Take the weekend off

There's no better city than Dublin in which to spend a long lazy weekend; walk along the canal admiring the swans, sup a coffee in town watching the world go by, maybe do a little yoga in the local park. But one of Dublin's greatest attributes is its proximity to some of Europe's most beautiful cities. You can fly out on Friday evening, come back on Sunday night and feel like you've truly experienced another culture. Here are six glorious European cities that are only a couple of hours away:

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Driverless minibus to take to streets of Dublin

The first driverless public transport vehicle in Ireland will take to the streets of Dublin this morning. The electrically-powered fully autonomous shuttle can carry up to 15 passengers. Built by French autonomous vehicle technology company, Easymile, the EZ10 shuttle is already in daily use in a number of locations around the world. It uses a range of technologies to drive and guide itself and is capable of operating on existing roadways, without any need for changes to infrastructure. Yesterday the vehicle was introduced to the area around the north quays in Dublin, from the Convention Centre to the Three Arena, so it could learn the routes. For the next two days, without a driver, it will carry passengers along that 1km stretch of the Docklands to demonstrate the future of mobility, which experts say includes autonomous vehicles powered by renewables.

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Dublin VegFest

Griffith College Campus

Dublin Vegfest is back with a two-day celebration of a vegan lifestyle. It is the country’s biggest vegan food event with a large outdoor area, Speakers area, Vegan Food Village and Chill Zone. Expect vegan cheeses, falafels, burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, ice cream, chocolates, healthy salads, cakes and drinks. There’ll be cruelty free cosmetics and body care producers too. Diet and nutrition talks by experts, demo’s, performances & lots more! We’re expecting thousands of people to flock down over the weekend. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the event! Everyone is welcome to try

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Culture Night

Switch on Culture Night with venues and public spaces across Dublin as they open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture. This year, it will take place on Friday 21st September 2018. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.

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Dublin Festival of History

Various Locations

The Dublin Festival of History is pleased to announce that Anne Applebaum, Michael Palin and Helen Rappaport will be speaking at the 2018 Festival which takes place from 24th September to 7th October in various city venues including Dublin City Council libraries and Printworks Dublin Castle. All events are free. The full festival programme can be found here. Decade of Commemorations anniversaries will feature strongly in the 2018 programme as well as a myriad of history topics with lectures, walks, discussion, exhibitions and film on the packed programme. Selected events: Helen

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Women's Aid - Purple Run 5K

Sandymount Strand

Walk, Jog, Run the Women's Aid 5K Purple Run. Have a great night as you walk, jog or run the Women's Aid 5K Purple Run to help women affected by domestic violence. The 5K event starts in Seán Moore Park just outside Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA clubhouse (where registration takes place). The route follows the perimeter of the park around in an anti-clockwise direction on the tarmac park path. Just before 1km the route leaves the park and hits the beach. The route follows the beach before ascending Sandymount promenade. It follows the promenade to the end before descending again to the beach

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An evening in Dublin with Carter McLean

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Carter was born in San Francisco and shortly thereafter moved to Connecticut. This is where McLean listened to and fell in love with music and especially the drums. At age 10, he started his journey as a musician. Broadway wasn't even on his radar when he started working at Manny's Music in Manhattan just prior to 9/11. The self-taught musician had just wrapped up his studies at University of Colorado, Boulder and was hoping to land a gig with someone like Sting, Peter Gabriel or Paul Simon. But then, while working his shift and playing at the store, he got noticed by a vet of Stevie Wonder's

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Dublin Sportsfest 2018

Various Locations

The first ever Dublin Sportsfest will bring together the people, the clubs, the sports and the spaces of Dublin in a celebration of sport and physical activity in our city. Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership's flagship event will take place during the European Week of Sport. The festival will comprise of a week-long programme of innovative events & promotions across many of the sports clubs resident in the City in addition to Dublin City Council's facilities, parks and urban spaces. The focus will be on encouraging sustainable participation across all ages, backgrounds and ab

