Grace Dyas brings her play Heroin to Cork

HEROIN, a play about addiction to the drug, and written by artist and activist, Grace Dyas, is coming to Cork as part of a national tour.

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A question of Taste: Roz Purcell

ROZ Purcell, 24, from Fethard, Co Tipperary, was Miss Universe Ireland 2010 and is also a food columnist and blogger, as well as running her clothing label, Scribe by Roz.

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Mike Scott of The Waterboys

The Waterboys are adding a sprinkling of soul to their new album

The Waterboys have tweaked their style for a new album. Mike Scott tells Niall Murray all about it.

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Chorister royalty comes to Cork

GOOD news for fans of the King’s Singers; the legendary group are returning to Ireland with their blend of cadence and colour, and their irresistible good-fellowship.

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Lippy gets great word-of-mouth

THE play Lippy was a cult hit when it first appeared, briefly, at the Dublin Fringe Festival, in 2013. It won best production at the Irish theatre awards that year (disclosure: this writer was one of the judges).

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Pals: A site-specific drama running at the National Museum.

Irish soldiers of The Great War inspire 'Pals' drama

The hell of Gallipoli has inspired the latest drama from Anu, writes Padraic Killeen.

 

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Tuesday Poem: Dead Crow #2

Baffed out in the street as if taking a spell

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Matt Molloy of The Chieftans is not quite as well-travelled as his famous flute

The Chieftains’ Matt Molloy talks to Eoin Edwards about some of his and his instrument’s epic journeys

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10 of the biggest changes on the big screen and small

From drones to neuroscience, Richard Fitzpatrick runs through the big changes in the worlds of filmmaking and TV.

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5 Things to do this week

Looking for something to do this week? Here’s our list of recommendations for you.

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One of the works from The Boxing Diaries exhibition by Sarah Walker, inset.

West Cork artist puts her boxing sons on the canvas

Sarah Walker’s new work was inspired by her children’s choice of sport, writes Alan O’Riordan

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What to watch on TV this week

Dermot Bannon is back with a new series of Room To Improve tomorrow.

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Movie reviews: Ex Machina, A Most Violent Year, The Gambler

Ex Machina ****
A Most Violent Year ****
The Gambler ****

 

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Children’s book reviews

Wanted, Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
The Bike Escape
Black Wreath The Stolen Life of James Lovett

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Book review: spill, simmer, falter, wither

spill, simmer, falter, wither, the début novel — one of the most highly anticipated in years —– of Lancashire-born writer and artist, Sara Baume, now resident in East Cork, presents us with a love story, of sorts, a direct and deliciously tragic paean from a man to his dog.

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Book review: The Silent Sister

New mystery from the pen of international bestselling novelist Diane Chamberlain. High school counsellor Riley MacPherson has a lot on her plate.

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Book review: The Girl On The Train

Like many commuters, every day Rachel distracts herself on her journey to and from work by indulging in fantasies about the lives of the people whose houses she peers into from the safety of the train.

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Book review: Runaway

In 1965, 17-year-old wannabe pop star Jack Mackay gets expelled from school in Glasgow, and persuades four of his friends to run away to London in search of musical stardom.

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Book review: Some Luck

Jane Smiley returns to the agrarian American mid-west setting of her 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres for Some Luck, the first book in a proposed ‘Hundred Years Trilogy’.

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Book review: The Winter War

First-time novelist Philip Tier comes from the same ancient community of Swedish-speaking Finns as illustrator Tove Jansson, best known for the Moomin books.

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