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Touring Tuesdays: Newgrange with James Shields

After a brief hiatus, we’re happy to be back with our intrepid traveler and photographer, James Shields! Newgrange One of the most famous heritage sites in Ireland, I’ve been going to Newgrange since I was a small boy, and it’s always been an inspiration for me. At almost 5,000 years old, the site is older […]READ MORE

Irish Fiction Fridays: Arthur Riordan: The Emergency Session

Today for Irish Fiction Fridays we feature something a little different: The Emergency Session by Arthur Riordan. The Emergency Session is a satirical rap-cabaret featuring Eamon DeValera on such subjects as the liberal agenda and the rural/urban divide. While it is a full length theatrical production, first produced by the Rough Magic Theatre Company on October 5, […]READ MORE

Reflections From the Bid Chair: James Bacon

By James Bacon Our bid-chair James Bacon had a meeting on the 3rd of May 2012, first with Tom McPherson at the Convention Centre Dublin and then with Donna Brogan and her team at Failte Ireland, it marked a point in the history of the bid. Today marks the fifth anniversary of what could be […]READ MORE

Irish Fiction Fridays: Jon Wright: Grabbers

Welcome back to Irish Fiction Fridays! Today we look at the 2012 movie Grabbers directed by Jon Wright. This is hilarious Irish horror. An ensemble cast of Irish actors including Russell Tovey (Torchwood), and Ruth Bradley (Stardust). ‘After discovering mutilated whale corpses, the quiet community slowly comes to realise that they’re under attack by bloodsucking […]READ MORE

Irish Fiction Fridays: Walter Willis: Slant

Welcome to another addition of Irish Fiction Fridays. Today we are highlighting Slant, the Irish fanzine, and the Irish fan behind it: Walter Alexander Willis (1919-1999). Slant was the first fanzine published by Walt Willis in collaboration with James White as Art Editor. It ran from 1948 until 1953 with seven issues and immediately established […]READ MORE

Touring Tuesdays: Fore Abbey with James Shields

Fore Abbey, Co. Westmeath It was a glorious spring day when we set out for Fore Abbey in County Westmeath. This tiny village hides some fantastic medieval ruins, most notably the 13th century Benedictine monastery.   The monastic settlement was originally founded by St Féchín (insert “feck” joke of your choice) in the 7th century, […]READ MORE