Singer-songwriter Niamh Regan made a splash in the middle of lockdown with her debut album Hemet, winning nominations for Best Album at both the RTÉ Choice Awards and the RTÉ Folk Awards, and joining David Kitt and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a Bank Holiday Special with RTÉ Radio One.

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Now she's released Happy Again, the first song from her forthcoming EP In the Meantime, due this October - Niamh performs Happy Again on The Heart of Saturday Night on RTÉ One this Saturday 14th August at 9.30 pm.

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We asked Niamh for her choice cultural picks...

FILM

Supernova by Harry MacQueen and Nomadland by Chloé Zhao are two new films that blew me away this year. Then I guess two classics would be The Godfather and Thelma and Louise, which I only got around to seeing this year too!

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MUSIC

This is forever changing, but I’m really enjoying Caroline Rose and her album Loner from 2018. I’m also really into the album Holy/Unholy by Limerick rapper Strange Boy. The production and fusion of traditional music and rap throughout is really fresh sounding.

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BOOK

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. It’s been a while since a book made me chuckle out loud like this story did. I also loved reading The Elegance of a Hedgehog by the French novelist and philosophy teacher Muriel Barbery - this didn’t make me laugh as much, but I would also recommend it.

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PLAY

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers by Max Porter. I haven’t had the good fortune to see this performed live, but reading it was an incredible experience.

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TV

The Heart of Saturday Night on RTÉ One, hosted by Loah and Una Healy, I love the premise of musicians hosting musicians doing covers, originals and paying tributes to musical legends from around the island.

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GIG

Zoë Conway and John McIntyre in the Black Gate, Galway was one of the last gigs I attended and it was so magical. Her version of Faoiseamh a Gheobhadsa is one of my favourite things.

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ART

I'm looking forward to the Jack B Yeats exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland in September. It's called Painting and Memory and it will mark the artist’s 150th birthday with a selection of oil paintings spanning more than 40 years.

I'd also like to mention two contemporary artists I really enjoy and look forward to seeing more of, Shane Keisuke Berkery and Cara Dunne.

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RADIO

Late Date on RTÉ Radio One and Mystery Train on RTÉ Lyric FM.

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TECH

Not mad into apps, but I would be lost without Google Drive and WhatsApp. But I do love a good website like A Place in the Sun, imagining and window shopping a whole new life in the sun somewhere completely different with crazy architecture.

THE NEXT BIG THING...

Andrew Callaghan. He is an American journalist who is best known for his work on the YouTube series All Gas No Brakes. On March 9, 2021, he announced his departure from the show, along with his crew consisting of Nic Mosher and Evan Gilbert-Katz. In April 2021, Callaghan launched a new show via Patreon and YouTube named Channel 5 with Andrew Callaghan. I think he will be the next Louis Theroux and his leading a new approach to delivering and presenting news.

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