From movies to music, food to fashion, our critics reveal their picks for the year ahead.
1: Joy (January 1)
Jennifer Lawrence, below, and Bradley Cooper in a drama about a matriarch who builds a business empire. David O Russell directs.
2: The Danish Girl (January 1)
Period drama with Eddie Redmayne as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe. Tom Hooper directs.
3: Room (January 15)
Lenny Abrahamson directs Brie Larson in a riveting adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel.
4: The Revenant (January 15)
Revenge film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a frontiersman left for dead. Tom Hardy co-stars.
5: Creed (January 15)
Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) coaches Apollo Creed’s son to glory. Michael B Jordan co-stars.
6: The 5th Wave (January 22)
Post-apocalyptic thriller set on a decimated planet Earth, starring Chloe Grace-Moretz. Liev Schreiber co-stars.
7: Spotlight (January 29)
Mark Ruffalo stars in the true story of how the Boston Globe exposed the scandal of the local archdiocese’s cover-up of child molestation.
8: Concussion (January 29)
Will Smith stars in a drama about the revelations of American Football-related injuries. Peter Landesman directs.
9: The 33 (January 29)
Drama based on the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days. Antonio Banderas stars.
10: Trumbo (February 5)
Bryan Cranston stars in a drama about the blacklisting of Hollywood screenwriters. Helen Mirren co-stars.
11: Deadpool (February 5)
Superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds as an ex-special forces operative given special powers.
12: Point Break (February 12)
Remake of the surfing-thriller classic, starring Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah.
13: Zoolander 2 (February 12)
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return for a sequel to the fashion world spoof. Will Ferrell co-stars.
14: Hail Caesar! (February 26)
Scarlett Johansson and George Clooney in the Coen Brothers homage to 1950’s Hollywood. With Channing Tatum.
15: The Brothers Grimsby (26)
Sacha Baron-Cohen stars in a comedy spy flick. Penelope Cruz, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher co-star.
16: Knight of Cups (March 4)
Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in Terence Malick’s tale of a Hollywood screenwriter.
17: Kung Fu Panda 3 (March 11)
Jack Black voices the lovable kung fu panda Po in this third outing. Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman co-star.
18: Midnight Special (March 18)
Joel Edgerton takes his son on the run when he discovers the boy has special powers. Kristen Dunst co-stars; Jeff Nichols directs.
19: I Saw the Light (March 25)
Tom Hiddleston stars in Marc Abraham’s biopic of Hank Williams. Elizabeth Olsen co-stars.
20: Batman v Superman (March 25)
Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill star as the superheroes lock horns. Zack Snyder directs.
21: Money Monster (April 8)
Thriller starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Jodie Foster directs.
22: The Boss (April 8)
Comedy with Melissa McCarthy starring as a disgraced financial titan. Peter Dinklage and Kristen Bell co-star.
23: The Jungle Book (April 15)
Live-action remake of the Disney tale. Idris Elba, Christopher Walken and Bill Murray star.
24: The Huntsman (April 22)
Chris Hemsworth and Emily Blunt star in a fairytale spin-off from the Snow White fable. Jessica Chastain co-stars.
25: Captain America: Civil War (April 29)
Avengers superheroes go to war. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jnr.
26: David Bowie, Blackstar album, January 8.
He’s retired as a touring artist but in the studio Bowie remains as intriguing and enigmatic as ever. Reuniting with producer Tony Visconti, the duke is poised to unveil what is described as his most experimental album since his late 70s ‘Berlin’ phase. The release date coincides with Bowie’s 69th birthday.
27: Adele, 3Arena, Dublin, March 4, 5.
With new album 25 already a record-breaker Adele (far right) has announced her first arena tour, with the European leg to begin in Ireland. She kicks off in Belfast before bringing her blockbusting soul pop to Dublin for a couple of shows.
28: Massive Attack, Olympia, Dublin January 19,20
The trip-hop warriors return with their first tour in over two years. A new album is set to be announced, while, on their Dublin dates, they are supported by 2014 Mercury Music Prize winners, Glasgow rap trio Young Fathers.
29: The Corrs, 3Arena, Dublin, January 28.
The squeaky clean Dundalk siblings saddle up for an inevitable reunion tour. You probably didn’t notice but they put out a new album at the end of November, the underwhelming White Light.
30: John Grant, Opera House Cork, January 28.
Depressive singer turned doyen of positive thinking, Grant has been through the emotional grinder and come out smiling. From Denver and based in Iceland, his latest LP, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is his best.
