The Olympic flame lighting ceremony at Olympia in Greece: there are two Greeces: “the Greece whose glory everyone wants to restore – classical, democratic, philosophical, heroic – and the Greece on the map”. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

In his 1969 play The Mundy Scheme, Brian Friel asked “What happens to an emerging country after it has emerged?” I think I’ve found Greece’s answer. (...)

The 63-year-old Ballymena man is to receive an Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award at the Iftas tonight at the Mansion House

Liam Neeson – aka Michael Collins, a Jedi, Oskar Schindler, God (in the sitcom Rev), an otherworldly lion deity, a Batman villain, the avenging fury o(...)

Writing Observe the Sons of Ulster was an eye-opener for Frank McGuinness, a Catholic republican

In 1985, as the Troubles ground mercilessly on, the memory of the first World War was still a source of division. In the Republic there was a willed a(...)

Artistic director Vanessa Fielding and Annemarie Kilshaw

Ramp – Roger O’Neill The Complex, Dublin ★★★★ Temple Bar became a cultural quarter because the district was earmarked as a bus station. Relative d(...)

From Offaly and Clare to Disney and CNN:  Una Fox, Samantha Barry, Margaret Molloy, Leda Connaughton-Deeny, Hylda Queally, Anne Morrison and Blathnaid Healy

Anne Morrison Chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Morrison was appointed chair of the British Academy of Film and Television A(...)

Donal McCann as Frank Hardy in the Abbey Theatre’s Irish premiere of Faith Healer in 1980. Photograph: Fergus Bourke, courtesy of the Abbey Theatre

We asked some of this year’s nominees for The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards to recall an influential piece of theatre that helped to shape their v(...)

‘I don’t think “Cyprus Avenue” is a loyalist play. It’s about loyalism,’ says Stephen Rea, who appears in the play at the Abbey Theatre in February 2016. Photograph: Dave Meehan

This is a safe place. Cyprus Avenue, a new play by the Belfast writer David Ireland, begins with gentle reassurance. “Here it’s okay to say anything y(...)

Basil Blackshaw’s portrait of Brian Friel

One of Ireland’s most enigmatic artists Basil Blackshaw – who once attended an art exhibition with a bag over his head rather than be photographed – h(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

Aaron Long, one of the programme’s graduates, with Donegal TD and Minister of State Joe McHugh.

As locals will testify, it’s no secret that the roads of Donegal are among the worst in the country when it comes to safety statistics. The county ha(...)