Top, from left, Constance Markievicz; and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Bottom, from left, Joseph Plunkett; Alice Milligan; and Thomas MacDonagh.  Main photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From the early 1900s the development of the Abbey Theatre was accompanied by challenging alternatives, spearheaded by political activists. They inc(...)

Members of Loughrea Arts, Recreation and Culture  at the boarded up Loughrea Town Hall. From front: Fiona Keane of the East Galway Youth Theatre with her daughter Orlagh and son Adam, John Kelly of the Seumas O’Kelly Players (as Lord Lascelles), Mary Davison of Loughrea Active Retirement, and John Creaven of the Seumas O’Kelly Players. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Musician Tony Callanan might not have too much in common with Toto, the Sicilian boy who forged a close bond with projectionist Alfredo in Giuseppe T(...)