Album review: Michael Bublé fans will love Love

As per its title, the crooner from Vancouver has described his tenth studio album as his “most romantic to date”.

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Highlights to look forward to at the Cork Film Festival

We select our highlights for the final two days of theCork Film Festival.

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A moving tale of poverty and childhood

I would ask the kids, ‘Are you happy to be born?’ They would respond, ‘No! Why did my parents bring me into this world if they’re not going ...

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Making you Sweat at legendary house night in Sir Henrys

As the legendary house night in Sir Henrys marks 30 years, Des O’Driscoll looks back on the Cork dance club that defined a generation.

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A question of taste with Tonie Walsh

Tonie Walsh (58) says he’s been making a show of himself his whole life, but at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, he’s getting up on stage to do so.

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Gavin Bryars going with the flow

British composer Gavin Bryars has created hundreds of pieces but ‘Jesus Blood...’ is still the one people come to hear, writes Don O’Mahony.

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Cork exhibition reliving the glory days of pirate radio

WITH their cultivated mid-Atlantic accents and often British sounding pseudonyms, the DJs that broadcast on pirate radio in this country were not quite swashbuckling ...

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Viola’s movie ‘at the right time, in the right zeitgeist’

Viola Davis plays a woman who brings together a group of women to pull off a heist after the deaths of their criminal husbands in ‘Widows’. She tells ...

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Pokemon remade for modern age

GOTTA catch ‘em all! No, we’re not talking about the various strains of flu at this time of year. We’re talking about Pokemon — the ‘pocket ...

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Sound out with Mr Scruff

In advance of his Irish gigs, the revered DJ tells Don O’Mahony why he puts so much effort into getting the acoustics right in a venue, and also selects some ...

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Way out west with the Coen brothers

Zoe Kazan is inspecting the headboard of the bed in the hotel room. “I think that has blood spattered on it!” she

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Tales of love, life, punk and 4-Play

Cork-based couple Linda and Carl Plover have dipped into their past for a new drama project, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Where law meets literature

Cork author and former lawyer Danielle McLaughlin has edited a collection of stories by people from the legal profession, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Mike Leigh and the parallels between Brexit and the events of his new film set in 1819

Mike Leigh says there are obvious parallels between Brexit and events around the massacre in his current film, writes Esther McCarthy

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5 things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll looks ahead to what's going on around the country this week.

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Why moving the body is so good for the head for former soldier Tom Clonan

Former soldier Tom Clonan didn’t expect his involvement in a dance show to be such a transformative experience, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Cork Film Festival has a long tradition with the short form

Des O’Driscoll takes a look at the short films on offer at this year's Cork Film Festival

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Cork sisters’ original score for gothic classic Nosferatu

Irene and Linda Buckley have composed a new score which they’ll play live at the screening of silent-era horror Nosferatu at the perfect venue of St Fin Barre’s ...

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Cork on Camera archive shows how we sported and played through the years

The Cork on Camera archive compilation features fantastic footage from several old films, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Album review: The Beatles - The White Album

Reviewing the White Album is a bit like passing judgement on Michelangelo’s ceiling doodles for the Sistine Chapel or wondering why James Joyce didn’t ...

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Musical theatre review: The Band - BGE Theatre, Dublin

Take That are never name-checked in The Band, a spirited musical that features much of the British popstars’ best-known back catalogue.

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Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

Des O’Driscoll offers a round up of what's going on around the country

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David Attenborough is striking the right balance with new series

David Attenborough’s new series will show some of the wonders of the animal world, albeit with a faint alarm bell ringing in the background, writes Georgia ...

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The woman behind the West Cork-shot award-winning film

As Carmel Winters’ creation opens the Cork Film Festival tonight, she tells Esther McCarthy why she’s so glad she shot it in locations around her home ...

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A question of taste: Oonagh Kearney

Oonagh Kearney is a film-maker from Ballintemple in Cork. A former pupil of the Ursuline Convent in Blackrock, she also studied at the National Film and Television ...

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Mumfords stay ahead of the posse

RIDING high after finishing their fourth album and halfway through recording their fifth, Mumford & Sons are at a crossroads.

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A place of pilgrimage: Local devotion to St Gobnait the subject of Alys Tomlinson's prize winning work

Alys Tomlinson’s pictures of local devotion to St Gobnait in Baile Mhúirne, Co Cork, helped her win the World Photographer of the Year prize, writes ...

