Samuel Beckett

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2022: And the new taoiseach will be – curb your enthusiasm! – Leo!.. Varadkar! Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Meet the new year, same as the old year. It is no more than a habit of mind, this expectation that adding a number to the last digit of the date mark(...)

The Ulster History Circle commemorative plaque honouring the Belfast singer Ruby Murray.  The Circle administers the scheme for all nine counties and has collectively chalked up a significant milestone of 250 subjects.

Catch the right day and you may glimpse their gentian blueness along a narrow alleyway or side street, through the trees in a square or glinting in th(...)

Rachael Blackmore: she became the first woman to win the Grand National. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

National Treasure: “I can’t believe I am Rachael Blackmore. I still feel like that little kid. I can’t believe I’m me . . . keep your dreams big, I su(...)

Lisa O’Neill is among those performing work inspired by the Anglo-Irish Treaty debates and related events at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Please check before making a journey: new coronavirus rules may affect some of these events GIG OF THE WEEK Treaty: Songs Saturday, December 11th, N(...)

The Gate Theatre auditorium, cleared of seats to create a studio space during Covid lockdown. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

News at the Gate Theatre this week highlighted the serious difficulties facing live theatre at this point in the pandemic. Theatres (both producing th(...)

Would it be ’government propaganda’ if Big Bird recommended wearing your seatbelt or not running with scissors? Photograph: Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

The recent bizarre political spat concerning Big Bird’s vaccination may provide the preamble to a hundred pointy-headed treatises on what’s wrong with(...)

Dublin’s Gate Theatre. File photograph: Leah Farrell/

The impact of Covid-19 on the Gate Theatre in Dublin has been “financially devastating”, with it recording operating losses of €509,868 last year. Th(...)

It has taken too many apocalyptic wildfires for humanity to see that the sparks that it lit at its own dawning have created a deathly glow on the dark horizon of its future. Photograph: Fateh Guidoum/AP

“Habit,” says Vladimir in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, “is a great deadener.” This is now literally true. If we humans continue with our curren(...)

Hilary Rose plays Mary MacSwiney in the re-enactment of the 1921 Treaty debates. Photograph: Miki Barlok

It felt good to be attending a theatrical event again – albeit a verbatim re-enactment of the 1921 Treaty debates in the Dáil – for the first time sin(...)

The following is a taste of some open days to look out for in Ireland’s universities: Technological University Dublin/TU Dublin When is open da(...)

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