Merry month of March

Posted on: 6th March, 2014

Category: Music

Contributor: Kate Brennan Harding

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I said I would waffle on about disco this month. By disco, I mean festivals and all the lovely information that is beginning to trickle out to us welly-wearing, hip-wiggling people. Having personally been officially diagnosed with festival withdrawal, it was perfect timing that Body and Soul made their first line-up announcement. What a stellar line up it is too? Goldfrapp led the way — with Caribou, John Grant, Jon Hopkins and Corks own Young Wonder being my picks.

Body and Soul gets better every year and this is their fifth anniversary. I expect more wonderful and well-chosen announcements in the coming weeks. If I was to hazard a few hopeful and wild guesses, the names St Vincent/David Byrne, Damon Albarn and The Magician would spring to mind.

Speaking of wild guesses, I really feel that this year my prediction of Bowie at Electric Picnic may have some substance. I have predicted Bowie for the past few years but I can feel it in my waters for 2014! I also think the 80s revival will be complete with Hall and Oates making an appearance somewhere.

Before all of those wonderful memories are made however, there is a lovely festival on the May Bank Holiday — Vantastival. There will be a host of Irish talent in what has been quoted as “the perfect Irish independent festival”. Keep an eye on their page for the line up announcement on March 1. Foxglove will be playing at it.

Closer to home, I can feel the machine beginning to crank back into life. De Barras has a great line up for March. My picks would have to be Little Mammoth on March 27. Little Mammoth is formed by Urby Whale who is known as Noah and the Whale. This band however is a different breed, bringing a raw rock n roll sound to the stage. Before that, March 15 sees the return of The Saxxy’s; with a new direction, this band is one to catch for its sheer fun and sublime musicianship.

If you are heading out in the City, Cork has some cracking acts. The Pavilion plays host to three great gigs. Mike Skinner from The Streets brings a DJ set on March 7, Sam Clague appears on March 9, followed by the amazing Lee Scratch Perry on St Patrick’s Night. All worthy road trips up the N71!

If you are a human that likes mid week dancing come check out my club in Voodoo Rooms called PULP. We are the new space for people who want to have fun of a Wednesday. Hosted by the very talented and slightly deranged Arthur Pawsey and with music spun by me, it’s great!


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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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Check out this new upbeat indie-folk track Edges, released today from Inni-K with a video by Myles O'Reilly. Inni-K will be performing at Levis’, Ballydehob on Saturday 24th February, with support from Sam Clague.
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Vikings talk in Clonakilty!

“The Viking Gold and Silver Hoards from County Cork” is the topic of the next Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage lecture on Thursday 22nd at the Parish Centre starting at 8pm.

It will be delivered by John Sheehan, senior lecturer in the Archaeology Department, UCC and a former member of the Heritage Council and the Board of the National Museum of Ireland.

The Vikings were an important presence in Ireland for over two centuries. As well as inflicting great terror they were also responsible for introducing urbanism and new economic systems to the country.

In this talk the focus will be on the economy, looking at the gold and silver hoards that were buried in Co. Cork. It will also explore how these hoards were discovered, what happened to them, and where they are now!
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15th February, 2018  ·  

Bandon Toastmasters is a club that helps people overcome Glossophobia, a fear of public speaking. The club is holding a night of inspirational and motivational speakers on February 22 that is a must for anybody wishing to overcome this phobia.
Tickets can be purchased either on the club's facebook page or through eventbrite.
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