Smoke and fire for West Cork Fit-up festival

She was Janet the brothel madam in Love/Hate, and now Mary Murray is on her way to some of Co Cork’s more remote venues to perform a play written by her father, ...

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Naked truth in Irish art

Francis Bacon is among the artists featuring in a major new exhibition of an eclectic range of nudes at Crawford in Cork, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Sizzling summer of art shows to open around the country

Des O’Sullivan looks forward to some of the exhibitions that are due to open in the coming weeks.

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Essential Margaret Atwood reading as she launches an online creative writing course

From The Edible Woman to Oryx and Crake, these are the novels you need to be getting stuck into.

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Just the ticket in Norma Sheahan's quest for success

Cork actress Norma Sheahan is one of the stars of a new Irish film that took five years to make, writes Esther McCarthy

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Outstanding in his field: John O'Connell's farming book a highlight of 2018

John Connell’s ruminations on cows and farming have resulted in one of the best Irish books of the year, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Return of Pixar’s Mr Incredible and the whole super family

Brad Bird is back with the family of superheroes he first brought to the big screen in 2004, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Natalie Dormer sheds light on dark spaces with new film

NATALIE Dormer knew she’d never feel fully ready for her screenwriting debut, writes Georgia Humphreys.

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A question of taste - Niamh O’Sullivan

Des O’Driscoll meets Niamh O’Sullivan - a professor emeritus at NCAD and curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in the ...

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Game tech: Get ready for a World Cup battle with Fortnite

SHOOT! Shoooot!’ As fans of the World Cup, that’s something we’ve been shouting at the TV a lot in recent weeks.

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Dancehall days and great times

Ireland’s rock bands of the 1970s and ‘80s get the kudos, but Gina was packing out venues all over the country, writes Ed Power.

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Review: Rufus Wainwright - Cork Opera House

In another time and another place, Rufus Wainwright would be selling millions of records and living a life of Elton John-esque fabulousness. That time was the Seventies, ...

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Paul Young: Wherever he lays his hat

Paul Young is playing a gig in Ireland next week. The 1980s hit machine tells Ed Power how he always had mixed feelings about his fame.

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Using art to shed light on the world around us

An exhibition in Macroom unites three artists with an affinity for the landscape, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Excitement mounts ahead of Fleadh in Galway

The Galway Film Fleadh will give a first glimpse at some of the best new Irish movies. Esther McCarthy selects some of the potential hits to watch out for.

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Sister Sledge still a family affair as fans remain lost in music

‘We are family’ has been filling dance floors since the 1970s and two of the four Sledge siblings continue to get their fans lost in music, writes Ed ...

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A very 21st century edition of famous sci-fi comic 2000AD

Irish writer Maura McHugh is proud to be a part of an all-female issue of the famous sci-fi comic, says Don O’Mahony.

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The best biographies and factual reads for the non-novel readers amongst us to enjoy this summer

For those who don’t fancy novels for their summer reading, Richard Fitzpatrick recommends a selection of biographies and other factual books.

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Flexibility is key for street performer Sara Twister

Sara Twister’s website advertises her services as a ‘Professional Attentionseeker’, and the sort of childhood she experienced, growing up in a ...

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Getting to the soul of Whitney Houston

Started as a project to preserve the memory of the late singer’s talent, Kevin Macdonald’s film ended up revealing a shocking tale of abuse, writes Esther ...

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Alanis Morissette blows the flysheet clean off the Marquee

Like an AC/DC roadie who stumbled upon Courtney Love's hen party and stayed rolling with them through to the jagged end, do we all look back upon nights in our lives ...

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It’s 20 years since the Big Lebowski was released and this US art gallery is celebrating in style

Take a look at some of the work featured in Portland’s Lebowskiland show.

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Game Tech: Fine fun with planes, boats and automobiles

The Crew 2 racing game has two big selling points. The first is that you have the entire North American continent to traverse. The second is that, at any point, ...

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The significant impact of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill

The 1996 Féile Festival was both an end and a beginning. With Dublin’s barn-like Point Depot the unlikely setting, the event marked the death rattle ...

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Johnson and the Marquee are better together

The 43-year-old former professional surfer magicked the Marquee into a bubble of positivity last night, creating a safe space for all to sway along to his sexy, ...

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No laughing matter for Corrie character on the streets

Antony Cotton drew inspiration from a friend’s experiences with homelessness for his performance in the upcoming storyline, writes Georgia Humphreys.

