Cian Ó Cíobháin is originally from west Kerry, but has been living in Galway since his college days. This week, his electronic music show on Raidio na Gaeltachta, An Taobh Tuathail, is marking 17 years on air. It’s broadcast Monday to Friday at 10pm.
Interpol get a hard time for sounding a lot like Interpol. The charge is that, after several engaging albums, the New Yorkers are slouching towards creative dotage, regurgitating a grab-bag of tics and tropes: clanging guitars, brooding melodies, Ian Curtis-esque singing from frontman Paul Banks.
PETER HOOK emits a blokey chuckle. "Ian Curtis had very big shoes to fill," says the former Joy Division and New Order bassist. "Bernard Sumner’s shoes aren’t that big actually — about the same size as mine. So that worked out okay."
The brother-in-law of a Nigerian man alleged to have murdered his wife with a lump hammer says he identified him from a video still taken from a hardware shop in Dublin on the day before the killing. A black man was seen buying a lump hammer that day.
It's been a fantastic 18 months for New Order. Not only did they return to the charts after a lengthy break with a critically and commercially successful album, but they’ve also been immortalised on film, sampled by Kylie and played some of the most well-received gigs of their career.