New Irish Music: Martin Byrne, A Long Long Way From Ireland

It’s no big secret that I love my Irish music and more that I’ve a wee soft spot for the trad Irish. And when a promo copy of the new Martin Byrne single, A Long Long Way From Ireland came in my post this morning I was literally over the moon. This isn’t my first […]

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Theatre Review: In Dog Years I’m Dead

Two 29ish nearly 30 somethings meet against their will at a birthday party of a mutual friend that is about to arrive at the milestone that is the big 3 0. Caroline is not only 30, she is a thirty year old that has essentially made it. Married, mum of twins and still in touch […]


Theatre Review: A Tender Thing in

Siren Productions has brought Ben Power’s reimagining of the world’s most infamous teenage lovers to the Project Arts Centre. We meet Romeo and his fair Juliet in the twilight of their years having somehow escaped death to live a long life together. We do not get all the details of their love story. We do […]

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Hunger Games: The Craft Cocktail Showdown

For too long in Celtic Tiger we were plied with watered down mojitos and over-priced cosmos. Presently in Ireland we’re experiencing something of a cocktail renaissance. Maybe it’s the influence of Mad Men, maybe its a dissatisfaction with the standard Smirnoff Ice / Fat Frog offerings of an audience that’s grown up and matured? Whatever […]


Hunger Games: The Corn #TortillaRevolution

Corn Tortillas aren’t just a vessel for tastier foodstuffs as Blanco Nino would have us believe. They are, in fact, a cornerstone of Mexican culture, life and even history. For too long we have been subject to tasteless plain tortilla exports nothing compared to the authentic and original corn tortilla as it is meant to […]

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Free Tickets: You Couldn’t Make It Up on Newstalk

sez Pat O’Mahony: Jaze, how did we get here so quickly?  This Fri, January 24th, is our second-last You Couldn’t Make It Up recording for Newstalk.  It seems like only…oh alright, just over eight weeks since we did our first show in The Helix in DCU on November 29th.  How time flies when you’re busy […]


Damian Corless: 9000 Years of Irish Weather

Never heard of Damian Corless ? Say Collins Press, Damian Corless, [is] a journalist and a former editor of Magill and In Dublin, currently contributes to the Irish Independent. He has written comedy sketches for BBC TV’s classic Big Train and RTE’s award-winning Stew. His acclaimed books include The Greatest Bleeding Hearts Racket In The […]

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Theatre Review: Macbeth in @SmockAlley Theatre

Despite being a bit of a Shakespeare fanatic, I’ve probably only seen Macbeth twice on stage and I haven’t read it since my youth (and that’s some time ago now). So, I was very excited about catching Fast Intent’s production in Smock Alley Theatre this week. The Scottish Play opens as three witches, the “weird […]


Gig: Songs in the Key of D at the NCH

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 […]

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The Upbeat Podcasts: Mental Health Matters

Upbeat Radio aired over the new year 2014 on 103.2 Dublin City FM. Presented by Brian Greene of The Sodshow Upbeat Radio brings Mental Health & Mental Wellbeing to the airwaves and extends the discussion on topics such as advocacy, reform, access to services, stigma & getting help. Over the course of the four themed […]


Luke Kelly 30th Anniversary Tribute Night

This in from musician Ronnie Delaney who sez: The Fingal Folk makes a special return for 2014 with the first concert on Fri 31st Jan being dedicated to the memory of Luke Kelly of the Dubliners on his 30th Anniversary. The night will feature songs from the Dubliners repertoire to include Luke Kelly classics. Now […]

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St Tiernans Dundrum, Dublin. Evening Classes 2014

With everything from chinese cookery to Zumba and not thinking you have a note in your head to but wanting to join a choir to computer skills… the list is absolutely endless should you wish to get yourself away from watching the tele box one evening per week and taking on something new years resolution […]


Morning Dew. Sundays at The Carnegie Court Hotel

At the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords every Sunday from around 8pm play a band called Morning Dew. And last Sunday I had the honour to watch and listen to them play. If you have never heard of them before, they are a highly entertaining mix of trad Irish, country, folk and upbeat songs that could […]

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Rapunzel The Panto in the Solstice Arts Center in Navan

The Gaiety is what it is: safe and reliable. The Olympia has Jedward, which should say it all. The Helix is getting better every year and as for the Tivoli? Well, the less said the better. So if you don’t want the big prices of the Dublin (or other cities) shows, but don’t want to […]


Movie Review: The Hobbit – The 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 […]

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