Culture


Thomas ‘Street Fest’ – Urban Art Regeneration Project (July 19-21)

The traders around the Thomas Street area have been busy in recent times attempting to clean up the area, by regenerating buildings and corners of our locality which have fallen into disrepair. As part of this programme, Evolve Urban Art (also see their facebook page) are holding the 1st Thomas Street... 

Local Girl Hits The Right Notes!

Yazz was recently snapped with Kasey one of the girls from the Irish pop group, Wonderland, who Yazz hopes to get a chance to work with, if she does well in the final. Local girl Arezu Tabarsi (aka Yazz) has been hitting the right notes recently since she entered a competition hosted by the Starz music... 

Dublin Band, The Lee Harveys, Release Gun City Album

If someone said to me this time last year that in less than 12 months I would be listening to rap and punk music I would have laughed at them, but today I smile with content whilst listening to ‘Gun City’, the 1st offering from the Dublin based trio, The Lee Harvey’s. Last year I heard... 

U2 – Then & Now

In the year of 1976 a then 16 year old school boy answered a news notice that was displayed in his school at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School that a band forming in the school were looking for a guitarist. Paul Hewson, a then 16 year old, answered the notice and became one of the once 7 piece group,... 

Develop Your Artistic Side – Art Classes @ F2 Centre, Fatima

Do you have some free time on your hands? If so the F2 Centre at Fatima have free classes up and running since last year, and in particular the Tuesday evening art class which runs from 7 to 9pm. Once you arrive at reception you sign in, and you can either walk the stairs or take the lift up to the... 

The Rare Old Times – The Pogues

The Pogues were set up in London in 1982, their birth has with many punk bands, was a tale of many small bands swapping players. Peter “Spider” Stacy who plays the tin whistle, first met Shane McGowan in a toilet at a Ramones gig in the Roundhouse pub in London in 1977. Spider was in another group... 

Poets Corner: Son, Oh Son

I have always loved you even when things weren’t good between us, I always made sure you were ok before I went to bed each night I always made sure you had fresh and clean clothes on your back, and that you had a least four pairs of runners or shoes I always gave you two big bouts of love, to make... 

Book Review – The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test: A Journey through the madness industry by Jon Ronson Ronson is well known for his humorous look at the quirky eccentric fringes of society. Often he sees the peculiar with great empathy as he considers himself, well, as quite peculiar. From the almost fantastical “The men who... 

Poets Corner: A Wintry Morning

The trees that were dotted in between the park’s path on either side, looked so shabby and bare the leaves that once danced on each branch were all gone… long disappeared so it seemed As I look around all the trees, the plants look so lost and so miserable, so lonely like a lost soul, lost on this... 

Poets Corner: Past Lives And Trades

The days that have past us by, people say are the good old days. The ways that people worked and lived, is part of our rich history. The arcs that surround our Cathedrals and churches, where all done by hand, there was no machines them day but at least there was plenty of work. Boys at the age of 12... 

Film Review – Limitless

LIMITLESS Staring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro & Abbie Cornish Director: Neil Burger Rising star Bradley Cooper’s latest offering is an exciting fast paced thriller. The story starts with a deadbeat writer’s chance meeting with an old acquaintance, a former brother in law who now deals in... 

Poets Corner: Memoirs Of A Memory

He Looked, She at him. She Smiled, He at her. Do you remember, he asked. I do she said. Its so fresh, we where so new. So new to that world, and so new to the love buzz. Seeing you today she said, It feels that it was only yesterday. Its so fresh inside, I can still feel it within my heart. We where... 

Stand Up Ireland – You’re In An Awful State, Are’nt Ya?

Was there a war in Heaven? Have we pissed off the gods? Why is it no longer raining smarties and lemonade! Come on Willy Wonka – throw us a bone! Well, what can we say? The country is going through withdrawal! I didn’t notice much difference myself but I did notice the absence – of fun! People... 

St Patricks Day Events

The Parade In honour of Dublin’s UNESCO City of Literature designation the festival parade will bring specially commissioned short story “Brilliant” by Roddy Doyle, to life on the streets of Dublin, in spectacular fashion. The short story is available for download here> Inspired by the outrageously... 

Film Review – Black Swan

Staring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel Director: Darren Aronofsky This year’s first big movie, Black Swan is directed by Aronofsky of The Wrestler fame and it shares many similarities with its predecessor. Despite its fantastical qualities, it too is shot from the perspective of the... 

Poets Corner: The Hit

The stroke it done, the cash in the palm. I phone one of the many dealer’s, and Meet them on high I’m alone in me gaff, this is what I need I fish out my bag of Tricks, and use the new. I empty the Q of beige powder on to the spoon, Mix in some water and some citric, I light me lighter under Me... 

Kilmainham Arts Club

The Kilmainham Arts Club is a free monthly Arts night held in the Patriots Inn, Kilmainham. The aim of the night is to provide a space for amateur and professional artists of all disciplines, both local and from further afield, to present or perform their work in an informal and relaxed setting. The... 

Are You Having A Laugh

One survey said the top three most stressful things in life are: 1. Public Speaking, 2. Moving House, and 3. Death. I think it should be revised. It should include ‘Doing your Tax Returns’ Benjamin Franklin said, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” I did my tax returns... 

The Lighthouse Cinema In Smithfield

Cinemas were closing almost everywhere in Dublin, in the seventies especially: to take only our own area, there was the Lyric in James’ St, overlooking the Fountain; the Rialto and its companion round the corner, the Leinster; the Phoenix on the quays, not far from Collins Barracks; the Tivoli in... 

Poets Corner: Our Dublin, My Dublin

Dublin there is no city like it, nor will there ever be. It’s one of the smallest county in Ireland, and yet it feels really big I could walk around it blindfolded, and still get there on time. I love the feel of the cobble stones as they wobble beneath my feet, The ones around Guinness are imbedded... 
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