Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, featuring Aidan Gillen (right) as a man caring for his niece following his recent release from prison, is among the Irish premieres at this year’s bash.

Versatile character actor John C Reilly will be among the special guests attending the Galway Film Fleadh next month. Reilly, star of Chicago, The Ho(...)

Composer Ian Wilson looks on as the Irish Chamber Orchestra gives a performance of his work at the stroke unit, Tallaght hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Despite the many benefits of new technologies, a surprising aspect of medicine for lay people is that 80 per cent of diagnoses arise from the history (...)

 Simon Fitzmaurice: “To spend this precious time I have doing something that fulfils me at the deepest level, that echoes in my soul.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Making a feature film is an intimidating prospect and a leap of faith for any first-time director. You need self-belief, stamina, organisational skil(...)

Chelsea Clinton has lovely hair. In the greater scheme of things it’s not important but I was kind of mesmerised by it as I sat in front of her in UCD(...)

Before MND: Simon Fitzmaurice filming in 2007

One of the first things I notice when I visit the film-maker Simon Fitzmaurice at his home in Greystones, Co Wicklow, are his shoes. His lace-ups have(...)

Living in the present:  Simon Fitzmaurice at home  with his wife Ruth and five children Jack, Raife, Arden, Sadie and Hunter. Photographer: Daniel O’Connor

I didn’t want to write a book. For the first time since I was a boy I didn’t want to do the one thing I’d always dreamed of doing. I was scared. Scare(...)

S he comes home from school and says she needs to sing me a song. There’s a low table in the kitchen; she climbs on top of it, walking slowly up and d(...)

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