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(...)

Kitty Joyce, who has died aged 84, was the owner of Cleo, one of the oldest surviving family-run shops in Dublin, famous for its earthy Irish knitwear(...)

There was a certain appropriateness to the Irish career of Gabrielle Reidy, the noted stage, screen and television actor, who has died aged 54 at her (...)

Gabrielle Reidy (left) with Tony Flynn and Cathy Belton in the 2010 Abbey Theatre production of The Plough and the Stars. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The actor Gabrielle Reidy has died at the age of 54 at her home in London. Ms Reidy was associated with the Abbey Theatre as far back as 1971 when, as(...)

 Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, at home in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey are having a moment: they have just been awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal – one of world architecture’s top prizes, (...)

Joseph Mitchell in his office at the New Yorker in 1994. Photograph: AP

It’s well known that this year marks the half-centenary of the deaths of Brendan Behan and Sean O’Casey – indeed, one of the milestones (Behan’s) has (...)

Donald Clarke with Music on Clinton Street: ‘It’s an underrated novel that engages with many obsessions found in McCabe’s later work.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

We gave five treasure hunters €100 each and sent them off to bag bargains. At the end of the series, James O’Halloran of Adam’s Auctioneers will va(...)

Brendan Behan with Jackie Gleason in Gleason’s dressing room in 1960. Photograph: Walter Albertin / Library of Congress

In 1960, shortly after the announcement that his play The Hostage was transferring to Broadway, Brendan Behan was having a drink in a Dublin pub with (...)

 Samuel Beckett. Photograph:  IC Rapoport/Getty Images

Michael Gambon is concentrating on his spaghetti bolognese, and on keeping it away from his green tweed jacket, when he announces: “Oh, Beckett is gre(...)

Niamh Lunny, Abbey Theatre head of costume, preparing a costume worn by Bob Acres played by Tom Vaughan Lawlor in The Rivals by  Sheridan. It forms part of the Performance Ireland 1904-2014 exhibition at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Scrapbooks kept by Lady Gregory, hundreds of set and costume designs, and an original prompt script for Sean O’Casey’s The Plough And The Stars are am(...)