GameTech: New Legend of Zelda is a game to leave you breathless

A new Legend of Zelda game breaths new life into the series, writes Ronan Jennings

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Norman Reedus explains how The Walking Dead is keeping one step ahead

As zombie series The Walking Dead wraps up for the season, Norman Reedus tells Ed Power how keeping it real has resulted in phenomenal success

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Jack L is looking for beauty in a world of darkness

Calling the US president by his name just gives him power, Jack L tells Ed Power

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Jacqueline Wilson: It’s ok not to be perfect

Characters such as Tracy Beaker might find themselves in difficult family situations, but that sense of reality is part of the appeal for Jacqueline Wilson’s millions of young readers as she gets set to publish her new novel, Wave Me Goodbye, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Jess Kavanagh is putting some real bite in her Barq

After singing with Hozier and becoming one of the faces of the Repeal campaign, Jess Kavanagh is now intent on making a of of her funky fourpiece, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan.

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Behind the camera: Meeting the makers at the Dingle Film Festival

Four female directors will showcase their work at the Dingle International Film Festival tonight, writes Majella O’Sullivan.

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Your TV wrap for the week ahead

Denise McCormack, Aidan O’Mahony and Aoibhín Garrihy have made it through to the final of Dancing With The Stars. Tune into RTÉ One at 6.30pm on Sunday to find out who wins the trophy.

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Movie reviews: The Secret Scripture, Life, CHIPS

Here are the top three films you don’t want to miss this week, writes Declan Burke.

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Book review: An Unholy Trinity: Medicine, Politics and Religion in Ireland

Surgeon Liam Kirwan has taken an historical look at the role of religion on Ireland’s healthcare system. He talks about where we are today to Colette Sheridan.

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Book review: El Narco and Gangster Warlords

The fight to control narcotics in Central America has cost more than 40,000 lives. Des Breen reads two books which expose the vicious reality behind the war on drugs.

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Book review: Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship

It is only 22 years since 800,000 people were slaughtered in Rwanda, most of them hacked to death in an orgy of violence that focused the attention of the world’s media on the tiny, landlocked African nation.

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Book review: The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice

With three of the four Goldsmiths prizes for experimental and inventive writing going to Irish writers (Kevin Barry, Mike McCormack, and Eimear McBride), perhaps we should get ready for a deluge of wannabe invention. 

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Book review: The Coroner’s Daughter

Abigail Lawless always had a curious mind and it is a thirst for fascinating facts her doting father is always eager to feed. 

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Book review: Hame

Mhairi McPhail flees her crumbling marriage in New York by moving with her daughter to the tiny Scottish island that her grandparents left decades earlier, ostensibly to write a biography about its late nationalist poet, Grigor McWatt.

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Book review: History Of Wolves

Linda, 15, lives with her mum and dad — at least she thinks they’re her mum and dad — in the rundown cabins of an abandoned commune, in the icy, forested, lakeside wilds of northern Minnesota.

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Book review: How To Write Like Tolstoy

Did you know that Sophia Tolstaya, wife of Leo Tolstoy, copied and edited War and Peace seven times before the author felt it was ready to be printed?

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Children's books...

Check out our selection of children’s books for this week, reviewed by Mary Arrigan.

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Donegal's Little Hours are getting ready to make a real splash on the music scene

They may rail against the Donegal jokes, but Little Hours are proud to be spoken of as their home county’s next big thing in the music world, writes Ed Power.

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Cillian Murphy had his eyes on the Free Fire target

Cillian Murphy may be in the midst of the busiest period of his career, but he was still willing to approach one of his favourite directors to ask for a part in Free Fire, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Des O’Driscoll’s got all the home-grown music and entertainment news you need to know rounded-up right here.

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New theatrical show takes the top of the world to the stage

Pat Falvey’s new theatre show tells how a builder from the north side of Cork climbed Everest and undertook other great feats of exploration, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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A question of taste: Marlene Enright, musician and music booker

Marlene Enright is from Bantry, Co Cork. She is music booker for The White Horse in Ballincollig, and is also a musician and songwriter. She is about to release her debut solo album, Placemats and Second Cuts, writes Des O’Driscoll.

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When poetry is a curse and a gift

Aidan Murphy mines the events of his life, good and bad, for his poetry, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Omid Djalili brings his unique comedy style to Ireland

Omid Djalili’s stand-up show brings his particular brand of humour to current affairs. ‘Liberace presenting Question Time’, he tells Ellie O’Byrne

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Thandie Newton gets in Line for top cop drama

THE wait is almost over for fans of Line Of Duty — and series four is set to be the best yet, promises actress Vicky McClure.

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Five Irish people share their favourite poems of all time

Today is World Poetry Day, so Jonathan deBurca Butler asked a number of people to select their favourite work

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America’s piano whisperer is coming to Cork

Marc Copland brings his gentle playing style to Cork at the weekend, writes Philip Watson

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One of the works by Katsushika Hokusai at the exhibition at Trinity College. Picture: UNSODO. Inc

Exhibition shows importance of manga in exposing Japanese culture to the world

A new exhibition in Dublin underlines how important manga has been in bringing Japanese culture to the wider world, writes Don O’Mahony.

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Variety is the spice of life

With his role in Jim Sheridan’s new film, The Secret Scripture, Eric Bana has added to his reputation as one of the most versatile actors around, writes Esther McCarthy.

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5 thing to do this week

Stuck for something cultural to broaden your horizons this week? Des O’Droscoll has you covered.

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Book review: A trilogy of Maoism, one of the worst tyrannies of the 20th century

Ryle Dwyer reads a trilogy that traces the life and crimes of the tyrant responsible for the deaths of millions of his fellow countrymen. 

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Book review: Who Lost Russia?: How the World Entered a New Cold War

JP O’Malley talked to author Peter Conradi about the authoritarianism behind the growing tension between a former superpower and its neighbours in the Baltic and the EU.

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Book review: Teethmarks on My Tongue

Eileen Battersby, literary correspondent at The Irish Times, has written a fine debut novel that is peppered with high-cultural references and yet manages to be a thumping good yarn, despite the fact that the first person narrator isn’t altogether likeable.

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Book review: Time Travel: A History

IF you’re expecting a rip-roaring ride through the wackily entertaining world of time travel films and TV shows, you could be in for a disappointment here. 

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Book review: Ragdoll

IN a horrific turn of events, a body is found with the mutilated parts of six victims sewn together like a puppet, dubbed the ‘ragdoll’ by the media.

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Book review: Under The Almond Tree

“WE don’t choose the stories we tell,” writes Laura McVeigh in Under The Almond Tree’s afterword, “they choose us.”

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