31: Sia, This Is Acting album, January 29.
Notoriously wary of the spotlight, the reclusive SIa Furler is modern pop’s great enigma. She’s written for Katy Perry, Beyonce and others and her solo material is both smart and catchy.
32: Chairlift, Moth album, January 29
Voguish Colorado indie duo return with third album. Their previous releases have blended confessional rock and bustling electro-pop.
33: Foals, 3Arena, Dublin February 10
Floppy haired indie rockers join the arena club with their biggest Irish headline date yet.
34: Suede, Olympia, Dublin, February 10
The Britpop icons are back with a new album, the fab, fatalistic Night Thoughts, but are sure to play plenty of hits from back in the day also.
35: Roisin Murphy, Olympia, Dublin, February 11.
Though tipped by the bookies, she did not win the Mercury Music Prize for best British or Irish album of the year. However, these are heady days for Wicklow’s Roisin Murphy, whose Hairless Toys album has been acclaimed as a highlight of her 20-year career.
36: Ennio Morricone, 3Arena, Dublin, February 14.
The legendary composer presents a lifetime of classic cinematic themes, from such movies as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West.
37: Wet Wet Wet, 3Arena, Dublin, February 23.
Taking time out from a successful career in musical theatre Marti Pellow brings his slushy juggernaut to Dublin for a concert that will feature ‘Love Is All Around’ and some other songs we’ve mostly forgotten about.
38: Foxes, Whelan’s, Dublin February 24.
Best thought of as a less annoying Lily Allen, our cover star Louisa Rose Allen (no relation) splices perky pop and angst-ridden lyrics.
39: Richard Hawley, Opera House Cork, February 25.
Grumpy Sheffield tunesmith transplants 50s rockabilly to rainy Yorkshire, with results that are always emotional and occasional memorable.
40: The Gloaming, National Concert Hall, Dublin, February 27 – March 3.
Featuring West Cork sean nos singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and Clare fiddler player Martin Hayes. Beloved by hipsters — which probably tells you all you need to know.
41: Polica, United Crushers album, March 4.
Slinky synth-pop from under-rated Minnesota ensemble.
42: Wolf Alice, Olympia, Dublin, March 5
The grungy ideals of early 90s indie rock are kept alive by this fresh-faced north Londoners.
43: Country To Country, 3Arena, Dublin, March 11 - 13
Barring a surprise Garth Brooks announcement, this weekend celebration of mainstream country music is likely to be the event of the year for fans of stetson hats and twanging American accents. Headliners include Eric Church and Kacey Musgraves (Friday), Miranda Lambert (Saturday), Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt (Sunday). Yee-haw!
44: Grimes, Olympia, Dublin, March 15
Under the art-pop affectations, Vancouver’s Claire Boucher is a dealer in old fashioned happy-sad pop music. Her latest album, Art Angels, was one of the outstanding releases of 2015.
45: Shane Filan, Opera House Cork, March 18.
Ex-boyband singers often a difficult time of it as solo artists. But Filan is working hard and enjoying moderate success.
46: Little Mix, 3Arena, Dublin March 30
This all-girl quartet have become surprise chart conquerers, in their native UK and in America.
47: Jess Glynne, Olympia, Dublin, March 31.
Having achieved success as “featured” vocalist on Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’, Glynne has established herself as an artist in her own right with multifaceted debut LP I Cry When I Laugh.
48: Janet Jackson, 3Arena, Dublin, April 02.
A decade on from her Justin Timberlake assisted wardrobe malfunction, Jackson bids to re-establish herself as an arena star with an ambitious comeback tour.
49: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, Opera House Cork, April 9
The acerbic she-and-him duo behind many of the Beautiful South’s most cutting songs have reunited and visit Cork as part of an Irish tour.
50: Jeff Lynne’s ELO, 3Arena, Dublin, April 29.
Everything comes back into fashion eventually it seems — even overblown early 74s orchestral rock. If you’ve ever wondered what the Beatles might have sounded like minus Lennon’s biting self-awareness, here is your answer. There’s a new album, too — the sweeping Alone In The Universe.
51: A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, Ruby Wax (Penguin General, €14.99) January 4
Comedian and broadcaster Ruby Wax (below), who argues people didn’t die from stress 500 years ago, comes up with answers on how to live in the moment in her “scientific solution to modern problems” book.
