President Michael D Higgins and  Roger Doyle at a ceremony honouring the composer as a Saoi in Aosdána, in recognition of  outstanding achievement in the arts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Composer Roger Doyle, a member of Aosdána since 1986, has been been awarded the organisation’s highest honour. He was elected a Saoi earlier this year(...)

Legend has it that Lotus, so keen to get their new Giugiaro-designed wedge into a Bond film went to the simple expedient of parking one outside the famed Pinewood studios and waiting for the producers to take notice.

In a week already replete with tragedy came the news that Sir Roger Moore had passed away at the age of 89, following a brief struggle with cancer. Mo(...)

Selina Cartmell on the roof of the Gate Theatre: “I hope artists  will feel it is a theatrical home for them to create their strongest work, their most inspired work.” Photograph: Agata Stoinska

On a recent afternoon in Dublin, which the spring sunshine had made seem for a moment like a different city, Selina Cartmell ascended, via a rust-cove(...)

Actor/director Steven Berkoff: ‘If there’s anything that the establishment can’t bear, it’s someone who stands out. You could say the same thing about any radical person, starting from Jesus Christ.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Not many people realise this, but you don’t actually learn anything at art college any more; however, you do have to go there to find that out.” A(...)

Steven Berkoff: ‘In the past when faced with a negative review, which has gone beyond negative to spiteful, I’ve defended my plays, sometimes aggressively.’ Photograph: Nobby Clark

Steven Berkoff is not slow to air his grievances. As we leave the Theatre Royal in Margate, the frayed, flaking English seaside town, he breathes o(...)

Big role: Declan Conlon in An Enemy of the People. Photograph: Peter Rowen

Declan Conlon is more than an hour late. I call his mobile phone and leave a message. He calls back within five minutes, half asleep and full of apolo(...)