At the interface of mental wellness and creative art

When Kay Redfield Jamison was 17 and experiencing her first mental breakdown, her English teacher gave her two of Robert Lowell’s poems to read – The ...

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Question of Taste: Olivia O'Leary chooses her favourite poets, music and films

RTÉ broadcaster Olivia O’Leary will be at the Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering in Waterville, Co Kerry, over the next few days. Originally from Borris, ...

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Mark Ronson: Groove is in the heart

After huge hits with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars, for his new album, Mark Ronson has mined his recent painful breakup, writes Lucy Mapstone

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Large and ambitious collaboration at Midsummer Festival

A large and ambitious collaboration between dance-theatre company Junk Ensemble and Belfast musical production company Dumbworld saw 80 Cork choristers, young and ...

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Danny O’Reilly: Culture that made me

Danny O’Reilly plays in Cork this weekend with The Coronas. He tells Richard Fitzpatrick about some of his major musical touchstones and other influences

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Pauline McLynn shines in creative homecoming for Enda Walsh's The Small Things

The Small Things by Enda Walsh gets a big production at Cork's Old Waterworks, writes Ellie O'Byrne.

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Review: Flannery premiere, Evening Train, The Everyman

As the musical genre morphs into something exciting and unpredictable, thanks to inventive productions such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and Hadestown, it is clear ...

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Rachel Ballagh’s approach to art differs from her famous father

Rachel Ballagh’s approach to art is quite different from her famous father’s, writes Colette Sheridan.

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West Cork sound systems mix great sound with eycatching designs

West Cork sound system creator Toby Hatchett has put his furniture-making skills to good use for a special listening lounge at Body & Soul this weekend, writes Ellie ...

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Readers’ haven provides books for tourists and locals in Dingle

Aideen McConville manages the Dingle Bookshop, located at Green St, Dingle, Co Kerry. It sells new and second-hand books.

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Stage version of Mick Flannery's Evening Train premieres in Cork

As it morphs into something exciting and unpredictable, thanks to inventive productions such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and Hadestown, it is clear there is still ...

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What next for Madonna?

The original queen of pop talks to Vanessa Grigoriadis about inspiration, aging, motherhood and why she refuses to cede control

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How Kevin Barry's time in Cork provided material for his new book

Kevin Barry’s latest novel flits between the seamier side of Spain and his old haunts on Leeside, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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When the spotlight falls on 'the audience'

The Stalls at Cork Opera House was a hugely enjoyable early event from Cork Midsummer festival, writes Cathy Desmond.

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On the record: Maradona's life laid bare in new documentary

The highs and lows of Diego Maradona’s life in Naples provided fertile ground for a major new documentary, writes Ed Power

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Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

Twin choreographers Megan and Jessica Kennedy explore the innermost fears of Cork people for their ambitious dance opera, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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UL Video series: Meet the people who are spearheading the commemoration of the Limerick Soviet 100 years on

This year is the centenary year of the Limerick Soviet.

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When war gets absurd: George Clooney returns to the small screen with Catch-22

George Clooney directs and stars in a new TV take on Catch-22, writes Gemma Dunn

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Game Tech: A glimpse of the future at E3

A lot of gamers passed on Microsoft this generation. After a poor launch, their Xbox One console never gained any momentum, for one simple reason — the games ...

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Glimpse of guerrilla days of West Cork during War of Independence in new RTÉ programme

The Brigade on RTÉ tomorrow gives people a glimpse of what life was like for fighters in the War of Independence, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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Harnessing the creative energy of youth in Cork city

The teenage years are not only a time for rebellion, but an important time to build a creative identity, according to William Frode De La Foret, Cork Community Art ...

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Setting out their stall with an informal opera

Tom Lane is back in Cork for the third instalment of his lighthearted series, writes Cathy Desmond.

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Paul Cleary on the music that made him

In advance of The Blades’ first Cork gig in many years, Paul Cleary takes Richard Fitzpatrick through some of his musical milestones.

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We Sell Books: ‘Our space is small enough that it really encourages a person to browse’

The Company of Books in Dublin’s Ranelagh village is owned by Gwen Allman. It sells books, cards and stationery.

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Jamaican poet to rock with green riddim

Jamaican-born, and raised in London, Johnson (66) is one of the most acclaimed chroniclers in the UK of the immigrant experience.

