Author Archives : Darren Byrne

About Darren Byrne

Blogger, writer, movie buff, amateur dramatist and all round nice guy. When I'm not spouting about on, I can be found Tweeting inanities @DarrenByrne or @Culch_ie. I am the admin behind and if you want to contact me for anything, drop me a mail.


Late to the game – My first week on Netflix

There was a big interwebby brouhaha when Netflix launched in Ireland in January. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t particularly interested at the time. No one was raving about it. Many people said that the price was great (at just €6.99 a month, that seems a fair comment), but that the content was seriously lacking. The range of movies was very limited and the TV shows that were available were far from up-to-date. I gave it a miss. Six months later

No Doubt are back and they’ve brought the 90s with them

I was a huge fan of No Doubt from the second I received their debut album, Tragic Kingdom, as a Christmas present in 1995. Today, they release the video for their first single in nine years. The Grammy Award-winning rock group release Settle Down, the first single from their new album Push and Shove, which is released on September 21st.


Competition Closed: The Iveagh Garden Concerts with Rufus, Mike and Lisa

Well, this lot almost slipped past my radar. How did that happen? Did you know that there are three frickin’ awesome gigs lined up for The Iveagh Gardens next week? Wanna win some tickets to see Rufus Wainwright, The Waterboys or Lisa Hannigan? Then keep reading… Rufus Wainwright begins the Iveagh Gardens Nights on Wednesday […]


Soundtrack Review: Ted is Easy Listening Cheese

In complete contrast to the edgy, outrageous, controversial fare we experience in the movie itself, Ted‘s soundtrack is a mix of a gentle (and sometimes amusing) score from Composer Walter Murphy and a selection of easy listening tunes and cheesy classics. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, Seth MacFarlane tells the story of John Bennett (Mark […]

Meh. Oh look, more subpar Tim Burton.

I just watched the trailer for Tim Burton’s latest movie, continuing his never-ending pursuit to remake, rework, reimagine, rejuventate, revive, rejig and redo every movie ever made. At least this time he’s not tearing down the pillars of my youth (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Instead, this time he’s revisiting (just when […]


Competition Closed: The amazing Dionne Warwick in Vicar Street this Thursday night

*** Competition Closed *** *** Winners: Caroline Kelly, Lisa Byrne and Stephen Lynch *** Say A Little Prayer, Walk On By, A House Is Not A Home, Deja Vu, Is This The Way To San Jose, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again…the woman is an absolute legend. I can’t wait to see her. Why don’t […]

Competition Closed: Jeff-fah-fah Dunham in the O2 Dublin

  *** Competition Closed – Winners will be notified shortly *** *** Congratulations to Colin, Gary, Dave and Caroline *** I am a huge fan of Jeff Dunham. Yes, like everyone else, I fell in love with that cookie little go-getter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, long before I knew that Jeff Dunham likes to stick […]


Competition Closed: Join us for Spring Break

We’re huge fans of the 80s supergroup Spring Break at Playing the biggest American 80s hits even better than the originals, every single time we’ve been to see them has been an amazing night. Yes, that is me getting into the action (thanks to @cloudsteph for the awesome hair). That’s one of the most […]

Competition Closed: Interview and Ticket Competition: Presidents of the United States of America

I chatted with Presidents of the United States of America’s drummer, Jason Finn about the band’s current tour. are also offering you the chance to win tickets to see the band in Vicar Street on St Patrick’s Day night. It’s easy to enter.


“The best stories infuse wonder” – Andrew Stanton’s TED Talk

This is lovely. I always love the TED Talks and this one is no different. It’s a glimpse into the mind of a great story teller as tries to explain what makes the greatest stories. Andrew Stanton is the writer of Disney’s newest film, John Carter, but he is responsible for Toy Story, Finding Nemo, […]

Theatre Review: The Master Builder and The Goddess of Liberty

I‘ve seen some fine theatre in the past week, including Bookworms in the Abbey, The Master Builder in The New Theatre and The Goddess of Liberty in the Project Arts Theatre. Below is my video review of the latter two plays. I’d love to hear what you think. Both The Master Builder and The Goddess […]