November rain

Sunday, 11 November, 2012 0 Comments

“The unwelcome November rain had perversely stolen the day’s last hour and pawned it with that ancient fence, the night.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

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Messi surprises, energizes, spiritualizes, messimerizes

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012 0 Comments

The remarkable Lionel Messi was a hat-trick-scorer as a 10-man Barcelona team outlasted Deportivo La Coruna in a wild 5-4 Primera Division game on Saturday night. Is there anything the Argentine genius cannot do? Apparently not, says the Irish rap poet John Cummins. “Messi messimerizes me. He constantly surprises me. His genius energizes me. In […]

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Throwing up in Dublin

Thursday, 18 October, 2012 0 Comments

“I became subsequently addicted to brown stout in bottle, a drink which still remains the one that I prefer the most despite the painful and blinding fits of vomiting which a plurality of bottles has often induced in me.” At Swim-Two-Birds, Flann O’Brien (1911 — 1966) The year 1939 saw the outbreak of the Second […]

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The Staves in the Caves

Saturday, 13 October, 2012

Emily Staveley-Taylor, Jessica Staveley-Taylor and Camilla Staveley-Taylor from Watford in England are The Staves and, starting on 26 October, the three sisters will be providing support for Bon Iver during his European tour. That’s “a feather in their cap”, as mother would say, but they’re earned it by putting in the work and the miles. […]

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Sunday, 9 September, 2012

This small monastic site on the Limerick/Cork border was founded in the 7th century by Saint Molaige and the name Labbamologga comes from the original Irish, Leaba Molaige (the bed of Molaige or Molaige’s resting place). Labbamologga continues to be used as a graveyard.

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The missing “d” and the homemade chicken

Wednesday, 5 September, 2012

Spotted late at night in the village of Croom, County Limerick. Croom (Irish: Cromadh meaning “Bend in the River”) was occupied by the FitzGerald dynasty in the 14th century. Until then, it had been the Limerick seat of the O’Donovan family. Their ancestor, Crom Ua Donnab?in, took his name from the place, and Cromadh and […]

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Hen party

Sunday, 2 September, 2012

hen party “When a random group of girls decides to get together. Not letting boys ruin their gongshow, and just basically girls being girls. You’re with your fellow ladies, and don’t have to worry about looking too hot or anything, boys are not present, and you basically just have the time of your life with […]

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Wallis Bird at the Electric Picnic

Saturday, 1 September, 2012

Set amid the rolling lawns of Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, a splendid 600 acre estate just 50 minutes from Dublin, The Electric Picnic has established itself as a special Irish festival. One of the artists taking part in this weekend’s Picnic fun is Wallis Bird from Wexford. Note: “Born left-handed, she lost five fingers of […]

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Damn! They couldn’t even spell Kurfürstendamm

Tuesday, 28 August, 2012

Under the shade-giving plane trees, Berliners parade up and down the Kurfürstendamm, the city’s shopping boulevard. Along this avenue of materialism, consumers have the choice between Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès, Giorgio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Prada, Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, Gucci, Valentino, Cartier, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, to name the main outlets. But […]

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Come sail your ships around me and burn your bridges down

Saturday, 25 August, 2012

Because she’s an architect by training, one assumes that Camille O’Sullivan would be more comfortable with fixed structures than with sea-going vessels, but seeing that she grew up on the sea-swept island of Ireland, Nick Cave’s Ship Song offers her lots of potential for reconstruction.

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“Non si può seguire Gesù da soli”

Sunday, 1 July, 2012

Who knows what this pilgrim at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in mid-June was praying for? Health, perhaps. Better weather, possibly. An Italian victory in Euro 2012? Tonight, in Kiev, Italy play Spain in the final of the championship and for the Italian coach, Cesare Prandelli, the tournament has been a triumph of faith. […]

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