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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Christmas FM is back for 2013

First off… before you say it (you were going to, weren’t you?)… yes, I do realise that my last (and only one of TWO so far!) post here on Culch was about Christmas FM 2012 almost a year ago, but I hereby solemnly swear and promise – in a sort of “early New Year’s resolution” […]


Congregation 2013

  November 30th and cities & towns around Ireland will have tumble weed blowing through them as the social media brigade heads down to sleepy west of Ireland village Cong.  Remember the John Wayne movie, the Quiet Man – well that, Ashford Castle and now Congregation.ie are putting Cong back on the must visit map. […]

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Theatre Review: The Bear’s Tuxedo in the Theatre Upstairs

This was a bit of a treat last week. I didn’t know much about the play, so went along with an open mind. I just barely made it in time (stupid traffic!) to the Theatre Upstairs at Lanigan’s Bar, Eden Quay, to catch Keith James Walker’s new play, The Bear’s Tuxedo. THE BEAR’S TUXEDO takes you […]


Movember – Support Me, Support Men’s Health

This is the month where men are real men. This is the month where men prove their manliness by growing fluff beneath their noses. This is Movember. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, during November each year men all around the world grow mustaches to raise awareness and funds to combat prostate and […]

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New Music Review: Tod Doyle and The Troubled – These Days

It was in my review of the Spirit of Folk Festival that I noted: my find [?] of the gig, if not the year was, the now very highly recommended Tod Doyle and The Troubled. I fell so in love with their song Kirbman, that I forgot to record it. I’ll make sure to rectify […]


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Irish Blog Awards 2013 – Winners

Who said blogging was dead ? So very far from it seems, if you take a look at the nominations list. Anyhow and for the now, these are the best that are Irish blogs for 2013. Go forth. Pick one. Read one. Leave a comment on one. Wish ‘em well done. Well done all. Best […]


New Music EP – Carriages

I first heard Harry Bookless and Aaron Page of Carriages play The Spirit of Folk Festival 2013. They were on the main stage and this was a folk festival. And in my head that conjures up images of bearded men with pipes and a sheep under one arm and a woman doing crochet quietly in […]

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Tonight: Midnight Openings For FIFA14

As the countdown to FIFA 14 continues, games retailers around the country have confirmed they will be opening their doors at midnight tonight, September 26th 2013. I have played it. And yes and as always with EA and FIFA it is good. More on that to follow…. Suggested cost I’m told will vary around €64.99 […]


Review: Spirit of Folk Festival 2013

Above image: Myself with organiser Martin Duffy, courtesy Brian Greene. Year 3, my third year at The Spirit of Folk Festival kicked off Saturday 22nd September and though it was only for 1 day and night, it was as always so very beautiful. It seems funny to want a passage of time to never end… […]

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The Hot Sprockets set to play The Late Late Show

And about fohoking time. Yup absolute legends and total frickin’ gentlemen The Hot Sprockets have just announced that they will indeed be playing The Late Late show. Tomorrow. Friday. Sept 20th 2013. Last time we met was at Indiependence 2013. listen to ‘The Hot Sprockets chat @ Indiependence 2013’ on Audioboo The choon of choice […]


Welcome: The Spirit of Folk, Festival 2013

This weekend sees the very much anticipated return of The Spirit of folk Festival 2013. Culch.ie has been and gone there since it began way back in 2011 and this it’s 3rd year is one I simply cannot wait for. I’ll grant you #SOF13 is probably not the type of gig where you’d spot that […]

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