When the school play was staged in 2004 or 2005, the young actor already had a life’s worth of experience

O’Connell’s CBS has posted a video of the Irish film actor in a 2004/5 Christmas show

Trade unionist Delia Larkin signing the Anti-Conscription Pledge at City Hall, April 1918. Photograph: National Library

The ending of the ban on women voting and standing for election is being celebrated across the country

Purple haze: The Custom House, North Dock, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Council unveils Winter Lights Dublin City – a year in planning ... and a sight to behold

Blockbusters with Bob Holness. The show will return on Comedy Central with Dara O Briain as host.

As the classic quiz returns, hosted by Dara O Briain, we want to hear about your TV memories

Jessie Buckley with the Most Promising Newcomer award, during the 21st British Independent Film Awards in London. Photograph:  Matt Crossick, PA Wire

And Element Pictures scoop 10 prizes for ‘The Favourite’ at British Independent Film Awards

The original broadway cast of Come From Away.

‘I was crying so hard I had snot bubbles and was laughing at the same time’

Some staff at the Ivy are unhappy about an absence of clarity about how card tips – the majority – are handled. Photograph: Getty Images

Controversy over tipping at Dublin’s new Ivy restaurant exposes a knotted, opaque system

William Garvey drinks cabinet: a foolproof way to hold your drink in style

Sculptural lighting illuminates Collins Barracks while a Celtic spa in Naas offers refuge

Tarana Burke: The Me Too founder at the TEDWomen conference in Palm Springs. Photograph: Marla Aufmuth/Ted

Campaign needs to focus on power and privilege imbalances, says Tarana Burke

Listening to the ‘Irish Times’ food writers is like eavesdropping on two seasoned bloggers

Lilly Higgins and Sorcha Hamilton discuss craft beer, destination breweries and no-alcohol brews

The Ivy Restaurant on Dawson Street in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Management accuses waiting staff of ‘deplorable greed’ for not sharing tips

Gwyneth Paltrow: is she serious? Photograph: Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

Already got Goop’s vagina eggs and coffee suppositories? Here’s its ultimate present

In the Irish Times Food Month podcast, Catherine Cleary shares her reviewing secrets

Richard Herring: “Equality works both ways”

The comedian is a crusader for the cause. Especially on International Women’s Day

International Men’s Day: the FAI, a White Ribbon ambassador, supports the campaign each year with a key match

Organisers say leading by example will ‘allow everyone the opportunity to prosper’

Dr Chloe Schwenke: I was fired from my job when I transitioned, and my marriage fell apart. Photograph: Mark Stedman

‘When you’ve heard one transgender story, you’ve heard one transgender story’

The funeral of  Sonny Knowles will take place in Dublin next week. Photograph: Collins

Musician, showband singer and National Song Contest entrant died aged 86

Sonny Knowles at the Olympia Theatre in 1988.  Photograph: Independent News and Media/Getty Images

The musician, showband singer and National Song Contest entrant has died aged 86

The  adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Photograph: AFP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

‘Warning! Never fly @AerLingus ... ALL of my bags were lost,’ adult film star complains

With global warming, what is the future of wine-making in Ireland?

World Wars 1, 2 and 3 by Cristina Sampaio: “This cartoon is obviously controversial in its assertion, but it has an impact that can’t be ignored,” says festival director Richard Chapman

Galway Cartoon Festival explores work inspired by the first World War armistice

Rathmines by Roger O’Reilly

Roger O’Reilly has produced a beautiful series of high-quality posters of Dublin villages

IVF: Michelle and Barack Obama in February. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty

In her upcoming book 'Becoming' the former first lady also talks about a miscarriage that left her feeling a 'failure'

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin “left a rich legacy through his own music, as well as the academy he founded”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pioneering musician had a ‘fearless sense of exploration’, says president

Tributes: the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

President said pioneering musician, composer and academic 'fearless sense of exploration'

Lauren Coe as Emma in Landmark Productions and The Everyman’s stage production of ‘Asking for It’ by Louise O’Neill. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Drama and performance can play a role in teasing out the grey areas of consent, and changing hearts and behaviour

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan, RIAM director Deborah Kelleher, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and (front row) Cormac Mac Canna (10), Yikai Zhao (7), Sarah Brazil (10) and Charlotte Croke (11) during Thursday’s announcement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Westland Row campus redevelopment involves €9m public funding and significant philanthropy

