About Andy Gaffney

Tea crowder, housekeeper, comedy heart throb

Fringe Preview : The Circus Of Perseverance

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The 8th of September brings the Absolut Fringe festival back into town for sixteen days of arts, music, comedy and theatre. A self-proclaimed “dream  factory”, it’s probably safe to say there is something for every taste on show from comedy about finding Fassbender to a showcase of photographs of everything tight jeaned in the brilliantly titled ‘Hipsters We Met and liked’. One such show that sums up this up is the highly ambitious ‘The Circus Of Perseverance’ starting from the 10th of September in The Back Loft.  Set in Dublin the play deals with the very real and common problem of feeling everything is a little bit rubbish at the moment and wanting to escape that. Using a series of interwoven stories the characters will break out from the crowd of negativity all set in a circus theme.   ‘The Circus of Perseverance’ is a rambunctious, highly profane production that … There’s more

Interview: Nouvelle Vague, the awesomest covers band

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Nouvelle Vague are the effortlessly cool cover band who you wish could soundtrack every party you have ever had. Hailing from France, the new wave obsessed band have taken songs such as Ever Fallen in Love? and Blister in the Sun and made them their own. This Galway Arts Festival sees the band make a very welcome return to the city when play Chic Week, so using this an excuse to make myself look in any way cool I spoke to singer Liset Alea about Galway, recording their first original album, breakfasts and serving her cotton candy on stage. I can’t believe I get to start an interview by asking this but where are you right now, Paris or Miami? Because you live in both, right? I’m living in Paris right now, but I’m living out of my suitcase. Sometimes it gets opened to do laundry but then it goes … There’s more

Culch Valentine’s: How to be single on Valentine’s Day

Hi there gorgeous, So, Valentine’s Day. Starry-eyed loser, star-crossed lover or cross-eyed malcontent, you’re bound to have an opinion on it, yes? Be it a memory, a barely-concealed urge to vomit, a poem for your other half that makes the rest of us vomit, a scribbled note on what a perfect valentine’s would be for you, a history lesson on the relics of St Valentine, an angry swipe at Hallmark, a cry for help because you don’t know your partner much better than you know your postman and you’re deathly scared of trying to shop for them or anything in between, we share those feelings and each day in the run up to the 14th one of Culch’s writers will bring you their own personal Valentine’s thoughts. With love and last-minute garage chocolates, Culch Ah Valentine’s Day, an excuse for singles the world over to pop ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ back … There’s more

Events: Irish Film and Television Awards

The rather fancy Irish Film and Television Academy Awards hit Dublin this weekend, showcasing a year’s worth of talent from both home and abroad and giving a well-deserved pat on the back to a frankly brilliant year for Irish TV and Film. However, we know times are hard out there so if you plan to make a trip to the bookies in order to bet on your favorites, here is my guide to whose name you will hear the most on the night. Michael Fassbender 2011 could of been renamed ‘The Year of The Fass’ (screenwriters, you’re welcome to pen that, by the way) as the German / Killarney boy seemed to become the coolest man on the planet. He could be seen popping up as everything from romantic Bronte leading man to future baddie Magneto in X-Men. However it was with his performance in Shame that he really got … There’s more

I Heart Tea Crowd Episode 8 – Dermot and Dave

It’s here… it’s finally here! After a marathon editing session (Dermot, we’re sorry we chopped off your shoulder…) and a couple of evenings feeling like we just couldn’t bear to share our exclusive footage of Dave Moore’s old haircut with the world, we have a new episode of Tea Crowd. And look, it’s 20 minutes long. Our YouTube account got upgraded – high 5! As usual, we also have a big box of Lyons Tea stuff to give away. If you want it, this months Tea Crowd Teaser is what has four wheels and flies? The answer is in the video. Just leave your answer in the comments and we’ll pick a winner next time out.

Andy’s Top 5 Scenes from TV that make you want a Puppy and a Gun.

A little while ago on this I selected five scenes from films that proved that the world is a rather lovely and cuddly place. A bit like a rather over weight cat or  that drunk person who just wants love outside Burger King on Grafton Street at four on a Saturday morning. Yes, my friends, the world is a pretty great place to be. However, I recently watched episode two of Derren Brown’s four part ‘The Experiments’ series where using his frankly rather dashing wizard like powers he attempts to show the true nature of human beings. Without getting too much into spoiler zone (don’t worry, there will be plenty of that to come) he allowed an audience to believe that they were taking part in a new game show, where they would be able to vote on what happened to one person. The audience were always given two options, … There’s more

Uncharted 3 : Drakes Deception – Preview

We have all been there, you love something with all your heart but alas you had reached the end, and yes while the terms you parted on were friends who deeply cared for each other, but perhaps it is time to move on. Yes the next couple of months will be spent looking at photos of Christmas, sat around in an oxtail soup stained ‘Play it cool Trig’ T-shirt hoping that if someone is lucky enough to be experiencing their company right now, they know how to make them happy but knowing that they never will. Yes the months after ‘Uncharted 2 : Among Thieves’ were tough but now she wants me back. The game was nearly pitch perfect, the world of dashing tomb raiding Indiana but cooler Nathan Drake was one of the most fun and playable worlds that had been seen on this generation of gaming. It also … There’s more

