A helicopter put a piano on the 150-foot roof of Blarney Castle and other stories from the Cork Jazz Festival archives

We’ve delved into the archives to share some of our favourite stories from the last 40 years of the Cork Jazz Festival.

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When Ella Fitzgerald came to Cork, the First Lady of Song played two memorable concerts

The First Lady of Song played two memorable concerts at the jazz festival in 1980, writes Des O’Driscoll

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How Jim Mountjoy's festival has Cork Jazzin' since 1978

A strange set of circumstances led Jim Mountjoy to suggest a jazz festival for Cork in 1978. Little did he know how his idea would snowball, writes Des O’Driscoll

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Dublin singer Soulé is one of a new generation of stars playing the Cork Jazz Festival

With a Congolese heritage and a penchant for electronic r’n’b, Dublin singer Soulé is being hailed as one of the leading lights of an emerging scene in Ireland, writes Ed Power

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Second helpings of Stranger Things

As the excitement mounts for the new series of Netflix’s sci-fi hit, Natalia Dyer tells Lucy Mapstone how she’s looking forward to turning her world upside down again

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James Joyce’s Dublin: Where Dubliners meet the sopranos

James Joyce’s famous short works are filled with music. Alan O’Riordan meets two gallants who decided to make them into an opera.

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A question of taste: Jeremy Hickey

Jeremy Hickey, aka musician Rarely Seen Above Ground (RSAG) was born and raised in Kilkenny. “My first love was for hurling, soccer, football and basketball. 

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West Cork artist turning his hand to many talents

Pottery is in ceramic artist Jim Turner’s blood. The West Cork-based artist, who is
celebrating his 70th birthday this year, is showing a retrospective exhibition of his work in his artist wife’s gallery, Etain Hickey Collections in Clonakilty until October 25.

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Vampirina: The kids’ show that has bite

Vampirina, animated in Dublin for Disney, is about a girl vampire who is also sweet and lovable, writes Ed Power.

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Game Tech: South Park might hit a bum note for those not fans

People usually get worked up when discussing controversy, but in South Park they get animated. 

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Going with the flow for inspiration

Bernadette Kiely’s proximity to the Nore has had a huge influence on her art, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Slave to the rhythm of Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Irish-UK co-production, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami has been one of the best-received documentaries of the year. 

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Poet Liam Ó Muirthile found inspiration on the Camino's pilgrim path

Cork-born poet, Liam Ó Muirthile, was inspired by his journey along the Camino, writes Marjorie Brennan

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5 things to do this week

Five of the best things happening this week

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Tom Molineaux: The slave who boxed his way to freedom before dying destitute in Ireland

A new TG4 documentary tells of Tom Molineaux, who boxed his way to freedom from slavery, before he died destitute in Ireland, writes Richard Fitzpatrick

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Netflix series careful to portray serial killers as sick, not suave

New Netflix series Mindhunter may deal with serial killers, but the realistic show is careful to portray them as sick rather than suave, writes Ed Power

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What it's like to live with Asperger's

Nature presenter Chris Packham wants viewers to try and understand what it’s like living with Asperger’s, writes Gemma Dunn

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Scene and Heard: What's happening in the world of arts

Des O’Driscoll shares his top tips for upcoming events

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The Mitchelstown architect who went on to design iconic buildings in USA and Ireland

Kevin Roche’s first job was at a piggery in Co Cork. He’s since gone on to design iconic buildings in the USA and Ireland, and at 95 has no plans to retire, writes Esther McCarthy

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A question of taste: Norah O'Leary

Wexford native Norah O’Leary is the cellist with period ensemble Ensemble Dagda who specialise in 17th century music. They will be performing as part of the East Cork Early Music Festival on Saturday in Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. Full details on www.eastcorkearlymusic.ie

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Sharon Carty is getting ready to Baroque’n’roll in Cork

Mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty headlines the 15th East Cork Early Music Festival this weekend, writes Cathy Desmond

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Made in Manhattan: Five creative people on how living in New York shaped them

New York and Ireland are inextricably linked. Marjorie Brennan talks to five creative people about their time there.

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GameTech: May the force be with you in Battlefront II

“Witness the power of this fully operational battle station!” the Emperor cackled, as Luke Skywalker’s face fell in anguish. The Death Star was in perfect working order after all, ready to blow up Luke’s friends.

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In a New York state of mind: The Meyerowitz Stories

The Jewish dream team of Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman star in Noah Baumbach’s new Netflix comedy drama, writes Helen Barlow

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It’s a long way from Tipperary for rising star

James Berkery learned his craft in Cork, and is now making waves in London, writes Esther McCarthy

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UCC writer-in-residence Thomas Morris came in search of an Irish wife

Ballykissangel fuelled a romantic notion of Ireland for Thomas Morris so, at 16, he left Wales to find himself an Irish woman, writes Colette Sheridan. 

 

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Comedian Reginald D Hunter believes we all 'got played' by Obama

The American comic Reginald D Hunter has gone through a series of emotions since Donald Trump took office as the latest president of his country, writes Richard Fitzpatrick

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Gig Review: HMLTD at Workman's Club, Dublin

It’s hard to work out whether London band HMLTD are a joke – or a pithy commentary on the moribund condition of modern rock.

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Dublin Theatre Festival reviews

Alan O’Riordan reviews Ulysses and Tribes.

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Dónal Lunny adds more strings to his bow

A lifetime achievement award, a tour with his diverse ensemble, and a new TV series have ensured Dónal Lunny is as busy as ever, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Al Porter set for a lorra lorra laughs in Blind Date revival

The ‘Blind Date’ revival is instantly familiar, and while it may border on overly nostalgic it’s set to be a winner with audiences, writes Carolyn Moore.

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Beach rats: The harsh glare of life as a troubled teen

It’s an important time for film makers to make more politicised work and to stand up for issues Beach Rats was a prize-winner at Sundance and now its tale of working-class New York opens IndieCork, writes Colette Sheridan. 

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Scene & heard: The latest entertainment news

Des O’Driscoll shares the latest news from the world of entertainment.

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A question of taste: Jordan Morrison

Jordan Morrison, 19, is from Ballincollig, Co Cork, and studies business information systems at UCC. He is also the frontman of Cork-based blues-rock band, Crojayn. The four-piece recently released their second EP, titled Sun House. Listen at crojayn.bandcamp.com

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