The HedgeRadio Podcast

is produced and presented by Chris Hayes & Alan Boland. It was established 5 years ago by Chris as a creative outlet and a way to bring a little bit of Wexford and Ireland to the world. We have revamped it and intend to release episodes on a more regular schedule. If you enjoy the stories we tell please consider subscribing to it, you'll find it on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Not sponsored by Roadstone

HedgeRadio ignores the old advice of not following stones and does just that. We try to discover the secrets held by neolithic rock art that was hidden for hundreds of years in a farmers hedgerow while at the same time we go wandering with local artist and folklorist Michael Fortune as he explains the attraction to wart stones and bullaun stones. What we didn't expect to find was the stone crosses that Oliver Cromwell destroyed on his rampage through Ireland.
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Not sponsored by The Sisters of Bon Secours

The HedgeRadio Podcast talk to Deirdre Wadding, a survivor of the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home and we investigate the shameful history of institutional abuse of those deemed unworthy. Stay Have a listen...

HedgeRadio discovers the secrets behind the Furlong homestead, a small cottage on Forth Mountain in Wexford, Ireland where music and love held sway. The home was nearly lost until a local group gathered to restore it, and we found the pike wielding rebel who used to sit by the half door listening to music and watching the world roll by. Read the Blog post here.

Jack Matthews talks to HedgeRadio about his poem, Bloody Sunday 1920. After reading The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley, Jack wanted to do his bit to humanize and remember those killed by the British army while watching a GAA football match at Croke Park in 1920.

HedgeRadio spent the day with Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer on his Once Upon A Place tour at St Catherine's Halting Site, Wetlands, Kilkenny. Eoin talked with the kids, swapped stories and had a go on a sulky.

"when I was a younger man, I thought everywhere was probably a magic place,
I just didn't know because I wasn't there"

Eoin Colfer - Irish Author

His kids see a drug pusher, his wife doesn't get it. He just wants the perfect start to his day. Thought the habit by his mother, it's  easy to see how addictions perpetuate.

"so when it's cold and lumpy, I'm not really tasting it, I'm remembering that bowl from when I was a kid"

Chris Hayes - HedgeRadio Host

Meet master craftsman Tommy Kelly and get a taste of what it is like to make your own handcrafted furniture with Tommy at the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford

"I find it as pleasurable to teach somebody something as I do to make something myself"

Tommy Kelly - Master Craftsman

HedgeRadio followed Eoin Colfer's 'Once Upon a Place Tour' all the way to the Electric Picnic in 2015. His tour of Ireland, with many authors in tow, rocked into the Picnic and left its literary mark.

"When I was a kid I was told the seanchaí  were the rock-stars of Ireland! I said I like the sound of that"

Eoin Colfer - Irish Author