Brigit: Dublin City Celebrating Women returns from February 1st – February 6th! Brought to you by Dublin City Council, this city-wide celebration inspired by the Celtic goddess Brigit honours the contributions and achievements of women through the ages, promoting their immense contribution to our society, and welcoming the beginning of Spring.
Keep scrolling to discover inspiring tours, insightful talks, workshops, exhibitions, mesmerising performances, and more!
The jewel of Dublin’s music scene
Sometimes the queue for The Ruby Sessions is so long that it snakes down the stairs of Doyles pub and out the door around past the old plaque on the wall that says “Good times are coming/ Be they ever so far away” and down into the dark and puddles of Fleet Street.
If you find yourself that far back, your chances of getting in are very far away indeed. These are the nights when word has leaked out into the world that a ‘Very Special Guest’ will be taking to the mic of the renowned live music night. And for the price of a €10 charity donation, you too could be part of the intimate gathering that surrounds the candlelit stage
Professor Aoife McLysaght is one of the world’s leading genetics researchers. She is also a Lecturer in Genetics at Trinity College Dublin, as well as a past student.
She speaks to Karl Whitney at Dublin.ie about her experiences of studying and working at the prestigious university.
Trinity life, according to Aoife McLysaght
The thing that I find interesting and exciting: new ideas and trying to figure them out.
And that works better when you’ve got somebody to talk about it with. You learn from the experience of working with people who are
Looking for stars? Try BIMM
Spotted a famous musician in Dublin recently? There’s a fair chance they were coming out of TU Dublin’s school of commercial music – BIMM.
Situated on Francis Street in Dublin 8, the British and Irish Modern Music Institute – or BIMM – holds regular masterclasses for its students with world-class musicians.
Over the past decade, Imelda May, Danny O’Donoghue of The Script, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and even Hozier have paid surprise visits to BIMM’s students.
Izzy Wheels works with artists and top designers to transform wheelchairs into fashionable works of art. Today, the brand sells its wheelchair wheel covers to customers all over the world, but it all began right here in Dublin.
Sisters Izzy Keane and Ailbhe Keane founded the business back in 2016 when Ailbhe was a graphic design student at Dublin’s NCAD. Today, she is the company’s Creative Director.
Peter Varga spoke to Ailbhe Keane on behalf of Dublin.ie. She tells him about her path to entrepreneurship and the inspiration behind Izzy Wheels.
A different kind of museum experience
No street in Dublin illuminates the history of the city quite like Henrietta Street. The vast houses on this cobblestone street have run the gamut from Georgian grandeur to tenement squalor within the 300 years of their existence.
Now, Number 14 Henrietta Street has been restored as a museum. It tells the story of the house’s journey from being the grand residence of a family of four in the 1720s to becoming home to over 100 people by 1911.
The research history and personal stories are also a huge part of the experience.
All the big events of Irish history buffeted the residents here. The Ac
Dublin Lunar New Year returns for Year of the Rabbit in 2023.
Established in 2008, Dublin Lunar New Year (DLNY) celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the East Asian/Irish relationship year-on-year.
Dublin Lunar New Year is a Dublin City Council initiative and works closely with the East Asian Community in Ireland to present a diverse and exciting festival.
With its renaming in 2021, Dublin Lunar New Year strives to broaden and grow its engagement with all communities that celebrate the Lunar New Year which include China, Vietnam, South Korea, North Korea, Singapore, Thai
Pop-up Theatre in Historic Venues
In these free, pop-up, performances ground-breaking Irish female historical figures are brought to life tell their stories in iconic locations around Dublin city.
These non-ticketed events take place across the day on January 28th in sites with connections to the famous figures: EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, the Abbey Theatre, and The National Museum of Ireland: Decorative Arts and History.
Pop up Theatre: Lady Mary Heath
Venue: EPIC/ CHQ
Time: 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30
Pop-up Theatre: Teresa Deevy
Venue: The Abbey Theatre
Time: 1.00, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00
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An ordinary man, by virtue of his profession, becomes deeply entangled in some of the darkest secrets of his day and age.
The 1920s in Bulgaria are times during which two major military-political groups are entangled in a bitter struggle: the Military Alliance, the Democratic Union and the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization, on the one hand, and the United Front, on the other. Our hero is not an avid supporter of any of these factions, which allows him to remain relatively unbiased. But his dailystruggles and his account of his urban existence reflect the frantic atmosphere of t
Underthings – Comedy Tour of the Gallery
National Gallery of Ireland
Join Underthings - Improv, an improv and sketch duo, for a tour of the Gallery with a twist!
Underthings, like all comedians, are subconsciously determined to make themselves the focus of everything. But, for this tour, they will try their best to focus on the beautiful works of art, and not on their own petty existences. Spoiler: they will fail! They will also attempt to deal with some art-history conundrums. Would certain deities have been any good at Twister? Does God even like art? What are all those women with sun-dappled bottoms really thinking?
This tour is free and all are welcom
Tales from the Holywell
This world premiere Abbey production is a journey through Damien Dempsey’s life.
Directed by acclaimed Irish writer and director Conor McPherson, Tales from the Holywell sees one of Ireland’s great musical storytellers appear and perform onstage like never before.
This is a story of a young boy from Dublin’s northside finding his voice, his muse and his tribe.
Tales from the Holywell brings to the national stage, in words, music and song, a reflection on Damien Dempsey’s childhood, the early stages of his music-making and life as an Irish musician.
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The Rocky Horror Show
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of its sell-out tour, having been seen by over 30 million theatregoers.
The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter. It is an adventure they’ll never forget, filled with fun, frolics
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 these Dublin swimmers, you hear the language of addiction, love and even religion.
The perpetual appeal of Dublin’s Forty Foot
Welcome to Sandycove’s famous Forty Foot and its crew of year-round swimmers.
The business owners in George’s Street Arcade are a diverse bunch, coming from the likes of Nepal, Poland, France and Venezuela. We meet some of them to learn about what brought them to one of Dublin’s best markets.
How business is done at George’s Street Arcade
The much-loved George’s Street Arcade is more than just a quick way to get to Drury Street. It is a living breathing illustration of integration from all over the world, under one uniquely Dublin roof.
As Dublin.ie approached the green gates, it noticed an impeccably dressed lady with a blossom i
The importance of sustainable and social enterprises
Making your startup or existing business sustainable or ethical is a smart, future-proof option. Customers are now much more informed and aware of the environmental impact of their purchases. A more sustainable product or service will create a positive brand image that will impact the bottom line of many businesses.
Dr. Ruth Johnson is Dublin’s City Archaeologist and she is charged with protecting, managing and investigating the city’s oldest heritage – much of which is underground.
As well as conservation projects, Ruth has input into new developments across the city and a role in policy development advocacy. We spoke to her about how she works and what’s going on across the city – under the ground, in our oldest graveyards and in half-hidden houses.
In conversation with Dr. Ruth Johnson
Ruth began her career working on a community excavation project in Yorkshire, while doing her A-levels. This piqued her interest in archaeology and she went on to do
Conall Laverty is the founder and CEO of WIA, a start-up company that works with property owners and developers to deploy Internet of Things hardware to reduce cost and improve their buildings’ performance.
WIA provides a simple way for people and things to communicate with just a few lines of code. With over 10,000 clients across 100 countries, it has attracted €1 million in venture capital funding with backers including Suir Valley Ventures, Enterprise Ireland and NDRC. As a result, Conall has become a key figure in the global Internet of Things ecosystem.
Conall is one to watch. He h