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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..

 

Sean O'Casey

 

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Enjoy the browse and if you would like to get in touch, send an email to bestoflondonlife@aol.com

 

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Poetry Walls:Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Poetry Walls:Cúirt International Festival of Literature | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Via Gerard Beirne
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Cork Music Festival, September 2015

Cork Music Festival, September 2015 | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"There’s a new festival heading to Cork in September. Curated by The National’s Bryce Dessner, the website for Sounds From A Safe Harbour bills itself as “a festival of music, art and conversation” and it will take place from September 17 to 20 in Cork’s Opera House and other venues around the city.

 

Acts listed on the event’s website at present include The Gloaming, This Is How We Fly, Lisa Hannigan, Amiina, Julianna Barwick, Aaron Dessner, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Richard Reed Parry, My Brightest Diamond, So Percussion, Liam Byrne, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Donal Dineen and others.

 

The website lists a performance of Wave Movements, a piece written by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry and a co-commission by Cork Opera House, The Barbican, Sydney and Edinburgh festivals, as the centre-piece of the festival. There will also be a performance of Music for Heart and Breath and this will be the subject of a lecture at UCC during the festival."

 

Jim Carroll

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Cillian Murphy chats to  Bryce Dressner about the new Cork Festival happening this Autumn. The conversation takes place in a London park.

 

http://soundsfromasafeharbour.com/all-events/

 

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Irish Film Weekend @ Tricycle Cinema, Kilburn

Irish Film Weekend @ Tricycle Cinema, Kilburn | Irish Life | Scoop.it

Irish Film London returns to Tricycle this summer for a celebratory weekend of Irish award winning Film, featuring two of the most well received features of 2015.

 

Both “Patrick’s Day” (Dir: Terry McMahon) and “One Million Dubliners” (Dir: Aoife Kelleher) received awards at this year’s IFTAs (Irish Film and Television Awards). We are delighted to be joined by both films’ directors and producer Rachel Lysaght for these UK Premiere screenings.

 

The Irish Film Festival London returns this November with 5 days of Irish Film and Animation, across multiple London venues. For more info please visit www.irishfilmfestivallondon.com.

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Well received Irish films @ my local cinema this month!

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'Layers of Knowing, and Not Knowing' Commonweal Magazine

'Layers of Knowing, and Not Knowing' Commonweal Magazine | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"Anne Enright’s new novel is The Green Road, a title referring in part to the walking path across the rocky expanse of the Burren in Ireland’s County Clare. Enright has authored five other novels, including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and three story collections. She recently spoke with Commonweal digital editor Dominic Preziosi about the mythologizing of Ireland in literature; about Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit to Ireland; and about being named Ireland’s first fiction laureate.


Dominic Preziosi: It seems readers might come to a novel about Ireland with expectations of encountering a particular, and familiar, Irish world. But in The Green Road, you present something that’s very different from those expectations.

 

Anne Enright: I was walking the Green Road of western Ireland myself and thinking this place has been so written and rewritten and overwritten. But there I was and it was real, and the effect of it was personal. And it wasn’t to do with the Irish Literary Revival or anything else. I mean, the stones were there under my feet. I had avoided that part of the world for a long time even though my father came from there, and it occurred to me: Why shouldn’t I own it as much as anyone else—or as no one else?—and use it as necessary in the story. It’s the place where people imagine the innocence of Ireland; the innocence still inheres....."

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Silent Testimony @ Ulster Museum, Belfast

Silent Testimony @ Ulster Museum, Belfast | Irish Life | Scoop.it

" New Ulster Museum exhibition explores individual loss through the Troubles with large-scale works by award-winning artist Colin Davidson."

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A Love Letter to Ireland from Novelist Colum McCann

A Love Letter to Ireland from Novelist Colum McCann | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Nearly three decades after emigrating to America, the novelist Colum McCann finds on every return to Ireland a place that never really lets you go.
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An emigrant writer's unsentimental reflections.

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Ben Bulben Co. Sligo & the Yeats connection

Ben Bulben Co. Sligo  & the Yeats connection | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"Near the top of my own Irish wishlist is a visit to Ben Bulben, in beautiful Co. Sligo"

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Ah, the land of my ancestors!

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Theatre Review: Portia Coughlan @ Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington

Theatre Review: Portia Coughlan @ Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington | Irish Life | Scoop.it

PORTIA COUGHLAN is a play set in Midlands Ireland about the eponymous heroine on her 30th birthday; tragic heroine or not – that is the question posed by this riveting and magical play.

 

The central casting of Susan Stanley as Portia was inspired – a blazingly convincing performance of an alcoholic and desperately unhappy young woman; hauntingly disturbed by a profound sadness based on the death of her twin brother in a drowning when they were adolescents.