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Oktoberfest Dublin

George's Dock

When would you get the chance to sing and dance along to an authentic Bavarian Brass Band on your lunch break? Well, now you can  - come on down to Oktoberfest in George's Dock and listen to the traditional Bavarian band Mostland Stürmer followed by Bavarian DJ Udo, playing traditional music from the region. Opening Hours Mondays: closed Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm – 11:30pm Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 4pm | 5pm – 11:30pm Sunday: 12:30pm – 4pm | 5pm – 10:30pm Free admission except Thursdays (8eur after 6pm), Fridays and Saturdays after closing hour (4pm to 5pm) from 5pm to 1

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Great Dublin Bike Ride

Merrion Square

Sport Ireland, in conjunction with Cycling Ireland has teamed up with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Dublin City Council, Healthy Ireland and Fingal County Council for the Great Dublin Bike Ride, which will be held on the 23rd September in Dublin. It is a bike ride for all abilities novice to expert. 70km or 105km routes. This event will be a flagship event in Ireland for the European Week of Sport. On the 23 September 2018, up to 7,000 riders will set out from Merrion Square to take part in the Great Dublin Bike Ride. The event will offer a 70km route for those looking for

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    Tonight's the night... Culture is catching across the entire island of Ireland! 1600+ amazing venues are opening their doors after hours to host a programme of FREE cultural events, as part of #CultureNight #OícheChultúir 2018! Explore the programme at https://t.co/Ga4YCupuNT! https://t.co/G3xqP26AGK

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    Don't miss the Night of the Living Dead 50th Anniversary Screening on Thursday 4th October with a new reimagined score from Matthew Nolan & Stephen Shannon. https://t.co/C3ZZnWLNQY Here's a short excerpt below https://t.co/nyoK9szHyH

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    Some of the DFFF team with Prof. Laura Mulvey at her talk in Dublin. Signing our posters like the feminist icon that she is. Come to our annual table quiz next Thurs at The Generator and you can win one! https://t.co/SJdwpC8gCE

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Meet a Dubliner – Christina Murphy, Elephant Keeper

I moved here a few years ago from Atlanta, Georgia and started working at Dublin Zoo. We’ve had six new calves here in the last three years. All those babies were born here so that makes them Irish! But really, Ireland has fantastic weather for Asian elephants because they like mild rainy days. Sometimes you will even see them going swimming more on rainy days. Christina Murphy. Images: Dublin Zoo

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Degrees of Research

What’s being discovered at Dublin’s third-levels? Postgraduate degrees are increasingly useful for people who want to stand out in the jobs market. Much of the focus here has tended to be on taught masters programmes, but the skills picked up during a masters by research or a doctoral (PhD) programme are invaluable: you will learn about how to research and evaluate information and then effectively communicate what you have learned. We spoke to four students about their research projects and what’s next for them. Lisa Koep, PhD candidate at the school of marketing in DIT’s college o

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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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The Third Level: IADT

IADT is Dublin’s Institute of Art Design and Technology and inside the walls, it’s alive with ideas, creativity - and a girl who hula-hoops every single day! The college is situated in Dún Laoghaire – Dublin’s picturesque coastal town - and it’s home to 2,300 students and staff. Being only 12km from the city centre means “the students have the option of hanging out in Dún Laoghaire or making the trip to the city centre” says Students’ Union president, Alice Hartigan. Conveniently, it’s on the 46A bus route, the one they voted Dublin’s favourite bus route of all time: check out the views from the top deck!

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Meet a Dubliner – Ailbhe Keane, Izzy Wheels

When Izzy was little she always said that her favourite thing about being in a wheelchair was that her shoes never got dirty. They looked brand new every day and the lights never ran out in her favourite light-up runners. However, her real shoes were her wheels. I remember we used to decorate her wheelchair for birthday parties and Halloween. We filled them with fresh flowers once when she was a flower girl for a wedding. At Christmas, we used to put tinfoil and lights around the wheels and lots of tiny Christmas decorations for the Xmas family show.

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