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“WALKINSTOWN PLAYGROUND A REALITY AT LAST” Continued from page one McHugh added, if the Minister is that concerned his Government should put the funding into supplying playgrounds for our children as a first step in fighting this epidemic, children need active lifestyles and

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RESEARCH POINTS TO RISE IN CAR MARKET FOR 2014 THERE are signs that the market for new and used cars may pick up in 2014 according to research carried out by the AA. In a survey of over 26,000 car users carried out in November, 2.9% of respondents said that they would definitely buy a new car in 2014; 6.7% said that they might do so. “Those are surprisingly good numbers.” Says Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan. “There are 1.88 million private cars in Ireland currently but new sales have been very weak in recent years with only around 75,000 new registrations for 2013. Our survey would imply a lift on that figure for next year.” Based on the responses to the AA Consumer Panel Survey it would equate to 54,500 definite new car sales for next year with a further 126,000 who ‘might’ buy a new vehicle. “The unknown is how many of those ‘maybes’ will actually convert.” Says Faughnan. “But even if only a quarter of them do so that would still equate to around 85,000 new sales next year which would be a substantial uplift.” This is good news for the industry but also for the Irish fleet in general. Car sales have collapsed from 186,000 in 2007 to less than half of that amount in the recession years that followed. This has meant a general ageing and deterioration of the Irish car fleet with the average age of an Irish car now nearly 9 years old. The AA is seeing first hand evidence of this in increasing numbers of break-downs associated with aging cars. “We would certainly like to see an increase in car sales, not just because it would indicate an upturn in the economy but because it would mean an improvement in the standards of cars out there. The AA does not mind being busy but the older a car gets the more you run the risk of a vehicle defect causing an accident.” The AA research also pointed to a big demand for second hand cars next

year. 5.2% of respondents said they would definitely buy a second-hand car next year and 17.6% said that they might do so. “In normal circumstances there are about 2.5 second-hand car sales for every new car sale so those figures are consistent.” Says Faughnan. “The AA’s own Vehicle Inspection Service does detailed pre-purchase inspections of second-hand cars; we are already seeing an increase in enquiries which supports the research findings and makes us confident in predicting that sales will be up next year.” “Granted this is from a very low recession-era base and we are certainly not talking about a return to Tigerstyle numbers but it is positive all the same.”

“In a survey of over 26,000 car users carried out in November, 2.9% of respondents said that they would definitely buy a new car in 2014; 6.7% said that they might do so”

Advice for buying a second-hand car • Look before you buy – It may seem obvious, but having a look at the car during daylight hours and take it for a test drive. • Beware the private sale – Cars sold privately may cost less but if it breaks down a few months after you buy it, you’re on your own. • Don’t rush into it – Car salesmen can often use lines like “I have someone else looking at this car”, “I don’t know if we’ll still have it next week” or “if you buy it now, you’ll have it for the weekend”. Don’t let them pressure you into buying before you’re certain it’s what you want. • Check out the competition – You may have a garage that you ‘always go to’ but it really can pay off if you shop around. • Go further afield - Don’t be afraid to travel further afield for a better price. Tell each garage you’re shopping around and if you fancy one car but prefer the other car’s price, tell the dealer – you might get them to come down on price.

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TWELVE HUNGRY MONTHS TO FEED Written By Martina Delaney SO how was your Christmas? Did you have the time of your life or are you scarred for life? Whichever way it was one thing we have now is the gift of a brand new year. Twelve hungry months to feed! If you are doing well and in good health the fifty two weeks ahead are loaded with possibilities. If you are ill, out of work with things on a steady decline at least there is the gift of hope. One way or the other we all have new beginnings and a clean start on a brand new calendar and we dare to dream. If last year wasn’t the best, virtually take it in your hands like the used wrapping paper you dumped the other day. Crumble it up tight in your fists and discard it to where it belongs. Burn it if you can, it’s not for recycling. As for the occasional good times you recall, polish them off and place them in the safe keeping of your mind ready to be taken out again whenever you wish. For now it’s new beginnings, hopes and dreams. You have got your glossy new calendar, 365 days with boxes of precious hours for you to fill. You’ve got your new

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THE successful Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is now in its 7th year. Say farewell to the snake, and enter 2014 welcoming the horse, an animal so loved by the Irish and with a long history and connection to Ireland. The year 2014 will see a wide celebration of Sino Irish arts and music, a photographic exhibition, lectures, concerts, the traditional spring festival carnival, A Taste of China, a business seminar, martial arts, sports and lots

of fun for all the family. These will take place in Dublin city libraries, Hugh Lane Gallery, Chester Beatty Library and across the country with the festival's partner organisations including ICCS, Kildare Village, Birr Castle and UCC. As relationships between China and Ireland grow and deepen, Dublin Chinese New Year Festival continues to seek out evidence of past Sino Irish connections

