Social and therapeutic horticulturist Caitriona Kelly with prisoners participating in a gardening course at Loughan House open prison  in Co Cavan. Photograph: Barry Cronin/

Driving into Loughan House open prison in Co Cavan is a surreal experience. There’s no gate or security barrier operator to check my credentials. I pa(...)

Fermanagh captain Aine McGovern of  holds aloft the trophy after the the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Junior Championship final replay against  Derry at  St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph:  Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Fermanagh 2-9 Derry 0-11 Fermanagh claimed the TG4 All-Ireland ladies junior football crown at the second time of asking as they overcame Derry in a (...)

Lally (Roisin Gallagher) with Bun McTasney (Alan McKee), Daly the Male (Vincent Higgins) and Rahab (Maria Connolly)

***   In Abbie Spallen’s new play for Tinderbox, her distinctive vision focuses, in heightened definition, on her home place, the bogs(...)

Show-stopper: Maria Connolly. Photograph: Elaine Hill

****This trilogy of new writing is all about women whose stories have been dramatised from real-life experiences. Green Shoot Productions has pulled t(...)