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(...)