Easter Rising Commemorations

This weekend marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The Rising was one of the defining moments in the struggle for Irish independence which began on Easter Monday, 1916, when Pádraig Pearse read the Proclamation, Poblacht na hÉireann, from the steps of the GPO on O’Connell Street.

After almost a week of heavy fighting between the rebels and the British Army, leaving much of the city centre destroyed, the uprising was quickly supressed and the leaders rounded up. The seven signatories of the Proclamation; Pádraig Pearse , James Connolly, Thomas Clarke, Séan MacDiarmada, Joseph Mary Plunkett, Éamonn Ceannt and Thomas MacDonagh, were all excuted by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol between 3 and 12 May 1916.

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This weekend will see a whole programme of events taking place around the country. Here’s a quick preview of what’s going on in the capital:

  • The Parade will commence at St Stephen’s Green at 10 AM via Cuffe Street, Kevin Street, Patrick Street, Thomas Street, Parliament Street, Dame Street, Westmoreland Street, past the GPO on O’Connell Street, North Frederick Street, Dorset Street and finishing on Bolton Street.
  • At 11.30AM, at the GPO, the parade will pause for a brief ceremony where the Proclamation will be read by a member of the Defence Forces and a wreath will be laid by Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins. There will be a minute’s silence for all those who died in the Rising and the National Flag on top of the GPO will then be raised to full mast. The ceremony will conclude with the playing of the National Anthem.
  • A full Defence Forces military parade will then march past the GPO from St Stephen’s Green to Parnell Square. It will include an Aer Corps flypast, and a 21-gun salute.
  • At 1:15pm on Easter Sunday, 1916, the first shots of the Rising were fired. This Easter Sunday, 1:15pm will herald synchronised wreath-laying ceremonies at strategic points around Dublin, starting with Dublin Castle.
  • On Easter Monday, RTE host a large-scale multi-location public event that will take place in Dublin city, including hundreds of talks, walking tours, music, dance, street art, street theatre, and moments of reflection and celebration. This free event will run from 11Am – 6PM.
  • As part of RTE’s Road to the Rising event, Jack L, The High Kings and Sharon Shannon will all be performing throughout the day on O’Connell St.

Full schedule details can be found on the official website

http://www.ireland.ie/easter

And if that wasn’t enough, here’s a picture of Marty Morrissey in full 1916 Volunteer uniform. C’est magnifique!

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Farewell For the Record

 

So, yesterday was our final For the Record show on Flirt FM. Sad Face. But, when one door closes, another opens and I can now reveal Ian and I have been promoted to the Wednesday evening Happy Hour Slot (Wednesday 6PM – 8PM) when we return after the Easter break.

Bring. It. On.

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I wound up doing a solo show yesterday as Ian has a chest infection. The station was fully deserted because of the midterm break so it was literally like broadcasting from the twilight zone. I’d forgotten how much of a challenge filling a whole hour is on your own. Tune in to hear me talking the best of nonsense (link below)

Without even realising it, most of the music is from Irish artists. I think I’m subconsciously still in Paddy’s Day mode. Here’s the full tracklist:

Calvin Harris – Acceptable in the 80s

Stone Roses – Fools Gold

Razorlight – Somewhere Else

The Kooks – Always Where I Need to Be

Little Hours – Tired

The Smiths – This Charming Man

The Vaccines – If You Wanna

Daithi – Love on Top ft Sinead White

Little Green Cars – Easier Day

Ham Sandwich – Apollo

Beirut – Gibraltar

Manic Street Preachers – A Design for Life

Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen on the Centrefold

Neon Atlas – I Never Felt so Good.

Also, our talented Station Manager Paula Healy is putting together a radio-documentary series about Women in the Rising for Galway Bay FM starting this Monday on the Keith Finnegan Show. Be sure to tune in!

The Italian Job

This is a good news story all wrapped up in a bad news story and is such a great response from the fans in the face of such a shitty event!

