Visual art: The reality of fantasy island

  • 6 September 2006
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The relationship between fantasy and reality is always on artist Ciaran Walsh's mind, whether he is musing about Coronation Street characters or creating brash microcosms, says Billy Leahy

Electric ambition

As Oxegen struggles to recover from bad press, John Reynolds' Electric Picnic festival is set to be the gig of the summer. By John Byrne


Theatre: First Draft

  • 30 August 2006
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The last-minute replacement of an actor in Pyrenees provides Colin Murphy with a unique opportunity to watch the dramatic process

Visual art: Fighting for attention

  • 30 August 2006
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Only one of the Project's Make Your Move billboards seems to have gleaned a significant public response, and it wasn't a positive one. By Billy Leahy

When volunteering holidays go wrong

Volunteer holidays abroad are increasingly popular among young Irish people but for some, the experience doesn't live up expectations. John Holden and Emma Browne speak to volunteers who felt mislead by programme operators

Insider trading

A Congolese immigrant gets mixed up in the world of gangland crime in Irish flick The Front Line, while in You, Me and Dupree, Owen Wilson just can't get the message that the honeymoon is over. By Declan Burke