The Flying Irishman Podcast

The Flying Irishman Podcast

Meet the people behind the aviation business. Discover their passion, journeys and previous lives before flying became their world. Pieced together over a five year period, Jarlath Regan (creator of the award winning Irishman Abroad Podcast Network) has put together a collection of interviews with the best CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators that will give you an insight into the people behind the planes like never before. With his trademark humour and insight, season 1 focuses on the Irish dominance of the business from multiple angles and perspectives. To contact the show simply email Flying Irishman is an Irishman Abroad Podcast.


September 29, 2022 30 mins

Margaret O'Shaughnessy returned to Foynes County Limerick after she was married and left her job working in banking. She was in search of a project. After she successfully helped to build the local sports complex, a museum seemed like the logical next step! This extraordinary woman and her remarkable journey towards creating a one of a kind aviation museum is the subject of the final episode in season 1 of the Flying Irishman. Marg...

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How do you create and launch a new airline from scratch during a pandemic? Jarlath's guest today might be the only person on the planet who can give you a full answer to that question. Conor McCarthy tracks his own journey from leaving school without a leaving certificate to climbing the ladder of management at AerLingus to becoming the CEO of the new kid on the block, Emerald Airlines. In this lively long form discussion Conor has...

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Kenny Jacobs joins Jarlath for a conversation about his life and times in the aviation business. Jarlath looks into the work Kenny did to revive the public image of Ryanair and how one simple mantra seemed to capture the imagination of the public, regulators, staff, clients and customers.

From Moneysupermarket to Tesco, Accenture and Procter & Gamble, Kenny Jacobs has worked on every kind of marketing strategy there is to offer. Wh...

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Jarlath's guest in this episode is Tippaero CEO Donal Boylan. Together they discuss his journey around the world in the business of flying, the challenges he has faced, the cultures and opportunities aviation has opened up to him and much more. Donal has spent years running a jet-leasing company, his own VIP plane business and a fledgling oil exploration company. He is yet another Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) alumnus who speaks fon...

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The Flying Irishman takes its first deep dive into the new world of pilotless flight and drone technology with the CEO of Avtrain Julie Garland. A former barrister and aircraft engineer, Julie's personal story is as astonishing as the technology she champions. At Avtrain, the company she created to encourage drone operations and keep the skies safe through the training and certification of pilots, she works tirelessly to educate th...

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Michael Lillis navigated the corridors power in Geneva as Ireland's youngest ambassador to the U.N. and as a chief advisor to the late Garret Fitzgerald before finding his way into aviation. Today on The Flying Irishman, he sits down for the first time with Jarlath Regan to talk about his journey and the extraordinary career he has made for himself in aircraft leasing. In this wide ranging conversation, Mick as he is known to his f...

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Jarlath meets Eamonn Brennan, the Director General of EUROCONTROL - the intergovernmental European organisation that manages the European Air Traffic Network. Normally Eamonn would handle over 11 million flights during each calendar year but when he meets Jarlath, the world is upside down. Together they first examine the state of aviation during the pandemic, winning the public's trust back and finally his own journey into aviation...

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Wikipedia might tell you that "Colm McLoughlin is the Irish businessman, and the executive vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free an airport retailer with a turnover of US$2.029 billion in 2019", but in this conversation with Jarlath Regan we learn what happened before all that success. What brought this man to move to Dubai in 1983 to help create this retail empire? Recorded midway through the first wave of COVID it gives a rema...

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The journey of Alan Joyce from being raised in Dublin to running the biggest brand in Australia is a fascinating one. In this episode of the Flying Irishman he opens up to Jarlath about the finer details of his story.

As CEO of Qantas airlines, Alan Joyce turned around the airline from losing $20m per week to profits of over a billion per year. Alan explains how he wrestled with the tough decision make 5,000 redundancies as well as...

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September 26, 2022 56 mins

Over the last 30 years Declan Ryan has been involved with creating multiple low cost airlines around the world. From Ryanair to Viva Aerobus, Tiger Airways in Singapore, Allegiant Air in the US, his instinct and ability in both investment and business are beyond doubt. In the first episode of this new series looking into Ireland's impact on the world of aviation, comedian Jarlath Regan meets the quiet Tipperary man who prefers to s...

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