Playwright and poet Tom MacIntyre has died at the age of 87 following a long illness. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘This above all: to thine own self be true’, the advice of Polonius to Hamlet, is one of the most celebrated observations in the Shakespearian canon. (...)

John Creedon’s new TV show wanders without obvious purpose. Photograph: Rory Cobbe

It is late summer, that time when dreams of family togetherness fall quickly into the yawning chasm of boredom and impatience. Similarly, the long, ro(...)

“The science is still in large part a mystery, because there are so many variables involved and because the trees themselves cannot be interviewed”

Driving across the north midlands last weekend, I was astonished by the profusion of hawthorn blossoms, which seemed to be multiplying even as I passe(...)

I have learned that while it is easy to forget kind words and to allow mean ones become corrosive, it’s also pretty easy to let this corrosion go.

My time on this page is all but up and next week the peerless Michael Harding, whose place I have been holding for months, makes his return. As the fi(...)

Nollaig Healy and James Earley.

When were you closest to death? Nollaig: Childbirth, I think. And being exhausted afterwards, thinking ‘can people die from tiredness?’ James: Speak(...)

As farmers get older and the toll of work gets on top them their productivity suffers, they earn less and may become more isolated

‘You will never know how many you have saved.” This was the opening line of a lecture given by a wise psychiatrist about suicide and the deaths that c(...)

Mr Chrome and Blindboy Boatclub aka the Rubberbandits. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The broadcasting regulator has rejected 11 complaints about an item on RTÉ’s the Late Late Show in which Blindboy Boatclub from comedy duo Rubberbandi(...)

Thisispopbaby’s production ‘Riot’. “It is not blindly optimistic. It places resistance and egalitarianism front and centre.”

There’s a point during Riot, the Thisispopbaby production currently at Vicar Street in Dublin, that is somewhat transcendental. It involves a former R(...)

Billy O’Callaghan: Some lovely details do shine through The Dead House, which harks to the author’s pedigree as a short-story writer. Photograph: Claire O’Rorke

‘To be natural is to be obvious,” wrote Oscar Wilde, “and to be obvious is to be inartistic.” Billy O’Callaghan’s debut novel The Dead House lays its (...)

Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubberbandits joked about Midnight Mass on the ‘Late Late Show’ on January 6th.

A parish priest in Co Kerry has lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland over the “ridiculing of the Eucharist” on RTÉ television(...)

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