‘I don’t think “Cyprus Avenue” is a loyalist play. It’s about loyalism,’ says Stephen Rea, who appears in the play at the Abbey Theatre in February 2016. Photograph: Dave Meehan

This is a safe place. Cyprus Avenue, a new play by the Belfast writer David Ireland, begins with gentle reassurance. “Here it’s okay to say anything y(...)

Anne Clarke on the set of Once the Musical in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anne Clarke of Landmark Productions is the recipient of this year’s Special Tribute Award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015. The presenta(...)

The cast of And Then There Were None, in which an excellent Aidan Turner gets all the best lines

It will not come as a great shock to discover that veteran Eastenders writer Tony Jordan is the man behind BBC’s ambitious Dickensian (BBC One), a spr(...)

Jockey Adrian Heskin after competing in The Cardinal Capital Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Covering the races at Leopardstown at Christmas always feels a bit like staring in a Samuel Beckett play, except it’s Bono not Godot that has folk wai(...)

Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikanderin The Danish Girl

Blockbusters may bring home the bacon, but the movie world still pivots around those late-winter, early-spring months when prestige pictures receive (...)

Actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor picutred attending The IFTA’s in The Mansion House, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Lenny Abrahamson’s psychological-whimsical comedy Frank, Terry McMahon’s mental health drama Patrick’s Day and Stuart Carolan’s TV crime drama Love(...)

Georgina Campbell photographed iwth her Bafta award  for her portrayal of a victim of domestic violence in Murdered by my Boyfriend. Photograph:   Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Sherlock might have won a gong but Benedict Cumberbatch again missed out on a television Bafta for his much-loved portrayal of the master detective.In(...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

Two very different films concerning troubled men have topped the nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta). Lenny Abr(...)

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(...)

The Ballyturk Group at The Irish Times Theatre Awards: Clive Welsh, Teho Teardo, John Crumlish, Eamonn Fox, Sophie Flynn, Anne Clarke, Paul Fahy, Stephen Rea, Tom Rohan, Helen Atkinson, Jamie Vartan and Val Sherlock. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

“I’ve known him longer than I’ve known my husband,” said Irish stage, television and film actor Sinéad Cusack of her friend Stephen Rea backstage a(...)