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Cian Ó Cíobháin marks 20 years on Taobh Tuathail

Cian Ó Cíobháin marks 20 years of his Taobh Tuathail show on RnaG, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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Scene + Heard: Maradona set to be star player at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival (May 14 to 25) unveiled its roster earlier in the week

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Jon Ronson's adventures in the porn industry

Writer and podcaster Jon Ronson will be in Ireland to talk about his immersion in the adult film industry, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Limerick is once again coming up with some innovative new artistic ventures

A new company, Opera Workshop is establishing itself as a focal point for local singers and musicians interested in experimenting with the genre.

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Joe Jackson: rolling back the years in Cork

Joe Jackson rolled back the years with a brilliant gig at Cork Opera House, writes Des O'Driscoll.

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Paul Linehan on his favourite books, music and the best gig he ever went to

Paul Linehan, from Cork, is the singer and bass player of The Frank & Walters. On Friday, May 10, the band headline the entertainment at the Barry Group Race & Taste ...

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The Cranberries release final album with Dolores O'Riordan's voice

A final farewell to The Cranberries.

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Ian McEwan's new novel takes on the robots

Ian McEwan’s latest novel features synthetic humans that are that bit too evolved for comfort, writes Hannah Stephenson

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GameTech: ‘World War Z’ revives ‘Left 4 Dead’

Valve’s hugely popular zombie shooter was abandoned by its developer after the second game was released, ten years ago, leaving fans desperate for more.

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Stories from a seanachaí at Cork World Book Fest

Thomas McCarthy grew up in the culture of bothántaíocht, when people would go from house to house, singing and storytelling.

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Have tapes, will travel: Shimkovitz on his quest to spread the word on Africa's rarest music

He was the musical legend who gave it all up to drive a taxi.

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Dark side of teen life: Bo Burnham's Eight Grade highlights anxieties of the self generation

‘Eighth Grade’ may have plenty laughs, but the film also gives an insight into anxieties for the selfie generation, writes Esther McCarthy

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We sell books: Sisters are doing it for themselves

SISTERS Kate Smyth and Marney Smyth Fischer have recently taken over the Bantry Bookshop, which was also previously run by siblings — Margaret O’Neill ...

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Review: Theatre, Ulster American

“Is it ever OK to rape someone?” asks Jay Conway, the scenery-chewing Irish-American Oscar-winner about to take the lead in a West End production of ...

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Scene and heard: This week's entertainment news

Des O'Driscoll shares the latest from the entertainment world

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Poet Thomas McCarthy's new collection is looking on the bright side of life

Thomas McCarthy’s new collection of poetry reflects his rebellious positivity, writes Colette Sheridan

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Greg's best friend Rowley is the hero of the new Wimpy Kid book

Jeff Kinney has brought a new character to the fore in the latest instalment of his Wimpy Kid books, writes Hannah Stephenson

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A question of taste: Katie Kim

Katie Kim, aka Katie Sullivan, is originally from Waterford but is currently living in Dublin. She is one of the acts playing the It Takes A Village festival in ...

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Reflections via Alzheimer’s: Ian Maleney writes essays on rural life and his grandfather’s battle with illness

THE debut collection of essays from Ian Maleney is a sombre, quiet, reflective affair about life in the family homestead in rural Offaly as his grandfather John ...

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Putting a twist in the tale: Author Jeffery Deaver on life as a renowned thriller writer

The Bone Collector was turned into a hit film, but Jeffery Deaver has 34 more novels under his belt, writes Richard Fitzpatrick

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For the love of art: Ruth Daly's Three Wise Men

A former Cork dentist returned to her passion for painting late in life and has produced enough work for an exhibition of her own.

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Walking On Cars revved up and ready to go for second album

Dingle heroes Walking on Cars tell Ed Power how they got past second-album syndrome, and why the band are turning their Cork gig into a sort of homecoming.

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Celina Buckley is bringing Irish mythology to children’s books

Cork author Celina Buckley has launched her debut take on Irish legends, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Skabilly rebel Roddy Byers ready to rock in Tramore

In advance of his trip to Ireland, Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers looks back on his early days with The Specials, and tells Ellie O’Byrne about the musical ...

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Spoiler alert: Game of Thrones whets the appetite for final season with slow-burning return

Spoilers: THE Game of Thrones opener of the final series really was a satisfying scene-setter. We’d waited almost two years for the return of the show and ...

