Iconic Irish buildings are going red today to mark the start of Chinese New Year

For the past three years prominent buildings have been lit up to highlight the importance of the Irish Chinese community. Civic buildings across the country are to be lit up by red lights to celebrate Chinese New Year, in what's been described as "great PR" for Ireland. For the third year in a row, some of our best-known buildings will be illuminated this week to celebrate the Year of the Dog. In Dublin, the Convention Centre, the Guinness Storehouse, the Mansion House, the National Concert Hall, and St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre will all go red. Dublin's Chinese New Year has a number of events planned between this Friday and 4 March to celebrate the beginning of the lunar year. As part of the Year of the Dog, a number of events are planned that incorporate man's best friend, including Tall Tail, a production in the Smock Alley Theatre, and dog life-drawing classes. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said that China is an important emerging market and one that Tourism Ireland is "committed to growing over the coming years". He told TheJournal.ie: "Chinese travel market biggest in the world – last year 70,000 Chinese tourists visited Ireland. Each year those numbers are doubling, so there's rapid growth there. The joint Irish-British visa scheme, introduced in 2014, is also a huge boost for Chinese tourists to the island of Ireland. Around 400,000 visit the UK each year, and the joint scheme allows people to 'tag on a holiday in Ireland'." In terms of lighting buildings up for Chinese New Year, Gibbons says that from a marketing perspective, it's very important.


This Land is Your Land, this Land is Ireland

Dublin was never on Anna Grimard’s trajectory. Now, an MSc in Marketing, a red-haired fiancé and a managerial role with an award-winning Irish travel company later, she tells us all about what Liffeyside life has to offer. Originally from Florida, it took a while – and a hint from Hollywood – before Anna ended up crossing the Atlantic. “I did my undergrad in advertising in Georgia, in the States, so I was in Atlanta for three years. When I left, I kinda moved around a bit… I ended up in Tennessee, working at a children’s non-profit museum, which was super fun – but I was so obsessed then with getting something in advertising.” At the time, jobs in her fiel

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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2018

Across Dublin

Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) year-on-year celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship. DCNYF is a Dublin City Council initiative and works closely with the Chinese Community in Ireland to present a diverse and exciting festival. In 2018, from February 16th to March 4th, the festival will celebrate The Year of the Dog and marks the 11th year of this internationally recognised festival.

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More homes, hospitals and transport links in Govt plans

This is a plan that aims to prepare the country for a population expansion of around one million people over the next 20 years. It will prioritise the building of schools, houses, roads and hospitals to meet the needs of that growing population. It means too that 550,000 homes will have to be built over the next 20 years or so. There will be a focus on economic development in Dublin and in cities and towns outside the capital. While Dublin city will have to grow upwards, towns such as Athlone, Sligo, Drogheda, Dundalk and Letterkenny will also be economic growth centres. There will be a budget of around €1 billion to regenerate rural towns. Linking it all together will be an improved transport system that includes new motorways such as the one between Cork and Limerick. There will be an emphasis too on the Atlantic Corridor, which aims to improve transport links all the way from Donegal to Cork. In the midlands, around €460 million will be spent on a new motorway between Longford and Mullingar. Dublin Airport will get a second runway, while Knock and Donegal airports will get increased investment.


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The Gaiety Theatre

The Gaiety Theatre presents Druid’s major new production of John B. Keane’s most famous play, Sive, in a welcome return to The Gaiety Theatre. Following on from their award-winning productions of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (2016, 2017) and Big Maggie (2016), Druid commences another busy year with this giant of the Irish canon. The production runs at the Gaiety Theatre from 26th January until 3rd March. Nana and Mena bicker and provoke one another in the small smoky cottage in which they live with Sive and Mena’s husband, Mike. While Nana dotes on her illegitimate granddaughter, Sive,

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Look Back in Anger

Gate Theatre

John Osborne’s groundbreaking play, Look Back in Anger focuses on the life and marital struggles of Jimmy Porter, an intelligent, rebellious young man and his upper-middle class wife, Alison. Tackling themes of sex, class, religion, politics, the media, and the sense of a country stifled by an official establishment culture, Look Back in Anger is widely considered to have changed the course of English drama in the 1950’s. Award-winning director, Annabelle Comyn, takes a fresh look at this world-renowned, blistering play, at a time when class and gender politics are once again to the fore.

