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Get your gardening on at Dublin Garden Festival 2014

dublin garden festival

Granted, this isn’t your standard Culch post but there’s one of us involved and it’s the first ever Dublin Garden Festival, so listen up! ‘Bringing the outside inside’ takes place this weekend from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 June 2014 at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin. It features the best of Irish Gardening talent including Diarmuid Gavin, Dermot O’Neill, Helen Dillon, Gerry Daly and our very own Peter Donegan. Peter is speaking on Friday afternoon at 2pm and there’s lots on the entire weekend. Times: Open Fri 13 and Sat 14th from 9am – 9pm and Sunday 15th 12.30pm – 7pm. Tickets: Admission – €12 / €10 conc. 2 Day Pass – €20/€16 conc. 3 Day Pass – 30/€25 conc. Groups of 10 or more: €8.50. Children u12 free. Tickets available on the door or by visit www.ticketmaster.ie We’re reliably informed that this is the equivalent of Electric Picnic for anyone … There’s more

The Riptide Movement’s new music video ‘All Works Out’


We do like great Irish music around Culch towers and The Riptide Movement‘s latest album, ‘Getting Through’, is just that. You can buy it on iTunes here or stream it on Spotify below. The first single to be released is ‘All Works Out’ and the new video featuring Amy Huberman has hit the internets this week and can be viewed above. They’ll be hitting the gig circuit over the summer and we’re really looking forward to catching them. Great stuff lads.

Gig: Songs in the Key of D at the NCH

Photo credit: Tommy Walker

Culch.ie heads singing in a choir? Yep and not just any choir, it’s Songs in the Key of D. Following on from sell out shows at the Dublin Fringe Festival, the SitKoD choir bring you their expanded look at the songs of Dublin City. A musical journey from Handel to Hansard, Lynott to Drew. Performed by a choir of real Dubliners, rehearsals have been under way for the past fortnight with the gig taking place on the evening of February 3rd at 8pm in the John Field room at the National Concert Hall. Tickets are €18 (€16 concession) and can be purchased directly from the NCH box office or online at this link (use promo code ‘KeyofD10′ to get 10% off if booking this week). The idea of the choir came from producer, Mr Eoin Kilkenny and our musical directors are Chris O’Sullivan and Killian Grumley Traynor. There’s a lot … There’s more

Movie Review: The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

Desolation of Smaug

I’d wandered out of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last Christmas being slightly disappointed. I’d struggled to articulate why to my mates but in the weeks that followed I’d got to understand that I’d expected more of the LOTR feel. With Peter Jackson returning in place of Guillermo del Toro it was clear that we weren’t going to get a new vision of Middle Earth but more of what we’d come to expect. The first film, in what eventually has become a trilogy, had to lay a good bit of groundwork but in the Desolation of Smaug, things really get going. We know that the group comprising of Gandalf, Bilbo (“the burglar”) and our 14 dwarves are headed for the lonely mountain to reclaim the lost kingdom of Erebor from the titular dragon. I don’t really want to get into how the story plays out as it’ll contain spoilers but … There’s more

Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum

Glasnevin Museum

Invitations to cemeteries don’t come along all that often, thankfully, but when it’s Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, you’d do well not to decline. Established in 1828 by Daniel O’Connell, the cemetery is completely non-denominational and has a total of 1.5 million people buried inside its walls. That’s more people below ground than there are currently within Dublin city. Mad. On arrival our group was welcomed by Mervyn Colville, museum manager and board member of Glasnevin Trust. After tea, biscuits and a Q&A session, Shane MacThomais, the lead historian, guided us through the museum’s many exhibits. Visitors can look up the family’s history in the database, browse information about famous figures who are buried there and even listen to stories of the many gravediggers who have worked in the cemetery over the generations. Visitors will have particular cause to check out the info panel on Rosie Hackett, with the newest Liffey … There’s more

