The Snapper has been brought to the stage. But, with the benefit of hindsight, what can the stage bring to The Snapper?

The Fourth Estate is a reassuring glamorisation of the tough talk of news media.  Everyone is underslept and under pressure. Leads get spiked, sources get protected

Review: This riveting All-the-Presidents-Men-style documentary ultimately plays Trump’s game

Catherine Corless follows the harrowing history of Julia Devaney, confined in Tuam Mother and Baby Home for most of her life.   Photograph:  Reuters/Peter Nicholls

Lavinia Kerwick and Catherine Corless among presenters of RTÉ’s sprawling documentary

This dumping degrades the earth, poisons the groundwater, runs into the river and the sea, causing problems for generations

Review: Our waste management companies are cleaning up, but not in the way they should be

Lauren Coe is excellent as  Emma in  ‘Asking for It’. Photograph: Hugh O’Conor

This gruelling adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s novel is alarming for good reason

“What is fatherhood, exactly? What does it mean to have a son? Why does the word ‘dad’ seem to ruin everything as a prefix, from jokes to rock?”

Paul Simon makes sense to me now and so does my father’s nostalgia. It is something we share

In her wealthy later years, Anne Robinson is surrounded by disappointing feminists

Review: Robinson’s tabloid-style arguments are shallow, contradictory and self-oriented

Tommy Bowe makes for a sincere enquirer, asking retired Irish sports stars about their exits from the field.  Photograph: Inpho/Giuseppe Fama

‘The End Game’, is Tommy Bowe’s candid attempt to come to terms with a rugby life that is over

Germaine Greer: unignorable, still combative and leading the conversation. Photograph: BBC

The feminist academic and writer has been influential and infuriating in equal measure. And so she remains

Lauren Coe as Emma in  Asking For It. Photograph: Hugh O’Conor

An Irish rape case exposes a culture of victim-blaming in the stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s novel; repressed desires drive (...)

Selina Cartmell. Photograph: Tom Honan.

The Gate Theatre turned 90 this year. Nobody noticed. Selina Cartmell on a challenging first year in charge

The Begum Aga Khan with Shergar in 1981 after his victory in the Irish Sweeps Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Review: Documentary with a thriller soundtrack, a hushed voiceover, but no new leads

Miles is given a buddy to allow for dialogue

TV Review: In Chilli Palmer’s place we have Miles Daly, Irish enforcer for a Vegas loan shark

In the book, which has now been adapted for the stage, young boys in 1970s Afghanistan fly bright, elegant kites which have been weaponised for attack

Khaled Hosseini’s novel inspired by Taliban’s ban on kite flying is given the stage treatment

Leah from Lucan  could represent Ireland in the Olympics of withering disdain

‘Raised by the Village’ stages an agricultural intervention into the lives of two unruly teens

Mary Murray: magnetic focus

Mary Murray fleshes out several characters, ‘Buridan’s Ass’ battles with a philosophical paradox

Emma Murphy: “You think you know somebody, you know?” she said in her video recorded  after an attack by her partner

‘Emma Murphy Fights Back’ is emotional TV by a survivor of domestic violence

When it began, Gay Byrne’s ‘The Meaning of Life’ looked like a hobby for a veteran broadcaster. He made it compelling TV

RTÉ marks Gay Byrne’s 60 years in broadcasting with highlights from ‘The Meaning of Life’

Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan as Aisling and Danielle, ‘Can’t Cope Won’t Cope’ co-dependent stars.

Review: In series 2, the plot grew ever-less-plausible and even Coppers began to feel old

For all its self-awareness, mad gags and sometimes impenetrable idiosyncrasies, ’The Rehearsal’ is one of the most faithful representations of ‘Hamlet’ you could hope to find

Tough choices: audiences get to elect their own prince in Pan Pan’s brilliant alternative take on ‘Hamlet’ at the Abbey; while Ver(...)

Nicole Silverberg and Rachel Wenitsky of Reductress

Zany or dark? Smart or dumb? Gently reassuring or wickedly disturbing? The festival has it all

Infinite non-comedic possibilities: Ed Aczel

Don’t laugh at Edward Aczel’s awkward attempts at comedy – he’s trying not to be funny. But, as his new stand-up show, ‘Is Ed Acze(...)

