THE PHANTOM

The So­cial Scene

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The Phantom has had an inkling for a while now that Dublin-based five piece Fon­taines DC were des­tined for big things, so it came as no sur­prise what­so­ever when they were the first Ir­ish act to be an­nounced for Eurosonic Fes­ti­val 2019. The fes­ti­val, in Gronin­gen, is a four-day show­case and con­fer­ence, and was an early stop-off for artists like Hozier, Kodaline and Walk­ing On Cars on the road to star­dom. How will our Eu­ro­pean neigh­bours take five rowdy punk-po­ets from the Ir­ish cap­i­tal? Fairly well, you’d imag­ine…

The Phantom sends fe­lic­i­ta­tions to North­ern Ir­ish writer Anna Burns, who se­cured a place on this year’s Man Booker Prize short­list. Burns’ novel, The Milk­man, is the most in­ven­tive Trou­bles story yet and thor­oughly de­serv­ing of the lit­er­ary world’s most pres­ti­gious an­nual award. Gasps went up at Phantom HQ, how­ever, that Sally Rooney’s su­perb Nor­mal Peo­ple and Donal Ryan’s heart­break­ing From A Low And Quiet Sea had missed out. Still, Ir­ish fic­tion is in a fan­tas­tic place right now…

The in­au­gu­ral RTE Ra­dio 1 Folk Awards have been an­nounced and the first year’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award goes to the in­com­pa­ra­ble Andy Irvine will scoop the gong. Speak­ing about his con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic, Ann-Marie Power, Head of Arts and Cul­ture at Ra­dio 1, said: “We are re­ally de­lighted to be hon­our­ing Andy Irvine at the in­au­gu­ral RTÉ Ra­dio 1 Folk Awards. For over five decades, Andy has been push­ing the bound­aries of folk mu­sic while also stay­ing fiercely loyal to the Ir­ish tra­di­tion. His con­tri­bu­tion and in­flu­ence will be long lauded when the rest of us are long gone.” Agreed... Con­tenders for Best Orig­i­nal Folk Track in­clude Der­mot O’Rourke, Mick Flan­nery, Niall Hanna, and two tracks from Lankum’s sen­sa­tional al­bum Be­tween The Earth And Sky. Radie Peat, Lisa O’Neill, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Muire­ann Nic Amh­laoibh are all up for Folk Singer of the Year. David Keenan, Emma Lang­ford, Niall Hanna and Ye Vagabonds vie for the Best Emerg­ing Folk Artist Award, while The While­aways, Beoga, Ye Vagabonds, The Lost Broth­ers, Lankum and The Gloam­ing will bat­tle it out for Best Folk Group. It all hap­pens at Vicar Street on Oc­to­ber 25...

There was a dou­ble-blow for any­one who had a telly in the ‘70s and a good sense of hu­mour, with both British pre­sen­ter De­nis Nor­den and Ir­ish TV leg­end Bunny Carr pass­ing away. Bunny was well-loved and pro­lific in his ser­vice to RTÉ. He’ll be re­mem­bered for shows like Quick­sil­ver – and the catch­phrase 'Stop the lights!' – and Go­ing Strong. His other shows in­cluded The Life Game, The Politi­cians, The Per­son In Ques­tion and En­counter. RIP to a true Ir­ish leg­end...

The Phantom was de­lighted to hear that New­stalk host Pat Kenny has agreed a new two-year con­tract with the sta­tion, keep­ing him on the morn­ing beat ‘til at least 2020. The Pat Kenny Show cur­rently at­tracts an au­di­ence of 152,000. Speak­ing about the an­nounce­ment, Kenny told Ra­dioTo­day: “For the past five years, the show has ex­am­ined the main is­sues in Ire­land and around the world and I am look­ing for­ward to pro­vid­ing the same foren­sic anal­y­sis and in­sight for our lis­ten­ers in the fu­ture. In New­stalk, I am lucky to have a bril­liant, dy­namic team be­hind me and we will strive to con­tinue mak­ing fresh and com­pelling ra­dio.”

