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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

IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person will sincerely claim that(...)

The Cherry Orchard: Derbhle Crotty in Druid’s production of Tom Murphy’s adaptation. Photograph: Robbie Jack

THE CHERRY ORCHARD Black Box Theatre, Galway ★★★☆☆ Tom Murphy’s adaption of The Cherry Orchard has everything that a decent Irish play should have: d(...)

Derbhle Crotty and Garry Hynes before rehearsal for The Cherry Orchard, a Druid production

Power comes in many forms. There is physical power, inherited power, seized power. There is the extraordinary and frequently unexpected power of stron(...)

Ian-Lloyd Anderson: ‘I’m watching The Sopranos for the first time, and I’m enamoured by Edie Falco, who plays Tony Soprano’s wife.’ Photograph: Szymon Lazewski

Current favourite book?  I recently decided to read as many plays as I could over a six-month period to broaden my horizons – it’s easy to think (...)

We are invited to choose between the outgoing Taoiseach and the outgoing leader of the Opposition who has kept him in power. We are offered two mildly different flavours of the same centre-right politics of continuity. And if anything, the differences between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are narrower than they have even been in the almost century-long history of Civil War politics. Photograph: Alan Betson

When I worked as a theatre critic, I always remembered something the great playwright Tom Murphy said to me – that the big question to ask of any dram(...)

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