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Friday 19 July 2019

Robert Smith and The Cure played Malahide Castle on Saturday night

The Cure - the ultimate fantasy setlist for Malahide Castle concert 

Saturday, we’re in love. Tomorrow night, Robert Smith will take the stage for a massive show in the home town of a band he never wanted to be like in any shape or form. In the late 1980s The Cure were being touted as the next U2. They had a number one album with Wish and played two stadium tours across America. “I was congratulated and told I was amazing whenever we went,” he said in an 2012 interview with Word magazine, “and that was the most miserable year I ever had.”

Roisin Tierney Crowe got married. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Radiant Roisin makes Mark on Templederry 

It can't but have been one of the most stylish weddings of the year thus far - given the bride and her credentials. Head of Communications for L'Oreal Ireland, Roisin Tierney- Crowe got married in her home village of Templederry in Co Tipperary yesterday. It is a long way to Tipperary but home is where the heart is for bride Roisin, who married beau Mark McCarthy at 1pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. And Roisin was the absolute personification of immaculate, wasn't she?

Iconic: Bobby Gillespie

Primal Scream succumb to Pier pressure 

In 'The Inside Story Of Primal Scream's Screamadelica', James Brown wrote in Sabotage Times: "It was a Monday morning but it could have been a Tuesday morning as they hadn't actually stopped for sundown or sunrise for a while. The only reason they knew it was Monday was because the newspapers their agent had been reading before they left his flat were Sunday newspapers. Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes headed out late Friday night and just done club - club - club - club - flat - flat - flat - club - club - club - club ever since. Neither of them had been home for a while. But...

Kilkenny Castle is a destination for those who love history, a sense of grandeur, and outdoor fun

Easy walks through our ancient worlds... Kilkenny 

For a time, we lingered to take it all in. Walking through Kilkenny Castle it is difficult not to be struck by the history of the place. It was here in the castle’s state apartments in the 17th Century, the 1st Duke of Ormonde, received the Papal Nuncio, Giovanni Battista Rinuccini during the Irish Confederate Wars. (The latter made it known that his mission from Rome was to “sustain the King, but above all to help the Catholic people of Ireland in securing the free and public exercise of the Catholic religion”.) It is possibly one of the earliest Norman stone castles to be built in Ireland;...

Comedian Deirdre O'Kane is gearing herself up for a charity night on March 1. Photo: Marc OSullivan

Deirdre set for Gaza while Holly in Enfield 

Your diarist bumped into Deirdre O'Kane on Grafton Street last week. Was she tangoing? No, merely walking, sadly. The actress, comedian, and one-time star of Dancing With The Stars - hence the bad tango joke - was coming out of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Gaiety Theatre, with her kids Holly and Daniel. She told me she was gearing up for Paddy's Night in Support of Comic Relief at the 3 Arena on March 17 which Deirdre has organised now for the third year.

Clea Newman daughter of Paul Newman pictured in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Paul Newman and the sundance kid called Clea 

In 1945, Aviation Radioman Third Class Paul Newman, assigned to Pacific-based replacement torpedo squadrons in World War II, was sent to the USS Bunker Hill before the Battle of Okinawa. In a stroke of fate, the Ohio boy's life was saved when his pilot got an ear infection and was unable to fly bomber missions. When the replacements were killed in action in the Battle of Okinawa, Paul Newman was forever left with the belief that life is mostly about luck.

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of the band Tears for Fears

Tears For Fears: They still want to rule the mad world 

Looking skyward, Donnie Darko rides his bike home down the hill and falls asleep. At midnight, he is stirred from his slumber by Frank-Bunny, an imaginary creature in a rabbit costume, who saves Donnie from a jet engine that is about to crash into his bedroom while telling him that the world will end in 28 days. The movie Donnie Darko, in which all this happens, features a cover of Tears for Fears's Mad World. Tears For Fears's Roland Orzabal wrote Mad World about his own interior mad world when he was 19.

Ozzy Osbourne with wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack in the original series of The Osbournes

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne - one of the strangest, most enduring, love affairs in the history of the music industry 

Long before Keeping Up with the Kardashians, there was The Osbournes. Ostensibly, they were an endearingly dysfunctional family from Birmingham who lived in a mansion in Beverly Hills and had lots more money than sense - if they had any sense to begin with. The father was a mumbling deranged rock star who couldn't control himself, let alone his children Kelly and Jack (eldest daughter,...

Father John Misty's 'God's Favorite Customer': a masterpiece of vulnerability

Father John Misty's blood on the tracks 

Someone wise once said that 'beauty of expression is so akin to the voice of the sea'. Growing up in Bray with the waves of the sea perhaps a subconscious soundtrack to their youth, childhood friends Caoimhe Barry, Karen Cowley and Saoirse Duane aka Wyvern Lingo, know all about the beauty of expression on their debut, and self-titled, album. Wyvern Lingo has echoes of early Prince, A Tribe Called Quest, Bjork and Massive Attack while sounding nothing remotely like any of those acts; Wyvern Lingo have something of their own going on. They gave one of the performances of the...

An Taoiseach, a big fan of Christmas decorations, relaxes beside the Christmas tree in his office. Photo: David Conachy

'I'm spending Christmas with Matt's folks in Cork' - Varadkar on festive memories, world leaders and love 

'I met your missus at Kylie." It would be difficult to imagine any Taoiseach other than Leo Varadkar addressing you with such words - delivered from behind his desk in his office in Merrion Sreet. His detractors will use this as a stick to beat him. This is of little consequence to him. He can talk to you as fluently about Lady Gaga, U2 or The Pixies as he can Brexit, Northern Ireland or foreign...

Robbie Fox with his wife Martina. Photo: David Conachy.

Will Robbie do Fox trot in his natural habitat again? 

The Fox trot, anyone? The Fantastic Mr Fox could be returning. Robbie Fox - for it is he - told me that he would not rule out a return to his natural habitat - nightclubs - next year perhaps. Robbie, of course, ran the Pink Elephant nightclub from 1980 to 1987 and then Renards in the same venue in South Fredrick Street in Dublin from 1990 to 2009. Both clubs were, of course, a second home to the likes of Bono et al. Bellucci's, Robbie's hugely popular restaurant on Merrion Road, has been a second kitchen to the likes of Bono et al since it opened in 2011.