The victorious Coneys, four boys and their mother, who celebrated her 60th birthday on the day of the final

TV review: Watching four people shove a log up a ramp is even less exciting than it sounds

Steroids, like addictive substances, enslave the user

‘RTÉ Investigates – Steroid Ireland’ leaves no stone unturned, no kilo unburned

Come from Away: The Broadway musical makes its European debut at the Abbey

Much to admire in the musical about travellers stranded in Newfoundland on 9/11

Hits of 2018: Cant's Cope Won't Cope, Finding Joy, Taken Down, Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip,   Patrick Kielty’s My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me and  Young Offenders

The Year in Review: Young Offenders and Red Rock among our television favourites

Taken Down was divided between its female leads, a wooden Lynn Rafferty and a magnificent Aïssa Maïga

Series finale review: RTÉ’s drama opened our eyes to an ugly Ireland we ordinarily never see

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defines job as ‘chairman and CEO of the organisation’

If you imagine Varadkar as too corporate, Ryan Tubridy’s interview won’t change your mind

Centre stage: The Lost O’Casey, Asking for It, Ruth Negga in Hamlet, Tara Flynn, and Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Year in Culture Review: Feelings of rage, injustice, grief and – hopefully – healing pervaded theatre

Come From Away deserves a warm welcome at the Abbey

The stirring musical inspired by events in Newfoundland after 9/11 is a feelgood success

Wayne Kirwin and Charlene Davis: Their situation is far beyond their control

RTÉ’s ‘Land of Hope and Homeless’ depicted a housing crisis even worse than we imagined

Fr Tony Coote: Characteristically good humoured and alert to human nature

TV Review: The motor neurone disease patient is that rare thing: a widely respected priest

Walsh chronicles several turbulent decades of progress and setbacks in his solo show

Mrs Wilson: Ruth Wilson in the period drama about her own family’s history

TV review: Mrs Wilson delves into story of pretence and betrayal

The luminescent Ann Skelly plays Beth Williams, Catholic daughter of a Protestant quarry-owner, while Jamie Dornan plays the dishy labourer Liam Ward

Dripping with breathless desire, ‘Death and Nightingales’ offers a tense vision of Ireland

56-year-old artist Patrick Maguire: Prison killed the child he once was

The shameful story of the Maguire family doesn’t need the hard sell the BBC gives it

The spinning gods of desire and anger: Daithí Mac Suibhne  in Hero, by Ken Rogan, directed by Amilia Stewart, at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

Theatre highlights: DJ turned activist Tonie Walsh introduces himself to the theatre; while Ken Rogan’s inspired debut play tells (...)

Kinevane’s performance works like a spell, with the intimate rapport of a responsive solo show

Review: The latest solo show from Pat Kinevane takes inspiration from both the bible and the musical. Which does it believe in mor(...)

‘The Big Picture: A Woman’s World’ featured a live discussion co-presented by Miriam O’Callaghan and Brendan Courtney

Judging by the studio discussion in RTÉ’s ‘A Woman’s World’, change can’t come soon enough

Ainie Grainger and her Mum, Priscilla Grainger. Both domestic violence survivors, they told their story in Tabú: Ag Teacht Slán on TG4

Review: TG4’s ‘Tabú’ estimates that 300,000 Irish people have suffered abuse from a partner

Hero: Daithí Mac Suibhne is absorbing as John Smithy, whose name slyly puts him somewhere between Everyman and a nobody

The hero of Ken Rogan’s excellent debut is a warrior on the pitch but lost at sea in matters of the heart

Woman Undone: a familiar trajectory of abuse, self-medication, self-harm and, eventually, recovery

The singer’s unconventional collaboration with Brokentalkers makes an unsettling art of suffering

Paranoid, belligerent Tony Martin, played by Steve Pemberton

TV review: ‘The Interrogation of Tony Martin’ explores a shooting in Norfolk

“I’ve never done it with a girl before,” Dec Donnelly says to new co-host Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby – Ant McPartlin’s replacement for series 18 – is not allowed to be funny

The Gate becomes Gatsby Mansion again in this fluid F Scott Fitzgerald adaptation

Growing Up, Live: Angela Scanlon is so quick-witted and unflappable that she ought to be the subject of further study

Review: The Science Week show crosses earnest education with magazine-show ebullience

Vindicated: Maurice McCabe with his wife, Lorraine, and Katie Hannon of RTÉ in Whistleblower

Whistleblower review: This darkly enthralling story really is one of good versus bad

Garda whistleblower: Maurice McCabe with his wife, Lorraine. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Whistleblower review: Airing garda’s clean laundry in public makes his goodness hard to relate to

Lauren Coe as Emma in Landmark Productions and the Everyman world premiere production of Asking for It by Louise O Neill. Photograph: Hugh O Conor

Looking out for one another: Stage highlights take dispiriting look at blame, victimhood and apathy in society, and wonder about h(...)

