Jimmy Mcgovern

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Lorcan Cranitch (right) and playwright Rory Gleeson. Gleeson’s new play ‘Blood in the Dirt’ will premiere at The New Theatre, Temple Bar, starring Lorcan Cranitch.Photograph by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

The explosion bursts directly overhead and sparks scatter across the thin roof of the rehearsal room. Lorcan Cranitch, bundled inside a coat and scarf(...)

Silent distracted anxiety: Anna Friel as Christina Fitzsimmons in Broken. Photograph: BBC

There is nothing in Jimmy McGovern’s Broken that audiences haven’t seen before. It’s a tale of unyielding working-class misery. The tears, the wringin(...)

Novena Mass in Galway Cathedral. Fr Clement MacMánuis, one of a team of Redemptorists celebrating the nine-day festival, said he was struck by the number of people going to confession. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Dust off the curtain, polish the stall – confessions are making something of a comeback, according to a Redemptorist priest at Galway’s annual solemn (...)

First-year students gather in the quad at NUI Galway for a group photograph, in a new tradition for the college. Photograph: Patrick Heneghan, NUIG

Universities are “not Premier League football clubs, who invest in star players to deliver a ‘quick bounce’ ”. When NUI Galway president Dr Jim Bro(...)

Tim Roth plays the title role in Reg,  Jimmy McGovern’s slow-burning drama on BBC One

On a morning in June 2003, the lives of Reginald and Sally Keys were upturned by the news that their son had been killed in Iraq. Lance corporal Tom (...)

In 1985, Paul Simon broke the cultural boycott of Apartheid-era South Africa to make Gracelands, much to the anger of many, including Steve Van Zandt.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

It’s the sort of question that might come up at a particularly rarefied pub quiz (which, in its own way, sounds like something Hieronymus Bosch mig(...)

Ned Dennehy

Aoife Duffin is an actress whose performance in ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’ won her a best actress nomination in this year’s ‘Irish Times’ theatre(...)

Self-help: Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez and Judy Reyes in Devious Maids (RTÉ Two, Tuesday)

‘Engels, I enjoyed your new essay,” says Marx. “It’s a very good analysis of the condition of the worker under capitalism. But . . .” “But?” asks Enge(...)

Looking east: Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Honourable Woman, a new thriller series on BBC One

Fans of writer-director Hugo Blick’s last BBC conspiracy thriller, The Shadow Line, from 2011, know not to expect plot, characters, even exact locatio(...)

Jimmy McGovern: ‘The writers I admire write about things that matter.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

On the day I’m supposed to interview Jimmy McGovern, he has to postpone to attend the funeral of a man who lost a child in the Hillsborough disaster 2(...)