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 Shane MacGowan pictured backstage at the National Concert Hall  with President Michael D Higgins, Johnny Depp and Victoria Mary Clarke. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Some of Ireland’s best known politicians, musicians and artists are attending a tribute gala to the former Pogues singer Shane MacGowan who turned 60 (...)

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CATHEDRALS Down Cathedral, Downpatrick Sundays at 11:30am and Thursdays at 10am with Holy Communion. You are very welcome to visit Down Cathedral. Mo(...)

Abbey Theatre directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The door of the Abbey directors’ office opens to reveal an almost touchingly Dickensian sight. Graham McLaren, still recuperating from flu, is holding(...)

Barry Keoghan and Nicole Kidman at the screening of The Killing of a Sacred Deer at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Photograph: Getty Images

Barry Keoghan has come a long way, but one formative professional controversy won’t leave him alone. It is May and we are on the roof of the Palais d(...)

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(...)

Meeting Place statue on Liffey Street, Dublin, which is part of the Talking Statues initiative. Photograph: talkingstatuesdublin.ie

James Joyce is sometimes mistaken for Charlie Chaplin. Sometimes he’s mistaken for a spray-painted mime artist. Passers-by stop and wait for him to cl(...)

Sam Shepard: earthy, taciturn cowboy poet. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Sam Shepard Born: November 5th, 1943 Died: July 27th, 2017 Sam Shepard, an icon of the US counterculture whose expansive writing for stage and screen(...)

Jaye Davidson and Stephen Rea in The Crying Game. “It’s amazing it happened at all,” says Rea. “When we made it, it was the only film in production in England or Ireland.”

It seems impossible now, but Neil Jordan’s low-budget thriller The Crying Game was a box-office flop when it was initially released in the UK and Irel(...)

At one stage the Derry to Dublin bus was the ‘only form of travel, and there was a camaraderie’ among the passengers. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The nearest I’ve ever come to the Sam Maguire was a glimpse from the window of the Derry to Dublin bus. I was, like many others, a student travellin(...)

The letter points to the political and financial support which successive Irish governments have given the Palestinian people. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Almost 90 leading artists, academics and former ambassadors have signed a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging the Government to formally recognise t(...)

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