Paul Brady’s live album is worth the wait

Releasing a live album from concerts recorded in 2001 has given Paul Brady a sense of satisfaction, writes Ed Power.

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Successful staging by Irish amateur theatre group

Kilmeen Drama Group has been blazing a trail in Irish amateur theatre since the 1940s, writes Colette Sheridan

 

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Tragic life reflected in impressive body of work

Gerda Frömel drowned aged 44, but a new exhibition serves as a reminder of why she was one of Ireland’s most lauded sculptors, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Singer Ed thinks out Thrones fantasy

ED SHEERAN could be the latest star to join the terrifying world of Game Of Thrones.

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Five things to do this week

Stuck for something to do in the coming week? We’ve got you covered.

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Movie reviews: Glassland, A Little Chaos, The Salvation

The best of what’s hitting the cinema this week.

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Author profile: Life in the fast lane for Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh’s new novel, A Decent Ride, follows swaggering taxi driver ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson around Edinburgh. It’s another tale of hard-living in Scotland, even as Welsh mixes with celebrities in the US, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.           

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Book Review: Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake

A FEW years ago, the writer Sarah Webb was staying in a yurt on Cape Clear Island, off the west Cork coast.

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Book Review: The Moth Snowstorm Nature and Joy

What is the economic value of birdsong, butterflies spring wild flowers, or a rising trout? These are some questions posed in a riveting new book on nature, writes Dick Warner.

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Book Review: Last Night on Earth

JAY has been raised by his mother on a diet of ‘gods, monsters, lambs, virgins and fillums, fillums, fillums.’

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BEGINNER’S PLUCK: Carole Gurnett

As a child, Carole wrote long diary entries and letters to anyone who would reply, and as a teenager she wrote short stories. Some were published, and others shortlisted in competitions. 

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FIRST THOUGHTS: Vargas Llosa fails to reach the heights of past

FOR the first three quarters of this 325-page novel, Peruvian master, Mario Vargas Llosa seems to be spinning, in alternating chapters, two quite separate — albeit thematically similar — yarns.

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Book Review: The Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Arguing

THE key to any good novel is to perfect your main character into someone the reader feels they have got to know. And Melissa Kite hits the nail on the head on that front.

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Book Review: Adeline: A Novel Of Virginia Woolf

SPANNING 1925 to 1941, this richly imagined novel of Virginia Woolf delves deep into her psyche, drawing perhaps too heavily on the biography written by Hermione Lee, which lends it enormous accuracy.

 

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Book Review: The Lost Child

THIS latest work of fiction by the West Indies-born writer and Yale professor is as much a personal journey of discovery as it is a literary gem.

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Children’s Books

You Can’t Take An Elephant On The Bus, by Patricia Cleveland (Bloomsbury; €8.80) Elephant yearns to travel, but trying to board the bus is a definite no! 

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What to watch on TV this week

Nadia: Chasing the Dream TV3, 2.45pm

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What Gerard Barrett and Jack Reynor did next

The dynamic duo of the Kerry director and the Dublin actor continue their climb to the top, writes Padraic Killeen.

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From Disney to desolate Detroit: The rise of Ryan Gosling 

Scathing criticism of his directorial debut hasn’t stopped Ryan Gosling from being proud of his efforts, writes Susan Griffin.

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