Arts & Culture, Fuinneamh

Let There Be Rock: In Defence Of Greta Van Fleet

By: Mike Finnerty  Michigan rock group Greta Van Fleet took home Best Rock Album for their debut effort From The Fires at Sunday’s Grammy awards, seeing off Grunge statesman Alice In Chains, Swedish throwback Metal group Ghost, and Pop-Rock luminaries Weezer and Fall Out Boy in the process. Greta Van Fleet are probably the most love-it-or-hate-it band to come from …


News, Sports

University Of Limerick To Host 2021 Tag Rugby World Cup

By: Mike Finnerty The University of Limerick has been chosen to host the 2021 Tag Rugby World Cup – the first-ever iteration of the tournament to be held in the Northern Hemisphere. The announcement was made within the last hour at Plassey House, and Mayor of Limerick City James Collins has said that Limerick hosting such a big event is …


Why “Threads” Is Still Relevant in 2019

By: Michael Finnerty In the last week, Russia has joined the United States in dismantling the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed in 1987. It was seen as one of the major factors in hastening the demise of the Cold War, after a series of near-scares and heightened tensions in the early 1980s. Playing off the shoulder of this was Threads, …

Foreign Language Media Is Here To Stay – And I, For One, Welcome Our New Overlords

By: Mike Finnerty It’s one of the oldest clichés and hack jokes in modern comedy. A character does their best trying to convince a group of friends that this foreign language film is really deep and meaningful, bro, and it turns out to be incomprehensible avant-garde nonsense. This trope came about as a direct result of the influence and success …

Glass review: a half-empty masterpiece

By: Mike Finnerty Exit Light, Enter Night There won’t be a mainstream movie as weird as Glass released for a long time. You’ll still have the likes of your Clare Dennis’, your David Lynch’s and your David Cronenberg’s putting out their indie arthouse fare, but with the possible exception of Ang Lee and Darren Aronofsky, no one does weird mainstream …

Cameron Crowe’s Masterpiece – Looking At Almost Famous In 2019

The Fever Dog himself Mike Finnerty takes a look at Almost Famous ahead of Monday night’s showing in the UCH. It had all the hallmarks of a box office sensation. Killer tunes, a universal story about rock and roll, a romance, a breakthrough performance from a daughter of Hollywood legends, quotable lines and more possible fashion trends than you could …

Looking at the Oscar snubs for 2019

The Oscar nominations have just been released, and in a shocking turn of events, being a deeply average movie with one incredible lead performance is enough to get a Best Picture nomination. We Will Shock You: Bohemian Rhapsody getting a nomination outside of Rami Malek’s performance has shocked many   The Oscars never give the people what they truly want …

How M. Night Shyamalan went from punchline to the comeback kid

Glass opened in cinemas across the world last Friday. The idea of people rushing to see an M. Night Shyamalan movie seemed unthinkable not so long ago. Mike Finnerty examines how M. Night clawed his way back to the top. It’s one of Hollywood’s favourite narratives – the comeback. Terence Mallick didn’t make a movie for 20 years before releasing …

In Defence Of The Holiday, The Last Truly Great Christmas Film

The world is a terrible place right now. Runaway climate change is threatening the existence of our planet, the political divide between left and right has never been as pronounced in decades, and the studio behind Despicable Me made a Grinch film. Before you reach for Google, could you, the person reading this, name one good live-action Christmas themed film …

The Five Potential Candidates to become the next Irish Manager

It’s official: Irish football is in crisis.   It’s Groundhog Day again, another bad result against a team we should be comfortably beating on paper has seen Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane walk from the job. Five years of aggressively mediocre football have finally come to an end. Let’s take a look at the five possible candidates to …