Album review: Experience counts on U2’s return to form

A new U2 album is not the earth-shattering event it might once have been. The biggest talking point around 2014’s Songs of Innocence was that it was bunged, unsought, onto the hard drives of 300 million iTunes users — the music forgotten in the ensuing furore.

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Military top brass: Meet the conductor of the army’s Southern Brigade band

At the age of 17, Brian Prendergast followed a long family tradition of finding a career in music through the army. He’s now the Cork-based conductor of one of the defence forces’ best bands, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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GameTech: Star Wars Battlefront II: Chance to win Loot Skywalker

What happens when the spoils of war start, well, spoiling war? That’s the biggest challenge facing the gaming industry as (nuclear?) winter looms. The scourge of loot boxes, the closest our industry has to opium for the masses, is attacking our troops from within.

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Quietly successful: Meet the man behind ECM Records

As Triskel in Cork gets ready to host its ECM weekend, Philip Watson is granted a rare interview with the man who founded the legendary label

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Vagabond brothers bring it all back home

Brian and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn hope people won’t just brand them as folkies, writes Ed Power

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Cork photographer in the frame for top prize

David Creedon has been nominated for the Hennessy Portrait Prize for his picture of Billy Ramsell. It’s the latest addition to his hugely impressive body of work, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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A towering achievement: Exploring Irish castles and beautiful buildings

Tarquin Blake’s history of Irish castles charts beautiful buildings and a grant-aid culture that goes back six centuries, writes Tommy Barker

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Album review: Christy Moore, On The Road

*****

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John Wilson touring with music made with Rory Gallagher in Taste

John Wilson, drummer with the seminal Irish band, is hitting the road again with some of the magic music he made with Rory Gallagher, writes Ed Power

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Scene and Heard: What's happening in the world of arts

Des O’Driscoll shares the latest news

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Class outing for Oonagh Kearney drama set in Cork

Oonagh Kearney’s film in RTÉ’s Storyland strand is set in the Cork director’s native city, writes Colette Sheridan

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Why are there not more female conductors?

Why are there not more female conductors? Alice Farnham is looking to tackle this issue through a new programme at the NCH, writes Cathy Desmond

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The role that saved Mary J Blige's life

Mary J Blige is feeling the cold. It is a sunny autumn day in London but the air conditioning in her hotel room is turned up high, writes Laura Harding. 

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Meet Cork-born mezzo-soprano, Michelle O'Brien

Michelle O’Brien, mezzo-soprano, was born and raised under the magic of the Shandon bells in Cork (hence her nickname ‘Shellybelles’).

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Review: Depeche Mode deliver wham-bam set at 3Arena

*****

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Robert Pattinson is recognisable in his new movie, Good Time

Robert Pattinson is a somewhat reluctant star, and his new role is quite a leap from the vampire series that made his name, writes Georgia Humphreys.

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Lacrimosa of Dana is one of the best games you'll play all year

Thirty years ago, a woman called Dana captured the hearts of a small island by winning a European singing contest, writes Ronan Jennings

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Gregory Porter pays homage to his hero, Nat King Cole

As a child, Gregory Porter took solace in the velvet voice of Nat King Cole. He’s now paying tribute to his idol, writes Ed Power

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Tale of fame and misfortune still relevant

Cork actress Molly Lynch tells Ellie O’Byrne ‘Sunset Boulevard’ is about pitfalls of stardom

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We are the mods: New exhibition shows Irish youth sub-cultures in 1980s

A new exhibition documents the thriving youth sub-cultures in the south-east during the 1980s, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Five things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll shares his tips for the week ahead

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New nudes are good news for photography group

Ireland’s nude art collective are holding their first exhibition, and are clear about the differences between their work and pornography, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Sleeping Beauty review: Faultless and exquisite performances

Sleeping Beauty at Cork Opera House: 4/5

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Review: Taylor Swift - Reputation: As pop album, it is extraordinary

Taylor Swift - Reputation: 5/5

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Making a massacre: Director stunned by findings in Loughinisland killings documentary

American director Alex Gibney was stunned by what he found for his documentary on the Loughinisland killings. It will be shown at Cork Film Festival, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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Ten movies you must see at the Cork Film Festival

Arts editor Des O’Driscoll selects the must-see movies at the Cork Film Festival.

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Peaky Blinders return: Shelby is back and he’s ready to fight

Cillian Murphy and co return for the fourth instalment of the BBC cult series ‘Peaky Blinders’, writes Georgia Humphreys.

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Scene & heard: The latest entertainment news

Des O’Driscoll shares the latest news from the world of entertainment.

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Renowned guitarist Xuefei Yang returns to Ireland

Xuefei Yang is an unlikely guitar hero. Born in Beijing, in 1977, just after the cultural
revolution, when all Western music and instruments were banned, and with few role models to guide her, she embarked on a somewhat solitary and difficult path to master the instrument she loves.

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A question of taste: River Matthews

River Matthews is a singer/ songwriter from Surrey, and tours Ireland next week with dates at Fred Zepplins in Cork (Wed); Roisin Dubh, Galway (Thurs); and Whelan’s in Dublin (Fri).

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Irish woman collaborated with Angelina Jolie on new animated film

East Cork-born animator Nora Twomey didn’t hesitate to fly to America when Angelina Jolie wanted to collaborate on her latest film, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Brendan Gleeson's bear necessities of life

Brendan Gleeson tells Esther McCarthy about the fun he had working on ‘Paddington 2’, and his mixed feelings about Cork GAA.

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Game Tech: Engaging gameplay of The Frozen Wilds won’t leave you out in the cold

It’s always darkest before the dawn. Unless you adjust the brightness on your TV, then you’ll be grand. 

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Stepping up for Sleeping Beauty

As well as top Russian talent, Cork City Ballet’s new production features a number of local dancers. Jo Kerrigan attends rehearsals and hears about the gruelling rehearsal routine

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Fogarty finally gains the upper hand

After years of fruitless struggle Seamus Fogarty is poised for stardom, writes Ed Power

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Warwick Davis talks new TV show

He’s spent over three decades in the industry - but following the advice of Star Wars creator George Lucas, Warwick Davis has his feet firmly on the ground.

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Take a walk on the wild side with award-winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson

Colin Stafford-Johnson is touring Irish venues with his incredible wildlife tales, writes Des O’Driscoll

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