Christmas 2020 may be different in a lot of ways, but the city is opening up to welcome you safely from December 1st. Admire the winter window displays, grab a hot chocolate to ward off the chill, find the perfect Christmas gifts and wrap it all up with some top Dub hospitality.
Remember to wear a face covering, social distance and practice hand hygiene.
It’s been a rough year for all of us. As the evenings draw in and the weather gets cooler, it’s still vital that we stay active. Particularly as we’re all staying home more due to lockdown.
Whether it’s taking the kids to the park, getting a morning run in, or even a lunchtime walk, the benefits to mind and body health are proven. For now you’re limited to a 5km radius of your home, but we’ve assembled some resources to help you out.
Dublin City Council’s extremely popular ‘Winter Lights’ return for the third year this Christmas.
From December 1st to January 1st, 17 locations (see map) across the city are transformed with colourful projections and lighting displays to cheer us all up in what has been a challenging year.
“Dublin is always a special place at Christmas time,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu. “There’s no doubt Christmas 2020 will be different to previous years, but that doesn’t mean it will be any less magical. Winter Lights is becoming an important part of the Christmas tradition, and all of th
Ireland has moved from Level 5 to Level 3 restrictions from Tuesday 1st December.
Retail, museums, galleries and cinemas have re-opened with hospitality re-opening on Thursday 4th December. If you’re using public transport, please remember to travel outside of peak times as capacity is limited to 50%. Remember to wear a face covering, social distance and practice hand hygiene.
Please see gov.ie for the latest.
Women in business come from a diverse array of backgrounds, personalities and approaches. Women in Business Networks provide a forum for these entrepreneurs to come together and learn from each other.
We checked in with the Dublin City Local Enterprise Office (DCLEO) Women in Business Network and met some inspirational members.
Aine McGurk – Dainty Bear
Aine McGurk has a thriving retail and wholesale business selling Irish-designed baby shoes and accessories online at daintybear.com. As an IT graduate with a computer science background, Aine found herself wanting more than her first job at Mic
The business owners in George’s Street Arcade are a diverse bunch, coming from the likes of Nepal, Poland, France and Venezuela. Join us as we meet them and learn about what brought them to one of Dublin’s best markets.
The much-loved George’s St Arcade is more than just a quick way to get to Drury St. It is a living breathing illustration of integration from all over the world, under one uniquely Dublin roof.
As we approached the green gates, we noticed an impeccably dressed lady with blossom in her hair; floating gracefully from stall to stall, greeting its inhab
HALFTONE is the ideal place where to get to grips with a diversity of printing techniques while discovering new work for your collection or finding an excellent present. It is a great opportunity to purchase fantastic artworks at enviable prices!
The Library Project is closed to the public during Level 5. However, with strict precautions in place, it is possible to visit the space by appointment only. Book a time slot that suits you while they are available, exclusively if you reside within a 5km radius of The Library Project.
HALFTONE is an initiative by PhotoIreland, hosted every year
Santa’s Grotto is coming to EPIC on 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th December.
After a busy year, Santa and his elves are back at EPIC. They’ve spent the last few months getting ready for the best Christmas ever and they can’t wait to see you all again! They have made a few changes to make sure they are complying with Covid restrictions in a safe and fun manner. Things will be a little different this year but we’ve thought of everything to make your visit extra special.
• Individual Visit to Santa in your Family Group
• A Printed Family Photo wi
Imagining Ireland: Martin Hayes Exclusive Worldwide Stream
The evolving soundtrack of Ireland, Imagining Ireland showcases the most exciting creative artists at work today.
For this one-off worldwide exclusive stream, arguably our leading traditional musician Martin Hayes leads an evening of authentic Irish music and virtuoso interplay. Performing live from NCH, Hayes is joined by jazz pianist Cormac McCarthy and Brian Donnellan on bouzouki, harmonium and concertina.
