Yarn story wha?


What is Yarn Story podcast?

Whether we're spinning yarns or unraveling them, Yarn is a storytelling podcast. Unwind with short stories, dramas and documentaries. Featuring descriptive narration, voice acting talent and original music.

We went to the ITVfest in Vermont. Listen to what happened here:

Should I listen to the episodes in order?

Nah, they're not episodic. I just like numbering things. Start with whatever takes your fancy. 


Who are you?

John Roche (Me) - Amateur writer, amateur sound recorder and amateur editor. Professional Designer. Most of my stories are based on real life but if you think you recognise yourself or anyone in them, then that bit is made up.

Dermot Tobin - Avid historian, he loves saying what date things happened on and is dedicated to accuracy (something we need more of these days). His stories are more like docu-yarns. I like his silky smooth voice and his cheeky ad-libs always crack me up.

Ciarán Dunphy - Or Drembot, provides original music scores for Yarn. Haven’t managed to get his voice on any stories yet but it’s only a matter of time.


Who do the voices belong to?

Yarn has been very lucky to work with lots of great voice acting talent so far. Some professionals, some enthusiastic amateurs and some we dragged kicking and screaming:

Ricky Burgess, Lorcan Cranitch, Hazel Fahy, Gary Foley, Andrew Gillies, Claire Hall, Mairead McDaid, Joe Jameson, Mary Looby, Michael Norton, Róisín Ní Chéileachair, Bryan O Regan, Niall Ó Siadhail and Clare Taylor.


Can I send you a story?

If you’ve written a story and want to record it for the Yarn story podcast, we’d love to hear from you. Shoot us an email to yarnstorypodcast@gmail.com


I'm from a big fancy radio station and/or an internationally renowned podcast. Can I feature one of your stories on my programme?

Yes. Yes, you can.

I’m a voice actor looking for a gig. Got anything? And do you pay?

Great! Yes and yes we do. We’re looking for actors for the characters mentioned in these future projects:

The Boxer and the Bomber.

Based on a true story.

Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day 1923. A bloody civil war has been raging in the city for almost two years. Brothers, sisters and friends have often found themselves on opposing sides. In an attempt to restore order the new state have started executing dissidences in high numbers. Opposing forces react by calling for a compulsory period of national morning. All public amusements are to be shut down. Anyone staging or attending a public event leave themselves open to terrorist attacks by the opposition.

Sounds like the perfect time to stage a world championship boxing match in the city right? What could go wrong?

Our story is told from the point of view of two characters you normally wouldn’t associate with civil war Ireland. 

The Battling Siki – The current light middle-weight champion of the world. A Senegalese fighter, who’s faced racism and marginalisation his whole life. His last title fight in Paris was marred by a match fixing scandal. Ireland is the only country willing to stage his title defense. Siki isn’t afraid of anything but he has no interest in going to a war zone until one morning he wakes up hungover on a ship bound for Dublin. Unbeknownst to him, his manger has guaranteed he will show up for the fight, one way or another.

Lizzie has grown up in rural Ireland. Her family were heavily involved in the local struggle during the war of independence. Their home became the de facto area headquarters and safe house. She rejected the treaty after the war and found herself on the side opposing the newly formed Irish state during the civil war. She was rejected by her family and is now living in Dublin, where she carries out clandestine actions against state forces. She’s just been given her biggest task to date – to lay a bomb at the arena on the night of the fight. 

If you think you’re right for either part email us at:

Must be available to record in Dublin or London.


The Famous Spy

Zero hundred hours, a field in Co. Meath, Ireland, 1940. A lone figure has just parachuted to the ground. He’s lost, he’s confused and he’s wearing a German officer’s uniform.

This is the true story of Herman Goertz. The Nazi spy who landed in neutral Ireland during the war on a mission to organize a combined IRA/German invasion of Northern Ireland. Or is he? He says he’s landed here by mistake and all he wants to do is get back home.

Goertz’s time in Ireland has become something of a legend. This story is based on his own written accounts and recently declassified British and Irish secret service files.

The story is full of ridiculous plans, double crosses and crazy characters. It’s an amazing snapshot of a very interesting time in Ireland’s history. Through Goertz’s eyes we learn about the attitudes of normal people towards the new Irish state, the uncomfortable truths people dealt with after a vicious civil war and how Dublin during WW2 became a centre for bohemian artists, English draft dodgers and covert espionage. 

This is a very special two-part Yarn drama with a cast of 20 plus actors.
Must be available to record in Dublin.

If you’d like to lend your voice acting skills please email us at:

*Especially if you possess a:-

- Male German accent

- Female posh Irish accent

- Male posh English accent

- Male American accent

- Male or Female Irish accent