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Events Happening in Wexford this Weekend.

Wildlife Activities – Creepy Crawlies

Saturday, 4th of March

In a joint venture between The Irish Agricultural Museum and Irish Wildlife Sanctuary, events relating to wildlife are being held in Johnstown Castle on the first Saturday of every month (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.). The events are aimed at children aged 5-12 years old. The event this weekend focuses on insects and creepy crawlies. After the bug hunt around Johnstown castle you will head back to the museum to create an ‘insect hotel’.

Booking in advance is essential and you can get tickets (€10 per child or €8 for family membership pass holders) fronm the reception desk at the Irish Agricultural Museum or by ringing 053 918 4671.

More info at: http://www.visitwexford.ie/events/wildlife-activities-creepy-crawlies

 

Japa Mantra Meditation

Sunday, 5th of March

If you want to experience the benefits of meditation, head down to Spiritual Earth (Rocklands, Co. Wexford). Japa Mantra Meditation will benefit you physically, emotionally and spiritually. During the day at Japa Matra Meditation, you will hear all about how it has made a positive difference in people’s lives. Some of the benefits include restorative sleep, improved physical health, help in overcoming depression and anxiety and much more. To experience this wonderful activity for yourself and reap its benefits, book on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SpiritualEarth.ie/ or by phoning 087 742 6380.

More info at: http://www.visitwexford.ie/events/experience-the-power-of-japa-mantra-meditation

 

Events over the Weekend in Wexfor

Hey all! If you have nothing to do this weekend, you’re in luck.

Fairy Hunt at Well’s House (Sunday, Feb 19)

Head on up to Wells House if you need want a great family day out this coming Sunday. The fun and ever popular Fairy Hunt is being held in Wells House. Follow the clues left by the fairies around the beautiful woods of Wells House. Exploring the beautiful Wells House is part of the fun, with its beautiful Great Victorian architecture and its wonderful gardens. Voted as the ‘Best Family Day Out by listeners of Today FM, you can’t go wrong with a day out there!  €8 per car.

More information at: http://www.visitwexford.ie/events/fairy-hunt-at-wells-house-and-gardens

Two Day Bow Making Course at Heritage Park (Sat & Sun, Feb 18 & 19)

If you’re even slightly interested in archery then I think that we’ve found a course for you. A two day bow making course is being held in the Irish National Heritage Park with experienced bow-maker Mike Henderson. You will learn the history and art of bow making and the history of archery’s use in warfare and hunting. You will learn to make both the bow and string, through this practical and hands-on course. You will shape the bow and make string from the raw materials (all provided by the course including, equipment.) The course is €135 per person.

To book and for more information, go to:

http://www.inhp.com/product/two-day-basic-bow-making-course-with-mike-henderson-18th-19th-february-2017/

Traditional Viking Stargazer Chair Making Course (Saturday, Feb 18)

Continuing on with the theme of making and crafting, we have this course where you will make a Stargazer Chair from Viking times. You will create this chair within the day under the guidance of Tommy Kelly, a master craftsman from Bevel Furniture/Wood-Working School. You will create this wonderful piece with hand tools and a plank of wood. The course costs €115 per person and you can book at:

http://www.inhp.com/product/viking-star-gazer-chair-course-with-tommy-kelly-18th-february-2017/

By Sean Hynes

 

 

LOVING

Sometimes the scariest or, depending on your situation the best news you can hear is the life changing words, “I’m pregnant.” This is how John Nichols’ powerful film, Loving opens, with Mildred (a phenomenal Ruth Negga… who’s one of our own, she was raised in Limerick, wan the parish!) declaring this statement to her partner Richard Loving (a bleached, but wonderful Joel Edgerton). And in one of many silent, but absolutely beautiful moments, he simply takes her hand, kisses her on the forehead and instantly reassures her. And then, Richard asks Mildred to marry him, she accepts and their marriage is met with a swift arrest as interracial marriage is illegal in Virginia and they are exiled from the place that they both grew up in.

