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We are back on the air on RTE 2xm from 7pm this evening, and we have a jam packed show! We will be chatting with Martin McIver all about the Galway Tattoo Show happening in Radisson Blu Hotel from Sept 21-22. We will be chatting about Dublin Fringe Fest, Exhibition from Galway, Culture Night 2013, as well as your line up of music listings from around the country for the next couple of weeks. 

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What Has Been Shall Always Never Be Again

Running until the 7th if September in Ormston House

Featuring the Artists:

Ramona Burke, Michael Cleary, Simon Cummins, Gerry Davis, Pat Fitzpatrick, Noelle Gallagher, Saidhbhin Gibson, Bernadette Keating, Maggie Madden, Steve Maher, Eilish Murrihy, Áine Phillips, Rory Tangney, Paul Tarpey

"On reaching the top of the hill, we saw the skeleton of the abandoned village on the slope ahead of us. … Grey, uniform, sloping stone gables, which we saw first with no depth of perspective, like an amateurish set for a ghost film; incredulous, we tried to count them, we gave up at forty, there must have been a hundred." (Heinrich Böll from ‘Skeleton of a Human Habitation’ in Das Irische Tagebuch, 1957.)

Out of a Dense Fog

In the 1950s, German writer Heinrich Böll traveled to Achill Island, Co. Mayo and took up residence for some time in a cottage there. On his travels around the island, he was struck by the vast network of abandoned houses and skeleton villages embedded in the landscape. One in particular was the village of Slievemore, about which the above quotation is assumed to have been written. Revisiting these words today, it is hard not to read an eerie similarity between Böll‘s encounter with Slievemore and what anyone in Ireland might come across today on a short drive through any county—the network of unfinished houses and estates that stand as monuments to the unfulfilled expectations and aspirations of Celtic Tiger Ireland. While we may be able to visit, like Böll, the material remains of the recent past and its historical antecedent, the sentiment of that moment is not a destination to which we can travel. Both never and forever, the ideal Ireland that may have been, and which may still be, was not and could never be a place for us. It is a utopia—literally “no place”—both before and beyond us. To which we may point, but at which we will never arrive.

The works selected for this exhibition approach such places. Other times. Ideal states. Aesthetic and conceptual possibilities. Featuring new work in installation art, painting, performance art, photography, sculpture, sound and video art, what has been shall always never be again showcases a selection of distinct and complementary artists’ works from the Ormston House Gallery membership. Sifting through images, materials and affects, the artists presented here share a persistent resilience, forging new languages, conventions and new worlds in the midst of reconciling the unfulfilled expectations of our recent past. Turning not towards nostalgia—for utopia was never here to be lost—they look for and work with what is present and possible today. They dwell not on retrieving what was lost but on the possibilities that emerge through an acceptance of our present condition—processing and composing visual and material worlds that seem cautiously hopeful but resolutely contemporary.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell


The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is a month long festival of music, dancing and craic.
It all kicks off on the 30th of August and runs until the 30th of September.
The  first weekend of the festival is dedicated to 'The Outing' - when it opens its doors to the Gay and Lesbian community who are in search of love, friends and entertainment.
There’ll be music all over the town from 12 noon until late each night.
The Matchmaking festival is a place where people can come and mix and dance every day and have some fun and craic.
Willie Daly, Ireland’s only matchmaker, will be at hand to help out where needed. 
For more information see and

imageBeatlefest - Ireland’s only annual festival of Beatles music, is taking place in the picturesque loughside towns of Moville & Greencastle in Donegal & Derry - Londonderry, and runs from the 29th of August until the 1st of September.
There’ll be music in various bars on the streets and and on the shores of the Foyle.
The festival’s Star guest is Tony Bramwell who’s a childhood friend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison, and who became the Beatles road manager, talent scout and joint head of Apple Records.
He became head of Polydor Records with the Bee Gees, The Jam and Roxy Music in his stable.
For further details see:


The Dublin Fringe Festival will be bringing theatre and quirky arts of all kinds to the capital from the 5th until the 22nd of September.
This year’s programme also features a special production ‘Thirteen’ by ANU, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Lockout.
The festival also features dance, Music, Comedy, Film and Circus.
To see the full programme of events log on to


On this week’s show, we’ll be chatting to Lindsey Holmes Head of PR all about Electric Picnic’s 10th Birthday, tune in from 7pm tonight, and 2pm on Friday.

