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    with Sinead Mooney - the writer/director John Michael McDonagh says Irish films are not "technically accomplished" and "aren't very good", Paul Brady criticises U2 for using Apple to give away their new album, after an 8-year hiatus Damien Rice announces forthcoming gigs and a new album

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    with Sinead Mooney - the Irish writer Kevin Barry (and winner of 2013 IMPAC prize) signs a 3-book deal with Canongate Publishing, novelist Peter Carey turned down the invitation to ghost-write the memoirs of Julian Assange, the tv comedy "Mrs Brown's Boys" returning to tv screens for a Christmas special

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    with Sinead Mooney - Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'Throb' Young dies, Paul Greengrass to direct Leonardo di Caprio and Jonah Hill in a terrorist thriller set during 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Bond villain Richard Kiel (known as Jaws) dies

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    with Sinead Mooney - the world's top-earning authors list released today with James Patterson at number 1, David Bowie announced his first new music since 2013 - an album 'Nothing Has Changed', a new biopic of Peggy Lee back on the cards, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Reese Witherspoon    

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    with Alan Corr - winners announced for the west of Ireland's first Sky Road Film & TV Festival, the long-awaited third album from Damien Rice due out in October, Morgan Freeman safely landed his faulty plane when flying to Toronto Film Festival

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    with Alan Corr - giant puppet grandmother will wander the streets of Limerick tomorrow to celebrate City of Culture, rumours that U2's new album may be released exclusively on Apple technology, 'Book of Dublin Wit & Wisdom' is one of the most popular books sold in Ireland 

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    with Rachel Breslin - the Kenyan novelist and playwright NGugi Watee-ongo one of the hot favourites to win 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature, San Francisco band Faith No More release first new album in 18 years, Disney file a lawsuit against Canadian artist deadmau5 claiming his logo is too similar to their Mickey Mouse trademark

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    with Rachel Breslin - novelist Will Self slams mediocre celebrities and declares George Orwell to be 'the supreme mediocrity', confirmation that Neil Young is to release a new orchestral album, the novel Shutter Island to be the inspiration for a new tv series 

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    with Sinead Mooney - Brendan Gleeson tipped for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in "Calvary", Kilkenny Arts Festival begins today, Morrissey not happy that nobody wants to interview him about his new album "World Peace Is None Of Your Business" 

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    with Alan Corr - Gabriel Byrne quietly marries his long-time girlfriend in Ballymaloe, Jamie Dornan to star in new film about Irish soldiers siege in Jadotville in the Congo, annual Fleadh Cheoil taking place this weekend in Sligo 

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