We hear that Fo­cus Fea­tures film stu­dio have slated Septem­ber 2019 for the re­lease of the

Down­ton Abbey film. The hit pe­riod drama will take to the big screen on Septem­ber 13, with a slightly later re­lease date in the US. There’ve been un­con­firmed re­ports that some Ir­ish peo­ple have even taken no­tions and found them­selves en­joy­ing the show, which fo­cuses on aris­toc­racy, ex­ces­sive wealth and in­dus­try built on Em­pire... For those who have, it’d be worth sit­ting down to watch Ir­ish Famine film Black 47. Di­rected by Lance Daly, it is now the top gross­ing Ir­ish film of the year. It's also the first Ir­ish film to pass the €1 mil­lion mark since The Young Of­fend­ers in 2016. Black 47 now joins the ranks of other clas­sic Ir­ish films such as The Wind That Shakes The Bar­ley, Michael Collins and The Guard to pass this Ir­ish Box Of­fice mile­stone. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Lance, and everone else in­voved...

The highly an­tic­i­pated doc­u­men­tary Katie, about the life of Ir­ish World Cham­pion boxer,

Katie Tay­lor, will hit cin­e­mas across Ire­land on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26. The film – named Best Ir­ish Fea­ture Doc­u­men­tary at the Gal­way

Film Fleadh ear­lier this year – fol­lows Tay­lor as she at­tempts to re­build her ca­reer af­ter a year of tur­moil that threat­ened to de­rail her ca­reer. With many writ­ing her off, Tay­lor de­cided to start again, and the no­to­ri­ously pri­vate cham­pion agreed to let a small crew doc­u­ment her at­tempt to rescale the heights... Katie isn’t the only fe­male Ir­ish boxer get­ting the sil­ver screen treat­ment. Float Like A But­ter­fly, a film about an Ir­ish Trav­eller girl who is pur­su­ing her dream to be a boxer, re­cently won a ma­jor award

at the Toronto Film Fes­ti­val. Funded by

Screen Ire­land, the fim won the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Film Crit­ics (FIPRESCI) Prize for the Dis­cov­ery Pro­gramme. Di­rected by

Carmel Win­ter, it is set in 1960s/’70s Ire­land and stars Hazel Doupe as the young trav­eller girl, who wants to make her idol Muham­mad Ali proud, as well as her fa­ther who has re­cently been re­leased from prison...

This year’s Dublin Fringe Fes­ti­val was one of the most suc­cess­ful yet. The amount of tal­ent to be seen across the 16-day fes­ti­val was truly phe­nom­e­nal and the fes­ti­val’s mis­sion state­ment of of­fer­ing a home to bold ideas meant that the weird, the won­der­ful, the strange and the marginalised were all rep­re­sented. Spe­cial men­tions to Lady Grew’s fu­ri­ous, hi­lar­i­ous stand-up event Hook­ers Do It Stand­ing Up, which sent out an im­por­tant mes­sage about the treat­ment of sex work­ers. We also en­joyed Stop/Over, which evoked pal­pa­ble ten­sion – and real emo­tion...

Di­vine Com­edy front­man Neil Han­non is lend­ing his voice to raise money for the My Lovely Horse Res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion. Hav­ing writ­ten the leg­endary Fa­ther Ted song, ‘My Lovely Horse’, 20 years ago, Neil has gone to be an of­fi­cial pa­tron for this an­i­mal char­ity, along with his part­ner and fel­low mu­si­cian

Cathy Davey. Now, a video cam­paign has been launched m to help raise €60,000 to keep their horses fed – and lovely – this win­ter. Go to mylove­ly­horseres­cue.com/mylove­ly­hay...

Our man Stu­art Clark was on Jeremy Pax­man du­ties again as Hot Press, the Ana Lif­fey Drug Project and the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics staged lively and thought­pro­vok­ing Drug Pol­icy Town Hall Meet­ings in Water­ford’s Garter Lane The­atre and Lim­er­ick’s Hunt Mu­seum Café re­cently. Mak­ing his DPTH bow in the Déise, re­tired As­sis­tant Garda Com­mis­sioner Jack Nolan

was par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about young peo­ple get­ting crim­i­nal records for the per­sonal pos­ses­sion of drugs... There were pow­er­ful per­for­mances from Anna Jor­dan and Sasha Ter­fous – stay tuned for an up­com­ing Hot Press re­port on Water­ford’s buoy­ant spo­ken word scene – and an in­ter­view with Claire O’Sul­li­van, head of the

Tin­tean Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion – a sober­ing in­sight into how ad­dic­tion im­pacts on home­less­ness. We’ll be chat­ting to Claire soon... The guest of hon­our in Lim­er­ick was

Mayor Daniel But­ler, a drug worker, who has made ad­dic­tion a cor­ner­stone of his year in of­fice and spoke im­pres­sively about a range of is­sues in­clud­ing stigma, med­i­cally su­per­vised in­ject­ing rooms, in­ter-agency co­op­er­a­tion, sui­cide and giv­ing first re­spon­ders the tools they need to deal with drug over­doses. I…

