Near FM Podcast Series ‘Hiberno Goethe: German Irish Conversations’

Oya Demirci, head librarian Goethe Institut Irland and the idea behind this
podcast series together with Ciaran Murray, presenter Near Media Co-op in Merrion Square

This Podcast dives into the many colours of arts, language and life across cultures. St. Pauli fan and former Düsseldorfer Ciarán Murray and his guests explore the connecting moments of German and Irish life. What do musicians, dancers, artists, writers pick up from either culture? How are they inspired and enriched by the other? For all listeners who like to go and think beyond borders.

Episode 2: Deike Potzel, German Ambassador to Ireland

Deike Potzel, German ambassador to Ireland and Ciaran Murray, presenter of this podcast series in studios of Near FM

This month Ciarán is talking with the German ambassador Deike Potzel, who, ever since her inter-railing in Europe shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, had an interest in Irish people, history and even its language.   They talk about the Irish border, the ambassador’s growing up in East Berlin and the rise of the far right.   We hear how stereotypes of Germans seem to be the same in Dublin, Singapore or Tehran and about the importance of confronting our past and need for open debates for cultural understanding. 

They talk about the beauty of the Baltic sea, especially the car free picturesque island Hiddensee, Brittas Bay in Wicklow and many great German and Irish writers that inspire Deike, some of them enjoyed particularly with a glass of wine. While she doesn’t miss much specifically from Germany, certainly not Sülze, but maybe cherry jam, East Berlin and the DDR will always be an important part of her identity. 

This podcast has been developed in collaboration with the Goethe Institut Irland.

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