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Ever-whirring brain ...Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy). Photograph: Robert Viglasky/ BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions

Like weddings in Westeros, parties in Peaky Blinders never end well. So was no surprise that Lizzie’s cocaine- and brandy-laced ballet gala culminated(...)

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

Football is many things: a funny old game, a game of two halves, and not a matter of life and death, but something more important than that. Now, in t(...)

Game of Thrones: endgame. Photographs: HBO

Seamas O’Reilly and Ed Power argue the merits and demerits of the HBO drama whose final series has divided fans. Have the showrunners and writers t(...)

Game of Thrones is the world’s most popular television series and irrefutable proof that an epic tale of dragons, ice-zombies and people who like to s(...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

Sarah Greene was awarded the Ros Hubbard Award for Acting in advance of this year’s Irish Film Festival London, for her role in ‘Rosie’. Photograph: Courtesy of Element Pictures

The Irish Film Festival London returns to London’s cinemas next week for the eighth year. The festival showcases Ireland’s latest mainstream and indep(...)

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Photograph: Nick Delany/Twentieth Century Fox

Rami Malek is all elbows and thumbs as he gallantly pushes a chair across the room for me. “Don’t move! I got it,” he insists as he clatters into a d(...)

RMS Leinster: from Brian Palm’s painting for An Post’s stamp to mark the centenary of the disaster

We’re sitting around the dining room table in Patricia Murphy’s home on Clonliffe Road in Drumcondra with three of her four grown-up children, Fionnua(...)

Fair Head, known as Northern Ireland’s tallest cliff face, is featured in the latest season of Game of Thrones. The series has been nominated in the Emmy Awards.

Medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones, filmed in Northern Ireland, led nominations on Thursday for the television Emmy awards. The series, which f(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

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