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Written By Emily Bodkin EIGHT out of ten teachers would prefer if physical education classes were assessed, according to a new Aviva Health insurance survey. Answered by 250 teachers from schools across 13 counties, the results showed that the majority of them wanted to see PE become an exam subject. The survey figures were released as part of the Schools Fitness Challenge initiative which aims to increase the activity levels of junior cycle students. The challenge will involve exercises that will target student’s cardiovascular fitness. Taking place over six weeks, the initiative will be monitored by Professor Niall Moyna of the Centre for Preventive Medicine at Dublin City University and Dr Sarah Kelly of IT Carlow. This challenge comes as Ireland is facing an obesity crisis among its youth. In last year’s Growing Up in Ireland study, it was revealed that 19% of three year olds were overweight and 6% were obese. In an article by the Journal.ie, it was stated that, ‘Only 12% of 10-18 year olds in Ireland meet the Department of Health and Children physical activity recommendations of at least one hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day.’ One person supporting the challenge is Irish track and field athlete David Gillick

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LOCAL MAN NEEDS YOUR LOCAL VOTES PAUL Hand, a native of Bluebell and former student of Drimnagh Castle has announced his intention to run in the local elections in May in the Ballyfermot-Drimnagh ward as an independent candidate. Following the recent redrawing of the council wards, the Ballyfermot-Drimnagh ward includes the aforementioned areas of Ballyfermot and Drimnagh as well as Bluebell, Chapelizod, Cherry Orchard, Crumlin Village, Inchicore, Islandbridge, Kilmainham, Park West and Walkinstown. Currently he instructs Karate in a club in Crumlin Village, where he has been an instructor for the past 7 years. “The people are frustrated and fed-up with politics and I don’t blame them. The country needs new people with fresh ideas and I hope to provide an alternative to the status quo." I will be campaigning on many important issues of concern to our community. These include the following: • That empty buildings and derelict sites should be used for the public good, to help re-invigorate our local

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A little bit of stress can sometimes inspire us, help us to remain alert, focused, on our toes and protect us. Long-term, chronic stress can have a serious impact on our health, mood, relationships and quality of life.

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Watch Dogs

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Infamous: Second Son

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Halo 5

Microsoft's flagship shooter franchise raised the bar with Halo 4 in 2012 and I've been eagerly awaiting the follow-up. Little is known about this title except that it'll be released on the Xbox One, but I'm confident the astronomical production values Microsoft afforded the last Halo game will be applied to this one, which should result in another modern classic.

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The Evil Within

Back in the 1990s, the original Resident Evil absolutely blew me away and is to this day one of my all-time favourite gaming experiences. The iconic zombie game launched the survival horror genre of gaming, which has dwindled fairly miserably in recent years. Now Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami is bringing it back with this extremely brutal, intense and terrifying looking game.

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Skyrim and Oblivion were two of the greatest games of the last generation and taking the world to which they belong and making it multiplayer is hugely exciting. After years of production, a reported $200 million production budget and a few successful beta periods, Bethesda's MMO is almost upon us, and I hope dearly it delivers on its enormous potential.

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GRANTS TO AID BOOK RENTAL SCHEMES IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS Written By Emily Bodkin IN an attempt to reduce expenses for parents, a new book rental system will now be available for every primary school in the country that does not currently have a scheme in place. The new grant operation is part of the 2014 Budget which aims to help with school costs according to the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn. Speaking at the announcement, the Minister said he had received €15 million for schools to facilitate the scheme.

“I am delighted to see that so many of our primary schools have taken the initiative to establish book rental schemes. They are already helping parents to drive down the cost of books” Minister Quinn According to the Department of Education and Skills records, when asked in late 2013 whether they had a book rental scheme in place, more than 80% of primary schools said they did. Minister Quinn said he was happy that the majority of primary schools were helping ease the pressure off parents , “I am delighted to see that so many of our primary schools have taken the initiative to establish book rental schemes. They are already helping parents to drive down the cost

of books. The funds that I have secured will now be directed towards those schools who have not yet set up such schemes so that all parents, no matter where their children go to school, have an opportunity to reduce the costs of going to school.” DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) are expected to get €150 per child over three years while non-DEIS schools will be funded €100 over the three years. In a 2013 study published

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n RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp

envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice. This is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name and a reboot of the RoboCop film series, making it the fourth installment of the franchise. And it seems its destined to become the flop of the year, well according to the critics. We here at Bizblitz love the very violent original (not so much the second and third movies) with its different outlook on how the future will be, and it seems that it has

The Monuments Men(2014) World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. This film really is George Clooney’s baby as we see him star in it, direct it and co-write the screenplay. Is there no end to this mans talent? It also stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. In all good cinemas from February the 7th.

