CALVARY

Calvary: a critique of Ireland’s recent history

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Film Title: Calvary
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran,
Genre: Black comic drama
Running Time: 100 min


 

 

Two years after the immense success of the thriller The Guard, acclaimed writer-director John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson meet again in an unsettling counterpoint to the second part of his Glorified Suicide Trilogy.

In the opening scene, Father James (Brendan Gleeson), sitting in his confessional, is told that he will be killed at the end of the week. On the other side of the parlour is his future assassin.

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HIV incidences rising in Ireland

The number of people living with HIV in Ireland has increased by 62.5% in the past ten years.

According to the UNAIDS Global Report 2012, there were 7 800 people living with HIV in 2011 against 4 800 in 2001, a dramatic increase which has put Ireland near the top of the OECD European chart of HIV and AIDS incidences.

The country has one of the highest rates of HIV incidences in Europe with 7.4 cases per million population and ranks 8th worst out of the 27, just above the European median 6.2, along with Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, UK, Belgium, Latvia and Estonia according to the OECD latest statistics.

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John Mulholland: New ways of telling stories talk in DCU

New ways of telling stories: interview with The Observer editor

Stories like the ‘NSA files: Decoded’ are the leading edge of journalism and are currently at the top of very best practice according to the Editor of The Observer, John Mulholland.

“In terms of a story that was as big and as significant as the Snowden story from an organisation that’s as big and significant as The Guardian then those two things combined mean that something like ‘Decoded’ is currently at the apex of how you can tell those stories,” he said.

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UStart competition meeting in the invent building

UStart competition to provide platform for student business ideas

The Chief Commercial Officer of the Ryan Academy believes that DCU students have great business ideas and that the UStart competition will act a good springboard to put them into motion.

The Ryan Academy will select between six and ten of the strongest entrepreneurs in DCU to mentor them over the summer holidays through their UStart competition in the coming weeks.

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Foxes - Credit: Rachel McLaughlin

Do we really need to live life through our cameras?

There is no white rabbit or smoking caterpillar to lead people through the narrow tunnel covered in fake spider webs but a young man and his flash light. Cheers rise from the other side as music booms through the air. A few latecomers rush out of the tunnel into wonderland-like woods and towards the stage. Jerry Fish and his band are playing.

This is the Marley Grange Picnic Halloween festival. Everything has been meticulously prepared to create an unforgettable night.

People are dancing, laughing, singing and… filming.

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Asterix Vs Ceasar comic

The Olympic games utopia

Reflecting back on the winter games, one moment in particular comes back to mind and with it an uncomfortable feeling: the opening ceremony.

How grandiose and flamboyant the spectacle may have been, it could not overshadow Putin’s presence. At any glitch or missteps, seconds seemed to become minutes as eyes and cameras turned to Putin expectant, waiting for Russia’s president to calmly rise from his seat and lift his hand, and, slowly but firmly, drop his thumb down to get rid of the guilty, looking down the arena, past exhausted performers and technicians, at a glorious and impeccable Russia.

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European Union House, Dawson Street, Dublin

Child poverty consistent in Ireland

One in eleven children live in consistent poverty in Ireland, according to the annual Report Card compiled by the Children’s Rights Alliance.

‘There may be no room for complacency, but there is considerable room for shame’, said Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay. According to M. Finlay, one in five of the 1200 children surveyed go to school or bed hungry several times a week. Tackling poverty is a whole-of-government issue and is something that needs to be prioritised in order to see progress next year.

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Dine in Dublin delights on Dame Street



Opium’s chef, Bill, offers samples of his Chicken Massman, a Bangkok dish, to passers by as part of the Dine in Dublin Food Festival on February 25th outside The Central Bank on Dame Street.

The Festival will run until Wednesday, February 26th.

There will be demonstrations from 12 to 5pm from chefs of some of Dublin’s well known eateries such as The Liquor Rooms, Fallon & Byrne, KC Peaches Wine Cave, Mao, The Kitchen, Zaragoza , V’nV, Opium, Rigby’s, Red Torch Ginger & L’Gueuleton.

This video was entirely recorded using an iPod 5 and iRig.

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