Shakespeare, like sex, apparently sells: William Shakespeare in the Chandos portrait, from circa 1600-1610

Through no particular fault of his own, William Shakespeare came into this world and departed it on the same day of the year – it falls this weekend: (...)

Denise Gough with the award for Best Actress for People, Places and Things and Kenneth Cranham with the Best Actor Award for The Father at the Olivier Awards. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Irishwoman Denise Gough received the best actress theatre award at the Olivier Awards announced at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday night. (...)

The winners at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015 in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards took place with a spectacular ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Among the video tribute(...)

If you were under the impression that Ireland has had little association with the Oscars outside My Left Foot, Once and the quotes of Mr Wilde you’d (...)

What the voters really want is for politicians to find all the square pegs they can get their hands on and jam them into round holes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

We want change but also want more of the same Opinion polls are extraordinary. You quickly find out that what the voters really want is for politicia(...)

Best production   Chekhov’s First Play A Dead Centre production with Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal and Theatre National Bordea(...)

The film business has its own eccentricities. Domhnall Gleeson and I are at the Soho Hotel in central London to discuss (among many other things) his (...)

Home safe and sound: Wuffles made it back safely to Linda Malone and her daughter Aoife

Recently at my local bus stop there was a printed-out poster asking if anyone had seen a lost, forlorn-looking collie called Dionne. Dionne was a tim(...)

Record: former deputy chairman of Kenmare Resources Donal Kinsella leaving court with his wife Joan after he was awarded €10 million in damages in a defamation case at the High Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Damage, and damages. In law, the latter is often the only practical, although in many cases, wholly inadequate, means of compensation for the (...)

Martin McDonagh: Judge said jury decision to award him €900,000 in 2008 was “perverse”.  Pic: Collins Courts

A man who was paid one-tenth of a €900,000 award made by a High Court jury against a newspaper, which was later overturned, must return the €90,000 su(...)