Mary Murray

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Les Doherty and Kat Ballhaus, as  Leopold and Molly Bloom of James Joyce’s Ulysses, prepare for Bloomsday Festival 2021, on Sandymount Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

What’s happening on June 16th? It’s Bloomsday, when James Joyce devotees celebrate his novel Ulysses. Remind me why that is Joyce’s enormous, ground-(...)

Callan Cummins Matthew Malone and Mary Murray in Fishamble: The New Play Company’s Embargo by Deirdre Kinahan.  Photograph: Anthony Woods

Deirdre Kinahan’s unashamedly humanistic new play deals with the embargo placed on the transport of British weapons and arms by Irish workers during t(...)

Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan on his way to winning gold in the Pommel Horse at the  European Championships at the SSE Hydro   in Glasgow. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP

There’s been a lot of talk in recent days about Johnny-come-lately bandwagoners attaching themselves like limpets to sports they never once showed any(...)

Mary Murray: magnetic focus

No Smoke Without Fire Linenhall Theatre, Castlebar, Co Mayo Tuesday June 5th 8pm €16/€14 thelinenhall.com If ever there was an actor y(...)

Big Tom: people queue to pay their respects at Oram Gaelic Football Club. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In the village of Oram, 5km north of Castleblayney, Tom McBride’s people encircle him to say farewell to a king. They welcome all comers, thousands of(...)

Ollie Woodhouse (21), a bartender from north Belfast, said: “RHI could have been dealt with a lot better.”  Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

The fallout from Martin McGuinness’s resignation as Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland, public anger around the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) (...)

Mary Murray, Caitriona Ennis and  Ian Toner in Wild Sky. Photograph:  Fergal Phillips

Wild Sky Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin *** Ireland at the time of the Easter Rising, fracturing and differing, is seen as an exploding love trian(...)

Playwright Brian Friel  with a portrait of himself by artist Mick O’Dea, which was unveiled  in 2010 as part of the National Portrait Collection in the National Gallery Dublin.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Playwright Brian Friel, described by former US president Bill Clinton “as an Irish treasure for the entire world”, will be honoured next month in a (...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

Two very different films concerning troubled men have topped the nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta). Lenny Abr(...)

 Childhood friends Ger Gallagher and Anne Raleigh. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ger Gallagher is a novelist and playwright whose play, ‘Weighing In’, has been staged all around Dublin since its first performance a year ago and (...)

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