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 be. Well Blanco Nino is about to change all of that. Working with 30 Irish farmers and food specialists the dream is to build Europe’s first Corn Tortilla factory operation in a move to supply us with what we have for so long missed out on. Within 5 years the guys expect to occupy 600 hectares of Corn fields and reinvigorate Irish farms with a homegrown success story. It’s still in early days, but Founder of Blanco Nino – Phillip Martin tells us ‘that we’re blessed to live in one of the most beautiful green … There’s more

Christmas FM 2012 is here

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It’s that time of year again… Christmas FM, the hugely popular Christmas music themed radio station which raises thousands of euros for charity every year is returning for another run this year – and this year they’re covering more of the country than ever before! New Culch.ie writer Niall O’Keeffe (that’s me!) will be presenting on the station (starting tonight!), which is based in the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel in Dublin city centre and can be heard on FM in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Kildare and the South-East region as well as online via the web site & smartphone apps. This year, it’s sponsored by the EBS and Clothing.ie and will feature over 60 radio stars who are once again giving their time for free in order to help out a great cause – ISPCC Childline. Those presenting shows include old favourites such as Mike Moloney and Gerry Wilson, Keith Shanley and … There’s more

Late to the game – My first week on Netflix

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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 There’s more

Comedy: Vultures in the Digital Comedy Lab

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Not actual vultures in a comedy lab of course! Those birds aren’t known for their sense of humour, more their picking at corpses. No, we’re talking about Vultures PI! We’ve mentioned the online comedy series before but the lads are in a competition you see. Digital Comedy Lab, created by Beactive Media, is a comedy incubation programme for film projects and puts Vultures in competition with five other Irish production companies who are battling it out to make a feature film. The winning entry gets announced at the Cannes Film Festival at the end of May and will receive €50,000 to make a mockumentary feature before the end of this year. What can you do to help? Simply watch this:

Comedy: Vultures

You like to laugh don’t you? Of course you do, you dirty bitch. Well pay attention because this may make you do just that. If it doesn’t? Well we don’t know what to tell you. Irish detective web-series Vultures returns with a new series to your local computer screen. Probably the one you are looking at right now. Aye, we see ye. We at Culch.ie love a good detective story particularly one with the word ‘dicks’ in the title. The new episode features student detective Janine Drew as she makes a documentary about unemployed detectives in Ireland and tries to find out what happened to the former dicks of Vultures Private Investigations. Starring Suzanne O’Brien (Janine Drew), Sean Hackett (Niall Tennyson), John Morton (Jim Vultour) and David Thompson (Dan McGrain) it’s worth a look. The first of four; episodes will go online monthly between now and June. Produced by Mycrofilms, … There’s more

TV: Scéal na Gaeilge

Mar cheiliúradh ar Seachtain na Gaeilge, tá ROSG an-bhródúil a shraith ceannródach nua, Scéal na Gaeilge, a thabhairt chuig an scáileán. Dhá chlár faisnéise is ea Scéal na Gaeilge a leanann aistear na teanga ó thús ama go dtí an lá atá inniu ann. Tríd meascán míreanna beochan, cúlraí scáthlán glas agus taifeadadh ag láithreacha stairiúla, nochtann an tsraith seo stair na Gaeilge le radharc spraíúil ar na scéalta stairiúla agus miotasacha a bhaineann léi. Físiúil, úr agus bríomhar, tá Scéal na Gaeilge curtha i láthair agus scríofa ag Alan Titley, stiúrtha ag Diarmuid Goggins agus léirithe ag Ciarán Ó Cofaigh do ROSG. Go minic ní bhíonn tuiscint cheart ag daoine ar céard í an Ghaeilge, céard as a dtagann sí ná cé a labhair í. Ní thuigeann siad gurb í an Ghaeilge an teanga a labhair Cú Chulainn, Naomh Pádraig, Brian Ború, Macbeth agus Dónal Ó Conaill. Ba í … There’s more

Trailer: Despicable Me 2

We have to wait flippin’ aaaages until it hits cinemas on June 28th, but it looks like it just might be worth it. Despicable Me 2, the follow-up to, you’ll never guess… 2010′s Despicable Me, is once again voiced by the likes of Jason Segal and Steve Carrell but this time with the added awesomeness of Al Pacino. The fine people at Universal sent us the trailer for your viewing pleasure… What can we say? Oh wait… ba ba ba ba banana ba ba ba ba banana bananaaaa potato naaaa bananaaa tokalilo potatoli kanimalo manikanochika ba ba banana yuhplanuhu lapanolutu ma banana lakamupitalamu banana ba ba ba ba banana potatooooo

Preview: RBS 6 Nations Championship 2012

Ahead of Saturday’s first game of the Championship, here’s how Culch Towers thinks it will all play out. Ireland ‘Good but not good enough’ was Declan Kidney’s summary after a disappointing exit in New Zealand last year … that and an inability to change tack when things weren’t going their way helped bring about Ireland’s exit probably a game early at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. A semi final spot would have been a realistic measure of the current Irish rugby squad. Ireland’s 6 Nations Championship opener will come against more or less the same Wales squad that knocked them out of RWC11. With wounds from that loss licked but not yet fully healed, there may well be opportunity to take retribution on a weakened Wales side who travel to Dublin without key players –  that must be considered a fortunate turn. That said, Ireland is not without its own … There’s more

