Niamh Lunny, Abbey Theatre head of costume, preparing a costume worn by Bob Acres played by Tom Vaughan Lawlor in The Rivals by  Sheridan. It forms part of the Performance Ireland 1904-2014 exhibition at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Scrapbooks kept by Lady Gregory, hundreds of set and costume designs, and an original prompt script for Sean O’Casey’s The Plough And The Stars are am(...)

Living in a Coded Land

Pat Collins’s documentary oeuvre is frequently characterised as Slow Cinema. We’re not so sure. True, his visual essays, though comparably cont(...)

People who know about film know about Pat Collins. The Cork-born film-maker has long been respected for his original, thoughtful documentaries (...)

A London Metropolitan Police officer watches a  Connacht championship GAA  game between London and Sligo in Ruislip, Middlesex. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

On a number of occasions since Michael D Higgins’s inauguration, the President of Ireland has spoken about the key role that personal narrative(...)

If you were asked to name the book or books that defined Ireland for you, which would you choose? That’s the challenge UCD academics and bestsellin(...)

Pat Collin’s film is all about the middle, namely Co Westmeath

Pat Collins’s documentary oeuvre is frequently characterised as Slow Cinema. We’re not so sure. True, the film-maker’s visual essays, although (...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s novel Laura is the only publication to be referred to the Censorship of Publications Board in the last five years (...)

‘I often take a much-talked-about book and recommend something similar but older. So for people buying Gone Girl [by Gillian Flynn], I might suggest Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca,’ says Bob Johnson of Dublin’s Gutter Bookshop. Above: Daphne Du Maurier

In 1934 Malcolm Cowley, literary editor of the New Republic magazine, had an idea. Having distributed copies of new books to his reviewers, he wond(...)

John McGahern’s sister Margaret takes a moment to herself in the old barracks in Cootehall where she and the writer spent much of their childhood. Photograph: Brian Farrell

John McGahern’s sister Margaret sat on a low wall in front of the barracks in Cootehall, Co Roscommon, and pointed to the spot where her father used t(...)

Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

The most striking aspect of Edna O’Brien’s short stories, aside from the consistent mastery with which they are executed, is their diversity. This wri(...)