A note from Stella: Unfortunately, this interview is no longer available at the Second Captain’s podcast website.
Gabriel Byrne was the featured guest Saturday on the Second Captain’s Radio program on RTÉ One Radio in Ireland. He called in from New York City to talk about sports, and soccer in particular, the impending visit to Ireland of Pope Francis, and American politics (he sounded about as angry as I am, so that’s nice). He was funny, erudite, compelling, and as entrancing as always.
His interview starts around the 6:30 mark and continues almost to the end of the broadcast, which actually closes with Aretha Franklin singing “Respect,” a very appropriate tribute to her recent passing.
The RTÉ Radio player requires Flash and the Chrome web browser, as far as my experience with it goes, so be aware if you have trouble getting the player to work.
Twitter had lots to say about this interview, as usual, with most reactions being positive. Not everyone has a soft spot in their heart for Gabriel, though, because he is always willing to discuss touchy and controversial topics and we don’t all agree with him. I only present the positive stuff, however, because there is enough negativity in the world, I think… LOL!
This morning’s show on @RTERadio1 provoked quite the reaction from our listeners! Some fell in love with Gabriel Byrne, others promised to never listen to the show again. Can’t win em all. Don’t miss Gabriel’s thoughts on the #popeinireland
— Second Captains (@SecondCaptains) August 18, 2018
Listening to Gabriel Byrne on @SecondCaptains while drinking my Sunday morning coffee in my Kawasaki apartment is quite an emotional experience. I knew that it would be good, just not this good. #gabrielbyrne #secondcaptains
— Padraig MacColgain (@pochan213) August 19, 2018
Really insightful and thought provoking interview on @SecondCaptains with Gabriel Byrne about faith religion sport and politics. A must listen
— Peter Horgan (@horganp) August 18, 2018
Wow,just listened back to this week’s episode of @SecondCaptains Saturday on @RTERadio1 , an totally engrossing ,brutually honest and downright superb interview with the ever brilliant Gabriel Byrne. I urge you to listen #secondcaptains #GabrielByrne
— graham mortell (@MortellGraham) August 18, 2018
@SecondCaptains on @RTERadio1 interviewing Gabriel Byrne. Possibly one of the best summations and analyses I have ever heard on the relationship between the Catholic Church and Ireland. Absolutely brilliant.
— Anna Nolan (@annanolan70) August 18, 2018
And we’ll end on this high note. wink
Love the way the presenters let him speak without interruption. Gabriel Byrne for President!
— Frances Browner (@frannerb2) August 18, 2018
Hear, hear! Enjoy the interview! heart