Drawing Battle Lines

#WakingTheFeminists Wonderful work by Ciara

Chasing Aideen

Last week, I trekked to Parnell Square in the lashing rain to pick up a Christmas present for myself. The Sinn Fein shop was busier than you might expect on a wet Thursday lunchtime but the man wasn’t surprised when I told him what I’d ordered. ‘Plenty waiting,’ he said. He rummaged under the counter for a small package and then gave me a silent nod as I left, as if acknowledging the covert battle group I was joining.


My Cumann na mBan brooch glittered all day, particularly bright in the dull rain. I felt exhilarated, restored, as if I was ready again.

November, typically the dullest of months, has been astonishing. A Facebook comment from an old classmate, Lian Bell, acted like a lengthy fuse on a grenade, gathering light and force steadily until it exploded at a public meeting of #WakingTheFeminists in the National Theatre on November 12th

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The Undertones to celebrate 40th anniversary at the Academy

The Last Mixed Tape

IMG_2297sfPunk legends the Undertones have announced plans for a 40th anniversary tour next year. 

Emerging in 1976, the Undertones’ impact and continued influence on punk music in the past four decades cannot be denied.

From the band’s early days releasing classic tracks like ‘Teenage Kicks’, ‘My Perfect Cousin’ and ‘Here Comes the Summer’ to the present day, few bands define the D.I.Y punk ethos of their time. Some of which is chronicled in 2013 film Good Vibrations.

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the band will embark on a tour filled with headline live shows and festival appearances. This will also include a date at the Academy in Dublin on Saturday,May 21st.

Tickets to see the Undertones headline the Academy in Dublin on May 21st are priced at €25 (including book fee) and will go on sale this Friday (December 11th) at 10am via ticketmaster.ie. Doors are at 7pm. 18’s…

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Aenne Barr

The wonderful Aenne Barr

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Swell Festival 2015 to take place this weekend

The Last Mixed Tape

Wood Burning Savages

Swell music festival 2015 is set to descend upon Arranmore Island off the coast of Donegal this weekend, Friday July 10th – 12th.

The annual Swell festival returns to Donegal this weekend and will feature live music, comedy, DJ’s, games and arts. Included in this year’s line-up are: Natty Wailer & the Raggae Vibes, Ports, the Wood Burning Savages, In Their Thousands, Color//Sound, Monsoon Season, Twin Headed Wolf, Collie, Boss Level, the Clameens, Hvmming Byrd and more.

Swell Music & Arts Festival 2015 will take place on Arranmore Island from Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 12th. Tickets for the event are available now, for more information on tickets prices, camping & transport visit swellfestival.com. See below for day-to-day breakdown. 

Swell Music & Arts Festival 2015 daily breakdown


Natty Wailer And The Reggae Vibes
In Their Thousands
Our Native State
Gerard i2

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Art and alcoholism

A New Ulster

I sucked at French at school my French teacher ended up getting me transferred from her class into a subject I’d always wanted to do namely Art and Design. My style for need of a word was influenced by various subjects and materials I loved working with pencil, ink, watercolour, acrylics and I also used biro’s. One of my mentors was an art teacher and family friend she encouraged my experimental approaches to art and set tasks. This post though isn’t about art its about alcoholism. I’ve seen lives devastated by alcohol my friend was one of those who’s past had driven them to drink. The alcohol removed the pain of the past but at a heavy price. I’m not going to name names especially on FB as these thing tend to get back to people and to be honest a family has suffered enough. The drink won, my mentor…

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Call for Female Artists: visual artists, writers, poets, performers and musicians

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Bits and Bob

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