With the 10th Birthday of Electric Picnic fast approaching, we’ll be talking about how the festival has grown and evolved over the past 10 years.

We’ll also be keeping you up to date with all of the other music news and listings from around the country.

We’re also looking at some Theatre in Dublin and Cork along with some exhibitions in Galway and Limerick. And as always, we’ll have some great Irish and new music to keep you entertained along the way.

And. we also have a special EP Mini Mix for you – so make sure you stay tuned for that later on in the show.

Big September - The Preacher
Birdy – Wings
Imagine Dragons – It’s time
Björk – Play dead
Rudimental - Right Here (feat. Foxes)

Electric Picnic Mini Mix Special:
Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller Skank
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know ? (Emil Lonam House Remix)
Ellie Goulding - Lights (Wired Remix)

THE MACHISMO PROJECT - Gary Dempsey & Conall Cary

Running until the 31st of August in Gallery 126

The roughly hewn narratives of ‘machismo’ and the complex pressures of traditional gender constructs are expounded through a form of self-reflexive humour; a humour which acts as a front paradoxically revealing the weight of the subject matter entailed.

 There is a deficit of work in current contemporary art practice which confronts masculinity directly as its subject matter. The Machismo Project was conceived as a means by which this neglected area of research could be examined and explored. Through an exhibition and symposium a dialogue will be opened up where the complex pressures of traditional gender constructs can be unpacked and discussed. This project does not hope to provide answers to the issues it raises but rather to begin to subvert and question the roughly hewn narratives of machismo and its intersection with society.

Within the exhibition curated by Gerald Heffernan (Tactic @ Sample-Studios) the topic of male identity will be explored through the work of artists Conall Cary and Gary Dempsey in their use of printed imagery and innovative construction methods. The work will consist of large scale prints on cast concrete and cut steel, utilising the inherent masculinity of the materials size, strength and toughness juxtaposed against the surface imagery. Curated by Gerald Heffernan.

Ellie Goulding - Burn

New single from her new album Halcyon Days

The Audience, by Peter Morgan

Cork opera house - Friday 30th August @7pm, Sunday 1st September @2pm

Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry, this screening of the critically acclaimed West End production The Audience, features Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II. Elizabeth II has met her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly audience, neither party ever repeats what is said. The Audience breaks this contract of silence, exploring a series of meetings, where each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional.

Tickets: €10



The Chapters, Odessa, €5 @8.30pm 
with special guest Ultan Conlon


The Spirit of Folk Awards - Semi Final, Whelan’s €10 @3.00pm


Paramore, The O2 €33 @6.30pm
Grammy nominated and multi million selling three-piece Paramore play The O2 as part of their UK and Irish tour.


Jimmy Eat World, Olympia Theatre €28.50 - 7.00pm
The band have just released their seventh studio album, Damage - the follow up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Invented.

Daft Funk, The Academy €15 - 11.30pm
The original and best Daft Punk tribute act.

The students of the Masters in Interactive Digital Media are coming to the end of their 12 month stint in Trinity College and as part of their final project they are designing interactive applications based on Trinity College’s Front Square.

One group has created Tetralogy, a series of four installations which will feature at 4 different stations around the Front Square from August 14th until Friday August 16th. The installations will be on show daily between 10am and 6pm and ask for input from users who come across them.

See the event page on FB for more details.

Also their main website

and their blog


The Annual Fleadh Ceol na hEirinn is coming to the city of Culture Derry-Londonderry from Weds 14th to Sun 18th August. 

This year the Fleadh are extending to the digital world with full live coverage happening across multiple media platforms over the 5 days. 

'Fleadh Live will see the world’s best traditional Irish musicians perform in a series of shows broadcast live and direct  from the Fleadh Cheoil in Derry  daily on,TG4,

Fleadh Live will be hosted by TG4’s Síle Ní Bhraonáin, and traditional Irish music legend, Gino Lupari and will feature a wide array of live performances and interviews.

