Sinead Burke with Róisín Ingle in The Irish Times studio.

This week Róisín Ingle meets Sinead Burke, who also goes by the alias Minnie Mélange when competing in (and winning) the Alternative Miss Ireland cont(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Michael Longley’s beautifully fragile evocation of life, death, nature and memory in The Stairwell.(...)

Jaw-dropping: Lisa Dwan interprets Beckett

Samuel Beckett wrote significant works for Irish male voices: Krapp’s Last Tape specifically for Patrick Magee; Eh Joe for Jack McGowran. But Beckett (...)

Director Walter Asmus. Photograph: John Haynes

Long before he first met Samuel Beckett, the writer who would come to define his professional life, the genial German director Walter Asmus had rar(...)

Ballyturk, playwright Enda Walsh’s latest collaboration with actors Cillian Murphy (above), Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, has been sold out for weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:30

Acrobatics as a flight of fantasy and mythology as a map of the human psyche are themes of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival which open(...)

Street spectacle show “Dragonus” by Compagnie Malabar from France will take to the streets of Galway with a monumental moving dragon   during Galway International Arts Festival

A dragon, aliens and a giant red ball will be used to launch Galway’s annual invasion of culture in July. The Galway International Arts Festival has (...)

ONE minute there was nothing much happening. Then it all happened. Hay Festival Kells came into the world, accompanied by the bang-bang-bang of a trio(...)

When word began to spread about something called “the Hay festival” – planned for the Co Meath town of Kells this weekend – there were those who thoug(...)

Actor Lisa Dwan: ‘ I can’t imagine ever again playing a role that will summon so much of me.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Lisa Dwan carries a blindfold around in her handbag. This is not because the diminutive 35-year-old from Athlone might, unexpectedly, need to sleep(...)