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Inject a bit of Pep into your culinary step on the Green

Inject a bit of Pep into your culinary step on the Green

Peploe's has taken the decision to source the best Irish produce it can, and has resisted the temptation to mess with it too much

Angry nation

Angry nation

Assault and random acts of violence are on the rise on our streets. It’s part of a more general disaffection, finds Jessie Collins, with men in particular feeling increasingly isolated from society

Bower labours to find dirt on Corbyn in dull hatchet job

Bower labours to find dirt on Corbyn in dull hatchet job

Tom Bower consistently puts the worst possible interpretation on Corbyn’s actions, adding a dollop of moral outrage for good measure

Chaotic, directionless with moments of genius... and that’s just the lyrics

Chaotic, directionless with moments of genius... and that’s just the lyrics

Shaun Ryder could hardly be described as a protest singer, but it’s impossible to miss the sociological subtext in a lot of these songs

A sabbatical in France reveals a twisted, slippery family history

A sabbatical in France reveals a twisted, slippery family history

A grippingly well-told story, situated in a middle ground between highbrow literature and the thriller genre, The Snakes seethes with intrigue for the duration of its 438 pages

Film: Larson takes a Marvelous turn

Film: Larson takes a Marvelous turn

Captain Marvel's writing and directing team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have a lot of fun with their 1990s setting, mining the era for nostalgic references and soundtrack cues, but politically their film is very much of the moment

Appetite for distraction

Appetite for distraction

A pastry chef is on YouTube trying to re-create classic treats like Kit Kats and Ferrero Rocher. Yes, it’s daft. And yes, it’s a must-watch

Adding a little drama to dinner

Adding a little drama to dinner

This week, Robin Aust, executive chef at the Circle Club at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin (bordgaisenergytheatre.ie) has three elegant dishes for you to try at home that are far easier to make than they look

A gin star is born

A gin star is born

It’s a golden age for Irish gin, but one new experiment in particular has yielded intoxicating, truly unique results

Emer’s week

Emer’s week

Mrs Brown’s Boys meets the Troubles: Lots of energy, not enough laughs

Mrs Brown’s Boys meets the Troubles: Lots of energy, not enough laughs

As in Mrs Brown’s Boys, there are wee moments in Derry Girls that transcend slapstick to make points, but these are repeatedly overwhelmed by overstatement, credulity-straining scenarios and some frankly coarse acting

No tea party: This is a dark and dizzying Alice for nostalgic adults

No tea party: This is a dark and dizzying Alice for nostalgic adults

Jocelyn Clarke’s fluid adaptation for Sligo’s Blue Raincoat Theatre foregrounds Carroll’s adult gaze by giving us two Alices

She built that

She built that

Construction has long been dominated by men. But the industry is working hard to change that - and to show young women what viable career options exist, from painting and decorating to sales to project management

Off message

Off message

For far too long, we’ve regarded artists and celebrities as gods instead of humans. The horrifying new Michael Jackson documentary reminds us that it’s time to put a stop to all that