Damien Dempsey

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Be Good or Be Gone is ultimately a strange beast

You won’t need to be told that this low-budget Dublin crime drama begins with a vocal by Damien Dempsey – who is to the genre as Curtis Mayfield was t(...)

“Thou dost have more hair than when last we met,” says John Spillane when my hairy face appears on his screen. “That’s a line from Coriolanus. I did i(...)

Sinead Kennedy: I listen to music whatever I’m doing, and during the pandemic I’ve found it takes me away to other worlds, places and times – which is a much-needed feeling

I found the first stage of lockdown manageable because everyone was going with the flow and the weather was gorgeous. Then, in the summer, I found out(...)

Former Dublin goalkeeper John Leonard now lives in rural New Zealand. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘Lenny, show this lad the ropes, will ya?’ ‘No problem, Ski. Who is he?’ ‘Diarmuid Connolly – the most talented footballer in the country is who h(...)

Mary Coughlan will be performing at one of the events that are being streamed over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 8pm on Focus Ireland’s YouTube and Facebook pages. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

A number of Irish artists will come together to perform at train stations this week in order to raise money for the homeless charity Focus Ireland. (...)

 Mary Coughlan will perform at Heuston Station on December 8th.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mary Coughlan, Mundy, Brian Kennedy and Eleanor McEvoy will be among the artists gigging at train stations next week to raise money for Focus Ireland(...)

Pillow Queens: playing the Other Voices virtual event

The country begins opening up again next week, but the immediate future of the arts and entertainment sectors remains shrouded in uncertainty. Museums(...)

Third-level institutions are still as invested in attracting prospective students as they were before the virus hit.

Late autumn is traditionally a time when colleges and universities throw open their doors to prospective third-level students as they start the proces(...)

On November 4th and 5th from 1pm to 6pm each day, thousands of registered fifth and sixth year students will log in to the  virtual Higher Options portal (above).

The pandemic has seen to it that Higher Options, Ireland’s main information-gathering opportunity for secondary school students, cannot be held in its(...)

Grey clouds: the Irish in Australia are facing a recession. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

Covid-19 has posed a significant challenge to the fortunes of the Irish in Australia. But many aren’t running for the exit, despite a looming reces(...)

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