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Growing up, I had never heard of a “Mother and baby home” being in existence. It sounds delightful. Good natured nuns taking in single, unsupported mothers and pregnant women. The reality however was very different. By the time I...
In this phase of high mass consumption that we live in, putting rubbish into a bin is seen as a good deed. We put it somewhere that isn’t directly onto the ground and can’t be noticed visually which leads...
We surely live in historic times. The world, or at least the one that is ever-increasingly mediated to us, seems alight with revolt, fueled by bitter consternation and deep incredulity. The suffocating mire of fake news and the constant...
Ray of Light by Gary Kearney is an exhibition of city scapes, the show will take place at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford from Thur 9th Feb – Sat 8th April 2017, 7pm. Admission Free. Kearney's work examines aspects of...
Written by Ashley Callery We all know the Irish genes aren’t the best in the world but we have the craic which is what truly matters at the end of the day. Most women want a tall, strong, athletic man...
Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has unveiled his 40 man squad for the opening two games of the upcoming RBS Six Nations with the addition of three uncapped players. Munster brothers Niall and Rory Scannell have made the cut following...
I love science. The pursuit of knowledge and truth. The excitement and challenge of inquiry. The potential it holds to shake us from our most cherished beliefs and to open up new vistas onto reality and our place within...
Questions were raised when Jose Mourinho decided to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Manchester United when he took over the reigns of the cub last summer. They were not shocked a player of that caliber wanted to join the club more...
The World Cup as we know it is in line for a major shake up after the FIFA Council unanimously approved a 48-team World Cup from 2026 at a vote in Zurich. This means that the tournament will expand from...
People of a certain vintage will have fond memories of the 1976 classic Bugsy Malone, a film set in 1920's prohibition era, gangster ridden New York- with a twist.  The film featured an all-child cast and was a musical.  Tommy guns...
The job of the Citizens' Assembly is to discuss the possibility of having a referendum on repealing the Eight Amendment.  They are taking submissions from the public in order to get a better idea of the general consensus of...
The Christmas season is well on its way, and I am waiting for the moment somebody complains about the Americanisation of Christmas.  Or indeed, to whine about the changing tastes of children and their preferred presents (remember the puritanical...

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MUSIC

Pet Shop Boys live at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin

Pet Shop Boys
After the huge success of the first part of their Super World Tour last autumn, the Pet...

VITAL returns to Belfast with Tiesto & Clean Bandit

vital
The annual Vital Festival returns to Belfast's Boucher Road Playing Fields on Saturday 26 August - Tickets...

Relive the magic this July at Punchestown Music Festival

Punchestown
The Punchestown Music Festival returns this Summer with a two-day line up featuring Tom Jones and Jess...

Pure M chats to… The Blades

The Blades celebrate the launch of their Vinyl edition of their album 'MODERNISED' at Whelan's on Friday...

MOVIES

CHiPS

The mysterious case of Mr.Dax Shepard has always struck me as strange. At face value, he seems...

Life

Nothing good ever happens in space. Life follows a group of researchers on the International Space Station...

The Age of Shadows

The Age of Shadows is a precisely crafted and excitingly stylish picture hailing from South Korea. Directed...

The Salesman

The Salesman, written and directed by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, comes to us as this year's Oscar...

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Pure M chats to… The Blades

The Blades celebrate the launch of their Vinyl edition of their album 'MODERNISED' at Whelan's on Friday...

Pure M chats to… The Doors Alive

To call The Doors Alive merely a tribute act would be a huge disservice to what  is the...

Pure M meets Dublin Art-Pop Duo Æ Mak Ahead Of Irish Tour

Dublin band Æ Mak have announced their new single, 'I Walk', which will be launched in The...

Pure M chats to… The Answer

They are The Answer, a rock band from Northern Ireland. They write, perform and love to kick...

Pure M chats to… Ailbhe Reddy

Dublin musician Ailbhe Reddy is a singer-songwriter whose deeply personal heart-on-her-sleeve lyrics and a memorable voice lingers...

CULTURAL

The Catholic Church: Hypocrisy at its finest

Catholic
Growing up, I had never heard of a “Mother and baby home” being in existence. It sounds...

“Just bin it and forget about it”- what really happens to all the things we own

Bin
In this phase of high mass consumption that we live in, putting rubbish into a bin is...

An Inconvenient Truth

Truth
We surely live in historic times. The world, or at least the one that is ever-increasingly mediated...

GAMES

Sniper Elite 4: Review

Sniper Elite 4 is the latest offering from Rebellion's WWII 3rd person shooter series, which sees your character...

Horizon Zero Dawn: Review

Guerrilla Games has abandoned the assault rifle and dystopian world of Killzone for a society with a...

Four reasons to pick up Mafia 3

Mafia 3
If you haven’t bought 2k’s new game, Mafia 3, then here are four reasons you should consider...

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