Laurence Kinlan, Kate Stanley-Brennan and Adrian Dunbar in The Night Alive by Conor McPherson. Photograph: Chris Heaney 3:13

The Dublin Theatre Festival officially opens for business Thursday night, with 28 shows in store between now and October 11th. The programme fe(...)

Money talks: Morgan Jones as Seán FitzPatrick in The Guarantee

On the night of September 29th, 2008, the Irish government opted to guarantee virtually the entire domestic banking system, a decision that would i(...)

Let’s bail: Peter Coonan as David Drumm and and Morgan Jones as Seán FitzPatrick in The Guarantee

It’s only been six years since the imminent collapse of Anglo- Irish Bank inspired the sitting government to guarantee the holdings of that institu(...)

Actor Peter Coonan will star in The Guarantee on TV3 this season. The station announced its autumn-winter schedule today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

TDs living on social welfare, a brutal family feud that threatens to envelop an entire community and a documentary series about people living on islan(...)

Peter Coonan as David Drumm in The Guarantee

One of the two dramatic characters in the main picture above is a foul-mouthed egotist who is paranoid about his enemies and deeply entangled in the p(...)

 Sean Fitzpatrick: will be played by Morgan Jones in The Guarantee.  Photograph: Eric Luke

“It is a gripping drama of classical proportions, in which the tragic hero is Ireland,” says the press release for a film scheduled to begin productio(...)

Mark Lambert and Peter Daly in Guaranteed!

It is a sunny Saturday in late September 2008, and the chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank is nervous. In the preceding months, the global financial c(...)

At the Kilkenomics Optimistic Economics Brunch Show in Kilkenny yesterday were (from left) Bill Black, Louise Cooper and Peter Antonioni. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

“Leave the jokes alone!” warns comedian Karl Spain, after former US banking regulator Bill Black upstages him with a gag on the Friday night of Kilken(...)

“The notion that an orderly and low-cost liquidation of Anglo could have happened in the Irish context just weeks after the collapse of Lehman is a fantasy.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It is not often that a column narrowly confined to economic matters gets to discuss theatre. Colin Murphy’s dramatisation of the events surrounding(...)

Peter Daly in Fishamble’s Guaranteed!

Guaranteed! Draíocht, Blanchardstown Three starsIt’s hard to say whether the emergence this week of the Anglo tapes helps or hurts Colin Murphy’s deta(...)