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Open for Christmas

Christmas 2020 may be different in a lot of ways, but the city is opening up to welcome you safely from December 1st. Admire the winter window displays, grab a hot chocolate to ward off the chill, find the perfect Christmas gifts and wrap it all up with some top Dub hospitality. Remember to wear a face covering, social distance and practice hand hygiene.

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Winter Lights

Dublin City Council’s extremely popular ‘Winter Lights’ return for the third year this Christmas. From December 1st to January 1st, 17 locations (see map) across the city are transformed with colourful projections and lighting displays to cheer us all up in what has been a challenging year. “Dublin is always a special place at Christmas time,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu. “There’s no doubt Christmas 2020 will be different to previous years, but that doesn’t mean it will be any less magical. Winter Lights is becoming an important part of the Christmas tradition, and all of th

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Women in Business: Each One Different, but #StrongerTogether

Women in business come from a diverse array of backgrounds, personalities and approaches. Women in Business Networks provide a forum for these entrepreneurs to come together and learn from each other. We checked in with the Dublin City Local Enterprise Office (DCLEO) Women in Business Network and met some inspirational members. Aine McGurk – Dainty Bear Aine McGurk has a thriving retail and wholesale business selling Irish-designed baby shoes and accessories online at daintybear.com. As an IT graduate with a computer science background, Aine found herself wanting more than her first job at Mic

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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. Join us as we meet them and learn about what brought them to one of Dublin’s best markets. The much-loved George’s St Arcade is more than just a quick way to get to Drury St. It is a living breathing illustration of integration from all over the world, under one uniquely Dublin roof. As we approached the green gates, we noticed an impeccably dressed lady with blossom in her hair; floating gracefully from stall to stall, greeting its inhab

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Why invest in Dublin?

Exceptionally well-educated workers, four of Forbes's top Most Innovative Companies and all the vibrancy of a European capital city: Dublin is where you want to be.

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What's On

Halftone

Online/The Library Project

HALFTONE is the ideal place where to get to grips with a diversity of printing techniques while discovering new work for your collection or finding an excellent present. It is a great opportunity to purchase fantastic artworks at enviable prices! The Library Project is closed to the public during Level 5. However, with strict precautions in place, it is possible to visit the space by appointment only. Book a time slot that suits you while they are available, exclusively if you reside within a 5km radius of The Library Project. HALFTONE is an initiative by PhotoIreland, hosted every year

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Santa’s Grotto at EPIC

EPIC

Santa’s Grotto is coming to EPIC on 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th December. After a busy year, Santa and his elves are back at EPIC. They’ve spent the last few months getting ready for the best Christmas ever and they can’t wait to see you all again! They have made a few changes to make sure they are complying with Covid restrictions in a safe and fun manner. Things will be a little different this year but we’ve thought of everything to make your visit extra special. What’s included • Individual Visit to Santa in your Family Group • A Printed Family Photo wi

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Imagining Ireland: Martin Hayes Exclusive Worldwide Stream

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The evolving soundtrack of Ireland, Imagining Ireland showcases the most exciting creative artists at work today. For this one-off worldwide exclusive stream, arguably our leading traditional musician Martin Hayes leads an evening of authentic Irish music and virtuoso interplay. Performing live from NCH, Hayes is joined by jazz pianist Cormac McCarthy and Brian Donnellan on bouzouki, harmonium and concertina. Rooted in the classical, folk and contemporary worlds, Martin Hayes founded the seminal Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming, whose self-titled debut album won the Meteor Choice

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Christmas ‘Drive-In’ Panto: Peter Pan

Malahide Castle

Ireland's first ever big-screen drive-in panto - The magical tale of Peter Pan, Wendy, and Captain Hook will be on giant screens for Ireland's first-ever drive-in panto on the grounds of Malahide Castle. Due to the ongoing struggles associated with COVID-19, this year Sammy Sausages and Buffy will be brought to you in a new way, so you and your family can enjoy the show while adhering to government guidelines. This has been made possible by funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and the Live Performance Support Scheme. Starring Alan Hughes,

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Panto Mania-The Civic Christmas Show

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Rob Murphy & The Civic Panto Team Return to Spread Some Virtual Christmas Cheer This Year! Join Dame Dottie and Friends in a special cinematic whirlwind tour around Pantoland.  Dame Dottie will meet some of our favourite panto friends along the way.  Meet Cinderella, Snow White, MooTube and more in this funny, sparkling show with plenty of dancing and sing-along favourites.  Panto Mania at The Civic  promises festive fun for all the family.  Enjoy amazing special effects from the comfort of your own home, with a cinematic touch and Dame Dottie’s sprinkle of panto magic! Durat

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The Windy Lady’s Christmas Livestream

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axis Ballymun is proud to present The Windy Lady's Christmas LIVESTREAM An anarchic and hilarious new show from Pom Boyd straight from axis theatre to your home. Come see The Windy Lady dance at the crossroads where Stand Up and Theatre meet in this very special how where you’ll be invited into her madcap world of hairnets, turkeys, the healing power of a cuppa and Vladimir Putin. A lesson in laughter and life The Windy Lady invites you to share the contents of her mind, her shopping bag and her biscuit tin. Original, anarchic and very funny, Pom Boyd's The Windy Lady is a subve

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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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Living with COVID-19

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