Tom Murphy: it is hard to think of more than half a dozen of his contemporaries in the English-speaking theatre who have created so much work of such high voltage. Photographed in 2008 by Bryan O’Brien

If Tom Murphy were a different kind of writer his work over almost 60 years would fall into two distinct categories. One would be a fierce, unflinchin(...)

Tom Murphy in 2001: “the most restless imagination in Irish theatre”. Photograph: Paul McCarthy
Tom Murphy: a life in the theatre
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“No characters such as these exist.” Such was the response of the Abbey Theatre director Ernest Blythe in 1959, upon reading the manuscript of Tom Mur(...)

‘He was always a very kind man. He was respectful,’ Bertie Ahern said of Liam Cosgrave. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Public figures including the president, former taoisigh and party leaders have expressed their condolences at the death of former taoiseach Liam Cosgr(...)

Aosdána Saoi: Tom Murphy wears his torc after receiving it from President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: maxwellphotography.ie

President Michael D Higgins has presented the playwright Tom Murphy with the gold torc and the title of Saoi, Aosdána’s highest honour, which recognis(...)

Garry Hynes: ‘When we lose our communities we lose, at a fundamental level, the sense of who we are.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sometime in December 1959, a 6½-year-old girl looked at a familiar yellow electric clock on top of the wireless in her kitchen. She noticed the clock (...)

Jez Butterworth, Laura Donnelly and Sam Mendes at the press night after-party for ‘The Ferryman’ in London. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Northern Ireland, usually so remote on the periphery of English consciousness, is everywhere in London these days. The DUP’s 10 MPs at Westminster, fr(...)

Their respective records on housing  and health suggest that either    Simon  Coveney and Leo Varadkar, if they get the big job, will be pretty much what we’re already used to: purveyors of cautious, piecemeal, unambitious tweaks to the status quo

The playwright Tom Murphy has always insisted that the most important question about any drama is: what is at stake? As the long-heralded Leo and Simo(...)

Colm Tóibín: “The phrase ‘working artists engaged in productive practice’ sounds . . . like a phrase that could have been used by Stalin about recalcitrant farmers in the Soviet Union.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The writer Colm Tóibín has condemned controversial proposals from the Arts Council to cut grants for non-productive artists and to introduce audits to(...)

‘Irish Examiner’ owner, Cork-based Landmark Media, is reportedly considering a deal with INM as one way of tackling its €21m debt. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Independent and Herald owner is in talks with the rival Irish Examiner and Evening Echo about a possible takeover, according to the Sunday T(...)

The remains are removed at the funeral of Owen O’Callaghan at St Patrick’s Church, Rochestown, Cork, on Tuesday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Property developer Owen O’Callaghan left a footprint across Ireland with the shopping centres he built, but his greatest legacy was the generosity he (...)