In a clever change of pace, Nichols does not use the film as a platform for shouty, angry speeches, impassioned scenes of change, but instead tells the story of a couple who fell in love with each other and want to raise their family. There is no self-righteous, awards baiting speeches, just two people struggling to exist, survive and love each other in a time when their skin colour was deemed more important by those in power.

Mildred pens a letter to the then Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy who defers the case to the American Civil Liberties Union. The union appeal to the couple and Richard reluctantly agrees to let them take over the case which ultimately leads all the way to the Supreme Court. This is a pivotal moment, not only in the story and the real life implications that the case would have on humanity, civil rights and the abolition of interracial marriage laws preventing it, but it is also a triumph as Richard does not care a jot for the implications, he just wants to love and raise his family.

The stand out scene is when the civil rights lawyer assigned to the case, a great Nick Kroll asks Richard if there is anything that he wants to say to the judge when they eventually get to the Supreme Court to which he replies, “Tell the judge I love my wife.” Absolutely perfect response. Richard is not a man of many words, he is a man who goes to work, comes home, kisses his wife and kids, eats dinner with them and then tucks them into bed. That one line answer is how he would have responded, from his blue collar heart.

The film goes at a gentle pace and draws wonderful performances from all the cast, the story is allowed to breathe at a natural rate and does not jar or use hype or impassioned speeches. A wonderful film that tells a lovely story about two humans who just wanted to love each other. Tremendous.

By Jamie T. Murphy

Back in Black…. And Yellow

76 years. 76 years of Batman punching bad guys, brooding, having shitloads of cool gadgets and general bad-assery. It is hard to find a figure that had endured as long in popular culture as The Dark Knight. We’re all very familiar with the story by now. Young child, Bruce Wayne accompanies his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne to a screening of The Mask of Zorro. They leave the theatre and are gunned down by one of Gotham’s many criminals. The young Bruce vows to clean up his city and trains to become the ever present, ever vigilant silent guardian of Gotham City, Batman. And now he’s back in cinemas, in Lego form!

I’m going to put this out there. This is, in my humble opinion, the best Batman movie since The Dark Knight. The movie opens in hilarious fashion with Batman (a hilarious Will Arnett) narrating what we can see, “Black. All good, serious films start with black. And music, ominous, scary music…..” “This movie is brought to you by DC. The house that Batman built. You heard me Superman, come at me bro!!” There’s your tone for the whole movie. An affectionate, self referential addition to the Batman franchise.

There is so much to love in this movie. As mentioned already, Will Arnett nails the role of our big eared, narcissistic hero. And this is the crux of the story, and essentially the heart at the core of the movie. Batman is a loner, a strong entity that feels he can get by on his own without anyone’s help. The movie joyously sends up the much used image of Batman being a brooding, quiet loner and a gruff hero, ultimately a man’s man who just does what he has to do. Preferably on his own.

The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) tries to take over Gotham. And as is his wont, Batman shows up and puts a stop to his plan. In a glorious showdown, our two leads meet after a huge battle (of which there are many, which all utilize the wonder of building Lego to achieve master builds) and Joker decries Batman for being his “number one enemy” and that “he needs him, because we need each other.” Batman responds in typical bravado, “I don’t have a number one enemy. I fight a lot of villians, I like to fight around.” Joker is morally offended and upset and does not get the validation he needs. So he surrenders freely and this leaves Batman at a loose end and needing to focus on more important things.

Mainly the orphan, Dick Grayson (a charming turn by Michael Cera) who Bruce Wayne unwittingly adopts and invites himself to become Robin. This is where the movie hits a small dip. Overall the story is quite heartening and ultimately it shows a character grow while all the time not changing dramatically. And ultimately sends out a message of the importance of family and indeed friendship. A strong 40 minutes, a weak twenty and then a lovely bright finish.

