Gig: Songs in the Key of D at the NCH 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 […]

Photo credit: Tommy Walker

Mental Health

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 […]

Desolation of Smaug

The Christmas FM crew

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 are putting Cong back on the must visit map. […]

Congregation 2013


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 […]