Micheál Dowling: ‘My first impressions were of the immensity and anonymity of the city. The feeling of not being noticed, of not counting for much, was daunting.’

I’m in New York, the place I’ve called home for the past 32 years. Feels like I’m in. It’s sure in me. It’s now very familiar, I have a comfort level (...)

Lancers charge on O’Connell Street for RTÉ’s 1966 series  ‘Insurrection’.

“Undoubtedly the most difficult and ambitious project ever attempted by Irish television.” That’s how the RTV Guide (as it then was) described the TV (...)

Frank Kelly: “he had stories coming out of his ears. It was always incredibly entertaining to be with him.”

Frank Kelly, who has died aged 77, was a wonderfully versatile comic talent who became best known for his portrait of the alcoholic Father Jack Hacket(...)

 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(...)

Aideen O’Kelly, who has died aged 78* at the Actors’ Fund care home in New Jersey after a long illness, was one of that brilliant generation of you(...)

Daphne Carroll  during rehearsals for the  play “The Unexpected Death of Jimmy Blizzard”

Daphne Carroll, who has died aged 91, was one half of a famous Irish acting marriage which in its present generation has produced no fewer than five t(...)

Poet Micheal O’Sidheal at home at Trimleston Avenue, Booterstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Being shown around a house by a poet is quite a different experience to viewing it with an estate agent. While the latter tend to talk about square (...)

 Michael Colgan and Doug Hughes: “He’s sort of like a brother.”

Michael Colgan is artistic director of the Gate Theatre, Dublin, and a film and TV producer. He has brought Gate Theatre productions to the the US and(...)

Aidan Gillen: his character needs to both match and confound Haughey’s public persona. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So Aidan Gillen is to play Charles Haughey in a three-part dramatisation of his political life. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is to be PJ Mara. Laurence Kinlan i(...)

Milo O’Shea in 1983. The Irish actor died in New York earlier this week at the age of 86. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Milo O’Shea, the well-known stage, film and television actor, who died on Tuesday aged 86, had a phenomenal memory. Sharing a dressing r(...)