Behind the scenes of 'Angela's Ashes' the musical

‘Angela’s Ashes’ took the literary world by storm and now Frank McCourt’s masterpiece is coming to the stage as a musical. Esther McCarthy goes behind the scenes at rehearsals.

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Movie Reviews: Hampstead, Twice Shy, Transformers: The Last Knight

Hampstead ****

Twice Shy ****

Transformers: The Last Knight **

 

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What to watch on TV this week...

Des O’Driscoll takes a look at the week ahead and what will be on the big and little screens

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Heir to Franzen produces too many pages that turn too slow

F EW debutant novelists try their hand at a sprawling, 620-page epic about family, identity, protest and lies so whatever about how well Nathan Hill pulls it off; The Nix cannot be faulted for a lack of ambition.

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A life of estrangement and yet pregnant with possibilities

Elizabeth Strout tells Sue Leonard about how she has created a collection of short stories which build on the world inhabited in her last novel by Lucy Barton

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Books for children

Mary Arrigan has got some great ideas about books for the young-ones.

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Life on the frontier: Garrett Carr's journey along our northern border

In his book, ‘The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border’, Garrett Carr blends rhythms of philosophy, history, legend, memoir, and travelogue into a beguiling melody. Brendan Daly savours the tune

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Germany’s history is found in tales from one street’s diaspora

THE winner of the 2014 European Book Prize, Hannah’s Dress might easily have been titled Pascale’s Address, as French writer and journalist Pascale Hugues observes a century of German history through the prism of the Berlin street where she has lived for 25 years.

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BEGINNER’S PLUCK: Eithne Shortall

Eithne has always wanted to achieve things young. She was first published aged 11, receiving £20 for a poem. At 21, she joined The Sunday Times, but took a break after a year to live in Paris and write.

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Scene and heard: The latest entertainment news

Des O’Driscoll shares his top top entertainment news

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Cork producer's abortion-related drama shows what happens when young love gets complicated

Cork producer Fionn Greger has served his time on blockbusters, but was happy to scale down for an abortion-related drama, writes Esther McCarthy

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Seeing is believing for Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow

As he gets ready to direct the next Star Wars, Colin Trevorrow must first battle the bad reviews for his current film, writes Esther McCarthy

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Joseph Mount on the measured rise of Metronomy

Joseph Mount brings Metronomy to the Body&Soul festival this weekend, writes Ed Power

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Double the fun for design twins James and Michael Fitzgerald

The Project Twins, James and Michael Fitzgerald, take part in the Print Symposium.

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Rocket Man blasts off to another galaxy at Marquee

To be perfectly honest, despite his 50 years of hits, I’m not sure I was ever really an Elton head. Until now.

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Review: Radiohead confirm their status as stadium pop’s most bewitching misanthropes at 3Arena concert

Five stars: The band headline Glastonbury at the weekend. However, Dublin was in no way a warm-up, writes Ed Power

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Game Tech: Super Mario plumbs new heights

NINTENDO, we take our hats off to you. You won E3 and made Mario look exciting again. Hats are flying everywhere, in fact, as Super Mario Odyssey introduces a cool new mechanic to the series.

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Ex-farmer Rory feeding his love of music

Turning the Ballymaloe grainstore into an arts venue was an inspired idea, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Elbow’s Guy Garvey on Cork, terrorism, and his love of hometown Manchester

Guy Garvey was proud of the way his home city of Manchester came together after the terrorist attack, writes Ed Power.

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Elizabeth Moss is on top of her game with 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Top Of The Lake'

The Handmaid’s Tale and Top Of The Lake have seen Elisabeth Moss continue her upward trajectory since Mad Men, writes Susan Griffin

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Diane Keaton on the Irish people in her life

Diane Keaton stars alongside Brendan Gleeson in her new film, and she tells Esther McCarthy that other Irish people in her life have included her beloved grandmother, Grammie Hall

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Sound and vision as Vivienne Roche returns to her home turf

Three decades after her last exhibition in her home county, Vivienne Roche joins four other Cork-based artists to display their work in Kinsale, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Five things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll shares the best things to do in the week to come

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Jenny Greene gig captures liquid magic at Live at the Marquee

Epic was how the man behind me described the gig as we left on a euphoric high, and even that description fell short.

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Going along for the ride on the Al Porter express at the Marquee

Who’d have thought channelling the vibe of a 1970s game show host would work for a 24-year-old Dublin comedian?

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Movie reviews: Cardboard Gangsters, Churchill, Whitney: Can I Be Me

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

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Book review: Bridge Over Blood River: The rise and fall of the Afrikaners

Thick-skinned and fearless, Kajsa Norman goes behind the lines in Afrikanerdom, where she finds a racist, cultish and tribal people but, as Josephine Fenton discovers, she also finds some hope for a dying race

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Book review: Coming Home — One Man’s Return to the Irish Language

This book is not just another book explaining why we do not speak our own language, and why we should, and how we might. 

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Book review: Reservoir 13

Jon McGregor has made the Man Booker list twice and also won a €100k prize from the Impac, but he’s never been totally comfortable with such accolades, writes Sue Leonard.

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Book review: The Woman Next Door

A tough-minded wisdom permeates this story of two elderly neighbours. While the cover is garlanded with the bougainvillea flower it could as easily show a bed of nettles or a crown of thorns. 

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Book review: 2084: The End of the World

IT is now nearly 70 years since George Orwell’s fabulously dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published and in that time it has become one of the most influential books ever written. 

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Book review: When Ideas Matter: Speeches for an Ethical Republic

Since becoming Irish President in 2011, Limerick-born Michael D Higgins has proven a popular head of state. 

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Books for kids...

 

This is an extraordinary amalgam of Greek myth, astronomy, computer gaming, hi-tech texting and maniacal teen neighbours, but shining through the lot is the friendship of Tuttles and Atilla.

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What to watch on TV this week...

Your home viewing entertainment wrap for the week ahead, with Des O’Driscoll.

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Sleaford Mods: 'I feel a certain amount of pride in being working class'

Sleaford Mods might eschew the role of spokesmen for the downtrodden but they do add some grit to the prawn-sandwich of popular music, writes Ed Power

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