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The Tuesday Poem: November Day, For Joan MacKernan

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3am
Then, there is prayer.
The act of praying, of being inside the tree
and kneeling down inside the tree.

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Nell Regan says 15 hours of tuition is €200.

Getting down the bones at West Cork Literary Festival

Courses at West Cork Literary Festival offer guidance on all genres of writing and publishing, says Colette Sheridan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Samuel Beckett: A light that never goes out

Samuel Beckett was born 108 years ago on Sunday. His friend and publisher John Calder recalls a modest genius who loved to talk late into the night over a glass of whiskey.

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Todd Terje

Scene & Heard: Todd Terje drops debut album

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Why size doesn’t matter to The National

AARON Dessner chuckles ruefully as conversation turns to ‘Beyoncé-gate’.

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Limerick poet wins award in Minnesota

Poet Catherine Phil MacCarthy is in Minnesota this week.

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Comics sketch in birthday party

Foil, Arms and Hog have been six years on the road.

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 Pádraig Spillane's work has been figurative since he first picked up a camera in 2006.

Kerlin show a major endorsement for Spillane

Pádraig Spillane is a young artist from Cork whose work is currently showing at the prestigious Kerlin Gallery, Dublin as part of their ‘Fortnight Features Presents II’.

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Mary McEvoy

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Theatre: The Matchmaker
Everyman, Cork

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The Decade of Renewal: How the past allows us take stock of the present

‘The Decade of Renewal’ is the title of a series of talks at Cork City Library, talks that organiser Johnny Hanrahan, of creative projects company, ‘Chameleon,’ describes as a communal taking stock. City librarian, Liam Ronayne, has a long-term library project entitled ‘History is to Blame,’ also examining the relevance of Ireland’s period of rebellion.

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 Donal Ryan: His debut novel The Spinning Heart charts the decline of an Irish village during the 'Celtic Tiger' years and has now made the shortlist for the IMPAC Award.

Debut novelist Ryan spinning yarns from the heart

After Kevin Barry’s win last year, could Dónal Ryan land the IMPAC prize for Ireland again? Orlagh Ní Arrachtáin looks at the contenders.

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Director John Michael McDonagh

Another weird western as McDonagh and Gleeson reunite in Calvary

John Michael McDonagh puts a gun-toting priest at the heart of new film ‘Calvary’, says Alan O’Riordan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Novelist, pundit and columnist, Billy Keane gives due credit to his father, John B Keane for 'walking beside him' in his life as a writer. Keane has just published his latest novel, a love story set in post boom Ireland.

Billy Keane takes new turn in tale of grim humour in blighted love

Colette Sheridan talk to writer Billy Keane about his latest novel and his life’s influences

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Poet Alan Garvey

The Tuesday Poem: Gathering Dust

All over our home we’re gathering dust like abandoned cars clothed in sea-air rust or kitchen table peppered with tobacco ash; our aged home-made bookcase fades to grey, a veil has settled on this life of me and you.

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Seán Hughes - an Irishman at heart

With a gig in the Project this week, comic Seán Hughes reflects on his success in Britain, writes Richard Fitzpatrick. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Cork '91 - When Nirvana came to town

To mark tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, Des O’Driscoll looks back on the day in 1991 when the late singer’s band played a support slot at Sir Henry’s in Cork. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Mary McEvoy: Dearth of decent roles for women

Mary McEvoy, who stars alongside Jon Kenny in John B Keane’s play, The Matchmaker, is appreciative of the Kerry playwright’s strong roles for women.

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Marty Rea in An Ideal Husband at the Gate Theatre, Dublin.

Seeking a perfect union in An Ideal Husband

Belfast native Marty Rea relishes playing Lord Goring in Oscar Wilde’s comedy An Ideal Husband, says Pádraic Killeen.

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Bernadette Cotter during her performance of 'Skin to Air & Edge of Absence'. Picture Catherine Ketch

Bernadette Cotter is an artist comfortable in her own skin

‘Skin to Air & Edge of Absence’ is an exhibition by Bernadette Cotter at the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, and represents three and a half years of intricate work in textiles and on paper.

