Improv Everywhere ‘Conduct Us’

The Improv Everywhere crew are at it again… the latest mission involved putting a Carnegie Hall orchestra in the middle of New York City and placing an empty podium in front of the musicians with a sign that read, “Conduct Us.” Random New Yorkers who accepted the challenge were given the opportunity to conduct this world-class orchestra. With mixed results, the orchestra responded to the conductors, altering their tempo and performance accordingly.

Donegal Lighthouse Makes Top Ten

It’s great to see Donegal’s Fanad Lighthouse on this list of the world’s most beautiful lighthouses. We’re excited by its upcoming renovation and plans for a coffee and craft shop and look forward to the day that this impressive structure is open to the public. It’s exactly the kind of development required to boost tourism in the county.

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Seamus Heaney, Keeper Of Language

The country and wider world is mourning the loss of a great man with the passing this week of poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney.

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We had the pleasure of meeting the Derry man, and his wife Marie, at Artists / Heaney / Books: An Exhibition at IMMA celebrating the poet’s 70th birthday in 2009. IMMA specially commissioned a beautiful pair of prints by English-born artist, Barrie Cooke, and Seamus Heaney. The above Louis le Brocquy portrait of Heaney was also part of Imma Editions.

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Heaney leaves behind a wealth of material to remember him by. Here he reads one of our favourite poems, ‘Digging’