To unpick what really happened, we need to consider the deeply peculiar phenomenon that is the @GerryAdamsSF Twitter account. Photograph: The Irish Times

“The Irish are the n****rs of Europe. ” So Jimmy Rabbitte famously told the band in Roddy Doyle’s 1987 novel The Commitments. But that line didn’t mak(...)

 Mick O’Dea’s portrait of Eamon de Valera. In Tom Murphy’s An Aspect of the Rising, the prostitute  works herself into erotic ecstasies by unleashing a torrent of blistering invective towards the Long Fellow. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Of all the myths of Easter 1916, perhaps the most misleading is that the Rising was relentlessly mythologised. That may have been true in the politic(...)

Andrews Lane Theatre: in a central location between Trinity Street and Exchequer Street, it premiered plays by Maeve Binchy and Roddy Doyle. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Andrews Lane Theatre in central Dublin has been acquired for €4.4 million by a consortium of private investors led by Adrian Shanagher’s Firebreak Hos(...)

The 1916 Rebellion began in Enniscorthy in the early morning on the Thursday of Easter week, with the Athenaeum, a building close to the castle in th(...)

Author Roddy Doyle. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall

Had you asked Roddy Doyle 10 years ago how many operas he had been to, he says, he would have been able to tell you easily: “It was one.” Pose the s(...)

Johnny Murphy with cast members of “Brothers of the Brush”

Johnny Murphy, a versatile and accomplished Dublin actor who has died aged 72, will probably be best remembered for his role as Joey “the Lips” Fagan (...)

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(...)

ActorJohnny Murphy, pictured at the funeral service for Mick Lally in 2010, has died. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The actor Johnny Murphy, best known for his portrayal of Joey “The Lips” Fagan in The Commitments, has died at the age of 72. In addi(...)

“Nearly 20 years ago, I went to the Project Arts Centre in Dublin to see a play called Ladies and Gentlemen by Emma Donoghue, who now has an Oscar nomination for adapting her superb novel, Room. The play wasn’t all that good.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Put the word Oscar into a word-association test and most of our political leaders won’t say “Wilde”, they’ll say “nomination”. Last week, when the Osc(...)

Saoirse Ronan onstage at the 2015 New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Some commenters on social media have decided they don’t like her ‘Dub’ accent. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

What sort of accent do you have? Is it exactly the same as the accent you had when you were a teenager? Does it vary, depending on where you are and t(...)