Irish rapper Rejjie Snow goes with the flow on new album

As a 12-year-old at a gig in Dublin, the Irish rapper was plucked from a crowd by Pharrell. It was an early step in the journey that has just seen him release his ...

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Bach of the net for Scotland's most successful composer James MacMillan

There aren’t many giants of the contemporary classical music scene who have composed a piece for Glasgow Celtic’s Neil Lennon, writes Cathy Desmond.

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Accusations about scandal-tinged skater part of 'I, Tonya' film

Craig Gillespie brought a touch of humour to his fantastic film about scandal-tinged skater Tonya Harding, writes Esther McCarthy

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A question of taste: Joe Kelly

Des O’Driscoll meets Joe Kelly, one of the organisers of It Takes A Village music weekender in Trabolgan

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A flying carpet view of the world in Cork exhibition

By Marjorie BrennanArtist David Thomas Smith's latest collection addresses visual overload in the information age.

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Live music review: Morrissey, 3Arena, Dublin

Sometimes he just can’t help himself. In front of what was by all accounts an adoring Scottish crowd, Morrissey opened the latest leg of his Low In High School ...

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Jessie Buckley: You can take the girl out of Kerry but...

Jessie Buckley may be on the cusp of stardom, but the thing she’s most looking forward to is returning to Killarney for her sister’s Confirmation, writes ...

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Theatre review: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

Frank McGuinnness’s 1992 play is a remarkable feat of the imagination

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Game Tech: Hats off to best game in years - A Hat In Time

‘A Hat In Time’ is an old-school 3D platform game with plenty wit and imagination, writes Ronan Jennings

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The Lost Brothers are halfway towards finding the right formula

Steve Wickham helped the Lost Brothers find their mojo on their best album yet, writes Ed Power

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A fair crack of the whip for risqué Powder Her Face

Irish National Opera’s true tale of a sex-mad duchess has been deemed suitable only for over-16s, writes Cathy Desmond

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Send in the clowns: Carter Goodrich has made his mark on the cartoon world

From a classic Trump image to children’s cartoon characters, US illustrator Carter Goodrich has made his mark, writes Richard Fitzpatrick

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Happy in a space between canvas and stage

Joe McNicholas’ role as production manager for Corcadorca theatre company inevitably informs his art, writes Colette Sheridan

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Straight talker Bob Geldof releases WB Yeats documentary

As Bob Geldof releases his new DVD on WB Yeats, he is as forthright as ever on everything from Aung San Suu Kyi to the 1916 Rising, writes Ed Power

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Irish artist flies the flag for Palestine

Jim Fitzpatrick, the artist who designed the classic Che Guevara image, has created a new print of an imprisoned Palestinian teenager, writes Richard Fitzpatrick

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A question of taste: Orla Fitzgerald

Orla Fitzgerald is from Cork, and can be seen in The Young Offenders on RTÉ2 tonight, where she plays the wife of school principal Barry Walsh (PJ Gallagher). ...

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Ella Van Poucke looking forward to a Cork return

ELLA Van Poucke’s career took a big leap forward last July when she emerged as the “Golden Star” of the prestigious Premio Chigiana held in Siena ...

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Celia Imrie perfect for the part in new drama

When it came to casting for the role of a free-spirited older woman, it isn’t surprising Celia Imrie got the call, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Theatre Review: Look Back In Anger -  Gate, Dublin

It’s impossible to stage Look Back in Anger in 2018 without raising the question - why?

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Saoirse Ronan dumped the make-up to 'represent teenagers as they actually are'

Jettisoning make-up helped Saoirse Ronan to portray a convincing teen in her new role as Lady Bird, writes Laura Harding.

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Stalk like an Egyptian with new Assassin’s Creed

WALK like an Egyptian? How about stalk like an Egyptian! Assassin’s Creed Origins was, surprisingly, one of 2017’s best games. It reinvented a series ...

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Patrick Bergin has more than one string to his bow

Despite his role in EastEnders, Patrick Bergin has still returned to his love of music, writes Ed Power.

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Cork gallery restores Brian O'Doherty murals hidden for 20 years

For 20 years, Brian O’Doherty’s murals have been hidden away at Sirius in Cobh. A new project is now under way to restore them in time for the artist’s ...

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5 things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll rounds up the best things to do this week

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Healing power of music: Frankie Gavin is glad to be back on good terms with his De Dannan bandmates

After a long and bitter dispute, Frankie Gavin is glad to be back on good terms with his De Dannan bandmates, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Facing up to personal grief and the horrors of war

Brian Turner secretly wrote his first collection of poetry while in Iraq with the US army. He will read this week in Cork, writes Colette Sheridan.

