Dublin Treasures – Sweny’s Pharmacy

The people, places and things that make Dublin special. Tucked away on Lincoln place, in the heart of Dublin’s south inner city, is Sweny’s pharmacy. It was made famous by the James Joyce novel, Ulysses. Sweny’s is no longer a working pharmacy, but a key part of Dublin’s culture and nostalgia. It’s run by volunteers to maintain its original 1850’s Victorian style – made obvious by the mahogany counter and old glass cabinets outlining the room. Shelves of unopened medicine bottles and old photographs sit in the cabinets, still waiting to be collected. The original chemists sign is still intact, proving that this place has not lost its charm!

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The Buskerteers

Grafton Street attracts buskers from everywhere vying for attention and hoping to earn a living. And for every 12-year-old Allie Sherlock, who has signed a five-year-deal with Patriot Records and appeared on Ellen DeGeneres show, there are many more plying their trade and making it a better place. We spoke to some of our favourites and heard their story.


Language Dublin: Instituto Cervantes

Today we’re meeting Victor Andresco and Laura Martín, director and cultural officer respectively at the Dublin branch of the Instituto Cervantes, the international Spanish language and cultural organisation. Dublin is a place that is somehow familiar to the Spanish, Victor reckons. It’s not exotic or strange, he says – and he means that in a good way. Spanish people often send their children here to learn English, he points out. His Dublin taxi driver might very well own a holiday home in Spain. And there are other links, too. “We Spaniards feel very close to you”, he says, “s

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Dublin Halloween Night Run


Sandymount or ‘Spookymount’ is an ideal location being walking distance from the center of Dublin. And the course is laid out in long straight flat lines making it ‘racer’ friendly. There are two distances to suit all levels of fitness. A 5km single lap or a 10km double lap. The course is a single loop starting and finishing beside Clanna Gael GAA club. Entries are limited so don’t leave it too late to enter! This is an annual SELL OUT race. Tell your friends. There will be a NEW bespoke Halloween Finisher’s Medal to meet you at the finish line along with that sense of satisf

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Gate Theatre

A murdered King. A remarried Queen. A state on the precipice. When society starts to collapse, do we fight or flee? Hamlet is one of the most revived Shakespeare plays in the Gate’s 90 year history (1928-2018). In celebration of the theatre’s pioneering founders, Hilton Edwards and Micheál Mac Liammóir, Shakespeare’s iconic story of politics, vengeance, madness and murder is reimagined in a ground-breaking, visionary Gate Theatre production for today’s audience. Oscar-nominated Irish actress, Ruth Negga, makes her Gate stage debut in the title role of Hamlet, joined by a cast o

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Social Media Live


Now | New | In the Flesh Because knowing everything today means nothing tomorrow. One day. A festival of experiences. Social Media Live is where the contentious questions around social media will be debated. It's the moment of collision. It's where you'll find everything you need to know about how social media is changing - including lots of things that you didn't even know you need to know. It's live. It's now. It's new. It's in the flesh. Now: Not yesterday's news. Not today's headlines. It's what's happening now. The line up of international brands, news and media powerhouses, and soci

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Dublin Animation Film Festival

Pavilion Theatre

Celebrating the 8th Animation Film Festival in Dún Laoghaire and Blackrock, County Dublin this year! The full programme will be available to download in September 2018! One of this year's highlights will be a screening of Cartoon Saloon's Academy Award© nominated feature The Breadwinner with a Q&A with a special guest from Cartoon Saloon after the screening. Another special guest is expected over from the UK – so keep checking this website for updates or you can follow on twitter @dublinanimation or Facebook. This year's festival is now calling for entries. The fes

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Electric Vehicle Summit 2018

Croke Park

Revealing the latest advances and newest roadmaps as the way is paved for more affordable EV models, broader reach and improved infrastructure There are now 5600 EVs on Irish roads. This number may look somewhat short when our government's target is to have 20,000 on the road EVs by 2020. However, registrations of new and imported electric vehicles in Ireland are up 40% on this time last year. So, are EVs finally ready to take-off? Building on the success of our previous summits, the 3rd National Electric Vehicles Summit will focus on how we maximise the potential of EVs via smart technolog

