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Laughter is wine for the soul--laugh soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm... Once we can laugh, we can live..

 

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The O'Reilly Clan

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Debut collection wins Frank O'Connor Award

Debut collection wins Frank O'Connor Award | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award has been given to Irish author Colin Barrett, for his debut collection Young Skins.

 

Sponsored by Cork City Council and The School of English at University College Cork, the €25,000 award is described as the most lucrative prize in the world for a collection of short stories. Previous winners include Haruki Murakami, Edna O'Brien and Ron Rash.

 

The book was first published in Ireland by The Stinging Fly Press in 2013, and was published in the UK this year by Jonathan Cape. Grove Atlantic will publish in the US next year, while translations are also planned for the Netherlands and France.

 

Novelists Alison MacLeod and Manuel Gonzales, poet Matthew Sweeney and artistic director of the Munster Literature Centre Patrick Cotter judged the prize.

 

MacLeod said: 'How dare a debut writer be this good? Young Skins has all the hallmarks of an instant classic.  Barrett's prose is exquisite but never rarefied.  His characters - the damaged, the tender-hearted and the reckless - are driven by utterly human experiences of longing. His stories are a thump to the heart, a mainline surge to the core. His vision is sharp, his wit is sly, and the stories in this collection come alive with that ineffable thing - soul.' "

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The Doorway Gallery

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"The Doorway Gallery summer show called ‘A Summer Selection’ is quite an eclectic mix of work, including atmospheric landscapes , vibrant still life’s , bronze and ceramic sculpture.


New work from the gallery artists include Lucy Doyle, Ken Browne, Christy Keeney, Roisin O’Farrell, Chris Wilson, Jonathan Knuttel, Cormac O’Leary, Karen Wilson, Kate Beagan, Francis Boag, and many more.


Also new artists include Heidi Wickham, David Coyne, Ursula Kingler, Kate Campbell, Fred McElwee, William Stevens and many more.


The Doorway Gallery walls are covered for the summer show with a very large and impressive exhibition; there really is something for everyone – not to be missed!"


Opening Hours:

 

Monday – Saturday 10.30 -6pmLate night Thursday until 7.30pm

 

Closed Sunday & Bank holiday Monday


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Excerpt: Patrick Kavanagh – No Man’s Fool - Winner best documentary at the Boston Irish Film Festival

Loopline Film’s feature length version of Sé Merry Doyle’s film ‘Patrick Kavanagh – No Man’s Fool’ has won the BIFF Award for best documentary at the Boston Irish Film Festival. The film is a rich visual journey, exposing the contradiction that existed between Kavanagh’s public persona and his poetry.

 

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The Henry Girls - Home (with The Inishowen Gospel Choir)

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Strangford Village from Quadracpoter

Some footage taken this weekend in Strangford Village If you like it...give it a thumbs up or share it......or for the big prize see how many times you can '...
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ACCLAIMED Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor, who will take up the inaugural Frank McCourt chair in creative writing at the University of Limerick in September, has said he “could not resist” applying ...

ACCLAIMED Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor, who will take up the inaugural Frank McCourt chair in creative writing at the University of Limerick in September, has said he “could not resist” applying ... | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Joseph O’Connor proud to be taking on McCourt’s legacy

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The Testament of Mary, Barbican, theatre review: 'Fiona Shaw is shatteringly brilliant'

The Testament of Mary, Barbican, theatre review: 'Fiona Shaw is shatteringly brilliant' | Irish Life | Scoop.it
The posters show Fiona Shaw's Mary muzzled by a crown of thorns. That metaphorical gag is torn away in this beautifully wrought and emotionally devastating solo piece, adapted by Colm Toibin from his Booker Prize-nominated novella.
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Calvary : 'a terrific black comedy that touches greatness'

Calvary : 'a terrific black comedy that touches greatness' | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Brendan Gleeson surpasses himself as a parish priest threatened with crucifixion in John Michael McDonagh's follow-up to The Guard, writes Xan Brooks
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Ceiliúradh - A Celebration

Ceiliúradh - A Celebration | Irish Life | Scoop.it
An evening of music and dance from the Royal Albert Hall, marking the historic occasion of the first State visit by the president of Ireland to the United Kingdom.
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Available to watch for the next 18 days. Thank you RTE!

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Fiona Shaw @ Barbican in May

Fiona Shaw @ Barbican in May | Irish Life | Scoop.it

 

Deborah Warner/Fiona Shaw


The Testament of Mary 
By Colm Tóibín


Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, London, EC2Y 8DS

Thursday 1 – Sunday 25 May 2014 


The Barbican brings The Testament of Mary to London for its only UK performances in May 2014 following its 2013 run on Broadway which achieved three Tony Award nominations.Fiona Shaw and Deborah Warner, one of the most richly creative partnerships in theatrical history, collaborate to create this powerful, subversive and exquisitely emotional work which mesmerised audiences and critics alike. 

