Todd Almond (centre) in Girl From the North Country by Conor McPherson. The production was wowing audiences on Broadway but  closed after just nine days as the pandemic shut theatres. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Recently I was reminded of Brian Eno’s quote that culture is everything you don’t have to do. “You have to move around,” he said, “but you don’t have (...)

Irish actor Denise Gough: ‘I can’t deal with social media. I’m a highly sensitive person.’ Photograph:  Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for BFI

As an actor who spent lockdown filming under strict conditions, Denise Gough has become an expert in taking Covid-19 tests, aided by a natural advanta(...)

Ardal O'Hanlon. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ardal O’Hanlon meets me in the cafe at the National Library of Ireland, next door to his father’s old workplace, Dáil Éireann. He’s neat and trim, dre(...)

Meg Hennessy and James Russell in The Shadow of a Gunman. ‘It was through O’Casey that the American public got to know some of the great actors like Barry Fitzgerald, FJ McCormack, Eileen Crowe – actors that were picked up by John Ford.’

As you turn into a quiet street in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, the façade of the Irish Repertory Theatre edges into view. The former warehouse (...)

Camille O’Sullivan and band during their residency at the Irish Arts Center

In a Greek restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a group are discussing their Irishness. DNA testing kits are big in the United States, prom(...)

Girl from the North Country: Mare Winningham performs Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Brightness flickers fitfully in the bleak, beautiful landscape of Girl from the North Country, a rich and strange marriage of the talents of the Irish(...)

Brendan Coyle plays an embittered theatre critic who falls in with a group of vampires in a new production of Conor McPherson's 1997 play. ‘I’ve been lucky, I’ve never been eviscerated.’

To all those who were immersed in Twilight, The Originals, fancy the idea of Sky’s new A Discovery of Witches series (worth a miss on the basis of the(...)

The Guardian recommendations ‘ignore whole swathes of Irish writing’

A mini-skirmish broke out online over the weekend in response to a short, apparently inoffensive Guardian article online. A London reader, planning to(...)

Oona Doherty’s Hard to Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer at Dublin Dance Festival. PR photograph: Luca Truffarelli

In 2014 I was asked to take part in a theatre conference at NUI Galway called “Pushing Form”. My paper was on my own experimental work, exploring form(...)

The cast of Jimmy’s Hall visiting the site of the original hall and the ruin of Jimmy Gralton’s home in Effrinagh, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

 Jimmy’s Hall Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Jul 26th-Sep 8th, 7.30pm (sat mat 2pm) €13-45 abbeytheatre.ie In 1932, at the beginning of de Valera’s Irela(...)

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