WATCH: Mike Garry pays poignant 10th anniversary tribute to Tony Wilson

He'll be reciting 'St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson’ on Sunday in Dublin...

Today is the 10th anniversary of the death of Tony Wilson, the legendary Mancunian who founded both Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub

Poet Mike Garry, who’s Dublin-bound on Sunday August 13 for an 8pm show in The Workman’s Club, marks the occasion with a rendition of his ‘St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson’ spoken word tribute in the church where his funeral took place.

The video for the previous musical version featured cameos from Happy Mondays, New Order, Richard Madeley, Iggy Pop, John Cooper Clarke, Terry Christian, Durutti Column, Steve Coogan and Paul Morley who were all in his orbit down through the years.

With Joy Division, OMD, A Certain Ratio, Section 25, OMD, Stockholm Monsters, James, Quango Quango, Cabaret Voltaire, Electronic, Northside and the aforementioned Mondays all finding a home - temporary or otherwise - at Factory, we've a lot to thank Anthony H Wilson for!

Meanwhile, former Hot Press film critic, Tara Brady, provided a brilliant overview of the life and times of Tony Wilson in 2002 when reviewing the 24 Hour Party People biopic.

A Tale Of Two Cities

As the punk revolution took hold in the UK, Manchester was notable for the bleak, industrial soundtrack even its most successful bands were making. But that all changed with the explosion there of a new and hedonistic culture, centred in and around The Hacienda, a club run by the city's most influential music biz entrepreneur, the boss of Factory Records, TONY WILSON. The story of the transformation of the city into the centre of rock'n'roll's emerging drug and club culture – of the change from Manchester to Madchester – is told in 24 Hour Party People. With the Happy Mondays as it primary musical focus, there's no shortage of on-screen drugs and fighting – but this is really the extraordinary saga of one of the great rock'n'roll towns, in all its gory glory… Tara Brady reports

An avalanche of memories flood forth – of a thousand blowing whistles, of floppy hats and baggy flares, of heat, moisture, sweat, dry ice, Vicks Vapo-Rub, luminous white gloves, gold lamé bikinis, flying-saucer eyeballs a go-go everywhere you look, as the music of the Happy Mondays pounds cheerfully and forcefully from the rehearsal rooms.

A youthful, floppy-fringed Shaun Ryder belts out the familiar strains of ‘Hallelujah’ as he prepares for the arrival of the minging multitudes. It could be – it looks like – a scene straight out of the second ‘Summer of Love’, at its dizzying height.

In reality, though, the Mondays’ brand of ragged trousered euphoria has been time-warped to Manchester in 2002, and only two of these performers – backing vocalist Rowetta and Shaun’s brother Paul – are genuine surviving Madchester veterans. This is not the genuine article but a virtual outfit, created for director Michael Winterbottom’s intoxicating new rock and roll fable, 24 Hour Party People.

Today, the band are rehearsing for a performance at the movie’s world premiere – and though the virtual vocals provided courtesy of Danny Cunningham, who plays Shaun in the film, sound utterly convincing, the young Yorkshire-born actor is becoming increasingly apprehensive as the night of the big bash approaches.

“To tell the truth, I’m shitting myself,” he says. “I mean when I heard the part was going I thought ‘Fantastic!’– that’s the one I want. I remember the time, and the buzz around the band and the Haçienda. First time I went there, there really was, like, sweat coming off the ceiling. It was great.”

Getting the job was one thing, doing it another. But for all the risks of playing a living legend like the Mondays’ frontman, Cunningham has enjoyed himself.

“I’ve never known a job like it,” he says. “Because Row(etta) was there it was really brilliant, ‘cos she knew all the personal stuff and I learned so many interesting things about him. Lucky enough, I don’t think he’s going to show up at the premiere. I mean, the rest of us have been hanging about. Me and Paul Popplewell (who plays Paul Ryder in the movie) have been ‘round to Horse’s (Paul Ryder’s) mum, so I’ve met her and everything. But I don’t think the band all get on that well anymore.”

Too right they don’t. But more of that later...

A riotous and often disjointed affair, much like the phenomenon it documents, 24-Hour Party People is a hugely entertaining mess. By hitching a ride on the biographical framework provided by the life and times of Mancunian entrepreneur and Factory records impressario, Anthony H. (aka Tony) Wilson, the film encompasses everything from the birth of the Manchester punk scene at a poorly-attended 1976 Sex Pistols gig, right up to the last dehydrated gasp of acid house.