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The Approach

Project Arts Centre

Listen carefully … Three women. Three conversations. As the details of what they share begin to diverge, we realise that a subtle game of survival is being played. Both psychological puzzle and quietly devastating tragedy, The Approach explores the inner lives of Anna, Cora and Denise as they desperately try to make sense of their world. What will their conversations reveal? And what does each of them have to hide? Starring three of Ireland’s leading actors: Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O’Sullivan, The Approach is Mark O’Rowe’s first new play since the smash

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Scene + Heard Festival

Smock Alley Theatre

We believe that Art is supposed to REACH its audience. We believe that it is the prerogative of the work to sometimes not work. We also believe that the AUDIENCE should be instrumental to the development of ART. Is is for that reason that Scene + Heard was born. A festival of New Work across Music, Theatre, Comedy, Dance and Spoken Word genres. We asked the ARTIST to bring their most original, thought provoking, funny and heart wrenching ideas to our stages to inspire our AUDIENCES and to encourage them to give HONEST feedback on the work in development that they see.

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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2018

Across Dublin

Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) year-on-year celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship. DCNYF is a Dublin City Council initiative and works closely with the Chinese Community in Ireland to present a diverse and exciting festival. In 2018, from February 16th to March 4th, the festival will celebrate The Year of the Dog and marks the 11th year of this internationally recognised festival.

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Abbey Theatre

A new play by Margaret Perry, Porcelain weaves past and present, myth and fact to explore the parallel stories of two Irish women. Tipperary, 1895. Bridget Cleary’s not feeling quite herself. Her husband believes she has been taken by fairies and a changeling left in her place, with devastating consequences. London, 2017. Hat is a new mother. She has a great life. So why does she want to disappear? The real-life tragedy of Bridget Cleary provides a harrowing backdrop to a modern-day thriller.

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  • DCNYF Dublin Chinese NYF

    Take a look at these new year’s greetings from @PresidentIRL, @LordMayorDublin, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Yue Xiaoyong and Irish ambassador to China Eoin O’Leary https://t.co/B5RHSRU9sB https://t.co/JIQNalP3Rr

  • DublinDanceFest DublinDanceFestival

    Wishing everyone good fortune for the Chinese New Year! Check out Dublin Chinese New Year Fest for celebrations in Dublin! #yearofthedog #DublinChineseNewYear https://t.co/z1UcpLHBcK

  • DublinTown DublinTown

    We’re getting in the spirit today in #DublinTown HQ as Today sees the start of the #chinesenewyear #yearofthedog and the start of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival @DCNYF see https://t.co/msAKuiRDhI for details. https://t.co/djHrWz8Jvz

  • VisitDublin Visit Dublin

    Dublin’s culinary scene continues to grow from strength to strength; the team at #HeronandGrey in Blackrock feature in @CNTraveler’s 2018 Gold List of best restaurants in the world! Huge congrats to the team 🙌 🍴 https://t.co/n9qqb8PLdw https://t.co/LEWoTpAsdc

  • DailyTrend_ie DailyTrend

    Check out the events taking place for the Dublin Chinese New Year 2018 #ChineseNewYear2018 #ChineseNewYear #Dublin https://t.co/WehJ7rNe4u

  • DublinFilmFest Dublin Film Festival

    HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR. To celebrate we are hosting a Hong Kong Season - to celebrate the diversity and range of work of contemporary Hong Kong Cinema; the largest film industry in the world after Bollywood and Hollywood. #ADIFF18 https://t.co/bWTybRWeMR https://t.co/pr8WaTOO8z

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