CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects

What libraries might be to budding writers, CoderDojos are to the future whizz kids of tech: a place to share ideas and find inspiration with no exam pressure or set curriculum. CoderDojo was founded in 2011 by then eighteen-year-old Cork native, James Whelton, who received international attention when he spoke at a Web Summit about how he hacked his iPad Nano to turn it into a watch. Whelton was subsequently hounded by schoolmates wanting to know how they might learn to code. “I was never recognised as being high-achieving or academic at school. It was frustrating as I was really good at programming but getting my ass kicked by my pass maths teacher,” Whelton

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Plans for Dolphin’s Barn Launched

Dublin City Council has submitted plans for a revamp of Dolphin’s Barn. The proposal envisages new pavements, street furniture and landscaping of both Dolphins’s Barn Street and SCR and the creation on enhanced public spaces at Boles Corner and to the front of the church, including a new cafe kiosk at St James’s Terrace. The redesign, undertaken by Haslam & Co Architects, is now on public display as part of a Part 8 planning application process. Comments are invited on the proposals by 29th June 2018. The plans and details of the scheme are on display at Dublin City Council Civic Offices at Wood Quay, as well as available to view at South Central Area Office on Marrowbone Lane. The plans are also available online at The public realm project is one of a number of initiatives underway to revitalize Dolphin’s Barn. A multi-million euro regeneration of Dolphin House is well advanced, while a number of private development sites in the area are now coming forward for development. Dublin City Council is also currently offering small grants to business holders in Dolphin’s Barn and Rialto to encourage refurbishment of premises (Shopfront Improvement Scheme).


Taking trucks off Dublin’s streets

Traffic: we all hate it. But we’re stuck with – and in – it. Or are we? A new initiative from Dublin City Council (DCC) and delivery firm UPS is aiming to reduce the number of vehicles on the city’s roads. It uses what UPS call an “Eco Hub” container on Wolfe Tone Street. The Eco Hub acts as a small distribution hub from which deliveries can be made by bike or on foot. “It came about when we were approached by UPS, who had piloted the same project in London, Paris and Hamburg,” explains Colm Ennis, Senior Executive Engineer with DCC. “We are developing a strategy for city centre goods deliveries and are trying to reduce

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Home buyers in Dublin paying €100,000 DART, Luas premium –

Home buyers in Dublin are now paying a premium of over €100,000 to live near DART stations and Luas stops, according to the latest research from It shows that in the first quarter of 2018 house prices close to DART stations and Luas stops rose 4% to an average of €492,000, which is €114,000, or 26%, more than the average Dublin asking price. Commuters on the south Dublin coastline pay on average the most for a property close to a DART station, with prices averaging €625,000. The research analysed the average asking prices for two and three-bedroom properties close to each of the 125 stops and stations in the Greater Dublin area. Commenting on the figures, Trinity College Dublin economist Ronan Lyons said: "The price of housing reflects not only the dwelling itself but also a wide range of nearby amenities.


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I See You

Theatre Upstairs

TWO WOMEN. ONE STORY. A CENTURY APART. Lady Mary Heath: A Limerick-born trailblazer of aviation, lost and forgotten, trapped within the walls of time. Mary: A middle-class Dublin woman, unseen and unheard, trapped in an abusive relationship that has just taken a turn for the worse. This brand-new play by Amy De Bhrún weaves together poetry and an original soundscape by Jack Cawley to shed light on the hidden stories of Lady Mary Heath and her contemporary counterpart Mary – two women, one story, a century apart. A call to arms, I SEE YOU explores the dangerous cyclical nature of fema

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International Literature Festival Dublin 2018

Various Locations

The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress. Attracting visitors from around the world annually, the festival is a destination for those who wish to celebrates the very best of Irish and international talent

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Beck & Yeah Yeah Yeahs


MCD Productions announce a double bill of Beck and Yeah Yeah Yeahs live at 3Arena Dublin for one night only. Beck's 13th album Colors was released late last year. Possibly the most aptly titled work in Beck's storied discography, Colors unfolds in an intoxicating rainbow of auditory tricks and treats, making it a shoo-in for summeriest smash of the season. Colors is Beck's first full length offering of new material since 2014's Morning Phase took Album of the Year top honours at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as Best Rock Album and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) category.

