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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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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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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Summer Sundays on College Green

College Green

Summer Sundays on College Green - Drawing, Curiosity, Clowns and Carnival. From Drawing in the City featuring sketching classes and 3D pavement illusions, to Explore & Create with Science & Technology attractions from the past, present and future, to City Carnival's Jugglers and Mime Artists - there's something for everyone at Summer Sundays on College Green. For three Sundays in a row July 21st, July 28th and August 4th, Dublin City Council will present this series of three great events. Sunday July 21st Drawing in the City - Inspired by artists such as Claude Monet, Walter

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The Rose Festival

St Anne's Park

Dublin City Council Parks & Landscape Services are delighted to announce that the Annual St Anne's Rose Festival for 2019. This year's festival is jam-packed with activities for the whole family with a whole host of things to see and do. From The Big Dig, Archaeology workshop to Wooly Wards Farm and the Big Bear Planetarium for the kids, or maybe take a tour of the Biodiversity Village? There will also be live music and dance on both days from 1.00pm. And of course, there will be plenty of beautiful plants and flowers, amongst other items for sale too. As well as delicious treats to kee

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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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Macy Gray

The Sugar Club

Macy Gray has been overturning fan expectation and industry formula since kicking off her music career with her debut 1999 CD, On How Life Is. A gifted songwriter and dazzlingly singular singer, that musical calling card spawned the classic single I Try, and both the CD and single were massive global hits. They kicked off a career ride that includes two Grammys, two MTV awards, with over 25 million units sold, and a thriving acting career. What awards and sales figures fail to illustrate is the depth and breadth of Macy's artistry. In an industry increasingly stifled of real artists, she'

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Teddy Bear's Picnic

Blackrock Park

Teddy Bear's Picnic - Summer wouldn't be summer without the "bear" necessities. Back in Blackrock with all the necessities for your bear to have a great afternoon out. Teddy Bears Picnic will be a celebration of all things Teddy with lots of fun, games and surprises all over the park. Everybody, young and old is invited to bring their bears and blankets to the picnic in Blackrock Park. We want to see all kinds of Teddy Bears - old, new, dressed up, dressed down, short and tall. If your Teddy needs special care and attention, there'll be free bear care and checkups with minor repairs availab

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Donnybrook Draft 2019

Energia Park

Donnybrook are hosting our third annual Draft tournament! The Draft is a unique tournament with a strong focus on a social but competitive atmosphere. There will be 16+ pairs of captains, each with an allocated amount of points. The captains use these points to select players. The more touch experience a player has, the more points they will cost. So beginners will be in high demand! The tickets include a BBQ lunch and after the tournament there will be games, social activities and mixers. Followed by a night out, if it is at all possible we would implore you to come!

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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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Waiting For Godot

Smock Alley Theatre

A country road. A tree. Evening. Vladimir and Estragon wait endlessly for the arrival of Godot, discussing religion, contemplating suicide and crotch rot in a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes and nonsense. A tragicomedy in Two Acts – Beckett's play pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post World War II Europe and man's inexhaustible search for meaning. This play remains one of the most beautiful and allegorical of our time. Written by: Samuel Beckett. Directed by: Patrick Sutton. Cast: Charlie Hughes, Dónal Courtney, Gerard Byrne, Rex Ryan.

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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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