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The Cure bring magnificent gloom to Malahide

A jaunty Robert Smith led The Cure through a superb gig at Malahide in Dublin, writes Ed Power

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Review: Forbidden Fruit, Kilmainham, Dublin

The rain mysteriously vanished as Luke Kelly’s stentorian words chimed out over Kilmainham

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Review: Black Mirror, Season 5, Netflix

Has Netflix ruined Black Mirror?

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Scene and Heard with Des O'Driscoll

All the latest music and arts news with Des O'Driscoll.

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Monsters of rock: How Metallica became one of the biggest bands on the planet

In the summer of 1990 the biggest heavy metal band in the world stood at a crossroads.

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Mick Flannery's Evening Train gets a new platform

The stage adaptation of Mick Flannery’s concept album gets its premiere in Cork next week, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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The Hot 100: The films, gigs, festivals and tv highlights of summer 2019

From movies to music, fashion to food, our writers pick the cultural highlights of summer.

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Revelling in the real job of singing: Ailish Tynan is coming home to Mullingar

After making her Carnegie Hall debut last month, Ailish Tynan is coming home to Mullingar, writes Cathy Desmond

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A Question of Taste: Noel Burke, bow maker

Noel Burke was born in London to Sligo parents.

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Working mother of three among new graduates from Crawford art college

Orla O'Byrne is excited about embarking on a new career in art, having always maintained her interest in it while working as a baker and running her three cafés ...

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Dublin's Fontaines DC put on show-stealing performance at Forbidden Fruit festival

Home-town heroes Fontaines DC overshadowed the international stars at Forbidden Fruit, writes Ed Power

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Tribute to a golden voice: NCH to celebrate life of Tenor Frank Patterson

An event at the NCH will celebrate the life of late great tenor Frank Patterson, writes Cathy Desmond.

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Sherlock Holmes: Combing through the catalogue of the world’s most celebrated crime-stopper

It’s 160 years since the birth of Sherlock creator Arthur Conan Doyle, and the iconic character is still going strong. Luke Rix-Standing investigates.

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GameTech: Get ready for Fortnite World Cup

There are only two more rounds to go in the Fortnite World Cup qualifying round, with entry to the $30m July finals up for grabs.

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Gems of Irish fusion: Compilation album Buntus Rince to be released

Coming just over a year after the album Quare Groove Vol. 1 pulled back the lid on a hidden world of Irish funk music of the 1970s and ’80s, comes another ...

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The magnificently modest success of Katie Taylor

June is drizzling down all over, and the mayflies have gone into hiding in the bushes around my backyard slice of Lough Derg, at Killaloe.

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Rental crisis at heart of Ray Scannell's new play

Ray Scannell was inspired by his own tribulations in the rental sector to write a play about a man who moves back in with his parents, says Colette Sheridan.

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Matt Bomer teams up with Irish director for new film

Matt Bomer was happy to team up with an Irish director for his tale of friendship in Los Angeles, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Christine and the Queens and James Blake among the high points at Barcelona's Primavera Sound

Christine and the Queens, James Blake and a gender-conscious roster were among the highpoints of Primavera Sound in Barcelona, writes Eoghan O'Sullivan.

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We Sell Books: ‘We concentrate on the people who like the smell and feel of a book’

FitzGerald’s Bookshop in Macroom, Co Cork, is owned by Jackie FitzGerald. It sells books, toys, arts and crafts materials and also has a café.

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Rare tale of the happy days: Colbert Kearney's memoir on growing up in Dublin

A family memoir by former UCC lecturer Colbert Kearney has none of the misery of other accounts of working-class life in Ireland after independence, writes Marjorie ...

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Five things for the week ahead with Des O'Driscoll

Des O'Driscoll has you covered for five things to do for the week ahead.

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Review: Opera, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Lismore, Waterford

Blackwater Valley Opera’s centrepiece in its tenth year is Donizetti’s frothy comedy, Don Pasquale, a cautionary tale about a foolish old man who attempts ...

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Springsteen wending way towards twilight of his career with new album

Ed Power reviews Western Stars, an album expected to split opinon among fans of the Boss.

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Scene and Heard: This week's entertainment news

All of this week's entertainment news with Des O'Driscoll.

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