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 […]

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 […]

Irish Fiction Fridays: Walt Willis: The Enchanted Duplicator

             Welcome to Irish Fiction Friday. This week we feature The Enchanted Duplicator by Walter Willis and Bob Shaw. This is somewhat of a sequel to last week’s entry on Walter Willis’ fanzine Slant. The Enchanted Duplicator or TED as it’s often referred to, is the story of Jophan and his journey to the heart […]

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 […]

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, […]

Irish Fiction Fridays: Cartoon Saloon: The Secret of Kells

Welcome back to Irish Fiction Fridays! We took a break last week to observe St Patrick’s Day. This week we feature The Secret of Kells by Cartoon Saloon. The Secret of Kells is a 2009 French-Belgian-Irish animated fantasy film animated by Cartoon Saloon that premiered on 8 February 2009 at the 59th Berlin International Film […]