The Ballyturk Group at The Irish Times Theatre Awards: Clive Welsh, Teho Teardo, John Crumlish, Eamonn Fox, Sophie Flynn, Anne Clarke, Paul Fahy, Stephen Rea, Tom Rohan, Helen Atkinson, Jamie Vartan and Val Sherlock. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times. 3:30

“I’ve known him longer than I’ve known my husband,” said Irish stage, television and film actor Sinéad Cusack of her friend Stephen Rea backstage a(...)

 Stephen Rea  and Sean McGinley  take a  bow after performing in Ages of the Moon in New York in 2010. Photograph: Ben Hider/Getty Images

The actor Stephen Rea will receive this year’s Special Tribute award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The presentation will be made at (...)

 Hozier, whose Take Me to Church was the most played song last year in Ireland

It has felt easy, in these uneasy days, to stand in solidarity with freedom of expression, particularly the right to criticise religion, and still fee(...)

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

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? I very much enjoyed Mark O’Rowe’s Our Few and Evil Days at the Abbey Theatre, not least because it(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? In a year of some huge achievements and high-profile premieres, such as the gathering force of Dru(...)

Garry Hynes and Martha O’Neill after their civil partnership ceremony  in Galway yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes and film producer Martha O’Neill have become civil partners at a private function in Galway. Druid’s Mick (...)

Charlie Murphy knows the Christmas drill: “Too many tins of Roses. Sweating in your jumper. Watching an old film on TV. Popping over to different p(...)

Uncanny: Sinéad Cusack, Charlie Murphy and Ciarán Hinds in Our Few and Evil Days

There is a line in Mark O’Rowe’s new play, Our Few and Evil Days, at the Abbey Theatre, that is so obedient to the rhythm of reported speech, and n(...)

Our Few and Evil Days: “You listen to the painstaking dialogue, though, like a surveillance team hoping to catch someone in confession”

Our Few and Evil Days Abbey Theatre, Dublin ****It isn’t remarkable that Mark O’Rowe, a master of sensational monologues, should return to dialogue fo(...)