DeCode Volume 1, Issue 1

Volume 1, Issue 1 (April 2012): Our first issue is online only, and intended both as an advertisement for the standard of our writers, designers and photographers, and a demonstration to advertisers of our capacity to put together the magazine. We filled the advertising spaces with free ads from charities and small local businesses that we felt were worthy of our support, and cut four pages of ads from the final intended length of the magazine to make it more readable as an online entity. We’re also extremely proud of the content, which in this case was put together almost entirely in house:

Cover story:

MC Battles – Ireland’s underground hip-hop scene – by Steve Byrne


Filling the empty spaces: Ireland’s unused urban spaces – by Claire Dalton

Behind the world’s last iron curtain: North Korea travel – by James Hendicott

The critique of criticism: Stuart Hall – by Steve O’Rourke

Making the most of the Last Days (Last Days Of 1984 feature interview) – by Claire Dalton

Food for thought: Ireland’s food festivals – by Ken McGuire

Art Of Craft: Jess Byrne’s Bettyoctopus – by Elaine Kirwan

Alice in Funderland – Abbey Theatre musical interview – by Kevin Donellan

News/ Events/ Opinion:

Eleveight – up and coming events, featuring Vantastival, Block Party, Gael Force Events and the Science Gallery

How migration gives Ireland strength – by Helena Clarke

Why some traditions are counterproductive – by Steve O’Rourke

Irish album reviews – Logikparty (feature), Hal, Twin Terrace, Elaine Mai, No Monster Club.

International album reviews – The Mars Volta (feature), The Shins, Pinkunoizu, Soap& Skin, Breton.

Book review – Kevin McDermott’s ‘Valentina’ – by Elaine Kirwan

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