New album of Rory Gallagher's music features unreleased tracks

The previously unheard music on the new album of Rory Gallagher’s music features a track he made with Muddy Waters, writes Ed Power.

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Will Smith lets the Genie out of the bottle about Aladdin

It's been a while since we’ve seen the inimitable Will Smith in a new movie. Now he’s back with a bang — as the Genie in the live-action adaptation ...

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Everything you need to know about Binyavanga Wainaina’s work, as the Kenyan author dies

He was a prolific writer and ardent campaigner for LGBTQ+ rights in Africa.

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GameTech: Minecraft now set to take over the real world

What are the building blocks of a great game?

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Film-makers at Schull Fastnet Film Festival reveal their favourite movies

As stars and film-makers gather in Schull for the Fastnet Film Festival, some of the visitors tell Esther McCarthy about their favourite movies of all time.

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Good Omens and great expectations

David Tennant and Michael Sheen star in a new streaming adaptation of the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, writes Georgia Humphreys.

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Review: Game of Thrones, Series Finale

Game of Thrones has proved such a letdown in its concluding season it was difficult to imagine in what way the final episode could any further tarnish a reputation ...

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Irish authors top the list of the most borrowed books for adults in 2018

Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The BFG are also among the books checked out most often.

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Spoilers: Game of Thrones finale problematic in both plot and execution

Game of Thrones has proved such a letdown in its concluding season it was difficult to imagine in what way the final episode could any further tarnish a reputation ...

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We Sell Comics: ‘It’s not all sitting around reading comics — there’s a lot of work’

Cathal Travers is originally from Tallaght in Dublin. He owns the Comic Vault at Lower Oliver Plunkett St in Cork, which sells comics, graphic novels and collectibles. ...

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Better to burn out or fade away? Saying farewell to Westeros

As Game of Thrones comes to an end, our in-house afficionados select their highlights and favourite characters from the past eight seasons

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Mind matters: DJs band together for a tribute to The Prodigy's Keith Flint

A tribute night to The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint aims to raise funds for Pieta House, writes Aileen O’Reilly.

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Fairport Convention musician: Dave Pegg

When I told my school teacher I was going to be a professional musician, he laughed.

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Harris returns 20 years later to magical characters of ‘Chocolat’

Bestselling author Joanne Harris talks about the surprise of her success and how life has changed for both herself and her characters. But this is not a sequel, ...

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Review: Murder of Garcia Lorca gives backdrop to chilling tale

The title is taken from Federica García Lorca’s poem Canción de Jinete and the poet’s work permeates the novel as a motif and it is his ...

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Movie Reviews: Birds of Passage, The Hustle and John Wick: Parabellum

Declan Burke reviews Birds of Passage, The Hustle and John Wick: Parabellum

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Portrait of a piano man of Yarmouk

A collaborative effort makes ‘The Pianist of Yarmouk’ a clunky read, but that doesn’t take from the fact that this is a great story and provides ...

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What to watch this week

Des O'Driscoll has you covered on what to watch this week.

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Author Sinéad Gleeson offers a masterclass in the restrictions suffered by Irish women

One of Ireland’s busiest writers, Sinéad Gleeson’s book about bodies is a fascinating collection of essays about a life hit by serious illness. ...

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Scene and heard: This week's entertainment news

Des O'Driscoll rounds up the latest entertainment news.

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Christy Mooore among those playing gigs to protest at Eurovision final

Christy Moore is among those playing gigs coinciding with the song contest final on Saturday, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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I can go for that: Hall and Oates ready to rock Cork

As they get ready to play the Marquee in Cork, Hall and Oates tell Ed Power about the mad times of their 1980s heyday, and having Bowie support them for his first ...

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Women take centre stage in the latest Game of Thrones series. Meet the Irish women of Winterfell

As Game of Thrones reaches its finale, it marks a season where women finally took centre stage – right down to the extras. Keelin Riley meets three Irish women ...

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A Question of Taste with Frankie Ross

Frankie Ross is director of operations for next week’s Fastnet Film Festival in Schull, Co Cork.

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The Lion, witch and The Waterboys: Mike Scott on his band's next album

As his band release a new album, Mike Scott reveals a passion for CS Lewis books that helped him bond with Bono, writes Richard Purden.

