Helen Norton and Jonathan White in To Hell in a Handbag. Photograph: Ste Murray

Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin. Until Sep 7th 1pm bewleyscafetheatre.com Many of the epigrams and witticisms in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being (...)

The remains of Karl Shiels are carried from church followed by his partner, Laura Honan.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fair City actor Karl Shiels, who died suddenly last Monday aged just 47, “filled his life and lived it to the full”, his funeral Mass has been told. (...)

Oscar’s team-mate at Shanghai SIPG is compatriot Hulk, who had already broken the Chinese transfer record with his €49 million fee. Photograph:  VCG via Getty Images

In the stands at the Shanghai Stadium, the SIPG fans will hail Brazilian midfielder Oscar’s arrival with roars of “We are red!” sung in English, and c(...)

Riot, with Dr Panti Bliss: already breaking box-office records

What’s in a name? Sixty-nine years ago eight companies arrived uninvited at the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. The next year they were j(...)

Winners (back row): Laurence Kinlan (best supporting actor), Fergus Shiel (best opera), Sarah Bacon (best set design), Francis O’Connor (best costume design), Sarah Lynch (best production), Marty Rea (best actor), Sarah Jane Shiels (best lighting), Derbhle Crotty (best actress), Lian Bell (judges’ special award). Front row: Doreen McKenna (best costume design), Anne Clarke (special tribute award and best opera), Stacey Gregg (best new play), Louise Lowe (audience award) and Owen Boss (audience award). Not in photograph: Jimmy Eadie (best sound), Garry Hynes (best director) and Abigail McGibbon (best supporting actress). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The best gear and fancy frocks at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards had personality and style – you wouldn’t expect less from a theatre crowd – an(...)

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★   Margaret (Deirdre O’Kane), a stoic mother of three, certainly doesn’t have it easy. In fact her life is such (...)

Emma McCabe, Edel Campbell, Zoe Maguire and Ricardas Cepanauskas from St Oliver’s in Oldcastle, Co Meath show their Sheep Watch product. Photographs: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

In today’s economy, young people face an ultracompetitive jobs market, where many college graduates are unemployed, underemployed, or emigratin(...)

Actor John Kavanagh at  the funeral of Susan Fitzgerald  at the Church of The Three Patrons, Rathgar, Dublin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The actor Susan Fitzgerald, who died last Monday, had no fear of dying and had sympathised with the doctor who had to tell her she had little time lef(...)