Tressa (Seana Kerslake) with  Matt (Ryan Donaldson) and Scober MacAdam (Sean McGinley) in King of the Castle. Photograph: Robbie Jack

King of the Castle Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★★★ Druid’s revival of Eugene McCabe’s 1964 drama has a deceptively inviting quality, which masks its blea(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford  in action against Derry last year. Photograph: Tommy Greally/Inpho

Kerry v Derry – Croke Park, 1.15pm - Live TG4 Presuming a mere coronation for this David Clifford led Kerry side would be to overlook the achievement(...)

Derry’s Guildhall Square taken over by Trojan Horse to mark the start of the annual Brian Friel International Festival

A large wooden horse has appeared before Derry’s walls. “What is it?” one woman asks, bemusement in her voice. “A Trojan Horse,” another explains. “(...)

Capt Peter Kelleher reading the Proclamation at the GPO, Dublin, last year. Photograph: Maxwells

Hovering around the very successful 1916 centenary commemorations last year was a silent paradox. The celebration of Irish sovereignty was f(...)

 Kerry’s David Clifford celebrates a score. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry 2-22 Cavan 2-10 A mesmerising performance from Kerry captain David Clifford helped the Kingdom ease into a fourth successive All-Ireland minor (...)

Dancing at Lughnasa: ‘An  explosion of flour and frustration unites the sisters as their wireless provokes a ceilidhe in the kitchen’. Photograph:  Darragh Kane

Everyman, Cork **** The distance between what seemed to be and what was true is a space often explored by Brian Friel and nowhere more poignantly t(...)

Sean Doran: ‘We hope to see the Northern Literary Lands as something that is adopted by both tourist boards – Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland – as a joint initiative. Photograph:  Daveth Fox

The flow of ideas from Seán Doran and Liam Browne is so fast that it can be hard to keep up, especially when the two of them get excited and start tal(...)

Garry Hynes: ‘When we lose our communities we lose, at a fundamental level, the sense of who we are.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sometime in December 1959, a 6½-year-old girl looked at a familiar yellow electric clock on top of the wireless in her kitchen. She noticed the clock (...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (r) and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Andrea Bonetti/EPA

The New York Review of Books recently carried a conversation between two American philosophers who concluded that everything we can see and do is inde(...)

Jez Butterworth, Laura Donnelly and Sam Mendes at the press night after-party for ‘The Ferryman’ in London. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Northern Ireland, usually so remote on the periphery of English consciousness, is everywhere in London these days. The DUP’s 10 MPs at Westminster, fr(...)