Site of the former Magdalen Laundry on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What do we do with Ireland’s institutional history? After the reports are issued, and the apologies made, how should Irish society and culture incorpo(...)

Willie White,  of Dublin Theatre Festival: The dereliction on O’Connell Street is remarkable. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

I walk down O’Connell Street almost every day. It breaks my heart and frustrates me. What is the centre of the Irish world on St Patrick’s Day, is suc(...)

Stephen Jones and Sarah Morris in Class by Iseult Golden and David Horan. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Class Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Free Preview Jan 24 Opens Jan 25-Feb 2 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) €20/€18 abbeytheatre.ie Speedily revived follo(...)

Maria McGrann, soprano, with pianist Aoife O’Sullivan, at the Opera Marathon in City Hall Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“If opera was a cake, for the middle there’d be some jam or something so there was always a part on the inside that gets you.” Children giving their v(...)

Sean Millar’s highly-anticipated performance at the Outhouse Basement Theatre, Capel Street, Dublin runs from December 15th-17th. Photograph: Gary Doyle

Going out... The Songs of Silver Stars, by Sean Millar Outhouse Basement Theatre, Capel Street Dublin. 8pm Dec 15-17 . Eventbrite.ie €12-€16.77 Thi(...)

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minster for Culture Josepha Madigan, and Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture Youth and Sport at the inaugural Creative Ireland Forum in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwell

National cultural institutions and infrastructure such as the National Library and Abbey Theatre can expect to see their biggest capital investment si(...)

Monica Frawley’s sketches for ‘The Red Shoes’

Perched in the back stalls of the Gate theatre, I am watching a late-morning rehearsal of The Red Shoes, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale of dance (...)

Abbey Theatre directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The door of the Abbey directors’ office opens to reveal an almost touchingly Dickensian sight. Graham McLaren, still recuperating from flu, is holding(...)

Michael Colgan: “I already knew I was not politically correct”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The former artistic director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan has responded to allegations of abuse of power and inappropriate behaviour and apologi(...)

Former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan: seven women ex-employees claimed frequent inappropriate touching, highly sexualised comments and workplace bullying. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On a dry, warm Wednesday evening in August 2012, a group of Gate Theatre employees gathered for a dinner party in the well-appointed Dublin home of Mi(...)

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