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There was a time when a new Oliver Stone film was an occasion. A moment of cultural note, scandal or a mixture of both that sometimes obscured the film itself. While the days of Platoon, Natural Born Killers or JFK are a long time ago, there is still a certain frisson whenever the maverick director releases a new flick.

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Writers and readers set for book festival

Contributions from Marina Lewycka, the BBC’s Fergal Keane, John Banville, Joseph O’Connor,  Áine Lawlor from RTÉ, Mary O’Rourke and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Education Workshop Department are just some of the highlights from the line-up of national and international authors for Ennis Book Club Festival, which will be held from March 1 to 3.

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Ciaran Fawl from Newmarket displays his self-portrait during the launch of the St Anne's School Art and Craft Exhibition at Corrovorrin in Ennis. Photograph by Declan Monaghan

Talented St Anne’s artists enjoy their new space

  AT a recently opened exhibition at St Anne’s School, it was not just the artworks on display that showcased the talent of the school’s pupils. The art space itself has been developed by the school’s Leaving Certificate Applied students. Their efforts were used to fantastic effect as the space highlighed the art, workwork and textiles of pupils at the school going back to 2008. The exhibition opened last Wednesday, with the works continuing to be prominently displayed in the school’s concourse through the coming months. The launch of the exhibition was attended by pupils, parents, staff and friends of St Anne’s, with Alan Shoosmith, co-ordinator of the Embrance Arts Programme in Clare performing the official opening. David Bell, Leaving Certificate Applied co-ordinator at the school explained, “The initial concept for the art space was first developed by the Leaving Certificate Applied class of 2008. And this year’s students decided to further develop and revamp the space as part of …

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It’s all black and white for Darragh

THE Polka Dot Girl is the new novel by Crusheen-based author Darragh McManus. Offering a unique twist on the classic noir-style mystery, Darragh’s latest book takes the reader from the 3D, highly saturated imagery they are used to and transposes them back to a black and white world that is inhabited entirely by females.

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Albanians celebrate 100 years of independence with exhibition

CLARE’S Albanian community have come together to celebrate their heritage as part of a photography exhibition, which is set to be launched in Ennis this weekend. The exhibition has been created in honour of 100 years of Albanian independence and it will be officially launched this Saturdayin the Clare Museum by Dr Jack McCann, chairman of the Irish Friends of Albania.

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