Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’: Ronan makes Eilis so alive to every moment that we understand completely how she gets caught up in them

The three Irish films that will make the most impact over the next 12 months look likely to be John Crowley’s Brooklyn, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Ji(...)

Robert Harris: “I like to walk around and live a quiet bourgeois life and explode empires in my head. I enjoy creating imaginary worlds.” Photograph: Norbert Millauer/AFP/Getty Images

London’s Garrick Club was founded by a group of “literary gentlemen” in 1931 as a meeting place for men of “refinement and education”. Today, its clie(...)

Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

Colm Tóibín is not just famous; he has a public persona. The red-framed spectacles that hang round the writer’s neck are not quite so well known as(...)

Helene Fischer, the golden girl of modern German entertainment and the most succesful singer you have never heard of

It’s almost 9pm and 34 degrees in Berlin’s austere Nazi-era Olympic Stadium. In this open-air arena filled with ghosts of the past, the capacity crowd(...)

Saoirse Ronan stars as the young protagonist in John Crowley’s “Brooklyn”, an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s popular novel about a woman torn between rural Ireland and a New York borough.

John Crowley’s Brooklyn, an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s popular novel concerning a woman torn between rural Ireland and the titular New York borough, (...)

You would need to have endured some serious trauma to consider a hike down the entire western seaboard of the United States as a suitable source of(...)

At the Irish Film Board  announcement of its schedule and priorities for 2015 were (from left) actor Sarah Greene, actor Tara Lee, James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board, and actor and screenwriter Amy Huberman. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A tale of love and music in the Dublin inner-city of the 1980s, a literary adaptation about 1950s emigration from rural Ireland, and the contemporary(...)

Dessie Mone: “There’s a group of us there who have been around a long time and we sat down and said that we really had a responsibility to try and get Monaghan back competing with the bigger counties. We couldn’t all walk away.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In a small county, it doesn’t take a huge amount of erosion for the cliff to topple into the sea. For the prime years of Dessie Mone’s intercounty car(...)

Question: What do you get when you put two cult indie musicians in a car, send them across Spain with a roadie and ring their mobile at the appointed (...)

Philip Chevron outside the Project Arts Centre.

Philip Chevron, who has died aged 56, grew up in the Dublin suburb of Santry in the monochrome 1960s with a passion for theatre and music (in particul(...)