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Judy Donovan,  Kate McSwiney O'Rourke, and Vanessa Hyde in Ladies of Jane. Picture: Denis Minihane

From the lady-like world of Jane Austen to Cork's stage

A dedicated fan of Jane Austen, director, Mary Curtin is bringing her show, Ladies of Jane to the Cork Arts Theatre this week. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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George McMahon plays Roger in Grease: "I'm not handsome enough to play Danny," he says Picture: Miki Barlok

It’s the one that you want: Grease is back in Cork

The 1950s musical is at Cork Opera House for two weeks, says Richard Fitzpatrick. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Patrick Scott with Dorothy Walker at Bóthar Buí, Beara, Co Cork.

Patrick Scott: Down the lane and always in our hearts

Sarah Walker remembers her family’s friendship with the late artist Patrick Scott This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Little Green Cars on the highway to fame

At a recent Little Green Cars gig at Cork Opera House, co-vocalist Stevie Appleby recited a poem about a boy with a rhino’s horn who accidently killed his mother when she tried to smother him out of embarrassment. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Count John McCormack in 1938 after his retirement.  Picture: Getty

Remastering the rare works of Irish-born tenor John McCormack

Alan O’Riordan on the quest by a Cork collector to remaster rare works by John McCormack This story is enriched with multi-media content

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CD: Johnny Cash
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Ian McElhinney pictured second from the right.

Stones in His Pockets a rock solid success

What has made Stones in His Pockets such an enduring success is its appeal to the imagination of audiences, says director, Ian McElhinney, who is married to its author, Marie Jones. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Brian O' Reilly of Loudest Whisper.

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Live music: FUAIM Opening Gala
Cork Opera House This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Julie Kelleher at the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork, where she has been appointed artistic director, replacing Michael Barker-Caven.  Picture: Denis Scannell

Kelleher relishes chance at the helm of the Everyman

Actor, director and producer Julie Kelleher is relishing the challenge of taking the helm at the Everyman Theatre, writes Colette Sheridan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Ellen Kent has brought the Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv to Cork Opera House to perform 'La Bohème'.

Ukrainian National Opera puts best foot forward in Cork

Ukraine has been in the news recently because of political strife, but this week we can see a different side to the country — its artistry and cultural heritage, embodied in the Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv, which is performing a stunning production of La Bohème at Cork Opera House on Friday, March 28.

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 Alison Hackett hopes to publish more titles under her label '21st Century Renaissance'.

Time travelling Hackett's illustrated snapshot of the past

Alison Hackett presents history in a new format in her book, The Visual Time Traveller: 500 years of History, Art and Science in 100 Unique Designs. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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War Horse canters in for run in the capital

The award-winning and commercially successful show hits Dublin, reports Jo Kerrigan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Behan pictured with his wife Beatrice in New York

Comment: The quare fellow Behan goes to Gotham

OVER the years, there have been many odes to the city that never sleeps.

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UB40 play the Academy in Dublin this week

Five things to do this week

1|theatre|WAR HORSE

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 Paolo Nutini: Will play Electric Picnic and the Marquee.

Scene and Heard

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Philip King

The King of folk leads Scullion in a musical celebration

As Philip King takes to the stage with Scullion at a musical celebration hosted by UCC, he tells Ed Power how his studies there helped shape him as an artist This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Cellist Kate Ellis, will join UCC's Gamelan Ensemble...

FUAIM serves up musical feast

For the past five years, University College Cork’s FUAIM concerts and seminars have celebrated the diversity of Irish music and its interconnectedness with further flung forms.

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 New mother and opera composer, Julie Feeney, plays at Fuaim, Cork

Baby's birth a catharsis for composer Feeney

Life is getting easier, says Julie Feeney. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Brendan Behan, died 50 years ago today.

Talent in his work and genius in his life: The flawed genius of Brendan Behan 50 years on

Brendan Behan died 50 years ago today. Alan O’Riordan remembers his flawed brilliance This story is enriched with multi-media content

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CD: Paloma Faith
A Perfect Contradiction This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Artist Patrick Altes brings his exploration of the Algerian War of Independence to Triskel.

Artist Patrick Altes revisits his colonial past

Patrick Altes was aged just four when he arrived in Paris with his family. They had been displaced from their home as the 1962 Algerian War of Independence expelled its population of European colonists. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Michael West, author of Conservatory

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Conservatory
The Peacock Theatre, Dublin This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Emma O'Kane and Nick McGough in David Bolger's tribute to Agnes Bernelle.

