Dublin Uncovered: Skerries

A seaside town that’s worth its salt all year round. North of Dublin city in Fingal you’ll find the seaside town of Skerries. Bustling in summer months, the beaches are full to the brim with tourists and city dwellers looking to dip a toe in the sea. But Irish seaside towns take on a different vibe during the autumnal months and Skerries is still worth the excursion beyond September. At this time of the year, you’ll find plenty of people braving some wind for a good ol’ stroll along the seafront. The sea air, a tried and tested cure for what ails ya, feels just as good in your lungs in November as it does in July. The name Skerries originally comes from the Norse w

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Wood Quay Summer Sessions

Wood Quay Amphitheatre

The Wood Quay Summer Sessions return for a fourth year of free concerts at the Wood Quay Amphitheatre, Dublin this July. Taking place from 1pm to 2pm every Thursday throughout July, the Wood Quay Summer Sessions are the perfect opportunity to gather family, friends and work colleagues and enjoy an hour of live music on your lunchtime. Every week, music fans will get to experience some incredible live music from up and coming acts, as well as established acts, from across a wide range of genres from trad to RnB, classical to contemporary and jazz to hip-hop. Founded by Dublin City Coun

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Dublin Fringe Festival at 25 – previewing this year’s programme

Dublin Fringe Festival Director Ruth McGowan gives us a preview of this year's programme. Artists illuminate the otherwise invisible. Their creative visions electrify reality and allow us to soar above the mainstream. The imagined futures they unleash propel the world forward. They are the source, their valour activates the power in others. With the launch of Dublin Fringe Festival 2019, it’s time for their plans, schemes and wildest dreams to see the light of day. For sixteen September days and nights, the festival offers an introduction to artists whose work demands to be seen. The extraordinary artists that make up the 25th edition of the festival have created urgent events in conversation with Dublin and Ireland today, sweet antidotes to the fast and standardised and one-of-a-kind escapades that offer new perspectives on the city. Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 is full of new experiences; stories told by talkative robot rice-cookers and table-top puppets; performances that happen on ice-rinks and via your headphones; made with craft and graft by exceptional artists from Tallaght, Belfast, Los Angeles, Melbourne – and that’s only the beginning!

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The Festival of Curiosity*

Various Locations

Playful days & Curious Nights. Experience a cultural feast of unique, visual and interactive experiences in Dublin that merge cutting-edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways. With over 45,000 people descending on Dublin from across the globe every year and visiting 14 venues & spaces across the city centre you can experience Dublin come alive in an energetic fusion of interactive installations, pop-up playgrounds and curiosity carnivals to immersive experiences, performance, visual art, theatre, film, secret tours, night cycles & urban

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Garbage - Live at the Iveagh Gardens

Iveagh Gardens

Garbage - Live at the Iveagh Gardens with special guests whenyoung. They've sold over 17 million albums worldwide to date and performed in more than thirty-five countries, and this summer, Garbage will take to the stage at Iveagh Gardens. Garbage (Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig) have been together as a band for 25 years. After forming in Madison, Wisconsin, Garbage released their self-titled debut album in 1995, going on to sell more than 4 million copies. The band's unique sound and provocative visual aesthetic inspired massive worldwide attention and success.

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The Snapper

Gate Theatre

A homegrown hit returns. An unexpected pregnancy | An unknown father | The relationships that matter, and the secrets that don't! The Snapper offers a wickedly funny account of the ups and downs of family life and pregnancy in Northside Dublin of the late 1980's. It is salty and sweet, and the Gate Theatre sits right next door to The Rotunda Hospital where Sharon's baby, The Snapper, is born… Booking Information Previews: From June 6th. Opening Night: June 12th. Matinees: Selected Wed & Sat – 2.30pm.

