Caz Coombes.


'It's always about improving on what you've done'

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

THERE ARE few musicians, who, more than two decades into their career, produce a set of songs many regard as among their finest, if not indeed their best, that go on to get a Mercury award nomination, in a year which is also the 20th anniversary of the album with which they originally made their name.


Coppélia - ballet, dancing dolls, and mad scientists

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

DR COPPELIUS has made a life-size dancing doll, so lifelike, young Franz becomes obsessed with it, abandoning his girlfriend, Swanhilda. Can Swanhilda save Franz from his own folly, and from the evil designs of the dastardly doctor?



Delorentos - acoustic show at the Town Hall

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

DELORENTOS' HOME Again Acoustic Tour is billed as the Dublin quartet's most ambitious acoustic tour to date, promising special arrangements of songs from across their catalogue, with some special guests aiding and abetting the renditions.


Eye to screen major Goya documentary

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

THE SPANISH artist Francisco Goya created some of the most memorable and in his Disasters Of War and Dark Paintings series, some of the most disturbing, images in western art.

Abie Philbin Bowman.


Abie Philbin Bowman @ Róisín Dubh Comedy Clubh

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

THE BRILLIANT Abie Philbin Bowman, whose comedy goes "way beyond superficial satire" to be "absorbing, challenging and highly entertaining", by Time Out, plays the Róisín Dubh Comedy Clubh.

Readings & Events

Call for entries for Cúirt New Writing Prize

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

THE CÚIRT New Writing Prize 2016 is now open for submissions in poetry and fiction, a cash prize of €500 and a chance to read at next year's Cúirt/Over the Edge Showcase are up for grabs.



Album review: Adele

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

ADELE DESCRIBED 21 as a "break-up album", but 25 as a "make-up album...making up with myself", but the fall-out from break-up still haunts many of these, often melancholy, songs of regret for what has happened, what has gone, and what can never return.

Cranky Face are (LtoR) Simon Noble, Fuz Reily, Mosey Byrne, and Hob Junker.

Essential Playlist

Listen to stream of debut EP by Galway 'supergroup' Cranky Face

Tue, Nov 24, 2015

CRANKY FACE, the Galway group featuring guitarist Fuz Reilly (Boyfights), vocalist/guitarist Simon Noble (Spats Colombo, Mugger Dave), drummer Mosey Byrne (Rural Savage), and bassist/Citóg co-organiser Hob Junker, have released their debut EP, We Should Hate.

Mythical Fallen Hero superimposed on the East Side Gallery by David O’Brien


Galwegians take a photographic look at Germany

Mon, Nov 23, 2015

GERMANY, OR rather, its Chancellor Angela Merkel and finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, have had plenty to say about, and dictate to, Ireland in recent years, but what have the Irish to say about Germany?

Coffee Break Read

Woman at the Door

Thu, Nov 19, 2015

Life’s pictures flicker around me as I linger outside the weather-beaten door. A crow perches on a branch of the skeleton ash on the lawn and a hearse stands in the lane. Bodies hide under a roof of umbrellas. I recognise some, even though years of humanity have battered them. It’s not peculiar that they don’t acknowledge me. They give their condolences to my sister, Margaret. I lost Jamie a long time ago. She’s only losing him now.

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