Catherine Kirwan’s debut novel, Darkest Truth. She is a dear friend of mine, but I genuinely loved the book
I can’t remember a great recent move but BlacKkKlansman was good, as was Games Night.
I’m a huge Wedding Present fan and went to see them for the umpteenth time recently in the newly expanded Cyprus Avenue. Standing in front of them I knew that if I was 17 at that point in time and seeing them for the first time that I’d still love them as much as I do now.
Old – I’ve been listening to Half Man Half Biscuit recently —savage scouse wit. New — Fontaines D.C. —Dublin post-punksters.
Elvis Presley rocking and rolling. Early rock n’roll and country music was the order of the day in our house growing up (Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell). Though I must admit there was some awful records there too, so I knew what to avoid.
The first gig(s) that moved me were local bands gigging in Dundalk before I had the money or the opportunity to see “bigger bands”. Sneaky Pete and The Ostrich, Klienike, The Works, Atomic and my first musical endeavour The Notorious Flying Rodgley Brothers — don’t ask!
There are some genuine great gigs I’ve seen over the years, Sinatra in the Point Depot, Nirvana there too, Radiohead in the RDS and Mercury Rev in the Olympia... but The Pogues in the Nuremore Hotel, Monaghan, in 1987 is one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen in my life.
Don’t watch a lot of terrestrial TV other than for news or sporting events. A couple of recent great series viewing was Fleabag on BBC and The Looming Tower. I’ve started watching the TV series of Fargo and its absolutely brilliant.
I listen to talk radio mostly as I find it hard to take a lot of the light entertainment shows. John Creedon’s show on RTÉ Radio 1 is excellent, and Off The Ball on Newstalk is hard to beat. West Cork on Audible was phenomenal too.
I did meet Susan McCann when on a family holiday in Jersey when I was about 13 but I don’t think she recognised me!
For a music event it would have to be the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Buzzcocks playing Screen on The Green, London in 1976. See the explosion of punk rock in all its glory! I would have loved to have seen The Cramps in all their glory too.
The 1950’s version of Elvis; The 1979 version of The Specials; and any era of The Smiths.
My wife, Dyane, and my two boys Archie and Louie are living legends!
Bob Mould/Husker Du — they were quite diverse musically and are practically unheard of, but without them probably no Pixies, no Nirvana….
Peace, Love and Unity. My loyal and loving subjects could choose which order to put them in!