Bram Stoker Festival: the Dublin event runs from Friday until Monday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

From Macnas parades and the Bram Stoker Festival to Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Stokerland is a free pop-up Victorian fun park over the weekend in St Patrick’s Park. Photograph: Olga Kuzmenko/allenkielyphotography.com

Fangs for the legacy as Dublin celebrates the creator of Dracula, the supernatural and Samhain

U2 on tour: the band end their European Experience + Innocence shows playing in front of an EU  flag. Photograph: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty

'Our audience will be split different ways,' Adam Clayton tells the BBC

Casino Marino: Ireland’s miniature 18th-century architectural masterpiece

More than 100 architecturally significant city buildings open their doors this weekend

Josepha Madigan:  setting up a performance delivery agreement for its Galway2020 funding in the next few weeks. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Minister announces Markievicz bursaries for women artists and writers, to mark women’s suffrage, and hopes Galway 2020 appoints ne(...)

#GirlsTakeover: Plan International Ireland volunteers will be at Áras an Uachtaráin today. Photograph: Frank Miller

Girl takeovers also planned at Gate Theatre as UN urges empowerment for young women

 Alan McGlynn, Michael Dunphy,  Rose Crockett, Paul Doherty, and John O’Connell of  Cork-based Slí Eile, winners of the  Business in the Community Award at this year’s Bord Bia National Organic Awards

Making a meal of it, with Irish lamb, tomatoes, blue cheese and apple wine at National Organic Awards

The Fever: an antidote to the era of the individual. Photograph: Waleed Shah

Dublin Theatre Festival: 600 Highwaymen respond to social and political polarisation

Arts Council chairwoman thanks Minister for determination in representing the sector in budget negotiation

RMS Leinster: from Brian Palm’s painting for An Post’s stamp to mark the centenary of the disaster

A century ago this week 569 passengers perished aboard the ill-fated mailboat

Krispy Kreme: the Blanchardstown doughnut store’s drive-through window. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

The queue is organised with metal barriers, like at an airport. Once you join ‘there’s no going back’

Emmy winner: The Farthest tells the story of Nasa’s Voyager space probes

Emer Reynolds film about Nasa Voyagers tackles science ‘with awe and emotion’

Rocketman: Elton John as played by Taron Egerton

‘Rocketman’ trailer features concerts, pools, parties, emergencies and lots of 1970s colour

Actor Emma Watson:  ‘You didn’t want to become the face of a movement,’ she writes. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

‘Harry Potter’ actor writes: ‘In your memory, we continue the fight for reproductive justice’

Angelina, Daisy and Raul, members of St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, at the reopening of Kevin Street Library in Dublin 8. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Redesign for 21st-century use – which cost €3.9m and took five years – protects many original features

Members of the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance in Cork prepare to audition for the Late Late Toy Show in 2017. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Aspiring stars must submit an audition tape by Friday for a chance to perform in the show

My Dad’s Blind: Anna Sheils-McNamee’s play was named best production at Dublin Fringe Festival

After 16 days and 80 productions, festival wraps up with awards in 11 categories

It also wants to see ‘more commuters missing their stop’ ... but all for a good reason

Handmaid’s Tale Halloween outfit: Yandy’s “brave red maiden” costume

Rape and enforced surrogacy turn out to be less empowering than Yandy seems to have imagined

Drip Feed: Karen Cogan mixes the lyrical and the brutal. Photograph: Jonathan Birch

Dublin Fringe Festival: Karen Cogan is precise and engaging as Brenda, ‘youngish, female and queer’ in 1990s Cork

Quicksilver: Bunny Carr hosted the quizshow from 1965 to 1981. Photograph courtesy of RTÉ

A gift from single-channel land, the quizshow and its catchphrase are part of who we are

Culture Night 2018:   ballerinas from Dance Ireland with drumming sensations the Hit Machine. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

It’s hard not to be bamboozled by the choice on offer. Here’s a selection of the best bits

Foil, Arms & Hog: long-time Dublin Fringe Festival favourites

Dublin Fringe Festival: Foil, Arms & Hog are silly, inventive and genuinely very funny

Peter Branigan in the basement room of 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin, where he was born. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

14 Henrietta Street is opening as a museum to portray 270 years of urban life in Dublin

The Goethe Institute will be formally unveiled with four days of public events.

