Future Shock

Colm O’Regan predicts the events and people that will make the news in 2010. January Following pressure from businesses in the Border counties who are still suffering from the exodus of shoppers to the North, the Irish government agrees to hand control of the counties of Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim and Donegal to the UK

A Fortnight before Christmas

A fortnight before Christmas, and all through the Dáil The Opposition were purring, “just watch them crawl” The Greens were hung, as they squirmed in their chairs By a hoor of a budget, a shirt made of hairs. Fine Gael were nestled, all smug in their heads Dreaming visions of strikes, and protests for meds.

Legend Had It

With his 2010 budget, Brian Lenihan has given the strongest signal yet that he is about to go after high earners who use special reliefs to avoid paying tax. So it now looks inevitable that the government will finally tackle one of the most entrenched of special interests –  Irish mythical heroes. This is a

There Will Be Blood

These are good times to be a vampire. New Moon, the second instalment in the Twilight Saga is breaking all sorts of box office records in America and the stock of the bloodsucking undead has never been higher. The Twilight Saga is a forbidden-love story about a vampire called Edward and a human girl called

Lost In Translation

I’ve met some famous people in my time. I once stood on Declan Kidney’s toe, so I pride myself on knowng how to behave around celebrity. Despite this, even I – friend to the stars – was lost for words last Friday morning when, in Dublin airport on my way to Madrid, a small, dark-haired

It’s Time To Take The Train

It’s been some week. On Wednesday night, the ball was handled more by Thierry Henry than the child-labourer who originally stitched it. His intervention was the culmination of a passage of play where the French, in addition to caressing the ball as if it was a beautiful woman, were offside and possibly fouling Richard Dunne.

2012, sure what’s the worst that could happen?

Triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13 – is a common superstition. (not to be confused with Triskel-dekaphobia which is an irrational fear of Cork arts centres) High-rise buildings have no 13th floor, airplanes have no 13th row and today triskaidekaphobia reaches its height on Friday 13th a date synonymous with disaster. Today is also

It’s a Kino Magic

A new website is available in all good Internets this week – savethekino.com. The Kino is Cork’s own independent art-house cinema and the only one of its kind outside of Dublin. Last week it was on the brink of closure and a public campaign is now underway to save it. Please help if you can.

The Secret Lives of GAA men

This week a Rubicon was crossed in Irish life when a high profile GAA player came out and stated openly that he was involved in an activity that is considered by some to be outside the pale, by others, with more antiquated views, to be abhorrent. Everyone says now that it was common knowledge. The

For Folk’s Sake

There comes a time in a man’s life where he says to himself: I need to learn some Irish songs. It happens to everyone. Even hard-rocker Iggy Pop will be faced with a time when a sing-song is in full swing and someone shouts out “Iggy for a song!”. At that moment, without the thumping

Changing Lanes

The new €600 million Opera Lane development opened its doors in Cork last week, taking advantage no doubt, of the moratorium on reporting of the L***** Referendum. As a talking point for Cork, it was a welcome respite for a public who were well and truly L*****ed out of their skulls. This was evidenced by