Irish economist, writer, broadcaster and journalist, David McWilliams chats to Pat Kenny about his new book and the origins of the title 'The Pope's Children'.

David McWilliams is often credited with coining the phrase 'Celtic Tiger' and has come up with many other phrases to describe the nature of Irish society and its economy. These include "Robopaddy", "Low GI Jane", "The Expectocracy", and "Property Porn". 

'The Pope's Children' tells the story of the Pope John Paul II generation in Ireland. McWilliams reflects on the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979 and recounts how the daughter of a 'Holy Joe' from his neighbourhood lost her virginity in the Pope's tent in Galway. He goes on to explain that

The Republic of Ireland baby boom happened on the third weekend of June of 1980. Nine months to the day after the Pope kissed the tarmac... They are the Pope's children.

This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 28 November 2005.