10 of the best podcasts for children

Put those digital devices to good use. Marjorie Brennan selects some great listening options for younger ears.

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Vincent helps Cork artist to stay true to her oddness

Having worked tirelessly on the animated Loving Vincent movie, Sandra Hickey had to paint her way out of replicating Van Gogh’s style, she tells Ellie O’Byrne. ...

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5 things to do this week

Here are five things to do this week.

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A strange stripe of super-star with daringly uncommercial music

James Blake is a strange stripe of super-star. His music – a protean post-pop vacuum frozen in autotune– is daringly uncommercial.

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Young man of substance: The real Nic Sheff from Beautiful Boy

Nic Sheff got addicted to crystal meth when he was a teen. New film ‘Beautiful Boy’ shows how his father helped him overcome years of drug abuse. He ...

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Artist Willy Vlautin: Thrilled (and lucky) to be back in town

Willy Vlautin is glad to be returning to Ireland for Ballincollig Winter Music Festival. First, The Delines just had to get over a major accident for their singer, ...

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Scene and Heard: This Week's Entertainment news

Des O'Driscoll shares the latest from the entertainment world.

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Bernard O'Shea on hitting the road with old pal Karl Spain

The ‘Bum Bum Belly’ dance may be in the past, but Bernard O’Shea is hitting the road again for a stand-up show with his old pal Karl Spain, writes ...

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When it’s the right time to say goodbye?

Charlie Landsborough begins his farewell tour of Ireland at the end of the month — the music star wants to quit while he’s ahead, he tells Margaret Jennings. ...

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New series explores Ireland's remote townlands and its people

A new series from Síle Nic Chonaonaigh has the TG4 presenter visiting Ireland’s smallest geographical unit, writes Pet Connell

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James McAvoy is a Glass act in latest film

Playing one character can be challenging enough. So taking on a big screen character that has 20 personalities is no small feat, writes Kerri-Ann Roper

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Motown the Musical will have you dancing in the street

The hit stage musical show on the life of Motown founder Berry Gordy is coming to Ireland, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Documentary offers different ways of seeing mental illness

In the West, having a ‘breakdown’ is a medical condition, but in other societies, it can be regarded as a spiritual experience.

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A selection of upcoming classical and opera events that you won't want to miss

Cathy Desmond selects some of the classical and opera highlights of the next few months.

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Ava Max is on top of the charts and feeling top of the world

Ava Max has very much arrived with the monster hit Sweet But Psycho. The US-Albanian singer tells Lucy Mapstone why she’s so proud of her immigrant background ...

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Womb at Coombe: Hospital play imagines what giving birth will be like in 100 years

Coombe Hospital’s theatre company in residence is to stage WOMB , a play which imagines birthing 100 years from now, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Scene and Heard: This week's entertainment news

Des O'Driscoll shares the latest from the entertainment world.

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Bandersnatch: Charlie Brooker’s triumph of technology

Netflix won’t reveal much about how Bandersnatch works, but it has resulted in one of the most talked-about episodes of Black Mirror, writes Ed Power.

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Irish photo-artist goes from the newsbeat in Cork to cause a stir in New York

Irish photo-artist Jean Curran is causing a stir in the New York art world with her reworking of stills from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. She’s come a ...

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The Hot 100: Movies, music, books and more - here are the top cultural picks for 2019 that you won't want to miss

From movies to music, food to fashion, our critics reveal their cultural picks for the year ahead

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People outside the pale can't get enough of Ross O'Carroll-Kelly

Paul Howard loves the reaction Ross O’Carroll-Kelly gets in Cork and other regions, writes Richard Fitzpatrick

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Director Myles O’Reilly goes back to the future with folk film

On Christmas Day, director Myles O’Reilly, under his moniker ‘Arbutus Yarns’, released the documentary Backwards to go Forwards, writes Eoghan ...

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A question of taste: Cathy Davey

Cathy Davey is singer-songwriter from Dublin who performs at the White Horse in Ballincollig as part of this year’s Winter Music Festival on Thursday, January ...

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Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart hope 'The Upside' kick-starts a debate about inclusion

Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart dipped into the experiences of less fortunate people for their roles in The Upside, writes Laura Harding.

