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Going it Alone

What happens when you choose the road less travelled and forgo a full-time college course on leaving school? We chat to Craig Andrew about what he did instead. The Leaving Cert can seem like the biggest thing in the world when you’re 18. It’s going to define the rest of your life. You’ve got to work hard if you want a job. You’ve got to work even harder if you want a well-paid job. And you’re just lucky if you enjoy it. That’s how Craig Andrew and many others felt when they were that tender age. “It’s not like I didn’t try,” Craig says. “But nothing really spoke to me that much. So I applied for stuff I thought was relevant, with help from guidance co

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Irish Life to pre-fund €125m Dublin docklands development

Irish Life is to pre-fund a €125 million development in City Quay in the Docklands area of Dublin, due for completion next year. The 118,000 sq ft development, which is located at 13-18 City Quay, will employ up to 350 people during its delivery. Ownership of the building, which has already been let to Grant Thornton, will transfer to Irish Life on its completion from City Development Fund, which is a sub-fund of Targeted Investment Opportunities (TIO) .“We are delighted to get the City Quay project off the ground and look forward to seeing it through to completion. The pre-let to Grant Thornton and pre-funding agreement with Irish Life is further evidence of the strong fundamentals in the Dublin office market,” said Justin Bickle, chairman of TIO. “We have invested significant capital in Irish real estate in the past five years and continue to believe in Ireland’s economic growth prospects and job creation opportunities.” Among City Developments’ other projects is 8 Hanover Quay, which is now the European headquarters of AirBnB. TIO has also begun the development of 5 Hanover Quay, also due for completion next year, and 76 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, which includes office space and luxury apartments.

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The Enduring Legacy of George Bernard Shaw

The story of the plaque on George Bernard Shaw’s birth house on Synge Street offers a keen insight into Shaw’s relationship with his native country. The proposed wording, “He gave his services to his country, unlimited, unstinted and without price” was rejected by Shaw as “a blazing lie.” The plaque now simply refers to him as “author of many plays”. Shaw’s small Synge Street home, where he lived an impoverished youth, is perhaps a symbol of our uncertainty about Shaw. Once a museum, it now stands empty, its fate uncertain – but often the people of a city create their own monuments. Last December, the street artist Fink was working on a mural outsid

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Dublin Treasures: Phoenix Park Deer

The people, mammals, places and things that make Dublin special. A gang of lads. Shy, reserved, quiet. Just chewing the cud. Sure, every now and again there is a bit of jostling. Just like you would expect from a group of healthy young males. But there’s one thing you would not expect. And that’s the complete lack of interest in the women across the way. It’s almost like an old country ballroom. Men on one side. Women on the other. But come September, that will all change. Scents will be donned. Fights will be had. Women will be chased. Another generation will be born. So

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Dublin: One City, One Book

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Dublin: One City, One Book is an award-winning Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Public Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. The One City, One Book choice for 2017 is Echoland by Joe Joyce - A gripping thriller set in Dublin during World War Two About Echoland June, 1940. France is teetering on the brink of collapse. British troops are desperately fleeing Dunkirk. Germany is winning the war. Its next target is Britain . . . and Ireland. In neutral Dublin, opinions are divided. Some

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Damovo bridges call for 30 new jobs to connect with Dublin

Global tech business solutions player Damovo is creating 30 new jobs in Dublin. The new jobs will be based at the company’s Global Services Centre where it currently employs 26 people. Overall, Damovo employs 40 people in Ireland. The 30 new roles are primarily project management, project co-ordinators and Avaya technical support. Damovo offers a variety of enterprise communications solutions and services including unified communications and collaboration, enterprise networks, contact centres and global IT managed services.

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Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

Pavilion Theatre

“We don’t live in a Republic - we live in an economy.” Jim Nolan’s new play, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is a funny and richly entertaining, topical and provocative reflection on the Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration. Following its world premiere at Garter Lane Theatre in 2016, the play tours nationwide this spring (March and April) opening in Waterford (birthplace of writer Jim Nolan) on March 20 and playing at 9 venues nationwide until April 8. Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016, the privately-owned Inishshannon Chronicle

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Five Lamps Arts Festival 2017

Dublin North Inner City

The Five Lamps Arts Festival is a creative encounter at the heart of an inner-city community. It takes place every spring in Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. The mission of the festival is to promote community development and social inclusion through the arts and to showcase the uniqueness of this geographic area to residents and to visitors. The geographic location of the Festival centres around the ‘Five Lamps’ – a decorated lamp post with five lanterns dating from around 1880. The Five Lamps stand on an island at the junction of Portland Row, North Strand Road, Seville Place, Amie

