Danny Erskine, son of Anita Reeves, and Julian Erskine, her husband, carry her coffin into the Mansion House in Dublin for her funeral on Saturday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

While the hundreds of people who gathered in Dublin’s Mansion House on Saturday morning to mourn the passing of celebrated actor Anita Reeves were uni(...)

 Dignitaries lay wreaths during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial on July 1st, 2016 in Thiepval, France. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/Getty Images

The Somme has somehow become a river of Ulster, a centenary commemorative service was told in France Friday. In an address at the Ulster Tower, near (...)

Members of the cast: The Abbey Theatre performs iconic Frank McGuinness play at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval (Northern France) as part of the official centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme. Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme is on tour in Northern Ireland in July before arriving at the Abbey Theatre in August.

In the 30 years since he wrote Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Frank McGuinness’s play has become a classic of 20th century Iri(...)

Winners Jane Clarke, Ríona Judge McCormack and Chris Connolly  at the 45th annual Hennessy Literary Awards, in the RHA Gallery on Thursday,  April 28th, 2016. Photograph: Anthony Woods

Ríona Judge McCormack has been named the Hennessy New Irish Writer 2016 at the 45th annual Hennessy Literary Awards in Dublin. Judge McCormack’s shor(...)

Patrick Mason (c), with the writers of Signatories: Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Marina Carr, Joe O’Connor and Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin ***** This production’s public birth was on the exact weekend of the Rising centenary, in the same chilling gaol where many (...)

Life’s work: the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty

Colm Tóibín Author Favourite play: Hamlet gave me permission to put an antic disposition on whenever the notion took me, to go all melancholy any(...)

Marina Carr, Rachel Fehily, Hugo Hamilton, Joseph O’Connor and Thomas Kilroy, five of the eight writers of Signatories, at Kilmainham Gaol. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Like many good things, the idea for the theatrical production, Signatories, came together over a cup of tea. Eilis O’Brien, UCD’s director of communi(...)

Patrick Mason (c), with the writers of Signatories: Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Marina Carr, Joe O’Connor and Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Patrick Mason surveys the tiered cells of Kilmainham Gaol, washed by the thin light of a March morning. “It’s always cold in here, isn’t it?” he say(...)

Writing Observe the Sons of Ulster was an eye-opener for Frank McGuinness, a Catholic republican

In 1985, as the Troubles ground mercilessly on, the memory of the first World War was still a source of division. In the Republic there was a willed (...)

The winners at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015 in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards took place with a spectacular ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Among the video tribute(...)

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