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Sunny Jacobs: bean a tháinig slán

Ó shraith an bháis go dtí an t-athbhreith i gConamara “Is deas liom bheith anseo,” a deir Sunny Jacobs liom. “Ar ndóigh, is deas liom bheith áit ar bith na laethanta seo.” Is greann...

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Howard Marks at CQAF

Sometimes we make mistakes. I thought Ardal O’Hanlon would be a better evening’s entertainment than Howard Marks at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival last night and booked my ticket accordingly. However, the way things...

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Lumiere at CQAF

La Dolce Vita. Life is sweet. Despite their short lifespan, I’ve probably seen Lumiere – Pauline Scanlon and Éilís Kennedy – more often than most other acts. The simple reason is that the duo...

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West Ocean String Quartet

‘Twas fitting that the West Ocean String Quartet should play at St. George’s Church in Belfast. Between 1817 and 1821, Edward Bunting, the man who recorded the music played at the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival...

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We are children of the stars

We are stardust, we are golden … Little did I think the line from the Joni Mitchell song about Woodstock could be taken literally! We humans actually are all made up of stars. I’d...

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Agallamh le Edna O’Brien

Foilsíodh an t-alt seo i bhFoinse i mí na Samhna, 2007. Tamall ó shin, scríobh Anne Enright léirmheas ar an leabhar is déanaí ó Edna O’Brien, The Light of Evening. Scríobh Enright  gurbh í Edna...

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Diversion at CQAF

I love the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. For the past ten years – 2011 is the 11th festival – it has provided evenings and afternoons that live in the memory to be buffed up...

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Aontroim Abú

He no doubt knew it was going to be a bumpy ride when the the Baker decided to shape the future of footballing in Antrim, but he couldn’t have imagined it would have been...

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A great few days of music

A great week with two great gigs at the Black Box and Down Arts Centre in Downpatrick, both part of the Moving On Music Festival. Moving on Music is a bit of a hidden...

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The Absence of Women

Má bhaineann dráma deora asat, caithfidh go ndeachaigh sé i bhfeidhm go mór ort. Bunús an lucht éisteachta a bhí i láthair ag premiere domhanda dráma úir Owen McCafferty, The Absence of Women, ag...