The Long Hall Podcast Videos

Michael and Johnny discuss the ongoing impact the COVID-19 shutdowns are having on bars and restaurants in New York City.

Indoor dining remains closed and the bars and restaurants that have remained open are utilizing outdoor dining to try to turn profit.

However with the fall and winter months soon upon us and no blueprint coming from the mayor’s office to reopen for indoor dining — we ask if this will be the death knell for the majority of bars and restaurants in New York City.

And with the “For lease” signs gone up on the Long Hall Pub & Grocery on East 34th Street, Johnny, the co-owner, gives us an update on the future of the bar.

Colm Flynn, TV reporter, presenter and producer, talks to us about his career working for major media outlets like RTE, BBC, and the Associated Press.

This year Colm has been based in New York City and produced powerful RTE Nationwide programs highlighting the plight of Irish American’s living in the Big Apple during COVID-19.

The programs received universal praise from Irish people on both sides of the Atlantic.

We discuss the delicacies of producing those shows while New York became the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

We also chat talk about the Catholic Church as well as Black Lives Matter, rioting and the Defund the Police protests across America this summer.

All of Colm’s excellent videos can be viewed for free on his website, and you can also follow Colm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @ColmFlynnIRE.

Frank Brady is back to preview Sunday’s New York GAA County Finals.

With the iconic Mean Fiddler Irish bar on Times Square being the latest bar closure and others only allowed to operate at a mere 25% indoor capacity – we ask if New York City bar and restaurants can survive the cold winter months?

We speak to co. Longford native Cormac McCormack, co-owner of the Pig n Whistle Irish Bar on 36th Street which was shut down in March due to the coronavirus lockdown.