Disco Pigs: Eileen Walsh and Cillian Murphy re-enact their birth in Enda Walsh’s play. Photograph: Martin Healy

Twenty years ago a young theatre company in Cork decided to take a gamble. Pat Kiernan, the founder of Corcadorca, had invited Enda Walsh, a Dubliner (...)

Sibéal Davitt. Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

Commemorative art is usually fixed and inert: solid monuments providing a frozen history lesson for future generations. A performance has a shorter(...)

Adventure Capital (2015) by Sean Lynch. Photograph: copyright Studioworks Photography 2016

Ireland at Venice – Adventure: Capital Sean Lynch Limerick City Art Gallery ****  There is an air of square-cut solidity to Sean Lynch(...)

Nora Hickey M’Sichili: “Paris is a very international city. I’m Irish, my husband is Zambian, so for me it was very healthy.” Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Parisian taxi drivers smile when you say that you’re from Ireland and want to go to Rue des Irlandais, a quiet street just behind the Panthéon in the (...)

At the Place de la République impromptu public art was taking its place on people’s cameras. Volunteers were picking their way gently through the commemorative flowers and removing those that really had given up their ghosts. Photograph: Fintan Vallely

Dear readers, An artist friend, Claire Espanel, was showing her work in Paris at the Mac2000 exhibition: spirit-like pieces, including a haunting r(...)

Every week, The Women’s Podcast asks listeners a question and this week, in preparation for a special food episode of the podcast next week, presen(...)

Almost 600 members of the Irish theatre community gathered at the Abbey Theatre on Thursday afternoon to lobby for equality for women working in the a(...)

Japanese pavilion: thousands of keys hang as part of Chiharu Shiota’s installation The Key in the Hand, at the 56th Biennale of Arts, in Venice. Photograph: Domenico Stinellis/AP

International art fairs are like art supermarkets for the wealthy, and they have come to dominate the contemporary-art market. Art biennials, on the o(...)

Back row, Máire Hastings, Stella McCusker and Máire Ní Ghráinne; front row, Helen Roche, Andrew Bennett and Fiona Bell in rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe was in full swing on a recent evening in the Abbey Theatre rehearsal room. It(...)

Gina Moxley (Helena) and Barry McGovern (Demetrius) in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** Shakespeare isn’t getting any younger. Just last year Romeo and Juliet returned to (...)