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Nirvana before Cobain: Original of the species

Decades before Kurt Cobain lifted a guitar in anger, there was another Nirvana.

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John Coltrane's Both Directions At Once 'like the opening of a time capsule'

Such has been his influence, it’s almost impossible to imagine what it was like to hear John Coltrane in the 1960s, but the release of a lost album is certainly ...

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'Refined rather than overhauled' - Florence + the Machine's new album High As Hope

It’s three years since Florence Welch’s last album and nearly a decade since she materialised as a fully-realised pop persona — a twirling blend ...

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Father and daughter tale Leave No Trace hailed as one of the films of the year

Debra Granik’s tale of a father and daughter who try to leave society behind to live in the woods is being hailed as one of the films of the year, writes

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A sail with a tale at Bantry House

From ‘Spitting Image’ to ‘Fatherr Ted’, Anne Tilby has had an interesting career, and her latest exhibition is a shrine to the unique culture ...

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Cork artist drawing on a city’s connections

Being away from Cork for a while gave artist Jill Cotter a fresh appreciation with which to draw her home town on returning

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John Bishop is up for a chat in new series of interview show

John Bishop has a new series of his interview show, writes Georgia Humphreys

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A question of taste: Jason Broderick

Cork actor Jason Broderick is among the cast of Wicked that will run at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin from July 17 to Sept 1.

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James Bay goes down a storm in Cork's Marquee

With a voice sweet and soulful enough to cut through his shrieking young fans, and with guitaring as crisp as many of his idols, James Bay was cool enough to soften ...

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A hitman with a conscience: The spooky timing of Sicario 2: Soldado

Benicio del Toro reprises the role of Alejandro in the ‘Sicario’ sequel, but this time we see more than a man hell-bent on revenge, writes Kerri-Ann ...

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Sunny mix of music, politics and pride

The main stage faltered at times, but beautiful weather contributed to the atmosphere at Body + Soul, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Fine words to live by: Former OED editor to lead discussions at West Cork Literary Festival

John Simpson, former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, will lead a discussion on the famous lexicon at West Cork Literary Festival, writes Richard Fitzpatrick ...

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Performance review: Cork Midsummer Festival

The subtitle for this work states it is a “play written for a gallery”, and you’d be forgiven in the early section for thinking it’s a commentary ...

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Enjoy your escape to Love Island

Love Island regularly attracts audiences of millions. Niamh Hennessy looks at what it is that makes the reality show a perennial success.

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Many roads to Nash-ville

When chart-topping singer Kate Nash temporarily swapped the music industry for Hollywood one thing struck her immediately.

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Andrew Kötting: Straddling both worlds

Ahead of his return to Cork, art filmmaker Andrew Kötting tells Don O’Mahony about his take on the tale of a boy who lives with a pack of dogs.

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‘It was always about empowering women’: Alison Brie’s return to Glow

Hit series Glow tells the story of women wrestlers. But off camera, there was a female-dominated production crew too. It made for a liberating experience, Alison ...

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Jenny Greene lets the music do the talking to a packed Marquee on Leeside

DJ Jenny Greene rocks. In fact, she's the Jenny Hendrix of the turntables.

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Young Offenders star refusing to put a gloss on his days as a painter in new play

Having won the hearts of audiences in The Young Offenders, Shane Casey is set to perform in his self-penned play inspired by his time as a tradesman, writes Ellie ...

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We know how to party: Irish film captures culture of Dublin rave scene

Dublin Oldschool reflects some of the filmmaker's own experiences in the Irish rave scene, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Opera jewel sparkles for kids

Numerous research studies have shown that it’s never too early to introduce children to the arts. Graffiti TheatreCompany, based in Blackpool, Cork, are well ...

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A Question of Taste: Musician and broadcaster Evelyn Grant

Evelyn Grant is a flute-player and presenter of Week End Drive on RTÉ Lyric fm. She is also musical director and conductor of the Cork Pops

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Gametech: Will Netflix start chipping into the gaming industry?

Netflix has announced that Minecraft: Story Mode, will be coming to the streaming platform, making this the first proper ‘game’ on the platform, writes ...

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The Numbered at Cork Midsummer Festival: 'Impressive production, just as we’ve come to expect'

Des O’Driscoll takes a look at the Cork Midsummer Festival

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