Music, Film and Literature

A collection of Irish interest stories in music and film

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Thomas Lennon’s second children’s comic fantasy novel, Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death, the penultimate in the Ronan Boyle series. He is probably best known as an Actor and Comedian. Lennon is no stranger to the written word having penned several successful small-screen productions with his writing partner Robert Ben Garant with whom he co-authored the hugely successful movie Night at the Museum.

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The story behind Paul McCartney’s "Magic Piano", following the swinging King’s Road, and the tragic death of the Right Honourable Tara Browne.
In 1967, London was swinging. The King’s road and Carnaby street were bursting with fashionable boutiques. Musically, teenagers had taken over the airwaves and pirate radio stations were blasting out tunes by groups like The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Doors, The Who, Procul Harum, and, of course, The Beatles.

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How a feisty Irish woman born in India launched the career of the biggest pop band in history and started a club that is still going 60 years on.
Mona (Mo) Best was the mother of one of the original Beatles, Pete Best. Best was the original drummer in the band who would go down in popular music history as being the unluckiest man in the business. Having signed a recording deal with the Beatles only to be sacked and replaced by Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr).