Pulling the strings at Cork Puppetry Festival

"There’s a yearning for live performance that’s absent from gaming and animation, and ultimately there’s an opportunity for puppetry there.”

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A question of taste: Declan McCarthy

Declan McCarthy is the director of the Baltimore Fiddle Fair and is also involved in Skibbereen Arts Festival, which begins this weekend and runs until August 6.

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Reminiscing on encounter with Cork-born entertainer Danny la Rue

The late Danny la Rue would have been 90 today. Dan Buckley recalls a memorable encounter with the Cork-born entertainer.

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Game tech: Sequels set scene for Sonic boom

Sonic the Hedgehog is a prickly subject. Some people love him, some people wish he was roadkill. 

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REVIEW: Woyzeck in Winter

Galway International Arts Festival

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Back to Ballybeg with the Mundy sisters

Julie Sharkey stars in the Everyman’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa, writes Colette Sheridan

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E Lockhart's fans always want to know why the dogs had to die

E Lockhart expects the audiences at her Irish readings to ask about the fate of the canines in her young adult classic, We Were Liars, writes Áilín Quinlan

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David Lyttle is taking jazz back to America

David Lyttle’s US journey was more of a jazz-playing road-trip than a conventional music tour. Along the way he played at Art Blakey’s house and used an assault rifle as a percussion instrument, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Finding inspiration on a quiet island in West Cork

Ian Humphreys has avoided the major art centres of the world to join the small band of residents on Heir Island, writes Colette Sheridan

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What to watch on TV this week...

SATURDAY
Annie
RTÉ One, 6.35pm
Critics hated this 2014 remake of the classic foster kid tale, but many of the young viewers the film is aimed at will enjoy it. Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx are among the familiar faces.

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Movie Reviews: Dunkirk, Pilgrimage, City of Ghosts

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (12A) is an epic tale of the greatest mass rescue of World War II, when 400,000 men of the British Expeditionary Force were left stranded and undefended on Dunkirk beach as the German army closed in for the kill.

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Book Review: Into Action, 1960-2014 Irish Peacekeepers Under Fire

From deployment in The Congo in the 1960s to present day operations in the Golan Heights Irish soldiers have found themselves in combat situations. Ryle Dwyer reads Dan Harvey’s book on our Blue Berets.

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Book review: Let the Dead Speak

IN Let the Dead Speak, Jane Casey’s seventh novel to feature London-based police detective, Maeve Kerrigan, Maeve is newly promoted to detective sergeant. 

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Book review: Who I Am by Charlote Rampling

A book by the actress Charlotte Rampling is strange in more ways than one. TP O’Mahony finds it to be a strange hybrid — neither an autobiography nor a memoir, but a collection of memories and musings.

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Book review: What We Lose

IN her debut novel, set in Pennsylvania, New York, and Johannesburg, Zinzi Clemmons takes on big subjects. 

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Beginner's pluck: SA Dunphy

A voracious reader, Shane always liked crime. He was first published aged 11, getting a story in a collection by children for children, but he was so badly teased for writing it, that he didn’t try again for many years.

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FIRST THOUGHTS: Irish poets on the origins of their work--

COMING to poetry for the first time can be challenging, especially when the meaning of the writer’s verse is buried in the soul of its creator. 

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Book review: Slipping

THIS is the story of a narcissistic man who has suffered a midlife crisis which drove him to kill his wife, Val.

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Scene & heard: The latest entertainment news

Eoghan O’Sullivan shares the latest news from the world of entertainment.

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Naomi Watts finds her new calling on the small screen

Naomi Watts found huge success on the big screen but is now among the female A-listers who are discovering better roles on TV, writes Laura Harding.

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Irish composer welcomes world premiere of prize-winning opera

Acclaimed contemporary Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy speaks to Cathy Desmond ahead of the world premiere of his prize-winning opera ‘The Second Violinist’.

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Irish short-story writer standing out from the crowd

With an acclaimed new Irish short-story writer cropping up seemingly every other day, it can be difficult to stand out.

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A question of taste: Aimie Mallon

Aimie Mallon, from just outside Navan, Co Meath, now based in Dublin, is one half of dance band, Le Boom, alongside Chris Leech. 

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The Irish writers banned in their own land

Censorship in Ireland, which was largely overturned 50 years ago, meant the public couldn’t easily get their eyes on work by our best writers, making it a badge of honour, says Donal Ó Drisceoil.

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‘I’m proud of being an Irish actor’ says Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy has managed to make his name in Hollywood and maintain his film integrity. He talks to Shilpa Ganatra

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Game Tech: Overwatch this space for world cup

The Overwatch World Cup looks to determine who is best at turning a fun game into something far too serious, writes Ronan Jennings

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Curtain rises on policing the Troubles

A former IRA hunger striker is making a name for himself as a playwright, writes Colette Sheridan

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‘Something had to break — and it was me’

Former Cure drummer Lol Tolhurst talks to Ellie O’Byrne about sorting himself out

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Passenger won’t get carried away with hype over 'Let Her Go' hit

Although he is slow to distance himself from his biggest hit, Mike Rosenberg tells
Don O’Mahony that he would prefer ‘Let Her Go’ to be his calling card rather than his trump card.

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The sun will come out in Cork when Annie comes to town

Annie opens at the Opera House next week. Ciara McDonnell joins the cast in rehearsals to see what it takes to bring the musical to the stage

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Sizing up India’s future: A nation of multitudes and of contrasts

India stands on the threshold of global economic dominance, with a massive population set to eclipse that of China. Noel Baker savours an optimistic vision of the world’s largest democracy

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Luther’s idea finally worms its way into Catholic mainstream

As the 500th anniversary of Luther’s ‘95 Theses’ approaches, Josephine Fenton is persuaded that this brave man of the Reformation should be celebrated

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Western melancholy meets Eastern melody by the Danube

THE city of Vienna lies at the heart of this difficult but rewarding novel which was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize.

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FIRST THOUGHTS: Mud-spattered story of a talented horseman

IT can’t be pleasant, reading your own obituary, but jockey Declan Murphy’s injuries were so severe after falling at Haydock Park in 1994 that the Racing Post subsequently led with the headline ‘Declan Murphy Dies After Horror Fall’.

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Sharp insight into strangeness of life

SET in locations including coastal Ireland, Fleet Street pubs and big spooky houses,
Alannah Hopkin’s collection of her best stories from the past 30 years, is entertaining and colourful with its cast of eccentrics and aspiring writers.

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What to watch on TV this week

Des O’Driscoll takes us through the week’s TV viewing and what needs to be on your list.

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Movie Reviews: War for the Planet of the Apes; The Beguiled; Cars 3

Three great movies to look forward to this week, reviewed by Declan Burke

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