Every August, thousands of colourful balls flood the streets of Cobh, a small fishing town in Ireland, for the Barrack Hill Ball Roll – the world’s quirkiest, most unique lottery. 6,000 red, blue, green, and yellow numbered balls are released at the top of West View, the town’s steepest street, aptly nicknamed the Deck of Cards.
Gerry Davis is an Irish artist whose work reconciles the gap between the classical and the modern; flowing from representational oil painting to digital art. The lugubrious landscapes that characterise his paintings and digital prints transcend the barriers of waking life; capturing the surreal and lucid terrains of the dream world.
Ricky Adam is a photographer from Northern Ireland who is completely immersed in the underground world of bikes and youth culture. His first book, Destroying Everything, is a raw look into that world and a strong reminder of why I should always own a BMX. He’s also got some great collections of moving and disturbing photographs documenting life around the UK. From The Streets of Leeds is one of his ongoing projects.
Irish directing duo, Snooze, recently completed this music film for James Cooper’s Foreign Cities project. Starring Stefan, a blue hand made puppet, watch as his enchanting story unfolds by Dublin’s sunny canal.
I’m obsessed with looking through old photographs. I wonder about the stories behind them, the people in them, the social situations, and the differences compared to now. The National Library of Ireland has incredible pictures of Ireland over the last thousand years. They are just fun, romantic and beautiful to look at.
Sons of Caliber are a five piece band from Northern Ireland who weave stories — which evoke everything from Irish wolves and starry nights, to human loss and natural kindness — into rich, textural music. They will be releasing their debut EP later this spring.
Jeroen Eisinga’s latest work art, Springtime, has been hailed as a classic in the making. In a romantic search about death and decay, he has made a video of himself entirely covered in bees, all 150,000 of them. The claustrophobic video was shot entirely in black and white on 35mm film and made in Ireland […]
There’s a lot to be said for natural phenomena. This video shows two girls in a canoe on the River Shannon in Ireland experiencing one. Moving and spectacular to say the least, and a reminder to us all to get out there and experience what this world has to offer.
I’m Irish and some of my friends back home send me over YouTube videos daily. This Lil Ms Rent Allowance video has gone absolutely viral all over Ireland. To put it simply, it’s hilarious.
Ham Sandwich. An Irish indie rock band from Kells, Ireland..rather than the snack. These guys released their second album, Whitefox, this year to widespread acclaim. Coming in at 33 mins or so, this album doesn’t have any filler. Just great songs throughout. The standout tracks for me are The Naurist, and ‘Ants’, one of my […]
In Baile Átha Cliath, we live amongst typography. It influences and informs our every day lives in Dublin, Ireland. This typography-led mini-film was directed and shot in and around central Dublin on February 25.
Irish firm Architecture Republic designed this beautiful renovation on an residential house in Dublin, which consists of a cruciform constructed out of polycarbonate and steel that extends from the center of the building out into a jutting, second-level extension in the rear of the house. The original facade is preserved, while the interior is completely reworked to be a sleek, open-feeling, modern living space.
Kate Hutchinson’s series, Irish Grandmother, began as a way of ‘connecting to and bestowing importance on my grandmother, all the while spending time with her in her Dublin flat where she dwells alone. Since the project’s inception in 2006, further visits in 2007 and 2008 have allowed me to examine and bear witness to her daily life. My grandmother is a quiet and reserved woman who is an integral part of who I am. She does not readily allow people to enter her world or know her thoughts. While photographing her daily routine and rituals, I did not so much learn about her history or her life story, as was part of my original goal, rather I discovered who she needs to be to get through every day’.
David Holmes’ fourth solo album has been a long time in the making. The man who is best known for his scoring of films such as Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13, and remixing for bands like U2 and The Manic Street Preachers, took just over ten years to make his latest album.
Barry W. Hughes is an Irish media artist who has exhibited both digital and analogue photography, video and web-based projects throughout Ireland and internationally. Hughes’ practice involves the use of time-based media in exploring the conceptual themes of his work, such as psychological states relating to the process of time as interpreted by physical activity. He currently lives and works in Dublin.