No expense spared as German state adds five-storey mews to cultural centre

Scale design plans for the new Dublin City Library at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. The design team, led by Grafton Architects and Shaffrey Architects, is currently finalising the planning application which will be lodged with An Bord Pleanala for consideration in the coming weeks.  Photograph: Chris Bellew, Fennell Photography

Architects unveil plans for 11,000 sq m grand design in Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

The Guardian recommendations ‘ignore whole swathes of Irish writing’

Irish writers have poured scorn on a Guardian listing of books that define Ireland

Bono  is seen on stage during a 2017 concert  in Berlin, Germany. File photograph: Frank Hoensch/Getty Images

Why are singers’ voices at risk as they age, and what happens if they are lost on stage?

Janet Moran in 'A Holy Show'

The 2018 event includes productions on shame, fatherhood and an Aer Lingus hijacking

Irish couple Mark Pollock and Simone George speaking at Ted 2018 in Vancouver. Photograph: Ryan Lash/TED

In their Ted talk George and Pollock explore how "climbing into the raging river of grief when tragedy strikes can be the way to g(...)

 Jacksonville, Florida where David Katz  was playing in a videogame tournament, before murdering  Eli Clayton and Taylor Robertson. Photograph: Gianrigo Marletta / AFP

Rivalry between gamers can trigger aggressive action

An unusual, playful and visually striking public seating structure and hangout space on a green area running alongside Spencer Dock. Photograph: A Playful City

New initiative at Spencer Dock is a gathering space created by A Playful City

Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO: ’We’re now comfortable that we think we have vehicles that could do it’ Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

2022 take off may feature planes with gym, bar, creche and sleeping area facilities

Herald Angel winners: Rory Nolan, Garrett Lombard, Marty Rea and Aaron Monaghan in Druid’s production of Waiting for Godot. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

As the international and fringe festivals close, Irish teams reflect on a good month

The GLHF Game Bar, Florida, where David Katz killed three people including himself. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Violent videogames can lead to aggression, but rivalry between gamers is a bigger risk

The lastest Airbnb promo involves a contest to sleep in a roofless watchtower

Stefanie Preissner radio show ‘Situationships’ will air on RTÉ Radio 1 on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Writer Stefanie Preissner on ending the hit comedy-drama and heading for the US

Flaming Lips at the Big Top  started by releasing massive balloons into the crowd while covering ‘Space Oddity’ in a zorb, which then surfed the crowd.

Programme straddling popular and esoteric work attracts record numbers

Galway International Arts Festival: Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon loomed over Shop Street. Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

Highlights so far? David Mach, Enda Walsh, Sonya Kelly and Museum of the Moon

The Museum of the Moon installation near Lynch’s Castle on Shop Street, Galway.

David Mach’s vehicles explode out of an old print work’s concrete floor, an inflatable moon rises over the street, a sharp new Iri(...)

A group photograph to mark the final major public event after a full year of campaiging by Waking The Feminists  on The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish theatre came out blazing this week, proving that gender equality is ‘not hard to do, if you want to’

The festival’s street art and spectacle includes Museum of the Moon, a giant moon featuring detailed Nasa imagery of the lunar surface by artist Luke Jerram, at NUI Galway’s Human Biology Building. Photograph: Carl Milner Photography

This year’s festival boasts a full moon, and a garden, theatre, gigs, talks and thoughts

Capital city hosts 80 productions, from club culture and female sexuality to comedy and new theatre

The Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan with Garry Hynes, Druid Theatre at the launch of the  gender policies of 10 Irish theatre organisations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Huge rise in number of women employed was sparked by Waking the Feminists movement

The Gravity & Other Myths troupe practising for a performance of ‘Backbone’, which will be at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival

Australian new circus troupe Gravity & Other Myths is coming to Galway International Arts Festival

National Symphony Orchestra: moving from RTÉ to the National Concert Hall. Photograph: RTÉ

Cabinet opts not to keep NSO within broadcaster or establish it as a separate institution

Sacha Baron Cohen at the premiere of ‘Grimsby’ in Westwood, California in 2016. Photograph: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Video ‘trailer’ sees POTUS telling the comedian: ‘Go to school! Learn about being funny’

Seamus Heaney’s children Catherine, Chris and Mick, and the poet’s widow, Marie Heaney at a piece by artist Maser, Don’t Be Afraid. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Poet’s archive at College Green reveals ‘intimacies that defined Seamus the man’

