Life’s work: the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty

Colm Tóibín Author Favourite play: Hamlet gave me permission to put an antic disposition on whenever the notion took me, to go all melancholy any(...)

Corofin Dramatic Society’s production of ‘A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg’, by Peter Nichols. Photograph: John Kelly

On a frigid Tuesday night in Corofin the only faces to be seen on the street are smiling down from election posters with blow-dried optimism. The loca(...)

Milo O’Shea in 1983. The Irish actor died in New York earlier this week at the age of 86. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Milo O’Shea, the well-known stage, film and television actor, who died on Tuesday aged 86, had a phenomenal memory. Sharing a dressing r(...)