BROADCASTER EAMONN HOLMES JOINS SAINT PATRICK’S PODCAST
Television presenter Eamonn Holmes has become the first guest to take part in Saint Patrick’s podcast, Downpatrick.
In the new podcast, Holmes – who has himself interviewed Hollywood stars such as John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, and Meg Ryan – shares his thoughts on Saint Patrick, the personality he would still like to interview, and what he would like to banish from Northern Ireland.
The Saint Patrick Podcast is hosted by Saint Patrick Centre Pilgrim Guides Martina Purdy and Elaine Kelly, as a way of marking the cent’re 20thanniversary and celebrating Ireland’s patron saint at a time of lockdown.
The 40 minute podcast will be aired on Monday March 15that the start of a week of online events for Saint Patrick’s week which includes writing and art competitions, a Virtual Walk, a Day of Virtual Dance and the launch of a new Saint Patrick Evening Show, telling the story of Patrick through song, dance and iconic imagery.
Grian Chatten, a member of Grammy nominated band Fontaines DC is to star in The Saint Patrick show, along with talented young people from County Down.
Dr Timothy Campbell, director of Saint Patrick’s Centre, the world’s only permanent exhibition to Saint Patrick, said he hoped the podcast and the show would bring much joy at a time when there is no St Patrick’s Day parade and only a virtual walk to sites such as Saul Church.
Dr Campbell expressed delight that the national broadcaster Eamonn Holmes has agreed to launch the first the podcast, and to be quizzed by former BBC political correspondent and a former barrister.
“He’s a brave man!” joked Dr Campell.
Martina Purdy said she was “chancing her arm” when she asked the famous broadcaster, who is used to an audience of millions, to join the podcast.
“I didn’t have the nerve to ask until I saw a tweet from Eamonn Holmes one Friday night about how he was missing social interaction during lockdown and how he would like to laugh about rubbish and talk nonsense to new people.
“So I contacted him on Twitter and to my great delight he immediately agreed. He’s a real gentleman – passionate about his family and his work which is clearly a vocation and mission for him.”
Elaine Kelly added: “We knew he was perfect for the podcast and for us because we love to talk rubbish. We had a great chat with him. He is warm and entertaining – very generous.”
The 40minute podcast will be aired on Monday March 15that the start of a festive week for Saint Patrick while the new Saint Patrick Show will be aired on Saint Patrick’s day, along with another podcast featuring cellist Patrick Dexter who has spent lockdown providing beautiful music from his garden in the west of Ireland. The studio technician is Downpatrick man Damian McKee.