Iftas 2021: Normal People is nominated in a staggering 15 categories

The nominations for the 2021 Iftas – the Irish Film and Television Academy awards – in the film and TV drama categories have been unveiled. David Frey(...)

Bloodlands: Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) with his no-nonsense sidekick DS Niamh McGovern, played by Charlene McKenna. Photograph: Steffan Hill

The virtually landlocked sea lough of Strangford in Co Down is one of the most bewitching areas of natural beauty in Ireland. Its meandering shoreline(...)

Lola Petticrew and Fionn O’Shea

One could teach a class on romantic-comedy structure using David Freyne’s agreeable second feature as sole template. The couple “meet cute”. At first (...)

David Freyne's film, a rural comedy set two years after being gay was decriminalised in Ireland, stars Fionn O'Shea and Lola Petticrew, whose chemi(...)

Bronagh Gallagher. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

THE ACTOR AND SINGER ON BREXIT AND IRISHNESS, GROWING UP IN THE CREGGAN, FILMING WITH QUENTIN TARANTINO, AND THE TRIALS OF BEING FAMOUS  Th(...)

Bronagh Gallagher as a middle-aged Derry woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant in A Bump Along the Way

When does a renegade event become an institution? Moving into its seventh edition, IndieCork, conceived by former Cork Film Festival stalwarts Mick Ha(...)

Jack Reynor’s horror short ‘Bainne’. Photograph:  Madeline Mulqueen

Jack Reynor is returning to the Galway Film Fleadh. “Yes, I am bringing down my spare liver in my suitcase,” he says. The Fleadh does have that reput(...)

The Country Girls. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

THE COUNTRY GIRLS Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★☆☆☆ “Oh, my God, where did you get it?” a shocked young nun asks when her poetic and curious charge, Kate, (...)

Caitríona Ennis as Sarah in Margaret Perry’s Porcelain

Porcelain ★★ Peacock Theatre, Dublin  Hat, a young Irish woman living in London, has not been feeling herself recently. “I’d like to be dif(...)