John B Keane

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Listowel has been crowned Ireland’s Tidiest  Town. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

You’d have to get up very early in the morning to compete with Listowel in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition. A group of volunteers go out between(...)

Paul Murphy, a freelance journalist working with the Meath Chronicle

It was a midnight in May 1965 on Laurence Street, Drogheda, in the shadow of the 13th-century St Laurence Gate, when myself and a man called Pat Baile(...)

This year, the entire class of 2018 studied Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’.

The exam hall was roasting on day one. But by day two, we had learned more, and the windows were opened a bit more. Still, the students were sweating(...)

Brian Doherty as Mike Glavin, Gráinne Good as Sive and Andrea Irvine as Mena in Druid’s production of Sive by John B Keane at the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Sive Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Ends Mar 3. 7.30pm (Thurs and Sat mat 2.30pm) €18.50-€46. gaietytheatre.ie – Last staged by Druid in 2003, at the height(...)

Angela’s Ashes, the animation

Is there a trick to cooking Christmas dinner in minutes rather than slaving over a chopping board and a hot oven for hours? Order it from a deli or su(...)

James Brennan, Ray Belverstone and Mathew McGauran take part in the ‘Bright Sparks’ drama initiative. Photograph: Tony Fahy

It’s a wet and miserable winter evening but upstairs in a beautifully restored 18th century schoolhouse – in the village of Carrigallen, Co Leitrim – (...)

Shane Culloty: “You start reading about Marian statues and everything is awful. You end up looking at the Ann Lovett case and it’s just horrifying”

“I don’t know if there is a shorthand for north Kerry. If there is, I imagine it’s a wet beer mat and a John B Keane quote.” Shane Culloty is tucked (...)

End of an era: Jimmy O’Dea points to the audience as the final curtain falls at the Theatre Royal in Dublin, in 1962. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Video may have killed the radio star, and streaming may or may not be making cinemas change their tune – see the gorgeous-looking new Stella Theatre i(...)

Set designer Francis O’Connor with his model box in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre as the set is constructed for Druid’s production of King of the Castle. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Francis O’Connor reaches into a black model box, about the size of a domestic oven, and carefully begins to reposition the tiny furniture. The baniste(...)

Frank Duggan, who played “Cha”, at the funeral of actor Michael Twomey at St Michael’s Church, Blackrock, Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Veteran Cork actor Michael Twomey, who died on Wednesday aged 84, was a versatile actor and writer whose work in the Cha and Miah TV comedy sketches w(...)

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