CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects

What libraries might be to budding writers, CoderDojos are to the future whizz kids of tech: a place to share ideas and find inspiration with no exam pressure or set curriculum. CoderDojo was founded in 2011 by then eighteen-year-old Cork native, James Whelton, who received international attention when he spoke at a Web Summit about how he hacked his iPad Nano to turn it into a watch. Whelton was subsequently hounded by schoolmates wanting to know how they might learn to code. “I was never recognised as being high-achieving or academic at school. It was frustrating as I was really good at programming but getting my ass kicked by my pass maths teacher,” Whelton

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Travelling between Bray and Greystones? There is no Dart this week

Irish Rail has said there will be ongoing service disruption this week between Greystones, Co Wicklow, and Dalkey in Dublin as a result of a fire damaging signalling equipment. The company apologised for the blaze on Friday night in a signalling relay room in Bray which was responsible for services between Greystones and Dalkey being suspended over the weekend. Irish Rail said services would not operate between Greystones and Bray from Monday to Friday but that there would be limited bus transfers between the stations for Dart customers. It said there would be bus transfers between Greystones and Bray-Dún Laoghaire-Connolly station for passengers travelling on the Rosslare Europort to Connolly station route.


Taking trucks off Dublin’s streets

Traffic: we all hate it. But we’re stuck with – and in – it. Or are we? A new initiative from Dublin City Council (DCC) and delivery firm UPS is aiming to reduce the number of vehicles on the city’s roads. It uses what UPS call an “Eco Hub” container on Wolfe Tone Street. The Eco Hub acts as a small distribution hub from which deliveries can be made by bike or on foot. “It came about when we were approached by UPS, who had piloted the same project in London, Paris and Hamburg,” explains Colm Ennis, Senior Executive Engineer with DCC. “We are developing a strategy for city centre goods deliveries and are trying to reduce

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Bolands Quay in Dublin Docklands sold to Google

It was announced today that the entire of Bolands Quay has been sold to Google. The development is one of the largest urban regeneration projects to have been undertaken within Dublin City Centre in recent years. Designed by Dublin architectural practice Burke Kennedy Doyle with engineering input from Arup, Bolands Quay will comprise 28,000sq m of office space, 46 apartments, cafes and cultural space. The development will include three new landmark buildings, one rising to 53 metres (173 ft), another to 49 metres (161 ft) and a third to 47.8 metres (157 ft). BAM is the main contractor and the scheme is set for completion on a phased basis from the second quarter 2019.


What's On

International Literature Festival Dublin 2018

Various Locations

The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress. Attracting visitors from around the world annually, the festival is a destination for those who wish to celebrates the very best of Irish and international talent

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I See You

Theatre Upstairs

TWO WOMEN. ONE STORY. A CENTURY APART. Lady Mary Heath: A Limerick-born trailblazer of aviation, lost and forgotten, trapped within the walls of time. Mary: A middle-class Dublin woman, unseen and unheard, trapped in an abusive relationship that has just taken a turn for the worse. This brand-new play by Amy De Bhrún weaves together poetry and an original soundscape by Jack Cawley to shed light on the hidden stories of Lady Mary Heath and her contemporary counterpart Mary – two women, one story, a century apart. A call to arms, I SEE YOU explores the dangerous cyclical nature of fema

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Dublin 7s Festival

Old Belvedere Rugby Club

Back for its third year the Dublin 7s are set to blow you away. Whether you are taking part in the rugby or partaking in a great day out...this is the event for everyone. All tickets and team registrations are on sale now. For an extra special occasion please see our premium offerings and no need for a baby sitter because this is a child friendly event with heaps of activities for all ages. All of our food and drink is of the highest quality local produce. We will be cramming as much rugby as possible into the programme with live music, DJ stages, strong man competitions, dodgeball and much mo

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Enterprise Excellence Ireland 2018

Croke Park

On the 23rd of May 2018 Ireland Will Play Host To Europe's Leading Lean Management/Six Sigma event.

