Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

“Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimíd. The shadow of the past has become the shelter of the present.” (...)

WB Yeats circa 1933. Photographs: Library of Congress

William Butler Yeats died 75 years ago today at 2.30pm in a small upstairs room at the Hôtel Idéal Séjour in Roquebrune Cap Martin. The room had a wro(...)

Transparency theory:  Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey Theatre, addressing the Theatre of Memory symposium last week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Imagine for a moment that the headline on the Irish Times news story about the Abbey had been “Panel endorses Abbey Theatre’s ‘world-class’ status”. (...)

Cmmt Padraic Kennedy studies files in the reading room at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin. The first launch of the Military Service Pensions Collection  comprised 452,000 images relating to almost 3,000 individuals.

It is truly ironic that the Government that funded the development of a wonderful archive of the 1916 to 1923 period should also be the one to remove (...)

Taoiseach Seán Lemass with President de Valera in 1969. De Valera had been anxious to ensure the long-term dominance of Fianna Fáil.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Does history suggest that a referendum defeat suffered by a government knocks it off course, or has it been the case that, after the wounds were nurse(...)

John McGahern photographed near his home in Co Leitrim in 1990. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Revolutionary disillusionment is a theme which recurs in much of John McGahern’s work and clearly reflected his father’s experience both as a V(...)