Fiona Shaw delivers a theatrical tour de force with her bold and affecting portrayal of the Virgin Mary struggling with the loss of her son and the events leading up to his death. Directed by Barbican Artistic Associate Deborah Warner, The Testament of Mary unfolds with the urgency of a news story framed by dreamlike sets, painterly lighting and evocative sound. Mary, more familiar to us through images than words, is given a powerful voice in this poignant meditation on a mother's loss. 

The Testament of Mary is adapted from the 2013 Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by Colm Tóibín. 

Colm Tóibín said: “I have admired the work of Fiona Shaw and Deborah Warner for many years. Working with them has been exciting and inspiring, and I have learned a great deal. I am delighted that their production of The Testament of Mary is coming to the Barbican.” 

Fiona Shaw said “It's a chance in a life time to play the Virgin Mary and not in a nativity play! This is a most secular piece where a mother is deserted by her son and she in turn deserts him. The playing of this universal mother-son story has in it the spirit not of religion, but of ordinary life - the loss of a child as he grows and leaves and the self-loathing of not being the mother she wanted to be. Mary's anger and despair are all new emotions rarely associated with the woman who was washed clean by church history. And of course it is fiction so the truths are of the imagination not of history. I am delighted to play this at the Barbican where London meets the world.” 

Deborah Warner said “The Barbican stage feels a very natural home for The Testament of Mary and it will be wonderful to introduce this work and Fiona’s astonishing performance to the London audience. I relish the opportunity to revive work as it always represents, for me, a chance for further exploration.”

Internationally renowned for her versatile and commanding stage performances, Fiona Shaw is an award-winning actress as well as a director of both theatre and opera. Deborah Warner is one of the most prolific and highly regarded British directors working in theatre and opera today. It is 25 years since the inception of their collaborative partnership and they have worked together on many seminal productions in both London and around the world including Electra, The Good Person of Szechwan, Hedda Gabler which won an Olivier Award for Direction and Production, Richard II with Fiona Shaw in the title role, Happy Days and Mother Courage and her Children. They received Tony Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Director for Medea (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/Queens Theatre, London/US tour and Broadway) and their production of TS Eliot's The Wasteland toured the world. 

Colm Tóibín was born in Ireland in 1955. With The Testament of Mary Tóibín returns to the subject of mothers and sons which he explored to great acclaim in his 2006 short story collection,Mothers and Sons. He is the author of seven novels, includingThe Blackwater Lightship and The Master, both of which were short-listed for the Booker Prize, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel of the Year Award. His other books include two collections of critical essays, All a Novelist Needs: Essays on Henry James and New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers & Their Families plus a further collection of short stories, The Empty Family. He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. The stage production of The Testament of Mary was nominated for three Tony Awards and the novel was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. 

Box office: 0845 120 7511 
www.barbican.org.uk/theatre ;

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Rita Wilson Photography

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Downings, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
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Northern Lights illuminate Donegal!

With thanks to Rita Wilson

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An Spailpín Fánach: Why So Serious? The Relentless Misery of Irish Literature

An Spailpín Fánach: Why So Serious? The Relentless Misery of Irish Literature | Irish Life | Scoop.it
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So glad someone has actually stood up and said this! Long overdue!

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Bob And Roberta Smith

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Official site for LIGHTS OUT – a major event on 4 August 2014 as part of the UK’s cultural programme 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions

 

‘What unites human beings, ears, eyes, loves, hopes and toes is huge and wonderful. What divides human beings is small and mean.’

 

"This statement forms part of Bob and Roberta Smith’s new work for LIGHTS OUT and is taken from their LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER.  Bob and Roberta Smith think that the common goals humanity aims for; love, peace and well-being, outweigh the things that divide us. The famous football match on Christmas day 1914 between Germans and allied troops enjoying sport together is emblematic of this feeling.

 

Bob and Roberta Smith take over the East Lawn of the City Hall grounds in Belfast to create an illuminating installation of the statement, using letters designed and constructed together with local artists and community groups.  These groups, with diverse age ranges and backgrounds, respond to their understanding of the statement and to the commemoration of WW1.

 

Each letter of the statement accommodates a set of candles and at 10pm on Monday 4 August, Bob and Roberta Smith invite the city of Belfast to ignite the candles in a moment of shared reflection.

 

Bob and Roberta Smith is the name of a British contemporary artist, writer, author, musician, art education advocate and keynote speaker. Seeing art as an important element in democratic life, much of their art takes the form of painted signs which advocate the arts to Government."

 

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A day in the life of chef Richard Corrigan - Independent.ie

A day in the life of chef Richard Corrigan - Independent.ie | Irish Life | Scoop.it
I get up at eight. I listen to Marty Whelan on lyric fm. His funny sketches roll me over with laughter. You need someone to cheer you up in the morning. I have a cup of coffee.
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The diurnal doings of super-chef Richard Corrigan.

