Hilary Rose

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Hilary Rose plays Mary MacSwiney in the re-enactment of the 1921 Treaty debates. Photograph: Miki Barlok

It felt good to be attending a theatrical event again – albeit a verbatim re-enactment of the 1921 Treaty debates in the Dáil – for the first time sin(...)

Talking Heads: ‘For some reason, the Talking Heads track Once in a Lifetime became the key song to 2020 for me.’ Photograph: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

I was a DJ from the age of 17 onwards, but I stopped when I had my kids, as it made sense for me to avoid late nights. Since then I’ve drifted away fr(...)

Characters Jock O’Keeffe (Chris Walley), Star O’Keeffe (Penny and Nola Richardson), Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) are back from a third season of the show. Photographer: Miki Barlok

For all of Normal People’s talking points, the breakout star from this year’s biggest drama appears to be the chain worn by its male lead Connell – it(...)

Jock (Chris Walley) and  Conor (Alex Murphy) in The Young Offenders

The return of the Young Offenders represents a rare twinkle of sunlight in these dark days for Irish broadcasting. Gay Byrne has passed away while RTÉ(...)

Agnes Brown (Brendan O’Carroll) celebrates ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ topping the Irish Christmas television charts again. Photograph: BBC / RTÉ.

The festive episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys claimed what is by now its traditional prize of being the most-watched programme on Irish television over the (...)

Shay Healy  receives a lifetime achievement award on stage at the IFTA Gala Television Awards in the RDS. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

Broadcaster Shay Healy received a lifetime achievement award at the IFTA Gala Television Awards on Thursday night. Mr Healy received the award, the h(...)

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy are exquisitely cast as Jock and Conor

If you’ve already met Conor and Jock, the delinquent stars of Peter Foott’s glorious coming-of-age caper The Young Offenders, you shouldn’t be surpris(...)

Chris Whalley and Alex Murphy play, respectively, the lanky Jock and the compact Conor as the most amiable sorts of idiot. Photograph: Miki Barlok

It is early September and we are stationed on a windy patch of grass in the northern suburbs of Cork city. I doubt film crews often turn up in this pa(...)

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy   in The Young Offenders

Here’s some news worth celebrating. Peter Foott’s The Young Offenders, a huge hit at the Irish box office in 2016, is about to become a television ser(...)