Tom Murphy

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The Irish Times pictured with copies of titles owned by Landmark Media Investments. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Dublin Print Group of Unions has welcomed a commitment from the Irish Times DAC that it will honour existing agreements with trade unions as it mo(...)

The Irish Times is acquiring Landmark Media. which includes Irish Examiner, Waterford News & Star, Western People and Kildare Nationalist. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Times DAC has agreed a deal to acquire all the publishing and media interests of Landmark Media Group, the Cork-based company that owns the (...)

John Eagle, about to get chemotherapy for the first time

I am a survivor. It scared the living beejeepers out of me a year ago when I was told I had cancer of the oesophagus, a rush of cold sweat flowing dow(...)

End of an era: Jimmy O’Dea points to the audience as the final curtain falls at the Theatre Royal in Dublin, in 1962. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Video may have killed the radio star, and streaming may or may not be making cinemas change their tune – see the gorgeous-looking new Stella Theatre i(...)

As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

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 (...)

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