Sir William Gregory: not the villain as commonly portrayed

Recent performances by the Druid Theatre of the plays of Lady Augusta Gregory have reminded us how talented a figure she was. George Bernard Shaw once(...)

Druid combines representations of raw sorrow, naked nationalism, and raucous humour to honour Gregory’s legacy.

★★★★☆ At Coole, the collision of past and present is delivered through a collection of Augusta Gregory’s neglected works. Druid combines representati(...)

Garry Hynes: ‘You have to have one actor up close with another actor up close with an audience. And all of a sudden that is just blown away.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

By the end of February, the Druid Theatre Company felt quietly and justifiably thrilled. Galway’s midwinter weather had been dismal, but a production (...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh: 'It really cannot be overstated how hard the loneliness is when you are away from home.' Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

There is a dog in my new neighbourhood in Dublin that never stops barking. Occasionally, another dog will join in, a sort of call and response of cani(...)

Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Standing before the impressive Neo-Romanesque doorway of St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dublin’s Dawson Street, Fred Deane is handing out leaflets for (...)

An instinctual understanding of art: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Hugh Lane in Citizen Lane

There’s a wonderful tableau in the new Irish historical film Citizen Lane depicting Hugh Lane’s wildly ambitious vision for Dublin: architect Edwin La(...)

For the Love of Art: Dreams, by Frederic William Burton. Photograph courtesy of Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund.

In 2012 Frederic William Burton’s Hellelil and Hildebrand, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, inspired by a story of doomed love in a medieval Danish b(...)

Darragh Conboy and John Connolly of Hazel Mountain Chocolate

The Burren’s Wild Honey Inn this week became the first pub in Ireland to win a Michelin star. With an appetite for sourcing fresh produce from indigen(...)

Reflecting on the Lady: Derbhle Crotty and protrait of Lady Gregory in Fire in the Blood: The Revivalists. Photograph: RTÉ

George Bernard Shaw – not a man known to gush – called Lady Augusta Gregory “the greatest living Irishwoman”, and certainly what remains after watchin(...)

The Gore-Booth sisters Constance and Eva posing for a Drumcliffe Creamery advertisement c.1895. Photograph: Sligo County Library.

So is Romantic Ireland dead and gone? As the last embers of Yeats 150th birthday die, it seems as good a time as any to interrogate a poetic cliche. (...)

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