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On the new episode of PODAROONEY, I chat with Michael Collins. Michael first came to prominence as an actor in the long running soap Glenroe. He has also starred in the films Man About Dog, King Of The Travellers and the award winning Pavee Lackeen and written/performed three one man plays dealing with the Traveller’s experience in Ireland. I met Michael Collins first on the set of the comedy series Killinascully quite a few years ago but hadn’t seen him again until recently when we coincidentally ended up working on two different projects together. During that time we have been on a few long car journeys together and had some in-depth conversations covering much of the ground we cover on this podcast. Following the recent tragic event in Carrickmines, in which ten people from two families died in a fire, and the ensuing reaction from some people, we discussed the fraught relationship between Irish Travellers and the majority of Irish settled people. It’s a great chat.