There are numerous references to the Batman franchise. Visually, aurally and there are lovely nods to the different actors who played The Dark Knight. This movie is aimed at kids but it is an adult’s movie. Very clever, bright and loud and as a love letter to the franchise, it is a valuable addition. And if you’ve forgotten, a character in the movie reminds us, well me specifically how much Batman means to people, when he roars lovingly, “Hey, Batman. I love you more than my kids!”

By Jamie T. Murphy

Loving

Has there ever been a more apt name for a love story? Directed and written by Jeff Nicolas and inspired by the life of Richard and Mildred Loving, with Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as the titular couple, whose landmark case Loving vs. Virginia repealed the segregation laws against interracial marriage deeming them as unconstitutional.

We don’t actually see how Richard and Mildred met at the beginning, instead it begins with Mildred telling Richard she’s pregnant and from there we see Richard buying a plot of land to one-day build Mildred a house for them and their children, we meet Mildred’s family her sister and brothers, Richards’s mother the mid-wife and then, there on their way to D.C. to get married. But then, this being the American south in the late 50’s things inevitably go awry.

The police break into the Loving’s room and they’re arrested. After being released the choice presented is 5 years in prison or leaving Virginia for 25 years and never being allowed to return as husband and wife. So, the Loving’s leave heading into the city to stay with a friend, but their unhappy and want to return home for the birth of their child, with Richard’s mother delivering the baby. So they do but after their son, Sidney, is born their forced to leave Virginia again and return to the city.

Over the next 5 years the Loving’s have another son and a daughter, and it’s during this time when the Civil Rights movement is gaining steam, Mildred decides to write to Bobby Kennedy about her and Richard’s case and are then deferred to a lawyer Bernard S. Cohen who encourages the Loving’s to get arrested again to get their case bumped up to the Federal Court and then the Superior Court.

Richard is rather unsure about it, he doesn’t want to stir the pot any more than it already has, he wants’ to avoid the politics and the controversy out of fear that his wife and children might suffer because of this. But Mildred is stead fast and determined to see this through, and Ruth Negga delivers on her performance, Mildred is quiet and polite but that belies a steely resolve and while Richard is the breadwinner and the provider it’s Mildred who keeps the family together.

Film’s like this are a much needed breath of fresh air especially in light of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy a few years back and we do love to see an Irish actor making headway in Hollywood, Saoirse Ronan wished Ruth good luck and even said that she might even get an nomination for her role. Fingers crossed.

But enough Oscar baiting Loving truly lives up to the name, hell even the police who arrested Richard and Mildred in the movies seemed to be concerned about them, and Mildred’s family are perfectly ok with Richard as a son and brother-in-law, and a times it feels like Cohen is just a lawyer who’s looking for a big career making case, but when he asks Richard if there is anything he’d like to tell the judge, Richard earnestly responds ‘’Tell him I love my wife’’ and Cohen tears up, he really does care.

As should everyone, Loving is poignant, slow burning drama that focuses less on the legal drama and more on the human side, showcasing a couple of long since unsung heroes in the Civil Rights movement, although Mildred was far to modest to call herself a hero. Seven years after winning the case, Richard was killed by a drunk driver; Mildred never remarried and lived with her children in the house that Richard built her. She passed away in 2008.

And now we know the story, this film is more than a documentary, it’s a tribute. A Loving tribute.

By Daniel Murphy

Events in Wexford for February

Jason Byrne is Propped Up

Jason Byrne is coming to White’s Hotel on the 17th of February at 8pm. He’s bringing with him his brand new show, ‘Propped Up’ and his hilarious brand of comedy. The Times called him ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ and the Edinburgh Evening News remarked that ‘watching a new Jason Byrne Show is like witnessing lightning in a bottle’. For an electrifying, bust you gut laughing show get down to White’s on the 17th. Tickets cost €22, strictly over 18’s. Book tickets at https://lantern.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873565904

