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(...)

Donal McCann as Francis Hardy in the 1980 Irish premiere of ‘Faith Healer’ by Brian Friel, directed by Joe Dowling on Abbey stage. Photograph Fergus Bourke

Revered and reviled, often in equal measure, the Abbey Theatre is not only the national theatre; it reflects the cultural, political and social con(...)

Ann Sullivan: ‘an almost instinctive artistic flair’. Photograph: Press 22

To those who passed by her charming but inconspicuous antique and collectibles shop on Nicholas Street, Limerick, Ann Sullivan, who has died aged 76, (...)

Peter O’Toole arrives at the 79th annual Academy Awards Nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills in February, 2007. Photograph: Gabriel Buoys/AFP/Getty Images.

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the late Peter O’Toole, describing him as a man of grace and genius, during a memorial event in Londo(...)

Peter O’Toole: “Brought an extraordinary standard” to bear during a lifetime’s acting career. Photograph: Michael Walter/PA

President Michael D Higgins will join stars of stage and screen in London tomorrow to bid farewell to actor Peter O’Toole, who died on December 14t(...)

Omar Sharif: ‘When you’re working in films, you find a lady and you flirt with her instead of being bored.’ Photograph: Des Harris/The Picture Desk

Many men would envy Omar Sharif. The actor’s portrayal of Sharif Ali, prince of the desert, in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962) catapulted him t(...)

After playing a prominent role at the historic banquet for President Michael D Higgins in Windsor Castle hours earlier, Sabina Higgins returned to (...)

Leap of faith: Off the bike McQueen, that's not how it happened

It’s Oscar season, which means it’s time, yet again, to ponder the significance of historical accuracy in films. The question is, each year, thrust up(...)

Peter O’Toole with his colt, Dr Slattery, at the Connemara Pony Show in Clifden, in 1985. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Several decades ago, a man walked into Foyle’s Bar in Clifden, Co Galway. Few heads turned. After an interval, the man declared in apparent frustra(...)