The Irish diaspora is renowned around the globe.
It’s a powerful influence on how this small country is seen by the rest of the world – and last year approximately 32,000 Irish people left home to join it. But hang on: in the same period about 21,000 returned to Ireland – that’s an increase of 74% over the previous year. So why, all of a sudden, are we seeing a return of the Irish?
Everyone has different reason for coming home, of course. We talked to Natasha, 25, about what prompted her return to Dublin after almost three years of travelling.
I feel like your early 20s are precious for either of two different routes: travelling and explo
I picked up this book for $5 in the amazing Powell’s bookshop in Portland, Oregon during the summer. It features 60 full-colour photographs of pubs across Ireland taken by Liam Blake with accompanying text by David Pritchard and Joe Reynolds. It was first published in 1985 with this softback edition republished in 1993. I’ve included the 15 photographs of Dublin pubs which I am guessing were taken in the 1984-85 period.
The eyes of the city: Andrew Harris, Dublin’s traffic control room supervisor.
‘There’s always someone looking at you’ sang Dublin band the Boomtown Rats in 1979. Today in the city that someone is Andrew Harris and his staff at the Traffic Control Room.
They monitor the screens in their room in Wood Quay, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They’ve got 300-odd cameras in locations all over the city – with forty more on the way. Some of them you can see – up at the top of street lights, for instance. But it’s the ones you can’t se
Get a taste of what's happening around Dublin this Christmas. From markets to theatre, Christmas festivals to carol singing, there's something for everyone in Dublin this Christmas. Here's a poem to get you all in the festive spirit..."Put your problems on probation, Run your troubles off the track, Throw your worries out the window, Get the monkeys off your back. Silence all your inner critics, With your conscience make amends, And allow yourself some happiness, It’s Christmas time again!
I still expect to find a magazine in my Christmas stocking. A bumper seasonal issue with year-end reviews and best of lists or maybe a niche publication to be slowly savoured over the holiday period. So this month, let’s look back at old Christmas covers from Irish magazines that are all long gone, dead and buried. The ghost issues of Christmas past. The Christian Brothers edited and published Our Boys promoting it as “wholesome, Catholic and patriotic with enthralling stories, interesting articles, wit and humour, sport, stirring national ballads and Irish language features”. First published in 1914 and every month until 1990, it is the oldest ghost in our selection. And its cover. from 1972, is the only one here without a Santa – but we won’t crib about that.
Thirteen city sites, 157k LEDs, a beautiful winter spectacle.
After a year in planning, ‘Winter Lights Dublin City’, proudly presented by Dublin City Council, is live. The ambitious project to illuminate the city this Christmas, in 13 locations for 31 nights until January 2nd 2019, was conceived to elevate Dublin to take its place amongst the iconic ‘Cities of Light’ around the world.
‘Winter Lights Dublin City’ features iconic sites illuminated and animated using customised projections. The projections illuminate City Hall, Trinity College, Liberty Hall, Civic Offices, GPO, The Mansion House, Hugh Lane Gallery, Custom House and
Dive into an Ocean of Light at this year’s Wild Lights in Dublin Zoo, with an entirely new cast of illuminated giant silk lanterns celebrating the wonders of the life aquatic. From giant squid to emperor penguins, colossal blue whales and dainty seahorses, Dublin Zoo, once again, will be transformed into a world of illumination with lanterns tailor-made especially for this year’s event.
Spectacular new themes feature in this year’s enchanting experience - Winter Wonderland, home to Arctic favourites such as polar bears and walruses, Celebrating China bringing a flavour of the East and
This is no ordinary panto, it's the Gaiety Panto! It wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto!
The Gaiety Theatre has hosted the annual Christmas Panto each year since 1873. Today, families come from far and wide to experience the Gaiety Christmas Panto and for many it has become as much a family Christmas tradition as Santa himself!
This year's fabulous Gaiety Theatre pantomime is The Snow Queen.
10% off each ticket for 10 or more
Teachers go free with school groups
Group rates from €17
Les Misérables, one of the most famous musicals of all time, returns to Ireland this winter with a string of shows throughout December 2018 and January 2019.
Originally based on Victor Hugo's classic novel of the same name, Le Misérables was turned into a musical with a French libretto by Alain Boubil and songs composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg.
Cameron Mackintosh produced a brilliant new staging of Les Mis that has travelled from Broadway in New York City to a number of cities around North America, South America, Korea, Japan, Australia, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore, Dubai, and
It's back again, Dublin's most loved Christmas Experience at Malahide Castle & Gardens.
