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Rapturous reception for Oliver at An Grianán

A review by Will Burton Building on the success of Annie last year, the Letterkenny Musical Society has produced another warm and lovable play for the loyal An Grianán audience. I have to admit that I do not have any recollection of reading or watching Oliver Twist before. It is …

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We need more than ‘lip-service’ to Derry’s unemployment problems – Colum Eastwood MLA.

  Will Burton reports on the employment challenges facing Derry.   Former mayor of Derry, Colum Eastwood SDLP MLA, is not shy in speaking up for the rights of citizens in Derry and the Northwest. He feels strongly about the lack of civil service jobs based in the city. In …

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Wide-scale resistance to the household charge in Donegal

  William Burton investigates public reaction to the imposition of the household charge in Donegal   The implementation of the household charge of €100 has been one of the most controversial aspects of the economic collapse in Ireland. With revenue sources depleted after the property crash, the government is seeking …

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Movies

Let Penn take you into the wild

Into the Wild – a review by Michele Canning Sean Penn’s ‘Into the Wild’ With ‘Into the Wild’, Sean Penn dons his director’s hat to tell the real life story of straight-A student Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), who in 1992 donated all his savings to charity, dropped out of society and embarked …

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Vandals target Adria site

VANDALS, targeting a disused factory site in Strabane, are making life miserable for residents living nearby. Michele Canning looks into the problem Once home to hosiery giant, Adria, the 11.5 acre Beechmount Avenue site has lain derelict since the collapse of the town’s manufacturing industry in 2006. Today, the detritus …

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Music

Emeli Sande Our Version of Events

By NATASHA MILLAR It’s a huge compliment to be compared to chart supremo Adele, but yet sets the musical bar stratospherically high. Too high for some perhaps, but prepare for 24-year-old Emeli Sande to catapult to notoriety with the release of her anticipated debut album Our Version of Events. While …

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Revolutions rage around the world

By  Emma-Kate O’Reilly December 21, 2012 is the end-date for the ancient Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Maybe not the apocalypse as we imagine it literally but metaphorically. Maybe the Mayans were playing with the idea of a new collective conscience being born. Something strange has a hold on the world. …

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Scolaire Staire aims to bring academia to the masses

By Will Burton An exciting and adventurous new online Irish history magazine, Scolaire Staire, is aiming to bring academia to the masses and deliver peer-reviewed articles to a tablet or laptop near you. Scolaire Staire was launched in October by a Co Donegal academic and recent PhD graduate, Adrian Grant, …

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Colour Me Happy

By Rebekah Logan Despite the colourful workshops and glitter-strewn table-tops, art therapy is a serious and respected form of psychotherapy that uses art as its primary form of practice. Not concerned with turning their clients into the next Picasso or Monet, an art therapist’s main aim is to enable their …

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Fracking concern for Ballycastle councillor

By Paul Mullin A Ballycastle councillor has warned of the damage a controversial new gas extraction process could cause to Northern Ireland. The process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it’s more commonly known, takes place by drilling rocks in order to get natural gas. Shale rock, which is …

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