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    with Abie Philbin Bowman - the Minister for Arts Heritage & Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan announced plans for a National Culture Policy, John Banville awarded Knight of the Order of Arts & Letters by French Embassy in Ireland, Queen Elizabeth II visited set of Game of Thrones in Belfast today, Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics to 'Like A Rolling Stone' sells for $2.05 million dollars

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    with Sinead Mooney - legendary lyricist Gerry Goffin dies aged 75

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    with Abie Philbin Bowman - the American science-fiction writer Daniel Keyes dies, the French writer Victor Hugo 'a nuisance' according to his contemporary Baudelaire

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    Eugene Downes, Festival Director announces the programme for this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Official website: www.kilkennyarts.ie

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    with Abie Philbin Bowman - a call-out to up-and-coming bands to perform at Hard Working Class Heroes festival in October, The Foo Fighters have agreed to play a concert completely organised by crowd-funding fans in Virginia, a photograph of an unknown woman that was taken by London street photographer John Deakin in the 1930's revealed to be Irish painter Francis Bacon in drag  

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    with Alan Corr - Peter Coonan (who plays Fran in Love/Hate) takes the lead in the Gaiety production of "Borstal Boy", a Leonard Cohen Festival in Dublin in August, the Easons list of Top 10 'fatherisms' as voted for by Facebook followers

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    with Alan Corr - Oprah Winfrey to join the cast of new Martin Luther King biopic 'Selma', a Derry book owner put his stock of 100,000 books into a skip, Frank Sinatra the most popular of all Wikipaedia historical figures

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    Fiach MacConghail, director of the Abbey Theatre which today announced details of their Autumn/Winter 2014 season  

    Official website:  www.abbeytheatre.ie

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    Abie Philbin Bowman marks the death of British comedian and actor Rik Mayall

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    with Alan Corr - Game of Thrones is the most popular programme ever with HBO viewers ahead of The Sopranos, Ronan Keating to take over the lead in the musical "Once" on London's West End, fairy tales harm children according to Professor Richard Dawkins

     

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