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Warm welcome for the return of comedy-drama Cold Feet

The comedy-drama is back for its eighth series and there are some huge storylines in store. The much-loved cast tell Georgia Humphreys more about the return of the ...

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From 'Cabaret' to 'Come From Away', Musical theatre set for a big year

The enormous success of Hamilton has underlined the enduring appeal of musical theatre. Marjorie Brennan selects the best shows of the year ahead.

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Stan and Ollie in Cork: A look back at Laurel and Hardy's visit to Leeside

In advance of Friday's release of a new film on the comedy duo, John Daly looks back to the day in 1953 when they disembarked from a liner in Cobh and engaged in ...

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Live music review: Hot House Flowers - Cork Opera House

The sun may be weak as the new year eases into existence, but the fire was still burning in the belly of Liam Ó Maonlaoí — so full of fuinneamh, ...

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Album review: Skins sees XXXTentacion obsessing over life and death

The short life of Florida rapper XXXTentacion was defined by tragedy and self-destruction.

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A year of big numbers in music, arts and entertainment

From music to film to theatre and art, Marjorie Brennan looks at the heavy hitters of the arts and entertainment world that have attracted huge audiences in Ireland ...

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Scene and heard: This week's entertainment news

What's on this week

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A question of taste: Cork singer-songwriter Sam Clague

Sam Clague is a singer-songwriter from Clonakilty, Co Cork.

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Speeding up the armed struggle in RTÉ's new historical series Resistance

The dominant mood of the new RTÉ historical series Resistance is speed. The action in the second part of the trilogy about Ireland’s revolutionary years ...

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Who will win big as movie award season approaches

This weekend’s Golden Globes herald the official start of awards season for the film world. Esther McCarthy predicts who’ll be making acceptance speeches ...

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Olivia Colman cuts mustard in two royal roles from different eras

Olivia Colman’s brilliant portrayal of Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’ nicely whets the appetite for her turn as Elizabeth II in ‘The Crown’, ...

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10 video games to get excited for about 2019

Ronan Jennings selects the video games he’s most looking forward to for the year ahead

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Everlasting ‘Flowers’ turn Cork Opera House into a hot house

The sun may be weak as the New Year eases into existence, but the fire was still burning in the belly of Liam Ó Maonlaoí.

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Ten films to see in 2019

New instalments of Star Wars and Toy Story are among this year’s crop of eagerly anticipated movies, writes John Daly

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Clarke at the Crawford: Chaste dreams of future husbands

The Crawford’s display of Harry Clarke’s paintings includes Fiona Shaw’s reading of the Keats poem that inspired them, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Songs of protest: The power of music with a political edge

From old Irish ballads to Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Beyoncé, music with a political edge has always been a powerful force, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Arts and entertainment options to fill your time this week

Whether you’re couch-bound or want to get out and about, Des O’Driscoll offers some arts and entertainment options over the next few days.

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Retirement saw private passion for music eventually develop into to public career for Tom

Tom O’Mahony waited until he retired from his top government job before ‘coming out’ as a singer/songwriter, says Margaret Jennings

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How was it for you? Marjorie Brennan looks back on 2018

Marjorie Brennan looks back on the year that was and selects her highlights of 2018.

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Director Yorgos Lanthimos on his Irish-produced period film The Favourite

The Favourite is already being talked up for Oscars. Its director tells Esther McCarthy all about the Irish-produced period film.

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Chester Beatty: A man who liked to collect lovely things

A new documentary looks at the life of Chester Beatty, and the incredible collection of St Paul’s letters and other items he bequeathed to the state, writes ...

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How was it for you? Alan O'Riordan shares his highlights of 2018

Our regular arts contributors select their highlights of the year.

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How was it for you? Cathy Desmond selects her highlights of 2018

Our regular contributors select their highlights of the year

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A question of taste: Fiachna Ó Braonáin

Dublin-born Fiachna Ó Braonáin, 53, is a guitarist with Hothouse Flowers.

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Boy is back in the Old Town: Documentary looks behind the scenes of Phil Lynott's classic solo tune

A new TV documentary on Phil Lynott looks at the late rocker’s video for one of his classic solo tunes, writes Richard Fitzpatrick

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From Fortnite to Red Dead Redemption: Top talking points in video games

From Fortnite to Red Dead Redemption, it’s been quite a year, writes Ronan Jennings.

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