My Real Life by Eoin Colfer

‘My Real Life’, by well-known author Eoin Colfer. The story follows a Wexford man, Noel, suffering from advanced MS, who decides to end his life by overdosing on medication. But before it takes effect, he records messages for his friend, reminisces and relives the past forty years of his life. He has probably an hour to make amends and send messages before it is too late. It stars Sing Street star and Father Ted actor Don Wycherley in the role of Noel. While it has a dark side to it, it also has a lighter side. It will fill you with sorrow, then laughter. The show is being held in the Wexford Arts Centre at 8pm on the 9th to 11th of February and tickets cost €18-€20. Book tickets at https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873566372

By Sean Hynes

More Of The Same

Trainspotting had a phenomenal effect on me when I first saw it. Being from a small town, it depicted the sadness that can hang over any small town anywhere in the world. The lifeless eyes, the shuffling to work, the gut -wrenching and soul cleansing humor, the sadness, the social life and the glibness with which death is met when it turns its ugly head. However, that isTrainspotting2Poster where the familiarity ended as I was wildly unaware of the horrors of hard-core drug and substance abuse that can take hold of those, and indeed in later years our very own small town’s inhabitants. The film made me laugh, cry and staunchly opposed to injecting anything into my blood. Powerful imagery and good story telling that resonated then to a problem that was not as widespread as it is now. A sad indictment of modern society and the hopelessness that can engulf some poor soul. That being said it got me thinking of last Friday’s release of T2 Trainspotting and that much lauded and often derided creature that is the motion picture sequel.

If you think about it the sequel can be traced back to a time before movies even existed and we were rocking around with just TB, plague and the printed word for entertainment and company. And further to that point, you could say that the idea of the sequel started with the bible. Now, you couldn’t publish a sequel to the bible to be fair. Unless it featured a ninja Jesus and some dinosaurs…. That could be awesome….. That would be awesome. Take my money, just take it.

But no, serious now. Books were the first victims of the sequel. Gulliver’s Travels (written by one of our own, Jonathan Swift… Up the Parish). Now this book was written in 1726 but the publishers of the novel rushed out many sequels and follow ups in quick succession. I’ve never read them but would you want to? The disappointment possibility is just too risky and would ruin the story. Oh no wait, that was done already by Jack Black. That film was the drizzling shits.

Motion picture sequels can be traced back as far as the insanely good and personal favourites of mine, the Universal movie monsters. Dracula, Frankenstein being the prime examples. The originals are stone cold classics, the follow ups? Light-hearted and harmless but ultimately shite in the bucket and a quick way to plough more money into the franchise and ultimately into the studio. Dolla, dolla, bill y’all!!

The 1970’s saw some questionable sequels and the arrival of the numbered sequel. Studios were bigger, audiences were bigger and the names were big enough to warrant simply putting the same title out with an adjoining 2 or 3 after it. Most notable inclusions being titles such as The Godfather II, The French Connection 2 and the sequel to the first commercial “blockbuster”, Jaws, a film so popular and critically acclaimed that some executive got a pay day for coming up with Jaws 2. If you haven’t seen it, don’t rush out and buy it. Buy some nice caketrainspotting with the money, less chance of being upset.

So the sequel is nothing new to be honest, I am just hoping to myself that T2 Trainspotting won’t disappoint. I am not expecting wonders, but I expect a decent film and a genuine sense of story, character and the heart that lay within the dark bowels of the first film. At least they called it T2 Trainspotting and not Trainspotting 2: More Drugs, No Trains. Here’s hoping!!!!

By Jamie T Murphy

 

 

‘Live By Night’ Review

Spoilers Alert

Much like organized crime itself, gangster movies are a dying art, but every few years it seems we get a new film that receives critical acclaim and makes us idolize horrible people, see The Departed, Public Enemy, Black Mass and now Ben Affleck directs and stars in this Roaring 20’s romp.

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To the film’s credit and unlike the aforementioned above examples, Affleck’s character Joe Coughlin does get a decent amount of humanizing to him, a soldier in the Great War, Joe saw men dying in the mud and the trenches and saw to point, after the war ended he vowed to never follow orders again, returning stateside to Boston during Prohibition, Joe becomes a self-styled outlaw, but refuses to work for any organized crime family.