52: The Noise of Time, Julian Barnes (Jonathan Cape, €15.99), January 28
Julian Barnes takes an Orwellian turn for his first novel since winning the 2011 Man Booker Prize with a tale set in 1937 Leningrad as a man awaits to be taken away to the Big House.
53: Iris Grace, Arabella Carter-Johnson (Michael Joseph, €18.99), February 3
Inspirational story of Iris Grace Halmshaw, a three-year-old autistic girl who wouldn’t come out of her shell until she started art therapy. Within a few months, her paintings were selling for over €1,000 and her social skills began to blossom.
54: Thus Bad Begins, Javier Marías (Hamish Hamilton, €20.99), February 25
Any new novel by Javier Marías is a must read. His latest involves an urbane film director, his philandering wife, a shadowy family friend, Jorge Van Vechten, and a mystery that stretches back to the war years.
55: The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of 70,000 Ordinary Lives, Helen Pearson (Allen Lane, €22), March3
The world’s longest-running study of human development kicked off in 1946. By observing six generations of children, some of the most studied people on the planet, the British scientific community has made some fascinating discoveries.
56: Hitler: Volume I: Ascent 1889-1939, Volker Ullrich (Bodley Head, €32), March 3
Historian Volker Ullrich’s bestseller in Germany, now translated into English, debunks some myths about Adolf Hitler, particularly about the man behind the public persona, including his insecurities and his relationship with women in the first of two volumes.
57: The Republic, Seamus Murphy (Allen Lane, €22), March 3
Seven-time World Press Photo-award winner Seamus Murphy returns to his homeland 100 years after the 1916 Rising to capture the spirit of the nation, from its city streets to its wilder western shores.
58: The Hurley-Maker’s Son, Patrick Deeley (Transworld, €13.99), March 24
The passing of his father in east Galway in 1978 is the spark for Patrick Deeley’s memoir of rural Ireland of yesteryear and its rhythms and peculiar practices like the physical burial of a steam engine.
59: The Blade Artist, Irvine Welsh (below) (Jonathan Cape, €11.99), April 7
Francis Begbie, the devil of Trainspotting, rides again in Irvine Welsh’s (left) ‘ultra-violent’ novel about the double life of an artist whose former life in Scotland catches up with him in California.
60: Men Dead – The Royal Irish Constabulary in County Tipperary 1919-1922, John Reynolds (Collins Press, €17.99), April 25
Some 493 RIC men were caught on the wrong side of history and killed during Ireland’s revolutionary years.
John Reynolds takes a look at Co Tipperary, where 46 of them died, to tell their not-widely known story.
61: SHOENIVERSITY 5-DAY SHOE DESIGN & MAKING COURSE
DATES: FROM 2016 PRICE: see website INFO: www.shoeniversity.com
Get a foot in the door at the 5-day Introduction to Shoe Design and Making Course. Learn about design and manufacturing and receive
hands-on experience in drawing, pattern cutting, footwear prototype making and finished shoemaking. Leave with a pair of shoes made by you.
62: SOUTHERN BRIDES WEDDING SHOW: Cork City Hall Exhibition Centre DATES: Jan 9-10 PRICE: n/a INFO: www.southernbrides.ie
Going up the aisle this year? Best check out The Southern Brides Wedding Show. Say ‘I do’ to inspired wedding ideas with the pick of hundreds of local exhibitors under one roof and regular bridal fashion shows by Assets Model Agency.
63: SHOWCASE IRELAND: RDS Main Hall, Dublin DATES: Jan 24-27 PRICE: n/a INFO: www.showcaseireland.com
Explore the best of Ireland’s creativity from over 450 exhibitors including leading Irish designers, manufacturers and the emerging home grown talent. Enjoy workshops and presentations from industry experts and explore the new Creative Island dedicated to modern craftsmanship. Trade only.
64: KERRY WEDDING SHOW: INEC, Killarney DATES: Jan 24 PRICE: €5 INFO: www.upfrontmodelmanagement.com
Organised and produced by Upfront Model Management, the Kerry Wedding Bridal Fashion Show features top bridal designers and boutiques, milliners and the latest looks for mother-of-the- bride and groom, menswear and guest fashion.
65: BANK OF IRELAND JUNK KOUTURE YOUNG DESIGNERS COMPETITION 2016: nationwide DATES: Jan 31 PRICE: n/a INFO: www.junkkouture.com
Junk Kouture is a national competition for second level students which challenges teenagers to create high end fashion and wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its
way into the bin. Louis Walsh heads the judging panel this year. Entry deadline: January 29.
