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Music, Sinead O'Connor Was Right: The Irish Rocker Takes Controversial Stands, Usually for Good Reason

Sinead O'Connor Was Right: The Irish Rocker Takes Controversial Stands, Usually for Good Reason

Sinéad O'Connor's website crashed. The error message was Internet-lyrical: "Resource Limit Is Reached." The musician's open letter to Miley Cyrus made O'Connor an Internet flavor of the moment, and with good reason. The letter was honestly written "in the spirit…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pictures of the emerald isle

Pictures of the emerald isle

This year's 10th annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival offers another happy heap of docs, new indies, classics, family fare, and shorts (the latter served with complimentary Magners Irish Hard Cider). Highlights abound. On opening night, director Steph Green,…
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Music, All Shook Down Irish Song Lyrics Rule: 10 Great Lines From Irish Musicians

Irish Song Lyrics Rule: 10 Great Lines From Irish Musicians

We'll leave the debates over why the Irish are such champions of the written word -- Is it the island's strong oral traditions surrounding the seanchai, or storyteller? The rich vein of Celtic folklore? The really awesome beer? -- to…
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News, The Snitch Patrick Power, Person of Interest in Mark McGovern Fracas, Suspended

Patrick Power, Person of Interest in Mark McGovern Fracas, Suspended

Celts player Patrick Power was officially suspended from playing with his Gaelic football team for 96 weeks after his alleged involvement with the off-the-ball fracas that put 22-year-old Mark McGovern in a coma. All along, police have said Power, 27,…
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News, The Snitch Mark McGovern Update: Fundraiser Planned for Gaelic Football Player in Coma

Mark McGovern Update: Fundraiser Planned for Gaelic Football Player in Coma

It's been a month since Mark McGovern, a 22-year-old Gaelic football player, was kicked into a coma while playing a match at Treasure Island -- and police made no arrests. Tonight, the McGovern family is planning to go on KTVU,…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Might Pinch

This Might Pinch

Somewhat miraculously, it remains okay, even encouraged, to mass on a bar’s patio and scream at everything on St. Patrick’s Day. For Maxim boys, it’s no different than rush week, March Madness, and their girlfriends’ spa weekend: It’s a beer…
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Dining, Eat

SFoodie Recommends: Taking Liberties on St. Patrick's Day

March most definitely means the golden-emerald chance to celebrate Ireland and St. Patrick's Day by tippling fine Irish beer and whiskey. This year, you don't need to guzzle your green beer for six hours straight without stopping for a food…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Might Pinch

Somewhat miraculously, it remains okay, even encouraged, to mass on a bar’s patio and scream at everything on St. Patrick’s Day. For Maxim boys, it’s no different than rush week, March Madness, and their girlfriends’ spa weekend: It’s a beer…
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Music, Hear This The Pogues

The Pogues

Shane MacGowan once said the Pogues were his way of overcoming guilt for not laying down his life for Ireland with the IRA. He was probably shit-faced at the time. Despite their punk leanings, the sodden violence that often accompanies…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mission Artist Sendoff

Mission Artist Sendoff

San Francisco artist David Ireland, who passed away in May at age 78, proved to be one of the most challenging figures in a field already brimming with ornery ideas: conceptual art. He liked to upend viewers: “What makes a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Patrick, Yeeeahh, Wooo!

Patrick, Yeeeahh, Wooo!

Behind the scenes with Saint Patrick: Real name: Maewyn Succat. Backstory: Was forced into slavery by Irish raiders (dude was British!). He later returned to Ireland as a missionary because, he wrote, "the Voice of the Irish … cried out,…
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Culture, Stage Edna O&#146;Brien&#146;s <i>Tir</i> <i>na</i> <i>n&Oacute;g</i> Loses Its Magic

Edna O’Brien’s Tir na nÓg Loses Its Magic

Since I attended the world premiere of Edna O'Brien's new play, Tir na nÓg, at the Magic Theatre last week, Chris Smith has been on my mind. Smith, who is leaving the venerable 41-year-old S.F. company this season after just…
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Dining, Eat Call Off the Quest

Call Off the Quest

OK, I know the technology has been around for a long time, but it still amazes me when my friend Carl e-mails me from Japan and says he wants to have dinner at O'Reilly's Holy Grail when he's next in…
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Dining, Eat Feckless Eating

Feckless Eating

When I read R.W. Apple's description of himself in the foreword to his new book, Apple's America, as "never a feckless eater," it was in reference to his "four decades crisscrossing the continent in professional pursuit of politicians ... …
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Fish and Chips

Piccadilly 1348 Polk (at Pine), 771-6477 There are tons of fish-and-chip places in London exactly like the Piccadilly: tiny bare-bones establishments with the interior design of a fast-food joint and the Empire's most positive contribution to global cuisine on…
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Calendar, Night&Day St. Patrick's Day Listings

St. Patrick's Day Listings

Andrew MacNamara & Brendan Hearty: Celtic grooves enchant and delight at this festive celebration, through Saturday, March 20. Plough & Stars, 116 Clement (at Second Ave.), 751-1122. Shay Black: Traditional Irish music session, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 21, sliding scale.…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Welcome to <i>Greendale</i>

Welcome to Greendale

THURS 3/11 Having started his career long before the MTV Age, Neil Young arrived late to the music video party, and since then he's put more energy into making exquisite music than creating visual images. But with the release of…
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Calendar, Night&Day St. Patrick's Day Listings

St. Patrick's Day Listings

Andrew MacNamara & Brendan Hearty: Celtic grooves enchant and delight at this festive celebration, 9 p.m. Thursday, March 11, through Sunday, March 14, Wednesday, March 17, through Saturday, March 20. Free. Plough & Stars, 116 Clement (at Second Ave.), 751-1122.…
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Dining, Eat Irish Eyes

Irish Eyes

It was on a whim that I drove down to Fort Mason one cold and windy night to attend a reading advertised as a conversation with the renowned Irish author Edna O'Brien, on the occasion of the debut of her…
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Culture, Stage All in the Family

All in the Family

A title like Triptych has the sound of a museum piece, a formal study in color and hue. In this case, though, it belongs to a new play by Irish novelist Edna O'Brien that moves like a nightmare through subconscious…
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