Andy’s ‘Top Five Lovely Scenes of Lovely People Acting Lovely’

Ain’t love grand? Well, it all depends really. For about seventy percent of people it’s a dark hole of pain where your one hope is that someone looks at you with a little less disgust than how you look at yourself and that their fear of being alone is just as soul destroying as yours. Of course, even then, happiness is probably out of the question as you never got over your best mate who you claim not to be in love with though even as you read this you have one eye on their Facebook praying that it’s their cousin telling them “can’t wait to see you, I’ll bring the vodka XD !”. Though for the other thirty percent, yes it is, it’s blooming fantastic. Apart from all the butterflies, hand-holding and that first moment the lady doesn’t ask you to leave after you ask could she do the … There’s more

I Heart Tea Crowd – Episode 7 Michelle Doherty

This month on Tea Crowd, Phantom 105.2′s Michelle Doherty takes a break from presenting Finest Worksongs to join us on the sofa and chat dance moves and The Script, take on the Tea Crowd Teaser, and generally be one of our favourite guests ever. If you want to take on the Tea Crowd Teaser yourself and win a hamper of tea goodness from Lyons Tea, the question (and the answer) are in the video. Just leave your answer in the comments and we’ll pick a winner in next month’s episode. Good luck!    

LOL For Lamda – 1st September @ The Laughter Lounge

Do you like being merry, laughing with friends and helping out good causes? If the answer is no you’ve probably been too busy trying to con your partner Jacob Marley out of your accountancy firm. If yes, I have just the ticket for you. On Thursday the 1st of September the Laughter Lounge plays host to ‘LOL For Lamda’, a night of comedy featuring Karl Spain, Rory O Hanlon and more still to be announced. Also, as we all know comics love nothing more than a drunk audience shouting at them, there will be a free cocktail between seven and half seven to help get you in the mood, with a late bar and dancing to put the night to bed. The cause is ‘Sponsor My Dream’ which aims to help raise funds for two ridiculously talented Irish actors cover their tuition fees for one of the best drama schools … There’s more

Review: A Betrayal of Penguins – The Workman’s Club

A little while ago after seeing A Betrayal of Penguins supporting their sketch comedy peers ‘Foil, Arms and Hog’ at Whelan’s I mentioned that, golly I would like to see a full show of them. Sure enough just like that time I asked for Power Ranger toys for Christmas, I got my wish (which by the way, was very hard that year, when children did that thing where on Christmas Eve they talk to a Santa on a radio show, he was all like “Oh, I don’t know, the elves are finding them very hard to make”, so yeah, up yours other kids).

I Heart Tea Crowd – Episode 6 Bipolar Empire

This month on Tea Crowd we had a brilliant time hanging out with the guys from Bipolar Empire, chatting tea, Oxegen and Pat Kenny… As usual, as well as pop culture interview goodness, we’ve got a prize to keep you happy. This month’s hamper from Lyons Tea also contains a signed CD from the guys. If you want to have a go at winning it, the competition question is: What’s only useful when it’s broken? And we don’t want the Google answer, we’ll accept any of the answers given by the band. Get entering in the comments below.  

An Interview (of sorts) with Mark from Ash

With the Temple House Festival nearly ready to rock off with its socks off this weekend, I caught up with Mark from headliners Ash to chat about it. Which was the plan really, however in true past form the interview soon turned into chatting about Star Wars (a lot) and girls (the lack thereof). So yeah, enjoy it, he’s a bit lovely. A: ‘Ello Mark! Dear god whats that noise? M: Its pissing down rain here, its awful. A : What are you doing outside then, man? M : I was rehearsing in the studio but the reception is awful, so I’m hiding out here, trying to avoid the rain. A: Well, I’ll be quick and let you get indoors. The bonus of this being a phone interview, though, is I don’t need to mess about with tie knots and I can do this in my underwear in between busting … There’s more

I Heart Tea Crowd – Episode 5 Niamh Farrell (Ham Sandwich)

***COMPETITION CLOSED. CONGRATS TO CLARE*** In episode 5 of Tea Crowd, we’re joined by Ham Sandwich legend Niamh Farrell. Check out her red Doc Martens. Too cool for words. The winner of the hamper from the Bosco episode is announced too. The Tea Crowd Teaser for this month’s tea hamper from Lyons Tea is this: There’s two in every room and one in every corner. What is it? (The answer’s in the episode). Throw your answer in the comments and we’ll announce the winner in next month’s episode. Previous episodes of Tea Crowd are available here.

Ham Sandwich – Phantom First Friday At The Academy

  Ello! Looking for some fun and dancing on your Friday night? Well look no further than Phantom’s First Friday down in the Academy featuring the genuinely brilliant, lovely and future guest to be ‘Tea Crowded’ (like an Apple shop baby, never far from a plug) Ham Sandwich. Gearing up for their appearance at the Forbidden Fruit festival in June, the guys will showing off hits from their albums ‘Carry The Meek’ and last year’s rather stunning ‘White Fox’. Joined by New Secret Weapon and DJ Claire Beck,  it will be all kicking off at 8pm for ten euro. Probably the most fun you could have with your Friday night, unless you found a box load of those old polystyrene ‘Flying Gliders’, some fireworks and an abandoned warehouse, but chances of that on such short notice is probably not very likely, so go here instead. Right I’m off to the … There’s more