Sunday 22 July 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Danny O'Donoghue of The Script
Danny O'Donoghue of The Script
Rose Of Tralee
Ed Power

Ed Power

Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.

Going out?

The event

Heritage Week

Celebrate Ireland's unique natural, cultural and historical heritage with events around the country. From wildlife talks and walks in Tipperary to tours of the Masonic Hall in Cork and a women's history walking trek across Dublin, the week-long event promises something for everyone.

Nationwide from tomorrow,

The gig

The Script

Ahead of their new album - an anti-war call to arms by all accounts - Danny O'Donoghue (right) and his band mates return to their native Dublin for an intimate show. A boxing arena is admittedly a novel venue for these specialists in touchy-feely pop but fans will relish the opportunity to see the one-time Croke Park headliners up close.

National Stadium, Dublin, Monday.

The singer

Grant-Lee Phillips

Grunge-era troubadour Phillips carves a unique space between Springsteen-esque self-questioning machismo and Nirvana-style angst.

Whelan's, Dublin, Wednesday. Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Thursday.

Staying in?

The radio show

An Unholy Trinity

The killing of a doctor and the abandoning, on a Dublin doorstep, of a baby within the space of a few months in 1923 are the raw materials for this fascinating true crime doc. Almost 100 years since the gunning down in Leitrim of Dr Paddy Muldoon, documentary maker Tim Desmond attempts to solve a tangled mystery.

RTE One, Saturday, 1pm.

The TV show

The Rose of Tralee

Rose Of Tralee

National institution or Father Ted-style cringe-fest? Opinions divide down the middle when it comes to the Rose of Tralee (left). Nonetheless, it remains a ratings winner and will doubtless attract fans and hate-watchers alike as Dáithí O Sé returns to present.

RTE One, Monday, Tuesday, 8pm.

The box set

The Defenders

Netflix's Marvel shows have been a mixed bunch, with this year's Iron Fist ranking as one of the streaming giant's sorriest excursions yet. However, the all-star team-up of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and, yes, Iron Fist delivers the high-kicking goods, with street-level grit and Sigourney Weaver as the big villain elevating the material further. Netflix from today.

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