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#FiveOnFriday with Rosie Carney Blog

I know dust grows Even when there is a breeze Can’t move, can’t grow When you’ve fallen on your knees Rosie Carney has that rare gift of communicating both the bleakest pain and wondrous joy in simple human terms. The lyrics above, which form part of her recent track ‘Thousand’ recorded with Lisa Hannigan, encapsulate the hard-won wisdom that life’s travails and her willingness to...

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While You Live, Shine – Paul Duane’s film on the power of an ancient musical tradition Blog / Featured

“While you live, shine. Have no grief at all. Life exists a short while, And time demands its fee. “ – from a Greek mirologia, oldest known song lyrics carved around 1BC    THE Dublin Greek Film Festival is running from October 18-23, with a pre-opening event this weekend – a gala screening of While You Live, Shine, Irish director Paul Duane’s rumination on the...

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Opening Doors Film Festival shines light on homeless issues Blog

  THIS year World Homeless Day falls on October 10th, which is also World Mental Health Day, and since these issues are often interlinked, First Fortnight was interested to see that  Ireland’s first film festival dealing with  themes of homelessness, the Opening Doors Film Festival, is running in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield from Monday, October 8th-Wednesday, October 10th. The festival aims to engage audiences...

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FRINGE FIVE: Comic Marise Gaughan on her show Drowning All Posts / Blog

Marise Gaughan brings her show Drowning to the Fringe and its set to be one of the stand-outs of the festival. The topic alone stops you in your tracks. In 2014, Marise’s father killed himself. Her show takes us through how it set off a chain reaction in her life that began with her placement on an ISIS watch list in Amsterdam and ended with...

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FRINGE FIVE: Camille Lucy Ross, Dublin Fringe Award judge Blog

  CAMILLE LUCY ROSS – actor, writer and artistic director of Brazen Tales Productions is a previous First Fortnight Fringe Award winner (our annual award for an outstanding festival production with mental health-related themes).  This year, she’s back as a judge for the Dublin Fringe festival, currently running in several venues until September 23.    EMMA MATTHEWS asked Camille a swift #FiveOnFriday covering the Fringe, her top...

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FRINGE FIVE: Hannah Mamalis, of Dreamgun Film Reads Blog / Featured

PIC: Malcolm McGettigan Hannah Mamalis is a prolific comic, writer and performer who is very active on the comedy and theatre scene, as well as a regular at the Edinburgh Festival. Some of you will have caught her acclaimed one-woman show in last year’s First Fortnight festival, the surreal The Egg Is A Lonely Hunter,  and this week she takes part in the always very funny...

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First Fortnight – Latest News Blog

Social Enterprise Development Fund The power of social enterprise shines through! First Fortnight are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a place on the Social Enterprise Development Fund Accelerator Programme. This programme will see our charity receive expert and bespoke supports to hone our social impact, business skills and accelerate our growth. This fund was set up to support social enterprises across the...

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#FiveOnFriday with Le Boom All Posts / Blog / Featured

Electro-pop duo Le Boom must be one of the most talked about acts in Ireland right now. If you’ve experienced the infectious energy of one of their live sets, in a sweaty club or from a festival stage, you will know what all the fuss is about. A Hard Working Class Heroes showcase slot in the Autumn of 2016 gathered praise and kicked things off...

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#FiveOnFriday with Sarah Conway Blog

The gentle rhyme of Sarah Conway’s staggering poem ‘Never Give Up‘ allows the words to flow like a fairy tale. Within the piece though, lies a life story which reveals itself in uncompromising entirety; petals, thorns and all. Recently her life story, her current situation and her indefatigable love-fuelled positivity were the focus of an Irish Times article which delved into the precarious nature of life for...

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#FiveOnFriday with singer songwriter Lisa Loughrey All Posts / Blog / Featured

Lisa Loughrey is a Kildare singer songwriter, formerly a member of six-piece alt-folk outfit The Mariannes, whose solo project has taken flight with an EP, Plans and Schemes, launching in the Vintage Room of the Workman’s Club tonight, Friday, July 13th. Lisa’s debut single, Coming Up, released last year, harks back to confessional Seventies folk artists as well as more traditional influences and has earned...

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