Culture


Paris in Mourning 15th November 2015

  Paris in Mourning 15th November 2015 Emptiness fills the space that laughter use to fill And the silence it is deafening in the air so cold and still And tears replace the smiles for a city filled with pain And disbelief surrounds everyone for an act that was insane A place where lovers use to... 

The Waterboys Still Command the Stage!

The Waterboys Still Command the Stage! When I was a wee young lad in 1985, I bought myself a cassette tape titled “This is the Sea”, by a group who I thought were all Irish, by the name of The Waterboys. From that very day on I became hooked very rarely can one find an album without filler. As a... 

Les Levine’s Exhibition at the IMMA

Les Levine’s Exhibition at the IMMA For all the media and photography enthusiasts there will be an exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art show casing Les Levine’s Collection Using the Camera as a Club – Media Projects and Archive from the 19th November 2015 to the 17th January 2016.  Les... 

The Return Visit

The Return Visit by/Tony Gorman Slowly I walked down the streets of my childhood Remembering the places where I used to play Sadly the areas are deserted of children Only some old folk live there today I visualise my friends playing games along the pavement The girls with their skipping reciting their... 

Irish Artist Grace Weir’s Exhibition

If you are into physics, science and artistic films or maybe just stuck for an idea this winter, don’t miss out on IMMA’s newest exhibition. From the 7th November 2015 until the 6th March 2016 the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital, in conjunction with New Art, will be hosting Grace... 

The Waterboys Live at Vicar Street

Water boy fans get ready! The Waterboys will be playing in their hometown from the 4th- 7th of November. The Waterboys will kick of their show in Vicar Street with support from acts such as Freddie Stevenson and The Jimmy Cake. The band first came together in 1981 when Mike Scott, the singer and songwriter... 

Hollywood and Mental Health

Hollywood and Mental Health For many people the world can be either black or white. You conform and live, or you challenge and suffer, either way you die. You know what you know, or you don’t know it for sure. With mental health disorders it is the same thing. Those people who believe or have been... 

The History of Halloween

Halloween is a pagan festival celebrated by the Celts.  November 1st was considered their New Year because it was the first day of winter. They believed that the day started in darkness and as it continued it moved into light.  In Irish November is called ‘Samhain’ and in pagan times it was a... 

Journalist of the Year – Ryan Bailey

Journalist of the Year – Ryan Bailey Ryan Bailey won the Soccer Writer’s Association of Ireland’s – Brendan McKenna Memorial Award last week. An award for sports journalism. Ryan is a student at Griffith College here in Dublin 8 and is currently doing his Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree... 

Today’s the Future!

Today’s the Future! I must admit I’m a big fan of the Back to the Future movie trilogy and today is a very special day: Wednesday, 21st October, 2015. This is a date that every Back to the Future fan has been waiting for since we (with the help of the internet) collectively realised this particular... 

NCAD Grads Listed For IDI GD Awards

NCAD Grads Listed For IDI GD Awards Seven graduates from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) were shortlisted for the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) Graduate Design Awards. The third year graduates from NCAD were shortlisted for five different categories. The winners will be announced... 

Meet Ballroom Blitz

Meet Ballroom Blitz When Dubliner and up and coming pop sensation Conor Hamilton put an ad on a social media looking for people to join his new  band, he had no idea it would take him nearly 2 years before his request finally was answered.  The wait was reassuringly worth it for Conor, who is “Ballroom... 

Paul O’Connell’s Farewell 16th October 2015

Paul O’Connell’s Farewell 16th October 2015 by/Tony Gorman A warrior of our battles And glories of the past For helping Ireland’s Rugby O’Connell’s name will last He stood his ground so gallantly A gentleman of the sport He tackled all fearlessly And in fairness a real sort A role model to... 

Symphony of the Soil Film Hosted by Disireland

Disireland are an organisation that specialises in community based horticulture, bee keeping, inner city green space renewal, they are a very interesting non-for profit with some huge ideas please read more here Symphony of the Soil Film Hosted by Disireland Desireland, the producers of Spuds are hosting... 

Culture Night 2015

Culture is a way of life, traditions people follow and their ethnicity in the society they live in. To understand the background of one’s country it is good to know its customs it has followed through the ages and where modern civilization has gone since the beginning of its origin. Friday the 18th... 

Fantasia 4th October 2012

Fantasia 4th October 2012 One night by the light of the moon The clothesline came alive The shirt caused the blouse to swoon When asked up to dance for a jive The socks and the nylons they danced Their footwork mesmerised all the rest In excitement a bra hit the ground But there wasn’t a sign of a... 

NIVAL – A Haven for Art Lovers and Artists

NIVAL – A Haven for Art Lovers and Artists The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) is located on busy Thomas Street and is home to art students both national and international. Of course, when you are at college the library becomes your best friend and thankfully NCAD has one of the finest archived... 

United in Grief 6th September 2015

United in Grief 6th September 2015 As the waves gently slush on to the sea shore They break their way round you and rippled some more As your tiny head laid there so still on the sand An angel was sitting there holding your hand And from your body your soul took its place To raise up towards heaven... 

National Heritage Week 2015

National Heritage Week 2015 This month Ireland is celebrating its 20th (1995-2015) National Heritage Week. But the history that is being celebrated is much older than that! Indeed, especially when we think of historical monuments and heritage sites, like Newgrange, which dates back over 5,000 years... 

The Bull and the Crow

I thought some readers would enjoy a little humour for a change. This is a little poem I wrote in 2013 for my book. ————————– The Bull and the Crow         5th July 2013 A crow quite old and very sick Was walking with a walking stick His feathers dull not shining bright His eyes... 
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