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    with Alan Corr - list announced today of the top-earning films in Ireland so far this year, The Frames play a 3-hour gig in Whelan's last night to celebrate the venue's 25th birthday, Mick Jagger pokes fun at himself at the press launch for the new Monty Python live shows 

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    with Alan Corr - Glastonbury Festival begins today, two Irish actors Michael Fassbender and Cillian Murphy invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, LA writer Raymond Chandler finally gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  

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    with Alan Corr - Fire Station Artists Studio open 2 new residential studios, Ringo Starr's letters to his teenage girlfriend Doreen from 1961 sell for £16,250stg, Morrissey song confirmed to be about Dublin's Mountjoy Jail  

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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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