Máire Stafford (née Fitzpatrick) , who died earlier this month in Galway, was a very accomplished actress, director, translator and costume designer, (...)

Writer Dermot Healy near his home in Ballyconnell West, Co Sligo.

The novelist, poet, playwright and short-story writer, Dermot Healy, who has died suddenly at the age of 66, was, according to Roddy Doyle, possibly t(...)

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Trending: fathers

If your dad is one of those repressed Irish fathers (do they still exist?), a thoughtful, emotional Father’s Day gift may inspire a nod, a terse sm(...)

Getting ready to go on the lash at Forbidden Fruit

‘It’s no good trying to analyse a Kerryman, because if you corner a Kerryman, he’ll change his gait in order to generate confusion. You’ve as much cha(...)

 Clare Barrett brings a comic actor’s flair as Moll in the John B Keane comedy. Photograph:  Tom Lawlor
Review: Moll

Moll Gaiety Theatre, Dublin***It’s easy to understand why the Gaiety Theatre is ready to commit to the massively popular work of John B Keane, produci(...)

Living in a Coded Land

Pat Collins’s documentary oeuvre is frequently characterised as Slow Cinema. We’re not so sure. True, his visual essays, though comparably cont(...)

A London Metropolitan Police officer watches a  Connacht championship GAA  game between London and Sligo in Ruislip, Middlesex. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

On a number of occasions since Michael D Higgins’s inauguration, the President of Ireland has spoken about the key role that personal narrative(...)

A friend of Eileen Colgan’s reached for Maisie Madigan in Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock (...)

Kicking off last year’s Kilkenny Tradfest: Dervish, Dónal Lunny, Sharon Shannon, Phil Coulter and more are in town for this year’s festival. Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

You didn’t get a float ready in time; you’ve had your fill of vintage cars and floral tractors; green doesn’t suit you or crowds don’t agree with y(...)

Alive with Sive: Nora Relihan and Margaret Ward, from Listowel, Co Kerry, who were in the first production of the play in 1959. Photograph: Alan Betson

For most 21st-century theatregoers who will see it – including a generation of young people who are studying the text as part of their Leaving Cert(...)