Monthly Archives: February 2016

Where memories of Judaism in Ireland are housed

Pat McGannon visits Dublin’s Irish Jewish Museum.
The earliest reference to the Jews in Ireland dates back to 1079. The Annals of Innisfallen record an event where “Five Jews came from over the sea with gifts to Tairdelbach (King of Munster), and they were sent back again over the sea”. It is… Read more »

Tentpoles are taking over the cinemas

Danielle Maldonado looks at a film phenomenon that may be crippling originality.
Tentpoles are taking over the film industry. Wait, tent-what? “Tentpole” is a new term created to explain the phenomenon of the blockbuster film or franchise that is so profitable it can hold up the less profitable productions of its studio; to be simple, it works like… Read more »

Sisters continue their campaign to free their brother

Noor Saleh spoke to the sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, still imprisoned without trial in Egypt.
When asked what they thought about the fact that they cannot go back to Egypt any more, the answer from Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters Somaia and Fatima was shocking yet understandable. Ireland is now home and they wanted nothing more than to be reunited in peace… Read more »

Controversial business magnate and media owner

Rachel Carey profiles Denis O’Brien.
Denis O’Brien is Ireland’s most powerful media owner. His dominance in the field has led many to question how this controversial figure has maintained such power over the Irish media. Born in 1958 in Cork, O’Brien was educated in The High School in Rathgar, Dublin. He… Read more »

Why Doctor Who should be in Hunger Games

Bruno Theodoro comes up with an interesting solution to the dilemma posed by end of the Francis Lawrence film.
You saw the scene. It is nearly at the end of the movie, when deposed President Snow is tied up and Katniss is positioned, bow and arrow prepared, to execute him. President Alma Coin is triumphant waiting for the ultimate shot. Suddenly, we listen to… Read more »

Abortion issue not likely to go away

Noor Saleh talks to Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International about the issue of abortion in Ireland.
Between January 1980 and December 2014, at least 163,514 women and girls travelled from the Republic of Ireland to access safe abortion services in another country according to the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA). It is variously estimated that between one in 10 and… Read more »

Two-year-old Emily nominated for Longford bravery award

Bernie Higgins reports on a Longford child with a rare skull disease.
Emily Kane from Drumlish, Co. Longford, was diagnosed with a rare cancer-like condition, Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), in January 2014 and has been nominated for Longford Young Inspirational Person of the Year. She is the youngest daughter of Theresa and Frank Kane. “Emily had a lump… Read more »

McGuinness memoir launched in his native Glenties

Tara McHugh reports on the launch of Until Victory Always in a hotel in Glenties.
Recently “the stage” (as Brian Friel called Glenties) was Jim McGuinness’s as over 700 people attended the launch of his highly anticipated memoir, Until Victory Always, in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties. When McGuinness took over the reigns of the Donegal senior GAA panel in late 2010,… Read more »

Concern over gardaí move to Louth

Shauna McCrudden reports on local concerns about the transfer of gardaí in border counties.
More than half the gardaí being moved to Louth in response to the murder of Garda Tony Golden are from the already under-resourced Cavan/Monaghan area, causing concern among residents. Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has directed that 27 extra gardaí and the Emergency Response Unit are to… Read more »

New album released thanks to crowd-funding website

Caoimhe Cooke reports on a new album released thanks to funding from small backers.
Leitrim-born duo Mac Tíre recently released their first collaborative album, Of Land & Man, via the crowd-funding website The album is the product of a two-year collaboration between poet Stephen Murphy (Lurganboy), the current All-Ireland Slam Poetry Champion, and musician Finn O’Connor (Drumshambo), formerly of… Read more »