Playboy of the Western World

John Millington Synge's play The Playboy of the Western World famously caused riots when it was first performed in 1907. Since then it has become essential to the Irish theatrical canon and there have been countless impressive revivals. The 2019 Dublin Theatre Festival opened tonight with a new production that attempts to look afresh at …

Boycotts: In Word and Action

This week sees the anniversary of the collective action by Irish tenants against injustice which gave the English language the expression 'to boycott'. Captain Charles Boycott Captain Charles Boycott, who was managing the County Mayo estates of Lord Erne in a manner that brought him into conflict with tenants, found himself ostracised by those tenants, …

The Enemy Within

For people who experience so much discrimination, it shocks me how easily we [the gay community] can go from victim to perpetrator of discrimination. A quick glance at gay men’s hook-up site Grindr provides a perfect example. On Grindr, user profiles are peppered with discriminatory language and threats to “block” other guys who don’t meet …