Donal Mccann

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Assassination, from Latin assassinare, ‘to kill wrongfully by surprise/suddenly’.

It is safe to say there are few among our 2020 batch of new pensioners who don’t remember where they were on November 22nd, 1963. They would have bee(...)

Colm Meaney: I do miss a good pint. You genuinely can’t get a good pint of stout anywhere off the island of Ireland. It doesn’t matter what they say. Photograph: Walter McBride/WireImage

One can scarcely imagine a face more likely to coax you back into the theatre than that of Colm Meaney. It thus made sense for Michelle King, head of (...)

Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person will sincerely claim that(...)

Sir Hamer Greenwood, chief secretary for Ireland, inspecting the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)

What is the greatest single performance in the Irish theatre in the last 25 years? A silly question, perhaps. But if I had to answer it, I would say i(...)

Colm Meaney: ‘So much of Britain was destroyed in the ’80s.’ Photograph: Walter McBride/WireImage

Colm Meaney may have flown in from the Irish Post Awards in London – having been before that in Majorca at one of his homes – but sitting in a Dublin (...)

House of The Dead: the barrister Brendan Kilty saved 15 Usher’s Island from structural collapse

On a freezing cold winter’s night in 1987 I was dancing by myself on the first floor of a derelict squat at the wrong end of Dublin’s quays. Debris, d(...)

Donal McCann: You just need to know that he was here. And he was remarkable

I never saw Diego Maradona play football. I never saw Nijinsky dance. And I never saw Miles Davis play the horn. But baby, I saw Donal McCann act. S(...)

Actor Owen Roe winner of the Special Tribute Award at the 22nd Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Owen Roe takes his comedy seriously. A few years ago, on tour in the US with the Gate’s production of Endgame, he was aghast to discover during a semi(...)

In a word . . . Gimp

What a day! Little Christmas. Women’s Christmas. Orthodox Christmas Eve. Feast of the Epiphany. It hardly seems fair that January 6th should be so end(...)

Donal McCann as Frank Hardy in the Abbey Theatre’s Irish premiere of Faith Healer in 1980. Photograph: Fergus Bourke, courtesy of the Abbey Theatre

We asked some of this year’s nominees for The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards to recall an influential piece of theatre that helped to shape their v(...)

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