Eoin Colfer's new play looks at the pathos and humour of Multiple Sclerosis

Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer has written a play based on his oldest friend’s diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, writes Colette Sheridan

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All hunky-dory for happy Ellen DeGeneres

SHE’s long campaigned for a sequel to the Oscar-winning Finding Nemo, but even Ellen DeGeneres — who voiced blue tang Dory in the 2003 underwater animation — never imagined that when it did eventually happen, she’d be the main character.

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Telling both sides of Bobby Sands' story

Brendan J Byrne tried to ensure his documentary on Bobby Sands gave a balanced view of the IRA man who died on hunger strike, he tells Esther McCarthy

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A question of taste with Stephanie Rainey

Stephanie Rainey is from Glanmire in Cork. Her next release on Warner Records is due in the autumn, and she is also playing Indiependence in Mitchelstown on Saturday.

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Jason Bourne is back again by popular demand

Matt Damon tells Kate Whiting how constant requests from the public helped convince him to go back to being the amnesiac assassin

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GAMETECH: Bringing Sonic up to speed

SONIC the Hedgehog is a prickly subject. Not only does he elicit terrible puns from video game writers, he does so while dividing opinion quicker than a ghostbuster with boobs. 

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Annie Lederman's troubled past has helped her forge a great stand-up career

A troubled teenage past helped Annie Lederman weather the cut-throat NY stand-up circuit where she honed her craft, writes Ed Power

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Josephine Lee: I’d like to teach the world to sing

Chicago choir leader Josephine Lee was in Cork recently for Summer Sing, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Top 10 reads for the summer

Richard Fitzpatrick selects an eclectic mix of summer reading options

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John Kingerlee is no ordinary painter

Beara is currently paying tribute to John Kingerlee, perhaps the greatest of the
area’s many artists, writes Colette Sheridan

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Literature Gloria Steinem: West Cork Literary Festival

It was all about books this week in Bantry as authors and bibliophiles converged on the scenic town for the West Cork Literary Festival.

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Indiependence: From the town square to the big top in the big field

Indiependence organiser Shane Dunne tells Joe Leogue how the Mitchelstown festival has grown from humble beginnings

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John Creedon explores Ireland's Ancient East in new 'epic' 4 part series on RTE

John Creedon is back on our screens on Sunday, and this time he’s getting to grips with the East. Series producer Marie Toft reveals the highlights of their summer road-trip.

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Find out how TV influences our fashion choices

 

It’s the golden age of TV and as we binge on box sets, television is influencing our wardrobes more than ever before. From Sex and the City to Mad Men, and more recently Peaky Blinders, Carolyn Moore looks at why TV is so good at selling clothes.

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Movie reviews: Star Trek Beyond, The BFG, Chevalier

Star Trek Beyond 4/5
The BFG 4/5
Chevalier 3/5

 

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Book review: The Assassination Complex: Inside the US Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program

Drones steered by military personnel in Nevada, in the US, routinely and anonymously kill people on target lists half a world away, in places like Yemen and Afghanistan, careless of who else dies in the attacks, says Des Breen.

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Book review: The Judge’s Wife

Ann O’Loughlin digs deep into the sins of Ireland’s past for her novels’ source material. She tells Colette Sheridan that her job as a legal reporter means she sees injustice every day.

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Book review: Cycling Munster: Great Road Routes

WHEN you have the option of downloading apps such as Strava and Map My Ride to your phone, creating your own cycling routes or browsing someone else’s, why would you buy a book compiling nearly 50 cycles around Munster?

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Book review: Wilde Lake

THE best-selling author of more than 20 novels, including After I’m Gone and 2015’s Hush Hush returns with Wilde Lake, an evocative tale about the Brant family in Columbia, Maryland.

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Book review: Cold

RARELY is a book so engrossing and pacey that it makes me miss my train stop. But such is the case with BBC Newsnight reporter John Sweeney’s first thriller, Cold. 

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