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

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Do Dublin for Real

We’ve all been through a rough couple of years with the pandemic, but the craic in town has returned, so it’s time to Do Dublin for Real. Whether it’s gigs, family friendly festivals, amazing theatre productions, mouth watering restaurants or just a nice quiet snug, town is back.

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How Dublin Works: The Guinness Enterprise Centre

The Guinness Enterprise Centre, on Taylor’s Lane in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties, is managed by Dublin Business Innovation Centre and has been named the no.1 university associated business incubation centre in the world. In the first of two articles about the GEC, Dublin.ie talks to Eamonn Sayers, the centre’s manager since 2011. Dublin.ie: I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve got an idea. What can the GEC do for me here? Eamonn Sayers: The first step here is that we’ll try and put you in front of an entrepreneur who’s in the same industry. We’ll say have a chat with this person, see what they’re thinking. If you’ve identified your target market, again we’ll say we know someone here who’s in the same market and they’ll have a coffee with you too. Dublin.ie: Then what happens? Eamonn Sayers: Our role here is to help your company grow and scale. We help to make it become better and we help to make you a better entrepreneur. We create an environment and a community and a sense of belonging that makes entrepreneurs very comfortable, makes them enjoy the fact that this is their office, this is their workplace, so that both the entrepreneur and their teams are in the best place to grow their businesses.

BIMM is the largest and leading provider of music education in Europe. For over 35 years they’ve taken raw talents and turned them into industry pros.

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BIMM: Dublin’s music college

Looking for stars? Try BIMM Spotted a famous musician in Dublin recently? There’s a fair chance they were coming out of TU Dublin’s school of commercial music – BIMM. Situated on Francis Street in Dublin 8, the British and Irish Modern Music Institute – or BIMM – holds regular masterclasses for its students with world-class musicians. Over the past decade, Imelda May, Danny O’Donoghue of The Script, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and even Hozier have paid surprise visits to BIMM’s students. US singer-songwriter

Colum Twomey stands on stage with a mic at zendesk in dublin

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Zendesk in Dublin

Zendesk is a SAAS company that specialises in helping other companies with their customer care operations. It was founded in Copenhagen in 2007 and has grown massively since then. With four core products and over 170,000 customers worldwide, it has come a long way. Zendesk’s startup success story “The initial concept was making life easier for customer support engineers,” says Colum Twomey, Vice President of Product Development at Zendesk and head of its Irish office. “We developed a customer support platform, a software as a service product, and that’s where we came from. Since then, we’ve developed more products and addressed a broader marke

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Meet a Dubliner – Ailbhe Keane, Izzy Wheels

Izzy Wheels works with artists and top designers to transform wheelchairs into fashionable works of art. Today, the brand sells its wheelchair wheel covers to customers all over the world, but it all began right here in Dublin. Sisters Izzy Keane and Ailbhe Keane founded the business back in 2016 when Ailbhe was a graphic design student at Dublin’s NCAD. Today, she is the company’s Creative Director. Peter Varga spoke to Ailbhe Keane on behalf of Dublin.ie. She tells him about her path to entrepreneurship and the inspiration behind Izzy Wheels.

McNeill's pub and music shop on capel street

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Dublin Uncovered: Capel Street

You may not realise it, but Capel Street is one of Dublin’s most historically significant streets. It doesn’t appear in tourist guides as much as O’Connell Street or Grafton Street, but it’s definitely worth spending some time here. The history of Capel Street Back in the 17th century, Capel Street was a fundamental part of Dublin’s expansion north of the river Liffey by Sir Humphrey Jervis.

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Dublin Theatre Festival

Various Locations

We bring world-class theatre to Dublin, support artists in creating outstanding work and provide a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world. At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital. Our mission is to present a programme of exceptional theatrical experiences that will appeal to the diverse communities and visitors that make up our city. We have a rich history, with much to celebrate, but we are most excited about is what is yet to come. I

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Myra’s Story

The Helix

Homeless, middle-aged Myra McLaughlin is a foul-mouthed, feisty, Dublin street drinker. She is also immensely funny and self-deprecating as she gives an hilarious, moving, and ultimately heart-breaking re-enactment of her fall from grace from fresh-faced teen bride living in Tallaght, to her pitiful condition of today. Along Myra’s rollercoaster journey, we experience working class life and death at its maddest, funniest and cruelest. And meet an amazing bunch of Dublin characters who have coloured her life. Including Bob Dylan fan Tommy ... habitual scrounger Tina the Tap … heavy smoke

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Heaven

Draiocht

'HEAVEN is set in County Offaly, during the weekend of a local wedding. Mairead and Mal are struggling to keep their marriage together. Perhaps attending a wedding will help, or it might raise questions that are difficult to answer. This poignant, funny, beautiful, new play is full of humanity. HEAVEN is presented by the Olivier Award-winning Fishamble, written by Eugene O’Brien (winner of the Rooney Prize for Literature for EDEN), and directed by Jim Culleton (Irish Times Best Director Award winner 2019).

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The Nightmare Realm

City Market, Mary's Lane

Dark rumours are circulating that The City Market at Mary’s Lane has been possessed by nightmarish characters. The Nightmare Realm, which was awarded as the most entertaining Halloween experience in Ireland last year, is moving to the famous 130-year-old Victorian red brick building in inner Dublin city this October. The freaky and fun event will be twice the size with a new show and lots of surprises, so you’re in for a scare festival experience like never before. Get ready for spine-tingling Urban Horror at its best with shocks and scares, dazzling special effects, immersive sce

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Dancing In The Moonlight: A Play About Phil Lynott

Smock Alley Theatre

A solo show exploring the formative years of Phil Lynott. Set in 1960’s Dublin, Phil tells his life story, from birth to the formation of Thin Lizzy. This one-man show explores Phil’s experience as a musician, from earlier bands, first girlfriends and the difficulties of being the only black kid in his school. This is the story of how a young man who grew up in Crumlin went on to become one of the greatest rock icons of the 1970’s. “…The sky’s the limit for one of rock’s hidden stories that deserves wider attention” – The Edinburgh Reporter “…This complexity of cha

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The Last Return

Gate Theatre

A Druid Theatre production presented with the Gate Theatre. Not all good things come to those who wait. One final night. One last chance. Five people queue for a ticket to the hottest show in town. All they must do is simply wait in line. But what in life is ever simple? Who will triumph, who will fail, and who will walk away with… The Last Return? This new play by acclaimed playwright Sonya Kelly (Once Upon a Bridge, Furniture) is a thrilling comedy about conflict, peace and the pursuit of territory at any cost. The Last Return at Dublin Theatre Festival follows its world premie

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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

Bram Stoker Festival 2022