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There’s a certain type of film that sells itself as science fiction but really isn’t. While they vary from space opera to shonky action flicks with lasers their one similarity is that there’s nothing particularly “science-y” about the fiction they portray.Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is not one of those films. It lives on the outer reaches of what most people would consider their comfort zones and bravura of Star Wars or the iconic terror figure of Alien, it manages to be both unsettling and thought-provoking while also providing a decent dose of action and suspense.The story starts in Scotland when a group of archeologists discover the final piece of a global puzzle that seems to prove Earth was visited by aliens thousands of years ago, shows where they came from and implies that they may have been responsible for our evolution. A quick  two-year, trillion-dollar space flight later and the spaceship Prometheus arrives at the catchily entitled LV-223, the home of …

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Macalla na hÉireann to perform at Cois na hAbhna

MACALLA na hÉireann, the 2012 Comhaltas Concert tour of Ireland will perform in Cois na hAbhna on October 22 at 8.30pm.This annual tour features the best of traditional talent drawn from the four provinces and they will perform at 14 venues from October 14 to 27. Each year, the tour assembles a fine mix of established artists together with younger stars. These are blended together into a fast-moving and colourful show that will appeal to both the connoisseur and peripheral fans of Irish traditional entertainment – a show that reflects the breadth and depth of music, song and dance.This year’s line-up follows Alice Fitzgerald, a singer and MC from Waterford; Shane Keating of Cork on the uillean pipes; Emer Toale of Dublin on harp and piano; Lorraine McMahon from Louth on fiddle and whistle; Joseph Keane of Laois on button/accordion; Elaine Reilly from Longford on banjo; Róisín Broderick from Galway on concertina/fiddle; Clare Heffernan from Limerick on whistle/flute; Aisling Vaughan …

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Book festival to fuel young imaginations

CHILDREN are flocking to libraries across the county this week and will continue to do so over the month of October, as the Children’s Book Festival 2012 gets underway.

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Wait is over for gospel choir performance

SHANNON Gospel Choir will perform at Limerick’s Lime Tree Theatre with very special guest Paddy Casey on Saturday, October 13 at 8pm.

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Traditional music archive goes online

CLARE County Library, in association with the Clare Arts Office, has announced the launch of its online Music of Clare project on the library’s website at www.clarelibrary.ie.

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O’Sullivan exhibition explores story of Adam and Eve

CRATLOE-based painter and photographer Grace O’Sullivan recently opened her latest exhibition of paintings, The Mark of Eden, at the Red Couch Gallery in the Courthouse, Ennistymon.

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Musical mix at Sixmilebridge

SIXMILEBRIDGE Folk Club will host an eclectic group of musicians to launch their winter season at the Courthouse next week.

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Folk duo to perform in Tulla

THE Island Music Club presents Chris Newman and Máire Ní Chathasaigh at the backroom in Minogue’s Bar in Tulla on Saturday, October 13.

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