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Mick Egan, who is to retire from Rade, the arts organisation working with addicts, at its premises in Dublin. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

One day in the 1990s, the beat poet Allen Ginsberg gave the actor and playwright Mick Egan the title for a play. Egan had introduced Ginsberg to the r(...)

THE BOOKS, BY JOHN SELF Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy By EL James, 2012 The “dirty books” about a sadomasochistic relationship that spawned a million (...)

A an image of the Hardy Bucks

Sales of RTÉ shows Taken Down, Hardy Bucks and Operation Transformation last year contributed to RTÉ’s commercial arm increasing its pretax profits by(...)

Druid director: ‘New writing doesn’t just appear out of nowhere,’ Garry Hynes says. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Druid, the theatre company with an international reputation for its innovative stagings of classics, from Shakespeare to Beckett to Tom Murphy, is ded(...)

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Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

Taken Down was divided between its female leads, a wooden Lynn Rafferty and a magnificent Aïssa Maïga

Good TV drama takes us to places we ordinarily never see. The best kind makes it feel vividly real. Despite the suggestion of its title, Taken Down (R(...)

Aïssa Maïga plays the stoic Abeni Bankole in Taken Down

Here’s an arresting idea for a police procedural: a murder mystery where the suspects are already in prison. At least, that’s the forcible impression(...)

David Drumm is too small, too trite, to bear the weight of tragic meaning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Literary reputations are fragile things, but David Drumm’s place in the annals of Irish fiction seems secure. The €7.2 billion in phoney deposits with(...)

Crime novelist Jo Spain is writing ‘Taken Down’, an RTÉ drama produced by Suzanne McAuley’s Spiral Pictures.

RTÉ has commissioned a new six-part contemporary drama from the makers of Love/Hate and Irish crime novelist Jo Spain. The series, called Taken Down(...)

“I should have called it Roy Keane House”: Eamon Dunphy at home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“That was a cakewalk for Liverpool last night,” says the photographer. “It was, but they’re still dodgy at the back,” says Eamon Dunphy. “And Klopp’(...)

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