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Bram Stoker Festival

Various Locations

The seventh Bram Stoker Festival will take place from Friday 26th to Monday 29th October 2018. The festival takes the legacy of Dublin horror novelist and Dracula author Bram Stoker as inspiration. Get ready for four days of living stories and four nights of deadly adventures. By day, the Bram Stoker Festival programme presents Gothic intrigue at family-friendly events, talks and interactive experiences and at night, the city will embrace the darkness as a host of venues deliver deadly adventures for festival goers in search of macabre thrills and late-night parties. Bram Stoker Festiva

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David Byrne | American Utopia Tour


David Byrne has announced his much anticipated Irish return as part of his American Utopia tour at 3Arena Dublin, with very special guest, Benjamin Clementine. American Utopia fits hand-in-hand with Byrne's vision for his series Reasons To Be Cheerful, named for the song by the late Ian Dury. Over the last year, Byrne has been collecting stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism, such as a tech breakthrough, a musical act, a new idea in urban planning or transportation—something seen, heard, or tasted. Just as the alb

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Responsible Innovation

Innovation is what has brought the human race as far as it has come… Because of innovation, we have tackled disease; we have navigated the globe by land, sea and air; we have sent men to the moon. Soon we will have driverless cars. Innovation, in many ways, defines us. But it also has its limits and drawbacks. There is an innate impulse to push things as far as they can go. At times you wonder why innovation has taken us in this peculiar direction. What is the need for this device? Why has this phenomenon taken over? This is when innovation becomes irresponsible. That innate drive to push boundaries can have consequences for the environment, commerce and social well-

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Dublin Outdoors – City Kayaking

Most seasoned Dubliners, probably feel like they’ve seen all the city has to offer; every lush park; historic Georgian row; every cobbled street, arching bridge and Victorian pub. The familiar can be taken for granted though. So what if we told you about a new way of seeing the city? We’re not talking about a rickshaw or a longboard. Instead we’re talking about kayaking… on the Liffey. City Kayaking are based on the jetty by the Jeanie Johnston tall ship on North Wall

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Sprouting up

There are literally hundreds of young entrepreneurs launching their start-ups in Dublin, hoping to climb the precarious ladder in the tech, food and pharma sectors. Many of these companies will go on to achieve greatness; some will be quietly successful, others will become well-known names across the globe. Others, sadly, will perish under the immense pressure of starting and running a company from scratch. Dublin.ie caught up with Jack Kirwan (pictured above right), founder and co-owner of Sprout & Co. restaurants, which are, well, sprouting up all over the city, to find out what it takes to get from that init

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Dublin Treasures – The Canals

Mentions of Dublin’s Canals, both the Royal Canal and the Grand Canal, pour aplenty through Irish poetry and song. To each canal, a poet’s statue: The Royal has Brendan Behan, turned to look at you if you sit beside him; Patrick Kavanagh is on the Grand Canal, arms crossed and pensive. To each canal, a lyric: the passionate ‘Auld Triangle’ for the Royal; the contemplative ‘Canal Bank Walk’ for the Grand. They are the arteries running through the heart of Dublin unfurling into the countryside. The Grand bracing the city on the southside, stretching west 144km to the Shannon river and The Royal, on the northside, winding 146km to the same river. Yet despite their romantic depiction in poem and song – and perhaps as a result of their everyday lunch-breakiness – they’ve tended to get overlooked. All that is about to change. A small steady ‘friends of the canal’ movement is gaining momentum and these waterways encircling our city may soon be the focus of artful appreciation once more.

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BIMM: Music in the making

Looking for stars? Try BIMM Spotted a famous musician in Dublin recently? There’s a fair chance they were coming out of DIT’s school of commercial music. Situated on Francis Street in Dublin 8, the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) holds regular masterclasses for its students with world-class musicians: Imelda May, Danny O’Donoghue of The Script, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and even Hozier have paid surprise visits. US singer-songwriter John Grant offered a songwriting masterclass. U2’s The Edge has attended a BIMM graduation ceremony. All of the tutors at BIMM are working mus

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