FILM: Breaking Out

Suffering all his life from muscular dystrophy, Irish musician Fergus O'Farrell found his release through music and his ever-changing band of musicians. Filmed over a decade, charting his first tour to the Czech Republic, to Radio City Music Hall and to his last days of recording his final album at his home in West Cork, Breaking Out is a documentary about music, family and friendship. His dad Vincent O'Farrell and director Michael McCormack talk to The Ray D'Arcy Show below.

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MUSIC: Tamsin Waley-Cohen and George Fu

For the final tour of its Autumn 2021 National Touring Programme, Music Network presents two phenomenal classical musicians, violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist George Fu, presenting a programme of work that includes the F-A-E Sonata, uniquely co-authored by three great 19th century composers Dietrich, Brahms & Schumann, Stravinsky's Duo Concertant, Beethoven's much-loved 'Kreutzer’ Sonata and Release, a Music Network commission written by New York-based Irish composer Finola Merivale. The 6-date nationwide tour runs from 17 – 24 November, with stops in Dún Laoghaire, Waterford, Ennis, Birr, Baile Mhúirne and Dublin - find out more here.

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VISUAL ARTS: Domino Whisker

Domino Whisker’s first solo show, refers to what is left behind after experiencing great loss - moments, memories, tangled threads of what was before. These works are the result of her piecing together fragments to make something whole again, for the sake of self-preservation. Using Irish, sometimes antique linen and a minimal colour palette, Domino conjures up images of clouds, waves, birds that soar from the canvas, and words that tell a thousand stories. The show is at Atelier Now, Dublin until December 3rd - find out more here.

CONFERENCE: Derek Mahon: Piecing Together the Poet

The life and work of poet Derek Mahon will be celebrated this week (Friday 19th & Saturday 20th November) in Trinity College Dublin. Bringing together some of the most distinguished poets and critics from Ireland and beyond to highlight the many aspects of Mahon’s work, it will feature keynote lectures by Hugh Haughton, the leading scholar on Mahon’s work and by Edna Longley of Queen’s University Belfast, a close personal friend of the poet. Four poets, Harry Clifton, Leontia Flynn, Paula Meehan and Michael Longley will read poems of Mahon and of their own. The conference, which is being held in advance of what would have been the poet’s 80th birthday, has been organised by Trinity’s School of English in association with Poetry Ireland and marks the launch of an online exhibition, Derek Mahon: Piecing Together the Poet - watch it here. Watch Venetia Bowe's To Mrs Moore at Inishannon below.

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BOOK: The Pawn Broker's Reward by Declan O'Rourke (Gill Books)

Declan O'Rourke’s powerful 2017 album Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine illuminated an extraordinary series of eye-witness accounts, including the story of Pádraig and Cáit ua Buachalla. For his meticulously researched literary debut, the story of the ua Buachalla family is woven into a powerful, multilayered work showing us the famine as it happened through the lens of a single town – Macroom, Co. Cork – and its environs. He talks to Marty Whelan below.

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TV: I May Destroy You

One of the most acclaimed TV shows of recent years comes to RTÉ 2: BAFTA and Emmy award-winner Michaela Coel's fearless and provocative drama explores the question of sexual consent in contemporary life. Catch up with the first episode now via RTÉ Player.

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INCOMING: Swan Lake

The internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre makes its long-awaited return to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from Tuesday 29 March until Saturday 2 April 2022 with a full-length classic production of Swan Lake accompanied by full orchestra. The SPBT will perform this balletic masterpiece as it was meant to be seen, with gorgeous traditionally painted backdrops, Tchaikovsky's moving score, and accompaniment by the Irish National Opera Orchestra. Their last Dublin visit was an event - advance booking is recommended. Find out more here...