Alan Rickman Liam Neeson and  Aidan Quinn in Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins

Today, the 20th anniversary of Neil Jordan’s film Michael Collins is being marked with a special screening as part of the Dublin Film Festival. Jorda(...)

Aidan Gillen will read James Joyce’s The Dead, with Fergal Murray providing musical accompaniment, in Smock Alley, Dublin, this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

We are in the Cobalt Cafe on North Great George’s Street at a window table on which there is a white paper napkin with the word “reserved” scrawled i(...)

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(...)