Bolger's 'Agnes' invokes spirit of legendary Bernelle

Agnes Bernelle is remembered in Ireland as an artistic director of the Project Arts Centre, in its early days, but she played many more parts in an extraordinary life. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Alex Barclay: "You have to follow your heart and your gut because you can't question your story."

Writers' workshop proves a novel experience for best-selling author Barclay

Bestselling author Alex Barclay is sharing the secrets of her success with aspiring authors, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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 Ciarán Bermingham and Cora Fenton play obsessive-compulsives Fred and Alice, in the play of the same name.

Critically acclaimed quirks of Fred and Alice prove endearing hit

The critically acclaimed two-hander, Fred & Alice, is back on the road with a seven-week national touring grant from the Arts Council. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Album review: Windings / Landlovers

Windings / Landlovers Split LP
(Out on a Limb / Popical Island) This story is enriched with multi-media content

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UCC School of Music head Mel Mercer ordered wind and percussion instruments in Java, in Indonesia, in 1994 so as to set up a gamelan orchestra.

A world of music in UCC's FUAIM festival

UCC’s FUAIM festival ranges from Indonesian gamelan to Irish trad, says Ed Power. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Mikel Murfi wrote and stars in 'The Man in the Woman's Shoes', which he wrote for an older audience, but which celebrates eccentrics of all ages.

Mikel Murfi's award-winning play celebrates oddballs and outsiders

NOMINATED for ‘best new play’ at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2014, Mikel Murfi’s one-man show, The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, is a comedy that celebrates oddballs, eccentrics and the plain daft. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Poet Seán Lysaght

The Tuesday Poem

The Arrival of Swallows

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American born and proud to be Irish

I’M wary of nationalism. It’s silly to be overtly proud of something you didn’t choose. No-one chooses where they were born or what they look like, yet people flaunt both as if they had something to do with it. But when you leave your own nation and another accepts you, you feel proud.

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Creative director of St Patrick's Festival's I Love My City, Susanna Langan

A nation on the march for St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day parades bring out the best in our towns and cities,Richard Fitzpatrick reports.

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Fuerza Bruta, Limerick City of Culture, March 2014, is part theatre, part dance, part carnival show, which doesn't let up for 75 minutes. It also drags its audience into the middle of its mayhem.

Thrilling Argentinian spectacle at Limerick City of Culture

Fuerza Bruta at the Limerick City of Culture is spectacular, says Richard Fitzpatrick This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Goldfrapp will play Body and Soul at Ballinlough Castle this summer.

Goldfrapp confirmed for Body & Soul festival

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Veteran travel writer Dervla Murphy will attend the Ennis Book Club Festival...

Good times taken as read at Ennis Book Club Festival

The Ennis Book Club Festival (March 7-9) is a reader’s delight. “Other literary festivals are about writing skills and getting published. Our workshops are different. One of our really popular events is called ‘Ten Books You Should Read’,” says chairperson, Ciana Campbell.

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Martin Sixsmith had worked with Tony Blair before writing a book on Philomena Lee.

How Martin Sixsmith brought Philomena's story to the masses

The story of Irishwoman Philomena Lee’s separation from her child is the subject of a major film based on the book by journalist Martin Sixsmith, says Arlene Harris This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Barrie Cooke

Barrie Cooke 1931 — 2014

Barrie Cooke was one of Ireland’s most esteemed painters, particularly of lakes and rivers.

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Review: Prince Igor

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  Architects Anne Cleary Denis Connolly live in Paris but return to Ireland to carry out workshops in schools and public organisations.

Bilingual poetry in Bantry Gaelscoil

Denis Connolly and his partner Anne Cleary were among the many Irish architects who moved to Paris in the early 1990s, a time when there was virtually no architectural work in Ireland and an abundance in France.

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Dr Shane Lordan and Michael Waldron, curators of a new exhibition about Forde.

Samuel Forde reborn at Crawford Art Gallery

A new exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery explores the brief career of Samuel Forde, says Tina Darb O’Sullivan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan, TD will launch the trail on Friday.

