Pleasure Ground Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin **** Imagine The Big Chill performed by the Millennials of small town Ireland. Give it the vigour of (...)

Fred and Joanna Madden in the drawing room of Hilton Park house, in Co Monaghan. Photograph: Barbara McCarthy

An industrial-sized pot of soup is simmering away on a large stove in the kitchen of 300-year-old Hilton Park house in Co Monaghan. Beside it, Joanna (...)

Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)

Even the doziest domestic observer will have noticed that Irish cinema is passing through an unprecedented period of fecundity. Others are blowing ou(...)

Matt Giteau returned to the Wallaby fold when Michael Cheika took command. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Afp Photo/Getty Images

Until Michael Cheika forced through The Giteau Rule one of rugby’s last little big men saw this World Cup as nothing more than a tidy earner. “I thoug(...)

Emerald Germs Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin ** Are psychopaths born or are they made? This has been a preoccupation of Pat McCabe’s ever (...)

Louis de Paor: A modernity of tone and subject comes across in the translations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Louis de Paor edited Innti, the nursery of new Irish poetry, at University College Cork in the 1980s, after which he spent time in Australia before re(...)

Julian Savea (C) of New Zealand’s All Blacks gets the ball away while being tackled by Pat McCabe (bottom) of Australia during their second Bledisloe Cup rugby championship match at Eden Park in Auckland. Photoghraph:  REUTERS/Nigel Marple

Australia utility back Pat McCabe has decided to retire after fracturing his neck for the third time in last weekend’s Rugby Championship defeat to Ne(...)

Author Darragh McKeon. Photograph: anaphoto.net

Darragh McKeon has worked as a director with theatre companies such as Rough Magic in Dublin, the Royal Court and Young Vic in London, and Steppenw(...)

Illustration: Clare Brennan

Our final week of How to Write a Book deals with what to some is the best part (completing a work, having it edit ready) or the worst (showing it t(...)

Donald Clarke with Music on Clinton Street: ‘It’s an underrated novel that engages with many obsessions found in McCabe’s later work.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

We gave five treasure hunters €100 each and sent them off to bag bargains. At the end of the series, James O’Halloran of Adam’s Auctioneers will va(...)