danny Houlihan relates the history of our out door cooking places of Bronze Age Ireland called Fulachta Fiadh, Fulachta refers to a cooking place and Fiadh a deer. All that remains of these priceless relics today are the heaps of burnt stone that lie buried on the landscape of Ireland. This is the first in the weekend episodes…
 
In a dramatic announcement, Nawazuddin Siddiqui claims he is all set to quit working with OTT platforms. The lads try to get down to the bottom of this and fake-solve this very real problem. Next up is the story of a highly creative Math teacher takes to PornHub to find his audience. And lastly the piece where HYD police are going through citizen’s…
 
One forgotten castle on the North Kerry coastline is Leac or known locally as Lick Castle north of Ballybunion. Built on a rocky promontory fort of the Clan Connor during the 1300s. Sited in a scenic place called Faha on the Wild Atlantic Way. Danny Journeys back to Lick through the landscape that shapes Ireland, its culture and its people. In this…
 
Why are railroads seeking fuel-saving technologies? How much can they expect to save on fuel costs by using a fuel monitoring and reporting system such as the Wabtec Fuel App? What are some of the challenges railroads have around accurately measuring locomotive fuel consumption? What is required for this system to work? Who will benefit? Wabtec Cor…
 
Rajani Modiyani, Lead Account Manager for the Global Rail Team at Cummins, discusses clean diesel options, emissions standards technologies and the company’s current hydrogen product offering, and the future of Cummins Rail with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. Modiyani, who joined Cummins in 2010 as a Systems Integration Engineer, …
 
We’ve all heard of paternity tests, but here is the story that brings us an interesting twist with the maternity test, where a woman has to prove her motherhood. Next up, is the story of Swiggy offering its female delivery partners, 2 days paid leave every month, no questions asked. And lastly, the story of a pig’s kidney that was accepted by a hum…
 
North of Ballybunion North Kerry is a very special place called Kilconly, steeped in history myth and legend. In this episode Danny Houlihan Journeys back to the Early Christian Period and relates the story of a monk called Chonnla and a battle with a huge serpent coupled with the history surrounding the church. This podcast is another snapshot of …
 
The Indian Railways have a new solution to control spitting on trains. The lads tear into it with little remorse. Next up, is the story of a gender reveal party in Dubai gone horribly wrong. And lastly, a couple of robbers who leave a cheeky note in a Collector’s safe. Only to get caught a few days later. Spitting pouch design + Music credit – Simo…
 
The landscape of Ireland is marked by the old homesteads of our ancestors the Ring Fort or Rath. Danny Houlihan in this podcast takes a short journey into some of the forts in his area near Ballybunion in North Kerry. This podcast is not a complete history but again a snapshot of our golden heritage. Through its people, its heritage and its rugged …
 
A society secretary is driving tenants up the wall with his tyrannical ways - He wants to dictate what people will wear in the building and even show up for surprise inspections. Naturally, the lads want to save day. But first, the story of a Karnataka man who has lived in his Ambassador, deep inside a forest, for the last 17 years. Next, an army j…
 
In this short episode Danny Houlihan concludes the series for the present with myths and legends from the Ballybunion area. These myths were gathered by Danny Houlihan 30 years ago in the old oral way, local tales were recorded by Danny Houlihan from people who's ancestors lived in the area during the Great Famine while some deal with the famous Fi…
 
Everything you need to know about Precision Scheduled Railroading—how it got started, who started it and why, its promises and principles, and what it has become, for better or for worse—is here in this discussion featuring two of PSR’s “founding fathers,” Gil Lamphere and Henry Chidgey, who have more than 75 years of combined railroading experienc…
 
The tradition of holy wells can be traced back to the Early Christian Period in the area, with many myths and legends associated with the site. Ancient customs which are now forgotten were once practiced there, and customs preserved. Later on Pattern days emerged with mass celebrated at the local church of St John's followed by a procession to the …
 
A man in Uttar Pradesh is seeking a divorce because his wife doesn’t bathe regularly. The lads jump in and wash the couple’s dirty linen in public, so to speak. Followed by this ingenious way of cheating an entrance test - A bluetooth earpiece combined with a makeshift mobile phone embedded inside a pair of slippers. And lastly, the story of a wedd…
 
The Great O Connor Chieftain and his nine daughters features in this short podcast, Danny Houlihan weaves his tapestry once again on the history of the Ballybunion area. Viking raids coupled with the O Connor Clan are all deal with at the swing of legendary O Connor sword, all interwoven into Danny Houlihan's Irish Experience.…
 
Ancient Burial Rites in the Ballybunion area were forgotten until building works during the 1980s uncovered the remains of our past, my late father Sean Houlihan with his JCB un-earthed one such grave called a long stone lined Cist. These stone lined graves date to a period of our history when the rites of the dead were treated with great ceremony.…
 
Danny Houlihan moves out again from his Ballybunion base and travels along the coast to Beale a few miles from Ballybunion. This area is steeped in history and folklore & Irish culture. In this short podcast Danny visits the Beale Stone Alignment, passed by thousands of visitors each year, these priceless relics of our past stand out with the Wild …
 
Railway Track & Structures magazine Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson talks with Justin Meyer, who is vice president of Engineering for Canadian Pacific. Meyer was selected as RT&S's Engineer of the Year for 2021. Listen to how Meyer discovered his love for the railroad industry and how he managed some complex projects out in the field.…
 
A sari-clad woman was supposedly denied entry into a Delhi restaurant for wearing a sari. Catch the lads, as they get to the bottom of this juicy page-turner. But first, the story of a customer who got Rs. 2 Crore in settlement for a bad haircut, followed by an English parrot who came back after 4 years, speaking in Spanish. Yes habla Español! + Mu…
 
In this episode Danny Houlihan travels out from his North Kerry base to explore the rich history of the famous Rattoo Round Tower Ballyduff Tralee, the monks that once chanted there, the abbey and its past. Danny visits Derryco grave yard with its connections with viking raids and moves in land to Dysert in Lixnaw where we hear of the saint and the…
 
In this episode 1 Danny Houlihan traces the hidden history surrounding the settlements which existed along the sand dunes of Ballyeagh Ballybunion. This podcast explores the information to date Danny has researched combined with available material to date. A hunter gatherer community, their hand made tools and the animals that made up their life al…
 
A Japanese Airline has caught the headlines for innovative thinking. The seat map of the airline tells you where babies are seated so passengers who don’t want a cranky baby around them, can avoid the seats around them. Meanwhile, an e-auction of mementoes received by the PM is underway, and lads are busy making value-adds to this noble activity. B…
 
In 1834 one of Irelands Greatest Faction Fights took place south of the present town of Ballybunion in a place called Ballyeagh. Thousands of people fought in the faction fight which took place at the annual race meeting on the strand, hundreds were injured and many killed on that faithful day. Danny Houlihan has consulted relevant documents and ex…
 
A Covid-19 mask marshal in Mumbai made headlines when he jumped on the bonnet of a car to nab a driver who wasn’t wearing a mask. The lads try to get the bottom of this heroic act in the line of duty. But first the story of a Tik-Tok mom who pranks her kids to entertain her followers. And the story of a man who was granted divorce on the basis of h…
 
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