 

There is wonderful ensemble support round this starring performance; Susan Cummins as Portia’s mother, Anne Kent as the horrible ,wheelchair-bound mother-in-law who effed and blinded with the best of them, Ben Mulhern as Portia’s (too) long suffering husband and an absolute whopper of a performance from Veronica Quilligan as the town prostitute.

 

A special mention for James Holmes playing Senchil Doorley, the modest, decent “little guy;” a guy who won’t leave his mark on the world; James Holmes stole the audience’s heart away with a diffident, understated, but stately performance.


But around him, the effing and blinding went on and fitted in well with the fact that everyone else on stage seemed to be smoking all the time and getting blind drunk. Mind you the craic was good in a savage way but so much for small town Ireland!


It is an Ireland which was well re-created (or to be kind, invented) in so many Irish plays of the 1990’s - protectively parochial, full of dark secrets and in this play darkly told.

 

In a series of flytes each character tells family member and friend what they really think of them in lyrical outburst upon lyrical and profane outburst of hatred and contempt and regret; so they rip each other apart. How did Joyce have it – “Ireland is an old sow that eats its farrow.” Indeed!

 

Nevertheless, a marvellous 2015 production of an Irish classic.

 

Shaun Traynor

www.shauntraynor.co.uk

 

 

 

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Portia Coughlan 

Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington

 

28th April - 23rd May 2015

Tuesday - Saturday at 8.45pm

Saturday matinees 3.45pm

Sunday matinees 3.45pm

 

 

 Tickets £16.00 (£14.00 Conc.)

 

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/venue/old-red-lion-theatre-london-tickets/OLDREDLEIH/901?brand=oldredliontheatre

 

More details here:

http://sco.lt/4hlMVl

 

Shelley Marsden talks to Susan Cummins: 

http://sco.lt/8LVZSL

 

 

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Sun Collective :: Nooses

Sun Collective :: Nooses | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"The second of three live videos filmed in the Pepper Canister Church Dublin, this is Sun Collective, an ensemble of freelance musicians based between Dublin and London. Their arrangements explore popular acoustic music and ‘traditional’ instrumentation."

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Tramp Press Editor on Ireland’s Movement

Tramp Press Editor on Ireland’s Movement | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Sarah Davis Goff of Tramp Press on Sara Baume, Belinda McKeon, and the confluence of ballsy publishers and talented writers in Ireland today.
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Irish Rock Museum Dublin

Irish Rock Museum Dublin | Irish Life | Scoop.it
The Irish Rock Museum tells the story of the Irish music scene with a tour of a working music venue & recording facilities in Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.
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I have a feeling a return visit to Dublin is on the cards! And soonish!

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Sheer Joy for Foy

Sheer Joy for Foy | Irish Life | Scoop.it
World tours with Ed Sheeran and a Rudimental feature spot are turning Foy Vance into a household name. But the Bangor-born songwriter is keeping his cool ahead of the biggest gig of his life
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Northern Ireland on Film

Northern Ireland on Film | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Thousands of never before seen clips made available to the public as BFI's new digital film archive goes live
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Ken Loach in Conversation with Cillian Murphy

Ken Loach in Conversation with Cillian Murphy | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Ken Loach talks about a career dedicated to documenting social and political injustice.
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Listen and learn from a master of his craft.

available on BBC iplayer for the next 22 days

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My Cultural Life: Nicola Russell

My Cultural Life: Nicola Russell | Irish Life | Scoop.it
The artist on painting Bill Clinton, the simple pleasures of friendly horses and finding inspiration in the memory of Mo Mowlam
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WB @ 150

WB @ 150 | Irish Life | Scoop.it

A Nobel affair

 

" When WB and his wife George heard of his distinguished prize, they celebrated by cooking sausages. " 

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What's On at The London Irish Centre

What's On at The London Irish Centre | Irish Life | Scoop.it

 

 

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY: AN IRISH POETRY READING

 

DATE: JULY 16, 2015

8 PM

LONDON IRISH CENTRE

£8

 

“If poetry and the arts do anything, they can fortify your inner life, your inwardness.” Seamus Heaney

The London Irish Centre have teamed up with Counterparts: Explorations In Irish Culture to present Irish Poetry Reading: Bernard O’Donoghue, Sinéad Morrissey and Leontia Flynn. 