Prof Ian Robertson and Jennifer O’Connell in ‘Stressed’

Watching this nervy RTÉ documentary, my blood pressure spiked before the ad break

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tobin on RTÉ’s Prime Time debate with Miriam O’Callaghan. Photograph: RTÉ

Prime Time review: A relatively calm affair that worked hard to maintain balance

Manchester: The Night of the Bomb: “I can just beat him,” 15-year-old Eve (left, with her sister, Amilia) says about the suicide bomber. “He doesn’t matter”

This documentary doesn’t need its thriller-movie structure. The human stories amaze

Derren Brown: your mind is not your own

Review: The greatest illusion in this masterful show is the appearance of free will

Transgendered people may be legally recognised but they’re not necessarily understood

Aisling O’Sullivan and Brian Doherty in Annabelle Comyn’s production of ‘The Wake’, by Tom Murphy, at the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Murphy gave the Irish canon a series of masterpieces. Peter Crawley assesses his drama

Road trip: the B&B show that follows Daniel and Majella O’Donnell is back for third series

‘People have no idea what I put up with,’ seethes Majella, in a new ‘B&B Road Trip’ series

Patrick Melrose paragon of upper-crust London, trying to go clean in New York

Benedict Cumberbatch plays privileged but miserable uppercrust addict Patrick Melrose

Ryan O’Shaughnessy representing Ireland with ‘Together’ backstage at the 63rd Eurovision at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. Photograph: EPA/Miguel A. Lopes

The maddest song won Eurovision 2018, restoring some sanity to the crazy contest

Daniel Monaghan and Marie Ruane in The Good Father

An unlikely couple face up to parenthood, and Maeve Binchy’s evergreen story

Who is in charge of the USA, Luke is asked? “Putin,” he shoots back immediately. “I mean, Donald Trump.” This kid will go far

A Channel 4 documentary that watches children at play makes for shuddering viewing

Jeremy Clarkson: ‘I can feel the word “hate” being stencilled on my back by the audience’

TV Review: The new host – self-aware, regretful, helpful – doesn’t seem quite himself

Cork farmer Paula Hynes lives with the Maasai in ‘The Hardest Harvest’. Photograph: RTÉ

Cork farmer Paula Hynes encounters drought, hyenas and death among the Maasai

Marie Mullen as the  ‘brilliantly delusional grandmother’, Shalome in On Raftery’s Hill

Marina Carr’s bleak topical tragedy is like the fresh jolt of a recurring nightmare

Rory O’Connell: No showmanship, product-placement or experimental genre-hopping formats here

The ever-polite Rory O’Connell presents honest recipes with donnish enthusiasm

Cyprus Avenue: Stephen Rea is in David Ireland’s provocative comedy on the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre

Stephen Rea stars in David Ireland’s scabrous comedy; the Abbey’s O’Casey returns

The new series opens with  a shocking, weird reset

Review: Free of the book that inspired season one, the makers seem paralysed by liberty

Season premiere. The puppet show is over, and we are coming for you and the rest of your kind. Welcome back to Westworld

Review: Series two of the sinful – but cerebral – entertainment keeps us guessing

‘I’m not Claire Byrne,’ says Baz Ashmawy. But he might be more dangerous

The goodtime guy’s anti-gambling crusade is more valuable than a current affairs expose

“You are like a scar that won’t fade,” Danielle tells Aisling

One of the freshest, funniest shows on TV absorbs everything jittery about modern Ireland

“I can never tell anyone about this,” says Tara Flynn, with light irony. Instead, she makes a song and dance about it.

Tara Flynn’s splendid one-woman show and Stephen Sondheim’s roll-call of political killers

Nicholas Pound as the Proprietor in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

Musical seems too haunted by JFK’s assassination to be able to properly hold its nerve

Adam Byatt, Aveen Bannon, Pamela Flood, and Ross Golden-Bannon

‘Healthy Appetite’ asks chefs to cook healthily. They should have called it ‘Dinner is Ruined’

Stephen Lawrence, murdered 25 years ago in a racially-motivated attack

The programme is called ‘Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation’. But did it?

North Korea’s principal exports were once minerals, metalwork and arms. These days, it’s slave labour

Building sites in Europe, Russia and China are mass-exploiting workers from North Korea

The precarious overcrowding of 1997 has alleviated, down from almost 800 prisoners then to 650 now.

Back to the Joy: Donald Taylor Black revisits the prison 21 years after his original documentary

Wickedly good: Matilda the Musical at the  Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Like its protagonist, Matilda the Musical is not afraid to be clever, while Beckett’s words are put to music in Gare Saint Lazare’(...)

'Like Alison Spittle, few on her show recognise themselves as ‘culchies’ – there’s always somewhere smaller.'

