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Ruth McGowan, Director, Dublin Fringe Festival

Ruth McGowan is on a mission. Heading into the 25th edition of the Dublin Fringe, the Donegal native wants to transform our lives and the culture of t(...)

Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird at  rehearsal: “I’m sort of the everyman.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird is digging a grave on a special earth-filled platform in Wesley House off Dublin’s Leeson Street. Standing near h(...)

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

THE BIG CHAPEL X St Brigid’s College, Callan ★★★☆☆ As a large crowd snakes through the dusky streets of Callan, the storied Co Kilkenny town, you may(...)

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

Much Ado About Nothing The Quad at St Kiernan’s College, ends Aug 17th, 8pm (Sat and Sun mat 3.30pm) kilkennyarts.ie Love is a kind of con job in Wi(...)

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

Redemption Falls An Taibhdhearc, Galway; July 28th, 8pm (Sat mat 2pm) In a way, music got the Mooney family into this mess. Set in the aftermath of t(...)

Redemption Falls overlays a patchwork of Irish histories across the events of the American civil war

REDEMPTION FALLS An Taibhdhearc ★★★★☆ Following Moonfish’s success with Star of The Sea in 2014, Redemption Falls is one of the most eagerly awaited(...)

National Youth Theatre’s Ask Too Much of Me

Ask Too Much of Me Peacock stage, Abbey Theatre. Aug 19-24 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) Ten years ago, the writer, spoken-word artist and occasional actor D(...)

The remains of Karl Shiels are carried from church followed by his partner, Laura Honan.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fair City actor Karl Shiels, who died suddenly last Monday aged just 47, “filled his life and lived it to the full”, his funeral Mass has been told. (...)

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

Karl Shiels had a way of making things happen. Even in the theatre, where making things happen, however steep the odds, is the soul of the endeavour,(...)

Karl Shiels’ agent says the actor was ‘a uniquely talented individual, simultaneously intense, light-hearted funny and sharp-witted.’

Tributes have been paid to “force of nature” actor Karl Shiels who has died aged 47. Shiels, from Chapelizod in Dublin, was best-known for his role i(...)

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