From left: Hazel (Catherine Walker) with Annie (Bláithín Mac Gabhann) in Nancy Harris’s New Girl. Photograph Ros Kavanagh

Our New Girl Gate Theatre, Dublin ★★★★ While her husband is away in Haiti, contributing his skills as a plastic surgeon to the disaster relief effor(...)

‘Make a list and check it twice – what do you still need to buy?’ Photograph: iStock

Is the cost of your Christmas already racking up? With two weeks to go, it’s easy to get snarled in festive spending. If your halls aren’t decked with(...)

John Wayne drags poor Maureen O’Hara across the windy turf like a cave man

Ask your dad about the mini-scandal that gathered around a TV series called The Spike in 1978. At this point Ireland was — to employ a term favoured(...)

Cellar Door: ‘It’s as if Darren Aronofsky made a film about the Magdalene Laundries.’

We should have seen Cellar Door coming. Focusing on a young woman as she searches for the child who may have been taken by the Catholic Church, Viko N(...)

Hugh O’Conor, the admired actor and photographer, made a charming directorial debut with his humane comedy Metal Heart.

To celebrate 30 years on the go, the Galway Film Fleadh offered us a photographic exhibition in the Tribeton complex on Merchant’s Road. We saw Michae(...)

Jim (Cillian Murphy) and Daniele (Eva Birthistle) are smugly married with two children

Jim (Murphy) and Daniele (Birthistle) are smugly married with two children and a Dublin 6 home. They have other smug marrieds, including Chris (Scott)(...)

Angeline Ball, Lisa Hogg and  Elaine Cassidy in Acceptable Risk

To lose one husband in mysterious circumstances may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness. “I’ve been here before, burying (...)

What could go wrong?

Joseph Solomon (Steve Oram), is an experienced occultist with all the charm of a wounded loan shark. Having received a gobsmacking amount of money fro(...)

Ruth Negga and John Lynch in Isolation (2005)

Last autumn, Peter Foott’s The Young Offenders, everyone’s favourite Corkonian layabout comedy, stretched definitions when it played at the Fantastic (...)

Seána Kerslake is incandescent in A Date For Mad Mary

If you craved a sense of occasion on Saturday then the Galway Film Fleadh was the place to be. The organisers of the 28th event pulled off a coup by (...)

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