A Woman’s Place: Noel Murphy’s portrait of the 53 women serving in the Oireachtas also includes Constance Markievicz, the first woman elected to Westminster and Dáil Éireann

In RTÉ’s documentary, a male artist and a male journalist peer at women politicians

Brendan Courtney and his mother Nuala in We Need to Talk about Mam. Photograph: RTE

Review: He was supposed to be discussing his ageing mother’s life, but ended up dealing with his

The School Days of Thaddeus K: the name of Blue Raincoat’s protagonist recalls the Polish director Tadeusz Kantor, whose seminal 1975 work The Dead Class made school a living hell

Blue Raincoat use puppetry to evoke the fragility of a young boy’s hellish education

Double Cross: Ian Toner in this Abbey-Lyric coproduction

Ian Toner plays both William Joyce and Brendan Bracken under Jimmy Fay’s direction

Aïssa Maïga plays the stoic Abeni Bankole in Taken Down

Review: A sombre tale of desperate lives from Jo Spain and ‘Love/Hate’ creator Stuart Carolan

Rough Magic’s ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’

‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ features iconography of a modern Ireland

Prime Time’s presidential debate: moderator David McCullagh with Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Michael D Higgins, Seán Gallagher, Peter Casey and Gavin Duffy. Photograph: Julien Behal

Prime Time’s presidential debate had no winners – and the big losers were its viewers

What is gained by reporting carnage in such minuscule, exhaustive detail – the severed feet, missing eyes?

Review: BBC’s programme about a 1993 Belfast bomb wallows in horrific detail

GAA star Philly McMahon with late brother John

‘I’d give up all my All-Irelands to have him back,’ says Philly McMahon of John

Brian Gleeson and Desiree Akhavan: Relationship strictly platonic

Brian Gleeson is the straight man in a sex comedy set among millennial Londoners

In the 1980s, Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis and Simon Groom presented Blue Peter. Image: BBC

Review: The 60th anniversary programme shows it’s still based Best-of-British principles

Dublin Theatre Festival: Strangers spill personal anecdotes in Nicoline van Harskamp’s essayistic performance piece

Eileen Walsh, Kerry Condon, and  Nina Sosanya in ‘Women on the Verge’

Did you sleep with more than two women during our break-up, she asks. ‘In a good week, yeah,” he replies

Rathmines Road: Janet Moran, Charlie Bonner, Karen Ardiff, Enda Oates and Rebecca Root in Deirdre Kinahan’s play. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Dublin Theatre Festival: A secret survivor of sexual assault encounters her rapist years later

“I’m a big narcissist. I’m in every scene.” Amy Huberman during filming of Finding Joy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Review: ‘Finding Joy’ adds a dollop of Sarah Silverman and Sharon Horgan to RTÉ comedy

The End of Eddy: Kwaku Mills and Alex Austin share their role, their faces representing other characters – Eddy’s aggressive father, his bitter mother – on four television screens

Dublin Theatre Festival: Kwaku Mills and Alex Austin are engaging as Édouard Louis’s autobiographical character

The M House: using a spindly boxy frame, the cast literally hold M House together, where the powers that be would rather see them stewing in daytime TV than dancing

Dublin Theatre Festival: Authority, in Equinox’s witty play, is like a vertiginous ladder – there’s always someone on a higher run(...)

Carolina Main is admirably understated, Adrian Dunbar as thick-set and comforting as an oak tree

TV Review: The excellent Carolina Main is just one of several reasons to watch ‘Blood’

The Fever: this house party with a twist is hosted by New York company 600 Highwaymen as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival

‘The Fever’ pulls the audience into the action and The End of Eddy pulls few punches

Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf photographed by Joan Marcus

Dublin Theatre Festival: An acerbic, postmodern riff on Edward Albee’s classic

 This Crowded House Series 2, Episode 1 Brendan Courtney with Denise, Fred and family

Review: ‘This Crowded House’ starts as a jaunty property show, but things soon get grim

The Patient Gloria: Gina Moxley’s play doesn’t feel like a breakthrough

Dublin Theatre Festival: Gina Moxley restages Gloria Szymanski’s 1965 interviews with three therapists

The Lost O’Casey: Gillian McCarthy as the radically reconceived Polly Pender. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Dublin Theatre Festival: Anu’s immersive production sends characters and audience spinning through a disappearing city

Fantasia: TR Warszawa’s production invites the audience to see things differently. Photograph: Magda Hueckel

Dublin Theatre Festival: Is Polish theatre retreating from political engagement? Anna Karasinska’s deceptively simple production t(...)

