Backstage at 24 Hour Plays: stage managers work out lighting and musical cues during tech rehearsals. Photograph: Peter Crawley

Leaving home at 6am on a freezing Sunday earlier this month, after less than an hour of sleep and dressed in a makeshift uniform of black clothing (...)

Riverdance (in which Michael Flatley danced) and its spin-offs are the ultimate examples of Irish-influenced entertainment produced in a universal and engaging format

Could Irish language movies and songs ever compete in the global entertainment market? Some 70 per cent of Hollywood’s box office revenue now c(...)

Ruby Wax, who holds a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford, is due to be interviewed by playwright John Breen on November 17th in Westport. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Comedian Ruby Wax, historian Prof Diarmaid Ferriter, writer Gerry Stembridge and poet Geraldine Mitchell are among participants lined up for this yea(...)

When word began to spread about something called “the Hay festival” – planned for the Co Meath town of Kells this weekend – there were those who thoug(...)