Actress Meryl Streep at the premiére of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the Savoy cinema in Dublin in September 1998. She played Kate Murphy in the screen adaptation of Friel’s play. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Meryl Streep has paid tribute to the playwright Brian Friel describing him as a “tender dramatist, an insightful humanist and a lovely man”. Streep st(...)

Leon Walsh Vaughan, Kemal Souleyman and Zach Bay Hammond watch Kojak perform at the Caravan Club Extravaganza as part of the AKA in Kilkenny over the weekend. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

A couple of days at the Kilkenny Arts Festival can be akin to a close encounter with mind-altering substances. Want to change the way you see t(...)

Breathtaking: Marty Rea Richard is like nothing on earth, an ethereal creature who seems to float over the ground in his Japanese robes. This captures exactly the conception of kingship that will doom him in DruidShakespeare

The most obvious thing about Garry Hynes’s extraordinary production of Shakespeare’s Henry plays is that it is not as previously advertised. When the (...)

Druid Theatre artistic director  Garry Hynes. Ms Hynes has said that the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum was an ‘extraordinary event’ during an address at NUI Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes has described the passing of the recent marriage equality referendum as an “extraordinary event”, but ha(...)

Prince Charles on the Burren shakes hands with local farmer Oliver Nagle with his father Pat (right) during his visit to the locality. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 24 hours after the historic handshake and private meeting with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Britain’s Prince Charles is due to visit Mullaghmore(...)

Derbhle Crotty as Henry IV. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

Mick Lally Theatre, Galway ****There’s nothing quite as beautiful, or as torturous, as the crown of England we see in Druid’s remarkable staging of Sh(...)

Britain’s Prince Charles and his partner Camilla Parker-Bowles will visit Mullaghmore harbour, where the prince’s great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten died in an IRA bombing almost 36 years ago. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Reuters

Britain’s Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles begin their four-day trip to Ireland on Tuesday with a visit to NUI Galway’s (N(...)

Gary Lydon, Peter Campion, Rosa Mikela and David Mc Savage in Decadent’s production of The Pillowman by Martin Mc Donagh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A few years ago, the director Andrew Flynn got into his car and hit the road. His Galway-based company had been staging productions at the Town Hal(...)

Garry Hynes and Martha O’Neill after their civil partnership ceremony  in Galway yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes and film producer Martha O’Neill have become civil partners at a private function in Galway. Druid’s Mick (...)

Performing arts students  taking the Macnas module at NUIG

When I was in my Leaving Cert year, open days were seen as respite – a break from the books, a trip to the big smoke, a day out with friends. If we(...)