Attention Dubliners: we’re incredibly lucky to inhabit a city with such foodie inclinations and a culinary largesse. Right now, Dublin offers an exquisite blend of Michelin-starred fare, outstanding street food, hipster eateries and friendly local restaurants. And let’s not forget the evolution of our drink culture either. We were once a city of avowed tea drinkers and pint lovers; we’re now as au fait with cocktails and customised artisan coffee blends as any seasoned mixologist or barista – and loving them. We’ve also fully embraced the juicing phenomenon, but still find time for a cuppa. Or three.
‘Would you like to take my card?’
On a sunny Sunday morning in early spring, we’ve accepted business cards from 16 artists having browsed their works on the railings of Merrion Square Park. A card is not just a card here – it’s a magic ticket for these artists, and many of their lives have been changed by the people who accept them.
Merrion Square’s outdoor art market is a real Dublin institution. It was first formally regulated by Dublin City Council in 1985, but as some of its veterans tell us, they were tying paintings to the railings long before that. It takes place every Sunday from 10am to 6pm on three sides of the park, as dozens of
The Liberties is one of Dublin's most characterful and historic districts. It owes its name to the fact that it was originally outside the jurisdiction of the city. So it was free to follow its own rules. In many ways, it's still doing that today.
UCD Global: Welcoming international staff and students
With a huge urban campus, state-of-the-art facilities and the largest student body of any university in Ireland, UCD welcomes hundreds of new international students every year and contributes significantly to Dublin’s diversity.
UCD prides itself on being Ireland’s global university. And it has international campuses and strong links to academic institutions in locations as far-flung as Beijing and M
Nubi Kayode – or Nubi Kay – was only planning to come to Dublin for his studies. However, after arriving in 2013, jobs with leading companies in the city’s tech sector kept him here.
After gaining experience at both Accenture and Stripe, he is now the Startup Programmes Lead at Paystack – which was acquired by Stripe for $200 million back in 2020. Now, he’s working with African startups – as he always intended.
During his time in Dublin, Derek O’Connor at Dublin.ie sat down with Nubi to find out about his experience in the city.
Most seasoned Dubliners probably feel like they’ve seen all the city has to offer: all the lush parks and historic Georgian rows, 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.
Getting ready for some Liffey kayaking
Dublin’s City Ka
Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the leading national development organisation working to enable the best possible quality of life for us all as we age.
Age & Opportunity Arts provides opportunities for older people to be more creative more often, to create meaningful participation and representation for all older people in cultural and creative life and to demonstrate and celebrate how our creative potential can improve with age.
Established in 1995, Bealtaine is one of Irelan
Green & Blue
Project Arts Centre
The award-winning Green & Blue explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict.
An officer from the Royal Ulster Constabulary in his green uniform and Eddie from An Garda Síochána, resplendent in blue, communicate via crackly radios until an explosive incident forces them to meet across a field only farmers know the location of.
Focusing on what it’s like to be hunted when you’re protecting a man-made line on the ground, the play looks at the societal and human cost of borders.
Winner of The Lus
Photographs as historical sources
National Photographic Archive
Are historians visually illiterate? Does colourisation bring old photographs to life or is it just a passing fad? ‘Coffee-table’ history books—good or bad? In conjunction with the ongoing People & Places: Ireland in the 19th & 20th Centuries exhibition at the National Photographic Archive, these are some of the questions that will be posed by editor, Tommy Graham, to Sarah-Anne Buckley (University of Galway), Emily Mark Fitzgerald (UCD), and Sara Smyth (exhibition curator, National Library of Ireland).
Most Peculiar Dreams
Set in 1950’s New York, Stage Musical ‘Most Peculiar Dreams’ centres around Irish American Family the Donnelly’s. Their son Shawn Donnelly Junior decides to miss his high school graduation ceremony in favour of leaving home to seek his fame and fortune. The show examines how chance encounters and small interventions, can influence a person’s fate and how utterly strange and unlikely our existence is. Book, songs and lyrics by Fergus Foran, the show tells a heart-warming story reflecting on love, family, friendships and how we triumph over loss.
Most Peculiar Dreams is an original
Ruining The Act
Anxiety, people pleasing, going through the motions, existential dread; what do we do to fight and continue putting on the Act? What is it to ruin the act? We’re going to lean into our reflexes. Send in the clowns. Take your money and leave you with nothing or leave you with everything. We know we can’t change the world in an hour, but we’ll try to.
RUINING THE ACT is a dance performance that both questions and celebrates how we, as people, perform. It’s a look inside the social construct of performance and what that means to the individual. RUINING THE ACT explores how we navigate
National Concert Hall
On June 10 and 11, the National Concert Hall, together with the Arts Council, present the 11th instalment of the Tradition Now Series.
This summer’s edition features main stage performances by Dublin folk act a lazarus soul on June 10 and a special one-off concert on June 11 Reflecting Migrations, in association with the Irish Traditional Music Archive, celebrating the living tradition, with Steve Cooney, Nava, Moxie, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, John Blake, Brían MacGloinn & Jesse Smith, Kseniya Rusnak, Esosa Ighodoro and more.
The series, which has garnered a growing audience, has evo
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