Archbishop Desmond Tutu:  called for urgent and comprehensive inquiry. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United Nations assistant secretary gener(...)

Cast of dozens: Stephen Jones and Damian Kearney in Stones in His Pockets

If you look around Irish theatre right now, the stage seems to be teeming with characters, but backstage the dressing rooms are pretty much emp(...)

Little Thing, Big Thing Draíocht, Dublin **** How’s this for getting right to the point: “Your father wants me to take this old film roll (...)

Janet Moran and Steve Blount in ‘Swing’

The word “dramaturg” is not universally popular among the playwrights of Ireland. I was in a reading with one of my favourite writers, who gave out sp(...)

Donal O’Kelly in Fionnuala, a one-person show about the Shell Corrib gas project

Anybody who visits Edinburgh in August will experience a daily combination of ease and struggle. That is the natural condition in one of the hilliest (...)

Director Ken Loach in Jim Gralton’s native Co Leitrim last week scouting for locations with a view to shooting the film Jimmy’s Hall in the late summer. Photograph: Matt Carr/Getty Images

Director Ken Loach is to make a film about Jim Gralton, the only Irish man to have been deported from Ireland. Loach wa(...)

‘Tomorrow’s day-long school at Liberty Hall will revolve around the theme of human rights, Francis and Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington’s life-long obsession. It will be rounded off with drama: extracts from a work-in-progress by Donal O’Kelly (above)’.

The second annual Sheehy Skeffington School takes place this weekend, and an e-mail from the organisers set me reading again about the shameful(...)

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