Exactly how Manchester, a byword throughout the ‘70s and early ‘80s for grim post-industrial urban bleakness, came to be identified as the spiritual Mecca of Bacchanalian excess and the home of the eternal party still remains something of a mystery. The fact that many of the architects behind this remarkable transformation were mashed out of their skulls at the time, rendering their various recollections singularly unreliable makes the mystery that much harder to unravel. But that, indisputably, is what happened.

Much of the city’s post-punk output was darker, starker and more menacing than anything emanating from London. Joy Division’s brooding, Byronic frontman Ian Curtis and the Smiths’ morose mainman Morrissey were icons of alienation and anguish. And even the Fall’s relatively chirpy Mark E. Smith espoused an uncompromising worldview of working-class cynicism, bordering on despair.

Rarely greeted with much enthusiasm by what Smith witheringly referred to as ‘90% disco weekend mating audiences’, The Fall were a mighty force in live performance and on record, evoking the crumbling high-rise drudgescape of England’s industrial innards with the clarity of a photo on a postcard.

If that sounds wanting in sweetness and light, in many ways it was. Joy Division – their name taken from the enforced prostitution wing of a Nazi concentration camp – were a far darker and more frightening entity still.

Lead singer, Ian Curtis, was a mesmerising figure of bleak intensity, who has come to rank alongside Kurt Cobain and the Manic’s Richie Edwards as the most eerie of rock’n’roll’s doomed (and in the case of Edwards, presumed) ghosts.

While those who knew the younger Curtis constantly stress how funny, spirited and ‘normal’ he was, his behaviour from the moment he was diagnosed as epileptic hinted at someone not long-destined for this world. A turbulent love life born of an extra-marital affair with Belgian woman Annik Honore, coupled with mounting depression and fear of failure as a father, led not to the slow, self-destuctive implosion of rock cliché – but to something much harder to predict or guard against.

On the 18th of May 1980, two days before Joy Division were scheduled to begin their first tour of America, Curtis persuaded his wife Deborah to spend the night at her parents’ house, with the couple’s infant daughter, Natalie. After hours alone listening to Iggy Pop and watching the Werner Herzog movie Stroszek, Ian Curtis hanged himself as the dawn broke.

It defies imagination what Joy Division might have achieved had he lived. The legacy in such pained classics as ‘Transmission’, ‘She’s Lost Control’, and the eerily haunting ‘Atmosphere’ is unquestionably great. His swan-song, the unlikely Top 20 hit single ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ remains one of the most spectrally beautiful, soul-searchingly powerful romantic laments ever recorded, a song that can fill the listener with more love than any mountain of E’s might conjure.

Echoing the bittersweet majesty and melancholia of Scott Walker, it would never have been an easy act to follow. But locked forever to the terrible drama of Curtis’ death, it is a defining track.

With Curtis six feet under, the remaining members of Joy Division soldiered on admirably well. Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner and Steve Morris recruited Steve’s partner Gillian Gilbert into the group and took turns on singing duty, until finally the task fell permanently to Sumner – whose quivering, indecisive vocals proved a tantalising foil for the band’s intricately designed digital sound. Thus, against all odds, the band re-invented itself.

Wisely rejecting alternative name suggestions (Khymer Rouge and The Sunshine Valley Dance Band), the group, now known as New Order, went on to become Manchester’s most influential and successful musical export. Rightly so, as the relentless sturm und drang of their most recent album, the sublime Get Ready, so perfectly illustrates.

They made some great music along the way. But while they were, ostensibly, the Factory lynchpins, all around them the world was tilting on its axis. The Haçienda was at the centre of this shift. So was New Order’s mentor, Tony Wilson.

The mid-1980s witnessed a cultural sea-change in Britain. ‘House’ music and ecstasy-enabled euphoria took hold. And the explosion of the scene was driven from Manchester, which once again was at the heart of the action. The fulcrum of it all was Wilson, a man of consuming ego and ambition, who wanted nothing less than world domination if it was up for grabs.

Inspired by Wilson’s entrepreneurial zest and free-wheeling rock’n’roll spirit, ‘Madchester’, as it would become known, produced an explosion of baggy, floppy-fringed, lopsided indie bands. It was however, the city’s dance scene, which was to herald the cult of the DJ, that would have the most lasting impact.

