Arts & Culture, Features, Fuinneamh

The Art of Preserving Irish with Manchán Magan

What can certain words of the Irish language tell us about our culture? For writer Manchán Magan, answering this question has spurred his latest book ‘Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and other Irish Words for Nature.’ Reuniting with publishing house Gill and illustrator Steve Doogan, it serves as a sequel to his bestselling ‘Thirty Two Words for Field.’ The idea originated …


‘Gripping and Grisly’- Behind the Chaotic Charm of Squid Game

Since ‘Squid Game’ catapulted onto our Netflix accounts in September, it has become an online sensation, with meme worthy content and already a huge demand for a second season.  Now Netflix’s most watched show, Squid Game has blown the minds of its viewers with its violent and graphic concept. Its intense plot is centred around the events of impoverished people …

Beautiful World, Where Are You Review: A love letter to what we vividly missed

After the success of her novel turned award-winning TV series, Sally Rooney’s new book is what everyone is  talking about, but is it truly worth the hype?  In this novel, a famous novelist named Alice meets Felix – who works in a warehouse – and spontaneously  asks him to join her on a work trip to Rome. At the same …

Acts of Desperation Review- A Striking, Compulsive Read

This hotly anticipated debut from the Waterford-born Megan Nolan is a self-assured anti-romance, detailing an obsessive relationship’s collapse.  This self-exploration starts in Dublin in 2012 and chapters are aided with from the more mature narrator reflecting from Athens Greece seven years later,  punctuating accounts of self-destructive narrative with maturity and insight.  An art critic Ciaran becomes the subject of the …

“I’m more interested in people painting as a means of enhancing their life” In Conversation with Artist Jim Furlong

Limerick is a flourishing artistic hub, with many creatives inspired by the city due to its vibrant residencies and an internationally renowned art college. Artist and educator Jim Furlong takes inspiration from the city. A resident of James Street Studios, the painter often sketches from life to produce his critically acclaimed work. He continues to produce art in his studio, …

An Focal Art Club #7- Harry Clarke

Hailed as one of the greatest stained glass artists of all time, Harry Clarke contributed in establishing Ireland’s unique artistic voice during the early years of the Free State. With vivid lively faces rooted in the revival of Gothic stained glass imagery, Harry Clarke is remembered as one of Ireland’s greatest artists and mastered both drawing and glass in his …

Lost Boys: “I think the majority of that EP actually came together in my bedroom in Castletroy”

Lost Boys are an Indie-Pop band consisting of Limerick natives Peadar Storey, Michael Meleady, Peter Corbett, and Patrick O’Donnell. Forming in the summer of 2018 and adding a member shortly after, the group have finally released their long-awaited debut EP titled “Honey Mustard”. I sat down (in a virtual sense) with Michael and Patrick to chat about their experience working …