Human existence, comedy and tragedy are ancient companions. In the immortal words of an Irish mother: “You three are a right pair if I ever saw one.” The three are intertwined and inextricable, a rich seam that underlies Irish culture. Sad songs and sharp wit, that’s the Irish. Or so it is said. But […]
“It’s clear that there will be no significant progress until the day comes when new ideas, not just new suits, are voted in.” Maybe it was fate that on Monday of Freshers’ Week, when I was at my most wide-eyed and fresh-faced, I met someone who would bring me crashing back down to reality. […]
Down the crooked roads which trail off Camden street, I find myself passing an endless stream of quaint brick houses, remnants of Dublin’s Georgian past. The area which surrounds the Copper House Gallery is authentic, antiquated one could say. Smoke hangs in the air, belched from the mouths of a sea of chimneys straight from […]
It is indeed a unique and wonderful experience for this year’s freshers to walk through front arch and begin their college years. Starting your university life is a wonderful and special feeling that you will never experience again, or at least that was I thought up until now. Just over […]
Once more in its long history the Irish state has proven itself unable, and it seems unwilling, to cherish all children of the nation equally. Despite recent recommendations of international bodies to grant ethnic minority status to Irish Travellers, the Irish Republic has predicated and delayed. The current Minister for Equality, David Stanton TD, […]
The far too often repeated nauseating cliché that rugby is a “hooligan’s game played by gentlemen while football is a gentlemen’s game played by hooligans” is constantly rolled out as a sweeping generalisation that is bought into by far too many people.
Conor McGlynn looks at the role of art in shaping the North’s future identity.
A pretentious front for big business to deal in depoliticised revolt and subversion; John Kennedy explores the failings of the hipster subculture as a scene and as a movement.
Red 2:2 Director: Robert Schwentke Cast: Bruce Willis, Mary Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Brian Cox & Helen Mirren Although based on a po-faced “graphic novel” and starring an assortment of over -the-hill actors, Red somehow manages to exceed expectations and emerge an enjoyable action romp. Director Robert Schwentke recognises the need […]