Other guests in­cluded spo­ken word per­former Dyrt who talked with great hon­esty about the friends and fam­ily mem­bers he’s lost to heroin ad­dic­tion; Conor Ward whose ‘Hope’ sin­gle con­veys the im­por­tant mes­sage, “It’s okay not to be okay”; and Lucy O’Hara from Lim­er­ick Sui­cide Watch whose work is high­lighted in this is­sue’s Front­lines sec­tion... We also heard from sev­eral Lim­er­ick ser­vice users who spoke about the harsh re­al­i­ties of

bat­tling ad­dic­tion. Mr. Clark had to bail – what is it with jour­nal­ists want­ing to have hol­i­days, eh? - but the Drug Pol­icy Town Hall Meet­ing tour con­tin­ued on to Gal­way and Dublin where sim­i­larly pro­duc­tive dis­cus­sions were had. Plans are al­ready afoot for more #Safer­FromHarm events in 2019…

There was a great buzz at this year’s

SARI (Sport Against Racism in Ire­land) foot­ball tournament, held as al­ways in the Phoenix Park. The Mighty Men of Hot Press Munchenglad­bach 1891 had a very good tournament in­deed, win­ning their group with two vic­to­ries out of three games. They leapt through the ‘Group of 16’ stage via a penalty shoot-out and then out­played a team from Ser­bia, Croa­tia and Mon­tene­gro 3-0 in the quar­ter fi­nal. It is a long day, how­ever, and a num­ber of the Munchies had to head to work be­fore their semi-fi­nal joust with Belfast –a team it­self packed with friends of Hot Press and a few who have played for the Grand Old Club. An ex­cel­lent con­test saw Belfast come through 2-0. They were beaten in the fi­nal, how­ever, by a very fine Sun­day As­tro side, who pre­vailed on penal­ties af­ter a 2-2 draw. The Munchies goals came from Jor­dan Ojo, Pe­dro Ro­driguez, Javier Barona, Us­man Ak­in­tola and Soly Akambi.

The at­mos­phere was im­pres­sively pos­i­tive and con­vivial through­out. It's a mea­sure of just how enor­mously Ire­land has changed – in a hugely pos­i­tive way – over the past 20 years. A big con­grat­u­la­tions to SARI chair Perry Og­den,

Ken Mc­Cue, Barnie Juka, event co-or­di­na­tor Rob­bie Tay­lor, Ker­rie Clo­hessy, Amina Moustafa and all the rest of the SARI team. It's a huge un­der­tak­ing, which is not ad­e­quately sup­ported by the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties, with the De­part­ment of Jus­tice in­ex­pli­ca­bly cut­ting fund­ing this year by €10,000… The women’s tournament, the Re­spect Cup, was won by Foot­ball Peo­ple; and the Plate was won by Our Lads. The Munchies will be back next year, more de­ter­mined to win than ever! We prom­ise…

Grace O'Flynn and Na­dine King at the screen­ing of Crazy Rich Asians in Dun­drum

Mary Kennedy, Neven Maguire and Marty Whe­lan at the launch of Neven's new book Home Eco­nom­ics For Life at Dunnes Stores HQ, Dublin

Lenny Abra­ham­son with Ruth Wil­son and Domh­nall Glee­son at the Eu­ro­pean Pre­miere of The Lit­tle Stranger in the Light­house Cin­ema

Ray D'Arcy and Al­li­son Keat­ing at the launch of Al­li­son's book The Se­cret Lives Of Adults at Dubray Books

Bren­dan Glee­son at the Eu­ro­pean Pre­miere of The Lit­tle Stranger at the Light­house Cin­ema

Rachel Allen and Kathryn Thomas at the Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships in Tul­lam­ore

Fiona Michale and Doire­ann Hughes at the pre­view screen­ing of Cora - The Great­est in the Stella

Brook Wright and Sian Wal­ton at the open­ing of the Cou­ture Club in Dun­drum Town Cen­tre

Jes­sica Ram­sey and Lu­cianne Hughes at the launch of Joanna For­tune's new book 15 Minute Par­ent­ing at Dubray Books

Lor­raine Keane, Susan O'Dwyer and Peter Devlin at the Make-A-Wish End of Sum­mer BBQ in the Sandy­mount Ho­tel

Jor­dan Ojo and Joe Ajoku of Hot Press at the SARI tournament

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