A real Catastrophe as hit show returns without Carrie Fisher

Sharon Horgan’s show is about to return to our screens, but one of its stars, Carrie Fisher, will be sorely missed, writes Jeananne Craig.

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GAMETECH: Dawning of a brand new experience

Ronan Jennings bring you the latest in gaming reviews. This week he puts Horizon Zero Dawn, Dirt Rally and Nintendo’s Switch under the microscope.

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Russian flavour for Cork

An all-Russian musical extravaganza is coming to Cork and Cathy Desmond has everything you need to know ahead of time.

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Sounds of sibling revelry

After years spent blazing trails with their own projects, the Casey sisters from West Cork finally got around to playing together, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Julia Jacklin, the Australian queen of folk, is coming to Ireland

Julia Jacklin is a rising star, just don’t tell her she’s a wise head on young shoulders. Ed Power talks to the Australian queen of folk in advance of her Irish gig

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5 things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll looks at five events going on around the country this week. 

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In Loco Parentis: A year in the life of Headfort - the only school of its kind in Ireland

A remarkable new film captures life in Ireland’s only boarding school for young children, writes Esther McCarthy

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Movie reviews: Fences, Hidden Figures, The Great Wall

Thinking of the cinema this week. Declan Burke reviews  Fences, Hidden Figures and The Great Wall.

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Something for the weekend...

Are you a budding garden designer or fancy a €5,000 facelift for your garden? Super Garden on RTÉ One is gearing up for a ninth series and looking for you to take part. 

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Weekend loves: This week’s must do, see & buy

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Planning a wedding and vying for something a little bit different? Check out The Glitter Studio on February 25 and 26 at the chq in Dublin.

 

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What to watch on TV this week...

 

Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth And Maeve Dermody start in SS-GB on BBC One tomorrow at 9pm.

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Book review: Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

Reclaimed by Irishmen such as Yeats, from the canon of English Literature, Jonathan Swift has become an icon of Irishness, writes Josephine Fenton. Though he insisted he was English, he felt compelled to rebel.

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Book review: Francis Bacon in your Blood — A Memoir

When Michael Peppiatt stepped inside the French House, a dark, dank Soho pub, one busy lunchtime in June 1963, he could hardly have anticipated how life-changing an impact the next few hours would afford him.

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Book review: What The Dog Knows: Scent, Science, And The Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive The World

Dogs are so much more than a man’s best friend. Beyond the unconditional love and attention are astounding capabilities, intelligence and potential.

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Book review: Hostages

One of the standouts in Dave Lordan’s Young Irelanders collection of new Irish writers in 2015, Oisin Fagan won the Penny Dreadful litmag’s €10,000 novella award this summer for The Hierophants and followed it up by releasing Hostages.

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Book review: The Trophy Child

Paul Daly expertly crafts a thriller from within the walls of domestic life and shows how tragedy uproots the illusions and pretences of idyllic family life.

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Book review: The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

Despite half a century in the public eye as the author of 23 bestselling novels, John le Carré is still hiding in plain sight. 

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Book review: The Nix

At its heart, the hotly-tipped debut from Nathan Hill is the story of an estranged mother and son. 

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Books for kids...

* Will You Be My Friend? by Molly Potter (Featherstone, €11.50 HB)
* Life In A Fishbowl by Len Vlahos (Bloomsbury, €9.20)

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Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh's achievements celebrated at Gradam Ceoil

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh will be celebrated at the Gradam Ceoil at Cork Opera House this weekend. She talks to Pet O’Connell

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Meet the Irish photographer using military technology for his refugee-related exhibition

Irish photographer Richard Mosse has used military technology for his refugee-related exhibition at the Barbican in London, writes Shilpa Ganatra

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news and events round-up

Des O’Driscoll takes a look at what’s goes on around the country. 

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What if Germany had won the war?

A new BBC drama is aiming to bring a Nazi-occupied London to life, writes Gemma Dunn

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A different kind of Dinosaur

LAURA Jurd is one of the most remarkable young musicians to emerge in Britain in many years.

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Putting Maud and arthritis into the frame

After opening the Dublin Film Festival, director Aisling Walsh hopes to bring her story of an artist battling arthritis to the world, writes Esther McCarthy.

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GAMETECH: Escaping the good and evil of gaming

The problem with gaming is the association of choice with morality. It will be fascinating to see how Mass Effect Andromeda handles this.

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Theatre review: The Same, Cork Prison

The prison setting for the premiere of Enda Walsh’s play, The Same, produced by Corcadorca, is very appropriate. A place of detention is about stripping away the self while being trapped.

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New exhibition addresses the blurring of the lines between humanity and the digital world

As computers get creative, a new exhibition addresses the blurring of the lines between humanity and the digital world, writes Jonathan deBurca Butler.

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Nuala O’Donovan: Sculpture inspired by nature’s irregularities

Colette Sheridan speaks to Cork artist Nuala O’Donovan about her intricate ceramic pieces.

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Toughest place to be? Nursing on the frontline

Irish nurse Berna Breen saw the brutality of gang warfare in Honduras, writes Ellie O’Byrne, when she worked in an A&E department for RTÉ’s new series of ‘Toughest Place To Be’.

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5 things to do this week...

At a loss for plans this week? Here’s a few ideas courtesy of Des O’Driscoll.

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Capturing the love of playing music for music’s sake

Irish film-maker Niall McCann has made a documentary on the Scottish label that gave us such indie heroes as Alex Kapranos and Arab Strap, writes Don O’Mahony.

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Movie reviews: The Lego Batman Movie, The Founder, Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk

The Lego Batman Movie 4/5
The Founder 4/5
Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk 3/5

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Book review: The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley

A spine-chillinging unsettling and darkly hilarious debut.

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Book review: The Novel of the Century — The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables A narrative of misery

An analysis of Les Misérables, Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, pulls no punches but is it a knockout? Josephine Fenton discovers that David Bellos is at pains to match Hugo’s own life to those portrayed in the novel    

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Book review: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

Joy and pathos of teenage cynicism is perfectly captured in The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

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Book review: Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks

Des Breen looks at a landmark book which not only shines a light on the creativity of Irish artists and writers, but also on the philistinism of the nation.

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Book review: Letters To A Young Muslim

Although its origins date back over 1,500 years, Islam is among the fastest growing religions in the world.

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