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It’s 60 years since Some Like It Hot was released

Sixty years after its release, Some Like It Hot remains a timeless, triumphant comedy. This all the more remarkable given the number of problems experienced on-set, ...

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Talking about the time Irish workers shook an empire

It is almost 100 years to the day since 14,000 workers in Limerick went on strike in protest at the British army imposing martial law.

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We Sell Music: ‘They said you can’t go in, Bono is inside buying a harmonica’

Eileen Madden has run Pro Musica since 1982 when she took over from McCullough Pigott.

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5 things to do this week

Des O'Driscoll has you covered on things to do this week.

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Shawn Mendes impressed at a sold-out 3Arena in Dublin

Boy-next-door charm and smoothly calibrated pop have proved a potent blend in the hands of Canadian chart poppet Shawn Mendes. Without fanfare the 20 year-old has ...

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Books: From feminism to failing bodies

There is a strong feminist sensibility in Laurence McKeown’s debut collection of poems, written during (and after) his incarceration in the H-Blocks of Long ...

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Charlotte weaves a wickedly funny web in stunning sequel

‘She made them laugh’, would make a good epitaph for Charlotte Bingham, with her follow up to last year’s fictionised memoir about her time, in ...

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A necessary read: 'Antisemitism: Here and Now'

Although undermined by its structure, and debatable points presented as unchallenged truths, Deborah Lipstadt’s book exposing bigotry and hate suffered by ...

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This much I know: Ciara O'Callaghan

The best advice I have ever received is never to argue with a hunch.

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Gavin James: Tapping into our love of a pub sing-song

“Are there any lovebirds in the house? And if there aren’t, what the hell are you doing at a Gavin James gig?”

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Dublin Will Show You How reminds us of all-too-real isolation

This collaboration between the Abbey and the Complex, an arts venue in Dublin’s Smithfield, began when Vanessa Fielding, of the Complex, initiated the Browbeating ...

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Scene and heard: Record Store Day, Homecoming and GOT

Des O'Driscoll shares the latest news from the entertainment world.

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The wait is almost over but who will win the Game of Thrones?

The wait is almost over for the final series of Game of Thrones. Colette Keane recaps on what you’ll need to know, and predicts some of the twists, turns and ...

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Irish R&B group Chasing Abbey on finding their groove

To make it to the top, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom first.

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Edna O'Brien: Country Girls and me

As the stage version of Edna O’Brien’s classic novel tours to Cork and other centres, Marjorie Brennan hears from well-known figures about their experiences ...

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Game Tech: Gaming festival for Ireland

The game keeps changing. To stay on top, we need to change with it. Ireland will be hosting the European Games Week from July 4-7, a combination of two Irish gaming ...

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Cathy Jordan on playing within a tradition with Dervish

Sometimes musical worlds collide, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Cork '91 - When Nirvana and Kurt Cobain came to town

To mark the 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 ...

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All hail the queen of dragons: Emilia Clarke on saying goodbye to Daenerys Targaryen

Emilia Clarke has spent a significant part of her life on the set of Game of Thrones, a period that’s coincided with a life-threatening brain condition. No ...

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Setting the record straight: Music's greatest comeback revolves at 45rpm

Saturday is Record Store Day - and with viyl sales on the up, Ed Power wonders, in an era of streaming and music on demand, just why we are still drawn to the humble ...

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Anne Tilby is going a step beyond for women’s footwear fashions

From ‘Loub-jobs’ and Chinese binds to back-breaking platforms, artist Anne Tilby had no shortage of inspiration for her exhibition around women’s ...

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Killarney star Jessie Buckley set for breakthrough role

Wild Rose looks like being a breakthrough role for Jessie Buckley, and the Kerry actress has a string of other big projects in the pipeline, writes Esther McCarthy. ...

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From struggling troubadour to chart-topper: David Gray takes to Bórd Gais Energy Theatre stage

David Gray has had an occasionally fraught relationship with his back catalogue, once telling this writer he was a bit jaundiced playing his biggest hit, Babylon, ...

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Joining the dots with BBC DJ Gilles Peterson

Renowned DJ and producer Gilles Peterson's weekly show on BBC 6 diplays the north London tastemaker’s eclectic approach, taking in such genres as soul, jazz, ...

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How carnival beats the drum for tolerance

Cork documentary maker Kate Hardie Buckley was in Brazil to film the changing dynamic for the country’s LGBT community, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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