Timing is everything as The Frank and Walters revisit 'Grand Parade'

As the Frank and Walters revisit their Grand Parade album, they tell Ed Power the fascinating tale of why their best record never had the impact it should have

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Eoghan O'Sullivan's picks his highlights of 2017

As part of our running series, Eoghan O’Sullivan selects his 2017 highlights from the world of arts and culture.

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A question of taste: Eileen O'Shea

Eileen O’Shea is from Killarney but has been living in Cork for the past three years. She is programme and events manager at St Peter’s on North Main Street.

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Coming home for Christmas: Mark Feehily on readjusting to life after Westlife

As Westlife ended, Mark Feehily also split up with his long-term boyfriend. He admits it took time to readjust, but is very much back on track, with a new album, solo gigs and a support slot for Mariah Carey, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Judi Dench branching out into her other passion

Judi Dench has enjoyed an extensive career on stage and screen, but now she’s set to indulge one of her other deep passions — her love for trees.

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GameTech: B-listers offer plenty of gameplay

When it comes to hyperbole, the games industry is without doubt the single greatest achievement in human history. 

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Get ready for the Jedi in latest Star Wars instalment

With excitement rising for the latest Star Wars instalment, Laura Harding meets members of the cast, and finds them keen to pay tribute to the late Carrie Fisher.

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The League Of Gentlemen sketch troupe back on TV screens after 15 years

The gentlemen from Royston Vasey are returning to the small screen, writes Georgia Humphreys.

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With ancient roots the pantomime dame is still a firm favourite

Even in this age of political correctness, the pantomime dame endures as a firm favourite. Jo Kerrigan traces the history of a pleasantly outrageous character who has roots in ancient times

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5 things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll picks five of the best things going on around the country. 

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Richard Coles is all revved up with a selection of Christmas tunes

Richard Coles has become a priest since his days with Bronski Beat. But he was glad to return to the musical fold for an album of seasonal songs, writes Joe Nerssessian

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Irish personalities tell us their favourite books of 2017

Light reads, accessible history and gripping novels are championed by the people we asked to recommend their best reads of 2017, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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TV review: The Crown, season two

The regal has landed for a second helping of courtly intrigue, cut glass enunciation and megabucks set-pieces.

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Final season of The Tunnel can't escape Brexit chaos

The final series of the cross-channel drama can’t escape the shadow of Brexit, writes Gemma Dunn.

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Cork artist puts Traveller issues in the frame

Cork-based Leanne McDonagh has brought an artist’s eye to her photographs of Travellers and their accommodation, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Season two of The Crown gets seal of approval

Picture it: Prince William and Kate snuggled up on one sofa, Prince Harry on the other.

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A Question of Taste: Anth Kaley

Des O’Driscoll sits down with musical director Anth Kaley.

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Review: Snow White a 'hugely enjoyable' pantomime

Snow White, Cork Opera House

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Cork film-maker's tale of a great Irish sean-nós singer on longlist for foreign-language Oscar

Cork film-maker Pat Collins’ tale of one of Ireland’s greatest sean-nós singers is on the longlist for the foreign-language Oscar, writes Esther McCarthy

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Sequel fails to live up to its name

In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, everybody lives on the body of giant creatures. Cities, towns, forests, caves are all found on the arms, legs, shoulders and even stomachs of these titans, floating high in the sky.

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Review: Other Voices 'still has it all'

Other Voices, Dingle

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Carol Drinkwater: ‘I don’t file acting and writing into separate compartments'

Virgil may have coined the phrase ‘Love Conquers All’ but it took Carol Drinkwater to reinvent it as a creative metaphor, writes John Rainsford

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Charlie Bird on swapping the headlines for a young cockapoo

He decided to take early retirement five years ago following 38 years as Ireland’s most prolific newsman. But Charlie Bird has not taken up any new hobby, or — perish the thought — golf.

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Meet the little stars taking to the stage this panto season

‘Character’ is essential for the 162 children gracing Cork Opera House and Everyman theatre, writes Caomhan Keane

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Cork student proves it's possible to excel in both English and maths

Cork student Anna Mustata proves prowess is possible in both English and maths, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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New book reveals another dimension to Queen

In this excerpt from his new book of photographs and recollections, Queen In 3-D, guitarist Brian May reflects on how tours in the 1970s were so different to how they are conducted nowadays

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Eighty not out: reflecting on a long life in art

While West Cork-based ceramic artist David Seeger went to school with David Hockney, it was pioneering teacher Harry Thubron who had the most influence on his career, writes Colette Sheridan

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Review: Noel Gallagher - Who Built The Moon

There was a twist recently in the Battle of the Gobs between Liam and Noel Gallagher as Liam’s solo record vaulted straight to number one in the UK, writes Ed Power.

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Plenty of books for your kids to cherish this Christmas

Child-friendly characters and superb artwork combine to ensure there are loads of books on offer for younger children this festive season, writes Mary Arrigan

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Django Django excited to get back to basics in Dingle

The Other Voices festival takes place in Dingle this weekend. Ed Power looks ahead.

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Crawford Art Gallery appoints Mary McCarthy as new director

The Crawford Art Gallery in Cork has appointed Mary McCarthy as its new director. 

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Van Morrison getting back to his roots with new album

Ahead of the release of his 38th studio album, Van Morrison speaks to Catherine Wylie about fame, his relentless work rate and a self-described cult following.

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Mural in memory of sean-nós singer Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin

Back in the day when hitchhiking students were a common sight across Ireland, Cormac Sheil attached little significance to the spins home from school he received from sean-nós singer Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin.

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A Question of Taste: Greg Dowling of Fish Go Deep

Greg Dowling is one half of Irish house music duo Fish Go Deep, as well as being a label owner and club promoter. 

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When the painter met the poet

A portrait of the late John Montague by artist Colin Davidson will be unveiled in UCC today.
John P O’Sullivan explains how a project that had begun in a casual conversation eventually came to fruition.

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Gift ideas for the giddy gamers amongst us

Santa used to deliver coal to naughty children. These days, they’ll just think it’s a Minecraft prop. 

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Live music review: Paul Brady

Vicar Street, Dublin

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Live music review: ECM Weekend

Triskel, Cork

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