Category: The whole caboodle

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Adrian Dunbar on Carthaginians

  Hark: You would have been only a kid, Dido. Dido: There were no kids after Bloody Sunday. With this year marking the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, there are a number of arts events...

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The Máirtín O’Connor band

I thought of the title of the Bothy Band album, Out of the Wind, Into the Sun as Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd struck up the first notes at their Rath Celtair...

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Gary Mitchell interview

They say you have to suffer for your art but few have suffered as much as Gary Mitchell, the Belfast playwright who was the subject of a brutal campaign of intimidation by the people...

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Naysayer Nelson

You couldn’t make it up. Page 17 of today’s Irish News has a picture whose caption reads – “Busy Year Ahead: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Audiences NI are hosting a master...

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The BBC and Irish

THE recent spat over the All-Ireland Fleadh going to Derry raised a totally different issue for the Bluffer – the difficulty of BBC presenters in pronouncing anything in Irish. Foghraíocht is the word for...

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An tSnáthaid Mhór in Brussels

Comhghairdeas le Andy agus le Caitríona. Belfast’s Irish language community will know of the stunning work that the publishing company An tSnáthaid Mhór does but today Andy Whitson and Caitríona Hastings are in Brussels...

Van Morrison with Dr Ian Adamson at the launch of Slí Cholmcille at the Linenhall Library in Belfast 0

Van Morrison and Slí Cholmcille

When I went to the launch of Slí Cholmcille at the Linenhall Library last night, the last person I expected to see was George Ivan Morrison, Van the Man to you and me. Slí...

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Plantation once again!

Late last year, I was in hillwalking on Ratharsair (Raasey) an island between Sgitheanach (Skye) and the Scottish mainland. The scenery on Raasey, birthplace of the great Gaelic poet, Somhairle Mac Gill-Eain, is absolutely...

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Derry Fleadh bid fails

Ah well. The Fleadh isn’t coming to Derry in 2013. The sound of the pipes, the fiddle, the bodhrán and our other traditional instruments won’t be filling the Derry air as hosts of our...

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Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey

In contrast to an opponent’s derisive description of Devlin as “Fidel Castro in a mini-skirt”, Lelia Doolan’s documentary film, Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey offers an in-depth perspective on a formidable figure of...