Fantastic Beasts: The Grimes of Grindelwald

Thu, Nov 22, 2018

I WAS 11 when the first Harry Potter book came out, the same age Harry is in the story. I read those books - and only those books - repeatedly for a good 10 years (If I’m being honest 20 years).

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A timely reminder of Irish life during the recession

Thu, Nov 22, 2018

AS WELL as having a successful career in journalism, Declan Varley is the author of four works of fiction - Kittyland (1992), which described his life as a student in the then RTC, Sure It Could Happen (1993), The Elephant’s Graveyard (1994), and Nightmusic (2001).

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Widows - a heist move, but not as you know it

Thu, Nov 15, 2018

WIDOWS, THE latest film from British director Steve McQueen, is the last thing I expected from him. In fact when I heard his next project was based on a 1980s TV show, I was slightly concerned.

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'We got a fantastic response from cartoonists internationally'

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

Galway’s second Cartoon Festival kicks off this weekend on Saturday, and last year’s little acorn has already had an impressive growth spurt. Last year the festival was confined to two venues, whereas this year’s event features work by more than 70 cartoonists from all around the world which will be on show in a minimum of eight locations across the city.

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Holy Mary 'a pure joy and a delightful night out'

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

Playgoers are in for a treat next week when Eoin Colfer’s achingly funny comedy, Holy Mary, comes to the Town Hall on Tuesday, November 13, at 8pm.

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Recovery – live staging of a concept album at Mick Lally Theatre

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

On Tuesday November 13, at 8pm, at the Mick Lally Theatre, One Two One Two present their award-winning fusion of pop music and theatre, Recovery, starring Peter Coonan from Love/Hate.

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A concert to commemorate the end of WWI

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

AS THE centenary of the end of WWI draws close, Galway will mark the event with a performance of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man and Haydn's Mass in a Time of War.

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – a masterpiece

Mon, Nov 05, 2018

Having never played the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, I have to say I was quite excited to get my hands on the game which some say turned the Call Of Duty franchise into the behemoth that it is today, leaving its rivals lagging far behind, and transformed gaming, from people sitting in the homes playing alone, to the multiplayer universe that we inhabit in 2018.

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Album review: Stereolab

Thu, Nov 01, 2018

HOUSED IN one of the most memorable sleeves of the 1990s - an image drawn from a 1970s Swiss underground magazine - Stereolab's 1992 debut was a homage to their roots, and a signpost to their future.

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MADDEN NFL 18: Doing whatever it takes

Thu, Nov 01, 2018

As with many sports games, their popularity will be everlasting as millions of sports fans gorge themselves on being able to play like their heroes. The problem with sports games is that there is very little opportunity to ever improve the product. Aside from controls and graphics, the game must mirror what real life is like, so if there is no change in the sport, then it is likely there is going to be no change in the game.

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Album review: Value Void

Thu, Oct 25, 2018

THERE HAVE been many terms coined over the ages to describe falling in, and being in, love, so it is some achievement for London based trio Value Void to have come up with a new one.

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First Man - the space race without the American jingoism

Thu, Oct 25, 2018

FIRST MAN is an adaptation of the book by the same name by James Hansen. A biography of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, it tells the story of his personal life leading up to the Apollo 11 mission.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - Nathan Drake's final adventure

Thu, Oct 25, 2018

From the depths of Panamanian jail and the beauty of Scottish highlands to the colours of Madagascar and the mystic of Libertalia, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End takes the gamer on a wonderful adventure as Nathan (Nate) Drake finally calls it quits on his swashbuckling, treasure hunting, escapades.

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What happens when you try and fail to be Pulp Fiction

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

BAD TIMES At The El Royale is the second film from director Drew Goddard, his first was the brilliant Cabin In The Woods, the hilariously meta horror movie from 2012.

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A reunion of four stalled lives

Tue, Oct 16, 2018

THE THEME of the returned emigrant has driven landmark Irish plays such as John B Keane’s The Field, Brian Friel’s The Loves Of Cass Maguire, and Tom Murphy’s Conversations On A Homecoming.

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Album review: The Fall's Kurious Oranj re-release

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

IT BEGINS with two of the greatest songs in The Fall's vast catalogue - one definitive, the other highly uncharacteristic - and the genesis of the album itself is possibly the oddest in the band's career.

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Novelist commits crime of knowing what he’s talking about

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

THE PROBLEM some people have with Danny Morrison’s novels is that, throughout them, he commits the heinous crime of knowing what he’s talking about. Had he been a US soldier returned from Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan, it would be perfectly acceptable for him to write about his war.

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Lady Gaga on course for an Oscar with A Star Is Born

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

AGEING, GRIZZLY, self-destructive, country singer Jackson Maine’s (Bradley Cooper) career is on the slide. An alcoholic, he is starting to lose his hearing and his passion.

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Mary Robinson and the challenge of global survival

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

“HOLDING HER first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would have to share the planet with more than nine billion people - people battling for food, water and shelter in an increasing volatile climate. The faceless shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal.”

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Album review: Lala Lala

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

THE ALBUM shudders into abrupt life with a low growling of 'wall of sound' guitars, then everything quietens, and over a steady beat, a voice intones: "Following a lead of all my debt/I sense violence and know you're still a threat."

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