Some of the best and exciting events this Culture Night has to offer in Cork and further afield

With so much to choose from, Marjorie Brennan selects some of the best events in this evening’s smorgasbord of offerings in Cork and other centres.

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Taking up the baton

As Cork Orchestral Society marks 80 years of concerts, Cathy Desmond looks back on the early days of an organisation that’s done so much for music on Leeside. ...

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Stairway to early music heaven

We tend to think of the worlds of classical and rock music as being divergent but, as John Potter explains, there is a lively intersection of activity in those seemingly ...

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A Question of Taste: Oscar-nominated animator Nora Twomey

Nora Twomey is from Midleton, and is an Oscar-nominated animator with Irish production house Cartoon Saloon.

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Game Tech: Yakuza 0 has finger on the pulse

It's hard to put a finger on what makes Japanese gaming so special, but Sega’s Yakuza series is a great place to start exploring the question, writes Ronan ...

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Behind the scenes at the Big Top

In advance of his exhibition in Cork, Peter Lavery tells Ellie O’Byrne about his 50 years photographing circus performers

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Bread and butter issues through our native tongue

Manchán Magan tells Marjorie Brennan about the quirky free shows he’s bringing to Cork Opera House to foster a new love of Irish.

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'As a composer, it’s not something you want to admit' - Playwright breaks through sound barrier of impairment

Ailís Ní Rian hasn’t let a hearing impairment stop her from composing music and writing plays, one of which will be performed at Dublin Fringe ...

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In perfect harmony for Clonakilty Guitar Festival

Australian duo Mama Kin Spender are enlisting the help of a local choir for their trip to West Cork this week, writes Ed Power.

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Alice Maher: A woman’s voice

Alice Maher was inspired by a carving of a manacled mermaid in an Irish abbey.

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Live music review: Slow Moving Clouds

Quiet Lights Festival: Griffith College, Cork

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Literature review: Cork Short Story Festival

William Wall in conversation with Alannah Hopkin; 6.30pm, today, Nano Nagle Place (€5)

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Irish filmmaker looked no further than Ruth Wilson for new role

Esther McCarthy caught up with actress Ruth Wilson as she jetted into Dublin for the premiere of Lenny Abrahamson’s latest movie, ‘The Little Stranger’. ...

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Irish stars reunite for gothic ghost story 'The Little Stranger'

Irish duo Domhnall Gleeson and Lenny Abrahamson are back together for a gothic horror story set in an old English house, writes Esther McCarthy

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is an ethnic tale with universal appeal

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ has been the rom-com phenomenon of the year. Laura Harding discusses its success with British star Gemma Chan

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Scene and Heard: This week's entertainment news

Des O’Driscoll looks at the latest entertainment news

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Celebrity Big Brother: a trashy but vital insight into the way we think

Many people dismiss the reality format as rubbish, but the shows and the social media discussion they promote are an important indicator of public opinion on vital ...

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Mixed memories of gay days in Cork

ACTOR and playwright Karen Cogan is revisiting her roots in Drip Feed, her self-scripted one-woman show set in Cork’s gay scene in 1998.

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A question of taste - Actor Bosco Hogan

Bosco Hogan is one of the actors appearaing in the Abbey’s production of Jimmy’s Hall at Cork Opera House from Sept 18-22. Born in Drogheda, Co Louth ...

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Claudia Boyle is set for the challenge of Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann

Claudia Boyle is ready to take on one of the most demanding soprano roles in the world of opera, writes Cathy Desmond

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Game Tech: Assassin’s Creed goes all Greek

When I showed my aunt Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, she said: “It’s all Greek to me.”

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Linsteadt brings her mix of nature and literature to Cork short story festival

As she prepares to read in Cork, Sylvia Linsteadt tells Marjorie Brennan how her love of nature informs her writing.

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Joyfully unmasking women’s sexuality

The Telephone Shop, a one woman show written and performed by Co Cork-based Sally Elsbury is billed as “where Tantra meets Commedia dell’arte”.

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Joey Tempest's Final Countdown on Ireland

Joey Tempest of the big-haired metal band tellsn Ed Power about megahit ‘The Final Countdown’ and his time living in this country.

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Drama wheel turns full circle for Crotty as she returns to The Mai after two decades

The actress returns to The Mai two decades after an early role in the play, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Three little maids from school all set for Cork Opera House

As the Leeside venue gets ready for a concert performance of The Mikado, Cathy Desmond gives the lowdown on the ever-popular operetta.

