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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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Irish Based Artists - London Irish Art Exhibition 2015

Irish Based Artists - London Irish Art Exhibition 2015 | Irish Life | Scoop.it
The London Irish Art Exhibition takes places in London on January 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th 2015. The exhibition celebrates some of Ireland's great artists.
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Imelda May performs Tears of Clew Bay On The Late Late Show

Watch The Late Late Show live and on-demand from anywhere in the world at http://www.rte.ie/player The Late Late Show | Fridays | RTÉ One, 9:35pm Irish Time
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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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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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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

 

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Tara West: My Top Ten Places to Write

Tara West: My Top Ten Places to Write | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Tara’s West’s first novel, Fodder, was published by Blackstaff Press to widespread critical acclaim and established her reputation as a fresh and original new Irish writer. Her most recent novel, Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan, was published in 2013 by Liberties Press. Tara appears regularly at literary and cultural festivals, including the Belfast Book Festival, the West Belfast Festival, the Aspects Literary Festival and Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. She has an MA in Creative Writin

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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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Interview: Cillian Murphy returns to the stage in Ballyturk

Interview: Cillian Murphy returns to the stage in Ballyturk | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Cillian Murphy hates spoilers. The clue is in the word, says the 38-year-old actor: to spoil something is to ruin it, and why would you want to ruin someone’s entertainment? So we are at a slight loss, he and I, to describe Ballyturk, the play by his old friend and collaborator Enda Walsh, that has lured the star of Peaky Blinders, Batman Begins and 28 Days Later back to the stage. Not least because Ballyturk defies easy description.
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for info and to book tickets http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/ballyturk

 

 got my ticket booked

wouldn't miss Cillian Murphy onstage

he was mighty in Misterman

such a physically demanding performance

 

and Stephen Rea !  Class Act, always .

 

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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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Four irreconcilable perspectives on the Famine: The Great Irish Famine – A History in Four Lives

Four irreconcilable perspectives on the Famine: The Great Irish Famine – A History in Four Lives | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Review: This edition of Enda Delaney’s book does not break fresh ground in research, but it is riveting, insightful and pacy
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Mixed reaction from writers over death of intractable icon

Mixed reaction from writers over death of intractable icon | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Arts community praises Paisley’s vitality, but some find it hard to forgive his divisive role
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Poem of the Week: "Pier" by Vona Groarke

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pier

 

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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Yeats 2015

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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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Poem of the Week: "Closed Bells" by Medbh McGuckian

Poem of the Week: "Closed Bells" by Medbh McGuckian | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"As we transition into winter, Medbh McGuckian's frosty poem Closed Bells reminds us of the fast-dropping temperatures."


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A Snapshot Of Talent ~ Belfast Photographer ~ Sara Marsden

A Snapshot Of Talent ~  Belfast Photographer ~ Sara Marsden | Irish Life | Scoop.it

 

Beyond London Life caught up with Belfast-based photographer Sara Marsden at the official launch of Create Glow Ltd., where the 22 year old’s glamorous photographs of burlesque dancers caught quite a few admiring glances. Her portrait work, as one guest commented “really captures her subject’s personality” and show “a knack for snapping the perfect moment”.  

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Lough Gowna (taken on a foggy winter's day, during a visit to Cavan some years back)

Lough Gowna (taken on a foggy winter's day, during a visit to Cavan some years back) | Irish Life | Scoop.it
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Irish music I can’t live without from Roisin O

Irish music I can’t live without from Roisin O | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Irish singer songwriter tells IrishCentral the Irish tunes she could listen to over and over.
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I've had a listen to Roisin's selection and I'm impressed!

 

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After the Titanic

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After the Titanic: A Life of Derek Mahon is a portrait of an artistic life in motion and stirring reflection on the capacity of great poetry to fashion something lasting of our deepest fears and insecurities.  
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Director of The Guard says Irish films are not ‘intelligent’

Director of The Guard says Irish films are not ‘intelligent’ | Irish Life | Scoop.it
McDonagh doesn’t want Calvary regarded as Irish: ‘it’s just set in Ireland with lots of Irish characters’
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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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Ronan Keating to join Once the Musical

Ronan Keating to join Once the Musical | Irish Life | Scoop.it
ONCE is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award®-winning film. WINNER of 8 TONY AWARDS, including BEST MUSICAL! Get tickets now.
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Ronan Keating takes over the leading role in Once from November 17.

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