Sliabh Luachra launches music trail

The 2014 Sliabh Luachra Music Trail, celebrating the traditional musical style of the area, will be launched on Friday by Arts Minister, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, at Ballydesmond Community Centre. The aim is a year-round calendar of events, encompassing festivals and venues throughout the region. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Theatre: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Everyman, Cork

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John Grant: Having regarded himself as a misfit all his life, the singer/songwriter feels a natural connection with other outsiders. He has bonded with Sinéad O'Connor, who has performed with him on stage.

John Grant: Coming in from the cold

Now settled in Iceland, the American singer John Grant is enjoying the warm glow of success, writes Ed Power

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Television has given us masterpieces such as The Sopranos, The Wire and Breaking Bad.

Can cinema hold up to competition of television?

I WORRY about the fate of cinema. Last year, a study released by the European Audiovisual Observatory showed Ireland has tumbled down the league table of cinema-goers.

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Chris Hurley Picture: Gerard McCarthy

Cork film industry left reeling

Cork Film Centre faces an uncertain future after losing its Arts Council funding, reports Colette Sheridan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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O Emperor play Cork Opera House

Five things to do this week

1|live music|JOHN GRANT

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Five things to do this week

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Classical: Defence Forces Massed Bands
City Hall, Cork

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Rosalie Varda-Demy will present Jacques Demy's 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' at the Gate Cinema in Cork on Sunday evening

A tribute to legend of French cinema Jacques Demy

Rosalie Varda-Demy will launch a special programme of her stepfather Jacques Demy’s work at Cork French Film Festival on Sunday, says Joe Dermody This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Catherine Deneuve in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, directed by Jacques Demy, the subject of this year's retrospective at the festival.

The joys of sound and vision championed at French film fest

Much of this year’s Cork French Film Festival is about “using music to meander through French classics”, according to Paul Callanan, who has programmed the 25th anniversary event. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The Vanbrugh Quartet

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Classical: Wexford Sinforia
County Hall, Wexford

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Marcus Lamb (as Cranly) in The New Theatre production of 'A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man' at The Everyman, Cork.

Joyce's alter ego Dedalus in full flight on stage

Director Jimmy Fay has been a fan of James Joyce since his teens, when he read the partly autobiographical novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

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 Donnacha Dennehy: Crash Ensemble member takes the reins as festival director of this year's New Music Dublin event.

Giving a platform to New Music in Dublin

New Music Dublin returns for the second year of an initial five-year commitment this spring, running from March 6-9 at the National Concert Hall. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Singer and actor Reeve Carney, who played Spider-Man in the Broadway musical for three years, has been cast as the late Jeff Buckley in a planned biopic, Mystery White Boy.

Carney singing from the soul in new Jeff Buckley biopic

Reeve Carney is to play Jeff Buckley, who drowned in 1997, in a planned biopic, says Richard Fitzpatrick This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Suzanne Vega has just released a new album, but she obliged the crowd at the Olympia with many of her older numbers.

Suzanne Vega reinvented as an independent artist

Suzanne Vega
Olympia, Dublin This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Sinéad O'Riordan and IFTA award-winning actor Ruth McCabe in Breathless at The Everyman Theatre.

Danu puts women centre stage with Breathless opening

Breathless is inspired by the disappearance of several women, writes Colette Sheridan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Theatre review: Sive

Abbey Theatre, Dublin

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Theatre review: Entertaining Mr Sloane

Everyman, Cork

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William Burroughs in London in 1988. Years of drug taking left his skin a hideous grey. Picture: John Minihane

Killing time with the last of the Beats

William Burroughs’ centenary occurs this month. The West Cork-based photographer John Minihan recalls meeting the controversial author in London

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O Emperor: The Waterford musicians financed  their second album, Vitreous.

O Emperor are marching to their own drum

O Emperor relish the creative freedom of not having a record label, says Ed Power This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Director Michael Cabot of London Classic Theatre (centre) in rehearsals for 'Entertaining Mr Sloane' by Joe Orton with Paul Sandys and Nicholas Gasson.

Orton’s work is still pricking up our ears

Often regarded as a frivolous writer of entertainment, the British playwright Joe Orton had a seriousness and a depth that can sometimes be undervalued, says Michael Cabot of London Classic Theatre. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Ian Toner and Susannah Hark in The Vortex by Noel Coward at the Gate.

