Colin Murphy

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Waterford Sinn Féin Cllr John Hearne with his one-eyed hedgehog, Súil Amháin.

Cute animal stories always go down well with the public. The wagging tail of an irresistibly photogenic terrier called Hamish and his solo train trip (...)

The competing playwrights with Gavin Kostick and Jim Culleton of Fishamble at the start of the A Play For Ireland process. Photograph: Photocall Ireland

Not long ago, the Fishamble director Jim Culleton was confronted by a playwright who wanted to be given a break. “Do you still do plays with interval(...)

Kilkenny Cat Laughs: Dylan Moran is bringing his Dr Cosmos show to the comedy festival

Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Dara Ó Briain have been announced as part of the line-up for this year’s Kilkenny Cat Laughs comedy festival, over the (...)

Chairman Gary McGann and chief executive Kevin Toland at Aryzta’s AGM in 2017. The company reports half-year results on Tuesday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

MONDAY Indicators: Irish construction PMI (Feb); German industrial production (Jan), exports and imports (Jan); US consumer inflation expectations ((...)

The Bailout: Denis Conway as Taoiseach Brian Cowen in Colin Murphy’s TV version of his play Bailed Out!

Even at the distance of almost a decade, the details of how Ireland found itself bailed out by the troika – to the tune of €85 billion and a national (...)

When the huge poster was unveiled on Tuesday, Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin posed happily beside it.  Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

While Sinn Féin may be dithering over whether or not to move a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Housing, the selfie-loving minister has no (...)

Colin Murphy: worked with an aid agency in Angola

The Time of My Life is a weekly column about a moment that changed someone’s life – for the better or the worse One night in the summer of 2001 I fou(...)

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Feb 8-17 7.30pm €13-€30 abbeytheatre.ie In Michael Keegan-Dolan’s award-winning production for Teac D(...)

Sir Edward Lees (Rory Nolan), and behind,  Mrs Draper (Camille Ross), The Widow (Mary Murray) and Lady Jane Lees (Liz FitzGibbon) at a  specially commissioned performance  from  theatre company Fishamble to mark the 200th anniversary of the GPO in Dublin.

The GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street was around for almost 100 years before the Easter Rising and has been around for nearly a century since. It to(...)

Abbey Theatre directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The door of the Abbey directors’ office opens to reveal an almost touchingly Dickensian sight. Graham McLaren, still recuperating from flu, is holding(...)

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