Martin Mccann

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Cannes do spirit: the main competition jury at the opening ceremony of the French film festival, which is also a marketplace for film-makers from all over the world, including Ireland. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty

As you read this, the lower decks of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes are awash with producers, distributors and funders. There has been all kinds o(...)

Ruth and Simon Fitzmaurice and their children Jack, Raife, Arden and twins Hunter and Sadie in their home in Greystones, Co Wicklow

“I’m, well, to be perfectly honest, a bit of a stubborn bastard,” Simon Fitzmaurice told The Irish Times in 2016. “I believe in the power of people’s (...)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor  during a press previews for Maze at The Movie House cinema in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is awfully chipper for a man who got up 5am to catch a flight to Dublin. “My son just about woke up to ask me where I was going,” s(...)

The core relationship is that between Larry Marley (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), a thoughtful republican prisoner, and Gordon Close (Barry Ward), a stressed guard

It hardly needs to be said that a few unionist politicians have, before seeing the film, already denounced Stephen Burke’s Maze as an insult to this a(...)

Dafhyd Flynn in Michael Inside, the best new Irish film at the Galway Film Fleadh

There was a time when you could take the temperature of the nation by glancing at the tight handful of Irish features premiering at the Galway Film Fl(...)

Eddie Kay in The Circus Animals’ Desertion by Brokentalkers which is running in the Samuel Beckett Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Keith Dixon Photography

The Circus Animals’ Desertion   Samuel Beckett Theatre  **** Whatever your feelings about the artist or the man, there’s no denying (...)

With the deadening inevitability of rain at a barbecue, Unionist politicians have complained about modest public funds being passed to Brendan J Byrn(...)

Seána Kerslake is incandescent in A Date For Mad Mary

If you craved a sense of occasion on Saturday then the Galway Film Fleadh was the place to be. The organisers of the 28th event pulled off a coup by (...)

Ruthless self-sufficiency: Martin McCann in The Survivalist

At last. Somebody has read our minds and put Martin McCann exactly where he belongs: under a classic mullet as the hero of a post-apocalyptic thrille(...)

L-R: Jordanne Jones, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Charlie Kelly, Stephen Fingelton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo Actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo was always likely to become famous. Born and raised in Co Wicklow, the good-looking, sleek 16-year-old ha(...)

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