Sean O Casey

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The Risen People: a huge degree of talent put to the service of a bad idea. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh
The Risen People

The Risen PeopleAbbey Theatre, Dublin**Memorials, to paraphrase Allen Ginsberg, are for old bums to sit on. The idea of commemorating the 1913 Lockout(...)

‘It’s a part I’ve waited 77 years for.” When Bruce Dern’s turn in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska deservedly took the Best Actor prize at this year’s Canne(...)

Seamus Whelan and Conor Scott in Scabs

Scabs Theatre Upstairs, Dublin***One of the risks any period drama faces, ironically, is in treating its protagonists as historical figures – characte(...)

Clare Dunne and Paul McGann in the Abbey Theatre’s Major Barbara. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

‘Don’t fancy that I am disposed to defend my country,” says Isabella Woodward, a key character in George Bernard Shaw’s first novel, Immaturity. “I ha(...)

Actors Lloyd Cooney, Eric O’Brien, Bairdre Ní Aodha and Laura Murray in a tenement house in Henrietta Street, Dublin’s inner city. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

In 1813, in a room on the ground floor at No 14 Henrietta Street, a maid is polishing the silver of Charles Viscount Dillon, an agent of the British g(...)

At the unveiling in Nice of a plaque commemorating James Joyce: Ambassador Paul Kavanagh, John Montague, Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and Bono

On Tuesday, unveiling a plaque commemorating James Joyce in Nice, the estimable John Montague said something at once obvious and striking. Joyce, he s(...)

Patrick Pearse was 36 when a British firing squad executed him in Dublin on May 3rd, 1916. David Thornley was the same age in 1971, when he wrote abou(...)

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