Events: Get Back – The Story of The Beatles @ The Tivoli

Looking for something to do in dull, frumpy-as-a-nun January? Beatles fan? Get Back – The Story of The Beatles hit the stage at The Tivoli Theatre last night and runs until February 14th. The show, charting the rise of John, Paul, George and Ringo from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to their Final Sessions, features a soundtrack of hits such as ‘She Loves You’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Help’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, and ‘All You Need Is Love’. Beatles producer George Martin has commented of the show ‘the vocal resemblance is uncanny’ and the group capture the look of the fab four with scenes transporting you onstage and into the studio with one of the greatest bands the world has ever seen. Interested? Where: The Tivoli When: Jan 19th – Feb 14th, 7.30pm Tickets: €20.00 – €28.50 from 01 4544472 or tivoli.ie

Watch: Vintage Late Late Show Clip

This has been doing the rounds over on The Facebook, with good reason. Encompassing some of the greatest presenting skill the nation has ever known as Uncle Gaybo deals with a truly difficult situation; the good old days when the Late Late Show guests used to stay on set for the duration and interact with each other for the night; the old postal quiz, and a few words from the ever-watchable Brendan Kennelly – this was broadcasting.

Return of the Culch.ie Apprentice Ireland Liveblog

Being that I’ve been in hiding for the past year, I hadn’t really planned on running a liveblog for this year’s Apprentice Ireland, but now that the first episode is only hours away, I realise that half the fun of watching the show was sharing it with you guys. So, here we are! Pull up a chair, have your PC, laptop, iPad, SmartPhone at the ready to help us to berate and congratulate, to cheer and sneer, to laugh with and laugh at this year’s hopefuls. The show begins at 9 o’clock this evening on TV3 and our liveblog will kick off a few minutes before that. For those of you who don’t know, the liveblog is just a chatroom on this site where we talk about the show while watching it. It’s all very informal and tongue in cheek, so if you don’t like one of (or all of) … There’s more

Competition: Three Ireland jersey trade in scheme

It’s not every day you get to visit the Aviva Stadium to speak with an Irish soccer international but that’s just what we did last Wednesday when Sean St. Ledger flew in to launch the the Three Trade in Scheme. Three is asking Irish fans to Go Green With Pride (#3gogreenwithpride) and trade in their old Ireland football jerseys in any Champion Sports store and get €20 off the new home jersey. The old jerseys will be collected and donated to Friends in Ireland, a charity that cares for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa which was founded by RTE’s Marian Finucane, with Sean St. Ledger as an ambassador. The Three Trade-In scheme will run in Champion Sports stores nationwide until 30th September 2011. You’re also encouraged to log on to the Three Football Facebook page and upload your “Go green with pride” images. This could … There’s more

2011 ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil 4-15th April

ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil, Ireland’s biggest classical music festival, is set to showcase the talent of over 4,000 musicians from all over Ireland at the annual festival from 4th to 15th April inclusive. The email came in to me with this note attached: This ones for you chief…. you’re our Culch.ie trad music man But this is not a trad Irish feis ceol.That said, I wouldn’t let that throw you off the scent. I shall continue…. The competition now has over 190 individual classical music competitions including voice, piano, strings, wind, brass and orchestra…. Here’s Why I like it: I have to admit, it’s probably been school days since I went to a classical anything performance. But I will and do listen to it. Not intentionally or as I might in the case of lets say The Rolling Stones when they played Slane kind of a way. But in … There’s more

Temple Bar Tradfest 2011

It’s been almost one year since I heard Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh speak at last years launch.  And 6 years years since it first began The Temple Bar Tradfest is back. Bigger and better than you could have ever thought. Starting this Januray 26th – 30th But did the trad scene didn’t really need The Trad Fest ? Well it didn’t and then it kind of really did at the same time. In my home town for example, in Dublin, there are two sessions, albeit differing mildly [one folk one trad], genetically speaking, that take place every Friday evening. Some musicians play both. That’s a minimum of five hours playing – and too many other sessions within a short drive radius. But how many are a little Irish, not just in Ballyboughal but all over Ireland, in the sense that you kind of need to meet the right man, in the … There’s more

Queer Notions 7-11 Dec 2010

Queer Notions is back with a vengeance starting today, for 5 days with 24 events and 40 artists. Queer Notions involves plays, art, music, lecture, dance, film and politics, celebrating queer ideas and performance from Ireland further afield. There are some wonderful shows coming up for a very short run each so catch them while you can! Some of the coming highlights are The Big Deal written by Una McKevitt and already posted about by ElaineBucko. Trade will play once on Friday 10th December and is probably one of the shows I will try my best to catch: In a run down B+B in the north inner city, a chaotic and vulnerable rent boy meets with a middle-aged, happily married client. At first their meetings are simple, money/sex exchanges, but as they get to know one another, the man experiences a troubling burden of care and a moral awakening that … There’s more