It has been announced this afternoon that Barney McKenna, banjo player for world renowned Irish group ‘The Dubliners’, passed away this morning. Aged 72, Mr McKenna died after being rushed to hospital. This loss comes as The Dubliners were about to celebrate 50 years as one of the best loved traditional bands in Ireland. The Dubliners were best known for their powerful Irish ballads which won them recognition and respect in the music industry. They had been a strong influence on artists such as the Pogues – who also had [...]
About Meghan O'DowdBlessed with an insane sense of humour and penchant for adventures, I'm a freelance writer and Anthropology graduate. Also a closet Batman fan, but don't judge me on that! You'll often find me with a camera or notebook in hand, rambling around the streets of our glorious yet scruffy city in an attempt to hunt down the best kinds of miscellaneous knowledge and the hilarious photos to add colourful interest to my discoveries! Thrown along into the pot you'll find some freelance photography work and ten million sidelines fuelled by an exorbitant amount of caffeine and probably not enough sleep! Drink in hand you'll find me at the hottest events and underground happens of this wacky backwards city, looking for the best acts, comedians, cultural events and more besides. These I bring to you on my humbly cheap and silver-plated platter, because while I'm not loaded now, I soon intend to be! After all, it's the only way you can support a caffeine addiction...
A new iPhone app, (totally not sleazily entitled) ‘Girls Around Me’, has caused controversy this week after being accused of offering encouragement to online weirdos. And we all know they come in bucketfuls. The app was designed by i-Free Innovations for the purpose of locating “dateable” women in your surrounding area. Based along the same lines as Foursquare or Facebook with geo-location services, it will scan your area in order to find suitable women – by gathering their information and geotags from popular social networks. What could be wrong with [...]
Leading social media site Facebook has entered into a gritty licensing war with its competitor (and occasional collaborator) Yahoo! after they were faced with legal action by the site over patent infringement. Yesterday (April 3rd), Facebook launched a counter-attack on the site by entering a counter-claim in a San Fransisco court, implicating Yahoo! for ten alternate patent infringements. Facebook recently purchased 750 patents from IBM in order to pad out its defenses in the patent war, making its total patent count 806 to date. While having collaborated in the past [...]
Dublin-based band Jemson Green caused quite the stir last weekend after a successful charity fundraiser in aid of DEBRA Ireland – a charity devoted to funding the development of treatments and cures for all forms of Epidermolysis Bullosa. Hosted at Fibber Magees of Parnell Street, Jemson Green headlined a night of popular underground performances which featured acts such as Jet Set Radio and The Temple Ba(r)stards. We at Studenty decided to head along to the event to support such a worthy cause and to basque in the audible delights that [...]
RTÉ yeserday announced that the award-winning current affairs series Prime Time Investigates had been permanently axed. This news coincides with the resignation of the former Managing Director of News and Current Affairs, Ed Mulhall. Mr Mulhall had been with RTÉ since 1979 and held the position of Managing director from 1997. The axe of the popular show follows an investigation by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) into the Prime Time Investigates programme ‘A Mission to Prey’. Issues were highlighted in relation to the programme’s objectivity and fairness in the [...]
Employees and game aficionados alike woke to a surprise on Monday to discover that the popular video-game retailers GameStop had ceased trading in Northern Ireland – effective immediately. It seems employees were only made aware of this on Sunday 22nd, however it has emerged through the website TheGamingLiberty.com that GameStop had signed official non-disclosure statements to prevent the spread of news until an official statement had been made. Despite this, it has been confirmed by former GameStop employees that they have been made redundant. An official statement has yet to [...]
After hearing so much about the new music venue, The Electric Lounge , we at Studenty decided to check it out for ourselves. The launch of the underground venue took place on Friday January 20 with thumping tunes from Simon Bird, Bantum, and Ickis Mirolo, much to our delight. Attracting a young but diverse crowd of fellow music and party enthusiasts, the basement venue held a quirky, eccentric and slightly gothic charm. It was possibly due to the amusing dramatic candelabras. Or maybe the combination of an impressive lighting rig and some ironic graffiti [...]
Dublin’s newest underground hot-spot, The Electric Lounge is set to open next weekend with a launch night at its venue on Dame Lane (formerly the Shebeen Chic). We caught up with Joe Panama, one of the young aspiring curators of the venue to get some inside information and find out what this buzzing venue will be like. Panama’s hopes for the venue stem from his own experiences in several bands, including his current venture as bassist for the well known Dublin-based band ‘Overhead, the Albatross’. “I’d rather have a small space [...]
Following the return of the hit RTÉ series, ‘The Savage Eye’ over Christmas, we spoke to John Colleary about his part in the satirical sketch show and their hopes for the new season. Late February 2012 will see the return of Dave McSavage, John Colleary and their cohorts promising viewers more mock-umentary and a satirical perspective of Irish social life. While it seems impossible to think that we could see anything funnier than the sight of McSavage in a wig and dress or Colleary himself wearing a bird-cage on his [...]
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