Arts & Culture, Features

A Triumph of the Spirit: In Conversation with Declan O’Rourke

Singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has turned from writing lyrics to prose for his latest creative venture.  Famed for his distinctive voice and musical abilities, his literary debut The Pawnbrokers Reward illuminates the darkest chapter of Irish history.  Having previously explored the famine in his critically acclaimed song cycle Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine, the novel examines the events of that …


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 …


Limerick on Ice Melts Away

  It has been announced that Limerick City’s most popular Christmas time attraction will not be reopening for the 2021 holiday season.   Limerick on Ice’s founder Fran O’Donnell has announced that the ice rink will not be operating for the first time in 17 years (excluding the 2020 season due to Covid-19 restrictions) because of issues surrounding insurance for …

Uninspired Ireland Falling Behind The Rest

The Ireland side named to face Japan on Saturday could hardly be described as experimental. While other sides have clearly got one eye on the 2023 World Cup, Ireland coach Andy Farrell has opted for experience. It is easy to forget that Farrell was under severe pressure prior to the away win over Scotland in the 2021 Six Nations and, …

‘Not Your Villain’ – The Problem Behind the Scarred Baddie Trope

The Bond movies are a franchise synonymous with glamour, action and a long lineage of malicious villains.  The distinctive villains are enshrined in cinematic history however the likes of Le Chiffre, Jaws, Emilio Largo, Alec Trevelyan, Zao and Raoul Silva all share a troubling similarity.  These evil characters share a visible difference, aided by extensive make up and prosthetics.  In …

Is There a Stigma Around Being a Student?

Despite the common conception many may hold of students – unproductive and antisocial agents of chaos hurricaning through the streets in a malaise of cans and contraceptives – it has to be said that, like the rest of society, the studying class haven’t had the easiest time of it lately. The COVID-19 pandemic saw students across the board barred from …

Three Girls 300 Miles Outside Their Comfort Zone

Unfortunately, we have all been affected by cancer in our lifetime in some way. Whether it be personally, or someone we know or love. Cancer has taken so much from us, but it shouldn’t have to take dignity or pride from its victims when they are fighting back by undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Three young Irish women living in Sydney – …

Lana Del Rey: Blue Banisters Review: A Glamorous Return

Lana Del Rey is a pop culture enigma who shrouds herself in references to vintage Americana, vulnerability and controversy. Diehard Lana fans like myself broached the onset of her eight studio album with uncertainty. The American singer is no stranger to pushing back release dates with Norman Fucking Rockwell’s wait delayed for months, agonising for fans desperate for more lovelorn …