In the frame during a big year for comics

Stan Lee’s death cast a shadow over the comic-book world, but 2018 also had plenty of positive aspects, writes Don O’Mahony.

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Ed Power's top top ten gigs of 2018

Ed Power spent much of his year attending events on behalf of this newspaper. Here are a selection of his favourites.

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Musical theatre review: Les Miserables

When it first opened to mixed reviews at London’s Barbican Theatre in 1985, few could have anticipated how Les Misérables would become one of the world’s ...

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Cork teenager Allie Sherlock is about to the take the next step in her already-storied singing career

Cork teenager Allie Sherlock is about to the take the next step in her already-storied singing career, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Film fest: Family movies to catch over the holidays

Esther McCarthy surfs the channels for the best Christmas TV picks for you and your family.

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First he conquered Broadway, now The Boss takes on Netflix

"Standing before you is a man who has become wildly and absurdly successful writing about something of which he has had absolutely no personal experience"

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There are a few things Daniel O'Donnell doesn't like and cars without CD players is one of them

He isn’t the only performer struggling with the fast pace of technology and the effects that streaming have had on the recording industry.

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A look back at the 10 big stories form the year in music

Greatest showmen, mumbling rappers and born again boy-bands all conspired

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Unmasking Limerick's newest masked rapper

What is it with Limerick musicians and their penchant for masks?

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Child’s love for Mary Poppins: UK children's Laureate breaks down the iconic nanny's reboot

As everyone’s favourite nanny returns to screens, UK children’s laureate Lauren Child talks to Hannah Stephenson about the iconic character’s reboot ...

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Irish sci-fi blasts off: Tramp Press launches anthology of science fiction stories

An anthology of science fiction stories, dating as far back as the 1830s, has launched on Tramp Press, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Theatre review: Aladdin panto - Cork Opera House

Going to the panto in 2018, in the midst of a gender-centric, #metoo-conscious, politically correct audience has its advantages. With three sons, one takes every ...

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Homeless crisis takes centre stage

A new play in aid of Cork Penny Dinners has been informed by real stories of life on the streets. writes Colette Sheridan

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Cork cellist Sinéad O’Halloran aims to adding new strings to her bow

Cork cellist Sinéad O’Halloran is seeking to raise funds to buy her ‘dream’ cello. She explains why to Marjorie Brennan.

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There’s a new Hollywood heroine in town shaking things up

Peter Jackson, the filmmaker who brought us The Lord of the Rings movies, returns with ‘Mortal Engines’. Kerri-Ann Roper speaks to two of the new film’s ...

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Children's book are a gift that keep on giving so here's some suggestions for this Christmas

Books still make the perfect present for children of any age. With the very young, they can also act as a bonding experience with parents, says Helen O’Callaghan. ...

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Taking on the jungle challenge in new Netflix flick

The release of his grittier version of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’ on Netflix reflects the changing landscape of filming, Andy Serkis tells ...

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Scene and heard: This week's entertainment news

lt’s been a huge week for gig announcements as promoters rush to get those tickets on the Christmas present list.

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Last dance coming for Strictly stars

There are only five pairs left in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which airs every Saturday night on BBC One. We take a look at the celebrities left battling ...

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Olly Murs muses over life and luck

Former X Factor star and pop favourite Olly Murs recently released his sixth album You Know I Know. He talks to Lucy Mapstone about why he feels he has lasted in ...

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A Question of Taste: Caoimhe Garvey

Caoimhe Garvey is originally from Tralee in Co Kerry, but currently lives in London where she works as a musical theatre performer. She is currently playing the ...

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Note-worthy reading: 2018's top 10 music books and memoirs

It’s been a great year for music books and related memoirs. Eoghan O’Sullivan selects ten of the best

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GameTech: Stage-coach robbery with so many micro-transactions

THE old west is dead. Welcome to the new world, writes Ronan Jennings. If you ever wanted an example of modern-day cowboys, then look no further than Red Dead Online, ...

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Theatre review: I Am Tonie Walsh at Project, Dublin

To say that the old rallying cry “the personal is political” applies to the life of Tonie Walsh is an understatement.

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Album review: Mark Knopfler - Down The Road Wherever

When Sultans of Ping set out to lampoon full-fat 1970s rock there was a certain inevitability in their choice of Mark Knopfler’s Dire Straits and their hit ...

