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Chess with Sam Collins

Chess with Sam Collins

A rollicking look back at the Abbey’s beginnings

A rollicking look back at the Abbey’s beginnings

The sense of history might be slippery, but the overall impression is remarkably authentic to the contemporary revisionist eye

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

Jim Sheridan’s Secret saga fails to soar

Jim Sheridan’s Secret saga fails to soar

A story of Ireland’s guilty history and the Catholic Church’s toxic misogyny becomes a treacly, simplified romance

Joe Chester: The escape artist

Joe Chester: The escape artist

Singer-songwriter Chester may be one of Ireland’s best kept musical secrets, but he’s happy for it to stay that way

Is Après Match entering stoppage time?

Is Après Match entering stoppage time?

The people behind Après Match have enjoyed a great, great run. Is it over?

Previews of the week

Previews of the week

Classical Notes: Stakes are raised as RIAM takes bloodthirsty route

Classical Notes: Stakes are raised as RIAM takes bloodthirsty route

The latest production is an ambitious drive to become an influential and visible force

Chess with Sam Collins

Chess with Sam Collins

Aleksandr Riazantsev v Dmitry Jakovenko

Making A Stunning Return

Making A Stunning Return

Things are a lot calmer today for Steve Wall than they were in his 1990s heyday with The Stunning, but that suits the frontman just fine as he and his bandmates gear up for a reformation

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

Theatre: Fishamble’s fresh approach produces a thrilling spectacle

Theatre: Fishamble’s fresh approach produces a thrilling spectacle

McAuliffe manages to craft a resonant coming-of-age story

Film: Bombastic Beast loses its Beauty

Film: Bombastic Beast loses its Beauty

The more vivacious the film tries to be, the flatter the result

TV: Insightful hat-trick stems from autism film

TV: Insightful hat-trick stems from autism film

Liam McGrath’s well-constructed film spoke for itself with a series of illuminating insights

Previews Of The Week

Previews Of The Week

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