Brian Clough: “We’ve done it as I assume everybody wants to do their job: nicely, honourably and well.”   (AP Photo/PA)

In the delicious recent documentary I Believe in Miracles, there’ s a clip of Brian Clough being asked how he and Peter Taylor had achieved one of the(...)

Graffiti in Brazil depicting the drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi. It reads: “Peace, abandoned”. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

‘Must Christ be crucified in every generation for the benefit of those who have no imagination?” The question posed by Bernard Shaw in his play St Joa(...)

The February 1945 edition of ‘The Bell’, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The author was described only as having “recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin”. He was, in fact, the young Conor Cruise O’Brien, writing under a pseudonym.

The February 1945 edition of The Bell, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The auth(...)

Irish outlook: George Bernard Shaw. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

In June 1915 WB Yeats wrote to his American friend and patron John Quinn about the Great War then raging across Europe. It was, he said, “merely th(...)

Some of our family first met MacDonagh when, shortly after the opening of St Enda’s College, in 1908, my sisters Grace and Muriel and myself were brou(...)

Astro Teller, who oversees Google X, speaks of driverless cars at South by Southwest Interactive. Photograph:  Reuters/Laura Buckman

Now in its 22nd year, the SXSW Interactive event opened the overall festival in Austin with a smorgasbord of tech, business, science, gaming etc. At (...)

For dance music fans, Ireland is not a bad place to be at the minute. Rather than having nowhere to go at the weekend, the more common problem is havi(...)

The Abbey director Fiach Mac Conghail said he hoped for “a constructive working relationship” between the National Theatre and the Arts Council. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Abbey director, Fiach Mac Conghail, has called on the Government “to protect and increase financial support for the arts in Ireland” at the launch(...)

If you only read one story about clichés in theatre criticism this year, make it this one! Shortly after seeing Disney’s mega-musical (...)

Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

1. A date with D8 Take the Liberties Historical Walking Tour and brush up on the woollen district. 2. Memory lane See a chandelier rep(...)