‘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(...)

Gabriel Byrne reading from Philadelphia Here I come at a memorial  to the late Brian Friel at the Samuel J. Friedman theatre in New York on Monday night. Photograph:   James Higgins

Humour was tinged with sadness at a celebration of the life, work and wit of Brian Friel as friends and collaborators remembered the greatest Irish pl(...)

Brian Friel:  Lights ceremony to take place at Samuel J Friedman Theatre. Picture: Matt Kavanagh.

Broadway theatres will dim their lights and a memorial service will be held next month to honour the late Brian Friel. The Irish Repertory Theatre wi(...)

Pope Francis: For now,  he’s saying nothing. Meanwhile his brother bishops flounder in strange waters. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

It was the late Brian Friel who coined the phrase “confusion is not an ignoble condition”. Not many senior prelates in the Catholic Church might agre(...)

The funeral of Brian Friel, at Glenties Cemetery, Co Donegal. Among the mourners was writer Eugene McCabe (left). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As the hearse wound around the coastal roads from Brian Friel’s Greencastle home, on the shores of Lough Foyle, traditional musicians prepared to g(...)

 Brian Friel, with the gold Torc, which is the symbol of the office of Saoi, to mark his election as Saoi in Aosdána. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

1929 Brian Friel born on January 9th in Killyclogher, near Omagh, Co Tyrone, to Sean Friel, a primary-school principal, and Mary McLoone, a pos(...)

Brian Friel photographed near his home by Bobbie Hanvey.

Gunning for Sheriff May 21st, 1957  When the new TV transmitter goes up on Sheriffs Mountain, I can foresee that we will be the only fam(...)