Jane Brennan: ‘I feel him here in a very benign way. He is still around’

‘I’m surrounded by Tom here,” says Jane Brennan. “His presence is everywhere. It’s very strong.” We’re sitting in their sitting room in Rathgar. The p(...)

Members of the Theatrical Cavaliers Cricket Club form guard of honour as the remains of actor Pat Laffan are carried out of St Michael’s church following his funeral Mass in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The actor and director Pat Laffan was remembered as a lovable, gruff curmudgeon during his funeral Mass in Dublin on Tuesday. Laffan was a man who co(...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

Nowhere gets on this list of Ireland’s best cafes – part of our 100 best restaurants, cafes and places to eat in Ireland 2018 – through anything other(...)

James Earley: “I couldn’t live without my Chromecast.”

Current favourite book? I read a lot of art books, and I especially enjoyed John Berger’s Portraits. Like the name suggests, it’s about the conceptua(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

“The production suggests everyone is the product of stifling or corrupting forces”

The Chastitute Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★ “What I am, is a disaster,” says John Bosco McLaine, by way of introduction. In Stephen Brennan’s warm perfo(...)

 Rory Nolan at rehearsals for “Waiting for Godot”: “For that energy the comic character has to have, there has to be a dark side to it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

By Rory Nolan’s standards – which have become almost legendary in certain circles – this does not count as a classic prank. But when the PR person ph(...)

Stephen Brennan, of Centuri Analytics, who developed the new A&E system, with Geraldine McMahon, senior emergency department consultant, beside the new screens that give patient information. Photograph: Alan Betson

“The patient in Cubicle A is fasting.” “Remember to phone the ward back.” “The patient on the third trolley in the back corridor needs to be taken d(...)

From left, Johnny Murphy, Alan Stanford and Barry McGovern in The Gate’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.  Photograph: Anthony  Woods

In a turn of events that might occupy Beckett’s tramps Vladimir and Estragon - or at least help them pass the time The Waiting Game (Tues, RTÉ One, 10(...)

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