From left, Paddy Breathnach, director of Viva and I Went Down; Rebecca Daly, director of Mammal; James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board; and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures. Photographs: Alan Betson, Getty Images

What’s going with Irish cinema? Two Irish films – Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and John Crowley’s Brooklyn – have picked up nominations for best picture a(...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room is one of Ireland’s big success stories

With seven Irish nominees hopeful of Oscar glory this Sunday, it’s a time of unprecedented success for Irish filmmakers. Where did it all go right, an(...)

Irish actor’s Jack Reynor, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, English actress Lucy Boynton and Mark McKenna arrive for the premiere of ‘Sing Street’. Photograph: EPA

Ireland’s opening skirmishes at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah have proved hugely successful. Both Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, produced(...)

L-R: Jordanne Jones, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Charlie Kelly, Stephen Fingelton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo Actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo was always likely to become famous. Born and raised in Co Wicklow, the good-looking, sleek 16-year-old ha(...)

Colin Farrell in The Lobster, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos

Six Irish films are to play at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah next month. It had already been announced that Rebecca Daly’s Mammal, a(...)

Paddy Hackett from Naas, studying the form, on the second day of the Punchestown Racing Festival.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Into each race meeting, a little rain must fall. It was too much to expect after Tuesday’s gloriously sunny opener to the National Hunt Festival at(...)