Simon O’Connor’s set of intimate songs, imagining 1916 through the experience of the wives of the rebel leaders, is currently on tour

The first musical celebration of the 1916 centenary that I came across was Simon O’Connor’s Left Behind, which was first heard in Dublin this time la(...)

“It was through George Bernard Shaw I discovered that the shape of 19th century concerts was radically different to what we are used to today”

I don’t know when I first became interested in how concerts have changed over the years. It could have been from my teenage reading of the musical cr(...)

The funeral of Wesley Burrowes, the writer of the long-running drama ‘Glenroe’, at Christ Church in Bray Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Writer Wesley Burrowes was remembered at his funeral on Wednesday as a man of wit and charm, a lover of many things but, above all, a storyteller who (...)

Joe Lynch in a classic pose as Dinny Byrne in TV series Glenroe. File photograph: RTÉ

As principal writer of two hugely popular television series based in rural Ireland, Wesley Burrowes had an unlikely background. He was a Northern Pr(...)

Lisa Dwyer Hogg and Marty Rea. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Importance of Being Earnest Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Double lives abound in Oscar Wilde’s peerless comedy. At its centre is a man who is (...)

Des Keogh as Nashee and Derry Power as Eamon

The Quiet Land Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Dublin ***   This is no country for old men, such as Eamon and Nashee, in Malachy McKe(...)

Golden days in shining whites: Tony O’Reilly and Cecil Pedlow

Tennis has a timeless quality. Many Irish youngsters have filled the long days of their summer holidays competing in tournaments in Carrickmines, Lein(...)

 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(...)

Tom Hanks with the Irish Rep’s co-founders Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly

In the words of Brian Friel, this is a sacred place. It is not a church, and was once a warehouse, but the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York has a f(...)

Fr John Heffernan blesses the ashes of actor Milo O’Shea as they are interred at a special ceremony for family and friends at Deansgrange Cemetery in Dublin yesterday. O’Shea died in New York last week. In attendance were his widow, actor Kitty Sullivan O’Shea (centre in brown coat), sons Colm (far right) and Steven (left with grey scarf) and other friends and family members. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Milo O’Shea’s ashes have been interred in Dublin following a simple prayer ceremony attended by some 50 of his closest family and friends. (...)