‘Culchie Club’ Review: If there’s such a place as the real Ireland, this show does not find it

Pan Pan: 'The Importance of Nothing'

Fishamble bring Maz and Bricks, unlikely allies with different views on life, back into the street protests of contemporary Dublin

'National Treasures' presenter John Creedon warmly identifies with several items of bric-a-brac left lying about the place

Review: Everything here tells a story. Just because something has no value, it insists, does not make it worthless

Two lovelorn souls come to an open-mic night looking for an audience, but only one is allowed to find it

Patrick Kielty: “Where there’s peace,” he says, “there’ll always be a wee bit of hope.”  Photograph: BBC

Review: When Patrick Kielty was 16, his father was murdered. He could have sought revenge. Instead, he chose comedy

Kiss Me First: ‘Nothing hurts here. That’s the point.’ Photograph: Channel 4/Axis

Review: To feel or not to feel, that is the question in this Channel 4 and Netflix co-production

Aidan Gillen as comedian Dave Allen in Dave Allen at Peace: while he looks the part, he’s not a atural comic actor

Review: The intentions of this biopic are honourable, but Allen, you feel, would have told it so much better.

Clodagh Mooney Duggan, Katie McCann and Finbarr Doyle in Tryst at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin

An engaged couple get more than they bargained for in Tryst; a Tipperary teenager wrestles with fickle popularity in Test Copy

Sammy Kamara, Madeline Appiah, Idris Elba and Jimmy Akingbola in ‘In the Long Run’. Photograph: Sky

‘In the Long Run’ review: Show based on creator’s childhood is largely 1980s nostalgia

Greg (Christopher Eccleston) and Brenna (Kerri Quinn) in ‘Come Home’

‘Come Home’ review: Engrossing BBC-RTÉ thriller with Christopher Eccleston and a fine cast

Tara Fay offers nuptials in dismal, rainy Ireland. Bruce Russell  other promises vows in exciting, sunny somewhere-else

TV Review: ‘My Big Day: Home or Away?’ pits two wedding-industry pros against one other

Penguins: would you not pay good money to see brought to life the story of two male penguins that met at Central Park Zoo, in New York, and fell in love?

Growing pains, a New York love story, and frazzled first-time parenthood

Emmet Kirwan: 'If people think I am like Jimmy Porter, then I’m in trouble.’ Photograph: Gate Theatre

Late at the Gate review: gifted writer and performer Emmet Kirwan responds to John Osborne’s ‘Look Back in Anger’

Art: Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson in Yasmina Reza’s sly play from 1994, at the Gaiety

Yasmina Reza’s celebrity warhorse returns, while Emmet Kirwan gives a dissenting, rhyming response to ‘Look Back in Anger’

Cillian Murphy stars as Dad in Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Max Porter's acclaimed novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers is being adapted for the stage by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Mu(...)

Neil Morrissey, Ed Byrne, Debbie McGee, Raphael Rowe, JJ Chalmers, the Rev Kate Bottley and Heather Small. Photograph: Brigid McFall

... If you’re a celeb looking for a gig, it’s an opportunity to be on the telly

The Young Offenders: Connor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and Jock O’Keeffe (Chris Walley).  Photograph: Miki Barlok

After this masterpiece, the contagious double act are sure to be repeat offenders

Karen O’Donohue and Michael Kelly compare their  day of harvest to the thrill of Christmas morning

TV Review: A leaden, worthy food show aimed – squarely – at home owners

The Unmanageable Sisters

Cillian Murphy stars in Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Plus: The Unmanageable Sisters at the Abbey and THISISPOPBABY’s mini-St (...)

Eavan Boland reading from her collection In a Time of Violence, at a Guinness Writers’ Lunch in Doheny and Nesbitt’s pub, Dublin, 1994. Photograph: Eric Luke

TV Review: Excellent documentary uncovers the impetus behind Boland’s poems

Aveeen Bannon and Philip Boucher-Hayes in What Are You Eating?

TV Review: ‘What Are You Eating?’ is ultimately antagonistic towards veganism

The Unmanageable Sisters: Graham McLaren favours the pleasures of kitsch over the ache of nostalgia

It’s hard to see what ground Deirdre Kinahan’s new Irish version of Michel Tremblay’s play can break

Nelly begins the series as prime suspect for his daughter’s disappearance, but quickly becomes her seeker

This impressive Sky Atlantic drama mixes detective story with the texture of life

Annabel Bates (Mrs Elvsted) and Lizzy Watts (Hedda) in The National Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler.