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Yeats 2015

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Yeats 2015

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TateShots: Dorothy Cross

"Working from a remote studio on the west coast of Ireland, Cross often uses the remains of dead animals or other found natural materials in her sculptures."

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ART REVIEW: Idir Dhá Aigne ~ Belfast Galleries

ART REVIEW: Idir Dhá Aigne ~ Belfast Galleries | Irish Life | Scoop.it

Michael Doherty and John Stewart present two very different visions of Belfast at An Culturlann 

"Entering the Gerard Dillon Gallery at An Culturlann on the Falls Road in Belfast, the viewer is met with a glut of colourful views of Belfast by artists Michael Doherty and John Stewart.

 

Here is the Strand cinema, then black taxis packed together on the canvas, then we're down by the docks, where the yellow gantries meet the skyline.

 

Here too we find vistas of urban scenes, a crumpled Union flag on a lamppost – the insignia of post-conflict insecurity – then the Rock Bar on the Falls Road bathed in a redeeming light that flatters the building and oblivious passersby, and then O'Hare's shop, again transfigured into something poetic and compelling through the use of light and the careful application of paint.

 

Each artist has a distinctive, individual vision and yet the two seem in conversation with each other, their paintings complementary in focus and thematic engagement if not always in style. Doherty's paintings seem to owe something to the scenes of languid space and bright light popularised by the American realist painter Edward Hopper."

  

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From the archives: An Irish Slice of the Apple

This is a website dedicated to the area of Arts and Entertainment in London, of particular interest to the Irish community.
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Colm Toibin's PEN Lecture on Censorship

Colm Toibin's PEN Lecture on Censorship | Irish Life | Scoop.it
In any discussion of censorship in an emerging or changing or fragile society, this story is instructive and salutary. (This man writes like an angel.

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Linen and the fabric of history

Linen and the fabric of history | Irish Life | Scoop.it
An Irishman’s Diary on flax and fibres
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Interesting article on the mixed feelings towards the linen industry in Ireland.

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Art of the Troubles

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"Art of the Troubles is a major new retrospective exhibition at the Ulster Museum. It brings together the work of 50 artists from Northern Ireland – including, Joe McWilliams, Willie Doherty, FE McWilliam, Rita Duffy, Paul Seawright, Jack Pakenham, Micheal Farrell and Richard Hamilton – and runs until September 7."

 

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July 2014~Rape of Lucrece ~ Southbank Centre

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The Doorway Gallery » Affordable Art Fair, Battersea 2014

The Doorway Gallery » Affordable Art Fair, Battersea 2014 | Irish Life | Scoop.it

About The Affordable Art Fair

 

'When Will Ramsay founded the fair in 1999 his aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Fifteen years on The Affordable Art Fair is the leading showcase in the UK for contemporary art under £4,000 having welcomed over 1.4 million visitors buying over £203 million worth of art.

 

How did it all start?

In 1996 Will opened Will’s Art Warehouse in south west London to bridge the increasing interest in contemporary art and the London gallery scene. By concentrating on relatively unknown artists not carrying a premium for reputation, the gallery was able to offer works from £50 – £2,500 from a stable of over 150 artists. The response to Will’s Art Warehouse encouraged Will to take his approach to the next level, and in October 1999 he launched the first Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park. 10,000 visitors took advantage of the ease of buying, breadth of choice, affordable prices and user-friendly approach.AAF has also become something of a global phenomenon with fairs taking place in  Amsterdam, Brussels, New York, Milan, Singapore, Hamburg, Mexico City, Seattle, Stockholm, Hong Kong and Maastricht..But Will didn’t just stop with the Affordable Art Fair, oh no. He also founded contemporary art-hub PULSE, held annually in New York and Miami; co-founded Asia’s leading art fair, the prestigious ART HK (which has since become Art Basel in Hong Kong); as well as being a shareholder in Art India, the sub-continent’s first international art fair, attracting over 190,000 visitors since its launch in 2008.

 

Wherever there’s art, there’s Will.'

 

DOORWAY GALLERY

http://thedoorwaygallery.com

 

exhibiting at :

STAND H1

 

above: Portrait of a Diva

Christy Kenney

 

Doorway artists with new work  @ the Fair:

Jackie Edwards  Rae Perry  Kate Beagan   Ken Browne   Chris Wilson

Christy Keeney   Brian McDonagh   Cormac O’Leary   Seamus Connolly

 

 More about the Affordable Art Fair

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What lies beneath Samuel Beckett's half-buried woman in Happy Days?

What lies beneath Samuel Beckett's half-buried woman in Happy Days? | Irish Life | Scoop.it
It is one of Beckett's most famous – and most startling – images. But what inspired the half-buried woman in Happy Days? His friend and biographer James Knowlson tracks down the first Winnies
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