I first discovered the Eskies very late on the Saturday night of Knockanstockan and after about 36 hours without sleep I was absolutely wilting. I parked myself toward the back of the crowd, right between a middle aged couple shifting the faces off each other (eww) and 2 lads I’d met earlier that day with some seriously qestionable facial hair. As I said I was wilting and fully ready to call it a night, but the lads came on stage and gave it absolute socks, shoes and then some. Definitely one of my fave “discoveries” of Festival Season 2015.
Anyway, long story short, while on tour in Italy, some thug robbed the Eskies’ van in Milan, relieving them of a bag with the money from all of the tickets, fees and merch from their ENTIRE UK tour. as well as a MacBook, Zoom recorder, GoPro camera and their tour planner. Bummer is an understatement.

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You can catch up on the full details on their Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Xtrj1y
Michelle Geraghty took it on and started a Go Fund Me page to help the lads out and so far, they’ve raised an incredible €6,000 in less than a week.

Donate here:

https://www.gofundme.com/7guekpck

Makes you proud to be Irish seeing people coming together to help The Eskies out.
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For the Record, March 15th.

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Our show today consisted of us mainly talking about  Irish director Lenny Abramhamson and his movie Garage starring Pat Shortt which I’d watched over the weekend.

Without spoiling too much of either the show or the movie, it tells the story of Josie, played by Pat Shortt, a lonely petrol station attendant in a small town in rural Ireland and how he slowly begins to come out of his shell when he befriends his 15 year old co-worker David, played by Conor Ryan.

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Lenny Abrahamson is the director behind other Irish films like Adam and Paul, What Richard Did and Frank as well as the recent Oscar-nominated Room featuring Saoirse Ronan.

Tune in to hear our verdict on the movie plus some more festival gossip as well as a preview of the return of First Dates to Channel 4.

And, for your listening pleasure, here’s the full show tracklist:

  1. Fast Car – Jonas Blues
  2. Gives You Hell – All American Rejects
  3. Dead Ringer for Love – Meatloaf
  4. Stand and Deliver – Adam and the Ants
  5. Anna Sun – Walk the Moon
  6. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun
  7. Arctic Monkeys – Jeweller’s Hand
  8. Whistle for the Choir – Fratellis
  9. Just like Heaven – The Cure
  10. Love Will Tear us Apart – Joy Division
  11. Too Late – Delerentos

First Dates ♥

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First Dates made a welcome return to Channel 4 last Tuesday with it’s sixth series (WOO)

For anyone who hasn’t seen the show, it’s based on the premise of two strangers meeting for the first time over dinner. The catch? The restaurant is fully miked for our viewing pleasure. Think “The Restaurant” meets “Blind Date”.

Paternoster Chop House restaurant in Central London is the venue for these hopeful singletons, who are greeted on arrival by mixologist (that’s bartender to you and I) Merlin Griffiths before being waited on hand and foot by the hottest wait staff I have ever seen; CiCi Coleman, Laura Tott and Sam Conrad.

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However, Maitre D’ Fred Sirieix is the real star of the show, offering advice on love, romance and dating all delivered in a sexy, sauve French accent. If he wasn’t so adorable it would be a definite case of fromage.

Last week got the series off to a great start! Unfortunately, Becky the burlesque dancer and stand-up comic Lewis didn’t exactly hit it off and nor did ice queen (aka resting bitch face) Gemma and her man but the fabulous Jay and Robbie and Uma and Ruth more than made up for that. Jay spoke about surviving a serious homophobic attack at the age of 14 while Uma’s sisters’ sudden death last year spurred her on to apply for First Dates.

Couple of the evening, however, has to be brawny scientist Ashley and single-Mum Sonia.

Their date went soooooo well and all jokes about eloping to Gretna Green and getting married aside I really hope it works out for them!

#cutiepatauties

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Wyvern Lingo live session at Flirt FM 101.3

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So I think it’s fair to say that Ian and I have been RAVING about Wyvern Lingo on our show (For the Record, Tuesdays at 11) for the past 2 months.. (serious fangirl stuff!)

The talented trio, Karen, Caoimhe and Saoirse all hail from Bray, Co. Wicklow and have previously supported Hozier on the UK leg of his tour. These self professed alt-pop tunesters are destined for very big things indeed in our humble opinion!

