The Saint Patrick Podcast

Saint Patrick’s Way Guides Martina Purdy and Elaine Kelly meet fascinating people, hear about their lives and discuss Saint Patrick and his legacy. The former BBC political correspondent and barrister who became Adoration Sisters have found a new vocation ‘Rocking the Cradle of Christianity’. Well – right now they can’t walk, so they’ll have to talk!



Listen Here –  Eamonn Holmes

TV presenter, Eamonn Holmes discusses his life, his memories of Saint Patrick’s Day

and reveals whom he would most like to interview.


Listen Here – Patrick Dexter


Cellist Patrick Dexter joins Martina and Elaine from his County Mayo cottage where he

has attracted an audience of millions during lockdown, playing everything from U2 to Ave Maria.

Patrick speaks of his spirituality, his connection to Patrick and his love of the Irish landscape.



Listen Here – Mary Kenny


Mary Kenny is widely regarded as the grand dame of Irish journalism – a writer, broadcaster,

author and columnist who helped found the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement in Ireland.

Now 77, she  writes columns for the Irish Independent and the Irish Catholic and is a keen observer on

life and faith. She lives in Kent. She spoke to our pilgrim guides Martina Purdy and Elaine Kelly

about pilgrimage, feminism and St Patrick. (We apologise in advance for a few technical problems).


Listen Here – Bertie Ahern

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern – who continues to work in peacebuilding – speaks to

Saint Patrick Centre pilgrim guides Martina Purdy and Elaine Kelly about the peace

process, life in lockdown, St Patrick and the importance of his faith.

Recorded before the First Minister and DUP Leader Arlene Foster resigned.


Listen here – Gerry Kelly


Downpatrick’s Gerry Kelly is one of Ireland’s most successful broadcasters.

He has interviewed celebrities such as Graham Norton, James Bond star Roger Moore,

footballing legend George Best and American country star Garth Brookes.

He is a member of the Royal Television Society’s Hall of Fame.

The Kelly Show ran on UTV for 17 years, sometimes beating the viewing figures of

Michael Parkinson, and Jonathan Ross. He currently lives in Ardglass and speaks to

our pilgrim guides Martina Purdy about life post-lock-down, his links with

Saint Patrick and faith.


Tim McGarryListen Here – Tim McGarry

Tim McGarry shares his experience of the Troubles, his life as a comedian and the benefits of laughter.

He has made a career out of poking fun at politicians and paramilitaries

and this year celebrated 25 years as a comedian, having spent eight years as a solicitor.

He also speaks about launching St Patrick’s Way by the Coast, a six-mile ancient pilgrimage route

from Ballyhornan to Ardglass that takes in St Patrick’s Well, Sheepland.




Elaine Pentland is about to be ordained a Deacon in the Church of Ireland.

The Crossgar woman who is the daughter of former UUP minister Dermot Nesbitt

tells Martina and Elaine about her love of St Patrick & her amazing call

Listen Here – Elaine Pentland





Archbishop Eamonn Martin is the leader of the Roman Catholic Faith in Ireland and the Archbishop of

Saint Patrick’s  Cathedral in Armagh and talks to Pilgrim Guides Martina Purdy

and Elaine Kelly about faith, lockdown and Saint Patrick.

Listen here – Archbishop Martin

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