5 Irish Bands You Must Hear.

 

 As it’s Saint Patrick’s Day and I’m a loyal Greenie and an insane Unionist, I’ve decided to put this little list of amazing O’Irish lads and lasses to listen to. Flogging Molly. Founded in America by Irishman Dave King in 1997, Flogging Molly -known for amazing performances and brilliant music videos- combine Celtic Folk and Modern Rock on a level few other bands have achieved. VNV NATION. Founded by Irishman Ronin Harris in 1990, VNV Nation combines haunting and emotional lyrics, hard beats, and dance floor filling tracks that have been a favourite of the electronic music scene (commercial and underground) for years… and thankfully that doesn’t seem likely to end any time soon. The Pogues. Founded by Anglo-Irishman Shane […]

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Five Irish Films/TV Shows To Watch!

 

 It’s almost time to go home, put your feet up and drink a few scoops. The question is: What are you going to be watching? Well, I has an answer for you, bog. That answer is: Watch the following you muppet. War of the Buttons. Filmed in 1994 this Adventure-Comedy-Drama addresses violence, hatred, and intolerance. Set in the 1960’s the film revolves around the boys of two neighbouring towns who engage in constant one-upmanship only to have the end results turn violent. Waking Ned Devine. Filmed in 1998 this Comedy tells the tale of the residents of a small village that attempt to hide the fact that one of their number (who just happened to win the lottery) is still […]

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Mrs. Browns Boys.

 

 “[looking at a toilet] Oh, look, there’s a chip gone out of this. Someone must have shit a brick.” -Agnes Brown. In honour of St. Patrick’s, I was handed a series by the Editor-in-Chief. That series is the hilarious Mrs. Browns Boys. I have not laughed with such vigour at a TV series for a very long time. (I may have to kill the Editor-in-Chief for this… Just as soon as my internal organs heal.) “Granddad is the cupboard having a shit!” -Agnes Brown. Mrs. Browns Boys is the brainchild of an ex-pub owner and certified comic genius (IQ of 156 and a member of MENSA – That’s the smart peoples club for ye muppets) Brendon O’Carroll. The series first started […]

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Top 5 Irish Comedians.

 

 “A wee Belfast boy came home from school in tears. ‘What’s the matter, son?’ asked his mammy. ‘We were doing sums today, Mammy,’ he said. ‘And were they too hard?’ ‘Well, the teacher said either I couldn’t count, or I was stupid, or all three.’” Today bog, we looks at all t’ings O’Irish. And as I am a card carrying member of the bar pool it’s me patriotic duty to shares me culture and a pint of heavy with yous. “Here’s to our wives and girlfriends: May they never meet!” DYLAN MORAN! Dylan (1971) is best known for his sarcastic and misanthropic character Bernard L. Black (Black Books) And his general love of one-liners, witty comebacks, and negative attitude towards […]

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10 Irish Jokes to brighten up your day.

 

 “Q: Did you hear about the morning-after pill for men? A: It changes your blood group.” It’s Saint Patrick’s Day and today everyone is Irish. So get your Mick on and we’ll proceed with some classic humour from the homeland.  “Employee of the month is a good example of how someone can be both a winner and a loser at the same time.” “Word to the wise: never get in line at the bank behind someone wearing a balaclava.” “A friend is someone you can call to help you move. A best friend is someone you can call to help you move a body.” “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a […]

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RAMFEST 2014.

 

 Protoculture. With great excitement and anticipation we left for Ramfest on Saturday Afternoon (8 March 2014), armed with wellingtons and hoodies to combat the incessant rain that threatened South Africans own Glastonbury Music Festival, only better, RAMfest. Gangs of Ballet. Arriving a day late was sad, but we were still able to catch the legendary Pestroy before they go on a well deserved hiatus. Though I was rather distraught that we couldn’t see Biffy Clyro. (I have been told that they were absolutely fantastic.) However the Saturday show didn’t disappoint. Trivium were up first and although they were good, I couldn’t help but feel a little cheated, they just missed some of the energy that South African fans have become […]

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AMY TELFORD: TEACHER, ACTRESS, FREE THINKING HUMAN.

 

 TOAST. The roar of the crowd; the smell of the paint; the subtle truth revealed by the change of backdrops, all these things make acting the dream job of many, many people. However not everyone acts for the money and fame. (Yes, there are people who don’t want to be Tom Cruise. Can you imagine that? Well, yes, I can.) There are those, small independent groups from around the world that perform, work on film, do extra work for series, and produce their own independent films and shows, without an inkling of fame and fortune. MAKING GODS BLEED. When did you first know you wanted to become an actor? What inspired you, and what continues to inspire you? I’m an […]

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Red Dragon.

 

 “I am the Dragon. And you call me insane. You are privy to a great becoming, but you recognize nothing. To me, you are a slug in the sun. You are an ant in the afterbirth. It is your nature to do one thing correctly. Before me, you rightly tremble. But, fear is not what you owe me. You owe me awe. ” Francis Dolarhyde, Red Dragon. Whenever we think of serial killers, one name inevitably pops up, Hannibal. Even though he is merely a fictional character, this man has held our minds and our love for the macabre in the palm of his hand. But sadly the book everyone knows him from, Silence of the Lambs (1988), is not […]

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Dark Souls 2

 

 The release to the long awaited Dark Souls sequel is just around the corner and I, for one, am looking forward to it with bated breath. The battle dynamic has changed a bit from the original with some new moves thrown in. The new environment you find yourself in also has some added areas which can only be explored with a torch and “Magic Stones” which can be placed in statues scattered throughout the world which will have random effect depending on the area you’re in. The in-game graphics have been upgraded significantly since the release of Dark Souls, and so have the enemies. If you were thinking of killing a monster trapped in a room, forget it. He will […]

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Final Fantasy XV.

 

 “Outside the dream world, life can be harsh, even cruel, but it is life.” – Final Fantasy X. Coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the 15th installment of the Final Fantasy series is, by far, the most breath taking and magnificent of the franchise thus far. The story takes place in an ultramodern city state, Lucis, which is surrounded by various Medieval type nations. The reason for Lucis’s superiority? A Cold War fought for powerful crystals, all of which were either lost or claimed by Lucis. Since the end of the war, the world has been at peace… for now. Taking close to eight (8) years to complete this action-adventure-RPG title looks set to dominate the console world. “I’ve […]

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