As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

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They were Irish comedy’s equivalent of the Famous Five, though nobody ever called them that. Michael Redmond, Kevin McAleer, Ian MacPherson, Owen O’Ne(...)

The show itself is punctuated by a chaotic history of music, as Warlop, her three-piece band and one punishingly overworked roadie barely keep the show on the road

Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Drum beats are tricky beasts at the best of times. But they are even harder to nail when the different elements(...)

Ivan Coulter from Sigmoid Pharma, winner of the inaugural ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award and also named winner of the Application of R&D Category.

“Innovation . . . is the application of imagination. There are plenty of success stories . . . but that’s the easy pill to swallow. The bitter one is (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks at a map of Dublin from 1610  with  Trinity’s registrar Prof Paula Murphy and  provost Dr Patrick Prendergast at an event to celebrate 425 years since TCD’s founding. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said while third level students should make a contribution toward their education, he could not support a system that left (...)

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(...)

Peter Hall: the late director at the National Theatre  in London in March 1976, just before its first public performance. Photograph: Dennis Oulds/Central/Getty

Peter Reginald Frederick Hall Born: November 22nd, 1930 Died: September 11th, 2017 Peter Hall, who created the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age o(...)

Left to right: Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in mother!

There is a place for pale, retiring films that venture out only on cloudless days. We also need big, loud, even vulgar movies that grab you by the sho(...)

Crowds at the Proms in Enniskillen.

Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh was the perfect backdrop for a night of stunning live music on Saturday as thousands of people descended on (...)

While visiting top restaurants in England and Denmark, all scallops arrived alive in their shells

Have you ever had the chance to take a scallop live from its shell and watch it pulsate in your hand? Chances are, you haven’t. For some reason it is(...)