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 them, you hear the language of addiction, of love, of religion even. Welcome to Sandycove’s famous Forty Foot and its crew of year-round swimmers. It’s almost like a cult. But the freezing water keeps things real.

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Is Amazon planning to invest €600m in fourth Dublin data centre?

Rumours that Amazon is building a fourth data centre in Dublin are gaining pace and now a €600m investment figure and hundreds of have been tagged. E-commerce and cloud giant Amazon is understood to be preparing to build a new data centre in Dublin. Amazon has a number of data centres in Dublin, chiefly in Clonshaugh in north Dublin and Tallaght, south-west Dublin. Since the start of the year, reports have been circulating that the company is planning to locate its fourth data centre in the city in Tallaght, where it bought a site that was previously the base of warehouse firm Barretts. However, another report this weekend in The Sunday Times suggests the site of the fourth data centre could be in Clonshaugh and that planning permission has been sought for a new 14,000 sq metre data centre.


The Third Level: Food for Thought

What sets Europe’s largest culinary school apart? The School of Culinary Arts, DIT Cathal Brugha Street has been blazing trails for 75 years. met with the Head and Assistant Head of the school, Dr Frank Cullen and Mike J. O Connor to find out what sets Cathal Brugha Street apart and what the future and the move to DIT’s new centralised campus at Grangegorman hold. The School opened its doors in June 1941 as Saint Mary’s College of Domestic Science. In the 1950s the college changed to cater to the needs of a growing tourism industry, becoming the Dublin College of Catering. In the

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Joyce’s Dublin Puzzle

In James Joyce’s most famous work ‘Ulysses’, Leopold Bloom quips that a good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub. Clever ad man that he is, Bloom is always coming up with brilliant ideas and this is another: the world’s first anti-pub crawl. The puzzle stumped Dubliners for years. Until 2011 when it was solved by software developer Rory McCann. Six years on decided to check out the route to see if it’s still pub-free. But before we got started, we wanted to talk to an expert – preferably someone who’d done the route before. We f

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Dublin International Film Festival – 10 Must-Sees

The programme for the Audi Dublin International Film Festival has just arrived, and film buffs across the nation are already salivating at the prospect of a ten-day viewing orgy of choice cinematic delights. ADIFF Director Grainne Humphreys and her team have assembled another programme that offers the finest in contemporary world cinema alongside the finest in homegrown contenders - indeed, the local contingent makes a particularly strong showing this year, confirming that this is indeed a new golden age for Irish cinema. Add to that a rake of screen classics and cool offsite events, not to mention a guest list that ranges from screen idols (Cillian Murphy) to icons (Vanessa Redgrave). Below, we've singled out some of the titles we're most excited about - get stuck into the ADIFF programme yourself, and here's a tip - book early to avoid disappointment.


The 24 Hour Plays: Dublin 2017

Abbey Theatre

After sold-out shows in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, The 24 Hour Plays: Dublin is back for the sixth year in a row to benefit Dublin Youth Theatre. Six short plays will be written, rehearsed and presented all within 24 hours by the best of Irish writing and directing talent and over two dozen of Ireland’s most recognized and beloved stars of stage and screen. A team of over 30 theatre technicians, including producers from The 24 Hour Company in New York, will facilitate the work. This will be the 6th annual presentation of The 24 Hour Plays: Dublin as a special gala fundraising event

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What's On

The Pillowman

Gaiety Theatre

Decadent Theatre Company, in association with the Arts Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, are embarking on a 2016/2017 tour of Martin McDonagh’s award winning, The Pillowman, and will grace the Gaiety stage from Tuesday 24th – Sunday 5th February 2017. Following standing ovations in theatres across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2015, this production marks the second national tour of this dark but brilliant tragicomedy. The Pillowman, winner of two Tony Awards and Olivier Award for Best New Play, engages the audience through the police interrogation of a

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Under Surveillance & Zeitgeist

Project Arts Centre

On January 25th and 26th at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, the Goethe-Institut Irland presents two events that consider and explore data privacy in our digital age: On Wednesday January 25th, the Goethe-Institut and Connect the Dots present “Under Surveillance”, a dinner and discussion about digital information, data protection and identity. While data may indeed be the key to unlocking a better future, we often get swept away in the positive, almost rapturous language that surrounds new technological developments. This leaves us little time to reflect on the effects on our identity, on our

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Bow St. Sessions

The Sugar Club

Bow Street Sessions – brought to you by Jameson and Hot Press – returns to Dublin on Thursday, January 26, where the stars of the show will be the extraordinary Booka Brass and agro-soulsters Barq, along with rising urban electronic singer-songwriter Soulé. The Sugar Club is set to welcome Booka Brass, the high-energy masters of the live arena along with genre-bending Dublin four-piece Barq. Soulful singer Soulé will also make a special appearance on the night. It promises to be a very special evening in The Sugar Club, which will see collaborations and surprises from what are some

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Keith Barry-Hypnomagick

Olympia Theatre

Fresh from teaching Morgan Freeman & Woody Harrelson a whole new bag of tricks for the movie “Now You See Me 2“, Keith Barry returns to The Olympia Theatre for four nights only on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th January, and Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th February 2017. Keith Barry-Hypnomagick will be Keith's craziest, most magical and hypnotic show to date. Prepare to have your mind blown with original, never seen before feats of mind-reading and magic, coupled with hilarious hypnotic demonstrations that will leave your sides aching with laughter. The show will involve demonstrat

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Hula Hoops National Cup Final

National Basketball Arena

After a thrilling weekend of Hula Hoops Cup semi-final action hosted in Neptune Stadium and Parochial Hall in Co. Cork (read more about that here), the schedule for the Hula Hoops National Cup finals has officially been announced today. The finals will take place in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 27th, 28th and 29th. The Schedule for the weekend is as follows: Friday 27th January 2017 (Session 1) 18:00 IWA National Cup Final: Limerick Scorpions/Fr Mathews v NI Knights/Killester 20:00 Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup Final: BFG N

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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2017

Across Dublin

This year, the Year of the Fire Rooster marks the 10th anniversary of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival which will take place between 28th January to 12th February 2017. It’s two packed weeks of insightful talks, fun and flavoursome food events, cultural curiosities, thrilling tours and masterful musical performances. It celebrates diversity and inclusiveness helping to enhance China-Ireland relations and friendship through festive celebrations. Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) is the perfect opportunity for Dubliners to explore this fascinating culture and discover more about

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