One of the most magical experiences this Christmas - a trip to see Santa & Mrs Claus in their cosy grotto in the enchanted surrounds of Malahide Castle!
The fun doesn't stop there! All families are invited to tour the beautiful rooms of the castle where we have special guests awaiting them. This year Santa & Mrs Claus have invited their forest friends, Robin Hood, Maid Marian and Friar Tuck, to entertain Santa's visitors. An experience not to be missed!
Make it your special day out thi
A festive concert to round off the year.
The Dublin Bach Singers, under the baton of Blánaid Murphy, was founded in 2002, bringing together a collection of excellent choristers who share a great love of Bach. A prolific new chamber choir was born. Their inaugural performance that year, Handel's Messiah in Donnybrook Church, established the choir as an instant success.
Arvo Pärt: Magnificat
John Tavener: The Lamb
John Tavener: God is With Us
GF Handel: Christmas Sequence from 'Messiah'
A selection of Christmas carols and seasonal favourites.
Soprano: Sharon Lyons
A tale as old as time, featuring a host of well-loved characters and lovable crockery!
Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle and the dreaded Beast in his lonely castle. Belle is beautiful, the Beast is – ahem – beastly, and Gaston is still totally in love, with himself! A story of friendship and love, mixing magic and adventure with spectacular song and dance routines and special effects to entertain all the family!
*Family Ticket: €55 | Running time: 1 hour | Suitable for ages 4+
Although the Irish Writers Centre has long been a place for keen readers and writers to attend readings and launches, or to take part in one of the many writing classes on offer covering every topic from memoir to ghostwriting to autofiction, the centre can at times be overlooked because of its location, tucked away as it is away from the bustle of the city, beyond the trees of the Garden of Remembrance.
One of Rathmines’ smallest buildings happens to be one of the most distinctive, for it houses a Dublin art collective, MART.
The old fire-station, with a classic engine-red door facing the main street, was built in 1847 soon after Rathmines became an independent “township”. Like the magnificent Rathmines Town Hall, the station was a symbol of township independence and civic pride. The fire crew based here played a big role battling the inferno, which blazed around Sackville Street during the
It’s an addiction. It’s life threatening. It’s awesome.
Huddling together in the bitter cold, on Friday the 13th, under a weak and feeble January sun, they all argue that there’s nothing better. Sure, there’s dramatic stories of nearly dying. But the group is adamant that the buzz is worth it. Great, they say, for the mental health. “It’s the perfect anti-depressant,” photographer Barry Delaney says. Listening to them, you hear the language of addiction, of love, of religion even.
I didn’t miss a single day last year. I would feel absolutely guilty if I did
Welcome to Sandycove’s famous Forty Foot and
‘Since it opened in 1961’, says the brochure, ‘the Goethe-Institut has broadened the professional and personal horizons of 50,000 people who have attended its German courses’.
Currently housed in Fitzwilliam Square while it awaits the refurbishment and extension of its Merrion Square HQ round the corner, its director is Dr Thomas Lier.
Thomas is from Bavaria. Don’t call him ‘Bavarian’, though. That, Dublin.ie learns, would be like calling a Cornishman ‘English’. Because Thomas is really a Franconian, from Wurzburg, and Franconia was an autonomous region until Napoleon kicked it into Bavaria.
‘Wurzburg has a very strong con
Dublin’s docks met the same sorry fate in the 1970s as those elsewhere around the world, the arrival of containers revolutionising shipping and decimating dockland employment.
Work that had sustained inner-city communities for generations suddenly evaporated. The Docklands became empty, desolate wastelands until the first regeneration project came in the shape of Charles Haughey’s Irish Financial Services Centre in the late 80s. The IFSC was developed on the north side of the Liffey behind Connolly train station. While banks and other financial services moved into the area, it had little impact at first on the citizens of Dublin. And at night there was a tumbleweed feel to th
It’s hard to imagine this little three-room flat was once home to a family of eight.
Flat 3B, Bull Alley Estate on Patrick Street, is a cosy flat comprising of a living room and two bedrooms. It was home to the Molloy family and built by The Iveagh Trust. In 1890, Edward Cecil Guinness, the First Earl of Iveagh and grandson of the original Arthur Guinness, provided houses and amenities for working-class people with low incomes in Dublin. The Iveagh Building replaced some of the worst slum dwellings in Europe. At the time, these new flats were state of the art.