I am penning this from The Boghill in the Burren in Clare, the home of Common Knowledge. Storm Debi has rolled in overnight, dumped an unmerciful amount of rain and cut power and water. It’s Monday morning and I’m just about to start a week long residency as part of Irish Design Week where I am joining a wonderful group of artists, creatives and enthusiasts to consider the concept of ‘home’, how it relates to folklore and tradition and how it can be reconsidered under the prism of life in the 21st Century. All going to plan, I‘ll hopefully be reporting some findings in the next edition.
Traditions in focus this month come from a little further South, namely Kerry where photographer Andrew Nuding has spent some time observing the rituals of Puck Fair and Hunting the Wren. Hailing from North West Cork, I recollect on occasion attempting a somewhat watered down look and version of it on Stephen’s Day to shake down a few coppers from neighbours. What Andrew has captured and recreated is the real deal – the colour, the pageantry, the shadow cast myths and fashioned freedoms of the season.
Whatever your own tradition or engagement with the festive season might be, may I take this opportunity to thank our amazing team of contributors and advertisers who help us make it possible and you for reading and supporting what we do.
Nollaig shona dhuit! – Michael McDermott
Also in the edition…
- Director Ira Sachs shares his extensive list of movies to watch with your kids, “When you’re trying to decide what films to show your kids, ask yourself this question, “What would Marty Scorsese have watched when he was growing up?”
- We preview the RDS Visual Art Awards which opens in IMMA next week.
- We are proud to be part of the Lady on the Rock initiative in aid of Women’s Aid, the raffle takes place this Thursday so support and be in with a chance to win one of six re-imagined ladies.
- We interview Rachael Lavelle & Tandem Felix.
- Cúán Greene shares his perfect Roasties recipe.
- Conor Stevens does a Double Take of Row Wines and Bar Pez.
- Cinema reviews of Saltburn, Anatomy of a Fall, So This is Christmas, Fallen Leaves and The Eternal Daughter.
- Tom Lordan checks out Atoosa Pour Hosseini’s The Magic Circle which is in the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios until this weekend.
- Design looks at the rebranding of the Irish Independent.
- Derek Saville is In The Frame.
- Brand New Retro meets Brian Murphy who was 18 in 1963 as he reflects on that year.
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