Cork Rock Book Cover 2017 (Hi-Res)

Mark McAvoy, Author of Cork Rock

Aideen Casey chats with Mark McAvoy about his insights into music of the rebel county in ‘Cork Rock: From Rory Gallagher To The Sultans of Ping’.   “By the end of this colourful and deeply respectful book, a portrait of the city and the quirky talents it produces emerges, giving you a new found respect for the place and its distinctive inhabitants.” – Irish Voice … Continue reading Mark McAvoy, Author of Cork Rock



Shamim Malekmian and Courtney Oliver recount the sights and sounds at two recent Coughlan’s Bar gigs.   Ghostking is Dead Words: Shamim Malekmian “Does anyone know a good joke?” Matt Corrigan said to the audience at Coughlan’s bar’s Cork Loves Music event while they waited for him to prep his guitar. It is understandable to be a bit nervous, when you’re an 18-year-old schoolboy on … Continue reading Gigging!


Interview: Amber Run

Leanne O Connor Desmond talks to Joe Keogh of Amber Run about the past milestones, their new album and future plans. Joe Keogh, member of Nottingham born band Amber Run, spared no detail as our conversation began. He was strikingly thoughtful as talk turned to the decision to leave University to pursue a music career. Amber Run were receiving attention from four major record labels … Continue reading Interview: Amber Run

LONDON - JUNE 11: Rory Gallagher photographed in a studio for his 'Top Priority' album cover on 11th June 1979. He plays a Fender Stratocaster guitar. (Photo by Brian Cooke/Redferns)

Everything is Propaganda: Rebel County

Motley’s monthly columnist Steve Flynn discusses the sounds and voices that make the music of the Rebel County “If cities are sexed, as Jan Morris believes, then Cork is a male place. Personified further, I would cast him as low-sized, disputatious and stoutly built, a hard-to-knock-over type.” – Kevin Barry Being born and bred in Cork comes with a predetermined set of characteristics; a sense of … Continue reading Everything is Propaganda: Rebel County

Opening Scene of Will it Fit in the Van with Alan Mooney, Darragh Keating and Patrick Lehane, Photography by Hayley Stuart

Will it Fit in the Van? An Interview with Conor Clancy

Entertainment Editor, Gemma Kent, chats with Conor Clancy about his new play, Will it Fit in the Van?, ahead of its Cork debut.   Opening for the first time in Cork on March 8th in the Strive Theatre, Will it Fit in the Van? is a farcical black comedy written by Conor Clancy and directed by Al Dalton. Having received critical acclaim at its premiere from the … Continue reading Will it Fit in the Van? An Interview with Conor Clancy

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Spot on the Guest List for MKAI’s Cyprus Avenue Gig

It’s your lucky day! Band of brothers, MKAI, are no strangers to the Irish music scene. Since formation, the lads have played across the country — from Electric Picnic to Indiependence — and were also shortlisted for Glastonbury’s Emgerging Talent Competition just last year. Tomorrow, the Cork-born four return to Cyrprus Avenue for another cracking gig, with support from mates Heroes in Hiding. In conversation … Continue reading Spot on the Guest List for MKAI’s Cyprus Avenue Gig