What’s In It?
Seamus L. Moore takes a look at RTE and sets out to answer the age old question of “why is RTE so shite”? We also finally get around to crucifying Ryan Tubridy with cutting prose in our Gombeen section…
In our Look Up column Eoin O’Mahony tells rabble how he tried to hide the whack of Benjy with Gauloises and angsty French fillums in the soon to be demolished Screen Cinema.
With the dust settled on the dispute between tram drivers Donal Fallon serves up some of his old time fables and looks back at major strikes involving Dublin’s tram drivers.
In our rabble babble section, Jamie Goldrick catches up with Risteard O Domhnaill to talk about his new film Atlantic and his experience with crowdfunding, and the struggles of finding broadcasters for politically sensitive issues.
Simon Coveney designated the glass bottle plant as a Strategic Development Zone in Ringsend hinting at an unholy triumvirate of social exclusion, vulture funds and tech sector worship that is quickly reshaping our city. Rashers Tierney takes a look.
Sean Finnan spoke to Smári McCarthy, one of the organisers of the IMMI and also one of the founders of the Icelandic Pirate Party about the hopes of making Iceland a safe haven for digital journalism.
Investigative journalist Gemma O’Doherty has garnered a reputation as a tenacious old-school reporter. She’s currently championing the case of Mary Boyle, a six-year-old Donegal girl missing since 1977. Rashers Tierney interviews her.
Alan O’Brien takes a look at two Dubliners whose whose backgrounds couldn’t contrast anymore entirely. Two of Dublin’s finest wordweavers, Samuel Beckett and Brendan Behan.
Simon Price sat down with Galway’s February and Mars for a quickie to talk about their heady brew of intergalactic space funk and psychedelic rock and roll.
Guerilla Studios stakes a claim to be THE studio for underground bands in Dublin. Bit Thompson caught up with John ‘Spud’ Murphy and asked why they set up a recording studio when the arse has fallen out of the industry.
Smithfield Square’s Generator Hostel is full with international visitors. Yet it’s hard to shake the feeling that something is missing. Martin Leen looks at how new rental realities are killing art spaces.
Women are notoriously underrepresented in film, both in front of, and behind the camera. Mog Kavanagh takes a look at some festivals and filmmakers bucking the trend in Ireland.
You could go out every weekend and never see a woman DJing. James Beggan chats to two collectives changing all of that.
…and lots of other bits.
An Expensive Game
Running a free alternative magazine carries with it some hefty cost. And we’re not even talking about our own time.
- Rent is 400 euro a month. We have a space in the north inner city and it’s really become essential to our team work. We were dying on our arse before we got it.
- We pay 1500 euro a year for our web hosting. Mental money. But those big hits cost and we tried every bit of hackery we could to avoid the upgrade.
- Each print issue costs in the region of 2000 euro. Paper doesn’t grow on trees, oh wait…
- Distribution across the country costs about 400 euro each time. We ask for donations when folk ask for bundles, but sometimes we have to subsidise the costs when peeps are broke. It’s important to do so.
- When we say the print issue barely breaks even, we mean it. Reader donations and ethical advertising are fundamental to our model.