Patrick Mason (c), with the writers of Signatories: Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Marina Carr, Joe O’Connor and Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin ***** This production’s public birth was on the exact weekend of the Rising centenary, in the same chilling gaol where many (...)

Consumer spending on Fairtrade products rose  to €250 million last year

Consumer spending on Fairtrade products rose 10 per cent in 2015 to €250 million new figures show, as Bewleys announced plans to spend €5.3 million to(...)

Fairtrade: labourers pick tea in the Sorwathe plantations in Rwanda. Photograph: Phil Moore/AFP/Getty

In the small towns and villages around the Sorwathe tea plantation, 90 minutes from the Rwandan capital of Kigali, the positive impact of Fairtrade is(...)

Beth Cooke gives a fine, sinuous performance of a woman’s suffocated potential

Through a Glass Darkly Project Arts Centre, Dublin ***   “Holidays! They’re supposed to be relaxing but in fact they’re just (...)

Eilís Carey. Photograph: Ste Murray

Tales from the Woods Theatre Upstairs, Dublin **   “I like to be afraid,” says a girl with a passing resemblance to Red Ridin(...)

A Month in the Country Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Love is a game with uncertain rules and ruinous consequences in Brian Friel’s delicately amusing and(...)

Declan Conlon (Judge Brack) and Catherine Walker in the title role in Hedda Gabler

***   Early on in Ibsen’s drama, and now in Mark O’Rowe’s fluid new version for the Abbey, Hedda Gabler is put on the spot – not a pos(...)

Visualise the face of a farmer each time you buy a banana, says grower Stephen Best, from the West Indies: “This is a person who takes pride in his or her work, to generate the necessary income to sustain their livelihood and that of their families.”

Fairtrade Ireland has asked all retailers to reveal the percentage of Fairtrade bananas they stock, in light of a report which shows that Irish people(...)

Sinéad O’Riordan and Andrew Lynch

The New Theatre, Dublin ****   Don’t let the title fool you; the language of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 2011 play is hardly impoveris(...)

Brown Thomas has partnered with French  restaurateur Patrick Guilbaud in design of new menu. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

French restaurateur Patrick Guilbaud is set to add a touch of Michelin-star flair to Brown Thomas’s food offering at its flagship Grafton Street depa(...)