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Are RTÉ viewers getting a Raw deal?

TV REVIEW RAW has returned to our screens for a second series. Most of the cast from the original have returned, as well as some new faces. This programme was a bit of a slow starter first time around but quickly garnered a loyal following.

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On the Couch

THE Robin Williams beard theory of acting is a film-deciding model that has served me well over the years. I came upon it first during my time in the trenches of video store clerkdom and used it to steer manys a punter away from such horrors as Patch Adams and Toys.

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Clare radio presenter gets national award nod

Clare radio presenter Michelle McMahon with SPIN South West has just received a nomination for a Meteor Ireland Music Award for her work on the SPIN @ Work show for the second year running.

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Hot line-up for Winter Music Weekend

POST-Christmas blues don’t last long in Sixmilebridge and the village is already abuzz with anticipation of the 11th annual Winter Music Weekend, which runs from January 14 to January 17. The programme features acoustic acts of all hues: Irish, bluegrass, blues, country, gypsy, classical and much more, making this intimate festival special to a dedicated regular crowd and a treat for the newcomer. It’s hard to say what sets it apart for so many visitors but the variety of music and locations, the close link between musicians and the audiences, and the welcome from the locals all help to make this festival unique. Twelve venues, including the atmospheric courthouse and the comforts of Bunratty Castle Hotel, will host 40 scheduled gigs, sessions and concerts with most of them free. Top all that off with set ­dancing in the GAA hall and a gospel choir at Sunday mass and the Sixmilebridge ­weekend provides something for music lovers of every taste. Kicking …

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Rehearsal studio opens in Shannon

ARD Soilse Productions has opened a new theatre-sized production rehearsal studio in the county. The facility is located in the Stonehall Business Park in Shannon and is 6,000 sq ft in size. According to Ard Soilse director Joe Betts, the studio is still being developed, although it was used for the first time over the Christmas period.“It was used at Christmas by the Ennis Gospel Choir. We have various people who are supporting us as we get going. So far, I think we’ve spent about €50,000 to €60,000 on it although it could be more. I’m afraid to add it all up,” he told The Clare Champion.“The studio is designed to allow any event, show or tour to rehearse and perfect its performance and production in a full-scale venue, before it takes to the live stage. As productions become more complex, rehearsal becomes increasingly important and this is an ideal environment for them.”Joe, who is based in Ennis, runs the …

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At the movies

Bearly tolerable fluff

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On the Couch

District 9

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