Photograph: Frank Miller

He bestrides the literary world, a writer who sparkles and sings in company, then goes home to one of his rather nice bases in Dublin, Wexford, Flo(...)

 Michael Colgan and Doug Hughes: “He’s sort of like a brother.”

Michael Colgan is artistic director of the Gate Theatre, Dublin, and a film and TV producer. He has brought Gate Theatre productions to the the US and(...)

 Samuel Beckett. Photograph:  IC Rapoport/Getty Images

Michael Gambon is concentrating on his spaghetti bolognese, and on keeping it away from his green tweed jacket, when he announces: “Oh, Beckett is gre(...)

Gavin Quinn. Photograph: Eric Luke

The nominees for best director at this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards don’t mean to sound ungrateful. But none of them are entirely sure (...)

Actor John Kavanagh at  the funeral of Susan Fitzgerald  at the Church of The Three Patrons, Rathgar, Dublin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The actor Susan Fitzgerald, who died last Monday, had no fear of dying and had sympathised with the doctor who had to tell her she had little time lef(...)

Actress Susan FitzGerald has died after a long illness. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tributes have been paid to actress Susan Fitzgerald who died this morning.The Gate Theatre today announced the death of the 64-year-old actress from (...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

Centre stage: Michael Colgan, director of the Gate, with Michael Gambon during the theatre’s 2010 production of Krapp’s Last Tape. Colgan believes that, for all the high-voltage celebrity of a minority of stars, actors in general are undervalued. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

One of the most interesting riots in Irish history broke out in January and February 1747 at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. It was about many things, (...)

Kirsten Sheridan has completed a script about the late Amy Winehouse. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Writer-director Kirsten Sheridan is writing a biopic about the late singer Amy Winehouse. Sheridan said she had completed a script about Winehouse, wh(...)

Fr John Heffernan blesses the ashes of actor Milo O’Shea as they are interred at a special ceremony for family and friends at Deansgrange Cemetery in Dublin yesterday. O’Shea died in New York last week. In attendance were his widow, actor Kitty Sullivan O’Shea (centre in brown coat), sons Colm (far right) and Steven (left with grey scarf) and other friends and family members. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Milo O’Shea’s ashes have been interred in Dublin following a simple prayer ceremony attended by some 50 of his closest family and friends. (...)