Hilary Fannin

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From left to right: Selina Xu, Emily Murray Nelson, Joe Reidy, Louí Montague, Michael Lavery, Aisling Murphy, Éadaoin O’Neill and Ray McHallem outside the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Last week, the young writers from the Fighting Words programme met for the first time when they gathered to see their lockdown collaborations broug(...)

Luke O'Neill, Nicola Sturgeon and Micheál Martin will take part in Thursday's Winter Nights festival.

The Irish Times Winter Nights festival – a series of stimulating and entertaining online talks and events, supported by Peugeot – concludes on Friday,(...)

Blindboy Boatclub:  He calls the choice to wear a bag as “establishing consent around the data of my face”. Photograph: Alan Place.

Hilary Fannin begins her Irish Times Winter Nights Festival interview with Blindboy Boatclub – podcaster, author, musician, mask-wearing public intell(...)

‘I wondered if I too might have a life of air-kissing and candlelight and tinkling laughter over the vin de table.’ File photograph: Getty Images

1987: Johnny Logan won his second Eurovision with Hold Me Now, Kylie Minogue wore out our eardrums with I Should Be So Lucky, Thatcher was re-elected (...)

Anne Enright and Lucy Vigne-Welsh in Top Girls by Caryl Churchill in 1985. Photograph: Alan Byrne

It’s fascinating how the same set of words can have so many different meanings. I’m sitting in on rehearsals for Rough Magic’s forthcoming production (...)

Ezrena Marwan

“I had no idea” – that was the immediate reaction of author Monica McInerney when she first read a new collection of highly personal stories told by f(...)

Rough Magic’s production of Phaedra, with music by Ellen Cranitch, is Lynne Parker’s choice.

Following the success of the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s (RIAM) presentation Writer’s Choice, in New York, Dublin and Paris throughout 2017, and Ar(...)

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(...)

“Don’t make unnecessary journeys.” – Teresa Mannion, RTÉ

“I recognise no partition. I recognise it as no crime to be in my own country. I would be ashamed of my own name and my murdered husband’s name if I d(...)

Germany Rose Kari Foss onstage in the Festival Dome during TV Rose of Tralee Selection on Monday night. “This is not, as the Germany Rose said, ‘a beauty pageant’ – an attorney who also produced a vaguely unintelligible rap for her ‘party piece’.”  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

We were at least 40 minutes into this year’s Rose of Tralee, from de Dome in Tralee, before one of the 35 dewy-lipped contestants, who had made it thr(...)

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