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Game Tech: Good, the bad and the ugly

In terms of pace, if games were holidays, Grand Theft Auto would be New York, but Red Dead is Connemara, writes Ronan Jennings

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Naked and the damned: Chris Pine on his full frontal nudity in new film

Chris Pine plays Robert Bruce in Outlaw King on Netflix, writes Laura Harding

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How bookshops can survive amid Amazon challenge

A recent trip to England had Mary Leland fretting for the future of bookshops in the face of the challenge from Amazon

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Badly Drawn Boy to perform new music on Irish tour

Badly Drawn Boy may never escape from his Bewilderbeast album, but he’ll also be playing new music on his Irish tour, writes Ed Power.

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Cillian Murphy delivers spine-tingling spoken word prologue of solider's World War One letter

"Whilst looking at letters, diaries and books written by cancer patients around the world — which are highly emotional things to read — what comes across ...

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Review: Lords of Strut, Cork Opera House

The underlying message to the hour-long show was that chasing perfection is folly and we should have more fun.

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Waterford band O Emperor: Making a rock star album on a day-job wage

There’s not enough institutional support. Rents are too high. Punters won’t buy albums. Ireland’s too small a market.

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Giving voice to one of Munster’s greatest singers

Sarah Dolan was raised in her family’s music venue in Limerick, and is intent on reviving the memory of the ‘Hibernian Prima Donna’, writes Cathy ...

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Taking us down to a hidden world

The team that brought us the hugely popular ‘Love/Hate’ are back with a new series. Esther McCarthy goes behind the scenes on the set of ‘Taken ...

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For Brendan Courtney now it’s time to talk about mam

In a follow-up to his moving RTÉ documentary about his father’s failing health, Brendan Courtney turns his attention to his newly-widowed mother, writes ...

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Mary McEvoy feels like a new woman after losing three stone ahead of return to stage

As Mary McEvoy returns to the stage, she talks to Marie Toft about facing her food addiction — and losing three stone in weight

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The end finally in sight

It’s hard to imagine people picking up ‘The End’ who aren’t already Knausgaard fans, even if there are sighs of resignation at going through ...

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Fertile tradition of retelling epic poems of Homer is revived

With these novels, Pat Barker and Michael Hughes revive the long and fertile tradition of retelling Homer’s great epic poems. The Silence of The Girls and ...

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Crafty Cockney: Life lessons from legendary screen star Michael Caine

There may now be more funerals than birthdays but at 85, Michael Caine is enjoying every moment, as Hannah Stephenson discovers Welcoming me into his penthouse flat ...

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Movie Reviews: Widows; Juliet, Naked and Peterloo

Widows: Five stars Juliet, Naked: Four stars Peterloo: Three stars

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Album review: Robyn - Honey

In the eight years since her last album, Swedish singer Robyn has come to stand for something bigger than herself.

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Album review: O Emperor - Jason

It’s always tricky when a band announces its new album is also to be its swan song. In the case of Cork-based, Waterford indie five-piece O Emperor the situation ...

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Scene and heard: This week's entertainment news

The big show for Irish viewers this weekend is Taken Down, the new series from the same people who made Love/Hate.

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Sex and (no) drugs and rock’n’roll: Typical honesty in Roger Daltrey’s memoir

Roger Daltrey’s memoir is typically honest about the highs and lows of life in The Who, writes Hannah Stephenson.

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From Russia with love: Gorbachev documentary to be a top attraction at Cork Film Festival

Werner Herzog’s quirky take on Mikhail Gorbachev promises to be one of the best documentaries at Cork Film Festival, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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A cleric’s unrequited love for a nun - Conal Creedon's new novel spins a magic-realist twist

Conal Creedon’s new novel puts a magic-realist twist on the tale of a cleric’s unrequited love for a nun, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Noël O’Callaghan is exhibiting her truly artistic family

NOËL O’Callaghan is exhibiting her paintings alongside her late father, Diarmuid Ó Ceallacháin’s art work at the West Cork Arts Centre ...

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A question of taste: Seamus Fogarty

London-based singer Seamus Fogarty grew up in Co Mayo, and brings his band to the Crane Lane in Cork on November 15.

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