Season 4 Episode 5

S4 E5 – Belonging
Airs Tuesday August 13th at 22:00

What is belonging and when do we feel it?


The Panti Monologue – 'Belonging' from Athena Media on Vimeo.

In this episode of Pantisocracy Panti Bliss is talking nationality and identity. Is it nature or nurture, DNA or destiny? Guests with the Queen of Ireland are Erin Fornoff, an American in Dublin, Irish by choice, who has crafted her gift for razor sharp, spoken word here and the singer songwriter Declan O’Rourke who reaches into both national and family history to tell song stories drawn from the famine and migration.

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Panti and her parlour guests

Joining them in the parlour is Afro-Irish singer Tolu Makay, a new vocal talent emerging in Ireland and composer Síobhra Quinlan who uses music to help give voice to the new migrant communities, including refugees and asylum seekers living in Direction Provision.

Panti and Tolu


There are performances by all four guests in this show with Erin Fornoff sharing her spoken word piece ‘HOME’ while Tolu Makay performs her song ‘Goodbye’, and Declan O’Rourke sings his autobiographical song ‘Stars Over Kinvara’. Síobhra Quinlan is joined by concert harpist Maebh McKenna and they perform a contemporary classical piece Quinlan wrote called ‘Flux’.

Tolu Makay: 'Goodbye' – Pantisocracy S4 E5 from Athena Media on Vimeo.



Síobhra and Panti



Síobhra Quinlan with Maebh McKenna: 'Flux'- Pantisocracy S4 E5 from Athena Media on Vimeo.



Panti with Declan O’Rourke

How Declan O’Rourke’s artist grandfather Michael Killeen brought him to live in Kinvara and is now behind a new exhibition of Killeen’s work.


Declan O'Rourke: 'The Stars Over Kinvara'- Pantisocracy S4 E5 from Athena Media on Vimeo.



Erin and Panti


Erin Fornoff: 'Home'- Pantisocracy S4 E5 from Athena Media on Vimeo.



Listen to the broadcast mix of this episode as heard on RTÉ Radio 1