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again: President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the launch of the new exhibition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Exhibition on late Nobel laureate unveiled at new College Green cultural centre

Amybeth McNulty: the 16-year-old Donegal actor has just finished filming season two of the Netflix series Anne with an E

The 16-year-old actor on racism, sexuality and bullying, on screen and off

Seamus Heaney in Glanmore, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Jack McManus

Twitter reunites long-lost letter from the Nobel Prize winning poet and its owner

Our dad the poet: Seamus, Catherine, Mick, Marie and Chris Heaney in the 1970s. Photograph © Bobbie Hanvey; courtesy National Library of Ireland

For his family, choosing 100 poems from a long career, was weighted with memories

Stephen Swift: In a world where ego can dominate, Swift seemed to steer a path straddling decency and talent.

Obituary: Stephen Swift was ‘an outstanding example of how to live’

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan at the launch of the Government’s Audiovisual Action Plan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Blueprint aims to double employment and turnover in audiovisual sector in five years

Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke,  Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan and Arts Council director Orlaigh McBride along with Irish artists and arts organisations at the Arts Council during the Minister visit.

Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke says it must seek out and support artists of the future

The Hibernian Metropolis by Senan Moloney

Boredom led Senan Molony to make a Tube-style map for Dublin through a ‘Ulysses’ prism

Diarmuid Gavin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Home Front: What to do and see across Ireland over the next few weeks

Ssinger and guitarist Kurt Cobain performing with Nirvana at the recording of  ‘MTV Unplugged in  Novemeber  1993. Photograph:  Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Smells Like Teen Spirit sweater and Cobain’s early sketches to have worldwide premiere at Kildare museum

 Solar Bones author Mike McCormack: “The heroes of the book, from the moment I finished writing it have all been women”. Photograph: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

‘A gifted generation of writers is being fostered by an equally gifted generation of young Irish editors’

Mike McCormack: “A lot of people had faith in me, to stick by me and listen to me, and put up with me during the difficult years.” Photograph: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

Latest prize for ‘Solar Bones’ is recognition for Mayo author after years in wilderness

Ciarán Lawless gave up his full-time job to concentrate on reversing liver disease with a strict diet and exercise regime.

A liver disease associated with diabetes and weight rather than alcohol can be prevented or reversed with diet and exercise

 Miranda de Pencier, Amybeth McNulty and Moira Walley-Beckett at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto. Photograph: George Pimentel/Getty Images

McNulty leads the darker version of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ from ‘Breaking Bad’ writer

Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Showgirls’ is an example of good practice in sex scenes.

How do you safely act having sex? Welcome to Intimacy on Set, the safe sex code for actors

Tom Ryan’s oil on canvas, Mars agus Venus

A new exhibition in the Shannonside village is ‘sure to attract a lot of attention’

The Abbey Theatre described Stephen Swift as a ‘phenomenal actor, beloved friend and respected colleague’

Dublin stage actor who has died aged 44 remembered as ‘an outstanding example of how to live’

A former resident outside the laundry at Sean McDermott Street, where there are  posies and a bouquet left at the door in memory of women who spent their lives inside. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Now just 40, ‘Jenny’ was one of the last generation to live in Ireland’s Magdalene laundries

Kevin Battle is the harbour master in Portland on the northeast coast of the US. Photograph: RTE

Kevin Battle was adopted from the Sean Ross Abbey. Years later he has found his siblings

Sinéad Burke: “Her mission is clear,” says Vogue: “To educate designers on how to be fully inclusive in fashion and beyond.” Photograph: Sara Freund

Sinéad Burke joins Meghan Markle, Amal Clooney, Stella McCartney and Orla Doherty

The Instagarden from Argos who have thought long and hard about what is trending in gardening.  File photograph: Getty Images

Home Front: short of space at home but don’t want to move? A garden house is an increasingly popular option

Hard Rock Cafe Dublin - “love all serve all” at the bar

Bar-restaurant gets a bunch of new memorabilia including Phil Lynott’s guitar and Cranberries’ lyrics but U2’s Trabant is out

Irish Council for Civil Liberties says censoring art is ‘highly questionable’ as Cathleen Ní Houlihan meets Rosie the Riveter on a(...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Stanley Townsend stars in Paul Muldoon’s Incantata

Tom Murphy remembered as festival gears up for Galway 2020

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