Podcast – Soundings 13: Holy Trinity – the Lion, the Animator and the Troubadour

In this second episode of our new Soundings Holy Trinity series, Dylan and Lisa are joined by former Ireland and Lions rugby hall-of-famer Willie Duggan, Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon co-founder Tomm Moore, traditional music pioneer Andy Irvine and two-time winner of the Choice Music Prize Richie Egan aka JAPE.

Recorded live in the Long Gallery of Kilkenny Castle during Kilkenny Tradfest, we hear about the unique timbre of the cistern in O’Donoghue’s pub, what part of his anatomy Andy Irvine was willing to give up to skip a maths test, the more practical considerations of being an Oscar nominee, when not to take Morgan Freeman’s advice and why it’s a bad idea to hold a cigarette for Willie Duggan before an international rugby game.

Soundings Holy Trinity

Good storytelling is all about light and dark. In this live show-come-podcast episode, Dylan and Lisa are joined by a Holy Trinity of guests who share their three stories to inspire, to alarm and to humour. The show happens in three sections and each section features live performance of songs on those same themes from our music guest. Soundings Holy Trinity is a show for the curious, the serious and the hilarious

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Our guests for this show:

Tomm Moore

Tomm Moore is co-Founder and Creative director of Academy Award ® and OSCAR ® nominated studio Cartoon Saloon. Based in Kilkenny their recent productions include The Secret of Kells and The Song of The Sea. Over the company’s history, he has worked as Director, Art Director, Storyboarder, Animator and Illustrator.

Andy Irvine

From Sweeney’s Men in the mid 1960s and the enormously successful Planxty in the 1970s, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians. As a soloist, he fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie.

Willie Duggan

It’s 40 years since Kilkenny business owner Willie Duggan first ran onto the rugby pitch wearing the green number 8 jersey. Capped 45 times for Ireland and the British & Irish Lions, Willie is Hall of Famer in international rugby. He’s also one of the greatest characters the game has known, described as the Scarlet Pimpernel of Irish rugby because he was so hard to find for training!


Jape is a musical project from Richard Egan, an Irish Musician living in Malmo, Sweden. As well as song writing, Richie does a lot of remixes and bass playing. Jape released his fifth album This Chemical Sea in 2015 and is the only artist to have won the Choice Music Prize twice.