Welcome to The Tortoise Shack

The home of The Black Eye Podcast, The Glow West Podcast, The Echo Chamber Podcast, The Reboot Republic Podcast and Ruth’s Natural Selection Box .

The Tortoise Shack is a hub for some of Ireland’s most creative and curious minds. The podcast world is overflowing with reams of content and but most of it is of little interest at all. The Tortoise Shack is all about putting loads of interesting stuff in one place for your perusal and listening enjoyment.

We’re glad you’ve found us – now get stuck in!

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In return you’ll receive early notification of upcoming guests, live events and be able to submit questions to both the guests and hosts.

The Black Eye Podcast

The Black Eye is the podcast that peels away the public relations veneer of sport and more, to reveal some ugly truths. Hosted by award winning journalist and author, Ewan MacKenna, each episode will deal with a subject from a perspective seldom seen on the front and back pages. Our mantra of ‘truthful, not neutral’ means this might not be for diehard fans who want yet more celebration of their favourite but highly flawed celebrity. But that’s okay with us.

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The Black Eye Podcast is available now to download from Soundcloud

Echo Chamber Podcast

The Echo Chamber Podcast, hosted by Tony Groves and Martin McMahon, brings you the voices you need to hear from the Venn Diagram of News, Politics and Culture. Always serious, yet always entertaining, we explore the issues of the day, the problems facing us in society and talk real solutions in a way you won’t hear anywhere else. Often irreverent, each episode aims to bring a unique perspective, break through the PR fog and set the record straight. This is Ireland as it is and Ireland as it can be. So join the fastest growing independent News and Politics podcast. You won’t be sorry you did. Enjoy!

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The Echo Chamber Podcast is available now to download from iTunes and Soundcloud

The Glow West Podcast

Glow West is a podcast that explores sex, sexuality, and the body, through a sexual wellness perspective. The podcast shines a soft light on many aspects of sex related issues, and offers a space for calm, informed conversations. Guests include activists, sex educators, academics, sex workers, sexual health experts, and more. Glow West is hosted by Dr. Caroline West, who has a PhD and an MA in Sexuality Studies.

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The Glow West Podcast is available now to download from Soundcloud

Reboot Republic

Reboot Republic is the innovative Podcast that delves beyond the headlines and soundbites and pulls up the roots of our Social Crises to unearth progressive solutions. We talk to world leading experts, politicians, activists and everyday change-makers. This not about tinkering around the edges. Hosted by Lecturer of Social Policy in Maynooth University and Social Justice Campaigner Dr Rory Hearne and independent podcast nerd Tony Groves, we look beyond the political speak for real, globally tried and tested solutions. Reboot Republic aims to be the podcast for an optimistic and inclusive future and not the polarised present. There is another way. Listen, share and join in our conversation as we start a new journey

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The Reboot Republic Podcast is available now to download from iTunes

Ruth’s Natural Selection Box

Ruth’s Natural Selection Box is a positive podcast smorgasbord of wildlife facts and environmental truths, with plenty of utterly believable bear-faced lies thrown in for good measure. In each episode, Ruth is joined by a selection of fellow chancers, codologists, and even occasionally some genuinely genuine experts, as they attempt to tackle the burning biological issues of the day: are we right to be suspicious of dolphins? What is the feline position on Brexit? How many shoes should an octopus wear, if an octopus could wear shoes?! Join us, on this wonderful and completely wild safari through science and mayhem!

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Ruth’s Natural Selection Box is available now to download from iTunes