You walk up the side stairs of the International Bar.
On Wicklow Street.
You stroll into a dark room.
You pay a fiver.
You instantly hear laughter.
You’ve just made the smart move to go the Dublin Comedy Improv.
Going since 1992, DCI is a true institution, a little gem in the city.
Kicking off at 9pm, it’s been up there adding big grins to grim Mondays for 25 years.
I’ve seen a lot of lesser acts labelled ‘cult’ over the years.
But this crew earn the accolade.
Looking at these dudes
It was announced this week that Accenture has entered into an agreement to acquire Rothco, a full-service creative agency. It is hoped Rothco will boost Accenture Ireland’s creative capabilities and those of Accenture Interactive as an experience agency in Europe. The agreement to acquire Rothco follows the official February (2017) opening of The Dock, Accenture’s global multi-disciplinary research and incubation hub along with the Fjord Dublin studio.
Dublin.ie talks to Mark Haybyrne of Jam Art Factory about his family business and the future of Irish art and design. Since 2011 brothers Mark and John Haybyrne have been showcasing the best of contemporary Irish art and design in their store, Jam Art Factory. Stocking a range of Irish art and design they give independent artists – such as illustrator Claudine O’Sullivan, Arty Smarty Jewellery and KaroArt Ceramics - a platform to exhibit and sell their work. Having started in the Liberties, they now have another thriving store in Temple Bar and ship internationally from jamartfactory.com.
Spotlight, Pat Egan Management & Pink Tie Productions Are Proud to Present POLLY & THE BEANSTALK at The Olympia Theatre this December.
RORY COWAN will step into the role of POLLY at The Olympia Theatre Christmas Panto POLLY AND THE BEANSTALK.
Rory Cowan said “I am very happy to be joining the cast of The Olympia Theatre panto. I am a huge panto fan and treading the hallowed boards of The Olympia is a privilege for me”.
Rory will join DUSTIN THE TURKEY, RYAN ANDREWS (Fair City), and Michaela O’Neill (RTE TV’s Scorchio). The show is a spectacular action packed Christmas
The tech meetup scene in Dublin is thriving right now, providing a fantastic forum for the city’s techies to meet, network and have fun. Vicky explains: “The big thing is to meet other like-minded people and to learn about the new technology and how people are using it, especially when technology is changing so fast. You can read about these things in your tech newsfeed but there’s no substitute for hearing and seeing how people use it in practice.” These are the magic ingredients for a tech meetup, and this is why Vicky’s observed a scene that consisted of only a handful of people a decade ago turn into a bustling community made up of hundreds of groups covering every conceivable tech subject. She continues: “The networking is a very big thing.
Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And there’s nothing more likely to get you in the spirit than Christmas carols. Carols have the power to awaken the inner child in all of us. The hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. You start to feel what can only be described as a warm, fuzzy glow. So at Dublin.ie, with our inner child getting restless, we decided to try and identify some of the very best places to hear Christmas carols. Our first stop is the National Concert Hall. With concerts, presentation and setting can be everything. And that’s what makes Carols by Candlelight on December 22nd so utterly charming. Enjoy an exquisite collection of carols and seasonal classics - all staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. You really won’t want to miss it.
Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where they will embark on an enchanted trail and discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife.
Visitors will be treated to an awe-inspiring display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more!
Other highlights include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. At the event, visitors will also be wowed by Chinese performers before browsing at the Chinese craft mark
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto!
Get tangled up with laughter as Rapunzel is this year's Gaiety Panto.
Let down your hair and join us as the Gaiety Panto give this marvellous tangled tale its magical, lavish and fun-loving touch.
A pantomime extravaganza with singing, dancing and laugh out loud shenanigans - hair, there and everywhere! Join us as we follow Rapunzel on her hair-larious and hair-raising adventures as she tries to escape her Evil-Stepmother who has locked her away in the secret tower.
Legendary panto dame Joe Conlan, who celebrates hi
Edward M. Haberdasher has crafted very peculiar earmuffs for his very particular daughter Cecilia Maria.
Don’t shout about it but Cecilia Maria thinks they make her look fascinating and has whispered her thanks. They Called Her Vivaldi is an upbeat comedy-adventure about a sensitive musical prodigy making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world.
As our young heroine journeys over cobblestones and canals, she learns about love, loss, the place of salt in our diet and the courage to lose your footing without losing your way.
For children 7+ and adults of all ages.
The Cheerios Panto celebrates its 10th year at The Tivoli Theatre this year with the spectacular Sleeping Beauty. Sammy Sausages and Buffy (Alan Hughes & Rob Murphy), are back with another hilarious adventure, following on from last year’s magical production of Aladdin, our fastest selling panto. Priding ourselves on entertaining the whole family from 3 to 93, The Cheerios panto has been called “Panto Perfection”.
