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Michael Quinn

First Fortnight takes on the VHI Mini Marathon
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First Fortnight takes on the VHI Mini Marathon

This Bank Holiday Monday, thousands will take to the streets of Dublin and take part in the Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon. It’s been going since 1983, and while the elements haven’t always been kind, the positive impact of the event on various Irish charities always makes it worth the effort. This year, our intrepid volunteers Claire, Joanne and Polly decided to take up the challenge and...

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04 Jun 2017
#FiveOnFriday with Danny Simpson (Swoose)
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#FiveOnFriday with Danny Simpson (Swoose)

Under the DJ moniker Swoose, DJ Danny Simpson makes a point of pumping out positivity whenever he plays. Like many of his hometown contemporaries, he served his time in some of Belfast’s legendary clubs (Stiff Kitten… Shine) before performing on the biggest stages in the industry. Alongside Cromby , Swoose has played to audiences at Berlin’s Panorama Bar, The Warehouse Project and Space in Ibiza to name...

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02 Jun 2017
#FiveOnFriday with Caroline Foran
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#FiveOnFriday with Caroline Foran

INTERVIEW BY HANNAH POPHAM Freelance lifestyle journalist Caroline Foran and co-founder of digital publishing venture GaffInteriors.ie, has worked at the helm of so many online Irish publications including IMAGE Publications, Entertainment.ie and LovinDublin. She’s also an ambassador for First Fortnight and passionate about normalising mental health issues. Once suffering so acutely from anxiety that she struggled to leave her house, she used her own experience and...

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26 May 2017
#FiveOnFriday with Sean O’Brien
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#FiveOnFriday with Sean O’Brien

Often the Armagh / Monaghan border almost seems a dividing line between two links of human evolution. Who exactly inhabits the side of the more evolved is up for debate, and since I’m from the northern part, I’ll not stake a claim for superiority. It’s a case of Big Tom versus Tommy Makem… you decide. Those two are not the only musical talents who call that part...

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24 Feb 2017
#FiveOnFriday with Calvin Sweeney
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#FiveOnFriday with Calvin Sweeney

On any given day, a cursory glance at the international sections of the newspaper will inevitably reveal a story of Syria. It’s a familiar tale; a war-torn country in the middle east whose citizens seem powerless in deciding their own fate, or that of their homeland. To many of us, though, that’s where the familiarity ends –  an acknowledgement of an ongoing tragedy, but a certain...

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07 Oct 2016
#FiveOnFriday with Catherine Howley
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#FiveOnFriday with Catherine Howley

Whatever your views on Brexit, it’s been hard to escape the six letter spectre which continues to colour every media story and poison conversations on either side of the Irish sea and beyond.  Economists and business owners are doing their best to control the narrative and limit any damage, while politicians have been tearing themselves apart in the aftermath of the referendum. There has been...

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08 Jul 2016
#FiveOnFriday with Sarah McBriar
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#FiveOnFriday with Sarah McBriar

Last year for the first year, a wave of energy and a much needed glorious celebration of local talent pounded the Titanic quarter in Belfast. Between conferences, workshops, fantastic food and a world class line-up of DJs against the backdrop of incredible visuals, there was scarcely time to take stock of the quality on show. The reaction to AVA matched the mood inside T13 Belfast...

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20 May 2016
#FiveOnFriday with Richard Boyd Barrett
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#FiveOnFriday with Richard Boyd Barrett

As part of First Fortnight 2015, we gathered a group of politicians to ask what, ‘If Elected’, they would do with the state of mental health in Ireland. There was a consensus among those present that this should be a priority for the next government. In a cruel and darkly ironic twist of fate, mental health was one of the first casualties of the new...

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06 May 2016
#FiveOnFriday with artist Lorcan Vallely
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#FiveOnFriday with artist Lorcan Vallely

For the uninitiated; the impact of the Vallely family on modern Irish art and traditional music is a profound one. Whether it be through guiding aspiring musicians from the grassroots to producing some of the finest art and music available today, the contribution has been immense and continues unabated.  One of them, painter Lorcan Vallely, works mainly with charcoal and oil, creating pieces which are...

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25 Mar 2016
#FiveonFriday with radio producer Julien Clancy
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#FiveonFriday with radio producer Julien Clancy

  If you haven’t heard of ‘The Moth’ (storytelling phenomenon/podcast/award-winning radio hour and New York Times bestseller)… don’t worry, you’re not alone. If you have, there’s a good chance it’s due to the subject of this week’s #FiveonFriday; Julien Clancy. As well as bringing ‘The Moth’ (which formed part of FF16) to Dublin, Julien is behind ‘Sounds Alive’ both of which showcase the art of audio...

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12 Feb 2016