Peter Casey; Liadh Ní Riada; Joan Freeman and Gavin Duffy. Photograph: Julien Behal

Arguably the most enthusiastic contributor to ‘Claire Byrne Live’ is cut off by an ad break

Bertie Ahern in 1991. Photo: Getty Images).

Review: Programme reveals painful splits in the branches of Bertie Ahern’s family tree

Liv O’Donoghue in The Patient Gloria

Two new productions at this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival re-examine old art works

Hamlet: Ruth Negga with Peter Gaynor and Mark Huberman in the Gate production. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Dublin Theatre Festival: Yaël Farber hones play’s divisions into survey of allies and enemies

DruidShakespeare: Richard III – Siobhán Cullen with Aaron Monaghan as the king. Photograph: Robbie Jack

Garry Hynes’s production is like a horror show seen through a haze of laughing gas

The Flu That Killed 50 Million: at the US army base where the virus mutated, rows of white sickbeds stretch out like tombstones. Photograph: US Naval History & Heritage Command/BBC

Review: ‘The Flu That Killed 50 Million’ is a riveting chronicle of the 1918 pandemic

Ruth Negga: Yaël Farber first encountered the actor in her role in Loving

South Africa’s Yaël Farber, who cast Ruth Negga, is accustomed to fresh perspectives

The Bailout: Denis Conway as Taoiseach Brian Cowen in Colin Murphy’s TV version of his play Bailed Out!

Review: Colin Murphy’s politicians try to get their heads around an €85bn disaster

Cary Fukunaga’s thriller suggests a society unnervingly similar to our own

Review: If you liked Black Mirror, you might enjoy this time-warped Netflix thriller

The Cat’s Mother: Erica Murray’s play is a sly moral teaser about taking responsibility

Dublin Fringe Festival: Sisters contemplate putting their senile mother out of her misery

Shame: Pom Boyd has been performing from an early age, in awkward fabrications before grown-ups, or flustered improvisations to cope with social anxiety and regressive gender politics. Photograph: Derek Speirs

Dublin Fringe Festival: Pom Boyd confronts family demons in an absorbing autobiographical show

Vogue Williams: “I’m a social influencer. I know how mad that is, but it’s also absolutely amazing. I just got some new bed sheets today, and I didn’t have to pay for them”

Vogue Williams meets her fellow social influencers Perez Hilton and the Saccone Jolys

Trial of the Centurys illustration by Ruan van Vliet

Dublin Fringe Festival: Trelliot, twin-brother pop stars who fell to earth, get their day in a cardboard court

Willie White, director of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Dublin Theatre Festival director Willie White on Arts Council rows and Ireland’s cultural deficits

Orla Tinsley: even at one moment of clear distress, when death is too near to laugh at, she imparts a motivational message to the camera

Review: ‘Orla Tinsley: Warrior’ depicts incredible resilience against grinding circumstance

Lex Talionis: the cast are subtle, birdlike without overegging it. Photograph: Aoife Cahill

Dublin Fringe Festival: Excellent performances make Liam Heylin’s pithy new play fly

The Money: 12 players try to win the pot by agreeing how to spend it within an hour. Photograph: Steve Tanner

Dublin Fringe Festival: What’s at stake in Kaleider’s ‘showgame’, cash or democracy?

Beat: Fionntán Larney’s excellent debut is a  persuasive anatomy of toxic masculinity. Photograph: Ste Murray

Dublin Fringe Festival: Fionntán Larney’s debut is spry, considered and sophisticated

Aaron Monaghan and Garry Hynes. ‘

For director Garry Hynes, the desire to portray this tortured king goes back years

Is it voyeuristic, or deeply empathetic, to watch the emotional heights of others?

Joy, humour, agony – all human life is on show in RTÉ’s portrait of the Dublin hospital

Everything Can Be Dismantled: One humble utopian vision emerged: “It’s great,” somebody said of the improvised shelter. “Rent-free.”

Dublin Fringe Festival: During yet another housing flashpoint, a new collective asks us to imagine alternatives by trying out alte(...)

‘Who would have thought the most boring thing about this was the f**king?’

