Emmet Kirwan

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Participants in  Young Blood. “It’s a good snapshot of Ireland in a moment in time”

On a bitterly cold Wednesday afternoon in Dublin in the foyer of the National Concert Hall, Karen Walshe, the artistic director at the St Patrick’s Fe(...)

Emmet Kirwan’s Heartbreak is the latest dazzling take on the state of our nation.

Emmet Kirwan, whose powerful spoken-word film Heartbreak has gone viral, says it is “his rage against the hypocrisy of Ireland in 2016, an Ireland tha(...)

Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson in Dublin Oldschool

Emmet Kirwan latest dazzling take on the state of our nation takes the form of a short film called Heartbreak. The film was made by director Dave T(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the National Gallery of Ireland, where he launched Creative Ireland, a major cross-governmental initiative and legacy project of Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, with Minister for the Arts  Heather Humphreys and Minister  for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Artists and workers within the creative industries have been largely positive in their response to the Government’s Creative Ireland policy announceme(...)

Riot, with Dr Panti Bliss: already breaking box-office records

What’s in a name? Sixty-nine years ago eight companies arrived uninvited at the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. The next year they were j(...)

Inisheer is one of several islands hosting cultural happenings this summer. Photograph: Chris Hill

Step on to Inisheer island next weekend, from May 27th to 29th, and you’ll find yourself at the heart of Drop Everything. The cultural biennial will (...)

Pathos and farce: Peter Coonan, Owen McDonnell and Seán T Ó Meallaigh from TG4's Wrecking The Rising

For the most part, this year’s centenary commemorations have been sober and reflective, imbued with that quiet dignity usually only achieved when Ree(...)

Emmet Kirwan in Juno and the Paycock at the Gate. Photograph: Pat Redmond

‘People want plays that are modern,” says actor Emmet Kirwan. “People just want to see stuff that they recognise in their own lives, that they can id(...)

Marty Rea and Declan Conlon in Juno and the Paycock at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Juno and the Paycock Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Barely a squeak, a knock, or an approaching footstep is sounded in Sean O’Casey’s 1924 play without(...)

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