66: LONDON FASHION WEEK: Somerset House, London DATES: Feb 19-23 PRICE: n/a INFO: www.londonfashionweek.com
The Irish continue their take-over of London Fashion Week for its autumn/winter 16 preview. Expect names like Paul Costelloe, Orla Kiely, Simone Rocha and J W Anderson across runway and presentations.
67: KERRY FASHION WEEK INDUSTRY AWARDS 2016: The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney DATES: March 1-5 PRICE: see website INFO: www.kerryfashionweek.com
KFW continues to celebrate the best of new, emerging and established fashion industry talents from all over Ireland. The highlight, the KFW Irish Fashion Industry Awards, will be held in the Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney. Looking to compete? Enter or be nominated in any of 15 categories by early January.
68: CRY PURE STYLE FASHION SHOW: The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin DATES: March 18 PRICE: é100 INFO: 01-452 5482; www.cry.ie
Pure Style Fashion Show and Luncheon in aid of CRY is back for 2016. Expect a pre-drinks reception, 4-course meal, spring/summer styles from Arnotts, great raffle prizes and generous Arnotts goodie bags.
69: THE IRISH FASHION INNOVATION AWARDS 2016: The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway DATES: March 10 PRICE: from €35 INFO: www.goldenegg.ie/events
Entries are now open for the The Fashion Innovation Awards presented by Golden Egg Productions. - a contest for fashion designers and fashion students from fashion colleges throughout Ireland.
70: ULTIMATE WEDDINGS LIVE!: Punchestown Racecourse, Naas DATES: April 2-3 PRICE: €8 INFO: www.ultimateweddingslive.com
Getting married? Ultimate Weddings Live! offers daily bridalwear fashion shows in the Aisle of Style and bridal party makeovers for six lucky participants; not to mention oodles of exhibitors from reception venues to dresses and cars.
71: Ballymaloe Litfest box office, January 12 at 12pm
Ballymaloe Litfest box office opens with many of the top tickets snapped up immediately. Star guests include Yottam Ottolenghi (below right), Francis Mallman, Prue Leith and Hugh Johnson www.litfest.ie
72: New McKennas Guides Apps February
100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2016; and 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland 2016. €2.49. www.guides.ie
73: Pop ups, February/March
Top chefs Ross Lewis, Chapter One (February 10) and Gary O’Hanlon, Viewmount House (March 8), take over Martin Shanahan’s Fishy Fishy, in Kinsale, offering five-course pop-up lunches. www.fishyfishy.ie
74: Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, February 5-7
Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, Dublin Convention Centre. Includes Dublin Craft Beer Cup with over 100 global entries, great grub and live entertainment, (including 6 Nations broadcast live). http://eu.alltechbrewsandfood.com
75: Knorr Student Chef of the Year, February 9
Annual Knorr Student Chef of the Year Final. Third-level student chefs from all over Ireland compete. This year’s theme is ‘The Future of Irish Cuisine’. Athlone Institute of Technology. www.unileverfoodsolutions.ie
76: Food & Bev Live, February 16
Food & Bev Live Formerly, Catex, but still Ireland’s premier hospitality event for the Food Service Industry. The RDS expo includes National Barista Championships and multiple skills competitions, demos and exhibitors. www.foodandbev.ie
77: Irish Food Writers’ Guild Awards, March 2 – 22
Irish Food Writers’ Guild Awards with top Irish food producer prizewinners to be revealed at Patrick Guilbaud’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Dublin. www.irishfoodwritersguild.ie
78: Idás, Dingle, March
Chef/ proprietor Kevin Murphy, of Idás, Dingle, set to be one of the hottest names of 2016, launches the new season with a special food event. More details to follow. www.facebook.com/IdasRestaurant
79: West Waterford Festival of Food, April 15-17
One of the very best Irish food festivals kicks off the season, great programme of events always culminating in massive Sunday food market in Dungarvan town square. www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com
A global food trend set to hit Ireland with Cork-based Sonny’s Broth Merchants up and running and UK publication of Nick Sandler’s The Magic of Broths to further stir the pot.
81: Bridget and Eamon RTÉ2, late January
This look at life in the 1980s began life as the best series of sketches we’ve seen on Republic of Telly. Hopefully, Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O’Shea can keep the laughs going over a full series.
82: Vinyl Sky Atlantic, February
The music scene in New York in the 1970s was one of the greatest eras for Western culture in the 20th century. This new series shows the seedier side of it all, and features a backroom team that includes Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terrence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire).
