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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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The O'Reilly Clan

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September in Belfast

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Ancient oak structure from Connemara coast excavated and taken into State care

Ancient oak structure from  Connemara coast excavated and taken into State care | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Archaeologists believe trackway may be preserved fulacht fiadh or ancient cooking place
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Camille O’Sullivan: ‘I’ve always thought of the audience as a tiger’

Camille O’Sullivan: ‘I’ve always thought of the audience as a tiger’ | Irish Life | Scoop.it
As she presents a 10th anniversary show at the Edinburgh festival, Camille O’Sullivan remembers her first fringe gigs and explains how she puts together her set list
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Poem of the Week: "Pier" by Vona Groarke

Poem of the Week: "Pier" by Vona Groarke | Irish Life | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Speak to our muscles of a need for joy.
                – W H Auden, ‘Sonnets from China’ (XVII)

 

Left at the lodge and park, snout to America.
Strip to togs, a shouldered towel, flip-flop over
the tarmac past the gangplanked rooted barge,
two upended rowboats and trawlers biding time.
Nod to a fisherman propped on a bollard,
exchange the weather, climb the final steps
up to the ridge. And then let fly. Push wide,
tuck up your knees so the blue nets hold you,
wide-open, that extra beat. Gulp cloud;
fling a jet trail round your neck like a feather boa,
toss every bone and sinew to the plunge.
Enter the tide as if it were nothing,
really nothing, to do with you. Kick back.
Release your ankles from its coiled ropes;
slit water, drag it open, catch your breath.
Haul yourself up into August. Do it over,
raucously. Head first. This time, shout.

 

-Vona Groarke, from Spindrift (2010)

 


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Women's Museum of Ireland

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Browse exhibits and articles about Irish women.
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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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Debut collection wins Frank O'Connor Award

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"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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Cormac McCarthy’s Three Punctuation Rules, and How They All Go Back to James Joyce

Cormac McCarthy’s Three Punctuation Rules, and How They All Go Back to James Joyce | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Cormac McCarthy has been—as one 1965 reviewer of his first novel, The Orchard Tree, dubbed him—a “disciple of William Faulkner.' He makes admirable use of Faulknerian traits in his prose, and I'd always assumed he inherited his punctuation style...

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

video - jeremy fitz howard audio - billy robinson
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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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Autumn Events @Irish Arts Center NYC

Autumn Events @Irish Arts Center NYC | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Founded in 1972, the Irish Arts Center continues to be the leading non-profit organization in New York bringing together all aspects of Irish culture - film, theatre, music, dance, language, history, literature and visual arts.
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This week's Poetry Choice : The Underground

This week's Poetry Choice : The Underground | Irish Life | Scoop.it
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One year on and still very much missed.

The man lives on through his poetry.

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Seamus Heaney, with thanks.

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Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland's History 1912-1923 — Trinity College Dublin — FutureLearn

Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland's History 1912-1923 — Trinity College Dublin — FutureLearn | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Explore the lives of men, women and children living through war and revolution and social changes that made modern Ireland.
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Paul Muldoon / Iarla Ó Lionáird - Freedom / Saoirse

Paul Muldoon reads his translation of Seán Ó Riordáin's classic poem 'Saoirse' followed by Iarla Ó Lionáird singing his version of the same poem. Quite the c...
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The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools | CommonDreams.org

The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools | CommonDreams.org | Irish Life | Scoop.it

“Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish-American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but it was mentioned only in passing.

 

Sadly, today’s high school textbooks continue to largely ignore the famine, despite the fact that it was responsible for unimaginable suffering and the deaths of more than a million Irish peasants, and that it triggered the greatest wave of Irish immigration in U.S. history. Nor do textbooks make any attempt to help students link famines past and present.

 

Yet there is no shortage of material that can bring these dramatic events to life in the classroom. In my own high school social studies classes, I begin with Sinead O’Connor’s haunting rendition of “Skibbereen,” which includes the verse:

 

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Katie Holten: : Paths of Desire

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Irish artist Katie Holten: Paths of Desire, Mixed media, dimensions variable. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2007

 

http://camstl.org/shop-items/katie-holten-paths-of-desire/

 

http://www.katieholten.com/


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Kavanagh on Kavanagh: When PJ met Paddy

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Poet PJ Kavanagh
English poet PJ Kavanagh was interviewed on RTE Radio 1’s Arts Tonight recently, and he told a sort-of-fond anecdote about his namesake and fellow poet Patrick Kavanagh.

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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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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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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 best documentary on Kavanagh to-date ...

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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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