Niamh Farrelll and her Ham Sandwich bandmates: superb live shows on the back of an excellent new album.

Turning Ham Sandwich into a musical banquet

Standing firm on their name and rerecording a new album has paid off for a band ready to expand beyond Ireland, writes Ed Power

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

All the entertainment news you need

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Cork actor Denis Conway: 'When you get to play a great part like this, you always want torevisit it, because you never feel you've done it justice.'

Conway getting Gigli with it

A REVIVAL of Tom Murphy’s magnificent play, The Gigli Concert, begins in the Gate Theatre tonight, and for Denis Conway, the show is a case of déjà vu.

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John Madden will be interviewed at the Fastnet Short Film Festival by Greg Dyke, former DG of the BBC and current chairman of the FA.

Two will do for tale of escape for film director John Madden

As John Madden gets ready for his trip to Schull, he tells Colette Sheridan he’s unlikely to direct a third Marigold Hotel film

 

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GameTech: Facebook head says game player could become money maker

ARE you aged 12 or younger? Would you like to become a billionaire? The path to riches and fame is a simple one. Just play games all day. Well, sort of. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, one of the world’s youngest billionaires, attributes his self-taught success to gaming.

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Villagers' Conor O'Brienhopes to be celebrating aYes vote at his gigs in Corkand Limerick this weekend.

Villagers: Sing out loud and proud

With an Irish tour coinciding with the referendum on Friday, this is a massive week for Villagers’ Conor O’Brien, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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Colin Farrell and his co-star in The Lobster, Rachel Weisz, in Cannes.

Cannes Film Festival: Boos, barmaids and Farrell-loving banners

The films have been a mixed bag, but Don O’Mahony is enjoying the Cannes Film Festival

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5 things to do this week

Are you looking for things to do during the week? We have a few suggestions that might suit you.

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The Coronas’ success makes front man Danny a reluctant sex symbol

Danny O’Reilly is reluctantly happy to put up with his sex symbol status once The Coronas continue their upward trajectory writes Ed Power

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Fair Ladies bring latest chapter to a close for Des Keogh

Now in his 80th year, Des Keogh will finish with touring once he completes his current show on George Bernard Shaw, writes Colette Sheridan

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An interview with Indie actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Deirdre Reynolds talks to indie actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes, who play a leading role in The Canal and who has scooped a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

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Tributes paid to ‘King of the Blues’ BB King

Eric Clapton has paid tribute to legendary blues musician BB King, who has died aged 89.

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Children’s books

Blown Away by Rob Biddulph (Harper Collins €8.80) tells of Penguin and his brand new kite. 

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Book review: Mockingbird Songs

RJ Ellory puts you deep in the heart of Texas in his new crime thriller Mockingbird Songs — a simple backstory is dealt with quickly enough to put you straight into the main plot.

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Book review: The Killing Of Bobbi Lomax

We’re into the action from page one in Cal Moriarty’s thriller The Killing Of Bobbi Lomax, as cynical detective Marty Sinclair and his partner Al Alvarez rush to the scene of a bombing.

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Book review: On Some Faraway Beach

FANS of U2 will probably know the story of how Larry Mullen and later Bono had to repeatedly court Brian Eno to convince him to work with them on changing their sound.

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Book review: This House Is Not For Sale

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any Nigerian writer who ends up in the United States is still reeling from the after-affects of their vivid childhood. And EC Osondu is no exception.

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Book review: Clasp

THE story of how Doireann Ní Ghríofa started writing poetry six years ago is bizarre but also somewhat fitting for this warm, dreamy and gentle writer who was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014-2015 by Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan.

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