Sunday Long Reads: Bohemian footballers on the front lines of WW1; Gorse Hill property in pictures, and why Moonlight deserved to win

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After an eventful week of varied news, there's plenty to choose from in this week's Long Reads.

Following on from the mix-up drama at the Oscars, we take a look at why Moonlight is one of the most deserving & daring 'Best Picture' recipients in a very long time.

Take a look at the controversial Gorse Hill property as it is back on the market, recognised as the lavish family home in the middle of the Brian O’Donnell legal saga.

We speak to Bohemian FC member and history enthusiast Gerard Farrell about why so many Bohs players ended up on the front lines during The Great War, and we examine whether the EU could in face make Ireland introduce water charges.

And your daily dose of culture? That comes in the form of celebrating the young people who are giving a new lease of life to Ireland's poetry and spoken word scene.

Opinion: Moonlight is the best 'Best Picture' winner in decades

Moonlight is among the quietest, most subtle films to ever grace a 'Best Picture' shortlist.

Whereas some films coast along to the Oscars on the back of a few strong performances, Moonlight is the complete picture. The cast is uniformly excellent, including three actors who are completely convincing as the protagonist.

But even in a year when the competition was so strong, there's cause for extra celebration: because, in a genuinely surprising moment, the best film won.

In Pictures: Controversial Gorse Hill goes up for sale

Gorse Hill in Killiney, Co Dublin is on the market for an asking price of €8,500,000.

Brian O’Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia fought Bank of Ireland to keep the property, which was also ‘barricaded’ for a time by members of the so-called New Land League.

Standing on elevated terraced gardens extending to two acres, the property – built in 2000 – is a two storey double fronted residence with "uninterrupted views" of Killiney Bay from virtually all sections of the gardens.

The view to Killiney | Image: Sherry FitzGerald

Bohemian FC: Men at War

By 1914, unrest on an entirely different scale had gripped Europe and the world was about to witness its first Great War, which would shape the continent largely the way we see it today.

Because the supporters and players of football in Ireland when the Great War Broke out were of lower and working class, many of those involved in the then-amateur Bohemian Football Club went to fight on the front lines.

Ireland has "got all of these top quality players at this time and then all of a sudden, war breaks out. Players leave for the front. But in Ireland, they continue on the domestic season and carry on playing into 1915."

Can the EU make Ireland introduce water charges?

After a few months of relative calm, the ongoing political row over the future of water charges has erupted yet again, with the latest controversy surrounding Housing Minister Simon Coveney's suggestion that he would not bring forward laws if the new system did not include charges for households who waste water.

Minister Coveney says European law requires those measures, and he will not legislate to get rid of them.

Fianna Fáil - which supports water being paid for through general taxation - has also indicated that it has legal advice suggesting abolition would comply with EU directives.

Ireland's youth revives poetry one word at a time

From pre-Christian folk poets inscribing their sagas on manuscripts and enjoying oral poetry as a means of entertainment to the more recent 'poets revolt' following 1916, prose has had an everlasting place in Irish culture.

Increased globalisation in Ireland has led to a younger generation of poets seeking influences as varied as post-war Polish poets and Contemporary Americans and combining them with new mediums, like video and live performances, making poetry increasingly on trend.

People are paving the way for change in the country, and the lively poetry scene in Ireland reflects that.