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Final countdown for Me and My Girl

It’s that time of year when routine goes out the window for all members of Ennis Musical Society. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that it’s the time of year that members of Ennis Musical Society adopt a different routine – a routine of late nights, long rehearsals and forgetting about all other interests in an effort to produce the best possible performances from their annual musical production.Between March 5 – 9, the society will bring 1930s Musical, Me and My Girl, to the stage at Glór for five appearances, commencing nightly at 8pm. “This is a hugely entertaining comedy,” explains Kate Corrigan, chairperson of Ennis Musical Society, “a sort of collision between Only Fools and Horses and Downton Abbey. You can imagine what will ensue. This show will leave you with pains in your jaws”. Set in the lush surroundings of Hareford Hall in Hampshire, the plot focuses on Bill Snibson, a London Cockney from the most common …

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Bone marrow benefit gig for St James’

Former Avenue United soccer player, Ennis native and leukaemia survivor Eric McNevin, is organising a benefit gig in aid of the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust in St James’ Hospital, Dublin where he was a patient for six months and continues to be an outpatient.Eric says he received fantastic care in the hospital and wanted to give something back for saving his life.The event will take place in Charlie Stewarts Bar, Parnell Street, this Thursday night from 9pm with music by Forget Monday, Sinjin, Damien Gormley and members of the Kilfenora Céilí Band. The Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust is a charity specifically dedicated to supporting people around the country who have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma and have had or may need a stem cell transplant. The charity provides direct support for patients and their relatives – especially recognising the support needed for those travelling to St James Hospital from outside Dublin. For more information see www.bonemarrowtrust.ie.A draw will also …

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Brothers strike up The Secret Chord

THE Secret Chord is an album with a difference – an amalgamation of poetry and music by the Durack brothers, Mike and Austin Durack. In making this album, they are renewing a collaboration dating back to the late ’60s, when they teamed up in a folk group named The Prodigal Sons.The album features 12 poems by Mike, who resides in Ballina, and a string of instrumental originals by Austin, who lives in O’Briensbridge, with numerous verbal and musical nods to popular music classics and traditional tunes.There is also a poem by Spanish poet Antonio Machado set to music by Austin and performed in Spanish with a voiceover English translation.The landscape of the poems ranges from Tipperary to Mississippi, from the Curragh of Kildare to Moscow and from the Banner County to the land of the Star Spangled Banner. There are poems about love and marriage, assassination, travel, musical and poetic inspiration, as well as an ironic Valentine and a whimsical …

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Time to curl up and Die

A Good Day To Die HardDIRECTED BY: John MooreSTARRING: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Yuliya SnigirCERT: 15A A Good Day To Die Hard will look great on a lot of CVs, mostly those of the stunt and technical crews, the lads who put together a wagonload of very impressive action scenes throughout the film.Neither will it do any harm to the career of Jai Courtney, a decent young actor with the makings of a fine action star. If nobody paid him too much attention in TV’s Spartacus or the recent Tom Cruise turkey, Jack Reacher, they’ll be taking notice now.These things aside, the movie is basically useless.Getting word that his estranged, wayward son is in a spot of bother, veteran tough nut John McClane (Willis) goes all misty-eyed before catching a lift to the airport and departing for Russia with a lovingly stern warning from his daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) not to go causing more trouble. An early reminder …

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An inside look at prison life

If you ever wondered about how you might cope in prison, RTÉ’s Life On The Inside is an eye-opener. With over 4,000 men and women banged up in the country, this two-part documentary explores the Irish prison system through the eyes of inmates and prison officers. Filmed over the course of a year, producers got full access to the closed, medium security prison at Wheatfield and open prison Shelton Abbey, with the idea of showing what life is like on the inside.Six prisoners convicted for offences like drugs, robbery and murder shared their stories on prison conditions and how it affects them and their families by being in there. The one thing that struck me as they mused their way through how it was that there were in there is that they all seemed to see themselves as victims. It made me wonder how the victims of their crimes might feel about matters.Situated behind Liffey Valley in Clondalkin, up to …

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On the couch

James dies at the start.As Bond beginnings go, it is a fairly original tack to take but, after the critical mauling Quantum of Solace received – an overly-maligned flick – Sam Mendes was under a lot of pressure to make sure Skyfall, the 23rd in the spy series released 50 years after Dr No did not suck.In fact, it had to do quite a bit more than that just to earn a modicum of approval and by jove it did.Not only does he resurrect the martini-swilling lothario, ably played by Daniel Craig, Mendes provides a Bond that is both action-packed in the style of the previous two (thank you Mr Bourne) and witty, tipping its cap at the rich tradition the films have built up over their 50 years without ever drifting into parody of overt comedy.While the story starts in a suitably Bond-y place – a stolen disc threatens to reveal the identities of MI6 deep cover agents – …

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The claws are out in Corofin drama

COROFIN Drama Society, which tasted All-Ireland drama success last year coming third in the open drama category, returns to the fray this year with its latest production By the Bog of Cats, written by Marina Carr.

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Spending life-affirming Tuesdays with Morrie

THE Lime Tree Theatre invites audiences to spend Tuesdays with Morrie, as they bring the Breda Cashe production to the Limerick City stage on February 20 and 21 at 8pm.

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