Theatre tip: War of Attrition


As you may be aware, we’re big of Devious Theatre from Kilkenny. Their work is some of the best amateur theatre in the country and they’re bringing their latest show, War of Attrition, to the Dublin Fringe Festival next week. “We’ve created the conditions for war, but no one wants to fight.” Daisy is the unwitting star of a viral video, Psycho Chugger, which currently sits on 178,234 YouTube views. And it’s ruining her life. Alan is the one who made it. A blogger who goes by the name of Generalissimo Malaise, he targets the ‘everyday arsehole’. Chris is a homeless man who just got caught in the crossfire of their feud. Devious Theatre bring their destructive new comedy to the streets of Dublin. There will be casualties. The show is directed by Niamh Moroney, produced by Ken McGuire and stars John Doran, John Morton and Roseanna Purcell. It will … There’s more

Live Music: Spirit of Folk Festival Awards Semi-Final @ Whelans

It’s plain how much love we have for the Spirit of Folk eh…folks, and we’ll be in Whelans of Wexford St on Saturday for the SOF Festival Awards Semi-Finals. Doors open at 3.30pm for a day of great bands, storytellers from all over Ireland and a craft market. An impressive 100 bands applied and nine have made it through to the semi-finals. They are: Moxie, Miriam Donohue, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, My Fellow Sponges, Garr Cleary, Laura Ann Brady, The Cujo Family, Vickers Vimy and A Band Called Wanda. Carl Corcoran of RTE Lyric FM’s Blue of the Night said of judging the awards: ‘Participating in the Spirit of Folk Talent search has been a real pleasure and has provided further proof to me that there is a very healthy and thriving community of music makers and creative artists out there. This SOFF initiative provides a great platform for … There’s more

Ukulele Hooley Festival 2013

Ukulele Hooley

Ireland’s 4th International Ukulele Hooley takes place this weekend (24th/25th August) in Dun Laoghaire. We were there for the first one in Temple Bar and it’s just gotten better with age. So what’s on? The Ukulele Hooley Bus Busk gets under way from The Pavilion at 3.30pm on Saturday and will feature a bus full of players stop off at various places along the south Dublin coast to place impromptu gigs. Grab your ukulele and join ‘em. Later in the evening there’s an Open Mic Night from 8pm to 10pm at Pavilion Quarter. It’s a chance for aspiring ukulele performers to contact their ‘inner uke’ and have the opportunity to perform in front of a public audience. There are also workshops running across the weekend so if you’d like to start or learn more complex tunes, you can check out the list here. The main event takes place on Sunday … There’s more

Arthur Guinness Projects


Got an idea that you haven’t quite set in motion yet? Guinness and Arthur Guinness Projects are looking to invest in great ideas across four areas of creativity and culture: Music, Sport, Arts and Food. You can submit your idea at the moment with a deadline of August 9th. Public voting runs concurrently but is open until 23rd August whereupon the top 10% of applications in each category will be judged by a relevant panel of industry figures (those guys above). Each project will receive between €5k and €50k with up to 20 benefiting annually. There have been some excellent ideas submitted already and you can browse the listings by category here: Music, Sport, Arts, Food. Get on it.

Longitude 2013 – What we’re looking forward to

Longitude 2013

If it’s one bigger festival this year that seems to have got the lineup bang on, then it’s Longitude. Taking place over this weekend coming (19th-21st July) in Marley Park, it’s got most of the better alternative acts on the touring circuit right now. I’ve listed some of my highlights below: Friday Foals (Main Stage, 7.30-8.45pm) I got hooked on their third album, ‘Holy Fire’, over the past month. It’s one of those that I’d tend to play the whole way through and that speaks to how good it really is. I’ve seen no videos or live performances so am going in cold but expecting good things. Tracks to listen out for: My Number, Everytime, Out Of The Woods Phoenix (Main Stage, 9.15-10.45pm) ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’ was just one of those albums. Universally loved with great stand out tracks like ‘Lisztomania’ and ’1901′, it launched them into the alt scene … There’s more

