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(...)

Revisiting Juno and the Paycock: Joe Dowling  rehearsing Seán O’Casey’s play with cast members at the Guthrie Theater. Photograph: Joan Marcus

Joe Dowling is standing in front of one of the Guthrie Theater’s three stages, in Minneapolis, giving notes to Mark Benninghofen, the American actor w(...)

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(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

A lot of things have been said – and possibly written, for all I know – about the influence of television on the minds of, like, impressionable chi(...)

Power broker: Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall

Pare it back and it’s the oldest story of all: power, loyalty and betrayal, the rise of a man from humble beginnings to the top table. Charlie, obviou(...)

Death becomes them: Olivia Colman and David Tennant in ‘Broadchurch’

Watching Broadchurch (TV3, Monday) after the first part of RTÉ’s Charles Haughey trilogy was like stepping out of the theatre and into fresh air. (...)

Double act: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as PJ Mara and Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in ‘Charlie’

Many of his contemporaries were put out to political pasture, but PJ Mara, the late Charles Haughey’s former press secretary, has not only survived. H(...)

PJ Mara: “I think for somebody of my generation it’s probably interesting”.

PJ Mara, Charles Haughey’s former press secretary, was not one of the 724,000 viewers who watched the first episode of the Charlie trilogy, screened (...)

The Fianna Fáil leader  Charles Haughey, acknowledges the applause after his address to the party’s ard-fheis. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Charles Haughey was a politician possessed of enormous talents and fatal flaws, whose impact for good and evil on Irish society is still a matter o(...)

Pat Kenny on the road with Ulster rugby player Tommy Bowe. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Talk about setting the tone. There were no New Year’s Day fireworks or giddy studio shenanigans for yesterday’s launch of UTV Ireland. It kicked off w(...)