In due course, the non-stop party that had been set in motion would inevitably end in a crushing hangover. It’s a story that 24 Hour Party People – which filches its title from the Happy Mondays’ debut album Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile – tells with pace and humour.

Against a backdrop of hysterical red-top tabloid frenzy-feeding, Madchester segued effortlessly into Gunchester. Predatory forces in the form of rival drug-dealers moved in, and 16-year-old Clare Leighton collapsed at the Factory-owned Haçienda nightclub in 1989, to become the UK’s first ecstasy-related fatality. Another 16-year-old girl would suffer the same tragic fate within months.

The Haçienda’s policy of recruiting Mosside gang members as security men didn’t exactly help the club’s reputation either. In fact, this employment policy only served to heighten the impact that Manchester’s burgeoning gang culture was having within the club’s walls.

Unsurprisingly, these developments combined with crippling financial problems (monetary mismanagement against a background of global recession) to ensure that the city’s profane temple would ultimately be forced to close its doors. For a brief moment in time, however, a decadent carnival atmosphere prevailed. The sheer mania of it is unlikely to be forgotten by any who were there.

The Happy Mondays, of course, provided the primary soundtrack. Loveable savantes who nonetheless always carried with them a whiff of streetwise scuzz, the Mondays were products of a post-Thatcher dolehead culture. Based largely around near-ascetic avoidance of the workaday world, their very name was ripe with connotations of indulgent indolence.

It didn’t stop them making some remarkable records. Their roots may have been in urban folk but the dance influence was well in evidence on 1988‘s Bummed. But it was when the Madchester Rave On EP hit the top 20 that their schtick was defined – and with it a whole scene came into (admittedly fuzzy!) focus.

Their third album, Pills’N’Thrills And Bellyaches crashed to No. 1 in the U.K. album charts and the Mondays were made men. But what had been made could be undone – and inevitably it was, washed away in a blaze of excess and indulgence.

Exactly how far their ‘indulging’ went along the way has already become the stuff of legend: they happily represented the last party before the ship fell off the edge of the universe. As Talking Heads’ Tina Weymouth famously put it, after a stint as the Mondays’ album producer: “I grew up in New York in the seventies, and I’ve seen a lot of people who live life on the edge, but I’ve never before seen a group of people who had no idea where the edge is.”

At the centre of this vortex of chemical frenzy stood the inimitable Shaun Ryder, a man who, even before attaining the trappings of RockStardomTM, had already seemed hellbent on devoting his existence to life, liberty and the pursuit of oblivion (“I went straight from the rehab clinic to the pub,” he said once. “Bought two pints of lager and half an ounce of weed; two days later I was back on the skag.”)

Slobbish, swaggering, profoundly laddish and devoid of any intellectual pretensions whatsoever, Ryder was the ultimate anti-hero figure for those who Didn’t Give A Fuck. His macho posturings and anti-PC stream of semi-consciousness were a precursor of the shenanigans indulged in by Oasis’ Gallagher brothers – and by like-minded loud-mouthed lads everywhere.

In 1991, in an increasingly desperate effort to keep Ryder away from smack, Factory Records sent him and the rest of the Mondays to Barbados to record the album Yes Please! Of course, they forgot that Barbados was the crack-cocaine capital of the world, and the band soon spiralled downward into an orgy of broken bones, car-crashes and sordid in-fighting.

It’s a part of the saga that provides 24 Hour Party People with some of its most dramatic moments. It offers a measure of just how brutally fucked-up and stupid a scene that begins in hope and hedonism can become under the influence of too much of everything. But then we already knew that. It’s the story of rock’n’roll, and the grim underbelly that is the almost inevitable counterpoint to the bright lights and the big time...

Somehow, the ominous portent of Ian Curtis’ death notwithstanding, the vast majority of the Madchester suspects have lived to tell the tale. Paul Ryder – brother of Shaun and bass guitarist with the Mondays is one of them. The eternally youthful Rowetta – who holds the distinction of being the only band member still in good enough nick to play herself in the movie – is another. Both are happy to talk about how in different ways they survived the scrapes.

24 Hour Party People depicts the near legendary excesses of the Happy Mondays tour bus. Was it truly that chaotic?

“Looking back on it now – it was pretty chaotic, yeah,” Paul says. “At the time it was just the way we were all living. It didn’t seem like carnage or chaos.”