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It was first announced in 2005 that they were going to go ahead with filming but in 2006 it came out that filming had been halted. Darren Aronofsky was originally assigned to direct and write the film for 2010 release. The film was delayed numerous times, and Padilha signed on in 2011. MGM announced an August 2013 release, but that was then changed to February 2014. Many actors were hinted at for the lead role, including Michael Fassbender and Russell Crowe but in the end if went to the lesser known actor Joel Kinnaman,

Robocop is in cinemas nationwide from the 12th of February.

The Lego Movie (2014)

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n the Lego universe, an ordinary minifigure named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken as being the Special—the last living Master Builder—who can save the Lego universe. With the help of an old wizard named Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), a tough young lady named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), and Batman (Will Arnett) along with a small troupe of LEGO DC Heroes, Emmet will have to unlearn everything he saw in the instructions and learn the power of imagination to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) who is bent on destroying the nature of Lego universe and recreating it as he sees fit by gluing it together. This is an computer-animated adventure comedy film directed and co-written by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Cloudy with a chance of meatballs”, “21 Jump Street”) In all cinemas from the 7th of February.


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Motoring

Irish Car Awards Announce The Winners

THE Citroen C4 Picasso has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year for 2014 by the members of the Irish Motoring Writers Association. The winner was revealed at an awards ceremony in Dublin last week.The Citroen C4 Picasso received 377 votes from the Irish Motoring Writers Association jurors, just ahead of the Volkswagen Golf (364 votes) and the Mazda6 (327 votes).

It is the third time that Citroen has taken the overall Continental Irish Car of the Year title, after the Citroen Xsara (1998) and the Citroen C5 (2009).Members of the IMWA awarded their votes on the basis of key criteria, including safety, equipment level, fuel economy, comfort, innovation, practicality, ride and road-holding.It combines excellent driving qualities with a range of truly impressive technologies, and is a credit

to everyone connected with Citroën.’ The trophy was presented to Frederic Soulier, managing director of Citroen Ireland, by Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, who commented: “The Citroen C4 Picasso is an outstanding car and a worthy winner of our main award. It combines excellent driving qualities with a range of truly impressive technologies, and is a credit to everyone connected with Citroen.”

In addition to the overall award, five other category winners were also announced: Continental Irish Small Car of the Year: Peugeot 2008 Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year: Citroen C4 Picasso Continental Irish Family Car of the Year: Mazda6

Continental Irish Executive / Luxury Car of the Year: Range Rover Continental Irish Performance Car of the Year: Volkswagen Golf GTI In total, a field of 51 cars contested the competitive Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014 awards. Last year the Continental Irish Car of the Year title went to the BMW 3 Series.

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Which One Is Better? V.s Xbox One vs PS4: Dimensions & design Looks do matter when you're buying expensive electronics that are going to sit front and center in your living room entertainment system for the next ten years. The hardware specs are comparable, but Microsoft and Sony really contrasted when it came to the designs of Xbox One and PS4. Xbox One is a menacing gaming beast that looks like a black Monolith straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's 13.5 in x 10.4 in x 3.2 in and it's completely filled with vents. No Red Ring of Death this time around. It towers over everything (though you're advised not to stand it up vertically), and completely dwarfs our smallest electronics like the app-filled Chromecast. The PS4 presents a sleeker design that has a unique angular shape to it. The widest regions of Sony's half-matte, half-gloss machine are 10.8 in x 12 in x 2 in. That's fairly compact, especially when weighed against the Xbox One. And on the subject of weight, PS4 is 2.75 kg while Xbox One is a more hefty 3.56 kg. PS4 also hides its ports rather well, this makes it difficult to plug cables into the back of the system in a pinch.

