To the Abbey and beyond

There's a leading international playwright premiering work at the Peacock, while €750,000 is being spent redesigning the Abbey. Colin Murphy reports on goings-on at the national theatre

To the bitter end

Despite impressive production and some great performances, Colin Murphy finds the Gate production of Anna Karenina cold


'He loves wine, women, dancing'

In 1952, one of his paintings was denounced in Dublin as ‘satanic' and ‘repulsive'. Now it hangs in the National Gallery, making Louis le Brocquy the first ever living artist to have work acquired by the gallery


Angry scenes at funeral as family denied access to dead woman's remains

The family of Abi Williams, a Nigerian woman who died in a car fire in Dublin last month, were refused permission to view her remains. Her family have also complained they have not been given any information on her death by gardaí, except that her death is not being treated as suspicious. "We don't really know what happened to her," said Rasheed Abisoye Lafiaji, Abi Williams' brother. "We believe it's a racist attack. We want to know if she was stabbed, or shot, or strangled."

Dublin's Champs

From building site to boulevard, the capital's main street is finally free from builders and diggers – at least for the next five years. But their are flaws in O'Connell Street's new pedestrian-friendly design, writes Colin Murphy

Reconstructing the Easter Rising

This year's 1916 commemoration will not be the first time Fianna Fáil have used the anniversary of the Rising to build party support. A new book by James Moran takes a critical look at the commemoration of 1935. Colin Murphy reports