Jo-Rosie Haffenden, dog trainer and mind reader

Review: As one of the ‘desperate parents’ to whom this show is pitched, I’ll try anything

Lord Mountbatten’s body is brought ashore at Mullaghmore in August 1979. Photograph: Pacemaker, Belfast

Review: Relatives, friends and others recall the day in 1979 when the IRA killed 22 people

Everybody thinks they know how rugby began. But do they?

Review: RTÉ’s history of the game pulls no punches, tackling colonialism, class war and sexism

‘Can you tell me anything nice now?’ Winslet asks one historian

An exceptionally gloomy Who Do You Think You Are? introduces the actor to her dodgy forebears

Rough Magic and Kilkenny Arts Festival Much Ado About Nothing Maeve Fitzgerald, Margaret McAuliffe, Clare Barrett, Ventia Bowe_Pic John D Kelly

Rough Magic’s outdoor Kilkenny staging imagines a wildly out-of-hand holiday

The Big Chapel X: Niall Boland, Eoin Byrne, Grace Collender, John Rice, Derek Dooley, Stephen Lafford, Kevin Tynan and Sean Bryan on the streets of Callan. Photograph: John D Kelly

This huge adaptation of Thomas Kilroy’s novel is both an impassioned critique and a persuasive illustration of crowd control

John Creedon’s new TV show wanders without obvious purpose. Photograph: Rory Cobbe

Field of lepers? Deceitful strand? Town of thieves? Our ancestors clearly didn’t want visitors

Audience members pictured at Scrapefoot – a walkthrough visual art experience at The Ark, Dublin.  Photograph: Patrick Redmond

When theatre designer Owen Boss began bringing his children to work, it became a test run for a new project at The Ark

The Big Chapel X runs from August 11th to 17th in Callan, Co Kilkenny.Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

Rough Magic brings Much Ado About Nothing to Kilkenny Arts Festival while Asylum Productions visits Callan’s dark history in The B(...)

Irish comedian Aisling Bea plays Áine, the fluently sardonic, kohl-eyed protagonist of This Way Up

Review: Áine’s attraction to the upper-crust Richard is the stuff of standard romcom fantasy

Euphoria is a young person’s idea of the lives of much younger people aimed squarely at an older audience

Review: Sky Atlantic’s new show presents itself as the naked truth of post-millennial America

Equally eruptive: Davy FitzGerald and Michael O’Brien

This elegant documentary followed 11-year-old Michael as he gave Wexford’s hurlers a pre-game pep talk

Waiting for Godot is at Smock Alley theatre until August 10th.

Vladimir and Estragon, Beckett’s two dishevelled survivors, aren’t going anywhere for the summer

Corcadorca: The Sameby Enda Walsh, directed at Galway Airport, Carnmore

Redemption Falls in An Taibhdhearc in Galway, The Same at Galway Airport

These Stupid Things: As the characters’ desire for each other flickers and flares, will their own judgement become clouded by emotion?

These Stupid Things at Smock Alley Theatre and Cleft at O’Donoghue Theatre are his week’s highlights

Queer Eye ... Don’t ever change

None of the transformations is as profound as what the Fab Five do to the English language

None of the eight guests quite know what they’re doing here

Those who gather to celebrate Epiphany aren’t quite sure what it’s all about – can this Joyce-inspired play make it any clearer?

National Youth Theatre’s Ask Too Much of Me

Ask Too Much of Me addresses faith while Kinky Boots gives drag queens a platform

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) runs until Saturday. Photograph: Steve Tanner

Galway International Arts Festival: However crude the satire, nothing can compete with reality in 2019

The flailing adventures of a struggling actor continue

Review: The Irish actor’s flailing adventures continue in this edgy Channel 4 sitcom

Karl Shiels appeared in RTÉ’s Fair City, and in many stage productions. Photograph: RTE/PA Wire

A passionate advocate for originality, he knew that theatre could be electrifying

‘Why didn’t I marry an ordinary man?’ asks Demelza, who has been Poldark’s charge, his servant, and, not always faithfully, his wife

Review: Over four series, Ross Poldark has become a calmer, wiser, shirtier character

Kneehigh Theatre perform Dead Dog in a Suitcase at Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway, July 16th-20th. Photograph: Steve Tanner

Druid Theatre Company stages Brian Watkins’s new play Epiphany, a serious comedy with Joycean inspiration, Cornwall’s Kneehigh tur(...)

