Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

Denis Foley, whose exchanges with Martin Lucey irradiate the second act. Photograph:  Michael McSweeney/Provision

The Lonesome West Everyman, Cork ***   Only Martin McDonagh could make the importance of vol-au-vents to a funeral in the wes(...)

Martin McDonagh: has been paid €90,000 of the €900,000 award, made in 2008, pending the outcome of the newspaper’s appeal. Photograph: Collins

The Sunday World has urged the Court of Appeal to overturn a €900,000 damages award made to a man after a jury found he was libelled in an article des(...)

From left, Mary Hickson of Cork Opera House, Julie Kelleher of the Everyman Palace Theatre, and Lorraine Maye of Cork Midsummer festival, at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Mary Hickson, chief executive of Cork Opera House, has a powerful gut. Right now it is telling her that the future will be exciting, but it won’t b(...)

Gary Lydon, Peter Campion, Rosa Mikela and David Mc Savage in Decadent’s production of The Pillowman by Martin Mc Donagh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A few years ago, the director Andrew Flynn got into his car and hit the road. His Galway-based company had been staging productions at the Town Hal(...)

Peter Campion: a well-judged performance as Katurian K Katurian. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Pillowman Town Hall Theatre, Galway****Somebody must have been spreading lies about Katurian K Katurian, for his predicament, in Martin McDonagh’(...)

Four men have appeared in court and been charged with theft offences after they were arrested by gardai following a five kilometre high speed chase in(...)

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 b(...)

Glen Hansard who won the Best Song  Oscar in 2007 with Marketa Irglova for ‘Falling Slowly’ from the film ‘Once’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

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

Funny ha ha: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Photograph: Art Streiber/NBC/Getty

Funnily enough, no one knows what makes us laugh. Oh, sure, you know what makes you laugh: a chicken crossing the road. Somebody slipping on a banana (...)