Movie Review: Pacific Rim


I was sold on the idea of Pacific Rim from the first minute of the trailer. Kaiju, giant aliens intent on the instinction of humanity, verus giant robots called Jaegars, powered by two pilots sharing the cognitive load. The kaiju have turned up through an inter-dimensional rift at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and begin to lay waste to any city they come across. Humanity band together and begin to manufacture massive robots, called Jaegers, to engage the Kaiju in combat and ultimately kill them. The balance of power is swinging back to the Kaiju though and they are appearing more frequently. Idris Elba, as main military man in charge, is disillusioned at the stance his bosses are taking and rallies the remaining Jaegar pilots and hardware to up the ante. Pilots must commence a “neural handshake” so compatibility between the two pilots is essential. We’re introduced to a … There’s more

BIG HOUSE Festival 2013

Big House Festival

Taking place at Castletown House in Celbridge over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (3rd – 5th August), the first BIG HOUSE Festival features over 50 events happening each day covering the worlds of music, theatre, visual arts and dance. There’s an additional special guest each day in: Jerry Fish and his Carnivale Show will perform on Saturday 3rd, Jack Lukeman (Jack L) presents his 27 Club show on Sunday 4th and trad legends LAPD [AKA Liam O’Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin & Dónal Lunny] will take to the stage on Monday 5th. We’ve picked out a couple of events we’re interested in below but you can book tickets and view the full programme at www.BigHouse.ie. Full day tickets are now available from €22.50 with family value tickets on sale for €45. Julie Feeney: Julie has devised a new show especially for the BIG HOUSE Festival, the perfect setting for the … There’s more

Mountain biking with Track and Trail

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I hadn’t been on a bike in twelve years, let alone one built for mountain trails. It started with a tweet from Martin, a keen mountain biker, who suggested we head out for a half day experience in the Wicklow Mountains. Our small group (myself, Christian, Ben, Amy and Ciaran) met up on a Sunday morning outside Roundwood in Wicklow at the regular base of Track and Trail. Paul and Aine run the company and provide outdoor adventure experiences including mountain biking, canoeing, hill walking etc. After brief intros we got down to a basic skills course on the bikes. There’s a good bit to take in so it was great to be able to spend the time going through gears, brakes, how to position yourself on the bike etc. After we’d got comfortable, Martin was good enough to show us a couple of trails. The initial uphill was damn … There’s more

Feel the power(boating)


I was looking for an alternative gift for a friend last Christmas and came across a deal for powerboating with Adventure Training Ireland. The lads run city kayaking, powerboating and sailing from their base at North Wall Quay by the Jeanie Johnston. We booked in for last Saturday morning and on the stroke of 11am, made our way out onto the river for the two hour experience. Jonathan, our guide, ran us through the basics of powerboating and then handed the controls over to us. We cruised up the Liffey as far as the Ha’penny, getting to see a few bridges as we went but the low tide wouldn’t allow us to venture further. Turning around and heading for the harbour, we got some practice at slaloming through the dolphins that protect the Samuel Beckett bridge and passed the Lauren L luxury yaucht moored by Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. The … There’s more

Competition: Tickets to Gardiner St Gospel Choir in concert

GSGC - Lift Your Voice

Peter posted about Gardiner St Gospel Choir’s upcoming gig in the O’Reilly Theatre and they’ve been in touch to offer us a pair of tickets to Friday’s gig (8pm, €15 with tickets here). As you know, the choir are launching their album Raise Your Voice, and raising much needed funds for Headway and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. They’ve also got some fantastic raffle prizes including; tickets to Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Delorentos, Robbie Williams, a digital camera, dinner vouchers, craft goods and lots more. COMPETITION CLOSED: Congrats to Hugh Fahey! Enjoy So, how do you win tickets? All you need to do is send us an email to competitions[at]culch.ie with the name of one of the album tracks (you’ll find them here) and make sure to include your name. We’ll choose a random winner tomorrow (23rd May) at 7pm. Best of luck!