A once-underground industry has become supercharged and mainstream

How ironic: Channel 4 screens a mature documentary on the digital porn revolution

Dublin Youth Theatre’s rehearsals of The Sleepwalkers. Photograph: Aoife Herrity

Inspired by the loss of its home, Dublin Youth Theatre partners with Pan Pan to contemplate youth and adulthood in The Sleepwalker(...)

Isaac (Max Fincham), Sam (Jill Halfpenny) and Manny Mensah (Babou Ceesay). Photographer: Des Willie

In BBC’s new drama, Dark Money, justice is available only to those who can afford it

Ardal O’Hanlon: Brings just the right combination of frivolity and sincerity

Ardal O’Hanlon’s charming history of showbands takes the fun side of Irish life seriously

Bullfight on Third Avenue by Eddie Naughton

A new play imagines the fractious compatibility between Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald, while an old musical makes a come(...)

Irish visit: Melania and Donald Trump leave Air Force One after touching down in Shannon last month. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Review: On one side are the protesters, on the other the good people of Doonbeg

Stranger Things Season 3: Sadie Sink as Max and Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven. Photograph: Netflix

Review: The show’s creators take us to their spiritual home, repackaging the 1980s as they go

‘It seems so real here,’ goes a typical entry in Anna’s diary

Review: Anna Campbell, a far-left radical Englishwoman, was 25 when she went to Syria

Brian Watkins: The staircase was his own eureka, ‘the predominant image which guided the whole creation of the thing’

US playwright Brian Watkins takes inspiration from Joyce’s The Dead for his latest work, Epiphany

RTÉ Investigates: Greyhounds Running for their Lives offers searing evidence of unimaginable cruelty to greyhounds.  Photograph:  Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Review: RTÉ Investigates exposes shocking treatment of greyhounds in the racing industry

Unshamed Magdalenes: among the women who met President Michael D Higgins last year were Rita Lawlor, from Raheny in Dublin, Sally Donohoe, from Ballymun in Dublin, and Catherine Mary O’Connor, from Julianstown, in Co Meath. Portraits by Cyril Byrne

RTÉ’s ‘Coming Home’ looks back on 2018’s well-wishing event for Magdalene laundry survivors

Theatre for One: Eileen Walsh in Bait, by Louise Lowe. Photograph: Jed Niezgoda/

Review: Theatre for One’s six microplays are bracing, intimate-as-a-whisper performances

Boris Johnson speaks during a Conservative Leadership televised debate hosted by  Emily Maitlis for the BBC. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

Leadership debate TV review: In a wily tactic, Johnson pretended he wasn’t a politician at all

Job done:  PJ Gallagher and Jennifer Byrne and Michal Dachowski of Woodie’s

Review: The new show is a feat of cost-effective execution

Fionn Foley as Brendan Galileo

Fionn Foley’s solo show Brendan Galileo for Europe onstage ahead of fringe outings

The Brigade commemorates Tom Barry and his legendary 3rd West Cork Flying Column

Review: A TV show based on the War of Independence feels too close to current realities

‘I do really, really want to believe in something,’ says Oliver Callen

Review: The comedian’s search for meaning in post-Catholic Ireland doesn’t rock the boat

Mick Flannery: His 2005 concept album Evening Train,  about small-town gamblers and strivers, has  been made into a musical.

The characters in Ursula Rani Sarma’s first musical, a collaboration with the Cork singer-songwriter called Evening Train, yearn t(...)

Maureen Sweeney (as she is now) is 96 and sharp as a tack

Her forecast of clement weather on June 6th 1944 helped to secure victory for the Allies

The friendship between Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anthony Mackie is measured out in violent video games

Review: The first of three new episodes in Charlie Brooker’s series is by far the strongest

Dublin scientist Yewande bonds with Mike over a shared love of biomedical science. Of course

I now have a favourite couple: biomedical scientists Yewande, from Dublin, and Mike

Shear nostalgia: Simon Delaney in The Snapper

Roddy Doyle’s stage version of his Barrytown novel gets a few minor millennial tweaks

Citysong: Whatever your stage in life, wherever your home, you are reflected in Dylan Coburn Gray’s careful map. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Dylan Coburn Gray’s play for voices builds up a huge picture through small details

