Entertainment Editor, Dan Webb, chats with Irish actor and Moone Boy star, Ronan Raftery about his life, career highlights and his role in the upcoming show The Rook. What age were you when you began to act? What was the big inspiration that sent you down that path? I was twelve and playing the First Witch in a school production of Macbeth. I remember in … Continue reading Interview with Ronan Raftery
John Buttimer reviews Shoulder to Shoulder, a documentary proving that despite the political climate, sport can unite a nation. ‘Hard border,’ ‘soft border,’ a ‘United Ireland’ – these are words that are becoming unavoidable in our day to day lives as Theresa May’s Brexit plans splutter towards completion. Northern Ireland, which was once likened to the Sudetenland by Margaret Thatcher, is arguably one of the … Continue reading Shoulder to Shoulder
In this issue, Deputy Entertainment Editor Julie Crowley looks at a song called Et Cetera – Ireland’s unsuccessful Eurovision entry in 2009. It was the only Irish hit single by Sinéad Mulvey and Black Daisy. Et cetera (et cetera) I heard that old song many times But I still believe you really wanted her I spent the day deciding should I go or stay … Continue reading Irish One Hit Wonders: Et Cetera by Sinéad Mulvey and Black Daisy
Every single year without fail I always look forward to the Christmas holidays. It gives me a chance to kick back on the couch and to catch up on all the movies and shows I have been meaning to explore but have been unable to due to college. One day during the holidays a friend and I went to the cinema to see Spiderman: Into … Continue reading Tricks and Gimmicks: Unneccesary Distractions?
One to watch in 2019: the eagerly awaited 3rd LP from the infamous post-punk kings of sleazy guitar rock: Fat White Family will be jarring our concepts of sound early in 2019. The band’s debut release Champagne Holocaust (2013 – Trashmouth Records / Fat Possum Records) was like a gritty mission statement from a new (or at least newly refined) eye on social issues. The … Continue reading Album Anticipation: Fat White Family’s Serfs Up!
The 8th amendment is no more, and abortion services are finally legal in Ireland. So why is there still such a discourse on this issue? As of the 1st of January 2019, abortion services are legal across the Republic of Ireland, having been signed into law by President Higgins only a few months ago. A momentous occasion and the culmination of over 35 years of … Continue reading Abortion is legal. Now What?