The Deuce review: Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco return in the 1970s-set porn drama

Madhouse: PJ Gallagher’s mother cared for several men with schizophrenia. Photograph: Rory Murphy

Dublin Fringe Festival: Who are we to stigmatise mental disorder, the comedian asks

Dreamgun Film Reads: the Fringe Binge is like a white-knuckle version of the Mercury Theater live radio broadcasts. Photograph Ste Murray

Dublin Fringe Festival: Blockbuster scripts get rapid-fire rewrites and crackling unrehearsed performances

A Holy Show: the Aer Lingus hijacker demanded the pope reveal the third secret of Fatima. Photograph: Ste Murray

Dublin Fringe Festival: Janet Moran’s show is based on the Aer Lingus hijacking of 1981

Oneday: Dick Walsh and James Moran challenge journalism, theatre and expertise. Photograph: Aine McBride

What happened on March 13th, 2012? Dick Walsh makes it his mission to know

Fable: each of the five sequences take their cues from tales already on the borderline of myth – pumped-up news reports, political conspiracy theories or dubious cultural phenomena. Photograph: Cathy Coughlan

Dublin Fringe Festival: Some narrative techniques are a stretch too far for these skilled dancers

Everything I Do: Alone on a trampoline as marked as a lunar surface, Zoe Ní Riordáin has lost her support

Dublin Fringe Festival: The end of love feels like a broken record for Zoe Ní Riordáin

Damien Dempsey: Letterfrack was “hell on earth,” he says, struggling to keep emotion at bay. “That’s a lot to take in”

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ review: The singer has a whole national history in his gene pool

Ruth McGowan: “The things that interest me are more pronounced this year. Like programming a bunch of parties, programming a bunch of club nights.”

The event’s new artistic director has some questions for the city. Is it listening?

Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey and her mother Angela, a recovering  heroin addict

Review: The ‘Late Late Show’ machine miscalculated on Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey

‘I tossed off a man from my hydrotherapy group.’ Toni Collette is magnificent as Joy in ‘Wanderlust’

Review: Sex is awkward in ‘Wanderlust’, a BBC TV comedy about passion and honesty

Oxmantown Road: Over the years, the character of the neighbourhood has changed distinctly

‘Our Lives in Property: Oxmantown Road’ is a fascinating social history of a Dublin street

Colin Parry (Daniel Mays), Wendy Parry (Anna Maxwell Martin). Photograph: Steffan Hill

‘Mother’s Day’ focuses on two mothers’ responses to the 1993 Warrington bombing

Aran Murphy in Hamnet, at the Samuel Beckett Theatre

Dead Centre’s brilliant one-boy show in Dublin, and all the drama of Electric Picnic

Adrian Chiles: ‘I’ve seen no spiders, I don’t really get drunk and I don’t misbehave’ Photograph: Jonathan Young

TV Review: presenter’s frank and personal BBC documentary, ‘Drinkers Like Me’

TV Review: BBC’s ‘Bodyguard’ brings psychological complexity to the thriller genre

Mary McAleese: Irish people are adapting to ‘cultural Catholicism’

TV Review: Ex-president reveals what World Meeting of Families means to her ‘modern family’

Michael West’s new version of Frankenstein for Theatre Lovett is a similarly elegant re-animation, or, to use his term, “mutation”.

Michael West’s new version of Frankenstein wonders if the scientist and monster are now one and the same

New Zealand Rose Jolene McLaughlin greets Daithí Ó Sé by Maori tradition. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

TV Review: The one radical moment in Monday night’s broadcast turns out to be a glitch

Majella reminds a chummy O’Connor of his cutting remarks about her husband. Photograph: Andres Poveda

TV Review: Presenter Brendan O’Connor is outmanoeuvred by his chat show guest

Don Wycherley, My Real Life, Viking Theatre, Clontarf, Dublin

Michael West’s Frankenstein adaption and a Wexford man without promise of a future

Kirstie Alley enters the house during the Celebrity Big Brother Launch Night at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

The fame-hungry are desperate enough to take part, and we’re desperate enough watch them

Miriam O’Callaghan journeys to Derry, Alabama and Washington

RTÉ’s documentary about the 1968 protests is part history show, part personal journey

The young lovers defy their wheezing elders in both deed and fashion sense, subverting berets and army camouflage with insurgent colours and punk tartan

Review: Lynne Parker directs an Irish take on Shakespeare at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Mullered and Skullit: Liam Carney and Phillip Judge in Two Pints

Pat Shortt stars in the second of Martin McDonagh’s Leenane Trilogy; Roddy Doyle’s barfly banter gets a human face with Liam Carne(...)

Mangan uses his pulling power to create several whipsmart celebrity cameos

In Channel 4’s ‘Hang-Ups’, Stephen Mangan plays a therapist who takes his practice online

‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

‘In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America’ documents his tireless, transatlantic efforts

Rough Magic’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rough Magic’s high-voltage staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream addresses climate change, while Jim Cartwright’s ‘Two’ is more tha(...)

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