Other Voices has been expanding horizons on the Dingle peninsula

Other Voices celebrated the current richness of the Irish music scene, writes Joe Leogue

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Festive nights out that you cannot miss this Christmas

From pantos and carol concerts and regular rock gigs, Marjorie Brennan selects the best events for some seasonal fun over the next few weeks.

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Hallelujah for the priest whose song went viral

Fr Ray Kelly tells Ed Power how he became a YouTube sensation after doing a version of Leonard Cohen’s famous song at a wedding.

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Documentary looks at impact of super trawlers in Irish fishing waters

Right now the second largest super trawler in the world is fishing off the Irish coast. It drags a net bigger than a football field and can process over 250 tonnes of fish a day.

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Book review: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

As the author behind the Twilight vampire romance series which became essential reading for millions of tweens and teenagers and sparked box office gold dust, Stephenie Meyer needs no introduction.

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Book review: Frida Kahlo At Home by Suzanne Barbezat

Part biography, part reflection of Frida Kahlo’s work, this book examines the painter’s life.

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Book review: The Whistler by John Grisham

The Board of Judicial Conduct normally has nothing more taxing to do than look into the affairs of judges who should have retired years before.

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Book review: Above The Waterfall by Ron Rash

Following recent forays into Hollywood, where his adapted screenplays, Serena and The World Made Straight, flopped, Ron Rash, a winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, returns to the novel form.

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Beginner's pluck: Erik Beck Rubin

Erik got into writing through his passion for reading.

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Well-deserved recognition for Dermot Healy fixes him in the canon

Here are two additions to the ongoing reissue of the work of Dermot Healy, novelist, playwright, and poet, each volume edited and introduced by Keith Hopper and Neil Murphy.

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Robert Harris: Extracting drama from the frisson of human interaction

Robert Harris never meant to write novels. A political journalist, who, at 30, moved from the BBC to become political editor of the Observer, he enjoyed writing longer pieces; and between 1982 and 1990, he penned five works of non-fiction.

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Neuland: A meandering tale of epic proportions that fails to engage

The novel follows a dual pattern. Lenny Peleg, a veteran of the Yom Kippur War and erstwhile businessman, goes missing in South America. Dori his son, a history teacher, leaves his wife and young son in Israel to go in search of him. 

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Forgotten Patriot: The story of our first statesman Douglas Hyde

Forgotten Patriot is the story of Douglas Hyde, the first President of Ireland under the 1937 Constitution. He founded the Gaelic League in 1893 and was therefore responsible for the “cultural proselytising from which Irish sovereignty flowed,” according to Brian Murphy.

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Stark truth about Eoin Colfer and his new Irish Iron Man

Eoin Colfer couldn’t resist setting the latest instalment of Iron Man in Ireland, writes Ed Power

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Rebel duo blast off at 2000AD for Cork Judge Dredd story

MENTION the names of Judge Dredd or Dan Dare to any comic book fan and revered publication 2000AD will come to mind. Now, the ‘galaxy’s greatest comic’ will have its first ever story created by Cork duo Rory McConville and Eoin Coveney.

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A Question of Taste with Michael Carr

Michael Carr is originally from Dublin, but has lived in Cork for 16 years. He co-runs Blue Monkey PR agency, looking after a variety of clients, and also presents The Green Room on Cork’s 96FM on Saturdays at 6pm.

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‘I am not a princess’: Can Moana continue the trend for dynamic Disney heroines?

Disney’s films can have a strong cultural impact, so it’s important that Moana continues the trend for smart, dynamic heroines, writes Declan Burke

 

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Kate Bush hits the heights again with new live album

A NEW Kate Bush album is always a cause for elation among fans. 

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Gametech: Eimear Noone is hitting the right notes for gamers

EIMEAR NOONE isn’t inclined to blow her own trumpet — but at least she has four to choose from. “Blizzard finally gave me a fourth trumpet for Overwatch — that’s what Overwatch means to me. I’ve a one-track mind.”

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Words from the master Seán Ó Riordáin of Ballyvourney

As Ballyvourney commemorates the centenary of Seán Ó Riordáin, Colette Sheridan looks at the life of a man who didn’t let TB get in the way of writing incredible poetry 

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Sting in the tail for Wasps vs Humans

Marjorie Brennan meets first-time novelist and performance poet Carl Plover

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How grunge and the marketing men killed Queensrÿche

Queensrÿche could have been the biggest band in the world but then along came Nirvana. Ed Power talks to former frontman Geoff Tate.

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Top 10 music books of 2016

Eoghan O’Sullivan rounds up the best music books of the year

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Book review: 'The Wonder' by Emma Donoghue

Sarah Gilmartin reviews the latest offering from Emma Donoghue.

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Lists are selective but 'The 101 Greatest Plays: From Antiquity to the Present' is a mesmerising study

IN his recent review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Michael Billington writes that he now sees “the point of being wild about Harry”.

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Book review: The French Revolution - From Enlightenment to Tyranny

The French Revolution was a triumph followed by a tragedy. Michael Duggan discovers some surprises from a seminal work on the period, among them the number of ambitious young lawyers involved    

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Book review: The Mayor of Mogadishu by Andrew Harding

Foreign Correspondent Andrew Harding has covered 25 wars, yet his first book is an uplifting and redemptive tale set in Mogadishu, writes Sue Leonard.

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Movie Reviews: Allied, Bad Santa 2, Paterson

Allied (15A) opens with Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) parachuting into French Morocco in 1942 before linking up with French resistance veteran Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard) in Casablanca, where they plot the assassination of the German ambassador. 

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What to watch on TV this week

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Netflix
Gilmore Girls was a fairly big deal in the US in the Noughties and lasted seven series. This four-part revival is made up of 90-minute episodes, with Lauren Graham and most of the original cast returning.

 

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Book Review: Leabhar na hAthghabhála - Poems of Repossession

YOU don’t expect to find a poem entitled ‘Didjeridu’ in an anthology of poetry in Irish with English translations.

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This week's author: Meet Fiona Harrison

A prolific reader as a child Fiona Harrison tells Sue Leonard how she wrote stories about Roland Rat who would help Margaret Thatcher run the government.

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Book review: 'Against Elections' by David Van Reybrouck

Michael Duggan reviews 'Against Elections' by David Van Reybrouck who suggests we are in the grips of ‘Democratic Fatigue Syndrome’. 

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Kerrie O’Brien's book will help the homeless

Kerrie O’Brien, reading at the Winter Warmers event in Cork this weekend, has also put together a book in aid of the homeless, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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Crime writer Martina Cole's Cork cousins keep her grounded

Martina Cole may have sold millions of books, but her Cork cousins help the crime author keep her feet on the ground, writes Suzanne Harrington

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Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

MUSIC NEWS: You’ll be hearing a lot about the Rolling Stones in the coming weeks as the rock veterans release their first studio album since 2005. 

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