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Conor McPherson on The Weir, drink and getting his break in London

Conor McPherson on The Weir, drink and getting his break in London

Interview with Conor Mc Pherson in London to discuss The Weir, his latest new work, The Night Alive, and his battle with alcoholism. Read more
Ethiopia, 30 years on from the famine that shocked a generation

Ethiopia, 30 years on from the famine that shocked a generation

Ethiopia is country undergoing vast change, yet facing familiar problems. I report on how the introduction of the potato is playing its role in helping a community Read more
John Michael McDonagh on Calvary, ‘Plastic Paddies’ and being second-generation Irish

John Michael McDonagh on Calvary, ‘Plastic Paddies’ and being second-generation Irish

Calvary director John Michael McDonagh on 'Plastic Paddies', being second-generation Irish and his relationship with Ireland... Read more
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 Yelchin looks like he’s ready... 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
30 Years Ago — Punk hits Ireland

30 Years Ago — Punk hits Ireland

On May 27, 2007 Punk hit 30. But while the story of its impact in the UK and the US is well known, just how did Ireland take to that most pivotal of all music movements? Commissioned by the Irish Independent, I talked to some of those who were there. Go Ahead Punk, Make My... 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 it proved one of the... 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 after her 19th birthday and... 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 Access to swimming pools is... 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 Dublin I boarded the Babyshambles... Read more
No Country For Old Men

No Country For Old Men

Rightly predicting that this film would secure the 2008 Best Picture Oscar, this review was written for the RTE website. During my year and a half with the site I reviewed movies for the site on a weekly basis and many more can be found by browsing the film archives of the RTE Entertainment site.... Read more