Aideen O’Kelly, who has died aged 74 at the Actors’ Fund care home in New Jersey after a long illness, was one of that brilliant generation of young a(...)

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(...)

Something very interesting happened in Irish theatre in the 1960s and 1970s. One of the most basic elements of a play is a character: a coheren(...)