The story begins in medias res with Joe in hospital recalling the events that led him to here, ‘’it all started with the inside man’’, in this instance the inside man was a woman, Emma Gould (Sienna Miller) who is Joe’s lover and informant who betrays him to her first love crime boss Albert White (Robert Glenister), leader of the Boston Irish mafia. (OK, first he falls in love with a lesbian in Chasing Amy and then a sociopath in Gone Girl, Movie Ben Affleck has the worst luck with the ladies.)

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Thanks to his police chief father Thomas (Brendan Gleeson) Joe only gets three years in prison, after his release and the death of his father, Joe goes to the head of the Italian mob Maso Pesceltore, White’s rival, for the chance to get some revenge.  Reconnecting with his old friend Dion (Chris Messina) the two are sent to Ybor, ‘’the Harlem of Tampa county’’ to secure Pesceltore’s interests in rum smuggling. Once there Joe and Dion establish a partnership with a Cuban club owner, and soon Joe is involved in a romantic relationship with his sister (played by Zoe Saldana, can’t say I blame him).

From there, Joe begins to build his own empire which includes legitimate businesses as well as bootlegging and aim’s to build a casino when Prohibition ends, all the while having to contend with the Ku Klux Klan who are opposed to Joe for a) being Irish b) being Catholic and c) being involved with a Cuban woman, and it’s very satisfying to see them get their cumeppunence.

Full disclosure, I am not particularly partial to gangster movies but this one has a heart to it, every character has a weight to the plot and an emotional significance, Gracia urges Joe that if he wants to be king he must be willing to be cruel to do so, police Chief Figgis and his daughter Loretta help to contrast with the kind of person Joe is becoming and Dion is always pushing Joe to be more ruthless, when all Joe wanted was to be in command of his own destiny.

The acting is great, with everyone settled nicely into their roles and committed to them, the movie uses every Chekhov’s gun in it’s arsenal to great effect, and the dialogue is engaging and full of 20’s slang (hooch, bamboozle, bushwhacked), few shootout’s to further empathize the danger and not have it being constant to preserve the drama, and the pacing is excellent, wastes no time and it just flies by, Live By Night is surely a worthy feather in Ben Affleck’s directing cap.

Friday News Round-Up

Hello all! Here’s your round-up of news for the week.

Italy Earthquake and Avalanche

Four earthquakes with a magnitude above 5 hit Italy on Wednesday. Central Italy was the region hit and rescue operations are under way. The Rigopiano hotel, in the Abruzzo region, fell prey to an avalanche with over 35 people inside of the hotel. A search operation for 35 people inside of the hotel is under way and three bodies have been recovered so far. Officials say that there are no signs of life. Two people who were outside of the hotel at the time survived. Rescue attempts are hindered by the snow and debris but emergency services are doing their best on the search.

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Controversy

The not yet released film ‘A Dog’s Purpose’, about the relationships between dogs and humans, has ironically come under fire with accusations of animal abuse and neglect. They stem from a leaked video on set where a dog seems to be forced into running water against its will and ends up going under the water after being left in it. The handlers are seen running to save the dog. The animal rights organization PETA has called for a boycott of the film in light of this.  Actors, producers and other staff involved in the film have expressed distaste and sadness at the abuse of the animal.

13 Missed Cancer Cases in Wexford General Hospital

An inquiry into 13 missed cancer cases is to take place over six months. This follows the HSE’s review of 615 colonoscopies which show thirteen cases of cancer were ‘probably missed’. A doctor being called ‘Clinician Y’ is the one who examined thirteen people and the HSE awaits Clinician Y’s response before deciding what actions to take. The Medical Council may take up disciplinary proceedings is misconduct and/or poor professional performance were involved in the missed cancer cases.

