‘I do love this job; otherwise I wouldn’t have been doing it for 13 years’: Kay Mitchell, schools liaison officer at Maynooth University, is getting ready for this week’s Higher Options exhibition. photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Monday I’m back on the road again, driving out to a school in Dublin. The tune of Morning Ireland on the radio is comforting and familiar even if the (...)

Cillian Murphy ‘underlines his character’s restless spirit with manic eyes and a multi-octave voice’, while  Mikel Murfi depicts ‘gormlessness with spry physical genius’, in Ballyturk. 4:41

Ballyturk Black Box Theatre, Galway ****Ballyturk, a place that may or may not exist, still seems strangely familiar. We are in a huge sealed room, (...)

Patrick O’Reilly with his installation Thorn at his exhibition in The Shed at Galway Docks. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Western Correspondent Giant inflatable crustaceans will cruise the streets of Galway today as the city kicks off its international arts festival, whic(...)

Ballyturk, playwright Enda Walsh’s latest collaboration with actors Cillian Murphy (above), Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, has been sold out for weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:30

Acrobatics as a flight of fantasy and mythology as a map of the human psyche are themes of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival which open(...)

Looking east: Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Honourable Woman, a new thriller series on BBC One

Fans of writer-director Hugo Blick’s last BBC conspiracy thriller, The Shadow Line, from 2011, know not to expect plot, characters, even exact locatio(...)

From left, Mikel Murfi, Enda Walsh , Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A new play by Enda Walsh is bound to cause a stir on the Irish arts scene. The play, which stars Stephen Rea, Cillian Murphy and Mikel Murfi, is an(...)

Dramatic realisation: Enda Walsh (left) with the cast of Ballyturk – Mikel Murfi, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea 4:41

Enda Walsh didn’t break it to his daughter gently. “I can still remember her little face and that incredulous look on it,” says the playwright, in a t(...)

Street spectacle show “Dragonus” by Compagnie Malabar from France will take to the streets of Galway with a monumental moving dragon   during Galway International Arts Festival

A dragon, aliens and a giant red ball will be used to launch Galway’s annual invasion of culture in July. The Galway International Arts Festival has (...)

President Michael D Higgins with Kate O’Toole, daughter of Peter O’Toole, at London’s Old Vic theatre yesterday for  a celebration of Peter O’Toole’s life and work. Photograph: Simon Annand

The ashes of Peter O’Toole, the larger than life Irish actor who died in December, will make a final journey to the West of Ireland this year. For now(...)

Actor Stephen Rea at the Coroners Court inquest into the death of Dolours Price-Rea.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price-Rea died as a result of the toxic effect of a mix of prescribed sedative and anti-depressant medications, an in(...)