The Town’s Tunes: Long Play

Cathal jams at length with music journalist Mike McGrath-Bryan to figure out why you should check out Cork’s music Hello! As promised, here’s the longer version of my interview with Mike. There was so much good stuff that just couldn’t fit into the print issue (although I’m very happy with the article), so we had to put it up online! This is the almost-full transcript, … Continue reading The Town’s Tunes: Long Play

An Entertainment Revolution

  Tadhg MacCionnaith explains the rapid evolution of entertainment. From YouTube to Netflix to the upcoming MEANS TV, Tadhg wonders how radical this revolution will get.   As you are all aware, streaming seems to be the direction in which entertainment is going at the moment. First there was Youtube, which has gone from hosting amateur to professional videos. The likes of Twitch mean we … Continue reading An Entertainment Revolution

A Volunteer’s View of Electric Picnic

  “Where do we pick up our bedding?” “I’m sorry?” The question, shouted to me over the cacanophy of funfair music by a middle-aged lady in pressed jeans and a spotless crêpe shirt, took a few seconds to fully register. I leaned in closer, and she yelled again in my ear. “Where – is – Pamper – The – Camper?  We – need – our … Continue reading A Volunteer’s View of Electric Picnic

The Motley Gig Guide: Sep 30th-Oct 6th 2019

Deputy Entertainment Editor Cathal Donovan O’Neill gives you the five best gigs of the week We’re into week four, and I’ve got my first few assignments! They’re like very ugly puppies that I want to get rid of and wish I’d never been given in the first place. Or maybe angry rats, because my timetable’s about to get absolutely infested with them.  In music news, … Continue reading The Motley Gig Guide: Sep 30th-Oct 6th 2019

The Distorted Mirror of Black ‘47

Morgan Hegarty reflects upon the 2018 action film Black ‘47 and how we feel about the Great Famine today. 2018’s Black ’47 was an extraordinary film, the first time the seminal period of Irish history has been depicted on the big screen. As one commentator described it, the Great Famine was “the seed of the Irish nation”, creating what the signatories of the Proclamation of … Continue reading The Distorted Mirror of Black ‘47

Faked Out and Freaked Out

  Motley Staff Writer Kane Geary O’Keeffe tries to answer the question of why movie audiences are growing tired of the overuse of CGI. Since its release on July 18 of this year, Universal’s deeply unsettling trailer for its upcoming film adaptation of popular musical Cats has been bombarded with equal parts ridicule and horrified curiosity. Audiences all over the world found themselves unable to … Continue reading Faked Out and Freaked Out