Coward braves the dark side in The Vortex at the Gate

Cocaine, obsessive love and poisonous wit all play a part in The Vortex, says Alan O’Riordan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Patrick Scott, who died aged 93 on Friday. Picture: Maurice O'Mahony

Patrick Scott: The golden boy of Irish art

The achievements of the West Cork artist Patrick Scott were celebrated on Saturday at the launch of the retrospective exhibition, Image Space Light, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in Dublin. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Roisin O'Neill, the Ballincollig-born actress who won the lead role in the Abbey's revival of Sive after four auditions

Cork actress Roisin O'Neill lands lead role in Keane's Sive

IT’S been a rapid ascent for Cork actor, Roisin O’Neill.

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 John B Keane's son Billy in the family pub in Listowel, Co Kerry. Like his father, he says he's not above poaching wonderful dialogue straight from the pub for his own work.

John B Keane’s classic tragedy Sive returns to Abbey stage

As John B Keane’s classic tragedy Sive returns to the Abbey stage, his family hope that two of his unseen plays will also be produced, writes Pádraic Killeen This story is enriched with multi-media content

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One act plays debut at Cork Writers' Week

Arts Theatre runs its annual Writers’ Week from February 19-22. The competition, which sees six shortlisted plays premiere, was established in 1986. This year saw the biggest entry, with 38 writers entering their work for the competition. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 The Hard Ground are crowdsourcing to raise €8,000 to record their second album. Their first, Broken Conversations, only earned them a following.

Cork band The Hard Ground turn to Fund: It for second album

Cork folk and roots band, the Hard Ground, are appealing to their fans for funds to record their second album — having gained a healthy following with their debut album, Broken Conversations. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Highly-rated British band Wild Beasts have just released their new album, Present Tense. They play Dublin next month.

Brit band Wild Beasts slam singing in 'American'

A FEW days ago Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe picked up the phone and called Domino Records, the band’s label of eight years. He had, he felt, some explaining to do. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Damien Dempsey

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Damien Dempsey
It’s All Good (Best Of) This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Andy Irvine

Andy Irvine's soundtrack to a road trip

Andy Irvine recorded his new album while camping in the Outback, says Gerry Quinn. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Renée Fleming is "magnificent" in MET presentation of Antonin Dvorak's opera, Rusalka.

Classical music review

Rusalka
Mahon Omniplex, Cork This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Jean Hanff Korelitz

The fictions of a flourishing marriage in Korelitz's new novel

Jean Hanff Korelitz’s new novel is about self-deception, says Richard Fitzpatrick. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Jim Nolan, Playwright

Jim Nolan talks blueshirts, the devil, and all that jazz

Jim Nolan tells Marjorie Brennan how his play is inspired by the triumph of the human spirit in the face of fundamentalist hysteria.

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 John Kingerlee at work  in his new studio in Skibbereen in West Cork. He often takes years to complete a painting to his satisfaction.

Artist Kingerlee bewitched by the beauty of Beara

Moving to West Cork proved a creative renewal for artist John Kingerlee, one which went hand in hand with his spiritual awakening, writes Arts Editor Marc O’Sullivan

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  Colin O'Connor at work in his studio.

Young artist O' Connor makes the cut

Books, newspapers, catalogues, personal writings — artist Colin O’Connor uses all manner of paper to create his artworks. Cut into crisp shapes, stacked and rolled to make patterns, the end results have a signature style.

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 Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon who play Marley Park on July 4.

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  Broken Song is a poetic documentary about rappers in Ballymun and Finglas.

Dublin: the new capital of hip hop

Set in Ballymun and Finglas, Broken Song is a documentary film about the local hip-hop scene. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Guitarist Newton Faulkner live-streamed the recording of his fourth album, Studio Zoo, and accepted suggestions from the 'audience'.

Streamlined process puts Newton's new album to bed in record time

WITH his dreadlocks and hazy smile, Newton Faulkner seems super laid-back. He is, until he has a deadline. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Peadar Ó Riada is following in the footsteps of his famous father Seán with the trad music competition.

Trad music finalists vie for Ó Riada gold medal

Fifteen talented traditional musicians will take to the stage of the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork this Friday to compete in the final of the Séan Ó Riada Gold Medal Competition, broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

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  Irene Kelleher, Mary McEvoy and Áine Ryan in Desolate Heaven.

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Theatre: Desolate Heaven
Everyman, Cork

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