The show will broadcast from 8 – 11pm every night from 14th – 18th August live on, TG4,

Fri 9th:

J90 – Reardens - €5 – 10pm

Daniel O Donnell – Cork Opera House - €44 – 8pm (and Sat)

Sat 10th:

Jape – De Barras - €10 – 10pm

Mon 12th:

TSOL – Crane Lane Theatre - €18 – 8pm

Tues 13th:

Midlake – Cyprus Avenue – 9pm SOLD OUT

Sat 10th:

Paddy Casey – Monroes - €10-12 – 9pm

Aidan Curran EP Launch – Townhouse Bar - €10 – 9pm

Sun 11th:

Alabama 3 unplugged – Roisin Dubh - €18-20 – 8pm

Mon 12th: 

Midlake – Roisin Dubh - €22-24 – 9pm

Sat 17th:

Daniel O’Donnell – Leisureland - €44 – 8pm


Fri 9th:

Tower Records 20th Anniversary – All Day ft. Hot Sprockets – Tower Records Wicklow St

Julie Feeney – National Concert Hall - €13.50 - €35 – 8pm

Summer Social – Sounds of System Breakdown, White Collar Boy EP Launch – Grand Social - €5 – 8pm

Sat 9th:

Spiritualized – National Concert Hall - €45-50 – 8pm

Summer Social – Generationalists, Ana Gog, Tandem Felix – Grand Social - €5 

Butch Walker – The Workmans Club - €17.50 – 8pm

Glimmermen – Whelans – Album Launch - €10-15 

Sun 10th:

Summer Social – Oddsocks, Cronin, Leading Armies, Jericho – Grand Social - €5 – 5pm 

Thurs 15th: 

Happy Mondays – The Academy - €12.50 – 11pm (DJ SET)

Bulmers live – Happy Mondays – Leopardstown Racecourse - €18 – 4pm

Fri 16th:

Rodgers and Hammerstein at the movies – National Caoncert Hall - €13-40 – 8pm

The Hit – o2 - €5 (RTE SHOW)

Sat 17th:

 The Fall – The Button Factory - €22.50 – 7.30pm

LAPD – NCH - €35 – 8pm

Sun 18th:

Peter Bruntnell – Whelans - €10 – 8pm

Lord Huron – Whelans - €16 – 8pm

Mon 19th:

Regina Spektor – Olympia - €33.50 – 7.30pm

Randy Newman – Vicar St - €65 – 8.30pm

Tues 20th:

Imagine Dragons – Olympia - €28 – 7pm

Low – Whelans - €23 – 8pm

Weds 21st:

Tame Impala - €25 – 7.30pm

PHEW! So I’m back and in recovery from an amazing weekend spent in Charleville Castle for Castlepalooza! 

First off, this was my first “Smaller” festival, and by smaller I mean smaller than the likes of Electric Picnic. Boutique festivals are the way forward people. The only slog you have at CP is from the main entrance to the arena/camping itself but sure you only have to do that arriving and heading home and you can think of it as a few workout brownie points before you find yourself drinking pints and eating pies (THE PIES, a lovely place called ‘Look into my Pies’, that’s another blog post in itself!).

SO, we were in Castle camping, which you guessed it is right beside the castle. 2 mins and you are at the stages and the food stalls etc. The venue of Charleville Castle in itself is spectacular, the castle grounds add such a nice atmosphere to the whole thing and you can even go into the castle itself to take in some hula hoop lessons or just to have a wander. And if you head into the Castle courtyard Tullamore Dew had set up a DJ/bar area where you could enjoy a tipple and a dance within the confines of the castle walls. 

The Music: Highlights for me included Ghost Poet on the Friday night, although unfortunately his mic cut off twice on the final song so it ended a bit suddenly which was a bit of an anti climax, but his performance was flawless.

Saturday saw a great line up on Friday as part of the John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1 where a number of bands who submitted their tracks to the show got to play a 20 minute set in the Metro Herald Tent. Radio 1 even provided Deck Chairs for bleary eyed revellers to relax and enjoy the tunes from.. Personal favourite of ours was Old Hannah, a folk and roots band from Sligo and Dublin. 

Saturday evening line up was very strong on the main stage with the combo of Come On Live Long, Tieranniesaur, Last Days of 1984, Cymbals, Fight Like Apes and CSS providing plenty of distraction from the rain that began to pour as night fell. CSS were particularly good, with plenty of recognisable hits from their popular album Cansei de Ser Sexy mixed in with new material.

Fight Like Apes were another personal highlight after missing multiple opportunities to see them live in the past. Their energy was contagious.

Sunday, the sun returned and although it took festival go-ers a bit longer to get going, eventually the walkways and stages were once again full of people enjoying the sun and music. I enjoyed sets from Niall McCabe and Halves before having to make my way back to Dublin. Devastating to have missed ASIWYFA, and Le Galaxie, but all in all a great festival, and so good to see so many Irish Bands taking their rightful place on the line up.

Good job CP, here is to Castlepalooza 2014??