Talented 14 year old Mayo singer/songwriter Michael Moloney made a splash with his show-stopping appearance on the Late Late Toy Show, when his cover of Dermot Kennedy's Giants, dedicated to his late father, was interrupted by the man himself!

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Now Michael has released his debut single, a self-penned track entitled All That I Do...

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We asked Michael for his choice cultural picks...

FILM

I recently watched the film Rocketman, which is a biopic about the life of Elton John! It was a real eye opener for me as I have always been a fan of the music but have never really given much thought to his childhood or how he got where he is today. The film stars Taron Edgerton as Elton and I feel he does a fantastic job at portraying Elton John’s larger than life personality! The film opens with Elton storming into an AA meeting dressed in orange feathers and bright, multi coloured crystals, ready for stage, and introducing himself not only to the people attending the meeting but us as the audience. It’s an absolutely mind blowing film - I would highly recommend the film to anyone as it makes for great viewing!

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MUSIC

I really love all types of music, from pop to rock to orchestral, my main favourite artists include: Dermot Kennedy (of course!), Ed Sheeran, Robert Grace, Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, Olivia Rodrigo, Kodaline, The Script, and George Ezra. I also love Guns n’ Roses, Aerosmith, Elton John, Queen, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, André Rieu...to be honest, the list is endless, as I could listen to and enjoy all sorts of artists!

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BOOKS

I’m so glad to get this chance to vent about my love for Harry Potter! I know it may sound a bit clichéd but I really love this book series and I could re-read them forever, if ever anyone wants to get rid of me for hours on end, just hand me a Harry Potter book! The books are absolutely magical to read and the stories they portray are whimsical and imaginative! The characters are so amazingly well developed and each of them individually has a great personality and backstory! It’s a great place to go to escape the harsh reality of life! 😄

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THEATRE

I also have no hesitation in my answer to this one, it has to be Blood Brothers, written by Willy Russell. I have seen this play twice on stage, once in Dublin and once in Castlebar in Mayo. The play tells the compelling story of twins who are separated at birth, and who grow up beside one another but on opposite sides of the tracks, becoming not just friends, but blood brothers, without even knowing they are related! It’s riveting and powerful and the ending gets me every time, it is definitely worth seeing!

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TV

Recently, during lockdown, I watched WandaVision, which aired on Disney Plus in January. I may be a tad biased as I am, and always have been, a huge fan of Marvel and all Marvel movies, so when I heard they were going to start producing TV shows, I was over the moon with anticipation. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. The show is so hard to describe without spoiling it, as the whole premise is that nobody really knows what is going on! The first two episodes opened to two Avengers playing husband and wife in a 1950’s era sitcom, with no real context as to what is happening, but as the show goes on we slowly get a bit more insight to what is really going on... It really is a change from the normal punching and kicking of most Marvel movies. Each episode is set in a different decade, with each representing a sitcom from its era - it is definitely worth a watch!

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GIG

The last gig I attended was George Ezra in 2019, I love George Ezra as I feel his songs are so upbeat and bright, and his voice is so powerful and unique! I also attended an André Rieu concert in the 3 Arena in Dublin in December 2018 which was so amazing it blew my mind! I was all set to see Dermot Kennedy this year but unfortunately that’s not going to be happening - but at least I have it to look forward to for next year...

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MUSEUM

I have enjoyed visiting Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London, I found it totally fascinating! I have also visited the wax museum in Dublin when I was only very young (maybe 4 or 5) but my Dad had to take me out because I was frightened by some of the figures! I also really enjoyed Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo, which I visited in December of 2017, it was exceptionally magical and an out of this world experience!

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PODCAST

My favourite podcast is Waveform, hosted by Marques Brownlee and his co-host Andrew Manganelli. They talk about the latest gadgets and technology, and sometimes interview special guests in the world of tech and social media, such as Mark Zuckerberg. This is definitely worth checking out!

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TECH

I’ve always been a huge fan of technology since I was about 3 when my Granny offered me a colouring book to keep me occupied and I asked if she had a computer! (I’ll never get to live that one down!) My favourite piece of technology at the moment is the Oculus Quest, which is a VR headset tailored towards portability without losing out on the experience or quality of games! You can play with your friends in the virtual world. I found it to be very useful during Covid, as we were not able to go on a physical holiday, so me and my friend now go on virtual ones, which will keep us happily occupied until we get to see the sun for real next year!! 😄

All That I Do by Michael Moloney is out now.