A portrait of William Desmond Taylor (1872-1922)  in 1917. Photograph: Albert Witzel/ Public Domain

Alfred Hitchcock once asserted that “When we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise”. Yet whil(...)

Actor Barry Fitzgerald taken  on the set of John Ford’s film ‘The Quiet Man’ in Co Mayo around 1951. Photograph: The Irish Times

Barry Fitzgerald was a man with a talent for creating conundrums for the good people at the Academy. Not only did he cause an upset by being nominated(...)

Edward Quinn, 1953: the acclaimed Irish photographer with one of his most famous subjects, Pablo Picasso. Photograph: Edward Quinn Photo Archive

Browsing through the online archive of Dublin-born photographer Edward Quinn, the viewer is struck not only by the abundance of images of 20th century(...)

Donald Trump: ‘We’re in a constant state of shock that all of these norms are being broken,’ Maureen Dowd says. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

“My dad emigrated from Ireland and came through the Statue of Liberty, and I just think the Statue of Liberty is weeping,” Maureen Dowd replies when I(...)

When O’Hara made an emotional return to Cong in 2011 for celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of The Quiet Man, parish priest Fr Paddy Gilligan was asked to privately bring her communion in her room at Ashford Castle

The woman who would become the film star Maureen O’Hara was born in August 1920 as Maureen FitzSimons on Beechwood Avenue in Ranelagh. Her mother had (...)

Rowan Lester (Hermitage) and Pat Murray (Clontarf) during the last 16 of the South of Ireland. Photo: Fran Caffrey/Golffile

Few experiences lift the spirits like when you see Liscannor Bay open up after climbing onto the sixth fairway at Lahinch, a hole Christy O’Connor Jnr(...)

Anna Frizelle from Sutton and Libby Behan from Sandymount, students of Loreto on the Green in Dublin 2, following the Leaving Cert English Paper 1 exam. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

From a sample size of three, I have decided that the Leaving Cert is by far the most punishing way of getting into university. Our children were mostl(...)

This is only the  most famous version of Some Like it Hot

There is still a myth abroad that the remake is always a pale copy of the original. It does little good to again point out that the most famous versio(...)

Will Smith in Aladdin: ‘Everything is under such critical scrutiny,’ the actor says. ‘I came up in an era where there was no internet. It’s a new thing that I’m trying to get a handle on’

Not everyone is a fan of Disney’s live-action remakes of classic animations, but few could have anticipated the strange, visceral reactions to the fir(...)

Composer David Shire talks to Aedín Gormley at the Light House cinema about his life in the movies. Photograph: Simon Lazewski

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival welcomed two legends back to the city – one a home boy, the other a late Englishman of Irish desce(...)

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