Billy Roche

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A Love Like That: the play is filled with allusions to myth and legend. Photograph: Brendan Foreman

A LOVE LIKE THAT Civic Theatre, Tallaght ★★★☆☆ A provincial library on the verge of closing would make an evocative setting for a playwright as allu(...)

Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond with Irish nationalist politician John Dillon circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

The sudden death of Irish Parliamentary Party chairman John Redmond one hundred years ago on Tuesday presented a dilemma for his supporters. The deat(...)

Leonard Cohen takes a bow on stage in  Toronto in 2008. Photograph:  Aaron Harris/AP Photo/The Canadian Press

Vona Groarke “Dear Vona Groarke, I’m happy you exist.” July 18, 2000. Signed (in blue ink), ‘Leonard Cohen’. We were two poets trying to make a go o(...)

Student union: things liven up when pupils have their say in A Different Class Student union: things liven up when pupils have their say in ‘A Different Class’

Early in A Different Class (RTÉ One, Thursday) it’s clear that this isn’t going to be an observational documentary with the grit, humour and insigh(...)

Clean Break: Aidan McArdle, Kelly Thornton and Adam Fergus

It’s not quite as rare as that orange moon, but a new Irish-made drama on RTÉ is a long-awaited sight. In Clean Break (RTÉ One, Sunday), a new crime s(...)

Novelist Julian Gough reprises his early career as lead singer with Toasted Heretic, flanked by an early novel by Leonard Cohen and a forthcoming poetry collection from PJ Harvey

Heaven knows thousands of Smiths fans are that little bit less miserable now that publication of Morrissey’s debut novel, List of the Lost, has bee(...)

There is pressure of a different kind on the only two post-watershed dramas on the schedule: Clean Break is notable for being the first RTÉ drama in some time to be set in a small town, while Rebellion has obvious “national conversation” credentials. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Ryan Tubridy, hosting RTÉ One’s season launch event in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre, wondered if bringing 1916-themed drama Rebellion to screen was a (...)

RTÉ One’s Wexford-set drama ‘Clean Break’ starring (l-r) Damien Molony, Kelly Thornton, Adam Fergus and Aidan McArdle. The four-parter will be one of the highlights of the channel’s new season, which is being launched today.

One of the first things RTÉ One channel controller Adrian Lynch admits is that he would like more drama – “big drama”, as he calls it. Ireland’s publi(...)

Gary Lydon, Peter Campion, Rosa Mikela and David Mc Savage in Decadent’s production of The Pillowman by Martin Mc Donagh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A few years ago, the director Andrew Flynn got into his car and hit the road. His Galway-based company had been staging productions at the Town Hal(...)

RTÉ head of drama Jane Gogan: “ We wanted to work with creative media entrepreneurs and get them thinking about television”. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

RTÉ head of drama Jane Gogan has got her eye on the future: Love/Hate has come to a bloody end, and Raw got the chop in 2013, meaning the station curr(...)

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