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

Live

Life in Dublin is varied, energetic and comfortable. This compact city has everything you need, either on your doorstep or a short trip away via a comprehensive public transport and roads network. The people are friendly, the culture is rich and the history is fascinating. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Work

Global companies continue to base their European HQs here and the local start-up scene is buzzing. So here is everything you need to know about working in Dublin. The city is going from strength to strength – and your career here could be doing the same.

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Study

With all the amenities and activities a student could wish for – plus a fantastic location – Dublin is the perfect place to study. Approximately 25,000 students from outside Ireland attend publicly-funded colleges and more than 100,000 students a year come to learn English at the city’s many English-language schools.

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Invest

With a strong, open economy, strategic location and unrivalled incentives for investment, it’s no wonder that Dublin is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world for doing business. The opportunities and lifestyle that it provides attracts homegrown and international talent to this diverse and energetic city.

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What's On

First Fortnight-The Art of Mental Health

Various Locations

First Fortnight - a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. The festival includes motherhood and mental health, an existential crisis in an Aldi, carers taking self-care, an Opera world premiere in a unique space, an Olivier Award winning play, community collaborative sculpture installations, the 45th anniversary of a 5-time Oscar winning feature film, vulnerability in an age of oversharing, a Sea Swim and Batman needing a Break. Check out or download the FF20 festival programme and choose from over 100 events, in 62 venues, across 17 counties in

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The Sound of Music

BGE Theatre

The Sound of Music returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart. Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish staging of The Sound Of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelwei

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DirtBirds

Vicar Street

Dirtbirds – The Self Help Tour 24th of January, 2020. Extra date now added - 6th of February, 2020. Live at Vicar Street! If making the school lunches, doing the Jaysus homework and dodging the guards because your NCT is out by two years is sending you over the edge, you are not alone. Come and join the DirtBirds as they navigate the stresses and strains of modern life in their brand new comedy show, DirtBirds' Self-Help Tour. This rip roaring two hours of comedy gold is a unique blend of hilarious sketch comedy and stand up. Brand new characters take to the stage along with some of th

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The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Gaiety Theatre

The Lieutenant of Inishmore - The cast includes Paul Mescal (BBC's Normal People, The Great Gatsby), Aisling Kearns (Darklands, Asking For It), Alex Murphy (The Young Offenders), Cillian Ó Gairbhí (Blood, Darklands), Desmond Eastwood (Blackout, Normal People), Cillian Lenaghan (Blackout) and in his professional debut Pádraig O'Grady. They are joined by Don Wycherley in the role of Donny (Sing Street, Bachelor's Walk). Oscar Award-winning director and playwright Martin McDonagh's work is known and loved by both theatre and film audiences alike (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,

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Sophie, Ben, and Other Problems

Smock Alley Theatre

Sophie, Ben, and Other Problems - Sophie and Ben love each other a lot, but sometimes, they make that a bit too difficult for themselves. Two twenty-somethings who are trying to find their way in the world, they guide us through their lives of low-key alcoholism, deeply rooted regret, and unfortunate sexual mishaps. Join Sophie and Ben as they impart some words of wisdom on life, love, and modern day millennial relationships in a play that has been described by West-End Wilma as "quirky, wholesome, and desperately moving." Booking information Running time: 60mins. Age Suitability: 16+.

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Our Stories

Meet a Dubliner – Shauna Caffrey, Musicologist and Werewolf

Meet a Dubliner: Shauna Caffrey, Musicologist and Werewolf. My name is Shauna Caffrey and, in performance circles, I’m also known as Alice Apparently. I’m a PhD researcher on witchcraft, music and magic in the 17th century. I’ve been known to take to the stage in various forms, either as a werewolf or in very glittery burlesque performances as Alice Apparently. I am a Dub at heart. I always wanted to be the Indiana Jones of musicology. I feel like I’m leaning a little bit more now towards being the Vincent Price of musicology, which I’m probably even better with. It’s fun to dress up as a werewolf and g

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Startup Week Dublins’ Roisin Lyons: Everyone needs to be enterprising

Roisin Lyons, who is a professor in entrepreneurship at DCU, has no time for the mindset that says, in effect, ‘Innovation? Oh that’s just for innovators’. “Everyone needs to be innovative”, she believes, “everyone needs to be enterprising, particularly with growing issues of sustainability in Ireland. People have to be more inventive about solutions”.

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Startup Week Dublin’s Natalie Novick: you’re never alone with a startup

The second annual Dublin Startup Week, which took place from October 21st – 25th 2019, was a celebration of the city’s innovation and startup ecosystem. With five days of networking events, keynotes, panels and workshops – all free of charge – the event was aimed at future, current, and repeat startup founders. Find out more at dublinstartupweek.com Next up in this mini-series, we meet Natalie Novick, another of the event’s track captains. Natalie Novick is a University of California San Diego PhD student who now resides in Edinburgh. She live

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Zendesk in Dublin

Zendesk is a software as a service (SAAS) company that specialises in helping companies’ customer care operations. The company was founded in Copenhagen 10 years ago and has grown massively since then. With six products and over 100,000 customers worldwide, it has come a long way. “The initial concept was making life easier for customer support engineers,” says Colum Twomey, Zendesk Vice President. “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 market.” Zendesk now offers a voice channel product, chat services, data analytics pro

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World-class teacher: Luke O’Neill, immunologist

As Professor Luke O’Neill discovered recently, when you become a fellow of the extremely exclusive and august science club that is the Royal Society, you have to sign their book. Previous signatories include Newton, Boyle, Freud and Einstein (Oh, and superstar astrophysicist Brian Cox). Which makes the process rather nerve-wracking, according to O’Neill, a biochemist at Dublin’s Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute and one of the world’s leading immunologists. Luke O’Neill: There’s a practice, you don’t want to smudge your name! Dublin.ie: That’s quite some company you’re keeping there - but what do all you science guys have in common? Luke O’Neill: Science is trying to find stuff out. You can call it exploration, you can call it pioneering, frontier stuff because it’s all about making discoveries. We are explorers, that’s our job, that’s what attracted me to it. I wanted to see something nobody’s seen before. And in my case, luckily enough in my lab we probably had three big discoveries that made a big difference: we explored the immune system and saw things there for the first time. The next step is there’s a whole new pathway or process discovered - and of course the thrill would be if that was a dysfunction or a disease because then you might try and correct it. Once you find the enemy, you might be able to design a new medicine that might beat it. Dublin.ie: So you’re a biochemist and not an ordinary one? Luke O’Neill: I’m a bit of a schizophrenic! I was interested in chemistry anyway and biochemistry is chemistry writ large: if you want to understand something you’ve got to understand the chemical basis for things - and biochemistry is the basis for life. If we understand the chemicals of life wouldn’t that be a thrilling thing? One comparison is with genetics: geneticists don’t really go beyond the genes, you know – and I want to know the real fundamentals. Like genes makes proteins, but what do they do? I was always obsessed with true mechanism – the underlying mechanism, the very basics of how things work. I’ve always been obsessed with molecular things in a sense.

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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2020

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