John O Donovan

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John O’Donovan: ‘In an ideal world, we’d see a freer exchange of art and artists regardless of the borders they are contained by, with more Irish art being seen overseas at the same time as opportunities increase for returning emigrants.’

I’m a playwright (amongst other things, obviously; if I made all my money from writing plays, you’d definitely already have heard of me). I’m Irish to(...)

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(...)

If We Got More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You at Project Arts Centre. Photograph: Claudia Marinaro

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Previews Jan 16-17 Opens Jan 18 – Feb 3 7.45pm €16/(...)

Estimates of how many died vary from 300 to 800, a remarkably low figure given the ferocity of the storm

The Night of the Big Wind was the most devastating storm ever recorded in Irish history. Known as Gaeilge as “Oíche na Gaoithe Móire”, the hurricane o(...)

Rosemarie Stynes, principal of Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School, with some of her students. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s a line in Grease that stuck in the minds of us teenagers enthralled with the classic high-school musical. Rydell High’s Principal McGee used i(...)

Under  current proposals, the PSEU and the CPSU, which both have about 10,000 members - largely in the Civil Service - would join together with Impact, which has about 60,000 members across the wider public service. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Mid-ranking civil servants have expressed concerns at plans to amalgamate three existing trade unions into one organisation which would represent more(...)

President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony in March 2016 in the Stone Breakers’ yard in Kilmainham Gaol where 15 rebels were executed in 1916. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kilmainham Gaol is a dark place. The sunlight leaves visitors squinting as they emerge from the dim corridors into the exercise yard outside. For the(...)

The funeral service of Aidan O’Driscoll (37) at St Oliver’s Church, Dublin Hill, Cork. He was shot dead last week in Blackpool, Cork.

The shooting dead of a former leading figure in the Real IRA in Cork highlighted the futility of violence and the pain suffered by those left grieving(...)

Garda John O’Donovan saw Donna  Hutch  at  the Custom House in Dublin and, as he approached her, he could see she had a syringe needle clenched in her  hand.  Hutch struck out with her right hand and tried to stab him, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court had heard. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

A woman with “an astronomical” amount of previous convictions will not face extra jail time for attempting to stab a garda with a syringe, despite an (...)

A woman suffering from anorexia took her own life after a referral for her urgent admission to hospital ‘went astray’, an inquest has heard. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A woman suffering from anorexia took her own life after a referral for her urgent admission to hospital “went astray”, an inquest has heard. The 74-y(...)

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