It was ten years ago this issue that Hot Press and Ireland in general lost the great Bill Graham.
Niall Stokes, 18 May 2006
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Reports that HMV are to close down their four Irish stores have been confirmed – but news reports that the company’s new online platform will go head to head with streaming giant, Netflix, are not accurate.
12 Jul 2016
Details are emerging of the deal, concluded yesterday, which saw Virgin Media – owners of TV3 – buy UTV Ireland
12 Jul 2016
The UK referendum was won by the Leave side on the promise that Britain would take back control of its borders. Their victory will stoke far right, anti-immigrant sentiment across the continent.
07 Jul 2016
For a wonderful 60 minutes, it seemed that Ireland might just oust the hosts France from Euro 2016. That dream may have died as a result of errors in Lyons yesterday – but the sense that Irish football is on the rise once more is a wonderfully encouraging one. By Niall Stokes.
27 Jun 2016
It was an enthralling day of football at Euro 2016, with Ireland getting off to a solid start in Group E – only to be trumped by a brilliant Italian win over Belgium.
14 Jun 2016
Irish Water and Repealing the 8th can take a back-seat as the Euros kick-off in France. Now all we need are a few Shane Long hat-tricks to seal the deal...
09 Jun 2016 - Message
Perfect weather, a huge, peaceful crowd, and of course, the peerless Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street band. A memorable day is reconstructed by Hot Press observers Niall Stokes, Liam Mackey, Declan Lynch, Dermot Stokes, Bill Graham, and Damian Corless, with the final word going to Fiona Looney.
26 May 2016 - REVIEW
A year on from our historic and momentous 'Yes' vote on Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum, we look back at Niall Stokes' pre-vote message urging the citizens of Ireland to vote for freedom, equality and mutual respect
20 May 2016 - Message
Religious control of schools promotes inequality, prejudice, division – and worse. It is also against the founding spirit of the Republic. It must be challenged now.
18 May 2016 - Message
Guy Clark was one of the greatest songwriters of the modern era – and in Old No.1, he made one of the most extraordinary and enduring albums of all time. By Hot Press editor, Niall Stokes
17 May 2016 - News
Prince was the latest in a long line of black artists - from Sam Cooke and Otis Redding to Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye - to push the envelope, both musically and culturally...
28 Apr 2016 - Message
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil need to end the posturing and hammer out a deal, which will provide the country with a sustainable government.
15 Apr 2016 - Message
The Proclamation of 1916 was a powerful document. In recalling the momentous events of a hundred years ago, it is important not just to honour those who took part in the Rising, but- even more so- to see what we can learn in order to best shape our future...
01 Apr 2016 - Message
Where now for the Labour Party, after an electoral annihilation the scale of which outstripped all their worst fears?
03 Mar 2016 - News
As the nation heads to the polls, it’s vital to consider not just the candidates vying for our votes, but the type of country in which we want to live
19 Feb 2016 - News
When Enya released Watermark in 1988, it WAS the beginning of one of the most remarkable chapters in the story of Irish music. With Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan ever-present as collaborators, 80 million album sales and dozens of awards followed. Now, after a seven year hiatus, she is back with a new record, Dark Sky Island, and a determination to take the collective’s music to the world in a different way.
25 Jan 2016 - Interview
Darkness seemed to be everywhere in 2015. It is hard to maintain any sense of hope, when barbarism is so militantly on the rise. But if we don't, we surely will be lost...
17 Dec 2015 - Message
The orchestrated jihadist attacks on Paris were an abomination. And the worst of the atrocities took place at a rock gig in the Bataclan, where 89 people died. So where do we go from here?
26 Nov 2015 - Message
As the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour finally approaches Irish shores, it's time to once again celebrate U2 - not just the best of Irish, but the greatest rock band in the world.
13 Nov 2015 - Message
As recently highlighted by Roopesh Panicker, it is outrageous that, in 2015, educational discrimination on the basis of religion is still the norm in Ireland.
30 Oct 2015 - Message
After the high of beating the World Champions, neanderthal tactics and selections by Martin O'Neill ensured that The Boys In Green could not match the Sunday heroics of our rugby team...
16 Oct 2015 - Message
We've come a long way since the '60s, with music, literature, movies, TV and journalism all playing their part to reduce the stigma of mental illness. But reason must still prevail if we are to continue to make strides.
02 Oct 2015 - Message
With Europe's response to the refugee crisis lacking in effectiveness and empathy, the threat of ISIS suggests WB Yeats' most chilling words are now perfectly fitting for these times...
