Patrick O’Reilly with his installation Thorn at his exhibition in The Shed at Galway Docks. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Western Correspondent Giant inflatable crustaceans will cruise the streets of Galway today as the city kicks off its international arts festival, whic(...)

Marty Rea in Be Infants in Evil

Everyone has a unique way of listening. The director Oonagh Murphy bows her head in contemplation, but lifts her eyes above the script, as though v(...)

President Michael D Higgins: accompanies by group of key officials and dignatories. Photograph: Alan Betson

At least eight key Government advisors and senior civil servants attended last week’s royal banquet at Windsor Castle for the (...)

Acclaimed playwright MJ Molloy, a native of Milltown, Co Galway

The centenary of the birth of playwright MJ Molloy, once described as “the greatest master of Irish folk thea(...)

Garry Hynes, artistic director of Druid; Prof Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway and  Marie Mullen, Druid at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin  for the launch of the Druid Academy

nDruid goes to collegeNUIG is further capitalising on its role in theatre and drama education, cementing its relationship with Galway’s Druid Theatre,(...)

The Abbey Theatre circa 1930. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Last Saturday, this newspaper published one of the more extraordinary articles about the Abbey Theatre, or indeed any theatre, that I have ever read. (...)

Keith Duffy, Garry Hynes and Aisling O’Sullivan in Galway for the first day of rehearsals for Druid’s “Big Maggie” by John B Keane in February 2011. Hynes is to become adjunct professor at NUIG.

Druid Theatre and NUI Galway (NUIG) are to deepen their long relationship with a new “Druid Academy” to train the “theatre-makers of the future”.Tony-(...)

Kelly McAuley and Marie Mullen in The Colleen Bawn
The Colleen Bawn

The Colleen BawnBlack Box, Galway****Dion Boucicault’s mastery of stagecraft is easy to admire, but striking the right melodramatic note for his work (...)

Success stories: Eileen Walsh in the Abbey production of Terminus, written and directed by Mark O’Rowe, at the Peacock theatre in  2007. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

There is a campaign, in the crumpled city of Dublin, to take disused properties and re-energise them with artistic occupation. The idea has swelled in(...)

Phil Chevron’s  funeral procession left the Mansion House to the sound of his own version of Thousands Are Sailing, which became a Pogues classic and is recognised as one of the finest songs about Irish emigration. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Pogues and Radiators from Space star Phil Chevron’s funeral service - or his “grand finale” as his sister called it - was bookended today by his two b(...)