2014 - THE MUSICAL YEAR IN REVIEW

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Lucius. Photo:- Peter Larson.

BEST ALBUMS OF 2014:

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Cinema review: The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies

Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Sir Ian McKellan returns once more as Gandalf in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

AFTER 13 years, six films, and 1,031 minutes finally we have come to the end of Peter Jackson’s incredible Middle Earth saga. Even if you are not a fan of the movies you must respect how Jackson has handled the immense project.

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Album review: AC/DC

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

GIVEN THAT founder and driving force Malcolm Young can no longer play music owing to dementia, AC/DC would have been forgiven for calling it a day.

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Album review: John Grant

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

John Grant. Photo © chrispayneimages

AFTER RUINING his second album Pale Green Ghosts with ill-advised dabbling in, and often insipid stabs at, techno and electronica, John Grant re-connects with more organic sounds on this live album.

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Cinema review: St Vincent

Mon, Dec 08, 2014

A BILL Murray movie is always time for celebration. Certainly one of the most beloved actors of all time, when he has a movie out you always have to see it - and he has been on an decent run lately, mainly thanks to his collaborations with Wes Anderson.

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Old Galway’s hidden urban landscape

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

ONE OF the great pleasures of the early morning walk, jog, or run through the streets of Galway is that you can experience our urban landscape unencumbered with either human or motorised traffic.

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Ireland’s leading protest poet discovers hope

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

A WOMAN told me recently that if she hears one more bad poem about water charges, she may take the extreme retaliatory action of paying her water charges bill, in the unlikely event that it ever actually arrives.

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Album review: R.E.M.

Thu, Nov 27, 2014

R.E.M pictured in 1984.

THERE ARE many who argue that R.E.M.’s greatest artistic achievements, bar 1992’s Automatic For The People, came during their time on the IRS label, before they signed to Warner in 1988.

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Theatre review: No Show (Thereisbear! Mick Lally Theatre)

Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Paul McCarrick as Tommy and Grace Kiely as Maire in Thereisbear!'s No Show.

UP-AND-coming Galway ensemble Thereisbear! launched Druid’s emerging artists FUEL residency programme in fine style on Tuesday night at the Mick Lally Theatre with the premiere of No Show, written and directed by Peter Shine.

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Cinema review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

DESPITE REALLY enjoying the first two Hunger Games films I was apprehensive about this one. The third Hunger Games book is by some distance the worst of the trilogy and with the end of this incredibly lucrative franchise in sight the makers have taken the, no doubt purely artistic, decision to split the final book into two films.

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Album review - Ariel Pink

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Ariel Pink.

IF NOEL Fielding had such a thing as an evil twin, then LA’s Ariel Pink just might be it, for in pom pom, he has just unleashed possibly the strangest album of 2014, and certainly the year’s most eccentrically uninhibited.

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Cinema review: The Imitation Game

Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

THE INCREDIBLE story of Alan Turing is almost impossible to believe. This man invented the computer and, with a small team, ended WWII two years earlier than was thought possible, and in doing so saved the lives of 14,000,000 people.

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Galway author charts the Irish experience of WWI

Thu, Nov 13, 2014

THE LAST couple of years has seen a mushrooming of books relating to WWI, and more specifically, WWI and Ireland. For those interested in learning more about this seismic event, or wondering where to start, Cormac Ó Comhraí’s Ireland and the First World War: A Photographic History is the perfect answer.

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Album review: Thurston Moore

Thu, Nov 06, 2014

ACOUSTIC GUITARS dominated Thurston Moore’s last two solo albums, but the recent collaboration with Chelsea Light Moving and that magnificent January 2013 show in the Róisín Dubh announced his electric six-string was plugged back in.

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The grandeur of Dún Aonghusa

Thu, Nov 06, 2014

THE STONE fort of Dún Aongusa is one of the more spectacular surviving remnants of ancient Irish civilisation. It stands at the edge of Atlantic facing cliffs on the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór, and on a clear day, much of the west coast of Ireland is visible from the site.

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Three short plays about IRA internal security

Thu, Nov 06, 2014

Seamus Scanlon.

THE INTERNAL security procedures of the now defunct Provisional IRA (1969-2005 RIP) have lately been subjected to a certain amount of criticism. Even Gerry Adams has admitted “mistakes” were made.

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Cinema review: Fury

Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Brad Pitt leads his men across war torn Europe in Fury.

AROUND THIS time of year we get our first look at the Oscar contenders. While the heavy hitters tend to emerge at the end of December and January, sometimes more genre based releases, like Gravity last year, are released a few weeks early.

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Cinema review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Everyone who grew up in the nineties remembers the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Turtles, like Pogs, were certainly part of my childhood. In the world we live in of remakes, reboots, and sequels I cannot believe it has taken this long for a new live action Ninja Turtles picture (there was a animated movie TMNT in 2007 that went straight to DVD). The original movies from the early 90s were massive successes, in fact when the first film came out in 1990 it was the second highest grossing indie movie of all time. Sadly these films have not aged well which leaves the franchise ripe for a reboot. Unfortunately for us, producer Michael Bay has got his hands on the project and if his treatment of the Transformers franchise is anything to go by this will not end well.

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Album review: Weezer

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

IF HISTORY punishes those who arrive too late, as Mikhail Gorbachev said, than music fans punish those acts who peak too early.

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Theatre review: Trickster in the Black Box

Tue, Oct 14, 2014

Jez Colbourne in Trickster.

THERE WAS a time, and not so long ago, when disability arts was regarded as little more than a kind of occupational therapy, like basket-weaving, and viewed with polite, yet condescending indulgence.

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