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Easing the pain in Spain

After a bruising encounter with the music industry, Cork soulster Brian Deady retreated to a cave-house in Andalusia to recover and create. The result is a superb ...

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Train trip to yesteryear on the road less travelled

Illustrated by Richard Mills, this compendium by Jo Kerrigan takes us on journeys some may never have known existed. It’s a historical travelogue that will ...

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When the bright lights fails to shine in New York City

IN this book, which is an emotional journey of her 11 formative years in New York City, Meg Fee describes herself as “a small universe in bloom” and ...

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The priest whose faith decided his fate: execution by the Nazis

Journalist David Rice, himself a former priest, has written a book about Franz Reinisch, who refused to swear an oath to Adolf Hitler, says

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Review: 12 Points Festival at the Sugar Club, Dublin

Arguably, Ireland’s best jazz festival — at least in terms of young, cutting-edge acts — 12 Points returned this week to Dublin for its 12th edition. ...

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Review: Paul McCartney's 'Egypt Station'

Paul McCartney has spent most of his adult life in the unhelpful position of having nothing to prove.

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Hot 100: All the best movies, books and food to kick the September blues

Black ’47, out now - Revenge thriller set during the Irish Famine. Hugo Weaving, Barry Keoghan and Stephen Rea star.

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Patricia Scanlon: Living after a great loss

In an extract from her new book on grief, In an extract from her new book on grief, Patricia Scanlon reflects on the death of her mother reflects on the death of ...

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West Cork film makes premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

Some of West Cork’s most striking landmarks will feature in a new movie to make its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival tonight. ...

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Paul Simon: Still passionate after all these years

At 76, Paul Simon may have just retired from touring, but he still burns with anger at the way the Trump camp is treating the environment, writes Andrew Arthur.

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Scene & heard: Here's your entertainment news round-up

There’s no shortage of Barry Keoghan around at the moment, and it looks like the young Dubliner is about to take yet another step up the movie star ladder ...

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Frances Black: Delivering music and a message

As a senator, Frances Black has recently been battling against Israeli settlements, but she is also looking forward to gigging again with her old friends, writes ...

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Footsbarn Travelling Theatre not afraid to be popular

‘Popular in the noble sense of the word,” is how actor Paddy Hayter, describes Footsbarn Travelling Theatre.

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Culture legends collide when musician meets comic

The bass player from The Specials has put his spin on classic characters from the ‘Beano’, writes Ed Power.

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A Question of Taste: West Cork music venue manager Ray Blackwell

Ray Blackwell runs De Barra’s in Clonakilty, a third-generation family run pub and music venue in West Cork.

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Spider-Man goes a little bit batty

Spider-man, Spider-Man, does whatever a bat can. Doesn’t have quite the same ring, does it?

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Revenge as cold comfort in new movie about the Irish famine

Black 47 has an Irish man wreaking havoc among those who evicted his family during the Famine, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Lambert Puppet Theatre to be sold

The Lambert Puppet Theatre in Monkstown, Co Dublin, home to beloved childhood characters such as Bosco, Judge, and Mr Crow, is to be sold, sources close to the Lambert ...

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Toronto is the reel deal for Irish films

Esther McCarthy profiles the movies hoping to make a mark at the prestigious Canadian festival.

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Radie Peat and Katie Kim go back to their roots for Cork festival

As Radie Peat and Katie Kim join forces for Cork's newest festival, they discuss the folk revival with Ellie O'Byrne.

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Stepping up for the story of Cork City Ballet

As well as delving into the highlights of 25 years of the Leeside company, Alan Foley says the new film also gives insight into the life of a professional dancer, ...

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Bond actress Madeline Smith gets upfront about the past

In advance of her visit to Co Cork, former Hammer and Bond actress Madeline Smith tells John Daly about a very different era of film-making.

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Jorja Smith has got it together just in time for EP headline

A headline slot at Electric Picnic is just another marker in the inexorable rise of Jorja Smith, writes Ed Power.

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An opera that’s ready to rumble at the Pavilion Theatre

A new production of The Return of Ulysses puts a modern twist on the Venetian classic, writes Cathy DesmondA new production of The Return of Ulysses puts a modern ...

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