“Look at the current Fianna Fáil line-up. Not a single TD from the majority gender” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Fiach Mac Conghail’s flurry of tweets about the Abbey’s men-only main stage programme for 2016, was massively counterproductive. The national theatre (...)

Never had it easy: it took Eimear McBride nearly a decade to get A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing into print

The mother of the Irish novel, Frances Sheridan, was brought up to be illiterate. Her father didn’t want her to be able to read, and her brothers had (...)

Lady Gregory: “In a so-called rationalist age, it’s easy to dismiss Augusta Gregory and her cabal (Yeats, George Russell) as crazy mystics, away with the faerie. Maybe, having grown used to the government of jumped-up parish-pumpers and second-hand car salesmen, we forget that the State was founded not by coin-fondlers, but folk who fancied themselves as patriots, poets and, dare we say it, visionaries.” Photograph: Hulton Getty

(Visit our Women Writers microsite here) Lady Gregory is probably better known as a dramatist, theatre director and Irish Literary Revivalist t(...)

The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

An autographed theatre programme recently acquired by the UCD Library reminds us that even in a digital age, printed documents with ink inscrip(...)