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President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

James Frecheville and Hugo Weaving in Lance Daly's ‘Black 47’

Last year, in Schull, accompanying the newly digitised silent film The Goose Woman, the musician-conductor Carl Davis opened the Corona Fastnet Short (...)

The granddaddy of them all might be ‘National Velvet’ with Elizabeth Taylor as the English girl who yearns to ride in the Grand National

Here’s a theory. The best films with “horse” in their titles are founded on lies. The Wooden Horse (1950) doesn’t have any horses in it. A Man Called (...)

Paddy Considine: “I thought maybe I was one of those guys like Alex Ferguson; that I’d be better in management than I was as a player. I felt very insecure about acting, so I thought I’d be happier behind the camera.” Photograph: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

At first glance, Journeyman looks like another one of those appositely scrappy, noble British boxing films. Actor Paddy Considine’s second outing as a(...)

John Mahoney  was just 77 at his death, and only 52 when he first appeared as the title character’s elderly father in Frasier. Photograph: AP Photo/Reed Saxon

When John Mahoney died last week, we were reminded of a complicated biography. Best known for embodying a very American class of blue-collar integrity(...)

Damien Dempsey: “People thought I was a joke act or a gimmick.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Damien Dempsey, the charismatic singer with a repertoire of striking, honest songs, is surprisingly shy. He’s warm and insightful whether discussing t(...)

Activists took over Apollo House in December 2016. File photograph: Collins

This day last year a group of about 100 individuals took over the empty Apollo House  in Dublin’s city centre and repurposed it to accommoda(...)

Rooney Mara at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills in February. Photograph: by JB Lacroix.Wireimage

By her own admission, Rooney Mara has always been a rather serious young woman. As a youngster, between devouring the works of the Brontë sisters, she(...)

The Coach House at Old Conna Village

Old Conna Village lies in the grounds of Aravon House in Rathmichael, which was sold last year by songwriter Chris de Burgh to John Scottus School – a(...)

Phil Lynott fronted several bands in Ireland throughout the 1960s, before eventually forming Thin Lizzy. Photograph: The Irish Times

Producers are looking for someone to play the part of Phil Lynott in a documentary that will recount his rise to stardom. An open casting is being h(...)

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