“It was worse!” Rowetta insists. “A lot of it has been cut out from the movie. It was funny trying to recreate what was going on during that famous drug tour of America. Different people on different drugs, you know? Some were on heroin, some cocaine, some on whizz, some draw and it was really funny to just sit back and watch it all going on. I’m really lucky. I love my Bushmills whiskey, but that’s my only real problem. So it was funny watching it.”

In the movie Rowetta is portrayed as the person who introduced Tony Wilson to coke. True or false?

“You know something? I’ve never even seen him do a line in real life,” Rowetta says. “I know it’s happened but I’ve never seen it with my own eyes. I don’t even remember him ever being on the tour-bus. I suppose its just fiction, ‘cos he was the main character in the film. I had to actually sit and watch it with my mum and my kids saying ‘That’s not real cocaine!’ But it was funny ‘cos the bus kept swerving while we were doing that scene and Steve (Coogan – who plays Wilson in the movie) kept going flying into the coke and we had to do it again and again. Really, though, I just thought I’d do that scene, ‘cos that way I’d get a close up!”

What about Paul and Shaun poisoning the entire pigeon population of Manchester? Was that made up for the movie too?

“Er, no. I’m afraid to say that bit is true,” Paul says. “They’re rats with wings – that’s all they are! Still, to this day, I don’t like pigeons.”

The movie doesn’t flinch in its depiction of the infamous recording sessions that never were in Barbados. Did the band really end up selling their clothes for crack there?

“Barbados was probably the most fun we ever had,” Paul says. “It was crazy – though, I have to say that bit is exaggerated for the film. We never sold our clothes for crack. We only swapped them!”

Rowetta wasn’t in Barbados, having left the band to do her own stuff. “I do remember Shaun and Paul on crack alright,” she says. “I just didn’t see it in Barbados. Still, it was the heroin that was the worst. Shaun’s heroin addiction is still a big problem and always will be.”

Was it really strange re-visiting a virtual Haçienda and playing with a virtual version of the Happy Mondays?

“Fairly strange,” Paul says. “But I’ve become really good mates with Paul Popplewell, who plays me in the film. He’s actually staying at my house for the next three months. So it was strange at first but I’ve become friends with them all. I mean all of us were thinking at the beginning ‘Oh God what are they going to do with this movie?’ But it’s been done really well – part-fiction and part-fact, with a bit of a comedy element as well.”

“Any of the people that were there at the time, who walked into the Haçienda they built for the film, had tears in their eyes,” Rowetta says. “And then at the end, when you just knew that they were going to tear it all down again – that was horrible.

“As for the clone band, I’m singing away with them here. We’ve all become really good friends, and we all go around together now. We just spent last weekend in London with Bez and the guy who plays Bez. They get on really well, so it’s fantastic. This crew are all really nice guys – and better yet, they’re not junkies. So they’re a bit more boring than the real thing!”

With the Mondays, at what stage did you start thinking ‘Whoah, things are getting out of hand here’?

“I thought ‘whoah’ as soon as I started singing with the Mondays,” Rowetta laughs. “I didn’t know Shaun was on heroin and I remember seeing bits of tin-foil and stuff and thinking it was just for draw. Then I was in a lift with Shaun’s girlfriend and she was complaining that she was sick of Shaun and his smack and I’m like – ‘Fucking hell! Is he on smack?’ After that, well, it’s so obvious, once you know.”

Paul was more of a non-stop party person – the boy just couldn’t get enough.

“I never thought ‘whoah’. I didn’t think about stopping until after I spent two stints in a mental institution,” he says. “And do you know what? I still didn’t stop then. Yeah, I began to think, ‘There’s something quite seriously wrong here’ – but it didn’t make me stop. It took another couple of years after that, after two complete breakdowns, to get around to stopping.”

“Paul here used to hide his drug habit as well,” Rowetta reveals. “He used to do a lot of coke and crack, but then he ended up being a heroin addict too. But he’s come full circle and he goes to AA meetings now. Really though, it’s ‘whoah’ time once anybody is doing smack or has got an addiction. When you’ve got a gig to do and your singer is refusing to get on the bus until there’s some smack – that’s fucked up.

“And then you have people coming up to you saying ‘It must be so great being you. It must be a really laugh-a-minute party all the time’. It’s not. Well, it was great apart from the drugs and that. I just kept going with my bottle of whiskey!”

Things did spiral out of control towards the end. It became fractious and difficult. The party was over. It was time to go home...

