Pantisocracy Conversations

Some of the people sharing stories in the Pantisocracy ‘cabaret of conversations’ in both audio and video.









Samantha Long – On Meeting her Birth Mother Margaret – Pantisocracy S3 Episode 1 ‘Awesome Mná’ from Athena Media on Vimeo.

Samantha Long, whose birth mother spent the majority of her life in a Magdalene Laundry, tells Panti about her mother’s life and meeting her for the first time.

Pantisocracy New Year's Day 2018 – Razan Ibraheem in conversation with Panti Bliss – about volunteering in Greece with refugees, often from her own country and even her own town from Athena Media on Vimeo.


“What makes for a more open society?” Panti Bliss talks to Vukasin Nedeljković, Grainne Hassett and Stephen Jones about the realities of existing in Direct Provision, and the public’s perception of it.

Saoirse Long talks to Panti about the experience of her story of her abortion going viral and becoming so public, and how her taking a stand helped to destigmatise her own experience and that of so many others.

Caitriona Bergin on how her brother’s death prompted her to redefine her identity and take a stand to create positive change.

Fiona Mulcahy & Panti Bliss talk about removing stigma & the changes novel treatments for HIV are making.

Greysexual? Non-binary? Transgender? Sam Blanckensee gives Panti a lesson on the ins and outs of gender identities and his experience of transitioning.

What is it like living in Direct Provision? And how do those kept within it stay hopeful and develop their autonomy? The unstoppable Ellie Kisyombe gives us an insight into her day to day life.

Where is ‘Home’? What does it mean to be Nigerian-Irish (or more accurately “Felician”) – Felicia Olusanya speaks to Panti about her roots.

A powerful, unique voice in the Irish LGBTQ community – the ever-present Tonie Walsh talks about Declan Flynn’s murder and its pivotal role in the gay rights movement.

How does the Good Friday generation contend with Irishness and identity? Morgan MacIntyre & Gemma Doherty discuss their roots and upbringing with Panti.

Not a story we hear everyday – but Honor Heffernan found love in an unlikely place – marching for Gaza having resigned herself to single life – she shares her story of how love blossomed between her and Trevor Knight.

In Ireland we don’t often talk about life’s grey areas, but David Honeyford owns his – The son of a Presbyterian minister, he’s has crossed the green and orange lines of Co Antrim to fall in love with GAA and the cuplá focal.