Constantin Gurdgiev, who is part of the line-up for the Kilkenomics festival, a three-day mash-up of economics and comedy taking place in Kilkenny next month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So many bubbles are popping up in the Irish economy that it’s in danger of turning into an Aero bar. Another one clearly emerging, which policymakers (...)

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in RTÉ’s  ‘Love/Hate’

The nights, like the football transfer window, are closing in fast, signalling that it’s time to give up on life and get a Netflix subscription. Alter(...)

Aisling Franciosi (centre) of The Fall, with presenters Miriam O’Callaghan and Ryan Tubridy at the launch of RTÉ’s new season of programming. Photograph: Eric Luke

"Why do we do it? Chase power. Cling to power – when we’re all destined to lose it someday?” a former taoiseach asks in RTÉ’s forthcoming series of(...)

Sean Moncrieff: an accomplished radio performer who flirts with flippancy.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

He has a reputation as an erudite and informed chap, so it comes as something of a surprise to hear Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) suddenl(...)

Zrinka Cvitesic, winner of the best actress in a musical award for ‘Once’ poses in the press room at the Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera Housein London. Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

The West End adaptation of the film Once took two awards at the prestigious Laurence Olivier award ceremony in London last night. Dublin(...)

We’ll miss Brian O’Driscoll’s  magic alright, and another win in Paris is the only fitting end. The real question is, what in hell are we going to do without him? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

So there we were looking at Ireland-Italy from the bowels of the West End theatre where yours truly is appearing in Conor McPherson’s (...)

Brian Cox: ‘My family are all Irish. They were forced to move, to wander and be uprooted.’ Above, in Conor McPherson’s The Weir. Photograph: Helen Warner

Shortly after 6pm, the stalls and balconies in the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End are empty. A faint smell of paint and wax lies in the bac(...)

My dad was all about work, public service and helping people. I reacted against the serious side of life. I had a pretty chaotic childhood. I grew (...)

Former solicitor Thomas Byrne (47) arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today. Photograph: Collins Courts.

The then minister for justice Michael McDowell was a guest speaker at Thomas Byrne’s Christmas Party in the Four Seasons, the trial of the former soli(...)

Songwriter Julie Feeney’s first foray into opera, “explosive” South African theatre, Australian circus and a “Big Top Night at the Proms” are among th(...)