Ten ways to make Dublin a better capital city for Ireland, including Reclaim the Liffey, elect a mayor, borrow books in the bank, cycle from Sutton to Sandymount, spend a penny without spending a penny, and plan your journey...
June 9:O'Brien, July 21: Byrne, August 10: Ryan, Sept 8: O'Connor, Oct 13: O'Neill, Nov 2: O'Reilly
"Kinsale Pottery will host up to 10 Irish Name Days through 2013, each consisting of a day of pottery making for up to 16 people. If your surname is: Murphy, Kelly, O'Sullivan, Walsh, O'Brien, Byrne, Ryan, O'Connor, O'Neill or O'Reilly, you're eligible to come - though you or your guest must be living abroad! In the day you will design pottery to celebrate your Irish roots, examine your name's meaning and history, and you'll have the chance to meet people you're related to."
The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Begley, and with Steve Collins who will be appearing in advance of an imminent grudge fight with former World Champion, Roy Jones Junior.
Ireland on Sunday is our monthly showcase for new Irish film.
In a departure from our usual form, this month’s Ireland on Sunday screening features a short drama film followed by a long interview with stellar cast and crew
Tax City is a muscular new drama directed by U.K.-based Irish-born Tom Begley and written and produced by Andy Nolan. Set in 1990s’ London, Tax City follows the sensational comeback of rock star Johnny Costa (Jon Campling), his tragic fall from grace and his perilous fight for survival on the streets of London. Costa is forced to confront Fintan (played by former-World-Champion-boxer-turned-actor Steve Collins) the brutal leader of a real life, Irish-dominated Taxing Squad gang that preys on the homeless community.
Worth seeking out, if you are in Dublin on Sunday 12 May.
"Although it is 3.2 kilometers (two miles) away from the seacoast, and sits atop a mountain, the well has one legendary property that caused Giraldus Cambrensis in 1188 to name it one of the wonders of Ireland.
It was said that it exhibited low tides and high tides, as if it were connected to the ocean.
'A well there is of sweet water; the property of that well is, that it fills and ebbs like the sea, though it is far from the sea.'
Other medieval texts claim that the well could alternate between fresh water, and seawater."
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
I thought I knew this area well (no pun intended) but this Holy Well is new to me. When I was a child, I loved the atmosphere and sense of peace at the Holy Well near Sligo town. Tullaghan Hill has escaped the meddlings of humans more interested in the theme park experience. Worth a look next time I'm in the vicinity!
The James Joyce Centre is dedicated to the celebration & promotion of the work of James Joyce, one of the greatest writers in english literature.
This house was built in 1784 by Francis Ryan for Valentine Brown, the Earl of Kenmare, who used it as his townhouse. The plasterwork here was done by Michael Stapleton, one of the finest stuccadores of the time. The house was given special mention by Constantine Curran in his book Dublin Decorative Plasterwork of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, and the photographs he took were essential to the restoration of the house. Curran was also a close friend of Joyce’s....
Season Of Yeats - a new festival bringing the story of two of Sligo’s greatest sons to life with 10 days of Music, Theatre, Exhibitions and the Spoken Word We welcome you to the first Tread Softly…, a new festival bringing the story of two of Sligo’s greatest sons to life with 10 days of Music, Theatre, Exhibitions and the Spoken Word. We sincerely hope you, both visitor and resident, will find events and activities to brighten up your summer and make your Sligo experience all the more enjoyable.
A one woman story-telling evening, no late-comers, no interval; the promise is you’ll be enthralled. I was. The story is one of loss, of redemption and revenge. Set in Liverpool, a young woman maddened by the loss of her child in gunfire, is further maddened by the reaction of her reactionary Irish parents. The plot is relentless and cold blooded, as we follow the logic of her unsafe mind.
What I saw tonight was one of the great one actor performances and a play written with such skill that I wasn’t ever allowed to predict; I was held, fearful, in the moment.
Leanne Best was the revelation of the evening, a commanding, mock-modest performance which really must win actor of the year or of the decade.
Adam Frew was exhibiting and selling his ceramics as part of the Perspectives @ Craft Central in Clerkenwell . The exhibtion moves back to Belfast in April. For details, see the feature opposite. Definitely worth taking a look!
Máirtín de Cógáin on his album, From Cork with Love:
The Máirtín de Cógáin Project's album From Cork with Love is filled with songs, stories and tunes about the Cork of my youth. These always bring me back home to the Rebel County on Ireland's south coast by recalling its many sights, like Cork City’s bustling small back streets, the pastoral boreens of the countryside, the River Lee’s romantic allure, the Coal Quay and Grand Parade’s rustic beauty, and even the majestic castles of my ancestors in Carrigaline itself – it’s all there.
This DVD, an hour long music travelogue, uses these songs, stories and tunes to guide you through Cork and her many charms, and will show you my home the way I grew up knowing it.
I invite you to come along and enjoy the journey, From Cork with Love.
" Shelley Marsden meets Oscar-winning documentary-maker Alex Gibney to talk about his shocking new film Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God and the somewhat timely resignation of Pope Benedict."
"The latest film from acclaimed documentary-maker Marc Isaacs offers a fascinating and intimate insight into the lives of people who have come to London from afar and struggled to make the city their home. Isaacs introduces a diverse number of characters who have made their way to London, from all over the world, in order to seek a better life. There's a young Irish woman who dreams of becoming a singer, who takes a job pulling pints in Cricklewood, serving the generations of Irish people who came over before her; a lonely Irish ex construction worker loosing his battle to booze; a man from Kashmir working in a hotel, trying to earn enough money so his wife can join him; an elderly Jewish woman who fled Vienna when Hitler was in power; and a glamorous retired German air stewardess living with her estranged husband. Fused with wonderful moments of humour and equally heartbreaking moments where broken dreams are revealed, The Road: A Story of Life and Death is a study of immigration that manages to be highly affecting, whilst avoiding being polemical or didactic."
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
and partly filmed in Kilburn and Cricklewood ..my manor ..