83: First Dates RTÉ2, tbc
The popular Channel 4 series gets an Irish version as the cameras follow a couples who have been matched for a blind date over dinner. At the end of each episode, each person is asked about what they thought of the experience and whether they’ll be meeting again.
84: House of Cards Netflix, February
Season three did falter a bit, but there was still more than enough to ensure most of the original fans of the American political drama will be back for more. Kevin Spacey’s character, Frank, really seemed to be propped up by his wife Claire (Robin Wright). How will he fare now their relationship has hit the rocks?
85: EastEnders spin-off BBC/RTÉ, tbc
Kat and Alfie Moon move to Ireland for a new six-part series. Hopefully it’ll fare better than the show’s 1997 visit to Dublin when the BBC had to issue an apology for its dodgy portrayal of the noble Gael.
86: 1916 RTÉ, tbc
The big budget drama Rebellion begins tomorrow, but other commemorative highlights include 1916, a three part documentary narrated by Liam Neeson; and He’s So Modern: Geldof on Yeats, in which Bob Geldof plays tribute to the great poet in the context of the cultural revolution that occurred in the early part of the last century.
87: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
This sequel to the 2000 Chinese epic will be released simultaneously on Netflix and at the IMAX cinema chain. Expect noble antics and the most spectacular fight scenes you’ve ever seen.
88: Westworld HBO, tbc
There’s no word yet on a broadcast on this side of the pond, but presumably with the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris in the cast, it will be picked up by Sky Atlantic. Based on the novels by Michael Crichton, the sci-fi tale of a futuristic theme park also has JJ Abrams among the executive producers.
89: Troy: Fall of a City BBC, tbc
When a swords and sandals epic is being hyped as “visceral”, you know we’ll probably get lashings of graphic violence and fair dollops of rumpy-pumpy. This Trojan war series cost about €2.7m an episode and will feature such familiar faces as Maxine Peake as Matt Lucas.
90: Game of Thrones Sky Atlantic, April
Yes, Jon Snow will be in the sixth series, but nobody seems sure yet whether he’s brought back to life or still dead and inhabiting some strange netherworld. Danerys and Cersei also have plenty to deal with, and hopefully the odious Ramsey Bolton will finally get his comeuppance.
ARTS & ENTS
91: Turner: The Vaughan Bequest
National Gallery, Jan 1-31
The annual exhibition of the gallery’s 31 watercolours and drawings by celebrated British artist JMW Turner.
92: Reeling In the Showband Years, January
Ronan Collins, Brendan Bowyer and Joe Mac are among the lineup for this trip back in time to the showband years. The INEC in Killarney (Jan 16) and Cork Opera House (Jan 23-24) are two of the venues on the tour.
93: Big Maggie, Gaiety, Dublin, from Jan 29
Druid’s production of John B Keane’s tale of money, land and secret sex.
94: Quarter Block Party Cork, Feb 5-7
The second incarnation of an event that shows the power of imagination and innovation when it comes to arts events in these straitened times. An eclectic mix of venues around North and South Main streets get a range of music, readings, performances, etc.
95: Dublin International Film Festival, February 18-28
Always a heavy-hitter in terms of celebrity visitors, John Carney’s Dublin-set film Sing Street, will open the event, with the director hoping to repeat the success he had with Once. Audi has replaced Jameson as the main sponsor.
96: Cork French Film Festival, March 6-13
A superb event that has long punched above its weight in attracting bigname guests.
97: Graham Norton and Friends Everyman, Cork, March 20
The popular TV presenter (above right) will host a show in memory of the late Helen Fennell from Bandon, who Norton met several times before she passed away in 2014 at the age of 18. Funds raised will go to the Mater Foundation, Cork University Hospital Foundation and St Angelas College, Cork.
98: The Plough and the Stars Abbey Theatre Tour, April
The Abbey will tour Sean O’Casey’s classic 1916 play to venues in Cork, Wexford, Limerick and Galway as part of the theatre’s events to mark the centenary of the Rising. Just don’t mention the gender war.
99: Cork International Choral Festival, April 27-May 1
The longest-running festival in Cork is up to its 62nd year, and already has a programme in place that includes a screening of Mise Éire, accompanied by a live performance of Seán Ó Riada’s score.
100: Cork World Book Fest, April
Cork City Library and Triskel Christchurch are among the venues for this annual extravaganza of readings, workshops and other literary pursuits.
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