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    Monday 3rd August

    A public interview with John C Reilly

    A public interview with actor John C Reilly, recorded at the Town Hall Theatre during the recent Galway Film Fleadh

    Friday 31st July

    Album reviews

    Simon Maher and Rachel Breslin review “Blood” by Lianne la Havas, “Marks To Prove It” by The Macabees and “Momentary Masters” by Albert Hammond Junior

    'Tab Hunter Confidential' at GAZE International LGBT Film Festival

    1950’s Hollywood heart-throb Tab Hunter who is the subject of the documentary “Tab Hunter Confidential” at the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival

    'The Missing Hancocks' at Happy Days Enniskillen

    Neil Pearson who is directing “The Missing Hancocks” at the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, a performance of 4 episodes of Hancock’s Half Hour which were ‘lost’ from the BBC Archives

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney - Martin Scorcese and Mick Jagger collaborate on new television series about the early days of punk and disco, Courtney Love and her daughter fight release of Kurt Cobain death scene photographs, more acts announced for Electric Picnic in Septembe

    Thursday 30th July

    Review: 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' by David Shafer

    Declan Burke reviews “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” by David Shafer, a techno- thriller exploring how 21st century technology allows corporations and governments to control all aspects of our lives (published by Penguin)

    Bryn Terfel at the National Concert Hall

    Welsh bass baritone Bryn Terfel talks about his singing career and performing as part of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra Signature Series at the National Concert Hall

    'The Artist and the State' at IMMA

    Kay Sheehy reviews “The Artist and the State”, an exhibition of the work of the Russian artist El Lissitzky and other political artists which has just opened at IMMA

    Film reviews

    Sinead Gleeson and Joe Griffin review “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”, “13 Minutes” and “Beyond The Reach”

    Wednesday 29th July

    The 50 best Irish gigs of all time?

    Róisín Dwyer with the 50 Greatest Irish Gigs of All Time as voted by Hot Press writers

    'The Ringer' by Jane Clarke

    Jane Clarke reads 'The Ringer' from her debut poetry collection 'The River' (published by Bloodaxe Books)

    Opera Theatre Company at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Tom Creed and conductor Andrew Synnott of the Opera Theatre Company chat about the two short operas they will be performing at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival – “The Human Voice” and “Susanna’s Secret”

    Best boxing movies of all time

    Chris Wasser with a rundown of some of the best boxing movies of all time

    Man Booker longlist for 2015

    Sinead Gleeson with the books that have made the longlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

    Tuesday 28th July

    Films about club culture

    Jim Carroll with a rundown on how club culture has been portrayed on film

    'Lost Between: Writings On Displacement' anthology

    Catherine Dunne and Nuala Ní Chonchúir, two of the contributors to a new anthology of short stories by Irish and Italian writers on the theme of movement/displacement – “Lost Between: Writings On Displacement” (published by New Island Books)

    Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2015

    Kris Nelson, artistic director of the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival explains what is in store for this year’s fringe festival which is celebrating its 21st birthday

    Arts News - stolen paintings recovered

    James O’Halloran, Managing Director of Adams Auctioneers on the news that stolen paintings including works by Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry and Sir John Lavery have been recovered

    Monday 27th July

    Review: 'Ohio Impromptu' at Happy Days Festival

    Sophie Gorman reviews “Ohio Impromptu”, a playlet by Samuel Beckett being performed in the monastic ruins on Devenish Island; it is part of the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

    Review: 'Armada' by Ernest Cline

    Rick O’Shea reviews “Armada” by Ernest Cline, set in a dystopian world where governments use movies and video games as propaganda to prepare for an alien invasion (published by Century)

    Essay: electricity meters

    Sonya Kelly with an essay about trying to find her electricity meter

    'Magpies On The Pylon' by Michael Collins

    Actor/playwright Michael Collins talks about his one-man play “Magpies On The Pylon”, exploring the effects of his suicide on the family of a young Traveller called Tommy

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - tributes paid to 22-year old Bobbi Kristina Brown who died today, Tate Liverpool to stage 2016 exhibition 'Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms', police shut down a hologram concert in Indiana

    Friday 24th July

    Album reviews

    Brian Lloyd and Aoife Barry review “Born In The Echoes” from The Chemical Brothers, “Woman” from Jill Scott and “Shockwave Supernova” from Joe Satriani

    'Generation' by Paula McGrath

    Paula McGrath talks about her debut novel “Generation”, following the lives of various interconnected characters and how the decisions taken by parents have repercussions in the lives of their children for years to come (published by John Murray Originals)

    Essay: the joys of falafel and daytime television

    Sonya Kelly with an essay about the joy of falafel wraps and daytime soaps

    Review: 'Boolean Expressions' at Lewis Glucksman Gallery

    Cristín Leach Hughes reviews “Boolean Expressions” at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, an exhibition commemorating the legacy of Professor of Mathematics George Boole; it combines contemporary art with mathematical data

