5 things to do this week

Here are five things to check out if you’re looking for something to do this week.

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The Cork ensemble banging a drum for gamelan in Ireland

Mel Mercier tells Eoghan O’Sullivan about plans for the UCC-based Cork Gamelan Ensemble to release their debut album

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Movie reviews: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Hot Pursuit, Beyond the Reach

It will be a sad day indeed when Tom Cruise grows too old to sprint across our screens, but that day, if Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (12A) is any indication, will be a long time coming.

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Book review: All That I Leave Behind

From an editing career in Harper Collins to best-selling debut author, mother of three Alison Walsh tells Sue Leonard that the path to success in writing can be a long road working from the bottom up.

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Book review: Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling

BERNARD HINAULT was one of the greatest cyclists of all time and is the last Frenchman to have won the Tour de France.

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Eamon Casey and Michael Cleary

Book review: Handbook of the Irish Revival

The Handbook of the Irish Revival contains violent material and covers a period when theatre was never so exciting because history itself was excited, writes Thomas McCarthy.

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FIRST THOUGHTS: A lament so clotted with rage and desperation

IN an unnamed place and unspecified time, a man and his wife exist in pieces following the death of their son.

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Children’s books

Lottie Lipton lives very happily in the British Museum with her father who works there, and her elderly eccentric Great Uncle, Professor Bertram West.

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Book review: June

ON a hot afternoon in June, 1969, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, as part of a country tour, arrives in the northern village of Slootdorp.

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What to watch on TV this week

You’ll have a tough job finding much worth watching on the regular networks this evening — perhaps this double bill of repeats from Game of Thronesseason two will keep you entertained.

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Theatre director Sophie Hunter, pictured here with her husband, Benedict Cumberbatch.Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Image

Phaedra is set to join the (Go)dots

Sophie Hunter directs a rarely-seen work by Benjamin Britten that provides a link to major influences on Beckett, writes Padraic Killeen

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Ash: Keeping the fire alive

From teen idols to flops and back again, Ash have always been willing to adapt to the ever-changing music biz, writes Ed PowerThis story is enriched with multi-media content

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A question of taste - Sarah O’Connor

UTV Ireland reporter Sarah O’Connor is from Banteer in north Cork. Her education includes arts, journalism and criminology.

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Paul Hollywood’s recipe for success

PAUL HOLLYWOOD is stripping off his leathers as he settles down to discuss the forthcoming sixth series of The Great British Bake Off.

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Song of the Sea: Seven steps to the big screen

A new exhibition shows the huge amount of work needed to get Song of the Sea from basic idea to Oscar-nominated film. Richard Fitzpatrick looks at the major stages in the eight-year process

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From idea to publication: Ensure you have the write stuff for your book

After just going through the difficult process herself, Jo Kerrigan traces a book’s journey from pub idea to publication.

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Patrick James is proving he’s got the voice to succeed

Dealing with weight and sexuality were the easy bits. Now Patrick James aims to show he can sustain a career in the music business after his TV talent show success, writes Ed Power.

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