Creative Dublin: Dublin’s thriving vintage scene

Dublin’s vintage scene is thriving. With more vintage stores opening in the city centre, the competition is hotting-up, but so is the demand. So, why the sudden increase in vintage fashion? The inclusion of vintage inspirations by current fashion designers and the media has driven a change in people’s attitudes towards wearing second-hand clothes. You could say the recession has had an impact too. People are more resourceful because of it. They’re more likely to buy second hand now and generally the clothes are longer lasting than high street fashion. There’s also the fact that, thanks to a recent surge in bohemian and hipster trends, Dubliners are striving for mor

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BofAML drawing up plans to add 100 staff in Dublin office

Bank of America Merrill Lynch could be about to add 100 staff in its Dublin office that, if confirmed, would increase its workforce here in Ireland to more than 700. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has had a considerable place in Irish banking – and the world – for the past number of years and particularly following the financial crash of 2008. Now the company is planning to boost its presence here in its Dublin offices in the city centre and Leopardstown with the potential to create as many as 100 jobs. Bank of America Merrill Lynch could be about to add 100 staff in its Dublin office that, if confirmed, would increase its workforce here in Ireland to more than 700. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has had a considerable place in Irish banking – and the world – for the past number of years and particularly following the financial crash of 2008. Now the company is planning to boost its presence here in its Dublin offices in the city centre and Leopardstown with the potential to create as many as 100 jobs.

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From Vermont to Dublin

Ireland has the second highest percentage of people with a third level degree in Europe. Whether it’s family tradition, student life or affordable fees in comparison to our counterparts, our third level system is highly popular. It’s also enticing a lot of international students to the country. Ben Campbell-Rosbrook is originally from Syracuse in upstate New York but has come to Ireland to do his master’s in Trinity College. ‘I’m spending like half or a third of the fees to do my masters here, compared to America’, notes Ben. ‘I think a lot of students in America get the sense that the system is stacked against them.

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Seven Stories of Creativity – Tony O’Connor, The Jeweller

We all know Grand Canal as the home of Google but unbeknownst to many, tucked among the tech giants is a building where ancient crafts are still practised, THE DESIGN TOWER. The Tower’s seven stories of studios play host to jewellers, fashion designers, conservationists and more. is going behind the tower’s walls to meet the craftspeople working there, including Tony O’Connor of I’ve been here longer than my own house. I started my apprenticeship here in a different jewellery company. They went and I stayed on. So, I

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The Talent Summit Dublin 2017

Convention Centre

Join us in the Convention Centre Dublin on March 1st 2017 to learn from over 25 Irish and International HR thought leaders. Topics The central theme for our 2017 programme is Driving Competitive Advantage Through Talent. Key topics covered on the day will include: Diversity; Talent Attraction; Performance Improvement; Leadership and Culture. Format •Full day event with lunch and snacks provided •Keynotes from over 25 international expert speakers on talent attraction and retention strategies •Real life case studies from successful global and local brands •Panel discussion an

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Fiach Mac Conghail: Plugging and Playing in Dublin 8

Fiach Mac Conghail was appointed Head of The Digital Hub, a collaborative space for digital companies to scale and grow at the heart of Dublin, in September 2016. We were very excited with the news of his appointment as Fiach comes from the creative world of theatre and the arts and will bring fantastic flair and new color to the tech ecosystem in Dublin. In this interview with Niamh Bushnell, Dublin Commissioner for Startups, Fiach talks about the mission and the residents of the Digital Hub, his role within it and the exciting potential of Dublin 8.


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Bewley’s Café Theatre

Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt Townhouse is proud to present an original new work made especially for our lunchtime audience by MALAPROP Theatre…  All we're saying is: IF the universe has a moral arc, which way was it bending during the millions of years when cyanobacteria were the major players? This is a show about the world we live in, and have always lived in, and always will live in. It's about bad things happening that a lot of people think are good things (and vice versa). It's also about wrestling, journalism, and treating entertainment like its politics (and vic

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Hound’s Hotel & Madhouse – Double Bill

Smock Alley Theatre

Hound's Hotel - Head Above Water Theatre Company Frequented by wealthy and sophisticated, yet somewhat extraordinary patrons, Le Château du Chien is the most exclusive and luxurious hotel in all of the the Swiss Alps. The coveted peace within its wondrous walls is however troubled by the arrival of an unexpected and rather hairy guest. Blood ensues... Written by: Conor Duffy Directed by: Conor Duffy + Angelene Milne Cast: Conor Duffy, Jordan Begley, Conor Hanley, Gavin O’Connor Duffy, Nathalie Clement, Elizabeth Ann Doyle, Warren Hanley, Luke Collins, Angelene Milne Lighting

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Pride and Prejudice

Mill Theatre

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one of the most beloved works in literature and this lively stage adaptation features all the sparkling wit and romance of the great novel. Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? Balally Players bring a large talented ensemble cast to this lavish, witty and romantic drama featuring some of the best loved Austen characters and maybe even a dance or two! Adaptation by Mary Keith Medbery

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Together For Aleppo

National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire

As a wise man once said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." So, some Media and Fashion Industry folk are hosting a special evening to raise badly needed funds for Scoop, an Irish charity, working with medical clinics in Aleppo. On Tuesday 28th February at 7.15pm, head to the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for a fashionista's evening of heaven. Showcasing some of Ireland's top designers, hosted by stylist Cathy O'Connor. Tickets are limited and are €25 each. Thank you in advance for your great support and look forward to welco