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Building The Future

Citi, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

Building The Future is a unique careers event aimed at students and graduates with disabilities from higher education. It has now been running for over 7 years and we are delighted to have the event hosted by Citi, 1 North Wall Quay yet again. Registration will open in April 2018. If you are an employer and you wish to host a stand or get involved on the day, please email So what happens on the day..... To get a better idea of what to expect on the day, check out the blogpost. Employer Exhibition Area An opportunity for you to meet and chat with employers abo

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Battle For The Bay

Bull Island

Battle for the Bay is back in 2018 and takes place on 26th and 27th May, it promises to deliver the usual fun, entertainment and aerial acrobatics which has helped it become one of the best free family weekends in the summer calendar. Battle of the Bay is an entertaining weekend for all the family, young and old, where audiences are enthralled, entertained and captivated by kite surfers from across the world as they weave across the glittering bay. Bring your friends, bring your family to Dollymount Strand to enjoy a weekend of an amazing extreme water show and have a great day at the beach

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  • ILFDublin ILF Dublin

    She’s back! After a completely sold out event at last year’s festival, the inimitable @RubyWax returns to #ILFDublin this Wed 23 May to discuss her new book ‘How To Be Human: The Manual’ with journalist and broadcaster @MiriamOCal:

  • IFI_Dub Irish Film Institute

    The Dublin Plays Itself walking tour with The Irish Architecture Foundation on June 9th is already selling fast - there are only a handful of tickets left for the afternoon slot. Don't miss out!

  • bloominthepark Bloom

    Enjoy the ingenuity of Irish designers in the Sculpture Garden at Bloom such as this work in progress by Orla de Brí #Bloom2018

  • TicketmasterIre Ticketmaster Ireland

    .@Kodaline will release extra #tickets for their headline show at @MalahideCastleG on Friday 8 June. #Tickets on sale this Friday 25 May at 9am - Special guests are @alltvvins @stephanierainey & @thescratchmusic

  • rte RTÉ

    11 and 12-year-old kids on the Junior Entrepreneur Programme create real businesses, with real sales and real profits. Come to the showcase event at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin on Monday June 18th and let them show you what they've been up to @JEP_ie. Supported by @rte.

  • WordsIreland Words Ireland

    Illustrator and book designer Niall McCormack will join us at Words Ireland @ILFDublin this Friday for some live book illustration in the Great Hall at @RHK_Venue IMMA Still a few tickets available here:

Our Articles

Galz Gone Wild

Dublin is in a unique position for a capital city in that it has both mountains and sea at its doorstep. We caught up with Melissa McDermott – Galz Gone Wild founder – and Ruth Farrell, to find out about the group of women who escape the city to find some scenic hush in the Wicklow mountains. Mel founded the group after moving home from London last year. She found herself lacking direction, and she was unsure of her next step. She started to hike to clear her head, but the hiking community she found were mostly male and older. They were hiking for different reasons. “There is a community there, but it’s very much about getting from point A to point

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The Ark: Engaging kids’ creativity

For 23 years The Ark in Temple Bar has provided the children of Dublin, and of Ireland, with the opportunity to experience and participate in art and culture. We visited The Ark to learn about what’s on offer for children and families today. The Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children. It was the first of its kind in Europe, quite a forward-thinking facility for this little island. It was founded after the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child, which safeguards children’s right to access culture and art. The Ark “believes in every child’s right to discover and love art in a society where creativity and culture are valued a

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County Dublin cricket on the rise

Cricket is enjoying a surge in popularity across the county, so visited a few of the burgeoning clubs to find out more. Kamil Mahajan moved from the Punjab region of India to Dublin in 2001. He had been a keen cricket player in his home country, but for his first few years in Ireland he was busy with work and didn’t have much time to spend on the sport that he loved. Then, in 2009, he moved to Adamstown, near Lucan in the west of the city. Adamstown is “a new development”, Mahajan says. “A lot of Asian people” – from south Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – “had moved there around 2007/2008”. A cricket club would

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Museum Dublin: Rock’n’Roll

Walking through Temple Bar on a midweek afternoon, the sounds of céilí bands and lads on guitars belting out U2 covers tumble out onto the street every time a pub door swings open. Buskers are so much a part of Dublin culture that Glen Hansard starred in an Oscar winning film about them. Phil Lynott’s statue off Grafton Street is often draped in rocker pilgrims from around the world, a replica of Rory Gallagher’s rusty guitar hangs over his own designated corner near Meeting House Square, and Whelan’s is a mecca for any serious music lover. Dublin’s rock heritage is as legendary as its literary one, with the city punching well above its weight on the international scene

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John Lambert, aka Irish musician Chequerboard, is by his own admission, “not a megaphone person,” however his music is being heard loud and clear around the world. Chequerboard’s most popular song on Spotify, Opening the Gates, has had almost 11 million streams, a pretty phenomenal achievement for the Dublin man whose gentle atmospheric music comprises looped acoustic guitar and textured electronica. Sitting down for a chat in the coffee shop of the Chester Beatty Library, John is modest about this unexpected success and candid about the winding road to it. Chequerboard’s ambient music was born from no

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