John Carney

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Four men in a boat: Danny Sheehy, Brendan Begley, Glen Hansard and Liam Holden. “Danny told me, ‘If you can play a gig for three hours then you can row for six’”

Glen Hansard has been away. Has he been for a week on the beach or a few days at a spa? He has not. The craggy, bearded singer has just returned from (...)

The Dig, the first feature from Belfast directors Ryan and Andrew Tohill, won best film at the Galway Film Fleadh

The 30th Galway Film Fleadh has come to a close with the presentation of the festival’s annual awards. President Michael D Higgins was at the Town H(...)

The Commitments (1991): Alan Parker's euphoric adaptation of the 1987 Roddy Doyle novel

Over the past 20 years, since the Irish film industry shook itself properly awake, somebody or other has been talking about showing us a Dublin you ne(...)

 Catherine Keener:  “I did not know about Harvey Weinstein at all. And I worked for him.” Photograph: Henny Garfunkel/The New York Times

Not for the first time, Catherine Keener laughs her appealingly dirty laugh and nods and swears. “Fucking A, man,” says the affable 58-year-old. &nbs(...)

 Churchtown  has landscaped estates, mature greenery and a string of commercial centres. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Churchtown used to be farmland: Rolling fields on the southern fringes of Co Dublin – much like nearby Ballinteer, which featured in this column in Oc(...)

Katie Honan  as Eli and Craig Connolly as Oskar in ‘Let the Right One In’ at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

At one grimly appropriate moment during John Tiffany’s conversation, the lights suddenly go out and we are plunged into darkness. “I’ve heard about t(...)

A European premiere of John Carney’s “Sing Street” opened the 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival

The Dublin International Film Festival (Diff) returned to profitability last year despite a sharp decline in sponsorship and box office income. The f(...)

Gerard Mooney, principal at Synge Street primary school in Dublin 8.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s one of Ireland’s best-known schools, with an impressive roll call of past pupils such as Gay Byrne, Eddie Jordan, Eamonn Andrews and former presi(...)

La La Land looks likely to be the first original film musical to win best picture since Gigi in 1958

Well, here we are again. On Tuesday at lunchtime — a little later in the year than usual — we will learn the 2017 Oscar nominations. There will be so(...)

John Carney’s “Sing Street” opened the 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival

The Dublin International Film Festival (Diff) saw losses more than quadruple in 2015, a year in which the event ran later than normal, according to ac(...)

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