Brian Friel “was fatherly, kind, practical and funny. He seemed to look deep into the centre of things.” File photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It all began with a note, welcoming me to sit in on the dress rehearsal of the revival of his masterwork, Faith Healer. Brian Friel said it wou(...)

Actress Meryl Streep at the premiére of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the Savoy cinema in Dublin in September 1998. She played Kate Murphy in the screen adaptation of Friel’s play. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Meryl Streep has paid tribute to the playwright Brian Friel describing him as a “tender dramatist, an insightful humanist and a lovely man”. Streep st(...)

Lauren Coe and Joey Phillips. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

A View From the Bridge Gate Theatre, Dublin ***   “I mean there must be some kinda law . . . ” stammers Eddie Carbone in his (...)

Conor McPherson, director and playwright  in New York in 2013. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Conor McPherson, Brian Friel and Enda Walsh are just some of the Irish authors to feature in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. The programme has(...)

Director Ethan McSweeny and Aislín McGuckin in rehearsals for A Month in the Country at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Not long after Brian Friel had completed his second adaptation of the work of Ivan Turgenev, in 1999, adding to his growing store of translations, (...)

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(...)

Success stories: Eileen Walsh in the Abbey production of Terminus, written and directed by Mark O’Rowe, at the Peacock theatre in  2007. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

There is a campaign, in the crumpled city of Dublin, to take disused properties and re-energise them with artistic occupation. The idea has swelled in(...)

Orson Welles, aged just 26 when he made Citizen Kane

You’re only as old as you feel – and, with the beginning of this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival, I have come to feel as sprightly as the guy who Methus(...)

Dubliners Laura Hartin from Rathfarnham and Conrad Oppermann from Malahide, and Gabrielle Leleu from Sallins, Co Kildare, rehearse backstage.

A week-long drama and performance festival ended at the weekend after 51 individual competitions involving ov(...)

Treasured: Joe Dowling’s signed photograph of himself with Milo O’Shea in 1960, at the Fr Mathew Feis, where he won the under-12 solo mime competition
Milo, my hero

The boy in the photograph looking up in awe at one of his great heroes could not imagine, even in his wildest dreams, that the day would come w(...)