“Towards the end people got ill,” Rowetta recalls. “They were arguing and falling out, but when we reformed, Paul had to leave the band ‘cos of the arguments with his brother. Shaun was picking on the members of the band. Sometimes he’d say stuff over the microphone – horrible stuff. Like I remember when Paul started having troubles with his wife and we were on stage in Wembley, I think it was, and Shaun starts shouting into the microphone at Paul – ‘Just ‘cos your fucking wife left you!’ And the audience would laugh, but onstage we were thinking ‘oh no’, ‘cos he would go too far. When people start hating each other, it’s not funny, you know?

“The worst thing that happened to me, though,” she adds, “was when we reformed and we were at the Witnness festival (in Ireland) and Shaun punched me in front of everybody. That was horrible. And the papers were saying that it was a fight or something – but he called me a nigger. He was on crack and smack and he had just woken up and was like – ‘Yo nigger, get me a drink’ and I just said ‘Get it yourself, you big nosed bastard’. And I think he then said ‘You fucking fat nigger’, but I really don’t remember much at that point, ‘cos I just remember being punched. I was out cold on the floor and he was saying ‘Get up, you got a gig’. I mean I had a black eye. I was going home.

“Bez was really good, though. He really stuck up for me ‘cos all the others were just worried about the money. Bez just said ‘I’m not going on stage. That’s it. You can hit me just like you hit Row’. That’s crack cocaine for you.”

So far, there hasn’t been even the hint of an apology from Shaun.

“Bez thinks maybe I should ring him,” Rowetta says, “but he hit me really hard. Then when he was going to Australia, I was asked would I go with him and I said no. I wasn’t getting onstage with him. I wasn’t getting on a tour bus with him – and that’s the way it is until he apologises for what he did. I put my vocals on tape for him, but I’m not going to live in fear of getting hit again.

“It’s just so sad when it gets to that. I mean we’re like family but he’s outside the group now and doesn’t make friends. He’s got such a big problem with his drugs. I mean, I run a web-site and everyday people are saying what a genius he is and how brilliant he is, and I agree with them. He’s brilliant with lyrics and I love the music and I still don’t like anyone slagging him off. But it is terrible. People come up to me and ask why I left and say – ‘It’s ‘cos of you that the band split up again’. But it wasn’t a 50/50 argument or anything.”

Are the rest of the band still in touch?

“I’m great mates with Bez,” Rowetta says. “He’s become a real family man. He’s got two sons and he lives in the hills. He goes skateboarding or snowboarding or camping with them. You wouldn’t believe how boring he is now! He’s a lovely dad. You see, Bez was never an addict. He just liked pills, you know? And he took time out all the time, and went home. He always had a stable family set up. It’s important to go home and switch off. I mean you can’t do it every week and get away with it.”

So, Shaun aside, are the 24 hour party people happy with their new chemical-free lifestyle, then?

“Well me and Bez still take weeks off. We still get off our heads,” Rowetta confesses. ”Don’t want to get into trouble with the police – but we like our parties!”

“I don’t even touch a drink now, but I love my cigarettes,” Paul says. “Apart from that I have no vices. Still, I don’t have a single regret about the way I used to live. I’ve a few brain-cells missing but I’m still alive. And if I had to do it all again tomorrow, I would... so long as I knew I could get un-fucked up at the end of it.”

24-Hour Party People is released in Ireland on April 5th

The Essential Manchester

Six bands that defined a city

Joy Division

Having failed to set the world – or indeed Manchester – alight under the Warsaw moniker, Ian Curtis, Barney Sumner, Pete Hook and Stephen Morris changed their name and became instant post-punk heroes. An even more disturbed take on The Velvet Underground, they scored the unlikeliest of top 20 hits with the momentous ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

Essential listening: Unknown Pleasures (Factory) 1979

New Order

Following the shock 1980 suicide of Ian Curtis, the rest of Joy Division opted for another name change, and a switch to a more electronic-driven sound. Augmented by guitar and synth player Gillian Gilbert, they tore up the rulebook with their proto-techno anthem, ‘Blue Monday’, which remains one of the fastest-selling 12” singles of all time.

Essential listening: Power, Corruption And Lies (Factory) 1983

The Smiths

Self-absorption, unrequited love and a penchant for daffodils were all on the menu as New York Dolls fanzine writer Stephen Patrick Morrissey became the unlikeliest of bedsit pin-ups. Aided in no small part by the unique guitar sound of Johnny Marr (who would later team up with New Order’s Bernard Sumner in another Manchester outfit, Electronic), The Smiths became arguably the most influential guitar band of their generation.