Garth Brooks in Croke Park in January 2014, to announce two concerts that would never take place. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Outdoor licences are as precarious as ever, and we still pay for a promise that can be broken

A scene from ‘Baoite’

Environmental activism and musicals are featured in the best productions of the week

At one point, football found itself in the curious position of fielding two teams called Ireland

Is there any healing the century-long fracture in Irish soccer? asks an RTÉ documentary

Prime Time Election Debate moderator David McCullagh

Prime Time Election Debate: Too little discussion of Europe, too much of Peter Casey

Dany, who wanted the throne too much, and Jon, who wanted it not at all

As with The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars or the King James Bible, you could lose yourself in it

Director Caitríona McLaughlin and writer Dylan Coburn Gray: ‘I’m always struck by how many people say the city comes through in the play,’ says Coburn Gray. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The past is always present in the award-winning new play by Dylan Coburn Gray. Told in verse, it’s like a record of the modern cit(...)

Baoite: Eoin Ó Dubhghaill and Diarmuid De Faoite in Darach Mac Con Iomaire’s play

A fracking vessel that threatens a fishing community becomes a potent metaphor

Daenerys congratulates her unruly Dothraki cavalry and her forever ruly Unsullied infantry

If you thought it would be a universally satisfying final episode you haven’t been paying attention


Dylan Coburn Gray’s Citysong, and Ann Blake’s Morning After the Life Before

Joe’s unresolved memories bubble to the surface in grainy shots of 1980s Ireland

Review: A startling drama from the director of This is England has a shadowy Irish storyline

Much of the show is taken up with her seeking confirmation of her own youth

How to Live Better for Longer review: This public health message is hard to take seriously

Game of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen, now Mother of Dragon (singular). Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO

Review: Some of the show’s subtlest characters – and biggest overactors – spoke their last lines

Louis Theroux may be sympathetic, but he is a film-maker, not a mental health professional

The documentary maker’s mansplaining on postnatal depression is clumsy and unethical

The Glass Menagerie

The revival of Tennessee Williams’s 1944 family drama The Glass Menagerie seems smaller than life, but Abbie Spallen’s 2006 monolo(...)

The Society: Lord of the Flies overtones

Review: It addresses hot topics – rape culture, gun violence – without being heavy-handed

“Annoyed but calm, the plant’s deputy chief Anatoly Dyatlov (Paul Ritter) orders that water be used to quench the reactor core. The problem, as his subordinates try to explain, is that there is no reactor core. It has exploded.”

Review: Under Johan Renck’s direction, these scenes are as grim as the architecture, brutal and unforgiving

Daenerys: Can’t resist a trap

Review: The mood in Winterfell after the victory over the dead is sombre and suspicious

Tommy Tiernan shows up unprepared. The effect is electric

Review: It’s a gentle but insightful interview with McGrath – a vulnerable, wounded figure

The Glass Menagerie, directed at the Gate Theatre in Dublin by Tom Cairns

The Gate’s staging tones down the wilder curlicues of Tennessee Williams’s play

Trad: Clare Barrett, Emmet Kirwan and Seamus O’Rourke in Aaron Monaghan’s production at the Abbey

Livin’ Dred seems dutiful to rather than inspired by Mark Doherty’s comic look at stifling tradition

TheatreClub: It Was Easy (in the End) at the Abbey Theatre

Slavoj Zizek said it is easier to imagine the end of the world than of capitalism. It’s often easier to imagine the end of capital(...)

One of the horrors of the episode is to see the resurrecting powers of the Night King

Review: The extraordinary extended battle between living and dead was a masterpiece

Louth farmer Jimmy Byrne with Baz Ashmawy

In the first episode of Wingman, his new series, Baz stages a play with a lonely farmer

Mary Black, contestant and presenter

We learn more than whether The Green Fields of France is better than On Raglan Road

Emmet Kirwan stars in the revival of Mark Doherty’s 2004 play; Tintown explores how idealism can be corrupted by thirst for blood (...)

Game of Thrones: the army of the dead approaching. Photograph: HBO

Review: Forgiving and flirting in Winterfell – and ready to fight to the end, which may be imminent

Ulster American: An escalating farce.

