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IL archive November 2013: The Hanging Gardens is the first new play by Frank McGuinness at the Abbey Theatre in 14 years.

IL archive November 2013: The Hanging Gardens is the first new play by Frank McGuinness at the Abbey Theatre in 14 years. | Irish Life | Scoop.it

'Now we have a family, a rivalry, a purpose’

The Hanging Gardens is the first new play by Frank McGuinness at the Abbey Theatre in 14 years. It is an unflinching and familiar vision of the Irish family from one of the country’s most important playwrights.

A writer and his wife sit together in their garden. They are surrounded by a lifetime’s work; their home, their gardens and their children. Rachel wants to be congratulated on her pregnancy, Maurice is struggling for his father’s acceptance and Charlie needs his sacrifices to be acknowledged.

A crisis has drawn this family together but will their honesty pull them apart?

Frank McGuinness has enjoyed huge success at the Abbey Theatre with recent adaptations of John Gabriel Borkman (2010) and The Dead (2012) now he is back with a new play as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.


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Booking Information

Thursday 3 Oct – Saturday 9 November

Previews: Thursday 3 Oct – Tuesday 8 October

Monday – Friday 7.30pm, Sat matinees 2pm

on the Abbey stage

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €23

Book here:

http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats_on/performances/the-hanging-gardens-2013

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welcome!

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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

 

Ursula

 

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Duke Special & Ulaid at The London Irish Centre

Duke Special & Ulaid at The London Irish Centre | Irish Life | Scoop.it


 

"When contemporary songwriting and traditional music meet, the results can be something to be treasured. Such is the case with the collaboration between folk supergroup, Ulaid, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Duke Special. The project draws on Duke Special's songwriting skills, from pre-rock'n'roll to modern acoustic pop. He injects drama and theatricality, bringing storytelling to the fore with meditative twists and turns amid the melodic architecture. Ulaid's mixture of skills in arrangement, interpretation, composition and performance lend a peculiarly folk-but-modern, urban-but-pastoral air to the whole. For a collaboration that may have seemed unlikely in theory, proves itself thoroughly in practice; when heard, it somehow seems inevitable. Simply put, not to be missed."



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So gutted this is happening when I am in Malta!

Duke Special comes highly recommended. And playing here with Ulaid! Do not miss this!

Ulaid & Duke Special - LIVE Date: November 26, 2016 Doors: 20:00 Venue: 50-52 Camden Sq Price: £15
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Eva Gore-Booth

Eva Gore-Booth - Wikipedia

Eva Selina Laura Gore-Booth (22 May 1870 - 30 June 1926) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and a committed suffragist, social worker and labour activist. She was born at Lissadell House, County Sligo, the younger sister of Constance Gore-Booth, later known as the Countess Markievicz.

further information regarding her pioneering work in Manchester can be found here: https://radicalmanchester.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/eva-gore-booth/


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14/10/16


President Michael D Higgins gives a lecture (at Congress House, London) on Eva Gore-Booth: Irish Revolutionary and Inspiration for Our Times.


I intend to revisit her grave in St John's, Hampstead later today, before attending the event. Last time I went, the graveyard seemed sadly neglected. Hopefully it has since been lovingly tended.

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Seamus Heaney - HomePlace

Seamus Heaney - HomePlace | Irish Life | Scoop.it
In September 2016, ‘Seamus Heaney HomePlace’ will open in Bellaghy, Northern Ireland, standing at the heart of the place where one of Ireland’s literary giants was born, grew up and which he chose as his final resting place.

At this home for inspiration, echoing the life, literature and legacy of the world renowned poet, scholar, translator, teacher and Nobel Laureate, visitors will be taken on a journey through Seamus Heaney’s life. From his childhood and formative years to his adulthood and later achievements, his story will be told through his own words and the words of the people he knew - and who knew him.

An interactive exhibition explores his work and the rhythm, rhyme and routine of poetry. HomePlace also features a re-creation of the poet’s Dublin study.

Throughout, personal artefacts enrich the authenticity of the experience. A multi-arts and cultural programme will be centred in the building’s performance space.

