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    Keeler concealer.

    The BBC’s 6-hour drama about Christine Keeler concealed the humiliating truth that lay at the heart of the Profumo affair: how a Soviet spy ring inadvertently toppled a Tory government. They also ignored what Keeler knew about the infidelity of Prince Philip. By Joseph de Burca The six-part BBC drama, ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’, […]

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    Commemoration is always political.

    By Rory O’Sullivan.  The most interesting thing to emerge from Charlie Flanagan’s atrocious interview on Drivetime yesterday (Tuesday) evening, apart from a lesson in how thoroughly politicians can squeeze their talking points into shapeless pulp when the going gets difficult, came when Mary Wilson asked him why the now-cancelled commemorations of the RIC and DMP […]

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    Review: Not enough drama at Inish

    By Rory O’Sullivan It is fitting that after a year mired in controversy, particularly over its relations with Irish actors and directors, the Abbey Theatre should choose ‘Drama at Inish’ for its Christmas show. Plays like this almost invariably swaddle audiences in a cotton wool of nostalgia for the easy days they depict, but which […]

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    The Secret Barrister, reviewed by David Langwallner

      The rage of London at the moment is a self-consciously anonymous blog called “The secret barrister” which is an exposé of the profession of a criminal barrister and indeed of the criminal justice system written by a junior counsel specialising in criminal law. This blog aims to provide a fly-on-the-wall view of the criminal […]

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    Beating the rich at their own game

    Leinster Rugby has just completed a historic European Cup and Pro 14 double, becoming the first Celtic League team to do so in the same season. This comes on the back of Ireland completing a Grand Slam as part of a third Six Nations win in the last five years. It is a golden era for […]

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    Bailer: hefty, grooving, hardcore-inflected modern metal

    Since emerging from nowhere in 2014, Lee-side four-piece Bailer have been working constantly: an unstaunched torrent of gigs, tours and festival/ all-dayer appearances have been punctuated with steady releases of singles and extended players, charting the development of the band’s hefty, grooving, hardcore-inflected strain of modern metal. The most recent of these extended players, a self-titled […]

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