Colin Welland accepts a best screenplay Oscar for Chariots of Fire in 1982 from writer Jerzy Kosinski. Photograph: AP

When Colin Welland, who has died aged 81, was handed the Oscar for his screenplay of Chariots of Fire in 1982, he waved it in the air like a battle ma(...)

Kieran Quinn is on a mission to find pianos. The former GAA county player, who helped Sligo win the Connacht final in 2007, is now perhaps even better(...)

Pitch for disaster-themed TV show: When Actors Makes Directorial Debuts. Too often, the thespians concerned get out the Klaxons for My Big Issue- D(...)

Striking Arigna miners walking to Carrick-on-Shannon, January 1969. Photograph:  Brendan Flynn

What’s history, he said I’ll tell you what it is History is the other man’s story The man who owned the pit Not the story of the likes of us Who w(...)


The Irish co-production The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, has won the Jury Prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Essentially (...)

Packie Manus Byrne. Photograph: Flickr/Paul Woods

Packie Manus Byrne, who has died aged 98, was a traditional musician who wore the tradition lightly. He was primarily a singer, but also a tinwhistle (...)

Detail from Joby Hickey’s ‘Leeson Street’ painting which was stolen from outside Duke Street Gallery in Dublin on May 12th, 2015.

A Dublin gallery has launched an appeal for the recovery of a stolen painting by up-and-coming Irish artist Joby Hickey, collectors of whose work incl(...)

John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Colin Farrell in The Lobster.

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, an Irish co-production, is to play in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Produced by Element(...)

Jordanne Jones in I Used to Live Here. Her remarkable presence helps hold the piece together

It involves little hyperbole to argue that Frank Berry is now among our most significant film-makers. Ballymun Lullaby, his documentary on music te(...)

In 1985, Paul Simon broke the cultural boycott of Apartheid-era South Africa to make Gracelands, much to the anger of many, including Steve Van Zandt.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

It’s the sort of question that might come up at a particularly rarefied pub quiz (which, in its own way, sounds like something Hieronymus Bosch mig(...)