The Smart 7 Ireland Edition

Introducing The Smart 7 Ireland Edition serving up your daily News Espresso with the 7 biggest stories each morning in just 7 minutes.

The Smart 7 Ireland Edition

Introducing The Smart 7 Ireland Edition serving up your daily News Espresso with the 7 biggest stories each morning in just 7 minutes.  

Achieving in excess of 4m downloads in its debut year in the UK The Smart 7 is now launching the Ireland Edition!

The Smart 7 Ireland Edition

Monday 8th February 2021

Paul Connolly The Smart 7 Ireland EditionWith a fresh episode uploaded each weekday at 7 am, The Smart 7 Ireland Edition is THE daily news podcast delivering the biggest 7 stories from across the globe within 7 minutes. Anchored by Irish broadcast journalist Paul Connolly the podcast will bring you up to speed each morning in the time it takes you to enjoy your first coffee. The Smart 7 is the brainchild of Daft Doris, founded by audio expert Liam Thompson and media maestro Jamie East, who voices the already highly successful UK version.

So, if the prospect of…

  • Facing the Twitter wormhole gives you the chills when you read what Health Minister Stephen Donnelly latest gaffe is…
  • Or, wading through two hours of topical news radio to find out what is going on is making you tired…
  • Or you cannot bear the thought of doom scrolling through Facebook in search of actual news…

Then The Smart 7 Ireland Edition is the answer – your News Espresso to start the day.

Launching today, March 8th, 2021, The Smart 7 Ireland Edition podcast will land each and every weekday at 7am along with a recap of the week’s main news every Saturday. The Smart 7 UK has experienced great success since its debut in April 2020 hitting over 4m downloads across all podcast platforms, propelling it to sit in pride of place as one of Spotify’s UK Top 5 News Podcasts. It consistently places in the Top 20 for all the platform’s podcasts and in the Top 20 of Apple’s Daily News Podcast charts.  The Smart 7 UK already has Irish fans as it regularly features in the Irish News podcast charts and so the idea for the Ireland Edition was born.

On the concept for The Smart 7, co-creator Liam Thompson commented:

“The Smart 7 podcast started as a discussion between myself and Jamie East about what was being overlooked in the podcast market. The US was experiencing huge growth in the daily news podcast category, driven largely by the success of the New York Time’s podcast ‘The Daily’, but we couldn’t find anything equalling it over here.

With The Smart 7’s large audience reach, our production company, Daft Doris, has been looking to expand in to other markets and content verticals… We are in the process of creating other exciting offerings including science, entertainment, business, health and wellness across Ireland and the UK.

Being Irish I will of course be passionate about ensuring that each episode of The Smart 7 Ireland Edition will have a strong local flavour, along with the biggest international stories.” 

Produced by Daft Doris Productions, The Smart 7 also provides a Saturday round up of that week’s biggest stories.




Editors Notes:

Liam Thompson, from Dublin is a highly experienced radio programmer, audio creator and media consultant with over 30 years’ experience. Thompson launched Spin 1038, Spin South West, Spin Jordan, Magic in the UK as a National DAB brand and in 2016 relaunched the new Virgin Radio UK on DAB, live from a moving train. He’s also won multiple awards for Station of the Year and for writing and production. Liam now works with clients in Ireland and the UK, in radio and audio production and online content.

Paul Connolly is a broadcast journalist, television and radio presenter and documentary maker with more than 15 years’ experience under his belt and now anchors The Smart 7 Ireland Edition podcast.

Born in Dublin Paul Connolly is best known for his work on crime and the daring undercover operations that have seen him infiltrate criminal gangs in cities and towns across Britain.

Paul’s acclaimed and extremely successful documentaries have aired on Channel 5 in the UK, ITV (Tonight), Netflix, Facebook Watch, Discovery Channel, BBC Worldwide, Nine Network in Australia, Virgin Media One in Ireland and on many other networks.

Jamie East, from London, founder of noughties celebrity news website Holy Moly, is a media virtuoso with over two decades of TV presenting, along with radio broadcasting, production and working as an entertainment journalist.