Crazy In Love — Anton Yelchin Interview

Crazy In Love — Anton Yelchin Interview

Anton Yelchin may be “cynical” about fame, but following the acclaim of his latest movie, Like Crazy, the Russian-born 22-year-old actor may just have to get used to it. He talks to Steve Cummins about improvisation, paranoia and his parents, Olympic athletes, who were forced to flee Russia upon his birth. Anton...Read More
Jeff Buckley — The Irish Connection

Jeff Buckley — The Irish Connection

Earlier this month, Jeff Buckley would have turned 45 had he still been alive. A phenomenal talent, with a name like Buckley it was obvious there was an Irish connection there. And, delving into his past, I became aware just how deep his connection with Ireland was — from  gigs at the...Read More
Lily Allen: What's Up Tiger Lily?

Lily Allen: What’s Up Tiger Lily?

In 2006 I sat down with and interviewed Lily Allen just as she was on the cusp of becoming one of Britain’s biggest pop stars. What was to be a 400 word piece was later elevated to a major Hot Press magazine cover story thanks to the strength of my interview. Indeed...Read More
Evanna Lynch: A Brief Spell

Evanna Lynch: A Brief Spell

Plucked out of thousands to star in the Harry Potter movies, Evanna Lynch’s story is the stuff of fairytales. I was commissioned by New York-based magazine Nylon to write a profile piece on her looking at where she was at that period in her life. I met Evanna the day...Read More
Left High and Dry At The Pool

Left High and Dry At The Pool

A few years ago the new Irish primary school physical education curriculum listed an aquatics strand as key to helping decrease rising child obesity rates. However, how many Irish primary schools have access to a swimming pool? Left High and Dry At The Pool Originally published in The Irish Times...Read More
Pete Doherty: What A Bloody Shambles

Pete Doherty: What A Bloody Shambles

Heroin, stage invasions, captured by a band and whisked off on their tour bus — this is perhaps the closest I came to experiencing the rock ‘n’ roll myth. Normally your average music interview is quite a sedate affair — not so with Pete Doherty. Following a raucous show in...Read More
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It Says In The Papers.... recommended articles

It Says In The Papers…. recommended articles

Some articles I’ve read in the past week that are  worth checking out: Maverick Sabre Interview — Irish Times Great interview with emerging hip-hop and soul star that really gets to the heart of what he’s about. Really sets himself out as ‘one to watch’ You’d hardly say New Ross in Co Wexford is a... Read more
On The Stereo... Damon Albarn remixes Lana Del Rey

On The Stereo… Damon Albarn remixes Lana Del Rey

Wasn’t massively pushed on Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ single but loving this Damon Albarn remix. Really highlights the melody. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend... Read more
Lana Del Rey - The real deal or manufactured?

Lana Del Rey – The real deal or manufactured?

You’ve probably already heard the rumours and read the arguments about Lana Del Rey — or Lizzy Grant — that have been exploding on the blogosphere over the past few months as the backlash has begun before here “debut” album is released. The argument has been that Del Rey is not the ‘real’ talent many... Read more
Taste has never met shame — good article for fan boys

Taste has never met shame — good article for fan boys

Okay, so the focus here is on Conor Oberst but I really enjoyed this article (cheers Tania!), which is essentially about taste. A lot of the obsessive music nuts I know hang on to that one artist or band they’ll just never let go off, regardless if the rest of their peers have outgrown them... Read more
Ash return as four-piece

Ash return as four-piece

Went to see Ash play the first show of their Free All Angels anniversary tour in Dublin earlier this week. Wrote a new story on it for NME.com which you can read on their site or down below. Good gig. Free All Angels really is a great LP and the songs – especially the heavier... Read more
Pulp play 'last ever' show at Electric Picnic?

Pulp play ‘last ever’ show at Electric Picnic?

My Electric Picnic story originally published on NME.com Pulp ended their summer reunion tour at Ireland’s Electric Picnic festival last night (September 4) with Jarvis Cocker hinting that the 90-minute set may have been their last ever gig. Before launching into set closer ’Common People’, Cocker declared: “This may be the last time we’re ever all on stage... Read more
Noel Gallagher's New Single -  The Death of You And Me

Noel Gallagher’s New Single – The Death of You And Me

Not what I was expecting. I thought he’d come back with a real rock n’ roll stomper. Like it though. The falsetto vocal and the brass straight away brought to mind The Importance of Being Idle, which many would point to as the best latter day Oasis tune. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend... Read more
I Hope I Die Before I Get Old - Rock Star Deaths

I Hope I Die Before I Get Old – Rock Star Deaths

So it’s official, rock n’ roll can seriously damage your health. A respected scientific study, published this week in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, revealed that rock and pop stars are twice more likely to depart the world stage at an earlier age than the rest of us, with a life expectancy of... Read more
Irish Woman Caught In Drain

Irish Woman Caught In Drain

This story arose from a St Patrick’s Day I won’t easily forget. When I was travelling Australia, I lived with 15 Irish and Scottish people for about five weeks in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton. It was a great period. On March 17 we of course went out to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and had... Read more
Mercury Music Prize 2011 Predictions

Mercury Music Prize 2011 Predictions

So at 11.30am this morning (July 19) this year’s Mercury Music Prize nominations will be revealed via a live stream you can watch here. Here are my guesses as to who will be nominated. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake Wild Beasts – Smother Adele – 21 James Blake – James Blake The Horrors –... Read more
Review: How to Pass Your Irish Driving Test

Review: How to Pass Your Irish Driving Test

How to Pass Your Irish Driving Test: The Most Comprehensive Guide Originally published on RTE.ie If only watching this informative film was all it took. As you no doubt already know, it takes more than a book, CD or DVD to pass your driving test. Not even lessons and hours of practice will guarantee you’ll... Read more
The Road - Opening Title Sequence

The Road – Opening Title Sequence

Put together as part of my MA, my brief was to create an opening and closing title sequence for a movie using Adobe After Effects. I chose the movie, The Road (See sequence below). The most important part of the brief was to capture the mood of the movie and to ensure that the sequence... Read more