The problem pages from Irish magazines of the 1960s and 1970s give an irresistible insight into the lives of Irish teenagers highlighting their innocence, loneliness, and ignorance in a changing Ireland still dominated by the Catholic Church.
Despite the chaos, violence and poor organisation, the gig was memorable for many.
“I still expect to find a magazine in my Christmas stocking”. A look back at old Christmas covers from Irish magazines that are all long gone, dead and buried.
Brian McMahon talks to Garry O’Neil about Vox, a 400+ page opus featuring the complete collection of the revered 1980s Dublin fanzine.
Dublin had seen nothing like it before. Staff danced and sang to movie soundtracks, Hieronymus Bosch paintings hung on the wall, and when it got hot in the summer, the stylists worked outside.
The strip from O’Connell Bridge to the GPO is essentially the same as it was in 1988 but now comes with a flat white.
Years before Croke Park, Marlay Park or the Phoenix Park, Dalymount was the only venue hosting major concerts.
When the camp first opened, the Catholic Standard newspaper warned: “Holiday camps are an English idea and are alien and undesirable in an Irish Catholic country…”
The building is a wonderful example of indigenous industrial architecture, but with plans approved to demolish it for a new 8-storey hotel, one fears 2018 may be the twilight year for Twilfit House.
Staging Ireland’s first ever Eurovision was a massive undertaking for RTE. But it was a success and proved we could put on a show as tacky, glitzy and expensive as anyone else.
April 1964 and the Irish Export Fashion Fair surpasses all expectations.
Man Alive inserted black boxes over the photos. Rectangles for eyes, squares for everything else. Nothing for bums.
“Where love stories begin”.
Miss magazine was a bright and bubbly monthly aimed at Irish teenagers and young women which was published by the Creation Group in 1965 and 1966.
Late last year, Liberties Press published Brand New Retro: Vintage Irish Pop Culture and Lifestyle in a tasty coffee-table format that allows you to flick through the history of Irish print, from saucy proto-lad mags, to now quaint opinion and advice columns, to glamorous and glorious fashion spreads. We talked to Brian about his journey from sticking together his own Dundalk punk fanzine, Too Late, with his brother to the publication of this delicious time capsule of a book.
“If it was the last great sword-and-sandals movie, it’s proven to have remarkable durability.” 17 years on from its initial release we revisit blockbuster Gladiator.
There’s talks on Karl Marx and his Irish connections, the sinking of the RMS Leinster whose centenary falls on October 10th, Hitler’s women pilots in the Third Reich, women in Hollywood in the ‘30s, as well as a star turn by our very own Brian McMahon.
We’re still here.