Live music review: The Swingles, Cork City Hall

The 63rd Cork International Choral Festival is now in full swing, with, as well as the hotly-contested choral competitions for both national and international groups, a range of gala concerts, workshops, masterclasses, free recitals and fringe events all over the city and county. 

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Here's your TV wrap for the week ahead

Stephen Graham’s character continues to search for evidence in real-life murder drama Little Boy Blue at 9pm on ITV on Monday.

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Movie reviews: The Promise, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Suntan

Here are the top three films you don’t want to miss this week, writes Declan Burke.

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Theatre review: Waiting for Godot, Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Druid’s staging of Beckett’s pre-eminent classic was the actors’ idea, and, looking at the play, it’s easy to see why it seemed like a good idea to Aaron Monaghan, Garrett Lombard, Marty Rea, and Rory Nolan. 

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The Dead House extract: Where the past is as thick as tar

In a lonely landscape near Castletownbere four friends gather by candlelight with two bottles of Jamesons and some memories to share. Here is an exclusive extract from Billy O’Callaghan’s new novel, The Dead House.

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Book review: The Holocaust

What possessed seemingly cultured men to implement a policy of barbarism against the Jews of Europe? Laurence Rees seeks the answer in what JP O’Malley considers to be a magisterial undertaking of research.

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Book review: Who Killed Hammarskjold? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa

In December last year Donald Trump took to twitter to lambast the United Nations calling it “a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time”. 

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Book review: The Good People

Ireland’s folkloric past provides a rich seam for an Australian novelist to follow on from the success of her last novel, writes Sue Leonard.

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Book review: Once We Sang Like Other Men

There’s no easy answers to life’s crises when our beliefs begin to fade.

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Book review: A Natural

Ross Raisin’s arrival on the literary scene was somewhat explosive with a stunningly crafted debut in 2008. God’s Own Country was a truly remarkable book. 

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Book review: Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung

The theft of a €1.4m Stradivarius violin from Pret a Manger at Euston Station in London threw its owner, Korean-born child prodigy and violin genius Min Kym, into the spotlight in 2010. However, her suffering continued long after the headlines had died down.

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Book review: Notes On Blindness: A Journey Through The Dark

If you are a sighted person and wonder what it might be like to lose the visual world, the gripping Notes On Blindness will challenge your preconceptions about the condition and leave you reeling at the complexities of a life deprived of sight.

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Book review: Gastrophysics: The New Science Of Eating

Professor Charles Spence once won the Ig Nobel prize for his work on the crunch sound crisps make and how this gives clues about how stale they are. 

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Books for kids...

* The Little Black Sheep by Elizabeth Shaw [O’Brien €6.99]
* The Story of Space by Catherine Barr and Steve Williams [Frances Lincoln €15.50 HB]
* The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd [The Bucket List €15.50]

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Five events to check out at the Cork International Choral Festival today (Friday, April 28)

Day three of the Cork International Choral Festival sees plenty more exciting events happening across Cork City. Check out some of Friday's highlights here. 

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Rag'n'Bone Man really is only Human, after all

Rag’n’Bone Man is still getting used to his meteoric rise in the fame game, writes Laura Harding.

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Ian McShane - For the love of American Gods

Ian McShane may play a higher being in Amazon’s new show American Gods, but Ed Power finds an actor who is very down to earth.

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Catch all you need-to-know entertainment news with Eoghan O’Sullivan.

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Dennis Dinneen's pictures are currently being exhibited at the Douglas Hyde gallery in Dublin.

Looking back in time with Dennis Dinneen's pictures

Dennis Dinneen’s pictures of people in Muskerry are at last being regarded as an invaluable archive, writes Marjorie Brennan

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A question of taste: James O'Leary

James O’Leary founded the band Interference with the late vocalist Fergus O’Farrell. The remaining members of the band will be joined by special guests for a gig at Cork Opera House tomorrow night as part of the Right Here Right Now series of concerts at the venue over the weekend.