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As Haystacks sells for a record $110.7m – 5 locations around the world where you can see a Monet

Surprisingly, when the painting last auctioned in 1986, it fetched only $2.5m.

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Damien Rice announced for Cork as Sounds From A Safe Harbour releases first acts for 2019 event

The Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival in Cork has announced the first of its headline acts. Canadian singer Feist, Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, and Bryce ...

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Remembering the Boss in North Cork

Two years ago, Gerry Murphy was living in Abu Dhabi when, tuning into RTÉ radio, he heard the unmistakable strains of tunes painstakingly preserved by his ...

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Authors4Oceans: The children's writers raising awareness of plastic pollution

Authors4Oceans will be at the International Literature Festival as part of their efforts to use kids’ books to raise awareness about the destructive powers ...

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Trabolgan festival looks to have cemented its reputation as one of the best events in calendar year

There probably aren’t too many events in Ireland that combine bands and DJs with boat parties and synchronised swimming.

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Five things for the week ahead

Here are some things to look forward to in the week ahead.

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The Voyage: Johnny Duhan recalls working with Christy Moore

In this excerpt from his memoir The Voyage, Johnny Duhan recalls teasing out a song with a fellow folk singer.

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We Sell Books: ‘Every book bought online impacts not just local business, but the community’

Louisa Cameron owns Raven Books in Blackrock, Co Dublin. It sells new and second-hand books.

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Review: The National's I Am Easy To Find is a minor-key delight

When The National performed at Cork’s Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival in 2017, they were raising the curtains on 18 months of punishing touring. After ...

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Chernobyl drama series is sober, respectful and unbearably tense

Ed Power reviews Chernobyl, the new drama series on Sky Atlantic.

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Top artists donate to Cork's first €50 anonymous sale

Top artists have donated to Leeside’s first €50 anonymous sale for the Jack and Jill Foundation, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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LP has her heart on sleeve in passionate songs

After breaking through with Lost On You, singer LP has already sold out her Irish gig, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Behind the scenes of Float Like A Butterfly in Co Cork

Many of the locations in ‘Float Like A Butterfly’ were chosen when director Carmel Winters was out walking with her wife in West Cork, writes Esther ...

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Jafaris: Straight-talking rhymes with reason

AS recently as five years ago, Irish hip hop was regarded as somewhat of a novelty by mainstream music fans.

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A question of taste: Aisling O’Riordan

Aisling O’Riordan is involved in various arts and entertainment events around Cork, including this weekend’s It Takes a Village festival in Trabolgan, ...

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New book by Bret Easton Ellis challenges the Trump-baiters and public shamers

The first time 55-year-old American writer Bret Easton Ellis hit Ireland was in 1999.

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Festival review: Towers and Tales at Lismore Castle

Is there better setting in the whole wide world for a children’s book festival than Lismore Castle on a sunny day?

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Do you have a date for the Cork Proms?

The inaugural Cork Proms will be staged at Cork Opera House during the Midsummer Festival, in June, and will, hopefully, become an annual event, says Siobhan Howe.

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Foreign fields: The best music festivals in Europe and beyond

Glastonbury is back and there are a host of other overseas festivals offering impressive line-up, writes Ed Power.

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Wave of inspiration for Sherkin artist following sea crossings

Memories of regular sea crossings with her seriously ill husband lingered with Majella O’Neill Collins, the Sherkin artist whose work has been bought by George ...

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Review: Cork in perfect harmony for Choral Festival

The friendly fellowship of voices united in pouring out their songs in perfect harmony in a weekend of idyllic sunshine made Cork the most agreeable place to be ...

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We Sell Books: ‘I knew I couldn’t expect to live by books alone’

Janet Hawkins is owner of the independent book and coffee shop Blessington Bookstore in the town of the same name in Co Wicklow.

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From Bob Dylan to Kylie Minogue Christy Dignam chats about the music that shaped him

From Bob Dylan to Kylie Minogue, Aslan’s Christy Dignam tells Ellie O’Byrne about the eclectic mix of music that shaped him over the years.

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Early to rise: Three young Irish influencers making their mark online

Arlene Harris meets three teenage influencers who are making their mark on the world

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On song: Peter Corry hits a high note

SINGER Peter Corry does not believe in standing still. Aged 53, and leaning into decades of experience in the music business — a high note is playing the role ...

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