Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’: Ronan makes Eilis so alive to every moment that we understand completely how she gets caught up in them

The three Irish films that will make the most impact over the next 12 months look likely to be John Crowley’s Brooklyn, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Ji(...)

Thursday’s  Waking The Feminists event at the Abbey Theatre, which highlighted the lack of gender equality in the Abbey’s programme of events for 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Thursday’s thrilling #WakingTheFeminists meeting at the Abbey Theatre may be a turning point in the fight for gender equality in the arts. But some(...)

High Heels in Low Places: Panti has a beer in one hand, an eyelash in the other. “What am I doing with my life?” she asks

In the crumbling dressing room of a cabaret theatre in Sydney, Panti peels off an eyelash. She has a beer in one hand, an eyelash in the other. “What (...)

Doing a lot with a little: John Doran plays the ukulele in Romeo and Juliet; he also joins the cast in several other roles. Photographs: Pat Redmond

Stage roles don’t come much smaller than the part of the doctor in A Streetcar Named Desire. For the actor playing him the job is mainly confined t(...)

Declan Conlon (Judge Brack) and Catherine Walker in the title role in Hedda Gabler

***   Early on in Ibsen’s drama, and now in Mark O’Rowe’s fluid new version for the Abbey, Hedda Gabler is put on the spot – not a pos(...)

Brigit ‘is a sparing and episodic piece, fleshing out a complex family history, but serving far more as a personal statement’
Review: Brigit

Brigit Town Hall Theatre, Galway ****It’s tempting to think that Brigit, a deeply personal new play from Tom Murphy, represents unfinished business fo(...)

Garry Hynes, director, playwright Tom Murphy and actor Marie Mullen during a break from Druid Theatre’s rehearsals of Tom Murphy’s Brigit, a companion piece to his 1985 masterpiece Bailegangaire which will play in tandem  with Brigit, both directed by  Hynes. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Lorna SigginsWestern CorrespondentWhen Colm Conneely( 9), Lily McBride (11) and Ailbhe Birkett (12) sat down to read a script at a long table in Galwa(...)

Actor John Kavanagh at  the funeral of Susan Fitzgerald  at the Church of The Three Patrons, Rathgar, Dublin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The actor Susan Fitzgerald, who died last Monday, had no fear of dying and had sympathised with the doctor who had to tell her she had little time lef(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

Hot topic: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with fellow Ministers this week to launch the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

His show is hardly renowned as a model of moderation and restraint, but Joe Duffy last week highlighted his own remarkable powers of forbearanc(...)