Star director Ivo van Hove’s production provides the power, beauty and excitement that Hedda herself can never find

Bamshad Abedi-Amin (Bill) and Lola Petticrew (Hat) star in Porcelain at the Peacock. Photograph: The Abbey Theatre

Peep, Porcelain and Private Peaceful alliterate the week in theatre

 Eleanor Methven, who won  the special tribute award for 2017, and Emma Jordan, winner of best director, at The Irish Times  theatre awards on  February 25th at the National Concert Hall. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

What do you see? asked the big winner. We’re seeing double and elephants, came the answer

David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Schama. Photograph: BBC

Sometimes, I suspect, he throws in academic jokes to check if his class is paying attention

Andrew Cunanan, Versace’s killer, was a  prostitute, a chameleon and a fantasist

This expertly made, gorgeous-to -look-at new series makes his murderer into a somebody

Neven's Irish Food Trail: Nothing seems to make his mouth water like a successful brand

Declan O’Donnell, Deirdre Whelan and Hugh Wallace

RTÉ judges say they’re seeking personality but seem more impressed by sterility

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Award were announced at a Gala Ceremony  in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards: Mark Rothko drama ‘Red’ is the big winner

Waiting for Godot again – but this time it’s refreshingly different

Druid’s unmissable Waiting for Godot embarks on national and international tour, while Antarctic adventurer Ernest Shackleton is b(...)

“Whole communities were our enemies, they hated us with a vengeance.” Photograph: BBC

TV Review: Squaddies on the Frontline hears of soldiers’ boredom, public hatred and low morale

Caitríona Ennis as Sarah in Margaret Perry’s Porcelain

A young Irish woman is not feeling herself in Margaret Perry’s debut play for the Abbey, which shadows the tragedy of a woman burn(...)

Dolores O’Riordan with The Cranberries at the Troubadour,  Los Angeles on July 15th, 1993. Photograph:  Donna Santisi/Redferns

Dave Fanning’s interviews reveal a person who understood fame, depression and grief

When Dermot Bannon reveals his plan to resistant Daniel and insistent  Majella O’Donnell, nobody seems pleased

The redesign of the O’Donnells’ house turns into a tussle between the titans of factual TV

Amy McAllister in ‘Scorch’, Stacey Gregg’s award-winning monologue piece. Photograph: Ciaran Bagnall

Stacey Gregg’s award-winning play about a teenager’s fraught search for identity and Grace Dyas’s new play about digging for truth(...)

Everything Sucks! will be on Netflix from Friday

Review: A high-school comedy set in 1996 gets the music right but changes the era’s tune

Andrew (Stephen Mangan) with his actual wife Kim (Heather Graham)

Review: Stephen Mangan’s character used to be indecisive but now he’s not so sure

Kevin, who after two pints runs over a cardboard cut-out of a child, with  instructor

TV Review: The Road Safety Authority is making serious points using silly methods

Brian Doherty as Mike Glavin, Gráinne Good as Sive and Andrea Irvine as Mena in Druid’s production of Sive by John B Keane at the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A tragedy born of greedy matchmaking, a hesitant love affair barely whispered from the rooftop, and the situation of two work coll(...)

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy are exquisitely cast as Jock and Conor

Review: The hit Irish film is now a TV series, and its comedy has grown in confidence

New production of Osborne’s drama pulls down curtain on angry young man

Cathy Belton and Aisling O’Sullivan. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Mark O’Rowe’s new drama finds that people are the hardest things to solve

Matt Cooper (usually tieless but wearing one in this publicity shot) and Ivan Yates (vice versa) of the Tonight Show

With a fourth night added, even Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates might not have enough to say

Carmel and Billy Comer, who won £1.1 million in 1994.

Review: A documentary about Lotto winners suggests winning the big prize can cost you

Birds of a feather flock to the theatre this week

Pat Kenny looks haunted by the prospect of a hard border

Review: The first episode of a new series is limited by cliche and predictable politics

Genarro (left, played by Salvatore Esposito) has the gait of a rhinoceros and the hair of a premiership footballer, with his one-time associate Ciro (Marco D’Amore)

Review: The drama’s mafiosi rarely get a flash of personality – too busy killing or being killed

Brian Doherty as Mike Glavin, Grainne Good as Sive and Andrea Irvine as Mena in Druid’s production of Sive by John B Keane at the Gaiety Theatre. Image Ros Kavanagh

As materialism makes a comeback, Druid take another look at Sive and find there’s much left to discover

Alan Mahon and Josh Williams in If I Had Some More Cocaine I Could Show You I Love You. Photograph: Keith Dixon

Two young men get higher than they’ve ever been in John O’Donovan’s new play and wonder about how to come down

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