David Ireland

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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(...)

Stephen Rea as Eric in Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland. Photograph:  Ros Kavanagh

A play set in Northern Ireland exploring the extremes of sectarianism has won one of the UK’s most distinguished literary awards. David Ireland’s tr(...)

The cast and production team of ‘Pals: The Irish at Gallipoli’ collecting their award at last year’s   event. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Voting in the Audience Choice prize for the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards closes at midnight this evening. The awards celebrate the best plays, per(...)

Thisispopbaby - ‘Riot’

What were your cultural highlights for the year gone by? If you had asked me at the start of this year which play I least needed to see again I’d p(...)

Anne Clarke of Landmark Productions, who won the special tribute award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, is pictured with (from left) Laurence Kinlan, the best supporting actor, Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” utters Henry IV, in Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Druid Theatre Company may be in a position to tes(...)

Stephen Rea as Eric in Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland. Photograph:  Ros Kavanagh

Cyprus Avenue Peacock Theatre, Dublin **** “The last thing I am is Irish,” insists Eric Miller, a sullen Belfast loyalist, in David Ireland’s cau(...)

‘I don’t think “Cyprus Avenue” is a loyalist play. It’s about loyalism,’ says Stephen Rea, who appears in the play at the Abbey Theatre in February 2016. Photograph: Dave Meehan

This is a safe place. Cyprus Avenue, a new play by the Belfast writer David Ireland, begins with gentle reassurance. “Here it’s okay to say anything y(...)

 Actor Ian Lloyd Anderson on stage at the Abbey Theatre with Tánaiste Joan Burton and director of the Abbey, Fiach Mac Conghail  at the announcement of the Abbey Theatre’s ‘Waking the Nation’ 2016 Programme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Abbey will “interrogate rather than celebrate” the legacy of the Easter Rising, its director Senator Fiach Mac Conghail said while announcing a pr(...)

*** They haven’t gone away, you know. But what becomes of a decommissioned IRA member, put verifiably beyond use? Retired from service, afraid(...)

‘Reading is a choice. Not only in the obvious sense of taking up a book, or taking up one book and not another, but when reading the book at hand. It’s assessing the facts of the case (even the fictional ones) and seeing some as more relevant to a satisfying reading than others.’

George O’Brien is Professor Emeritus of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is author of three memoirs, The Village of Longing, Dan(...)

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