Aiden Gillen

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The funeral of Frank Murray  at Mount Argus, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The late music manager Frank Murray joined “the great rock and roll, roll call of 2016”, his daughter Shannon told his funeral Mass on Tuesday. “Awe(...)

Fond farewell: Don Draper’s final act in Mad Men

In a year when there has been so much top-class TV, picking my 10 best programmes is tricky. Like an avid reader with a pile of books by the bed, I ha(...)

Gamescom: expected to break last year’s attendance record of 335,000 after the show sold out before it even began. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Gamescom, the world’s largest computer game trade show, has thrown open its doors in Cologne offering visitors a new blast of Star Wars and a new TV s(...)

Aidan Gillen: In his latest film, Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, he plays a troubled man, recently released from prison, who is forced to care for his alert, back-talking niece. Photograph: Reuters

Aidan Gillen is a versatile sort of fellow. Now 47, the Dubliner has barely rested since signing up with Dublin Youth Theatre three decades ago. He(...)

Power broker: Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall

Pare it back and it’s the oldest story of all: power, loyalty and betrayal, the rise of a man from humble beginnings to the top table. Charlie, obviou(...)

Charles Haughey greets Geraldine Kennedy at the 1983 Fianna Fáil ardfheis. She had earlier been advised that her security could not be guaranteed at the event. Photograph: Jack McManus

Charlie is the political thriller about contemporary Ireland. For anyone who lived through even some of the Haughey years –from the mid-1960s, 1970, t(...)

Aidan Gillen’s Haughey seems at times detached from the events around him, his face displaying a sort of bored contempt for everyone, foes and allies alike, mildly exasperated that not everyone sees his own genius.

The frenetic pace of episode two of Charlie, RTÉ’s dramatisation of the political life of Charles Haughey, mirrors the mad, manic and dangerous pace o(...)

Christmas for me starts when . . . the baby turkeys arrive on the Callan killing fields in August. But it starts on December 8th in my head, and no(...)

A master tells his apprentice a story about the Rosetta mission. It is a tale of ambition: humankind reaches for the stars and the origins of life by (...)

 Miriam Allen, managing director of Galway Film Fleadh. Photograph: Andrew Downes

It hardly seems possible that the Galway Film Fleadh is only now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Conceived as a spin-off from the Galway Arts Festiv(...)

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