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(...)

Pan Pan’s Cascando, by Samuel BEckett. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In a luxuriantly black construction in the Samuel Beckett Theatre the other week, Aedín Cosgrove seemed to get lost in her own design. Pan Pan, the i(...)

A plaque unveiled at Samuel Beckett’s former house in Chelsea. Nobel Laureate and physicist Patrick Blackett also lived at the house from 1953 to 1969. Photograph: PA

Samuel Beckett had little good to say about London when he lived there in the 1930s but the city will honour him on Wednesday when Downton Abbey actor(...)

 Micheál Martin of Fianna Fáil at the Dáil before the vote for Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gerry Adams may be of some service to them after all. No better man than the Sinn Féin president to give Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin advice on dec(...)

Violet Gibson toward the end of her incarceration

For such a simple inscription, her gravestone in a Northampton cemetery is unusual in having both a comma and a full stop.  Neither is strictly n(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney secured Government approval to send LÉ Róisín on humanitarian rescue duty in the southern Mediterranean. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Naval Service is preparing to send its patrol ship LÉ Róisín on humanitarian rescue duty in the southern Mediterranean, following Government appro(...)

Donnacha Dennehy: his approach to words and voices is reverential

Sometimes you really don’t end up where you thought you would. Last week the National Concert Hall presented Imagining Home, a series of concerts as (...)

   “The words of Beckett poured forth from a spot-lit Lisa Dwan into a void of blackness and quiet (except for the usual epidemic of coughing that made the place sound like a sanitorium).” Photograph: Eric Luke

On Wednesday night, not for the first time, I found myself outflanked by Fintan O’Toole. Speaking as MC at an event in the National Concert Hall, he m(...)

Derbhle Crotty in Juno and the Paycock at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Many actors can tell you about the history of their characters, the backstories assembled from clues in the text, educated guesses or creative leaps (...)

The Second Senate of the German Federal Constitutional Court: Samuel Beckett would have been struck by the theatrical overtones of a nation that sees itself as a hostage to EU and ECB fortunes. Photograph:  Uli Deck/EPA

Samuel Beckett would have been delighted by Tuesday’s hearing at Germany’s constitutional court. The red-robed Karlsruhe judges trooped in to hear arg(...)