Essential listening: Meat Is Murder (Rough Trade) 1985

Stone Roses

The catalyst for the Madchester explosion, the Stone Roses enjoyed four relatively barren years before 1988’s ‘The Elephant Stone’ marked them out as genuine contenders. As nifty a tune as it was, it didn’t prepare anyone for the jaw-dropping brilliance of their eponymous debut album, which wasn’t afraid to wear its classic 60’s influences on its sleeve. Somewhere in Burnage, the Gallagher brothers were making notes.

Essential Listening: Stone Roses (Silvertone) 1989

Happy Mondays

Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) was not only a brilliant title for their debut album, but signaled the drug-fuelled mayhem that Happy Mondays were about to unleash. The embodiment of British lad culture, the Mondays’ rise to fame was almost as spectacular as their eventual disintegration. Lead singer Shaun Ryder went on to form Black Grape.

Essential listening: Pills ‘N’ Thrills And Bellyaches (Factory) 1990


Sacked from his job as roadie with another fabled Manchester outfit, Inspiral Carpets, Noel Gallagher was left with no option but to nick all the best bits from The Beatles, Who, Kinks and Sex Pistols’ back catalogues, and fashion them into the clutch of memorable songs that would make up the fast-selling debut album in British history. It wasn’t long before America, film star wives and Knebworth beckoned – a rags to riches rock ‘n’ roll tale (replete with a sub-plot of sibling rivalry with brother Liam) that isn’t over yet.

Essential listening: Definitely Maybe (Creation) 1994


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Eleanor McEvoy confirmed as special guest at this year's Guinness Choir Christmas Concert

The Guinness Choir's annual Christmas concert is set to take place at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 7pm.

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Dream Wife announce Dublin show and debut album

The British-Icelandic trio have confirmed that their self-titled debut will be released on 26th January 2018.

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TV SHOW OF THE DAY: Nowhere Fast (RTÉ 2, 10PM)

The first of a new six-part comedy written and starring comedian Alison Spittle, Nowhere Fast is a foul-mouthed look at Irish millennials, rural life and employment.

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Joshua Burnside Awarded The Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017

The Northern Irish experimental folk singer picked up the award at a ceremony in Mandela Hall, Belfast, on Saturday, November 11.

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The Streets to reunite, announce two Dublin shows

The Special Greatest Hits Tour will see Mike Skinner and co. perform at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on April 16th and 17th.

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Sinn Féin TDs Clash Over Eighth Amendment

In an extraordinary war of words, Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has publicly criticised his party colleague Peadar Tóibín for sensationally claiming that the Oireachtas Committee set-up to examine the Eighth Amendment law has shown favouritism towards the pro-choice stance.

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Michael Colgan Offers Public Apology For Inappropriate Conduct

After two weeks of silence, the former director of the Gate Theatre has finally offered a public apology to the women he left feeling degraded with his inappropriate behaviour and abusive language.

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Geldof To Return Freedom Of Dublin

The Irish music icon is planning to hand back his prestigious freedom of the city award because he doesn't want to be connected with an award that's associated with Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Callum O'Dowda And Daryl Murphy Start For Ireland Against Denmark

Martin O'Neill had at least one major surprise up his sleeve when he named the team to represent Ireland tonight in Copenhagen.

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Will Martin O’Neill Pick Hoolahan or Whelan To Start Against Denmark?

With David Meyler suspended, there are fascinating choices facing the Ireland manager, before tomorrow night’s World Cup clash with Denmark, in Copenhagen.

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Public Access TV announce gig at The Academy 2

The New York group will perform at The Academy 2, Dublin on Tuesday 23rd February 2018.

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WATCH: An early Cypress, Mine! video from the 1980s shows Irish music was ahead of it time

Mid-to-late-20th Century Ireland is often depicted as a "backwards" or "conservative" place. It was! But at Hot Press we were always about upending that. So too were numerous great musicians of the day as the re-release of this brilliant track by Cypress Mine! confirms...

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The Gloaming announce string of shows at the National Concert Hall in March

The band will take up a four night residency in Dublin's National Concert Hall from the 5th to the 8th of March 2018.

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'Operation Agamemnon II' Hailed As Largest Coke Seizure Ever Made In Colombia

A staggering 13.4 tonnes of cocaine has been seized in a dramatic crackdown in the South American country.

