Senator Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey Theatre, during the launch of the theatre’s controversial 2016 programme. The Abbey Theatre has said it acknowledges that the programme, Waking the Nation, does not represent gender equality. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Abbey Theatre has said it acknowledges that its centenary programme for 2016, Waking the Nation, does not represent gender equality. Of the ten p(...)

’In many ways the Abbey has inadvertently provided a platform for a conversation that’s needed to happen for a very long time’ Belinda McKeon on The Women’s Podcast. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“One of my concerns with a programme like this is the message it’s giving, not just to the current generation of artists, but to emerging generatio(...)

Fiach Mac Conghail: “I’m sorry that I have no female playwrights next season. But I’m not going to produce a play that is not ready and undermine the writer.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

If the Abbey Theatre announced that 90 per cent of its 2016 programme was made up of plays written by women it would be viewed as extraordinary. It w(...)

 Actor Ian Lloyd Anderson on stage at the Abbey Theatre with Tánaiste Joan Burton and director of the Abbey, Fiach Mac Conghail  at the announcement of the Abbey Theatre’s ‘Waking the Nation’ 2016 Programme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Abbey will “interrogate rather than celebrate” the legacy of the Easter Rising, its director Senator Fiach Mac Conghail said while announcing a pr(...)

Language talks: The 20-year Language Strategy committee was discussed a recent report by linguist Conchúr Ó Giollagáin which said that Irish may no longer be the daily language of any Gaeltacht area by 2025. Illustration: Thinkstock

The time for reports and talking is over and action is now required to prevent the spectre of Irish dying as a living language, an Oireachtas committ(...)

Éamon O Cuiv: “S’é mo bharúil nach mairfidh an Ghaeltacht gan an Ghaeilge a bheith aitheanta mar theanga naisiunta.”

Gníomhartha atá ag teastáil anois ní caint ná tuairiscí chun todhchaí na Gaeilge a shealbhú, a dúirt iriseoir agus ionadaí pobail le fochoiste Oireach(...)

Brian Friel: “He was, quite simply, a giant, not only of Irish, but of World Theatre,”  the Arts Council said in a statement.

One of Ireland’s best known playwrights and a ‘giant of world theatre’, Brian Friel has died aged 86 . He passed away on Friday morning. President Mi(...)

The Abbey Theatre in Dublin has appointed Neil Murray and Graham McLaren as directors of the theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The Abbey Theatre has announced the appointment of Neil Murray and Graham McLaren as the theatre’s new directors . The pair come to the posts from th(...)

Revisiting Juno and the Paycock: Joe Dowling  rehearsing Seán O’Casey’s play with cast members at the Guthrie Theater. Photograph: Joan Marcus

Joe Dowling is standing in front of one of the Guthrie Theater’s three stages, in Minneapolis, giving notes to Mark Benninghofen, the American actor w(...)

 Actor Stephen Brennan and relatives carry the coffin of his mother Daphne Brennan  at her  funeral  at Terenure College Chapel, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former actor Daphne Brennan was described at her funeral as an “extraordinary Dubliner” who was also a great role model. Ms Brennan, née Carroll, died(...)