PS4 vs Xbox One CPU, graphics chip comparison It’s what’s inside that counts, and even though Nvidia thinks these specs are comparable to a low-end CPU, Xbox One and PS4 multiply the power of Xbox 360 and PS3. More importantly, they boast smarter designs internally, drawing from mistakes made last generation. Nvidia rival AMD can be found inside both systems. Xbox One has a custom 1.75GHz AMD 8-core CPU, a last-minute upgrade over its original 1.6GHz processor. That’s actually the CPU speed thought to be behind PS4, which contains a similar custom AMD 8-core CPU with x86 based architecture. Sony hasn’t confirmed the official speed. This would represent a roughly 10% increase in processing power for Xbox One, though it’s certainly going to be some time before developers can fully take advantage of accelerated hardware on either side of the console war. The opposite is true when it comes to the graphics processor.

PS4 boasts a 1.84 teraflop GPU that’s based on AMD’s Radeon technology. Xbox One graphics chip, also with an AMD Radeon GPU, has a pipeline for 1.31 teraflops.

matter of opinion. Some gamers are accustomed to Sony’s parallel dual analog sticks, while plenty of others opt for offset analog sticks that have been part of the Xbox universe since the beginning.

PS4 has an edge when it comes to RAM One of the more controversial areas under the consoles’ matte black hoods is the memory. It’s not the amount of memory that has everyone ready to fight about RAM - both Xbox One and PS4 contain a meaty 8GB of RAM - it’s the type of memory used. Xbox One has 8GB of DDR3 RAM, while PS4 has a distinct advantage with faster 8GB GDDR5 memory. But wait, there’s more. Both consoles require a portion of the RAM to run the operating system. PS4 reserves up to 3.5GB of memory for its operating system, leaving developers with 4.5GB, according to documentation. They can sometimes access an extra 1GB of “flexible” memory when it’s available, but that’s not guaranteed. Xbox One’s “guaranteed memory” amounts to a slightly higher 5GB for developers, as Microsoft’s multi-layered operating system takes up a steady 3GB. It eeks out a 0.5GB win with more developeraccessible memory than PS4, unless you factor in Sony’s 1GB of “flexible” memory at times. Then it’s 0.5GB less. More clear cut is the wireless connectivity situation. PS4 makes room for Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11 WiFi bands b/g/n, while Xbox One has a clear advantage by including the older 802.11a band and both 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels. PS4 limits connections to 2.4GHz, which is likely to have more interference. The hard drive situation is a toss up. PS4 comes with a 500GB spinning hard drive and supports user-replaceable internal drives. Xbox One’s 500GB spinning hard drive cannot be upgraded even though an Xbox One teardown found that it’s a standard-looking hard drive. Instead, users will eventually be able to add external storage to the monster-sized system, something that isn’t supported by Sony.

Xbox One Kinect vs PS4 Camera One company is betting on its camera more than the other, though. Microsoft designed its 1080p Kinect to keep track of up to six skeletons at once and process 2GB of data per second. It can pick up heart rates, facial expressions and 25 joints, thumbs included. More importantly for some frustrated users of the previous Kinect, Kinect 2.0 can now detect people as close as three feet from its industrial-sized camera lense. Its 60% wider field of vision compared to the Xbox 360 Kinect remedies the annoying “stand 6 feet away” error messages we experienced last time around. The PS4 Camera, formerly called the PlayStation Eye, isn’t as monstrous and that’s a good thing for the most part. It’s easy to appreciate the compact size of this camera bar that still managed to feature two 1280x800px cameras. However, the lightweight construction means that the cord sometimes dictates where the camera is pointed on its flimsy stand. Like the Xbox One Kinect, we’re still waiting for more PS4 games to take advantage of Sony’s new camera. Its ability to recognize faces for logins and receive voice commands for hands-free shortcuts like the Xbox One is convenient. But when it comes to games, we can only toy around with the Sony’s preloaded The Playroom augmented reality game for so long.

The Controllers The Xbox One controller vs PS4 DualShock 4 controller debate won’t be won any time soon, mostly because gamers’ already have a locked-in preference. The good news is that both feel more comfortable than their predecessors. The Xbox One vs Xbox 360 gamepad comparison illustrates some of the 40 design innovations. The tweaked D-Pad on the bottom left and extra rumble effect via “Impulse Triggers” in the analog shoulder buttons make Xbox One’s controller nearly perfect. The PS4 controller’s front touchpad and mono speaker, while not widely used, could be a unique way to interact with games once developers fully take advantage of the DualShock 4 controller. The Xbox One vs PS4 controller comparison ends up being a

Price When its all said and done for alot of people it will come down to pricing. There are alot of diehard Xbox and Playstation fans who would never consider swapping brands, but for parents, who lets be honest are the main buyers of games consoles, it soley can come down to money. Ps4 starts at €399 including one controller and the Xbox One starts at €499 but that also includes a controller and the Kinect 2.0. So which is better? Well its really comes down to what you perfer.


