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Looking to experience the best of Dublin culture this summer? Check out our lists of great events and fascinating attractions.

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The Enterprising Liberties

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.

Merrion Square Open-Air Art Gallery

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Dublin Treasures – Merrion Open-Air Art Gallery

‘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

UCD Goes Global - With a huge urban campus and state-of-the-art facilities, University College Dublin welcomes hundreds of international students each year.

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UCD Goes Global

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

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Meet a Dubliner – Nubi Kayode, Entrepreneur

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. In convers

City Kyaking guide, Johnathon, paddling along Dublin's River Liffey

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Dublin Outdoors – City Kayaking

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

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Most Peculiar Dreams

The Helix

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

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Ruining The Act

The Complex

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

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Tradition Now

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

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Falling Through The Universe

The Little Theatre

Loughshinny actor, Declan Gorman, renowned for his interpretations of Joyce will give a one-off performance in The LIttle Theatre, prior to the London premiere of his solo show on Bloomsday. A telling of “The Dead” by James Joyce – framed in a personal memoir written & performed by Declan Gorman. January 1982, a young Irish emigrant walks into a German bar and reads a copy of “The Dead” over one evening. His life is changed forever!

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Sense and Sensibility

Newbridge House

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer at Newbridge House & Farm for a performance of  Sense & Sensibility as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society. This exquisite and lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility. Picnic in the beautiful gardens and enjoy a night of magical theatre under the stars.

Bloomsday Festival - A literary carnival in honour of James Joyce and his famous novel, Ulysses, that was set in Dublin on June 16th, 1904.

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Bloomsday Festival

Various Locations

Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. Celebrations often include dressing up like characters from the book and in clothes that would have been the style of the era. One of the hallmark fancy dress items of Bloomsday is the straw boater hat. Celebrations come in many differen

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blue sky and sea at forty foot

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The Forty Foot

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.

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Life on campus for the international student

Ireland might be a small country, but our universities and colleges are incredibly diverse. Every year, tens of thousands of students from over 130 countries come here to study.

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Diversity and unity at George’s Street Arcade

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

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Profit with Purpose: Three Dublin Social Enterprises

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.

Ruth Johnson - Dublin City Archaeologist charged with protecting, managing and investigating our oldest heritage.

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Ruth Johnson – Dublin City Archaeologist

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

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Startup Scene: WIA

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

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