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Riverdance

Gaiety Theatre

Riverdance burst onto the world stage 25 years ago, on the 30th April 1994, as part of the Eurovision Song Contest. The response from the thousands of people witnessing it in person at the Point Depot and the international audience watching on TV, was extraordinary. This 7-minute routine was to change the face of Irish dance forever. Since 1995 Riverdance has: Played 11,500 performances and been seen live by over 25 million people in over 467 venues worldwide in 47 countries across 6 continents. Travelled 750,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!). Played to a global

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The Academic - Live at the Iveagh Gardens

Iveagh Gardens

The Academic - Live at Iveagh Gardens + special guest Orla Gartland. Last summer, Westmeath indie rockers The Academic played an unforgettable sold out gig at Iveagh Gardens. They will make a very welcome return this summer to play the venue once again. Back in Ireland for a highly anticipated Irish tour including two sold out dates in Vicar Street. Craig, Dean, Matt and Stephen have spent the majority of year making waves in the US. The 4 piece have enjoyed a meteoric rise since releasing their debut EP Loose Friends just 3 years ago. A Choice Music Prize nomination for their debut single

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Liberties Festival

Liberties

Liberties Festival 2019 - 5 days of music, comedy opera, yoga, stories, song, dance, coffee, conversation, football, cinema, poetry, art, walking tours, discovery, gardening, printing, family fun and much more. The festival is one of Ireland's oldest, from modest beginnings in 1970 it has grown to become a highlight of summers in Dublin. This year is the 49th edition. Wednesday Festival Launch: Expect performances, speeches, nibbles, refreshments, and a packed show from Stomptown Brass! (Invitation or Online Registration) Liberties Fun Run: The 11th annual fun run in aid of St James's Hos

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PhotoIreland Festival

Various Locations

PhotoIreland Festival 2019 - 10th Anniversary: Ireland's International Festival of Photography & Image Culture, May 1st - July 31st 2019. Vibrant, friendly, all-inclusive: a festival for all to enjoy. The year 2019 will see the 10th edition of PhotoIreland Festival bringing to Dublin an ambitious programme. May will bring the opening of the main exhibitions, while June will be dedicated to an extended educational programme with activities for all. The fireworks are reserved for July 4th when PhotoIreland Foundation will open The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland in Dublin c

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Burt Bacharach - Live at the Iveagh Gardens

Iveagh Gardens

Burt Bacharach Live in Concert - with special guest Paddy Hanna. The Hitmaker is returning to Dublin. Renowned for hits such as I'll Never Fall in Love Again, Anyone Who Had A Heart, The Look of Love, I Say A Little Prayer and Walk On By, Burt is the recipient of three Academy Awards and eight Grammy Awards. Six decades into one of songwriting's most successful and honoured careers – marked by 48 Top 10 hits, nine #1 songs, more than 500 compositions and a landmark 50+ year run on the charts, Burt Bacharach's music continues to set industry records and creative standards. His global a

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Dublin Treasures – The GPO

On one count at least, the GPO is a disappointment to its visitors. ‘People come in looking for a big green post box. it’s a bit of let-down when I tell them there isn’t one’, says security guard David, who’s from Peckham but has Irish roots. In place of the single green box you might have expected, there are two magnificent brass-and-mahogany receptacles for your letters, one labelled ‘Dublin only’, the other ‘All other places’. Careful observation of the postman who collects the letters from these would suggest, however, that whether you put your letter in the one or the other, it’ll end up in the same bag: not everything is quite as it seems at the General Post Office.

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Looking Up

Dubliners… Think you’ve seen it all? Cast your eyes skyward. As charming as Dublin’s skyline is, it’s never exactly been noted for its towering buildings. Quite the opposite, in fact, with the highest towers in Dublin reaching an average of 60 metres, although construction is well under way for ‘The Exo‘, a 73m high structure that will sit alongside the 3Arena in Dublin’s Docklands. It’s perhaps because of Dublin’s low-rise nature that neither inhabitants nor visitors tend to look up very often. There’s also the likelihood that stopping and standing on a city centre street to

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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 The British and Irish Modern Music Institute (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

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Ireland’s Eye

A 15 minute boat ride from Howth on Dublin’s northside lies Ireland’s Eye, a beautiful and mostly untouched island. The only signs of human activity are two structures: a Martello Tower and the ruins of a church. It’s a hive of activity otherwise; the wildlife on offer is incredible, notably the many species of nesting birds. The most spectacular natural feature is the huge freestanding rock called “the Stack”, at the northeastern corner of the island, which plays host to a large variety of seabirds, including thousands of guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and gulls. There’s even a few breeding pairs of puffins. Grey seals are abundant in the sea around the isla

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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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