Down but not out: Antonio Banderas in The 33

Patricia Riggen’s film about the 2010 Chilean mining accident isn’t really worth travelling far to see. But it’s worth being nice to. Made with the c(...)

“Nearly 20 years ago, I went to the Project Arts Centre in Dublin to see a play called Ladies and Gentlemen by Emma Donoghue, who now has an Oscar nomination for adapting her superb novel, Room. The play wasn’t all that good.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Put the word Oscar into a word-association test and most of our political leaders won’t say “Wilde”, they’ll say “nomination”. Last week, when the Osc(...)

Actor Mick Lally, also deceased, with Wesley Burrowes at a book launch in RTÉ.

Wesley Burrowes, who has died aged 85, was the most outstanding TV popular dramatist of the first 50 years of Irish television. When he was was inte(...)

As well as currently working on an animated short film, Genieve Figgis   has an exhibition opening in Los Angeles over Oscar weekend.

Caoimhe Kilfeather Artist One of a generation of sculptors from Ireland steadily gathering international acclaim, Caoimhe Kilfeather had a busy 2015(...)

Joe Lynch in a classic pose as Dinny Byrne in TV series Glenroe. File photograph: RTÉ

As principal writer of two hugely popular television series based in rural Ireland, Wesley Burrowes had an unlikely background. He was a Northern Pr(...)

Scriptwriter Wesley Burrowes has died at the age of 85. File photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Playwright and screenwriter Wesley Burrowes, best known for creating the long-running RTÉ drama Glenroe, has died aged 85 following a long illness. B(...)

Bono at Leopardstown Races, who features in the 20-year-old interviews. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A series of documentaries based on 20-year-old interviews with President Michael D Higgins, Bono and Gabriel Byrne were dropped from RTÉ Radio 1’s sch(...)

Michael D Higgins and Joe Jackson: In the interview, Mr Higgins highlighted his belief that culture can be a site of ideological struggle and that art can be used in a hegemonic sense.

These days Michael D Higgins is restricted by the Constitution and presidential propriety in terms of what he can say in public. In 1993, however, h(...)

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(...)

President Michael D Higgins presented Nobel Prize-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award at a special ceremony  at Áras an Uachtaráin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

British solicitor and human rights activist Gareth Peirce is among 10 people who have received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Ms Pei(...)