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Peter McDonald is an actor, screenwriter

and director. His film and television work as an actor includes I Went Down, When Brendan Met Trudy, Paths to Freedom, Mayday, Your Bad Self, Sel Moone Boy and most recently The Stag – which he co-wrote with John Butler. He also wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated short wr film fil Pentecost. He is a regular on the London stage and is appearing in Conor McPherson’s st The Weir at Wyndhams Theatre in the West End until April 19. For this issue of Cara, see page 152, as he fondly remembers his first trip to America back in the early 1980s. Am

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Donal Ryan lives in Limerick with his wife

Anne Marie and their children, Thomas and Lucy. Donal’s number one bestselling debut novel, The Spinning Heart, was voted Irish Book of the Year in 2012, was long-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and has been nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Donal’s number one bestselling second novel, The Thing About December, was released in October 2013 to critical acclaim. Writing about his adopted city, see page 54, Donal says, “it was great to have an opportunity to describe Limerick as it really is.”

Al Higgins is a photographer based in Dublin, where he works on advertising and editorial commissions shooting interesting people, places, food fo and drink. “Limerick has always been for visiting vi family or going to a match in Thomond,” says sa this Limerick man, “but this time was about fin finding the many gems Limerick has to offer, be between great restaurants, shops and spaces like the Limerick City Art Gallery and the Hunt Mu Museum. What struck me most about my visit was th pride and passion of the people living there – the whe whether it was about rugby matches, or which pub to make sure I had a pint in, it was great to see.” Se page 54, for his take on the city. See

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April/May 2014

Boxing clever MEET EDEL FOX AND THE NEW WAVE OF IRISH TRAD MUSICIANS

A class act

Actress Ruth McGill on treading the boards

ON THE COVER

Capital culture

Writer Donal Ryan hearts Limerick

The Great War remembered Flanders 100 years on

Hipster hooray

Lesser spotted Toronto

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Musician Edel Fox photographed at South Studios, Dublin, by Sean Breithaupt and Yvette Monahan

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