By Seán Hynes for www.setv.ie #PlatformingPeople

Sherlocked

Before we go any further, let me assure you this review is chocked FULL OF SPOILERS!! I’ve tried doing it without spoilers, but the sheer awesomeness of this episode is impossible to fully explain without SPOILERS!!! So with that in mind, here’s what I thought of Sherlock: The Final Problem!

The opening scene, (not the pre-credit sequence with the little girl on the plane. That, despite being quite well handled, was merely exposition) filled me with so much giddiness and joy I cannot describe it using mere words. Mycroft Holmes (Mark Gattiss finally getting a chance to shine!) is at home and in a rare glimpse of humanity is watching his favourite movie while enjoying a good whiskey. The film cuts out and is interspersed with cryptic messages and he hears noises and voices. Cue a glorious sequence of horror tinged interruptions, clowns, small girls with pig tails. But it is all a massive ruse by “brother mine”, Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock is not best pleased that Mycroft has been hiding the existence of their younger sister, Eurus (a phenomenal Sian Brooke). Now to be fair to the older sibling, he did it to protect not only his brother but the world in general as Eurus is gifted, and indeed so gifted she could destroy the known world in a matter of minutes. When asked how good she is, Mycroft matter of factly states, “The type of person that was on Twitter for an hour and stopped two terrorist attacks. She’s that good.”

The show kicks off in a literally explosive manner as while in 221B Baker Street, Sherlock, Mycroft and the long suffering Dr. John Watson are querying what to do about Eurus and to try and find out what is truth and what is not. A drone bearing an eerie rendition of a childhood verse finds its way up the stairs and the drone contains a grenade using a motion sensor. Any movement and its Bye Bye Birdie. The boys decide to wait until Mrs. Hudson is out of harm’s way before acting. And this is the first of many emotional decisions that are made over the course of the show.

Drone grenade explodes and our boys trek out to Sherringford, a prison in the middle of the sea. Like Alcatraz meets Arkham Asylum. We finally see Eurus in her true form, long haired, wide eyed and down a long corridor behind reinforced “glass”, shades of Silence Of The Lambs. She gets inside Sherlock’s head and we are treated to flashbacks of the three Holmes children. Then the action picks up.

Through other flashbacks, we are given one more glorious glimpse of James Moriarty (a scene stealing, Andrew Scott.) And it is incredibly hard to hate any man that turns up in a chopper to the strains of I Want To Break Free.  The cinema audience were very appreciative and met his appearance with rapturous applause. He is here to see Eurus, for a short but pivotal five minutes “completely unsupervised” as a special treat from Mycroft. And the seeds of The Fall, and indeed the whole Sherlock saga are sewn. A wonderful example of long term story-telling and masterful writing.

Eurus puts the three boys into various moral quandaries which threaten the lives of both innocent and guilty people. The result of these tests still result in death but one in particular stands out. Sherlock has to convince Molly Hooper to say “I love you” in order to save her life, he succeeds and it turns out that her life was never in danger, Eurus just wanted to mess with him. A wonderful scene and opens so many worms.

It all leads up to Sherlock finally finding out what happened to his beloved childhood pet, Redbeard. The action and the maze of tests leads the consulting detective back to his childhood home, Musgrave. And it is here we discover that Eurus was behind all of it, the girl on the plane was just a metaphor for her fear and isolation and the little girl’s voice was her pleading with her brother for attention. Redbeard was actually a childhood friend who was left to die in a nearby well in a fit of jealousy by Eurus. And everything comes full circle.

A mysterious dvd turns up to Dr. Watson’s home, containing the title, Miss You. Holmes and Watson watch it and it is Mary Watson. She serves as a recap of what happened since the arrest of Eurus, her subsequent incarceration and where the rest of the characters wind up. In the ending monologue she describes “her boys” beautifully. “A junkie detective who solves crimes to get high and the doctor who never came home from the war.”

Part horror, part thriller with some killer lines and great performances all round. Not quite sure if it is all over and we will never see 221B Baker Street again. But if it was indeed goodbye and goodnight, it was a wonderful send off.

 

by Jamie T Murphy