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Jane Eyre An Autobiography


The classic Jane Eyre receives an ambitious theatrical treatment at the hands of writer/director Elton Townend-Jones, who garnered praise far and wide after staging the one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to great acclaim. Charlotte Brontë's classic novel is familiar to many from literature, film, and television, but with so many characters involved, staging it has always proved a little difficult. Townend-Jones, however, has found the ideal balance: 26 characters and one brilliant actor, Rebecca Vaughan, famed for her solo shows in which she plays characters from history and l

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RHA’s Hennessy Lost Friday

RHA Gallery

Following on from a sell-out success in 2016, RHA’s Hennessy Lost Friday gets set to return to the RHA Gallery, Ely Place for 2017. Experience a night like no other, with a carefully selected blend of Ireland’s most cutting edge and dynamic artists, musicians, poets and creatives spread across the RHA’s stunning gallery spaces. Presented by the RHA, Hennessy Lost Fridays showcase talent making waves in the Irish arts’ scene right now. Immerse yourself in innovative creative talent, including a magical spoken word performance from John Cummins; live music flanked by dancers and signa

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15 minutes… on O’Connell Bridge

Stand in one spot for long enough and you get to witness some pretty interesting stuff. The ground rumbles beneath my feet with the Luas works and its accompanying symphony of pneumatic drills and heavy machinery, played expertly by men in high vis jackets and hard hats. Lorries laden with cement and rubble pass left and right. Double decker after double decker stream from the quays onto the bridge. The middle-aged woman weighed down with Arnott’s bags runs past me for the stop, panting. Her bus is pulling away. She’s distraught. Maybe she has some sentimental link to that particular bus; another one with the same number is waiting at the lights on O’Connell Street, a minut

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The Flower Ladies of Grafton Street

Wrapped from head to toe against the hostile elements, surrounded by a riot of colour which cuts a sharp contrast with the grey February day, meet the flower ladies of Grafton Street. They say the ladies are “the heart and soul of Grafton Street” and what helps save the road from becoming just another English high street. You’ll find the ladies bringing both wit and colour to the corners of Chatham, Harry and Duke Streets. Tina Kelly tells us she’s been selling flowers all her life, starting off aged 12 helping her mother when Grafton St still had two-way traffic. She has seen a lot come and go from her perch on Duke Street. Tina tells that one time she even met The Duke himself. “Yeah I met John Wayne.” “Sure I met them all,” she adds. “Sean Connery… I was talking away to him, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Lisa Stanfield. I met an awful lot of them. And sure Eric Clapton, well I was talking to him on the street for nearly two hours and I hadn’t a clue who he was.” A natural born story teller, you can tell Tina enjoys the banter that comes with the trade. Many of the customers are obviously regulars as there’s lots of first name usage. Sister-in-law Susanne, who mans the Harry Street corner, says “you have to enjoy talking to people.” And in case we hadn’t noticed, she adds: “Now I would be a talker!” The Kelly name is synonymous with flowers on Grafton Street going way back, Susanne says. “Now I married into the Kelly family,” she says adding that she comes from a family of boxers. My grandfather was Spike McCormick.”

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Talking business

You’re the HR manager at a Dublin-based corporate. Your new hire has everything you need. Well, nearly everything. All they lack is the conversational English they’ll need for you to get the best out of them. Which is a pity – because that vital project starts in two weeks’ time. You need to talk to Salvatore Fanara and Rosanna Fiorenza of Travelling Languages. But first, romance. He was an engineer from southern Sicily. She was a banker from Turin. It was 2006. Salvatore: We met in Turin a few weeks before we moved to Ireland. Rosanna: He told me that he was planning to go somewhere to improve his English. Salvatore: We were looking to do something different, to make a big change. Rosanna: I decided: look, I’ll quit my job, we’ll pack and we’ll go. Salvatore: London, Dublin, Edinburgh…? In the end we just packed the car and we drove from Turin to Dublin. Rosanna: I worked in banks for another 7 years here. But I‘d had enough of banking, finance, I wanted to change, I wanted to do something else. So we brainstormed. Salvatore: I remember thinking that if I wanted to scale up my own working life I really needed to get up to speed properly from a language perspective with someone who’s not Italian. The starting point was when we realized that a lot of people weren’t satisfied in terms of the results they were getting from traditional language programmes: we’d identified a gap in the market. Rosanna: We came up with the idea for Travelling Languages in 2011 and I finally quit my job in 2013.

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Cutting A Fine Figure

From one chair to three shops – the success of Cut & Sew Barbershop culture is on the rise in Dublin. Barbershops are becoming cultural hotspots. Places you can go not only for a haircut, but for music, design or even a whiskey. By taking the best of New York’s barbershops and adding a touch of creativity and an Irish welcome, Sean Bryan of Cut & Sew has built his business from one chair in the basement of a record shop to three stores in Dublin’s city centre. And he isn’t finished yet. caught up with Sean to see what’s behind his success. Sean left school after third year and started a c

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The Third Level: Life at Trinity Medical

Medicine in Trinity College is known as one of the most difficult courses to get into in Ireland. These students will play a major role in the future of healthcare, in Ireland and worldwide. Someday your life might just depend on one. During placement at hospital, some of these students will experience things that most of us will never see. They’ll witness life-changing moments and hear about difficult upbringings and tragic back- stories. “Sometimes I’ve taken a step back and thought, oh I’m very lucky to never have had any of those issues” says Aisling Hickey, a Trinity medicine student. Aisling is currently in fourth year of the course and on placement.

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A Year In Dublin

A view of Dublin filmed over the course of a year, capturing its well known magic.