Collaboration: ‘Plumage’, by Love & Robots, in association with Niamh Lunny of the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Love & Robots

Taking stock of the Year of Irish Design 2015, what was it for and what did it do? Doubtless, almost as an act of design itself, ID2015 gathered, mat(...)

Maj Willie Redmond MP joined the Royal Irish Regiment at the age of 53

February 12th, 1916 Maj Willie Redmond MP was one of the oldest serving Irish men at the front. He joined the Royal Irish Regiment at the age of 53 (...)

‘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(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Lucky man: James Nesbitt and his bevy of femmes fatales

If I tell you that James Nesbitt plays a middle-aged London detective in the flashy-looking cop drama Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (Sky1, Friday) you can prob(...)

Andrew O’Hagan: “You’d have sympathy for people’s sense of ownership [of their own stories], but you wouldn’t want to give into it.”

In a talk at the Abbey’s Theatre of Change Symposium on Friday writer Andrew O’Hagan posed the question: does your own life story belong to you? One(...)

Women demonstrating at the Abbey Theatre during the Waking The Feminists event in November to highlight the lack of gender equality in the Abbey’s programme of events for 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An Aran island arts centre has set out to counter the Abbey Theatre’s 1916 commemorative programme by ensuring that 90 per cent of its plays this yea(...)

Visiting a pub is the number on reason people come to Ireland while listening to music in a pub is the number one reason they would return. File photograph: Frank Miller

Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St Louis. Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party as Jos(...)

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

Róise Goan, producer, arts consultant and former Dublin Fringe Festival director

A discussion between the judges for this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards can become animated quickly. It starts with emphatic statements: tha(...)