Situated just 45 minutes from either Belfast or Derry, Seamus Heaney HomePlace is on the main route which links the two cities.
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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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‘You don’t just photograph a man like Samuel Beckett. You offer him something’

‘You don’t just photograph a man like Samuel Beckett. You offer him something’ | Irish Life | Scoop.it
How Irishman John Minihan secured his place in history by photographing the writer in Paris
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John Minihan offers much. He was spotted outside The French House in London yesterday, photographing some Irish Poets, getting the light exactly right. Plus ça change.
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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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IL Archive September 2016: Hangmen review – Martin McDonagh returns with a savagely black comedy

IL Archive September 2016: 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...


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IL Archive August 2016 Poetry Walls:Cúirt International Festival of Literature

IL Archive August 2016 Poetry Walls:Cúirt International Festival of Literature | Irish Life | Scoop.it

Cúirt International Festival of Literature


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When in Rome, visit Irish in Italy exhibition at National Library

When in Rome, visit Irish in Italy exhibition at National Library | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Catherine Dunne, a past winner of the Giovanni Boccaccio prize, tours a display celebrating cultural links from James Joyce to Pasolini performing Synge
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Women's Museum of Ireland: Elizabeth (Lizzie) Le Blond

Women's Museum of Ireland: Elizabeth (Lizzie) Le Blond | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"The date is 16 February 1896, and high on Monte Disgrazia, on the Italian-Swiss border, a climber and her two guides are caught in a raging storm ..."

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Read the fascinating life story of Lizzie Le Blond, Irish female 19th C adventurer
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Celebrating National Poetry Day 2016

Celebrating National Poetry Day 2016 | Irish Life | Scoop.it
THE CHILD AND THE THRUSH

(From The Hardening Ground)         


Consider the thrush, how it learns to sing,
and then the song that has brought it fame,
remember that this is no ordinary thing,    
but something learned in beauty’s name.
 
Consider the child how it learns to talk,
before it has gained a foot-hold in speech,
will turn in its bed and try all the sounds
that would seem to bring words a bit nearer its reach.
 
Consider the mother of each feather-less bird,
how she warms every egg ‘til she hears the first cheep;    
and think of a mother’s delight in the word   
of a child that can sing, as soon as it speaks.
 
Then consider the poet and fill up his cup,
 for the bird it has flown, and the child grown up;
 the child and the thrush you will find in his head,
 consider the poet before he is dead.

SHAUN TRAYNOR

    
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London-based Irish poet Shaun Traynor contributes to Irish Life's  celebration of National Poetry Day, with his poem "The Child And The Thrush".
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Ancient Irish musical history found in modern India

"An archaeologist studying musical horns from iron-age Ireland has found musical traditions, thought to be long dead, are alive and well in south India."

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"An archaeologist studying musical horns from iron-age Ireland has found musical traditions, thought to be long dead, are alive and well in south India."
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Van Morrison - Up on Cyprus Avenue

Van Morrison live in Belfast on the occasion of his 70th Birthday. Not just live in Belfast. East Belfast. Cyprus Avenue, half a mile from his birthplace o
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Van saw me through tough times.. Thanks, man. 
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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!


November 2016 Update: Imelda is now sporting a whole new look ..more rock than billy .. dark hair with fringe ..so!  the blonde quiff will have to go?

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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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IL Archive June 2016: Doorway Gallery At The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead

IL Archive June 2016: Doorway Gallery At The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead | Irish Life | Scoop.it

The Doorway Gallery @ AAF Hampstead Heath

June 15 -19 2016

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I love Irish Art and I love the Affordable Art Fair which comes to Hampstead Heath every June. So tonight, with a glass of rose in one hand and my phone camera in the other, I shall make a beeline for Doorway Gallery to get my yearly fix of contemporary Irish art from artists well-regarded in Ireland, perhaps lesser know here. Although I did hear a rumour that a certain eminent Royal has a certain Irish ceramicist's work in his magnificent home. Represented by Doorway Gallery, he (it is a he) is very keenly priced and a favourite of yours truly.
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