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‘The Shape Of Water’ going with the flow for an Oscar

‘The Shape Of Water’ is the hot tip for Hollywood’s big night, but Guillermo Del Toro is more worried about fitting into his tuxedo, writes Laura ...

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New exhibition represents the horror of the Great Famine

A new exhibition gives Irish people their first chance to see the largest collection of Famine-related art, writes Alan O’Riordan.

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A Question of Taste: London-based flautist Fiona Kelly from Co Kerry

Fiona Kelly is a London-based flautist from Cork. She is one of the musicians appearing at Ortús Chamber Music Festival which will take in venues in and around ...

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A fresh look at jazz with My Iris

Trish Clowes is a 33-year-old English saxophonist and composer who perfectly exemplifies the strength, energy and ambition of the jazz scene in Britain right now, ...

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier: The making of a West Cork murder podcast

As Audible releases its series on the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork, Richard Fitzpatrick talks to the producers of the 13-part podcast.

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Review: Quarter Block Party has newfound confidence

Now in its fourth year, Quarter Block Party, an arts festival that takes place around North and South Main Streets in Cork, has a newfound confidence, writes Eoghan ...

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Game Tech: Back on the trail of the monster mash

Ever since we first identified the bones of dinosaurs, those creatures have captured our imagination like nothing else. With or without feathers, they are terrifying, ...

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Rebjorn again as a covers act

From Nirvana to the Specials, there’s a thriving scene in Ireland for people who play other groups’ music, writes Jonathan deBurca Butler.

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Marvel’s Black Panther – just how much bite does it have?

It’s one of Marvel’s most-anticipated releases for 2018, but how much big screen prowess does Black Panther possess?

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Growing warnings about our place on Earth

Méadhbh O’Connor’s living sculptures bridge the gap between art and science, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Cork poet's turn-around after husband's life-threatening illness

Cork poet Leanne O’Sullivan has always had personal themes in her work. So it isn’t surprising that her husband’s recovery from a life-threatening ...

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White Raven: In harmony with a wide range of influences

Kathleen Dineen’s musical education combined the traditions of her Co Cork parents, the wide knowledge of the nuns in her school and the expertise of Aloys ...

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Playwright Mark O'Rowe gets reflective with The Approach

A more mature Mark O’Rowe says his new play has eased off on the visceral approach that marked his earlier work, writes Liam Heylin.

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Breaking past the era of Peak TV

We are living in a ‘Golden Age’ of television. But now experts are warning we may have reached peak TV. There are, says Ed Power, just too many shows ...

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Album review: Man of the Woods by Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake’s enthusiastic portrayal of an East Village folkie in the 2013 Coen brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis was confirmation that there was more ...

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Theatre review: How It Is (Part 1) at the Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork

Ahead of Gare St Lazare Ireland’s world premiere performance of Samuel Beckett’s How It Is in Cork, director Judy Hegarty Lovett addresses the audience, ...

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Happy ever after: How to write a bestseller for children

With the success of the Harry Potter series and David Walliams’s books, you might think writing for kids is easy. Think again, says Áilín Quinlan. ...

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Scene & heard: Phantom Thread, Snow Patrol, Quarter Block Party and Cork International Poetry Festival

MUSIC NEWS:Snow Patrol have been rather quiet in recent years, but it looks as if frontman Gary Lightbody has finally gotten over his writer’s block, and the ...

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Putting his best foot forward

Nic Gareiss will dance in a house in Cork at a Quarter Block Party event to mark the infamous Dance Halls Act, which brought state interference into people’s ...

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British Sea Power go with the flow as a singular force in contemporary rock

British Sea Power are very serious about being wacky. Ed Power finds out more.

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A question of taste: Mad About Cork's Kevin O’Brien

Des O’Driscoll meets Kevin O’Brien - a founder member of Mad About Cork.

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Being late to the party hasn't stopped singer of the year Máire Ní Chéileachair

Cork woman Máire Ní Chéileachair started singing in public at age 40, but will collect her singer of the year prize at this weekend’s ...

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GAMETECH: Shadow of the Colossus is standing on the shoulders of giants

LIVING in the shadow of your predecessor isn’t easy — especially when that shadow is cast by a giant. Things get even harder again when you’re ...

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From Peaky Blinders to Jamestown - Sophie Rundle is a woman in a new world

She plays a strong, dynamic woman in Sky One hit Jamestown — and Sophie Rundle wouldn’t have it any other way. The self-branded ‘feminist actress’ ...

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