Cabaret comedian duo brings laughter to West Cork

Cabaret comedies, co-written with musical director Norman Collins, have been playing to packed venues throughout west Cork for more than six years.

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A question of taste: Dirk Powell, musician

Dirk Powell is from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and has family roots in the mountains of Kentucky.

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Mother-child reunion at the core of Dev Patel's moving new hit

Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman star in the amazing true tale of an Indian boy adopted to Australia, who used Google Earth to find the family he had lost at the age of five, writes Helen Barlow

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Dennis Quaid braves the elements to join Fortitude

The US actor has joined several Irish stars for the thriller in the chiller, writes Gemma Dunn

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Did this Kerry priest inspire the story of The Exorcist?

There’s a debate as to whether Malachi Martin really did inspire The Exorcist, but as a new Netflix film reveals, the Kerry priest led a fascinating life, writes Ellie O’Byrne

 

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Margo Price is wearing her heart on her record sleeve

Margo Price is one of the rising stars of the American country scene, and her music is all the stronger for being informed by her experiences with addiction, prison and tragedy, writes Ed Power

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Five things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll shares his tips for the week ahead

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Drag pioneer Mr Pussy has fond memories of performing in Cork

From his first gigs in Moore’s Hotel to his friendship with Danny La Rue, entertainer Mr Pussy, aka Alan Amsby, has fond memories of Cork and its people

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Book review: Turkey - The Insane and the Melancholy by Ece Temelkuran

JP O’ Malley speaks with Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran about the increasing dangers in Turkish society.

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Movie Reviews: La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Live by Night

The winner of a record-breaking seven awards at the Golden Globe Awards, La La Land (PG) stars Emma Stone as Mia, an aspiring actress and playwright who is working as a barista on a film studio lot when she meets Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz pianist hoping for a big break.

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What to watch on TV this week

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A Series of Unfortunate Events
Netflix
Lemony Snicket’s dark children’s books get an eight-episode series.

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Book review: Historically Inevitable? Turning Points of the Russian Revolution by Tony Brenton

THIS year marks the centenary of the most important event in 20 century global history: the Russian revolutions of 1917.

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Beginner’s Pluck: Katherine Arden

It took Katherine a long time to decide to become a writer.

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Book review: Uncle Jack by Peter Somerville-Large

Peter Somerville-Large is a friend and contemporary of the late William Trevor, and attended the same school, St Columba’s College, before going to Trinity College Dublin.

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Book review: Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan

Ruth Gilligan wrote her first novel as a project in transition year. A school-based romance, it made number one in the Irish bestsellers charts, making Ruth, 18 at the time of publication, the youngest person to have achieved this.

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Book review: Luftwaffe Eagles Over Ireland - The Story of German Air Crashes over Neutral Ireland 1940-1945 by Justin Horgan and Paddy Cummins

German airmen who crashed in Ireland during the Second World War and survived were interned here, becoming objects of great curiosity among local people who encountered them, as Ryle Dwyer discovers.     

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Reviews: Musical - La Cage Aux Folles

Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
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When U2 found what they were looking for

As Bono and co get ready to revisit The Joshua Tree, Ed Power looks back on a classic album that really has stood the test of time

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Playing America’s ultimate first lady

Natalie Portman tells Helen Barlow about her Oscar-tipped role as Jackie Kennedy in the days after JFK was killed.

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When the local feels universal for poet Bernard O'Donoghue

Cork poet Bernard O’Donoghue is on the shortlist for next week’s TS Eliot prize. He tells Colette Sheridan why, though he moved to the UK many years ago, his home area still has such a presence in his poetry.

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A question of taste - Jen Coppinger

Jen Coppinger is from Bantry, Co Cork, and has been working in the arts for much of the past 20 years. Current productions she’s involved in are Danse, Morob at the Project in Dublin, and Kevin Barry’s touring play, Autumn Royal.

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GAME TECH: Frog spawns a whole new experience

Frog Fractions 2 is a masterpiece of surreal humour and brilliant game design, writes Ronan Jennings

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Is 'The OA' brilliant, baffling, or both?

Netflix series The OA may have split opinion, but Jason Isaacs loved being a part of it, writes Ed Power

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10 Irish crime fiction novels you didn't know you needed in your life

Irish crime fiction has exploded into a literary phenomenon in recent times. Declan Burke selects the best examples of how the genre has developed through the years.

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Where the personal meets the political

While the 1981 hunger strikes are referenced in the new play Olwen Fouéré stars in, the Breton-Irish actress tells Alan O’Riordan that the work is about more than the North

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Change of direction, but Ricky not predicting a riot for Kaiser Chiefs

It’s a big year for Ricky Wilson. He’s off The Voice and Kaiser Chiefs have a new album, writes Andy Welch.

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5 things to do this week

Looking for something to do this week? Des O’Driscoll has you covered.

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A fine bromance by author Michael Lewis

He’s well known for financial books like ‘The Big Short’, but Michael Lewis’s latest work focuses on an unconventional friendship, writes Hannah Stephenson.

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Worth the wait for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ glitz

To quote Amanda Byram: “The wait is finally over” as RTÉ’s much-hyped Dancing with the Stars blasted onto our screens complete with copious amounts of hair gel and fake tan.

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Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts: An adventure in books

IT’S almost impossible to believe it now, but in the middle of the 1820s, with the full permission of Trinity College, a bookbinder named George Mullen took a knife to the Book of Kells, slicing off the edges of pages and cutting away decoration that had been painstakingly created by monks 1,000 years before.

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Book review: Modern Ireland and Revolution by Ernie O’Malley

Following his involvement in the War of Independence and Civil War, Ernie O’Malley spent years collecting information on those conflicts for a book. However, he ran into difficulties getting it published, probably because of his literary approach to history.

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Book review: Crime and criminality by Chad Posick and Michael Rocque

JP O’ Malley interviews Chad Posick and Michael Rocque and gets closer to the reasons why some people in society carry out criminal acts while the vast majority don’t.

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Book review: Messy: How To Be Creative And Resilient In A Tidy-Minded World by Tim Harford

If you’ve ever been told to tidy up your desk by your boss, make sure they get a copy of this book.

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Book review: A Horse Walks Into A Bar by David Grossman

David Grossman, bestselling author of Falling Out Of Time and To The End Of The Land, has been called the finest Israeli novelist writing today.

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Book review: The Virginity Of Famous Men by Christine Sneed

There is something curiously fascinating about being offered a snapshot of another person’s everyday life, their internal dialogue, everyday struggles, and choices they make.

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Book review: I Read the News Today, Oh Boy by Paul Howard

If you take the Sally Gap road out of the Co Wicklow village of Roundwood, you reach one of the most beautiful views in the whole of Ireland.

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