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Ed Sheeran spends time with his 91-year old granny before his Croke Park concerts this weekend, new Irish navy ship named after WB Yeats, 21 new acts added to Electric Picnic line-up

    Thursday 23rd July

    Anniversary of 'The Ginger Man' by JP Donleavy

    Sinead Gleeson marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of “The Ginger Man” by JP Donleavy

    Fred Johnston, poet

    Fred Johnston reads 'Vertigo' from his poetry collection 'Alligator Days' (published by Revival Press)

    Blue Raincoat Theatre celebrate WB Yeats

    Lorcan Clancy reports on Sligo’s Blue Raincoat Theatre summer festival ‘A Country Under Wave’, various productions inspired by the theatre of WB Yeats

    Review: 'Lessness' at Galway International Arts Festival

    Sophie Gorman reviews “Lessness” by Samuel Beckett, performed by Olwen Fouéré at the Galway International Arts Festival

    Film reviews

    Clara Rose Thornton and Simon Maher review “You’re Ugly Too”, “The Legend Of Barney Thomson” and “Eden”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Colm Tóibín wins Hawthornden Literature Prize for 'Nora Webster', case against Bill Cosby for sex abuse to go ahead, Ed Sheeran played a surprise gig in Whelan's in Dublin last night

    Wednesday 22nd July

    'The River', a poetry collection by Jane Clarke

    Jane Clarke talks about her debut poetry collection “The River” (published by Bloodaxe Books)

    Review: 'deGeneration' at Galway International Arts Festival

    Sophie Gorman reviews dance show “deGeneration” at the Galway International Arts Festival, from the junior company of Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shecther

    Programme for Dublin Theatre Festival 2015

    Willie White, artistic director of the Dublin Theatre Festival announces the programme for Dublin Theatre Festival 2015

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - Irish actor Andrew Scott plays baddie in new James Bond film 'Spectre', the actor who played one of the main Game of Thrones characters who was killed-off in last season has been spotted in Belfast where season 6 is filming, branding on Taylor Swift merchandise raises hackles of Chinese authorities

    Tuesday 21st July

    Review: 'The Wallcreeper' by Nell Zink

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “The Wallcreeper”, the debut novel by American writer Nell Zink (published by Fourth Estate)

    Robert Pinsky at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky who is poet-in-residence at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Julien Temple, documentary-maker

    Julien Temple, music video director and documentary-maker, he is a guest at the IFI for their Rock n’Roll Cinema season with his documentary “The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson”

    New directors of the Abbey Theatre

    Neil Murray and Graham McLaren, the newly-appointed directors of the Abbey Theatre; they take up the post in 2017 when current director Fiach MacConghail steps down

    Monday 20th July

    Review: 'The Match Box' by Frank McGuinness

    Sophie Gorman reviews the Frank McGuinness play “The Match Box” currently running at the Town Hall Theatre in the Galway International Arts Festival

    Review: 'The Meursault Investigation' by Kamel Daoud

    Yvonne Nolan reviews “The Meursault Investigation” by Kamel Daoud, a re-imagining of “The Outsider” by Albert Camus told from the point of view of the Arab victim in that story (published by One World)

    Director of Irish film 'You're Ugly Too'

    Mark Noonan, director of new Irish film “You’re Ugly Too” starring Aidan Gillen

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - guidelines for people going to this weekend's Ed Sheeran concert, Lucasfilm not happy with Amy Schumer Star Wars-themed shoot for GQ magazine, tv comedy characters 'Damo and Ivor' set for the big screen

    Friday 17th July

    Album reviews

    Sinead Gleeson and Alan Corr review “Something More Than Free” by Jason Isbell, “Morning/Evening” by Four Tet and “Working Girl” by Little Boots

    New literary magazine Blowing Raspberries

    Andrew Fearon (founder and editor) and Michael Wilson (poet) on the independent literary journal which launches its first edition next month - ‘Blowing Raspberries’ will feature fiction and poetry with a light-hearted and humorous feel

    Film reviews

    Sorcha Kenny and Chris Wasser review “True Story”, “Ant-Man” and “The Salt Of The Earth”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - two new appointments to board of the Abbey Theatre, free album entitled Star Wars from American rock experimentalists Wilco, Damien Rice unhappy at behaviour of his Galway Big Top audience

    Thursday 16th July

    'The Match Box' by Frank McGuinness

    Joan Sheehy talks about directing “The Match Box”, a new play by Frank McGuinness and starring Cathy Belton as Sal, a woman whose exile on Valentia Island is prompted by shocking events

    Visual art reviews

    Sophie Gorman reviews some of the visual art at the festival – the Skywhale air balloon and ‘The Lovers’ scooters in embrace by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini; Enda Walsh’s theatrical installation “A Girl’s Bedroom”; the Autobiographical and Drypoints series of prints by French artist Louise Bourgeois

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