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Words on the Street

Various Locations

Crossing political and literary borders, Words on the Street will take you on a journey across the cultural landscape in an evening of celebrity readings of translated work by contemporary European authors. Treat your eyes and ears to a new experience – hear voices from ten European countries across a range of beautiful cultural venues on a trail beginning in Kildare street and ending on Fenian Street, Dublin 2. Our venues this year are The National Library of Ireland, Royal College of Physicians, Alliance Francaise, National Gallery of Ireland, Instituto Cervantes and Literature Ireland

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Building The Future

Citi, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

Building The Future is a unique careers event aimed at students and graduates with disabilities from higher education. It has now been running for over 7 years and we are delighted to have the event hosted by Citi, 1 North Wall Quay yet again. Registration will open in April 2018. If you are an employer and you wish to host a stand or get involved on the day, please email So what happens on the day..... To get a better idea of what to expect on the day, check out the blogpost. Employer Exhibition Area An opportunity for you to meet and chat with employers abo

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Battle For The Bay

Bull Island

Battle for the Bay is back in 2018 and takes place on 26th and 27th May, it promises to deliver the usual fun, entertainment and aerial acrobatics which has helped it become one of the best free family weekends in the summer calendar. Battle of the Bay is an entertaining weekend for all the family, young and old, where audiences are enthralled, entertained and captivated by kite surfers from across the world as they weave across the glittering bay. Bring your friends, bring your family to Dollymount Strand to enjoy a weekend of an amazing extreme water show and have a great day at the beach

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    There really is nothing like reading a paper or hardback book from cover to cover. Looking for a book shop? Here's our Ultimate guide to Book shops in Dublin Town #DublinTown #Books #LoveDublin

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    Experience something a little bit different this Summer at the UCD Festival on June 9th. Open your mind & let loose your imagination. Register for this FREE event here: #UCDFestival #RTESupportingTheArts

  • 98FM 98FM

    Record numbers are now commuting into Dublin city centre every morning

  • gpowithistory GPO Witness History

    #OTD Eva Gore-Booth is born. Eva, just like her older sister Constance (Markievicz), she was a suffragist and labour activist as well as a poet and a dramatist. The sisters were very close, Eva often influenced and encouraged her sister to speak in public about suffrage issues!

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    The Chi Rho page features one most iconic illustrations in the #BookofKells. The name of Christ in its abbreviated Greek form (Chi Rho) occupies the whole height of the page. Can you spot it?

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    The @CountryCrest Food Fayre restaurant is a fantastic spot for delicious Irish food in a relaxed setting #Bloom2018

Our Articles

Galz Gone Wild

Dublin is in a unique position for a capital city in that it has both mountains and sea at its doorstep. We caught up with Melissa McDermott – Galz Gone Wild founder – and Ruth Farrell, to find out about the group of women who escape the city to find some scenic hush in the Wicklow mountains. Mel founded the group after moving home from London last year. She found herself lacking direction, and she was unsure of her next step. She started to hike to clear her head, but the hiking community she found were mostly male and older. They were hiking for different reasons. “There is a community there, but it’s very much about getting from point A to point

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The Ark: Engaging kids’ creativity

For 23 years The Ark in Temple Bar has provided the children of Dublin, and of Ireland, with the opportunity to experience and participate in art and culture. We visited The Ark to learn about what’s on offer for children and families today. The Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children. It was the first of its kind in Europe, quite a forward-thinking facility for this little island. It was founded after the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child, which safeguards children’s right to access culture and art. The Ark “believes in every child’s right to discover and love art in a society where creativity and culture are valued a

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County Dublin cricket on the rise

Cricket is enjoying a surge in popularity across the county, so visited a few of the burgeoning clubs to find out more. Kamil Mahajan moved from the Punjab region of India to Dublin in 2001. He had been a keen cricket player in his home country, but for his first few years in Ireland he was busy with work and didn’t have much time to spend on the sport that he loved. Then, in 2009, he moved to Adamstown, near Lucan in the west of the city. Adamstown is “a new development”, Mahajan says. “A lot of Asian people” – from south Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – “had moved there around 2007/2008”. A cricket club would

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Museum Dublin: Rock’n’Roll

Walking through Temple Bar on a midweek afternoon, the sounds of céilí bands and lads on guitars belting out U2 covers tumble out onto the street every time a pub door swings open. Buskers are so much a part of Dublin culture that Glen Hansard starred in an Oscar winning film about them. Phil Lynott’s statue off Grafton Street is often draped in rocker pilgrims from around the world, a replica of Rory Gallagher’s rusty guitar hangs over his own designated corner near Meeting House Square, and Whelan’s is a mecca for any serious music lover. Dublin’s rock heritage is as legendary as its literary one, with the city punching well above its weight on the international scene

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John Lambert, aka Irish musician Chequerboard, is by his own admission, “not a megaphone person,” however his music is being heard loud and clear around the world. Chequerboard’s most popular song on Spotify, Opening the Gates, has had almost 11 million streams, a pretty phenomenal achievement for the Dublin man whose gentle atmospheric music comprises looped acoustic guitar and textured electronica. Sitting down for a chat in the coffee shop of the Chester Beatty Library, John is modest about this unexpected success and candid about the winding road to it. Chequerboard’s ambient music was born from no

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