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 Mourners follow the funeral cortege of Tom Hickey outside Eadestown Parish Church in Co Kildare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Actor Tom Hickey will be remembered for his “magisterial work in the theatre and on screen”, his funeral Mass heard on Thursday. Hickey, who played B(...)

Michael D Higgins and actor Tom Hickey at Liberty Hall, Dublin, November 2005. File photograph: Frank Miller

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Micheál Martin have paid tribute to actor Tom Hickey, who died at the weekend. From Kildare and born in 19(...)

Francis Brendan Heaslip: played rugby for Connacht and was central to the commercial and cultural life of Galway for many years

He was one of those people who was known to all by just the one name, Danno. He was born Francis Brendan Heaslip in Knocknacarra in 1938. Because he l(...)

US president Donald Trump arrives for a rally at the Des Moines International Airport. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The playwright Tom Murphy said that the most important question to ask about any drama is: what is at stake? When it comes to next Tuesday’s president(...)

Mike Cooley (centre) accepting the Right Livelihood Award with co-recipients Patrick van Rensburg (left) and Bill Mollison (Right) in 1981.

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Prof Mike Cooley, the aerospace design engineer, independent thinker and advocate of human-centred inn(...)

DruidGregory: Marie Mullen will play Augusta, Lady Gregory

Druid theatre company is returning to live performance next month with a tour centred on the works of Lady Gregory. DruidGregory, featuring the Tony (...)

Robert Millard proudly displays his specimen smooth hound of 110cm, caught at Greystones, Co Wicklow, in June 2019.

The US writer Zane Grey fished worldwide. His stories of vicious tiger shark, giant hammerheads and spectacular marlin made him a legend in his own li(...)

We figure out what paternity means by emulating or reacting against our fathers and their fathers and their fathers’ fathers. Photograph: Getty

Fatherhood is a kind of makey-up thing, it has to be invented every time, but it has come into its own in lockdown During the lockdown, almost e(...)

Garry Hynes: ‘You have to have one actor up close with another actor up close with an audience. And all of a sudden that is just blown away.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

By the end of February, the Druid Theatre Company felt quietly and justifiably thrilled. Galway’s midwinter weather had been dismal, but a production (...)

Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

Best reads of 2020: IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person (...)

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