Bookmarked is Cúirt’s weekly roundup of entertaining recommendations.

It’s that time of the week again – the Cúirt team have gotten together to discuss the latest news and updates in literature & culture.

Our discussion has prompted the compilation of a list of cultural events, musical updates, book recommendations and informative podcasts. From poetry to podcasts, new releases and local news, our goal is to share creativity & inspire community engagement and interaction.

We welcome submissions from all aspects of the arts. To be featured as part of Bookmarked, please email or tag us on social media using the hashtag #Cuirt2021.

Denise Chaila – Go Bravely

Congratulations to Denise Chaila, who has been awarded the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Album of the Year Award 2020. Go Bravely is Chaila’s debut album, after the recognisable success of her 2019 EP, ‘Duel Citizenship’.

The album is an excellent introduction to her music and everything she’s about to unleash onto the world. The lyrics tackle the duality of feeling powerful and also being terrified of putting yourself out there. The win is well deserved and shows that the world should keep an eye on Limerick city!

Here at Cúirt, our favourite tracks are ‘CHAILA’, ‘ANSEO’, featuring Jafaris, and ‘Go Bravely’, featuring MuRli. Have a listen – she honestly just makes such fantastic music!

You can download the album here:

ROPES 2021 – Open Mic Night

The NUI Galway ROPES team are hosting an Open Mic Night on Friday, March 19th. 

ROPES is a literary journal produced annually by MA students in NUI Galway. The journal is dedicated to showcasing a broad and inclusive range of work by providing a platform to exhibit literature and art from emerging creatives.

To take part in the Open Mic Night, send a copy of your piece of work to

Tickets are only €3, and all proceeds go to COPE Galway.

To buy a ticket, visit the ROPES website:

Made in Cork: Play It By Ear Rehearsed Readings

The Everyman is pleased to present Made in Cork: Play It by Ear Rehearsed Readings, a compilation of nine rehearsed readings from the acclaimed audio broadcast programme Play It by Ear.

Written by Cork writers and performed by Cork actors; each of the rehearsed readings were originally streamed live and recorded from The Everyman in Cork in 2020, as part of Play It by Ear.

The readings will be available from 1st – 31st of March.

For more information and to book:

Irish History Podcast

While we are positive that many of you will have already come across this compelling podcast, we still felt it deserved mention.

The podcast is hosted by Fin Dwyer, who is a historian, author and podcaster. From the Norman Invasion to the Maamtrasna Murders, the Phoenix Park Murders to The Great Famine, these podcasts are filled to the brim with fascinating information about our country’s past. Dwyer delivers the information like you’ve never heard before.

If you have even the slightest bit of an interest in Irish history, give it a listen – we guarantee you’ll be hooked!

You can access the podcast here:

Pure Gold – John Patrick McHugh

Published by New Island books in February, we highly recommend this debut collection of short stories by John Patrick McHugh.

‘Two boys set fires while their worlds fall apart. A couple embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. A widow seeks a stranger’s help to bury her grief. A horse crashes a house party’.

The extensive variety of characters, scenarios and storylines in McHugh’s writing makes for a compelling and irresistible compilation of short stories. Set on a fictional island off the coast of Mayo, the selection of tales translate as both familiar and entirely bizarre to the reader.

We thoroughly enjoyed this collection – cannot recommend it enough!

You can order it from Kenny’s here:

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