 

Bernard O’Donoghue was born in Cullen, County Cork in 1945, and he still lives there for part of the year. Since 1962 he has lived principally in England, and since 1965 in Oxford where he taught Medieval Literature and the History of the English Language at Magdalen and Wadham Colleges. He has published seven volumes of poetry, most recently Selected Poems (Faber 2008) and Farmers Cross (Faber 2011), and a verse translation of the medieval English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Penguin Classics, 2006). Four of his books of poetry were shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize: Gunpowder (Chatto 1995, which won the Whitbread Poetry Prize); Here Nor There(Chatto 1999); Outliving (Chatto 2003); and Farmers Cross (Faber 2011). He is currently working on a volume on Poetry for the Oxford University Press ‘Very Short Introduction’ series, and his selections from Chaucer Reading Chaucer’s Poetry was published by Faber in May 2015. He is also working on a verse translation of Piers Plowman for Faber. And is is currently the President of the Irish Literary Society in London.

 

Sinéad Morrissey was born in 1972 and grew up in Belfast. She read English and German at Trinity College, Dublin, from which she took her PhD in 2003. Her five collections are There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), Between Here and There (2002), The State of the Prisons (2005), Through the Square Window (2009) and the T S Eliot Prize-winning Parallax (2013) all of which are published by Carcanet Press. She has lived in Germany, Japan and New Zealand and now lectures in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University, Belfast. She is Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate.

 

Leontia Flynn is the author of three collections of poetry, as well as a book about Northern Irish poet Medbh McGuckian. Her most recent collection, Profit and Loss was published by Jonathan Cape in 2011 and was shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize. She has been awarded the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Rooney Prize, the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Prize for Irish Literature and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award for 2014. She is research fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, and lives in Belfast.

 

 

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Theatre Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter @ Landor Theatre, Clapham

Theatre Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter @ Landor Theatre, Clapham | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"In an age before the industrial revolution, a widowed clockmaker breathes life into the statue of a young woman. Blessed with an open heart and enquiring mind, Constance enjoys the amity of the town until fear and misunderstanding bring about her demise. Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn’s new musical introduces an original fantasy fairytale, richly imagined with strong characters and a robust storyline.

 

The plot fuses elements of Pinocchio and Pygmalion but any debt to Disney is counterbalanced with heady themes of loss, love and jealousy. The vibrant score reflects the darker fantasy elements of the story well but also celebrates the parochial nature of village life through an effective chorus.

 

Robert McWhir directs the 20-strong company with style, ensuring that pace and energy never overpower the subtler elements of this simple fantasy. David Shields’ stunning gilt and clockwork set is a marvel of invention and yet provides an eminently practical space for the story to unfold.

 

In a cast teaming with well observed and occasionally downright comic characters, Jennifer Harding as Constance has the unenviable task of bridging the gap between automaton and leading lady. Exquisitely realised, Harding’s warmth and commitment colour the character while her rousing mezzo-belt ably tackles the demands of this exciting new score."

 

 Verdict

Strong production values, a bold score and a committed company add up to an exciting new musical fairytale 4 ****


Paul Vale

The Stage

www.thestage.co.uk

 

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If you love the idea of a brand new Irish musical, and you are in London this month, catch it now in this intimate space  ... before it hits the big time!

 

For more details and booking info 

 

http://www.landortheatre.co.uk/index.php/booking-office/musicals/the-clockmakers-daughter-99/

 

http://www.clockmakersdaughter.co.uk/

 

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Portia Coughlan: a Q&A with Susan Cummins

Portia Coughlan: a Q&A with Susan Cummins | Irish Life | Scoop.it

 " Shelley Marsden speaks to actor Susan Cummins, who plays the protagonist’s mother in a London revival of Marina Carr’s powerful Irish play. "

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Portia Coughlan 

Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington

 

28th April - 23rd May 2015

Tuesday - Saturday at 8.45pm

Saturday matinees 3.45pm

Sunday matinees 3.45pm

 

 

 Tickets £16.00 (£14.00 Conc.)

 

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/venue/old-red-lion-theatre-london-tickets/OLDREDLEIH/901?brand=oldredliontheatre

 

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Portia Coughlan 

Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington

 

28th April - 23rd May 2015

Tuesday - Saturday at 8.45pm

Saturday matinees 3.45pm

Sunday matinees 3.45pm

 

 

 Tickets £16.00 (£14.00 Conc.)

 

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/venue/old-red-lion-theatre-london-tickets/OLDREDLEIH/901?brand=oldredliontheatre

 

More details here:

http://sco.lt/4hlMVl

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Yeats 2015

Yeats 2015 | Irish Life | Scoop.it

Yeats 2015

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Yeats?

2015?

It's a date.

lets meet and have a walk down memory lane together 

on the strand 

@ Enniscrone

 

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Burns Night 2015

Burns Night 2015 | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"Tonight I am reading the poetry of Robert Burns and drinking Scotch whisky, very special Scotch whisky - I am drinking the award-winning Benromach Organic Speyside Single Malt Whisky ...."

 

https://bestoflondonlife.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/burns-night-2015/

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On Robert Burns and whisky.

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