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Magnum PI Star Has Passed Away

Tom Selleck's sidekick in the popular '80s TV show, star John Hillerman has died at the age of 84.

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Barry Keoghan Hailed As Rising Star in America

The up-and-coming Dublin actor has been included as a rising star to keep an eye on in The Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen Talent 2017 list.

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Louis CK Accused Of Carrying Out Sordid Sex Act

The comedian has been accused of masturbating on several different occasions in the presence of appalled women.

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Picture This to release deluxe edition of their platinum-selling debut album

Fresh from two sell-out nights at Dublin's 3Arena, Picture This have announced that their debut album, Picture This will be getting a Deluxe Edition reissue.

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DVSN to play The Academy, Dublin this March

The Canadian duo are bringing their Morning After tour to Dublin on March 11th 2018.

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REWIND: Hot Press' first interview with James McClean

"I got into trouble for being honest," the Ireland star told us in 2015...

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REWIND: Michael O'Neill on his remarkable tenure in the Northern Ireland dugout

As the Other Boys In Green get ready to take on Switzerland at Windsor Park, we recall Stuart Clark's meeting with our 2015 Manager of the Year...

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Barry Keoghan included in Hollywood Reporter rising stars list

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer man is keeping some very good company...

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GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2018: Know your ecstasy

The perfect MDMA pill – dose, shape. grooves/split and colour... have your say!

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Global Drug Survey 2018 launches in Ireland

From MDMA and ketamine to cannabis and GHB, the Global Drug Survey 2018 will reveal who’s taking what, where, how often and for how much...

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Charlie Sheen Denies Sodomising Young Child Actor

The self-confessed promiscuous Hollywood star Charlie Sheen has sensationally been accused of having illicit sex with a minor, the then child actor Corey Haim when he was just 13-years-old

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Kevin Spacey Cut Out Of New Movie

Film director Ridley Scott has taken the unprecedented step in deciding to take the disgraced actor out of his already made film only a month before its release date.

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How to get your tickets for Gorillaz tomorrow

With tickets due to go onsale tomorrow for Gorillaz's open-air concert in Malahide Catle on June 9th, here are some useful pointers so you can get one of the hottest tickets of the summer.

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Marlon Williams announces new album and Dublin show in February

The New Zealand artist will be returning to Whelans, Dublin on February 24th 2018.

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‘Home Loan Hero’ David Hall Declares His Intent For The Presidency…

In a fiercely outspoken Hot Press Interview, David Hall – the man behind iCare and interim CEO of Console in the aftermath of the financial scandal at the charity – has said that he would like to run for the Presidency. But he is full of praise for President Michael D. Higgins.

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In The New Issue: Artist For Our Troubled Times - St. Vincent Graces The Hot Press Cover

American art-rock singer St. Vincent fronts the cover of the newest issue of Hot Press!

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Gossip Girl Star Denies Raping Actress

Actor Ed Westwick has been accused of rape by a 27-year-old woman in a lengthy Facebook post.

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Mariah Carey's Gets Into The Christmas Spirit

The original motion picture soundtrack for Mariah Carey’s 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' is available to download from this weekend and physical copies can be picked up in stores from Friday 17 November

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Bono responds to Paradise Papers report

"I would be extremely distressed if anything less than exemplary was done with my name anywhere near it," the U2 man has told the BBC...

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Hot Press' Roe McDermott to discuss sexual harassment in Hollywood and Ireland on RTÉ Prime Time

Film critic Roe McDermott will discuss allegations of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, both at home and abroad, this evening.

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Hot Press Launches Irish Music Live Performance Series

A new blog and live performance series, hosted by Valentina Magli, will highlight the superb calibre of emerging acts in Ireland – and lots more besides.

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TV SHOW OF THE DAY: Motherland (BBC 2, 10PM)

A brand new series, which takes an unflinching look at the pains of middle class motherhood Motherland's first episode airs tonight on BBC2.

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Watch New Video From The Staves & yMusic & Read About Their Exciting Collaboration

'Trouble On My Mind' is the first song to be released from forthcoming collaborative album recorded by English trio The Staves and New York–based chamber group yMusic.

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Gender Equality Action Plan "Must Be Presented Without Delay"

The Government is being urged not to "drag its feet" on producing a gender equality action plan for third level institutions. The call is coming from Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD.