An Evil Queen casts a spell on the baby princess and she is destined to prick her finger on a spinning wheel. Can the Handsome Prince save the day? Will Sammy Sausages d
The King’s treasure has been stolen! Now it’s up to the greatest swordsmen in the land, The Three Musketeers, to get it back. But the evil Cardinal Richelieu and the Wicked Witch of the South West have other ideas. Yes, it’s the Causeway Panto and Dame Lola is back!
This year she is headed for France, in search of adventure and amour. And by the way who said that a musketeer could only be a swordsMAN? Lola will have something to say about that too!
Join us for this year’s hilarious outing with more comedy, singing and dancing than you can shake your sword at. The Causeway crew wi
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.
Before the game tmw (KO: 3.15pm) we require a little bit of help in blocks 102-107. If you are seated within this section, will be there from 2.45pm and would like to help, please email email@example.com with your block number and a mobile number - should only take 10 mins! https://t.co/S6YqUQhZ2I
He is the master of hyper-reality - the combination of virtual reality, real time, and interactive reality. Curtis Hickman, founder of The Void, is coming to this year's Festival to talk about the art of illusion design. Tix here: https://t.co/IHi7eJ8KnT https://t.co/VQNO8Ewa0T
Having sold out his Dublin concert on 31 October 2018 in one day, @AndreaBocelli adds second concert @3arenadublin on 30 October due to demand. Tickets are on available now https://t.co/fOE8hyfYnE https://t.co/H6wqoB7gHy
Slam Poetry made its loud and unruly debut in early 1990s urban America, delivering vociferous, impassioned political postcards from the marginalised edge.
It’s argued that hip-hop was slam’s mentor. But there’s also a debt there to the jazz-drenched free-form prose of the 50s Beat artists. Then, of course, the potent raw energy of Punk played its part.
Today we’re at Slam Sunday, Dublin’s main slam show. The popular monthly event has Temple Bar’s Filmbase packed out as usual. It’s 6.30pm and the crowd of some 100, all armed with tea and biscuits, are primed. A handful wil
Dr Ruth Johnson is City Archaeologist for Dublin city and is charged with protecting, managing and investigating our oldest heritage, much of it underground.
As well as conservation projects, Ruth has input to new development projects across the city and a role in policy development advocacy. We sat down for a chat to find out how she works and what’s going on across the city, under the ground, in our oldest graveyards, our buried monasteries and in half-hidden, forgotten houses.
How did you first become an archaeologist Ruth?
I worked on a community excavation project in Yorkshire while doing my A-levels after which I did a Primary Degree in archa
Jennifer Rothwell is an Irish fashion designer. She was born in New York and spent many years living between the Big Apple and the Fair City.
I was born in New York and brought back over here when I was ten months old. I was raised here, I went to college here – but I always knew I’d be going back there. I moved back to Dublin in 2005.
How would I say Dublin has changed since I came back? It’s just a lot more multicultural, I suppose. It’s very modern, all around the Docklands is very cosmopolitan. It’s a bit more like London. The old
You may not know it, but Capel Street is one of Dublin’s most historically significant streets.
It was a fundamental part of an extension of the city north of the river by Sir Humphrey Jervis, who built a large chunk of his estate around St. Mary’s Abbey. In 1676 he built Essex Bridge, (now Grattan Bridge) establishing Capel Street as one of the main links between the north and south of the city.
A great contrast to the Capel Street of today, in the 17th and 18th Centuries it was residential, lined with freestanding mansions, each of which had large gardens and courtyards. Later on in the 18th Century t
On the morning that I visit the Royal Irish Academy, they’re testing out the new Luas on Dawson Street; empty carriages move by while people take time to stop and take in Dublin’s ever-evolving cityscape.
The Royal Irish Academy has been located at 19 Dawson Street since 1851 when it moved from its Grafton Street origins to the more spacious Academy House. Sandwiched between Saint Anne’s Church and the Mansion House, you have probably walked past its elegant exterior hundreds of times and assumed that whatever happens inside has nothing to do with you. But the Academy wants you to know that it has.
Pauric Dempsey, the Head of Communications, meets me in reception
It’s a fine brisk November morning when Dublin.ie meets up with Ed Boden at his office in Blessington Basin, the north side’s secret park. But we are not here to talk about Ed’s job as chief of parks today. No, we are talking about another curious string to Ed’s professional bow.
Curious, quirky and colourful. Because Ed is the Dublin City Council vexillologist. “He’s the what?” I hear you say. Well join the club, I said it myself. But if you are stuck for the answer, we’ll give you a clue. A clue that comes from a recent Nobel Laureate who told us “The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind.”
Flags. It’s unlikely Dy