GAMETECH: Silence is golden in Virginia

ONCE upon a time, there was a man called Mario. He jumped on some turtles and rescued the princess. The end. The lack of storytelling never hurt Mario, whose universe is one of the most celebrated in gaming.

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Architecture exhibition entry aims to show how planned space can help people with dementia

The Irish entry to the Architecture Biennale aims to show how planned space can help people with dementia, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Born To Run: The story behind the Boss in Springsteen's own words

THE Bruce Springsteen who emerges from the pages of Born To Run, the singer’s hugely anticipated new memoir, is an enigmatic everyman. 

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City in song and verse - new anthology shows off the best of Cork writing

From Rory Gallagher to Frank O’Connor, there’s an eclectic mix in a new anthology of Cork writings, says Colette Sheridan

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Ireland Shed a Tear? Michael Collins’s play is a response to the Carrickmines fire tragedy

THE question mark says it all in Ireland Shed a Tear?, Michael Collins’s dramatic response to the Carrickmines fire last year, in which 10 people, including five children, lost their lives, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Bruce Springsteen feared Slane crowd injuries at his 1985 concert

Bruce Springsteen feared fans might be seriously injured at his 1985 Slane Castle concert, the rock icon has revealed in his new autobiography.

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Why Ireland's gay community will always be grateful to Fair City

To mark the recent broadcast of its 4,000 episode, Páraic Kerrigan pays tribute to Ireland’s longest running soap opera, Fair City, and its willingness to fly the rainbow flag in Carrigstown.

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5 things to do this week

5 of the best things to do around the country this week.

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Composer Irene Buckley is bringing her musical passion to Joan of Arc

Cork composer Irene Buckley will have her score to a 1920s silent film performed in Bandon this week, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Roy Harper is back in the groove and focusing on music again

Despite being cleared of historical sex assault charges, West Cork resident Roy Harper was left rattled and broke by the experience. He’s glad to be focusing on his music again, writes Noel Baker

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Europe: An existential crisis

The vision of Robert Schuman who founded the European Coal and Steel Community - precursor of the EU - was well justified for political, economic and social reasons. However the European project has been tested to its limits by the recession and the introduction of the Euro, according to Jospeh Stiglitz. JP O’Malley considers two accounts of the EU today

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What to watch on TV this week

Jamie Dornan is on Jonathan Ross on UTV Ireland tonight at 10pm, and also stars in series three of The Fall with Gillian Anderson on RTÉ One tomorrow night at 9.30pm.

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Movie reviews: The Magnificent Seven, The Girl with All the Gifts, Little Men

The Magnificent Seven 4/5
The Girl with All the Gifts 4/5
Little Men 4/5

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Books for kids...

Terry Perkins Upside Down Frown by Felix Massy (Frances Lincoln, €7.10) 
Terry is an ordinary little chap — that is until he opens his mouth and speaks upside down. 

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Book review: Why Did You Lie?

A JOURNALIST working on a historical child abuse story tries to hang himself in his garage.

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Book review: Minds of Winter

EVERYTHING is very plain and modern now,” a dying man tells the author Jack London roughly halfway through Minds of Winter, warning the writer against the gothic, supernatural excesses of the yarn he is spinning in a hospital ward.

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Book review: The Lauras

THE follow-up to Sarah Taylor’s debut novel The Shore, that was shortlisted for the Guardian’s First Book Award and longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, is a coming-of-age novel in the form of a road trip. 

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Book review: The Judge’s Wife

A LOVE story hovering between the Philomena territory of Ireland in the 1950s and the perhaps more enlightened 1980s is told with skilful ease by Ann O’Loughlin who is likely to have an easy-reading hit on her hands after the great success of her debut, The Ballroom Café.

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Book review: Listen, Liberal

THE author of Pity The Billionaire and The Wrecking Crew continues his anatomisation of the American Dream’s collapse.

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Book review: Paper Cuts

COLIN BATEMAN’s Divorcing Jack (1994) is one of the most influential books in Irish crime fiction, and Bateman has written more than 30 novels since, all of them crime or mysteries to varying degrees.

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