The  debate between Northern Ireland’s five main parties – UUP’s Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP’s Arlene Foster, Alliance Party’s David Ford and the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood. (UTV presenter Marc Mallett is facing away from the camera). Photograph: Arthur Allison

The first leaders’ debate in the Northern Assembly Assembly election campaign took place in the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday night, with no high drama b(...)

Simon Fitzmaurice directed ‘My Name is Emily’ – a crowd-funded production – from a wheelchair, while struggling with the symptoms of motor neurone disease. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An extraordinary awards season for the domestic film industry comes to a close on Saturday night with the Irish Film and Television Academy (Ifta) Awa(...)

The 63-year-old Ballymena man is to receive an Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award at the Iftas tonight at the Mansion House

Liam Neeson – aka Michael Collins, a Jedi, Oskar Schindler, God (in the sitcom Rev), an otherworldly lion deity, a Batman villain, the avenging fury o(...)

Corofin Dramatic Society’s production of ‘A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg’, by Peter Nichols. Photograph: John Kelly

On a frigid Tuesday night in Corofin the only faces to be seen on the street are smiling down from election posters with blow-dried optimism. The loca(...)

Bob Geldof and Van Morrison in A Fanatic Heart, a biography of WB Yeats

‘The 1916 commemoration on O’Connell Street was like a bad North Korea-type military parade with emotionally overblown television coverage” – no, not(...)

Neil Jordan has written two novels since his road injury. Photograph: Kay-Paris Fernandes/Wire Image

In the hours before a special screening marking the 20th anniversary of Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins, the director has been checking over the brand (...)

Portrait of Saoirse Ronan by Barry McCall

STEAL v SPLURGE: Splash out on this suede biker jacket for €1,465.95 from Rag & Bone at Harvey Nichols or stay dry in this suedette version for €(...)

 Alan Rickman Liam Neeson and  Aidan Quinn in Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins

Today, the 20th anniversary of Neil Jordan’s film Michael Collins is being marked with a special screening as part of the Dublin Film Festival. Jorda(...)

Rising time: Roger Casement and John Devoy feature in ‘1916’

The very name of this three-part documentary is like a proclamation. By calling it 1916 (RTÉ One, Wednesday) the film-maker Bríona Nic Dhiarmada appea(...)

 Roger Casement and John Devoy  in 1915

The very name of this three-part documentary is like a proclamation. By calling it 1916 (RTÉ One, 9.35pm, Wednesday), filmmaker Bríona Nic Dhiarmada a(...)