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Music

Written by Pieter Mens

Mike Oldfield - Man On The Rocks

Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow

Katy B - Little Red

Man on the Rocks is the upcoming twenty-fifth studio album by British musician Mike Oldfield and his first in over 6 years. Oldfield is a multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock with such genres as folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music, New Age, and more recently, dance.He is best known for his 1973 hit album Tubular Bells, which launched Virgin Records, and for his 1983 hit single “Moonlight Shadow”. The album was produced by Stephen Lipson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Cher, Grace Jones, Annie Lennox, Pet Shop Boys) together with Oldfield.

So Long, See You Tomorro is the 4th album from English indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club. Its the follow up to the very successful 2011 album “A Different Kind of Fix”. Frontman Jack Steadman revealed how exploring the globe helped him personally, as well as providing influence for new songs. “I think the travelling gave me a sense of wellbeing rather than any direct musical influence, we were getting more inspired by samples. They become the springboard for your song and, whether it’s an Indian song or something with Thai chanting” The album artwork was inspired by the 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge.

Little Red is the second studio album by British dubstep, R&B, funky, house and UK garage singer Katy B. The first single from this album, “What Love Is Made Of ”, was released on 7 July 2013. The song charted at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. The second single “5 AM” was released on 4 November 2013. The song charted at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. When she released the official Little Red tracklist in December “What Love Is Made Of,” was no longer included. Only time will tell if this album is as successful as her debut mercury award nominated album “On a mission” (2011).

High hopes is released on January 27th.

The Lp is scheduled to be released on February 3rd.

Little Red is released on the 3rd of February.

Alt-J Bassist Quits The Band The hunt begins for his replacement.

WORRYING news for alt-J's ever-growing legion of fans as Gwin Sainsbury, bassist/guitarist and founding member, has decided to leave the Mercury Music Prize winning band. A message posted on the band's official Twitter announced the news, reading: "With regret, Gwil is leaving alt-J. This is purely a personal decision and as our best friend we support him completely." A statement released to NME

this morning further clarifies the band's intentions to move forward. It reads: "The three remaining members of alt-J - Joe, Gus and Thom - and all at Infectious Music give their full support to Gwil and wish him only the very best for the future. Both alt-J and Infectious would like to reassure fans that the band remain excited about the future and are set to return to the studio very soon to begin work on the follow-up to

2012's Barclaycard Mercury Prize winning 'An Awesome Wave'". The Leeds band formed in 2007 and released their awardwinning debut album in 2012 and, according to keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton, are set to re-enter the studio in September of this year once all of their touring commitments are fulfilled.

January/February Gigs 17 Jan Fun Lovin Criminals @ The Academy

27 Jan We Are The In Crowd @ The Academy

18 Jan Nathan Carter @ Olympia Theatre Tourist @ The Button Factory

29 Jan Killswitch Engage @ The Academy Erik Friedlander @ The Grand Social

19 Jan A Stór Mo Chroí @ Vicar Street Joy Kills Sorrow @ Whelan’s

30 Jan Less Than Jake @ The Academy The Legend of Luke Kelly @ Vicar Street

22 Jan Del Amitri @ Vicar Street Eleanor McEvoy @ St. Michan’s Church City And Colour @ The Olympia Theatre

31 Jan Anamanaguchi @ The Academy 2 Erik Friedlander @ The Workman’s Club The Mighty Stef @ Whelan’s

23 Jan Stockton’s Wing @ St. Patrick’s Cathedral Zervas & Pepper @ The Sugar Club Frances Black @ St. Michan’s Church The Olllam @ The Button Factory Declan Sinnott @ Whelan’s

01 Feb Mayday Parade @ The Academy Anna Calvi @ Vicar Street

24 Jan Orla Feeney @ The Academy Christy Moore @ Bord Gais Energy Theatre The New Mendicants @ Whelan’s Ahmad Jamal @ Vicar Street Son Lux @ The Workman’s Club

04 Feb Sepultura @ The Academy James Vincent McMorrow @ National Concert Hall Foals @ The Olympia Theatre

25 Jan John Newman @ The Academy Christy Moore @ Bord Gais Energy Theatre Super Céilí @ Meeting House Square

03 Feb James Arthur @ The Olympia Theatre

06 Feb James Vincent McMorrow @ National Concert Hall Newton Faulkner @ The Olympia Theatre Finbar Furey @ Vicar Street Foxglove @ Whelan’s


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