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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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Welcome!

 

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

 

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Declan Meade: ‘Danielle is so bloody talented. She cares deeply about the text’

Declan Meade: ‘Danielle is so bloody talented. She cares deeply about the text’ | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Authors & Editors: Danielle McLaughlin and her editor at Stinging Fly talk to Sarah Bannan about their working relationship and how her debut collection came about
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Interesting insights into how writers and editors work together.

 

Danielle Mc Laughlin's debut collection reviewed here: 

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/dinosaurs-on-other-planets-intelligent-multi-layered-stories-which-demand-a-lot-1.2462938#.VmqZaXm0i9U.twitter

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Jurassic Bark : Ancient Irish Trees Brought Back To Life

Jurassic Bark : Ancient Irish Trees Brought Back To Life | Irish Life | Scoop.it
From the scattered remnants, Ireland’s oldest oak trees are being revived as part of a global initiative to propagate the DNA of ancient woodland
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A fascinating read and The Woodland League Is doing a stellar job, against the odds. Most of the trees planted in Ireland are for commercial markets and are pine trees, not native to the country. One of their aims is to encourage communities to collect seeds from native trees, which will be nurtured and planted by  the WL.

 

Plant ancient trees. Claim back the wild woods. Tree lovers of Ireland and the world unite!

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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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#Irish Mystery #Photographer steps out from behind the lens

#Irish Mystery #Photographer steps out from behind the lens | Irish Life | Scoop.it
The mystery man behind a treasure trove of 100-year-old photos is identified as a soap maker from County Tyrone.
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My home turf. Born a few miles down the road from Castlecaulfield. Knew about the soap factory but not about these photographs. All very interesting. 

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Paul Muldoon Reads "Anseo"

Paul Muldoon Reads "Anseo" | Irish Life | Scoop.it
When the master was calling the roll
At the primary school in Collegelands,
You were meant to call back Anseo
And raise your hand
As your name occurred..
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Derek Hill's Donegal Home

Derek Hill (painter)

Born at Southampton, in Hampshire, the son of a wealthy sugar trader, Hill first worked as a theatre designer in Leningrad in the 1930s and later as an historian.

"His long association with Ireland began when he visited Glenveagh Castle, County Donegal to paint the portrait of the Irish-American art collector, Henry McIlhenny, whose grandfather had emigrated to the US from the nearby village of Milford, and who subsequently made a fortune from his patent gas meter."

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Such a pity Churchill House, Derek Hill's home near Letterkenny, closes at the end of September. I visited it for the first time recently and thoroughly enjoyed the curator's tour. It reopens at Easter 2016.

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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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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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Provincial pleasures: eight evocative films of Northern Ireland

Provincial pleasures: eight evocative films of Northern Ireland | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Highlights from a treasure trove of films shot in Northern Ireland.
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Bones of 5,000-year-old Stone Age child and adult found in Irish cave

Bones of 5,000-year-old Stone Age child and adult found in Irish cave | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Exciting discovery provides evidence of the County Sligo’s Neolithic links.
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Could this be one of my ancestors?

 

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The Doorway Gallery presents Christy Keeney 2015

'In the Picture' by Christy Keeney
 
"Christy Keeney studied ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London, and has also been commissioned by Sculptor, Eduardo Paolozzi, and HRH Prince of Wales. His figurative ceramics is an investigation into the human condition, and his forms are stretched to the point where sculpture and drawing overlap.
 
After spending 17 years in London, Christy Keeney returned to his native Donegal where he is now resident. His Sculpted slab, built heads and figures, demonstrate a wonderful sense of artisan technique, as details are drawn into the wet clay surface.
 
Keeney’s passion for clay remains as strong as ever. As a student thirty years ago he was a fine artist who, after some coaxing from his foundation tutor, somehow found himself enrolled on the pottery degree course. He developed a liking for clay but found throwing limiting and, in search of his own direction, discovered the freedom of sculpting clay. Throughout his career, Keeney has maintained a belief that no matter what the circumstances, you pursue your purpose in life.
 
Keeney’s commitment to his work is surely the behaviour of one pursuing a positive end that is not common amongst those who agonise deeply. The anguish he portrays is the mask he wears to hide his optimism and hope. The power of this ancient material that can capture the emotions of the human psyche continues to speak to us in the modern world. This is the spirit that Christy Keeney’s ceramics invoke, and why his sculptures continue to inspire and fascinate.
 
The show is a collection of 15 paintings and 10 ceramics, the first exhibition in Dublin to show both Christy’s paintings and ceramics together. The figure is very evident in all of his work, and he tries to reflect the relationship we have with our environment. "
 
‘I prefer not to place my own descriptive explanation on to the work, but rather
That’ spectators might derive their own meaning.’ Christy Keeney
 
 
Gallery Opening Hours:
 
Monday - Saturday: 10.30-6pm

The Doorway Gallery
24 South Frederick Street, D2.
Ph: 01 7645895
E: Denise@thedoorwaygallery.com

 

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Show runs from Nov 6 - 26

 

I've liked Keeney's sculptures since discovering them via Doorway Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair in London several years ago. I'd love to be in Dublin for this exhibition and would recommend it, if you happen to be in the Fair City next month. 

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A new Irish literary boom: the post-crash stars of fiction

A new Irish literary boom: the post-crash stars of fiction | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Dynamic, radical, often female … Irish fiction is flourishing. Gone is the conservative writing – all nostalgia and sexual repression – of the Celtic Tiger years. The writers of the new wave are original and bold
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Brian Friel, ‘giant of world theatre’, dies aged 86

Brian Friel, ‘giant of world theatre’, dies aged 86 | Irish Life | Scoop.it
‘His work spoke to each of us with humour, emotion and authenticity,’ Taoiseach says
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RTÉ Archives | Arts and Culture | Brian Friel's Translations

RTÉ Archives | Arts and Culture | Brian Friel's Translations | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Described as the highlight of the 1980 Dublin Theatre Festival, Brian Friel's 'Tranlations' has opened at the Gate Theatre Dublin. The play has been hailed by critics and audiences alike.
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RIP Brian Friel

October 2, 2015

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Hangmen review – Martin McDonagh returns with a savagely black comedy

Hangmen review – Martin McDonagh returns with a savagely black comedy | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Royal Court, London David Morrissey and Reece Shearsmith give pitch-perfect performances in the theatrical maverick’s first London premiere in 12 years Related: Martin McDonagh interview: ‘Theatre is never going to be edgy in the way I want it to...

Via Gerard Beirne
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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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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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