The Wrap

A list of things for your reading, watching and listening pleasure. Updated every week.

(1) I spent Friday afternoon walking around Dublin city-centre listening to this and I’d say I wasn’t the only one. An album for the ages from Kendrick Lamar. Forget about the 28 words from Bono – so great to see so many people getting excited about what is a sliver of a contribution – and get into tracks like “Fear” or “Love” (with a superb assist from Zacari) instead. All hail King Kendrick

(2) The Fab Vinny story: it’s 30 years since 2fm and MT-USA host Vincent Hanley died and Una Mullally does a champion job of telling the story of his life and times in this fine long-read. Like all great pieces, it leaves a few X-marks-the-spot clues for future diggers to hone in on for other pieces. As an aside, the story of how MT-USA used to be made is crai.

(3) The mark of a great sports piece is when it makes you want to read about a sport you’ve no interest in. Malachy Clerkin went to Lisbon in search of the story of Joao Carvalho, the MMA fighter who died after a fight at Dublin’s National Stadium a year ago. It’s quite a tale.

(4) I contribute regular reviews and features to RTE Radio One’s Arena show and we started a series on record label histories the other night. First up was Island Records and you can hear about some of the colour around Chris Blackwell’s label here.

(5) The best clickbait article ever about volcanos: the world’s five deadliest volcanoes. Here’s a deceptively peaceful picture of Changbaishan on the border between China and North Korea.


(6) What Dublin’s Bull Island looked like 50 years ago. “In 1967, Dublin Corporation appointed a full-time park ranger to patrol the Island. In addition a boundary fence will be erected…a speed limit of 12 miles per hour will be imposed on motorists using the foreshore.,,,,seats will be provided on the Island, bathing huts will be refurbished and health inspectors will make checks on the Island’s catering huts.”