Patrick Moy plays Michael Collins as a brusque military general turned reluctant politician in Fishamble’s The Treaty. Photograph: Ste Murray

The Treaty National Concert Hall, Kevin Barry Recital Room ★★★★☆ “They’re Celts. They’ve been at it for 700 years and they’ll be at it for the next (...)

Karen Ardiff as Arthur Griffith, Shadaan Felfeli as Robert Barton, Patrick Moy as Michael Collins, John Cronin as Cathal Brugha and Jane Brennan as Eamon De Valera during rehearsals. Photograph: Alan Betson

On the walls of the entrance to the Kevin Barry rehearsal rooms in the National Concert Hall are photographs from the Treaty debates 100 years ago. (...)

Giselle Allen and Máire Flavin in Elektra. Photograph: SteMurray

ELEKTRA The Castle Yard, Kilkenny ★★★★☆ Her father was hacked to death with a hatchet. He was taking a bath. After that, her life had followed a sing(...)

Giselle Allen as Elektra. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The Belfast soprano on music, acting and her career route to Strauss’s angry, angular role The Elektra in Richard Strauss’s 1909 opera is a woma(...)

At ClassicsNow festival, audiences are invited to explore the  arts and ideas of ancient Greece and Rome.

Ranging from Irish theatre and dance to language, literature and myth, the first ClassicsNow programme begins on Friday, November 13th. In a new weeke(...)

Sharon Shannon: playing August 1st. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last Saturday night, just after 9pm,  singer-songwriter Freddie White picked up his guitar and walked onto a stage in Doolin, Co Clare.(...)

Macnas, whose parades are a core part of their work, receive this year’s special tribute award. Photograph: Brian Arthur

There should have been applause. There should have been cheers. There should have been hugs and kisses and jokes and a few convivial jars after. Inste(...)

 Jonathan Swift: “He has all these fictive enterprises that sort of masked his own identity.” Painting: Charles Jervas

Not long after his death, Jonathan Swift became the subject of a scurrilous rumour. As the story had it, not only did Swift, the renowned satirist and(...)

Jane Brennan: ‘I feel him here in a very benign way. He is still around’

‘I’m surrounded by Tom here,” says Jane Brennan. “His presence is everywhere. It’s very strong.” We’re sitting in their sitting room in Rathgar. The p(...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

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