Mind Yourself is proud to announce that its Deserted Island Discs recordings are going live online. This project, created with support from the Ireland Fund of Great Britain, encouraged Irish men to talk about their lives, through the music that influenced them. They talked to DJ and producer Arveene who has produced these powerful broadcasts.

 Phil McGahern

Our latest episode of Deserted Island Discs features Phil McGahern. Phil arrived in London from County Cavan in 1970 and worked in some of London’s best known Irish pubs and over the years in building sites across the city. He describes the isolation many Irish men experienced at the time, with the pub as the only place to go after the working day. His music includes Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves and Stevie Wonder.

Robin Gill

Robin Gill is now an acclaimed chef, but when he arrived in London from Dublin at the age of 19 all he had was a tube map and a list of top restaurants as he went searching for a job. He talks about what he loves about living in London, but what he misses about life back in Ireland. His music choices include Harry Belafonte and Thin Lizzy.

 

Thomas Murphy

Our third instalment is from Thomas Murphy, Thomas was born in Dublin and when he first left home to come to London in 1955 his parents had one instruction for him: “Send money home”. Thomas has a vivid memory and describes a London still boarded up after the war. He quickly found work in hotels where you were fed and had a place to stay. His music includes the Chordettes and the Song Spinners.

 

Eamon Cashin

We open with Eamon Cashin, who talks to Arveene about what life was like when he arrived in London from County Waterford in the early 1960s, his music includes Bob Dylan and the Chieftains.

 

Steve Ryan

Second is Steve Ryan, a beer brewer and food photographer from Kilkenny. His music includes Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Supergrass.

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