When worlds collide: We look at four new games set in very different locations

We check out Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Monster Hunter Stories, Blood Bowl 2: Legendary Edition and Destiny 2.

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12-step programme can help everyone says Russell Brand

Initially created to combat alcoholism, the 12-step programme can help everyone according to Russell Brand’s new book, writes Suzanne Harrington

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Made in Cork: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor talks playing IRA man in Maze film

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor tells Esther McCarthy about playing an IRA man in prison-break film, Maze

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Cork a Safe Harbour for a superb festival

Cork hit all the right notes with its unique music event, write Eoghan O’Sullivan and Des O’Driscoll

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Donovan: Call him Mallow yellow

Donovan is looking forward to travelling the few miles from his Co Cork home to play the city’s 38th folk festival, writes Ed Power

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‘People say they’re too busy; they’re often too afraid’

Diaries may largely have been replaced by blogs, but a West Cork-based New Yorker believes in the benefits of keeping a written journal, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Five things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll shares his picks for the week ahead

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Gig Review: Lisa Hannigan, Cork Opera House

The Cork Opera House stage must feel like a second home to Lisa Hannigan. 

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Review: Cork International Short Story Festival

Organised annually by the Munster Literature Centre, the 17th Cork International Short Story Festival — the only one of its kind in the country and now the oldest in the world — has been taking place in Leeside all week, giving readers and writers a rare chance to revel in the pleasures of short form fiction.

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Irish trad hits the Finnish line with Slow Moving Clouds

PROBABLY no festival will bring as many different musical styles to Cork this year as Sounds From a Safe Harbour, returning this week after a much-lauded debut in 2015.

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Plain sailing for The National as they prepare to play in Cork

Bryce Dessner tells Ed Power why his band are so happy to be involved in the Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival in Cork

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A question of taste - Jack Crotty

Jack Crotty is from Douglas in Cork. He runs the Rocket Man salad business and is also involved in the organisation of the Sounds From A Safe Harbour music festival in Cork this weekend.

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Check out these amazing Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition pictures

The Natural History Museum in London has just released some of the pictures from its annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. 

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GAMETECH: Pillars of Eternity won’t rock the foundations

Pillars of Eternity is well worth a look for console players who love high fantasy worlds and thoughtful, explorative gameplay, says Ronan Jennings

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Live Review: Ryan Adams - An exhausting 24 songs

Ryan Adams at the Cork Opera House - 4/5

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All hail Stephen - the horror King

As the film IT scares a whole new generation, Ed Power looks at why Stephen King’s stories are as popular as ever

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Original take on surround-sound technology at Cloughjordan eco-village

The amphitheatre at Cloughjordan eco-village is just like its ancient predecessors, says Ellie O’Byrne

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LISTEN: Musician Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh continues to push boundaries

Gloaming fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh continues to push boundaries (and new funding models) in his other group, This Is How We Fly, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Sicilian writer Giovanni Frazzetto is coming to Cork

Sicilian writer Giovanni Frazzetto is on his way to Cork this week to read at the city’s short story festival, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Book review: Touched By God - How We Won The Mexico '86 World Cup by Diego Armando Maradona and Daniel Arcucci

Diego Maradona's retelling of Argentina's 1986 World Cup victory is a quixotic joy, writes Noel Baker

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Olivia O'Leary looks to her own future as she kicks off a new life chapter

Olivia O’Leary is about to begin the latest installment in her broadcasting career as the new presenter of The Poetry Show, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Modern take on parable of pacifism

Opera Collective Ireland’s staging of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Owen Wingrave’ will strike a chord with more than just music lovers, writes Cathy Desmond

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Nick Kelly praised for debut feature looking at autism

Former singer Nick Kelly has been receiving warm praise for his debut feature The Drummer And The Keeper, a film partly inspired by his own experiences with autism in his family, writes Esther McCarthy

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The Yellow River is not a nostalgic memoir for Seán McSweeney and Gerard Smyth

IT’S not nostalgia. The Yellow River, a collaborative project between poet Gerard Smyth and painter Seán McSweeney, delves deep into the pair’s memories of Co Meath, but Smyth, selecting words with the care to be expected of a poet, balks slightly at “nostalgic”.

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A Question of Taste - Rachel Croash

Rachel Croash is a soprano from Dublin, and performs in Opera Collective Ireland’s new production Owen Wingrave.

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Book shows how overseas reporters highlighted the Irish Revolution as it happened

As the Atlas Of The Irish Revolution hits bookshops, contributor Oliver O’Hanlon looks at the coverage of the conflict by overseas artists and journalists.

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GAME TECH: A Knack for serious fun

If a game has ever left you in pieces, then Knack 2 might be the perfect therapy session. Sure, the main character might crumble into tiny bits on a regular basis, but he also helpfully reassembles at the press of a button. Perfect therapy for those games that leave you broken.

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How Alison Spittle deals with her anxiety through stand-up comedy

Two nasty break-ins at her home may have shaken Alison Spittle, but the comedian is very much back on track and mining the Midlands for laughs, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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'I could double the capacity and then you'd say, well you're spoiling the Picnic'

There are no immediate plans to increase the capacity of Electric Picnic which this year sold out before the line-up was announced, the director of the festival has said. 

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Irish actress Genevieve O’Reilly is aiming for the top

After appearing in the Star Wars films, the next biggie for Irish actress Genevieve O’Reilly is Tin Star, Sky’s new TV series, writes Esther McCarthy

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10 things we learned at Electric Picnic

Ed Power reports from Stradbally after three days of music, mixed weather and great fun - here's what he learned. 

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Can do in Canada: The Irish films competing in Toronto

The rude health of the film industry in this country is underlined by the presence of 10 Irish offerings at the prestigious festival, writes Esther McCarthy

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Five things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll picks the best events for the week ahead

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Theatre Review: Katie Roche - Abbey Theatre

Teresa Deevy may be about to lose her ‘neglected playwright’ mantle.

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Music Review: The Magnetic Fields - National Concert Hall, Dublin

Songwriters are forever looking inward for inspiration. But The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt has taken the tradition to extremes with 50 Song Memoir, a five-disc album chronicling his life up to his 50th birthday.

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10 acts you MUST see at Electric Picnic

From big stars to emerging artists, Ed Power selects his personal must-sees in Stradbally over the weekend.

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Scene and heard: Electric Picnic, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival & IFI Documentary Festival

MUSIC NEWS: Despite still being in the midst of an extensive Joshua Tree tour, U2’s release of a new song earlier this week shows the band are not planning to stand still any time soon.

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