17 Sep 2015 - Message
Amidst the shock and grief of Johnny Lyons' premature passing, we pause to give thanks to a truly unique character for the countless laughs and many golden memories he gave us. Shine on, sir...
03 Sep 2015 - Message
As rental prices of houses and apartments skyrocket, especially in Dublin, thousands of Irish men, women and – unforgivably – children find themselves at grave risk of homelessness. Between them, local politicians and the Government must find a solution – and fast...
20 Aug 2015 - Message
It is easy to vilify those who take banned substances in the pursuit of sporting glory, but some of those who would be named and shamed are far more sympathetic figures than we would like to admit...
06 Aug 2015 - Message
...Or Ireland at least. Blazing rows erupted and staff members had to be pried apart, but the votes are in and the 50 best Irish gigs since Hot Press's inception have been settled on.
23 Jul 2015 - Message
The response to the tragedy in Berkeley was powerful and moving. But it is hard to listen to celebrities claiming a special relationship with God, when there are so many victims of tragedy – and of oppression– to think about...
09 Jul 2015 - Message
Sunday June 14 marks the 20th anniversary of the legendary Rory Gallagher's tragic death. While the world has changed in many ways, the trail-blazing guitarist's impact is still keenly felt...
11 Jun 2015 - Message
It was a joy to be alive in Dublin on the day the result of the referendum was announced. But there is still some way to go in the campaign for the separation of Church and State...
03 Jun 2015 - Message
"We're uncompromising. We're uncompromising to a fault I think. Because sometimes we're wrong. Sometimes we wind-up up blind alleys. You know. Maybe Radio Ethiopia sucks. I Don't know. Me and Patti are the only ones that like it in the world. But I don't care 'cos when we put that on we feel great." - Lenny Kaye [First Published in Hot Press Volume 2 No 7, September 1978]
26 May 2015 - Interview
The referendum on same sex marriage is an opportunity for the citizens of Ireland to vote for freedom, equality and mutual respect – and in doing so to show the rest of the world what these words can really mean...
14 May 2015 - Message
With Hozier, HamsandwicH, Paul Brady, Le Galaxie and Kodaline all doing well, we are witnessing a small boom in Irish music. So how can we ensure that it lifts an even greater number of Ireland’s finest into the charts?
01 May 2015 - News
Irish people who genuinely believe in free speech need to support the scrapping of our blasphemy laws.
22 Jan 2015 - Message
These are turbulent times, as Sinn Fein and socialist Independents find themselves in the unprecedented situation of topping the opinion polls. However you view this, pause to be thankful that there is no hard-Right movement of significance in Ireland, and no apparent appetite for one...
27 Nov 2014 - Message
It was one of those special Dublin nights. The occasion was a fund-raiser for a new short film, entitled Descend, directed by Hedi Rose, and written by Irish-based Texan screenwriter Margaret Miller. The location was upstairs in The 51 Bar on Haddington Road.
21 Nov 2014 - News
Like paying to have your rubbish collected, Irish Water is another stealth charge, the genesis of which goes back to the decision to abolish household rates...
13 Nov 2014 - Message
Check out her take on 'Dreaming'...
12 Nov 2014 - News
When U2 released their latest album Songs of Innocence, it was the subject of heated controversy. While the arguments aren't over yet, the attention is gradually turning to the music...
30 Oct 2014 - Message
The hacking of Jennifer Lawrence's phone, and the leaking of her private photos, was a criminal action – and much of the subsequent reaction was downright nasty.
16 Oct 2014 - Message
If we want to end the stigma associated with suicide, we first have to acknowledge the right to die. Far from being a threat, it is empowering to know that our future is in our own hands.
02 Oct 2014 - Message
Well known Dublin band are back with a crash, bang and wallop...
22 Sep 2014 - REVIEW
Ours is an increasingly multi-cultural society. However, our vast State bureaucracy has refused to move with the times. Fundamental changes are needed if asylum seekers coming to Ireland are to receive justice.
18 Sep 2014 - Message
Your student years are a wonderful prospect, offering the possibilities of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll – but there is far more to them than that...
04 Sep 2014 - Message
The bare facts of a new case which surfaced last week are utterly shocking. Will this be the final straw that shames Ireland’s legislators into adopting a sensible abortion policy?
21 Aug 2014 - Message
Israel’s indiscriminate massacring of Palestinian men, women and children is an outrage, and they appear to have total impunity to carry on doing it. So how do we go about putting a stop to the slaughter?
24 Jul 2014 - Message
When Garth Brooks decided to launch his return to the live arena with a series of shows here, it was a huge statement of faith in Ireland and in his Irish fans.
