End of an era: Jimmy O’Dea points to the audience as the final curtain falls at the Theatre Royal in Dublin, in 1962. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Video may have killed the radio star, and streaming may or may not be making cinemas change their tune – see the gorgeous-looking new Stella Theatre i(...)

Umberto Eco: moved with ease from medieval aesthetics to contemporary cartoon strips. Photograph: AP Photo/Luca Bruno.

Umberto Eco, who has died aged 84, was a polymath of towering cleverness. His novels combined cultural influences ranging from TS Eliot to the Charlie(...)

Yellow peril?: Boris Karloff in The Mask of Fu Manchu, from 1932

Christopher Frayling’s book on Chinaphobia is a welcome extension of the work that the Palestinian writer Edward Said initiated with his seminal Orien(...)

Colour bomber: Brian O’Doherty. Photograph: George Tatge

Brian O’Doherty is a curious man. He was a leading conceptual artist in 1960s New York, and his painting and sculpture are held by the Irish Museum of(...)

Dear students: we know you’re not great with money, so we are writing to you with some tips to help you keep your spending under control until you start working in four years’ time

Dear students of Ireland, Congratulations on getting into college. The Leaving was a nightmare, wasn’t it? Still, it’s in the past now and, aside from(...)