Your guide to live, work, invest & study in Dublin

Meet author Ronán Hession, aka Mumblin’ Deaf Ro

“Dublin for me has always been a place to live. It’s always felt like a place where communities are, and a lot of it is not always obvious to the outsider. It’s a suburban city.” Ronán Hession is a Dub through and through. The author, musician, civil servant, husband and father was raised between Beaumont and the north inner city and now resides in Portmarnock. We sat down to chat about his creativity, grá for Dublin and what he’s looking forward to doing in the city post-lockdown. Ronán’s debut novel, Leonard and Hungry Paul, came out in 2019. In 2021, it was chosen for the

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Current COVID-19 restrictions

Ireland has been under Level 5 restrictions since midnight on 30th December 2020. From 12th April 2021 and on into May, new measures will begin to take effect on a phased basis. From 12 April: Travel: You can travel within your county or within 20km of your home if crossing county boundaries. Schools: In-school teaching to fully return. Meeting other households: You can meet one other household outside, but not in your garden or theirs. Construction: All residential construction can restart as well as early-learning and childcare project.s Museums, galleries and cinemas remain closed. Caf

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Dublin as a Learning City

Lifelong learning is crucial to the quality of an individual’s life. It boosts self-esteem, increases employability, helps individuals meet new people from a range of backgrounds and transcend social boundaries, all while enriching local communities. That’s why Dublin has joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) and formally became a Learning City in 2019. The initiative seeks to promote the various ways people can learn something new, both inside and outside the classroom, through traditional and non-traditional methods. It aims to ensure that educati

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Bridging the Digital Skills Gap for young people

You may be tempted to believe that the next generation of our digitally native Gen-Z-bred workforce is already equipped with all the digital skills they’ll ever need. That’s not always the case, though. Despite their hunger to learn, a significant amount of young people lack access to digital training, devices, and Wifi. For those with access, mastering social media promotion is still not enough. Our modern workplace also requires an understanding of project management, analysis and presentation skills. The Digital For Youth (Enactus Programme), started by a group of University College Dublin s

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Making Dublin City Climate Resilient

When we look back at Dublin’s storied history, it’s clear that we are merely part of a long line of caretakers of the city. Here to ensure future generations get to enjoy all that Dublin has to offer, from the city’s rich natural habitats in the Dublin Bay Biosphere to the Phoenix Park and along the rivers and canals. However, we know that what we once thought was an infinite resource is under threat, and we can no longer sit idle. 2030 has been set as a vital deadline for reaching the goals set out by the Paris Agreement, aiming to turn the tide and take climate action. In 2019, Dublin City Council (DCC) published its

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Virtually visit attractions

With COVID-19 restrictions, Dublin’s attractions are currently closed. Tour them here in the meantime, and make sure to visit when they’ve re-opened. National Gallery of Ireland Explore the wonders of the National Gallery of Ireland’s stunning collection in full on their website. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

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What's On

Eclipsed

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Our February 2020 performance online of Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan. This is an award winning play set in a Magdalene laundry during the 1960’s. It is one of the first plays to tell the story of the Magdalene laundries and was inspired by Patricia’s own experience as a young novitiate. Her play highlights the plight of four women who struggle to bear the austerity of their existence and desire to break the shackles of this landmark of societal repression. This is a poignant, funny, moving and sad play. We are starkly reminded of the brutal intolerance of ‘female deviance’ in our

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The PERCOLATE Talks

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Two of Ireland’s most innovative, expert and powerful storytellers talking about their craft! Bewley's Café Theatre, as part of its new writing venture PERCOLATE, are proud to present two Public Interviews with leading theatre artists about the creation of their work, their processes and experiences. On April 21, Mark O'Halloran will be in conversation with Eugene O'Brien and on April 22, Louise Lowe will be in conversation with Veronica Coburn. Both events start live at 7pm and are free to the public. Audiences will need to register to receive a link for each event. In November

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Climate Comedy Night

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Axis Ballymun and Viral Comedy Club are delighted to present a night of comedy in celebration of Earth Day as part of #AxisGreenArts. Join us from 8.15pm online and laugh your way to lower emissions with a host of funny folk including... Pauline Shanahan (Vodafone Comedy Festival) Ian Lynam (Dublin Fringe Festival) Diane O'Connor (Electric Picnic)Anne Gill (Bright Club) Chris Kent (Vicar Street / The Young Offenders) Don't miss this intimate evening of comedy and craic as we celebrate our planet and support a greener and sustainable future. Viral Comedy Club is an organi

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The Visiting Hour

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“You used to swing me on our garden gate.  In and out, out and in, me, on top of the gate, safe because I was in your arms, my father's big strong arms.” Recalling events that may or may not have happened, people he may or may not have known, an elderly father weaves his life, funny, angry, poignant, as if in a dream.  His daughter, perched outside his window, as close as the pandemic allows, responds with conflicting memories.  They sing and argue, they broach dangerous ground, their profound love apparent despite themselves, until the visiting hour is up. This moving new play ab

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The Sculptors – Sculpture Dublin Lecture Series with Paula Murphy

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This lecture introduces some of the major sculptors who worked in Dublin in the nineteenth century and their practice. About this Event Sculpture Dublin Lecture Series with Paula Murphy Sculpture Dublin is presenting a series of six lectures on public sculpture in Dublin delivered by lecturer Paula Murphy. The lectures, which are being filmed in the City Hall, explore public sculpture in Dublin from different viewpoints. This series of lectures focuses on the historic work in the city. Contemporary sculptural practice in Dublin will be explored with The Hugh Lane and The LAB Gallery.

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Bealtaine at Home

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Bealtaine Festival at Home - Age & Opportunity's national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic  Bealtaine is again coming to you, at home! They're continuing the celebration by adding events, videos, and resources to their website. Check in with them regularly for updates. Established in 1995, Bealtaine is one of Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. The Festival has inspired a number of international festivals including Luminate in Scotland, Gwanwyn in Wale

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Our Stories

Where the Arts are now

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

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Arbitration: A Boost for Dublin’s Economy

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

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Profit With Purpose

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.

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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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