10 Jul 2014 - Message
On the 20th anniversary of Riverdance, composer Bill Whelan looks back at the phenomenon he gave birth to, recalls the fateful decision to sack Michael Flatley, discusses the Limerick City Of Culture controversy and shares his thoughts on the future of music in an era when fewer and fewer people pay for records.
23 Jun 2014 - Interview
The terrible truth is that there is nothing surprising about the revelations emerging about the treatment of young women and their children in mother and baby homes.
11 Jun 2014 - Message
The results of the local and European elections suggest that Labour is in deep trouble. With Sinn Féin beginning to leave the legacy of violence in the North behind, anything, it seems, can happen...
28 May 2014 - Message
The head of the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, may have been duly delivered on a plate – but the rot in the administration of justice runs far deeper than any one individual...
20 May 2014 - Message
The shocking story of a young family, forced to sleep in a car on the south side of Dublin, says it all about Ireland in 2014. The Government has to act decisively now or forever be shamed...
01 May 2014 - Message
And what impact does it have on their lives? These and other fascinating questions are tackled in the Global Drugs Survey, the Irish results of which we publish the issue...
17 Apr 2014 - Message
All sex workers are trafficked, slaves of a cruel exploitative patriarchy, working against their free will? Spare us the stereotypes...
04 Apr 2014 - Message
In Washington for St. Patrick's Day, an Taoiseach Enda Kenny pleaded for relief for Ireland's 50,000 US illegals. But what about those immigrants who are facing similar difficulties here in Ireland?
20 Mar 2014 - Message
On the one hand, hostilities in Crimea escalate to terrifying proportions. On the other, evidence mounts on a daily basis that the machinery of State here views its own citizens with deep contempt.
06 Mar 2014 - Message
Grief at the passing of Mary Stokes; and gratitude for her vision – and the richness that she brought to our lives...
21 Feb 2014 - Message
Have the Irish people put theocratic Catholic rule well and truly in the past? Are we witnessing the last dying kick of the reactionary religious bigots? Not if we let them win this important battle...
06 Feb 2014 - Message
We cannot predict the future. But we can play a part in shaping it. The time to get active is now.
27 Jan 2014 - Message
It's hard to muster up that Christmas feeling when every new week seems to bring another scandal into the foreground. But we’ll try!
09 Dec 2013 - Message
You could tell immediately that the new Irish management team had lifted spirits and fostered confidence. But they said the right things too...
25 Nov 2013 - Message
Lou Reed was one of the greatest and most distinctive voices in modern music. His death is a major loss...
11 Nov 2013 - Message
The cut to the job seekers allowance seems designed to force young Irish men and women to emigrate. That way, the official view seems to be, they will cost the State nothing...
29 Oct 2013 - Message
As the debate over Arthur’s Day pushed even the Seanad referendum down the news agenda, you had to ask: where else in the western world would it happen?
14 Oct 2013 - Message
The referendum proposal is a cheap exercise in market research-driven politics that should be decisively rejected. What we need is properly thought-out reform, not political strokes.
30 Sep 2013 - Message
The suicide of Priory Hall resident Fiachra Daly shines a light on the squalid and incompetent nature of public life in Ireland and the myriad of ways in which the system leaves us, the citizens, to fend for ourselves.
12 Sep 2013 - Message
Slane girl was not a once off, but her treatment opens up several disturbing questions about the new technological age in which we live, where privacy is a concept under severe threat and the all-seeing eye of the State has a power the Stasi could only have dreamed of...
29 Aug 2013 - Frontlines
The detention of a young Irish woman on substance trafficking charges is a grim reminder of the absurdity of our drugs laws and how they can potentially turn naive kids into criminals...
15 Aug 2013 - Message
British PM David Cameron’s pledge to crack down on online pornography will do nothing to help anybody. He may be playing to the gallery, but his entreaties should be resisted in the name of freedom...
31 Jul 2013 - Message
The heatwave may have obscured the possibility that drastic climate changes are afoot...
18 Jul 2013 - Message
Reflections on the extraordinary life and times of Peggy Stokes (pictured with Dermot Stokes), 1919-2013...
04 Jul 2013 - Message
Increasingly, people are realising that there is no rational explanation for the policy of mass medication by fluoridation of the water supply. We need to act fast before the damage to our reputation gathers momentum...
20 Jun 2013 - Message
No country is inherently special. Ireland will be judged rather by the kind of society we create – and by what our citizens can achieve…
06 Jun 2013 - Message
The ban on cannabis is narrow-minded, medically unjustified and helps line the pockets of criminals. Which is why Hot Press is spearheading a new campaign to reform the law...