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Five events to check out at the Cork International Choral Festival today (Thursday, April 27)

Day 2 of the Cork International Choral Festival features Grammy-winning The Swingles in the Gala Concert, but Thursday's events have plenty more to offer as well. Check out some of the highlights here. 

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First Cut! Youth Film Festival celebrates young Irish filmmakers

TTHE annual First Cut! Youth Film Festival in Youghal celebrates the work of Irish filmmakers aged 12-24, writes Ellie O’Bryne

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Four events to check out at the Cork International Choral Festival today

The Cork International Choral Festival kicks off today with plenty of events lined up to keep everyone entertained. Check out some of the highlights here. 

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Memories of a murder led to making of Netflix film Casting JonBenét

Kitty Green’s childhood obsession with the killing of JonBenét Ramsey led her to make a film involving people from the city where it happened, writes Helen Barlow.

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Live music review: Kasabian at the Olympia, Dublin

Kasabian are a throwback to when preening ridiculousness was part of every rock band’s job description. They write songs about vampires and dinosaurs and have a lead singer whose on the road excesses extend to an unquenchable habit for Monster Munch snacks.

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Album Review: Gorillaz - Humanz: 'Record is as multi-faceted as anything Albarn has done'

Damon Albarn returns to Gorillaz — his “virtual collaboration” with comic writer, Jamie Hewlett — after several years swimming in dark and strange musical waters.

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Gametech: Resurrection of a gaming masterpiece

It’s not often a game comes back to life. Yet here we are, faced with Nier: Automata, sequel to a game everyone thought dead and buried. Not only has Nier returned — but it’s come back stronger than ever.

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The day the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, came to Cork

By the time Ella Fitzgerald came to perform at the Cork Jazz Festival in October 1980, she was the well-established and undisputed singing queen of the world jazz scene. Fitzgerald’s stint at Cork Opera House was a welcome boost for the then burgeoning festival, whose organisers shelled out a reported £16,000 for the star.

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The Swingle Singers in perfect harmony for Cork International Choral Festival

The Swingle Singers have a longheld reputation as one of the world’s best a capella groups, but they’re still willing to innovate, writes Jo Kerrigan.

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5 things to do this week

Stuck for cultural events this week? Des O’Driscoll has great suggestions for you, whether it’s tv or theatre you’re in the mood for.

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The Moth fans the flames of poetic collaboration

A fortuitous meeting between a literary couple and a celebrity chef has resulted in one of the world’s most lucrative poetry prizes, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Record label heavyweights secured for Music Cork

The rude health of Irish music is to be celebrated at a new rock ’n roll festival. But Music Cork promises to be more than merely an excuse to let one’s hair down and rock out, writes Ed Power.

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Finding Amy Winehouse

Darcus Beese worked his way up at Island Records from teaboy to president. Along the way, he discovered everyone from Amy Winehouse to Hozier. Now he’s coming to Ireland for the inaugural Music Cork record industry seminar, writes Ed Power.

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Book reviews: In Other Words and The Clothing of Books

AN epigraph from the Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi is a fitting opener to Jhumpa Lahiri’s most recent book on the joys and difficulties of learning Italian.

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Beginner's Pluck: Ciaran McMenamin

Always good at creative writing, Ciaran parted company with school before taking his A levels. After a while he left Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh for Glasgow to attend drama school. Then, moving to London, he began to act, and has been doing so ever since.

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Book review: The Raqqa Diaries

ANY book written about the Syrian civil war can only, sadly, be a a sad book. And this book is no exception.

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Book review: Collective Choice and Social Welfare

The Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen is a keen student of Adam Smith he tells JP O’Malley. But that doesn’t make him a blind follower of free market thinking

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Book review: Ivory

THE impressive cover design of Ivory shows, against a black background, the forward charge of a magnificent grey tusker.

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Book review: Crime or Compassion?

A ‘beautiful, energetic, vibrant woman was crushed by what she described as her ‘tortured shell of a body’ so her friend decided to help her in seeking an assisted suicide, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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What to watch this week

Des O’Driscoll picks the best of the box this week

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