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Believing in the new Creed

Sylvester Stallone has officially handed over Rocky’s crown to Michael B Jordan, and the young star is taking it all in his stride, writes Gemma Dunn.

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Difficult issues around a parent with dementia

New one-off drama Care tells the story of a single mum who becomes her mother’s carer after she gets dementia. Georgia Humphreys finds out more about a programme ...

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Live music review: Lauryn Hill at the 3Arena

On the latest leg of Lauryn Hill’s already notorious tour marking the 20th anniversary of her r’n b masterpiece The Miseducation Of… the clock ...

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In their own words: Cork’s new citizens

The migrant experience for the displaced can be alienating but a newly published anthology of poetry, prose and photography by the ‘new Corkonians’ ensures ...

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Belfast Cowboy Van Morrison is still firing after 50 years

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison is about to release his 40th album, writes Richard Purden

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For Andromedan-Corkonians Happyalone, the only way is up

Happyalone have come from a galaxy far far away, via Cork, to achieve major success, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Scene and Heard: : This week's entertainment news

Des O'Driscoll shares the latest from the entertainment world

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When dance meets orchestra: Are you ready for Jenny?

As she prepares for her Killarney gigs, Jenny Greene tells Ellie O’Byrne about the dance music meets orchestra format that has become an entertainment phenomenon. ...

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Nude times, high jinks and great music with Jools Holland and Marc Almond

Jools Holland and Marc Almond are almost crying with laughter as they take a trip down memory lane.

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Question of Taste: Cork actor Ciarán Bermingham

Ciarán Bermingham is an actor from Glanmire, Co Cork, and is about to play the Fairy Godmother in the Cinderella panto which opens at the Everyman in Cork ...

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John C Reilly returns as Ralph in a wittier and more charming sequel

John C Reilly returns as Ralph in a film that will appeal to adults and children alike, writes

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Civilisation takes a step forward

Sid Meier has a very different idea of what civilisation means.

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Emotional Richard Dormer on Fortitude's final series

As Fortitude gets one more series, Irish actor Richard Dormer reflects on the fun he’s had making the show, writes Georgia Humphreys

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Gruff Rhys is looking forward to coming to Ireland

The Irish tour by the affable Super Furry Animals’ singer takes in Other Voices in Dingle on Friday, writes Ed Power

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Gig Review: Boy George and Culture Club at 3Arena, Dublin

“The amount of drama on stage would kill a beginner… so it’s a good thing we’re not beginners.”

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Texas three-piece return to Ireland with their modern country status still intact

With no sign of embracing the pop trappings of modern country, the Texas three-piece return to Ireland with their outsider status still intact, writes Ed Power.

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Ten Irish celebrities tell us their favourite book of 2018

From old classics to modern literary fiction and meditation, ten celebs tell Richard Fitzpatrick their favourite read of 2018.

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Album review: The 1975 - A brief inquiry into online relationships

“The desire to make a big artistic statement is the thing that has always kept us going,” 1975 frontman Matty Healy told the Irish Examiner two years ...

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Live music review: Florence and the Machine - 3Arena

Florence Welch is counting down to her tenth anniversary as a pop star. A great deal has changed in the interim (she is no longer routinely compared to a Pre-Raphaelite ...

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Dance-floor days: A look back at the iconic Sir Henry's 30 years on

As the Sweat in Sir Henry’s marks 30 years, author Lisa McInerney recalls the fun of her formative years in the legendary Cork club

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Review: Florence's fluorescent charisma shines as the Machine rocks Dublin

Ed Power reviews Florence and the Machine at the 3Arena in Dublin

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A question of taste: Trick Mist

Gavin Murray records under the name Trick Mist, and releases his debut album, Both Ends, next week via Pizza Pizza Records.

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Hurling and poetry: Ó Bhéal’s word-clash of the ash

IF EVER there was a field sport so poetic that words can only but strive to do it justice, it is hurling and its proponents, the Cúchulains of Croker, modern ...

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Setting stories in stone at UCC

An element of Stano’s multi-faceted art work has found a home at UCC, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Jamie Dornan stars in new dark tale of family coming to RTÉ

JAMIE Dornan is among the stars of Death and Nightingales, a new three-part TV adaptation of Eugene McCabe’s novel set in Co Fermanagh in the late

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