From left, Danielle Galligan, Kate Gilmore, Lisa Lambe, Karen McCartney and Sophie Jo Wasson in The Train.  Photograph: Keith Dixon

The Train Project Arts Centre **** When it comes to women’s history, change is hard-fought and slowly won. Over the last 44 years, there have been cou(...)

Actors Karen McCartney, Lisa Lambe and Sophie Jo Wasson re-enact a scene from Train at Connolly station in Dublin 2:06

‘We’ll see if any of the actors have northern-sounding accents,” Derrywoman Nell McCafferty says of Rough Magic’s latest venture, The Train. Th(...)

HJ Lim: gives the impression that, musically speaking, punctuation and cadence are of little concern to her

Korean pianist HJ Lim created quite a stir three years ago. She arrived on the recording scene in spectacular style in her mid-20s. EMI Classics to(...)

Conor McPherson, director and playwright  in New York in 2013. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Conor McPherson, Brian Friel and Enda Walsh are just some of the Irish authors to feature in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. The programme has(...)

There’s a sense of past, present and future these days on Orwell Park: period homes and builders vans on what has been, and will be again – once th(...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)

Lion tamer Bill Stephens: keep three lions in a cage at the back of a suburban Dublin garage

In our health and safety obsessed age it seems implausible that anybody would keep three lions in a cage at the back of a suburban Dublin garage. In (...)

Geraldine Branagan, Phil Coulter and Eamonn Campbell at the funeral at Mount Jerome, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jim McCann was “one of the brightest, wittiest, and sweetest men I ever knew,” songwriter Phil Coulter said at the singer’s funeral in Dublin. “He wa(...)

Building workers vans parked along Orwell Park, Rathgar, Dublin where building  is taking place for two new housing schemes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Passing through Rathgar’s Orwell Park, one might experience a sense of déjà vu seeing armies of workmen, hoardings covering multimillion euro house(...)

A cultural highlight: Tens of thousands people turned out to watch Royal de Luxe’s Grandmother crossing Sarsfield Bridge in Limerick. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

The biggest event of Limerick’s year as National City of Culture had 250,000 people watching a giant granny move about a city, as she captivated he(...)