Chinese activist Guo Feixiong’s wife Zhang Qing and daughter Yang Tienjiao (Sara). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:19

The passion and pathos of a young woman’s musical tribute to her father filled the rotunda of Dublin’s City Hall yesterday as the jailed Chinese lawy(...)

Olwen Fouéré in Lessness at the Barbican’s International Beckett Season in London earlier this summer. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

It was hardly the first time that Olwen Fouéré had been the object of scholarly fascination. She is the artist, after all, who co-founded one of Irela(...)

Melanie Neumann worked as an au pair in Dublin for two years.

It’s about ten years now since I first set foot on Irish soil. Back then I didn’t grasp how much the experience of working as an au pair in Ireland wo(...)

Jim Sheridan: “I did an ad lib asking kids about getting slapped at school. And within two hours we were off the air. Because the archbishop had called.” Photograph: Barry McCall

It’s midmorning at Windmill Lane Studios and Jim Sheridan – six-time Oscar nominee and recent septuagenarian – has taken a break from his Dublin postp(...)

Irish outlook: George Bernard Shaw. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

In June 1915 WB Yeats wrote to his American friend and patron John Quinn about the Great War then raging across Europe. It was, he said, “merely th(...)

Jennifer Johnston’s How Many Miles to Babylon? – Nomad Theatre stage version including  Fergal McElherron and Sam Peter Corry – represented important attempts to re-examine the first World War and its legacy. Photograph: Colm Henry

War is ambivalent; for the powers that decide to wage it, it is as ancient as man, even older than Homer and is caused by expansionist greed and do(...)

Stephen Rea  accepting his special tribute award during The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in February. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Stephen Rea was the recipient of this year’s Special Tribute Award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The award is giving each year to someone w(...)

 President Michael D Higgins giving the opening address at Aosdana General Assembly in The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A 40 per cent cut in funding to Irish arts in recent years was an illustration of the “peripheral” place they occupy in Irish society, President Micha(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

We live in a country that is already translated, as the road signs keep reminding us. Every new place throws a mock-historical shadow. Coill na Silíní(...)

Hall of fame: (Clockwise from left) Patrick McCabe; Frank McGuinness; Deirdre Madden; Colum McCann; Neil Jordan; Joseph O’Connor; Sebastian Barry and Dermot Healy

When Frank McGuinness, the playwright, was 16 a teacher told him that he’d never get to university, that nobody from his background in Buncran(...)