23 May 2013 - Message
Junior Health Minister Alex White has answered the 27 Questions on fluoride, put to him by Hot Press. Will he want to stand over the answers in 10 years’ time?
09 May 2013 - Message
The government’s proposals to subject suicidal pregnant females to a panel of six doctors who will sit in judgement on their fate is impractical, morally reprehensible — and must not be allowed to become enshrined in law...
25 Apr 2013 - Message
As the facts about the death of Savita Halappanavar become clearer, it is time to remove from the constitution the spurious claim of an “equal” right to life for the foetus…
11 Apr 2013 - Message
The Euro crisis has hit a small island on the fringes of Europe and ordinary citizens are being forced to shoulder the burden. Little wonder the meltdown in Cyprus has struck a chord with so many in Ireland...
28 Mar 2013 - Message
They helped plunge us into the economic abyss but it seems humble pie is not on the menu for Ireland’s ruling elite, as recent remarks about the need for a higher rate of home repossessions demonstrates...
14 Mar 2013 - Message
Hot Press continues to evolve, to inspire, to provoke debate, to ruffle feathers and to entertain. Here’s to an exciting new departure...
01 Mar 2013 - Message
While the Magdalene Laundries report confirms State collusion in their running, it has left numerous questions about these Irish gulags unanswered
15 Feb 2013 - Message
We need to put policies in place that will enable us to reduce the number of people in jail. The truth is that everyone would benefit…
01 Feb 2013 - Message
Last week, the High Court in Dublin refused Marie Fleming the right to assisted suicide. But the case offered a different context in which to consider what is a very sensitive issue...
17 Jan 2013 - Message
The salaries and pensions being paid to Ireland’s banking elite are an ongoing scandal that the Government should have addressed long ago.
28 Nov 2012 - Message
The two latest entries to Today FM’s Poetic Champions Compose series arrived a decade apart and certainly made their mark. We plunder the Hot Press vaults once more to reflect on two of the greatest offerings from Van Morrison and The Boomtown Rats.
13 Nov 2012 - Frontlines
Revelations that the BBC DJ was a serial sex abuser are consistent with the twisted egotism of his image. So how did he get away with it for so long?
02 Nov 2012 - Message
The crucial questions that Giovanni Trapattoni declined to answer.
04 Oct 2012 - Message
A court case in which a judge did the right thing by avoiding a custodial sentence is a good starting point for marijuana reform. Let’s start by making medical cannabis legal now.
21 Sep 2012 - Message
The stars were aligned and and the sun shone at Electric Picnic. It was the least we deserved at the end of a long, wet summer...
14 Sep 2012 - Message
The recent tragic events in the Phoenix Park should not be used to prevent music lovers from attending and enjoying gigs to the max.
29 Aug 2012 - Message
Sex is life’s greatest pleasure. So why have people been so hung up about it for so long? Introducing our focus on Sex In Ireland 2012.
31 Jul 2012 - Message
The future of football in Ireland depends on the performances of the national team. So where do we go after the humiliation of Euro 2012?
28 Jun 2012 - Message
He’s one of the outstanding Irish songwriters of the modern era. Now Paul Brady is taking fans and newcomers alike on an intimate journey, with an album chronicling some of his favourite career moments. Here, he looks back over his extraordinary 45 years in the business, argues that the emerging generation has shot itself in the foot and, controversially, takes the Government to task in relation to copyright
25 Jun 2012 - Interview
With the return of the Eucharistic Congress to Dublin, it seems timely to look afresh at the nature of religious faith – and to stop pretending to be what we are not.
15 Jun 2012 - Message
History beckons for the Irish players at Euro 2012. Better still, we seem to be going there in pretty good shape. Let the games commence!
31 May 2012 - Message
There are very strong grounds for an investigation by the Gardaí into the cover-up of the sexual abuse crimes of Fr. Brendan Smyth.
28 May 2012 - Message
The French presidential election saw the National Front candidate Marine Le Pen almost double her vote. It signals a further threat to the European project.
22 May 2012 - Message
Plans to tackle the prevalence of junk-food and increasing obesity in Irish society should be welcomed. But focusing purely on the calorie count is the wrong way to go about it.
19 Apr 2012 - Message
With a referendum on the Treaty on European Stability looming, the Government has to show that it is capable of taking on the fat cats... and winning.
22 Mar 2012 - Message
There were so many highs at The Music Show that it was often hard to keep up! But we tried..
08 Mar 2012 - Message
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