St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork will host a newly commissioned work. Image: Google Maps

What have the Easter Rising, William Shakespeare and a group that sounds as if they should be performing in Game of Thrones all got in common? Not a l(...)

 US president Barack Obama speaks at the ‘town hall’ discussion  at the Royal Horticultural Halls  in London. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama has described the peace process in Northern Ireland as an example of what can be achieved when the US and Britain work toget(...)

Brilliant act of reappropriation: DruidShakespeare, featuring Aisling O’Sullivan as Henry V, invites us to experience Shakespeare’s histories through an Irish lens. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

In the late 1980s, when I began research on what turned into my book 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, I had never heard of the Irish (...)

The bard’s anniversary

‘And since you know you cannot see yourself, so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself, that of yourself which you y(...)

The sculpture (inset) took artist Willard Wigan four weeks to create. Photograph: PA/Reuters

World-renowned artist Willard Wigan has created a microscopic sculpture of William Shakespeare, which is smaller than a full stop in a newspaper, to m(...)

The winners at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015 in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards took place with a spectacular ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Among the video tribute(...)

Best production   Chekhov’s First Play A Dead Centre production with Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal and Theatre National Bordea(...)

Mike Murphy: regrets never playing for the Lions

Mike Murphy was born in Dublin in 1941. He began working in RTÉ in the 1960s. In a career that spanned several decades, he presented popular programm(...)

Tom Hiddleston as Henry V in  a BBC production. Photograph: Nick Briggs/BBC

Conflict inspires great literature as Tolstoy, himself a soldier, demonstrates in War and Peace, a human epic on a grand scale which draws on the Napo(...)

Owen Roe in an Abbey Theatre production of King Lear

The year 1606 was an odd one for William Shakespeare. He had been steadily prolific since the early 1590s, but for the first time since 1593 nothin(...)