Stephen Rea and (reflected) Judith Roddy in The Visiting Hour by Frank McGuinness, ‘streaming from the Gate auditorium’. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In the beginning, everything was live. We sat around the fire, banged bits of bone together and howled tunefully at the unforgiving moon. Then some br(...)

This collaboration between Marianne Faithfull and Warren Ellis reaches back to Faithfull’s long-held desire to create a piece of work that draws on th(...)

Dua Lipa: the pop star will be at Elton John’s online Oscars pre-party, before the Academy Awards highlights are shown on Monday evening

Cuirt International Festival of Literature Until Sunday, April 25th, free (pay what you can), cuirt.ie You couldn’t have written a stranger story than(...)

When the curtain came down on Our New Girl, did it come down on innovative programming along with it? Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

One billion years ago, before the advent of TikTok musicals and streamed monologues on YouTube, plays were staged in buildings called theatres. It’s d(...)

 Like all the most successful oracles, WB Yeats’s The Second Coming is magnificently vague in its forecasting, with a margin for error of plus or minus 100 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

WB Yeats’s The Second Coming is officially 100 years old this month, having first appeared in the Christmas 1920 issue of American literary magazine T(...)

Blindboy: one of the 50 writers taking part in Dear Ireland. Photograph: Alan Place

The Abbey Theatre has invited 50 writers to contribute a piece for one actor each that will help to reflect Ireland during the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

A 2016 production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness at the  Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Photograph: Johan Persson

Despite claims that people across Ireland are counting down the clock to Irish unity, different political priorities appear to abound south of the bor(...)

 Ferdia Mac Anna,  husband of  the late Irish Times journalist  Kate Holmquist and members of her family accompany her coffin at her funeral service in St Pauls Church, Silchester Road, Glenageary. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The late Irish Times journalist, Kate Holmquist has been remembered as a writer of “enormous talent and creativity” whose work was “a road map of Iris(...)

Peter McGuinness at home in Dundalk, Co Louth

One of the first Allied soldiers to die on D-Day was Pte Edward Delaney O’Sullivan, known as “Paddy”, who landed with the Parachute Regiment outside T(...)

Family: Ballymun was chosen ‘because it’s an internationally recognisable landscape’ for a story that could happen in any city

Twenty-five years ago this month something significant happened on Irish television that wasn’t Riverdance. Over four weeks in May 1994, the country w(...)

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