Dublin plays host to Ulster American in the Abbey and Spotless in Smock Alley

Seeing is believing... Alessandro Nivola as Lee Berger. Photograph: C4/Playground

Review: Lucy Kirkwood’s miniseries is an artful exploration of the difference between image and meaning

That they meet is a matter of convenience, but the two women will soon have something unsettling in common

In Gary Duggan’s play everyone has a partner in this world, whether known or not

In Our Veins: Exhaustively told, but given charming performances and admirably quick motion. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Lee Coffey brings a century of working-class Dublin to life through one dock worker

The Borrowers: a frugal affair

In RTÉ’s new programme about credit unions, we get a rare thing: a series of loans with very little interest

Game of Thrones: setting up for the endgame. Photograph: HBO

The first episode of the final series of Game of Thrones concentrates on matters of survival

Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh in Beginning. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Dublin Will Show You How is a grim portrait of despair; Beginning is a tale of connecting

Sandra Oh in Killing Eve.  Photograph: Aimee Spinks

The multi-Bafta-nominated show brings creeping moral unease to its bad romance

Photograph: Mihaela Bodlovic

The trouble with polemicists, in David Ireland’s satire, is that they might mean what they say

‘Derry Girls’

In the season finale, Lisa McGee’s girls once again turn their backs on history

Fleabag: Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the final episode. Photograph: Luke Varley/Two Brothers/BBC

Fleabag series 2 review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s masterly series caught us in a warped relationship

Actor Barry McGovern:  he  long resisted the label of “Beckettian actor”, but over the years  has stopped protesting. “Now I just accept it graciously”

Barry McGovern’s solo-show adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Watt is returning to the stage

For comic effect Francis Brennan dons some Asian-themed headgear

TV review: The fastidious hoteliers do their best amid glum huts, concrete slabs and scrap metal

War Horse is at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin from April 10th to 27th

The acclaimed production is back in Dublin; plus: Stones in His Pockets is revived again

Dublin Will Show You How: the play’s existence is a more positive outcome of collaboration than anything it depicts

Tracy Martin’s play, based on real women’s experiences, can arouse pity, resistance, anger or a numb sense of helplessness

Beginning, at the Gate Theatre in Dublin: Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Eileen Walsh and Marty Rea give exquisite performances in David Eldridge’s play

Abandoned just before broadcast by Jennie, Partridge steered the ship straight onto the rocks

Series review: Alan Partridge, the new Emperor of England, knows he’s naked

The competing playwrights with Gavin Kostick and Jim Culleton of Fishamble at the start of the A Play For Ireland process. Photograph: Photocall Ireland

The Alternative wins Fishamble’s project, which seeks to buck trend for shorter productions

One of Kinvara’s “Traught mermaids”  in Vitamin Sea

Review: The swimmers in this drifting RTÉ documentary find peace while all at sea

Vicky McClure, Martin Compson and Adrian Dunbar

Is its maker Jed Mercurio spending too much time on his other show, Bodyguard?

The seasoned GAA pundit Marty Morrissey and the comedian Bernard O’Shea just can’t get enough of each other

Review: This buddy-comedy-meets-makeover-show eventually takes the joke too far

Aaron Monaghan, Garrett Lombard, John Olohan and Jane Brennan in Druid Theatre’s  Richard III. Photograph:  Robbie Jack

Peter Crawley’s analysis: It was a big year for villainy as Richard III took top honours

Table talk: Druid Theatre’s Furniture

Sonya Kelly’s wonderfully funny Furniture on tour; John Connors considers Ireland’s Call

In the absence of Attenborough’s godly authority, they’ve gone for a ‘cooing-tourist’ presenter style

The Miami Showband, killed in 1975. From left: Stephen Travers, Tony Geraghty, Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Fran O’Toole, Des Lee

In the absence of transparent answers, intricate theories become very seductive

Actor Owen Roe winner of the Special Tribute Award at the 22nd Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The actor will be honoured at this year's Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

Beg, steal or borrow? Clare Monnelly in Charlie’s a Clepto

In Clare Monnelly’s debut play, a misspelling spins her protagonist into a life of petty crime, but it’s the play’s subtle borrowi(...)

Amateur film-makers Emma, Anita, Sarah and Sarah-Louise

Channel 4 – who else? – asks concerned parents to make porn they can be proud of

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