(...), for its music programme, The Crane Lane Theatre. You know the reasons to go to Cork for such events(...)

(...) flush of creativity. Over the years she has dabbled in everything from acting in theatre, TV and film(...)

 Brian Friel, with the gold Torc, which is the symbol of the office of Saoi, to mark his election as Saoi in Aosdána. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Francophile, later retitled A Doubtful Paradise, is premiered by the Group Theatre, in Belfast. The same year(...)

Playwright Brian Friel and his wife Anne taking a break at the Patrick MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal. Photograph: Declan Doherty

In 1981 Brian Friel wrote some lines for the MacGill Summer School brochure of that year that have been proudly used since then. They are, I think,(...)

Michael Palin, co-founder of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’, travel author and television presenter. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

(...) at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, on October 29th; ticketmaster.com (...)

Joe Dowling directed Faith Healer at the  Guthrie Theatre in 2009. Photograph: T Charles Erickson

Before I met Brian Friel, his work changed my life. When, as a theatre-mad teenager, I saw the(...)

Brian Friel photographed near his home by Bobbie Hanvey.

Gunning for Sheriff May 21st, 1957  When the new TV transmitter goes up on Sheriffs Mountain, I can foresee that we will be the only fam(...)

Brian Friel at his front door. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey

My introduction to Brian Friel’s work came in 1991, at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, when I was(...)

(...) and through the Customs barriers at Connolly station. There was more than a small element of theatre(...)

Aisling O’Neill as Chris, Andrea Irvine as Kate and Derbhle Crotty as Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa at the Gate Theatre, 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish theatre. The story of a young man on the eve of emigration from a small town in Donegal – our(...)