Anyway, last Friday the girls dropped into Flirty Towers ahead of their gig in the Roisin Dubh and treated us all to a live rendition of “Letter for Willow”. If you haven’t heard any of their stuff, do yourself a favour and check out the Youtube link below.

The official Letter to Willow EP launch will be taking place on April 1st at the Button Factory in Dublin where the girls will be supported by none other than the stunning Sinead White, another gem I discovered at Knockanstockan last year. Tickets are a steal at €16 and available from all Ticketmaster outlets or via the girls’ website http://www.wyvernlingo.com/tour/

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Fitzy @ District 8

Conway’s Birthday Weekend kicked off on Friday with an absolute stormer from Alan Fitz in District 8.

After emerging as one of the new kids on the techno block, Alan Fitzpatrick quickly cemented his reputation and is now one of the most highly sought after producers, working with the likes of John Digweed, Joey Beltram, Pascal Mollin and Nick Muir. With well over 25 releases under his belt, Fitzy’s productions are a regular feature in the Beatport Top 100 and he has played in some of the biggest clubs around the world; Berghain, Cocoon, Inox, Awakenings, Fabric and, of course now, District 8.

When we arrived at District 8 around midnight, the place was absolutely in full flight. The support act, Rebekah, a techno DJ and Producer from Birmingham with a distinctly 90s vibe was whipping up a frenzy. I’m no good at guessing the size of crowds Ted, but I’d say there must have been a million people there.

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Looking ahead, District 8 have managed to attract some more top quality DJs for the coming months. We will most definitely be back there soon.

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In the meantime, here’s a video of the man himself winding down his set compliments of Oisin Doyle.

Hard to believe the baby is a quarter of a century, Happy Birthday DC. (back left)

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Electric Picnic Announcements

So, safe to say Ian and I were miles off with our predictions last week on For the Record on Flirt FM 101.3.

For those of you have been living under a rock, here’s the first list of acts released for this year’s installment of the music and arts festival which will take place from 2-4 September in Stradbally Estate.

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This year’s festival boasts headliners like LCD Soundsystem, Chemical Brothers and New Order. LCD Soundsystem in particular were quite the coup as they will also be headlining this year’s Coachella.

All the old favorites like the Salty Dog, Body and Soul, Trench Town, Casa Bacardi and the Trailer Park will also be returning.

Day tickets for Sunday had already sold out before the line-up was even announced as did family weekend camping, standard campervan/caravan and family campervan/caravan tickets.

 

Weekend camping tickets (€234.50) are still on sale but may not last long.  Last year quick-fingered festival fans had snapped up all tickets by June 20, almost three months before the event.

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Personally, this is the big one I’ll be waiting for…

 

Electric Picnic Predictions

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For the Record, Tuesdays 11-12 on Flirt FM 101.3

Greetings loved ones,

The kind people at Flirt FM were good enough to give myself and Ian Burke a weekly slot to play music and chat shite and we have taken the ball and run and run and run with that brief.

For those of your located outside the glorious city of Galway, tune in online at http://www.flirtfm.ie/listenlive.

You can also catch up via our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/kayteomalley/

Aside from the Oscars and Father Jack passing away, the hot topic for discussion today was Electric Picnic. Tomorrow, March 2nd, the first acts are due to be announced. So, in honour of this, Ian and I decided to put together a list of 5 predictions each based on absolutely nothing except notions floating around in our respective heads. Brace yourselves.

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Drumroll…..

Kayte’s Predictions for Electric Picnic 2016:

Jerry Fish, King Kong Company, Daithi, Chvrches, Tame Impala and The Corrs.

A very pragmatic list based on the fact that all of the above are pretty much regulars on the Irish festival circuit.

Ian’s Predictions for Electric Picnic 2016:

Coldplay, Kodaline, The National, Muse, The 1975.

*cough Dream On!

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For those of you who have yet to pick up tickets, they are back on sale tomorrow morning at 9AM and will definitely sell out soon so on yer bikes!

And, in between all the nonsense, we did manage to fit in a few tunes. Here’s a full tracklist for today’s show and a link to our Mixcloud if you should feel so inclined to listen to the show in full.