Eoin Cannon as Frank, Jacinta Whyte as Angela, Marty Maguire as Malachy and Bryan Burroughs in Angela’s Ashes. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Angela’s Ashes: The Musical Bord Gáis Energy Theatre **** The first thing to say about Angela’s Ashes: The Musical is that it sounds so much better t(...)

Ellen McCourt with Frank McCourt’s  daughter Maggie and grandsons Jack and Avery.  Photograph: Press 22

The rain now synonymous with the Limerick of Angela’s Ashes was noticeably absent as the family of the novel’s author, Frank McCourt, scattered his as(...)

A Cork county hurler in action. Defender John Horgan (66) was one of the greatest hurlers of all time and a decent and honourable man both on and off the pitch, mourners at his funeral were told today.

Cork defender John Horgan (66) was one of the greatest hurlers of all time and a decent and honourable man both on and off the pitch, mourners at his (...)

Gwen Taylor as Daisy Werthan and Ernest Perry jnr as Hoke Colburn

★★★ Alfred Uhry’s play from 1988 takes a wing-mirror view of American history: covering 25 years, from 1948 to 1973, in a brisk 90 minutes, it obse(...)

“The key issue for me was why people [joined the revolution]? How were young working-class men and women, just ordinary people, radicalised?” Playwright Deirdre Kinahan pictured in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Bryan Meade

It has been almost 20 years since playwright Deirdre Kinahan made her theatrical debut. It was 1997, and she had been hovering around the amateur dra(...)

Full list of candidates With a smaller number of council seats and three town councils abolished, Offaly’s local election race will be hotly co(...)

Incoming chair of the Arts Council Sheila Pratschke  was most recently the director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheila Pratschke is to be the new chair of the Arts Council, as announced yesterday by Minster for the Arts Jimmy Deenihan. She succeeds Pat Moylan, w(...)

Jimmy Deenihan: left the National Concert Hall without a chair for a couple of months, and he has allowed the same situation to arise at the Arts Council. Photograph: Dave Meehan

You remember those terrible days and weeks when the last Fianna Fáil-led coalition floundered as if it were hell-bent on prompting someone to come up (...)

Heading for a cultural desert

The artist Robert Ballagh recently declared that the Government was one of the worst for the arts in the history of the State. The evidence that is st(...)

Pat Moylan, outgoing chair of the Arts Council, in the council’s offices on Dublin’s Merrion Square. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pat Moylan is in the unusual position of sitting at nearly all the seats at the artistic table. On the one hand, she is an expert on what theatre audi(...)