Rooted in the classical, folk and contemporary worlds, Martin Hayes founded the seminal Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming, whose self-titled debut album won the Meteor Choice
Ireland's first ever big-screen drive-in panto - The magical tale of Peter Pan, Wendy, and Captain Hook will be on giant screens for Ireland's first-ever drive-in panto on the grounds of Malahide Castle.
Due to the ongoing struggles associated with COVID-19, this year Sammy Sausages and Buffy will be brought to you in a new way, so you and your family can enjoy the show while adhering to government guidelines.
This has been made possible by funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and the Live Performance Support Scheme.
Starring Alan Hughes,
Rob Murphy & The Civic Panto Team Return to Spread Some Virtual Christmas Cheer This Year!
Join Dame Dottie and Friends in a special cinematic whirlwind tour around Pantoland. Dame Dottie will meet some of our favourite panto friends along the way. Meet Cinderella, Snow White, MooTube and more in this funny, sparkling show with plenty of dancing and sing-along favourites. Panto Mania at The Civic promises festive fun for all the family. Enjoy amazing special effects from the comfort of your own home, with a cinematic touch and Dame Dottie’s sprinkle of panto magic!
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The Windy Lady's Christmas LIVESTREAM
An anarchic and hilarious new show from Pom Boyd straight from axis theatre to your home.
Come see The Windy Lady dance at the crossroads where Stand Up and Theatre meet in this very special how where you’ll be invited into her madcap world of hairnets, turkeys, the healing power of a cuppa and Vladimir Putin.
A lesson in laughter and life The Windy Lady invites you to share the contents of her mind, her shopping bag and her biscuit tin.
Original, anarchic and very funny, Pom Boyd's The Windy Lady is a subve
Elisa Capitanio is a UX Designer at social media intelligence agency Storyful, and also runs her own independent abstract art business.
She came to Ireland nine years ago completely by chance. Living in Italy, she longed for a change of pace, so she left her home of Bergamo and moved to London. Dublin came calling with an opportunity for Elisa to try her hand at being a web designer, so she packed her bags for a second time and moved country again. Since then, Ireland has become her permanent home and has inspired her art.
She chose Dublin for its fast market and inspiring tech community.
Of working in Dublin’s tech industry, Elisa said:
Three feelings sum up the Arts Sector’s response to COVID–19. Firstly, a feeling of doom and nothing seeming to work. Secondly, a sense of paralysis, coupled with a curiosity about what might work. Thirdly, there’s an optimism about the future, and a fierce determination to survive and thrive in this trying time.
I don’t think these feelings are confined to the Arts Sector, of course, and these feelings alternate with each other even over a single day. Arts organisations are faring better than individual artists. Jobs have some protection, but freelance work sadly does not. Individual artists that have very low incomes, in any case, have lost al
Following a recent major agreement between the Government and the Hague based Permanent Court of Arbitration there is a significant opportunity for Dublin to become a centre for dispute resolution.
Dublin has a huge amount to offer as an international arbitration venue, including a highly respected legal system. Following the UK’s departure from the EU, Ireland will also be the only fully common-law, English speaking country in the EU. Currently cities including Paris, Zurich and Stockholm have been seen as seats for arbitration, however newer places, including Dublin could now attract high profile cases. This has the potential to be a major boost to the econ
The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in many businesses facing an uncertain future, rethinking how they will make money. Many entrepreneurs have found a silver lining from their new circumstances in being given an unexpected opportunity to work on sustainable and ethical ideas as they reinvent their business.
Making your start-up or existing business sustainable or ethical is also 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 and reputation that will impact the bottom line of many businesses.
As the impact of the COVID–19 outbreak intensifies, businesses across Dublin are finding ways to diversify to survive the crisis and retain their staff. The virus is hitting our economy hard, and it’s creating a situation that’s well beyond the experience of most business owners. However, in these difficult times, many businesses have managed, with the support of their Local Enterprise Office, to adapt and shift to new products and services quickly.
Uniformal, an established uniform and corporate wear provider based in South Dublin, have been supplying Irish businesses with bespoke and premium ready-to-wear uniform solutions and workwear fo
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