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'Everlasting Love' Singer Robert Knight Dies

The musician, who has passed away at the age of 72, will be best remembered for the 'Everlasting Love' hit which was once covered by U2.

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Tom Cruise Asks Facebook Page To Remove Pics Of Daughter

Even the dogs on the street know that the megastar does not have a close relationship with his daughter Suri, but it will still come as a shock to fans to learn that Tom Cruise doesn't even want photos of her to be appearing on a Facebook page set-up in his honour.

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LISTEN: Angel Olsen shares new track from upcoming compilation

'Sans' is taken from Olsen's upcoming album of unreleased songs and rarities, Phases

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Re-TROS to support Depeche Mode at the 3Arena next week

The Chinese rock trio will be supporting the synth pioneers on their upcoming Global Spirit tour.

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Covered In Glory: The Hot Press Covers Book is available to pre-order now

Spanning 40 years and considered by aficionados as being one of the world’s greatest rock’n’roll magazines, Hot Press has captured Irish society and culture throughout the decades, and has gone on to become a piece of living history itself. Now, with the release of Covered In Glory: The Hot Press Covers Book, you can become part of that history.

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WATCH: First trailer for the BBC McMafia drama

James Norton stars as the London-born son of a Russia mob boss...

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Kevin Spacey Called A "Monster" By His Own Brother

The disgraced actor's older brother also believes that the shocking claims made last week are "just the tip of the iceberg".

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'Let The Right One In' To Be Staged In Dublin

The National Theatre Of Scotland is bringing its production of the horror to The Abbey Theatre.

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Colin Farrell Nominated For Top Film Award

The Dubliner has been nominated for a Best Actor gong at the European Film Awards for his stand-out performance in 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.

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TV SHOW OF THE DAY: The Late Late Show (RTÉ 1, 9.35PM)

On the show tonight, Ibrahim Halawa will be giving an exclusive interview, in which he talks about his four years spent imprisoned in Egypt.

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Taylor Swift drops lyric video for new song 'Call It What You Want'

The track was released a week ahead of her forthcoming album, Reputation.

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Kevin Spacey Is Seeking Treatment Following Sex With Minor Claims

The Oscar winner is seeking "evaluation and treatment" following a string of sordid allegations this week, including attempted rape, sex with a minor and sexual harassment.

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Kevin Spacey Accused Of Paedophilia & Attempted Rape

The Oscar winner had sex with a 15-year-old boy and also later tried to rape him, it's now being sensationally claimed. "He is a paedophile," alleges the anonymous victim.

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Mojo Rising To Shine Light On International Men’s Day

Mojo, the male mental health collective, has today announced their debut event called 'Mojo Rising', which will take place in Dublin each year on International Men’s Day (19 November) to raise awareness and funds for the much-needed service.

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RTÉ Has "Serious Questions To Answer"

Senator Ged Nash claims that RTÉ has serious questions to answer over the nature of its employment contracts and hiring practices.

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Top Hollywood Director Accused Of Being A Sex Predator

Six women have come forward to accuse Brett Ratner of either sexual harassment or sexual assault.

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New Irish Show To Get Its Premiere At Project Arts Centre

Theatre and performance maker Louise White is set to debut her latest show at the Project on 6 November.

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Now Dustin Hoffman Is Accused Of Sexual Harassment

The Oscar winning star has offered a public apology to the woman in question.

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Listen: Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears shares first solo track

'Creep City' is the singer's solo debut and the first material he has recorded since his band's 2012 album, Magic Hour.

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Liam Gallagher to appear on celebrity edition of Gogglebox

After becoming beloved on Vice News for his weekly review of the latest in music ("Not for me man, not for me"), Liam Gallagher's critical eye is turning to television next.

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Check out what's coming to Netflix in November

Need to recharge your batteries after Halloween? Netflix has you covered until December rolls around.

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U2 to premiere brand new single this evening

'Get Out of Your Own Way' is the second single to be taken from U2's upcoming album, Songs of Experience.

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TV SHOW OF THE DAY: Champions League, Tottenham v. Real Madrid (RTÉ 2, 7PM)

After their shocking defeat to Girona on Sunday, the pressure is on for Real as they prepare to face Spurs at Wembley tonight.

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Netflix Makes Shock Announcement Over Kevin Spacey Sex Scandal

The online streaming giants has now shut down production of 'House of Cards' midway through filming season six, as the house of cards literally come crumbling down in Kevin Spacey's private life.

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