Album review: Morrissey

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

SUPPORTING BREXIT and UKIP, and making sympathetic comments about far-right figures have left Morrissey fans disgusted, in despair, and in denial - often, with long term fans like myself, feeling all three at once.

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Thunder Road - pathos and power on a shoestring

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

THUNDER ROAD opens at Jim's mother's funeral. He is the only one of her three children to attend and he is very emotional. He suffers though an ill prepared eulogy, and begins to look deranged when going off on tangents about himself.

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Power-point dad, mum in a blue wig

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

ALVY CARRAGHER is a compelling performer of her poetry; a writer who manages to combine sometimes emotionally explosive material with an almost whimsical light touch which draws the listener in.

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Sex, death and Swiftian satire

Thu, May 30, 2019

Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital is the arresting title of Kevin Higgins’ new collection of poetry, which is published by Salmon and will be launched on Saturday, June 14, at the House Hotel.

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Galway International Arts Festival seeks volunteers

Thu, May 30, 2019

Galway International Arts Festival is currently recruiting dedicated volunteers for their 2019 programme of events.

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Danny O'Brien at the Roisin

Thu, May 30, 2019

Catch Danny O'Brien at the Roisin on June 4 — Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara O’Briain - Danny was handpicked last year to perform as part of the iconic “Best of The Edinburgh Fest” show in Australia, touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival.“

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Wires Crossed — 2020 project uses tightrope walking to promote physical and mental balance

Thu, May 30, 2019

Last week Galway Community Circus launched its exciting GalWAY 2020 project Wires Crossed with displays of high-wire walking near the City Museum and at the middle pier of the Claddagh Basin.

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Album review: Joan As Police Woman

Thu, May 23, 2019

A MAMMOTH 43 tracks, spanning 13 years, including two new recordings, as well as 10 tracks recorded for a BBC6 Music session, this is as expansive and exhaustive a Joan As Policewoman anthology as is possible.

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Wafer thin plot results in disappointing Pikachu movie

Thu, May 23, 2019

TOM GOODMAN is a young insurance salesman with no interest in a seemingly global obsession with Pokemon - the little creatures who co-inhabit the world with humans and most humans have a Pokemon familiar.

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Galway stories of positive working lives

Thu, May 23, 2019

Over her broadcasting career, Marie Louise O’Donnell has had the opportunity to work closely with many individuals, sharing their working lives, gaining a unique insight into their day to day duties, and learning what motivates and inspires them in their sometimes unusual occupations.

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Charlize Theron and Seth Rogan shine in Long Shot

Thu, May 16, 2019

SETH ROGAN is Fred Flarsky, a left-wing investigative journalist for a news website akin to The Daily Beast or buzzfeed. When it is bought by a Rupert Murdoch-like news mogul named Parker Wembley he quits.

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Album review: The National

Thu, May 16, 2019

THERE IS something familiar, and yet altogether different, about The National's eighth studio album. This is due partly to it being a film soundtrack, but mostly it is the presence of numerous female voices within this normally masculine environment.

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Album review: Jobcentre Rejects

Thu, May 09, 2019

WHEN IRON Maiden released their self-titled debut album in 1980, it did something no one thought possible - it fused the still evolving metal genre with styles the previous three years declared sworn enemies - punk/post-punk with prog-rock.

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Poets from opposite ends of the universe

Thu, May 09, 2019

CHRISTINE VALTERS Paintner and Patrick Chapman are, in most ways, poets from opposite ends of the universe. Dreaming Of Stones is Valters Paintner’s debut collection while Open Season On The Moon is Chapman’s ninth.

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Avengers: Endgame - saving the best until last

Thu, May 02, 2019

FINALLY WE are at the end of Marvel's incredibly ambitious film saga - 22 films, several TV shows, lots of toys and comics, so much money made, and now comes Avengers: Endgame, a direct sequel to last year's Avengers: Infinity War.

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EP review: Body Type

Thu, May 02, 2019

THEY CALL themselves the "trash can girl band", giving the impression of a raw and raucous garage rock, but Body Type are a far more considered prospect than their self-description indicates.

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Gripping thriller Spotless comes to Town Hall

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

Emma Willis, from The Young Offenders, and Ciara O’Callaghan, from Fair City, co-star in Gary Duggan’s potent new play, Spotless, which comes to the Town Hall, for one performance only, on Thursday May 2.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; the greatest game of them all

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

When one buys a video game nowadays, it is accepted as a given that the standard of story line will be equivalent to a motion picture with graphics as good as real life. Back in the nineties, this was not the case as games like the timeless Super Mario and Crash Bandicoot were bundles of fun but lacked any depth or story.

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Eighth Grade - a social media film for our times

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

OSCAR NOMINATED already, Eighth Grade is the debut feature from YouTube star Bo Burnham, and while it is easy to be apprehensive of a movie from a 27-year-old stand-up comedian, this is a strikingly good debut.

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Album review: Fontaines D.C.

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

IMAGINE A song which sounds as though it were written by Shane McGowan, but performed by The Velvet Underground. That song is 'Dublin City Sky', the closing track on Fontaines D.C.'s debut album.

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