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Falling Out Of Standing

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Falling Out Of Standing is the visual art legacy set in film and the next stage to ANU & CoisCéim’s award-winning production These Rooms by artists David Bolger, Owen Boss and Louise Lowe. In 2016, These Rooms cross pollinated dance, theatre and visual art to thrust audiences into the events of one hundred years and explored the 1916 rebellion through the eyes of civilians at the moment when the uninvited rising invaded their homes in North King Street with devastating consequences in a work that investigated questions of dignity, belonging and dispossession. Set in 1966, the 50th

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Ledwidge

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The life of Francis Ledwidge will come to life right in front of you as a cast including Ethan Dillon as the titular character, with Katie Coyningham, Amy O'Dwyer, Katie O'Kelly and Ian Meehan in supporting roles takes to the stage. A call to arms, War Poet Francis Ledwidge (Ethan Dillon) is torn between his love for Shivvie (Katie O'Kelly) his friend and confidante and Ellie (Amy O'Dwyer). In spite of their fears he enlists in Captain Dunsany's (Ian Meehan) regiment and is dispatched to Suvla Bay. Excelling as a sniper, Ledwidge distinguishes himself at Gallipoli but the poet remains co

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Film Fatale presents: Masquerade

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Decadently elegant, Film Fatale returns with its most extravagant event yet: Masquerade at the RDS. A carnival of curiosities awaits you as Film Fatale brings to life the great masked balls of Vienna, Paris, St Petersburg and Venice. In the grand tradition of the Masquerade, don your masks and hide your beautiful faces among the dukes and duchesses, counts and courtesans. Revel in the spectacle. Take delight among the porcelain-faced ballerinas, jesters, flying-swan princesses and troubadours, or Cancan with the Film Fatale Follies. In the grand concert hall, you can waltz to the str

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International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

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The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is an annual event, celebrating contribution of gay people to theatre, past and present. The Festival was founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, in his native city. With an emphasis on new or recent international and Irish works with a broadly gay theme or relevance, the Festival has grown to become the largest event of its type in the world. The Festival creates new opportunities for visibility and affirmation for existing and emerging gay artists and theatrical works. The Festival’s criteria for inclusion into the pr

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Creative Dublin: The Design House

Half way down Dawson Street, nestled away in an old Georgian building, is the Design House – a thriving hub of creativity. The Design House was founded by Irish fashion designer, Bebhinn Flood. It’s the creative home to several in-house designers. With design and retail under the one roof, it’s like buying straight from the studios. The hallways host a gallery of art. Over 60 designers, mostly Irish, sell their creations here. Cutting-edge fashion, jewellery, bridal, vintage and a variety of crafts all in the one beautiful Georgian building. Not to mention the authentic Italian café in the basement, which has just

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Creative Dublin: Fuchsia MacAree, Illustrator

Dublin based illustrator Fuchsia MacAree has a range of work full of unusual characters, bright colours and quirky maps. She’s been freelancing since finishing college, working with a regular client base, taking on bigger projects and teaching part-time in NCAD. Dublin.ie sat down for a chat to find out more. Dublin.ie: How did you get into illustration? Fuchsia MacAree (FM): I’m from Killaloe originally. I studied Visual Communications in NCAD. I thought I wanted to do graphic design, then outside of college, I was illustrating for local magazines. I realised, illustration didn

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Fenu Health: From School Room to Startup

Secondary school is a time to hang out with your friends, do some study and grow as a person. But two teenage sisters at Loreto College on Stephen’s Green in Dublin have also found the time to found and develop Fenu Health, a thriving, multi-award winning equine health business with a worldwide customer base. Annie and Kate Madden, aged 15 and 16, are the eldest of four children. Annie is in third year and Kate is in fifth year. They live in Summerhill, Co Meath, with their parents and younger brother and sister. “We grew up with horses for sport, not business, and we’ve been riding since we could walk,” they say.

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Dublin in Blue

“There’s always been a bit of an audience for Blues in Dublin” On a dark Wednesday evening you walk into the Leeson Lounge on Upper Leeson Street. It’s a great place to take refuge from the rain, the cold, or whatever is on your mind. You grab a stool and a pint. Some musicians are playing. At first you don’t take any notice. Then something happens: your left foot starts tapping. Some of the songs feel old, or of a different time, but here there’s new life being given to them. Very soon it’s hard to take your eyes from the stage. The band is Los Paradiso, and the music they’re playing is the

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The Third Level: The Lir Academy

Grand Canal Dock is home to more than just the tech companies it’s famous for. That dark grey contemporary building with unusual green bubbles on the front is The Lir – Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art. Its courses are developed in association with London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and its reputation is enviable. Acting is not for the faint hearted though; it takes a certain type of determination and passion. ‘It’s…satisfying to me, going through a script and having to do it night and night again. Every moment is live and there is no second take’, explains final year acting student, Damian G

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