Fashion, Features, Fuinneamh

The Lasting Influence of Coco Chanel

The two interlocking C’s, a definition of enduring fashion which has outlived both its founder and creative directors- most notably Karl Larger field who passed in 2019. The brains behind the Parisian stronghold was once an unassuming orphan, acquiring her sewing skills under the instruction of nuns. Critics cite this adverse beginning in life an inspiration to the artist- with …


Arts & Culture, Features, Fuinneamh

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 …

How Behind Her Eyes Turns from Cliché to Chilling with a Mystical Twist

I should feel bad about watching the latest Netflix series Behind Her Eyes in one sitting, but it was a limited six-part series so would that even be considered a binge? Besides that, I must admit I was completed sucked in by this psychological thriller in which everyone seems slightly off while simultaneously gaining your sympathy. “Behind Her Eyes” was …

The Unsettling Truth behind Framing Britney Spears

Britney Spears is THE childhood icon to anyone born in the 90s. And for those of us who were too young to fully understand her catastrophic downfall in 2007, Framing Britney Spears is an at times horrifying reminder of the media culture of the day that revelled in tearing her down. Much of the documentary is also dedicated to explaining …

“We have to lose the sax solo!”- The Making of My Lovely Horse

On a Good Friday 1996, in a house on Kerry’s road in Limerick, a group were gathered to view an episode of comedy that is now enshrined in the Irish psyche. My father was part of that group as they previewed what many view as the greatest episode of a TV comedy in Irish history. The episode was ’A Song …

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 …

Why is The Tommy Tiernan Show so successful?

In an age of Instagram influencers, viral TikTok dances and daily Covid-19 case figures, the Tommy Tiernan brings a welcome change to the usual façade of late-night talk shows. Airing every Saturday night, the show offers an unconventional approach to interviewing, with each week’s guests remaining unknown to not only Tommy, but the viewers as well. Only this type of …

Why Taylor Swift is Revisiting her Past to Reclaim her Future

How can you put into words the icon that is Taylor Swift? While we are all sitting around complaining about the pandemic and how hard it is to get work done, Taylor is recording two whole new albums and re-recording five of her old albums as well?! But why is that? Not only is she a creative genius, but she …