Dundrum, home of the Ugg boot cult. When Dundrum Town Centre opened, Saturdays consisted of girls in Ugg boots shopping in groups of tens or twenties. Thankfully they seem to have out-grown this phase – and possibly their boots too. It certainly doesn’t feel like eleven years ago that Dundrum Town Centre opened. But then again I barely remember it before the shopping centre. Living across from the centre, as I did until recently, had its benefits. Sitting out at the fountains on a sunny day with a frozen yogurt from Mooch and music playing from the speakers feels like being
Dublin Bus management and unions will attend the Workplace Relations Commission today in a bid to resolve a pay dispute which has paralysed the capital's bus services for six days so far. A further 13 days of strike action have been scheduled - with stoppages due tomorrow, on Wednesday and on Saturday - the day of the All-Ireland final replay featuring Dublin and Mayo. Unions have said they will only suspend the strikes if they are convinced that management is prepared to engage seriously on pay demands. While the talks have been welcomed, observers caution that the talks are "exploratory".
Mindfulness is a big buzzword around Dublin. What with social media, multi-tasking, and generally running around like mad things, Dubliners are in need of new ways to unplug and relax. Mindfulness is one way to answer this need. Which is why it’s moving from the hippie fringe to the mainstream. We have so much going on in our heads and so many items on our mental to-do lists that we often carry out daily tasks without being conscious of what we’re doing. Or being able to remember it later. ‘Did I turn off the immersion?’ we wonder. ‘What t
Tidy Towns: Skerries wins competition for the first time
The north Dublin coastal village of Skerries has won the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition for the first time. Skerries, which finished a close second to Letterkenny in last year’s contest, has been entering the competition since 1959, one year after it began. As the overall winner, the town wins a trophy and a prize of €10,000. Last year Skerries won Dublin’s tidiest town and also the regional award for the midlands and east. This year, the judges were impressed by the way the Skerries Tidy Towns committee reached out to youth groups, schools and recent arrivals to the town.
The Fingal Film Festival was launched in 2012. It is a new entity that offers a platform encouraging and promoting the works of local film community and National, International emerging filmmakers to showcase their work in an environment where they have access to experienced industry professionals. We provide workshops. training programmes throughout the three day festival event every year.
Unfit Dublin teens show risk of heart disease similar to 55 or 60-year-olds
Schoolchildren as young as 15 years of age are now presenting with signs of heart disease typically seen in people aged 55 to 60, according to new research undertaken at Dublin City University (DCU). The in-depth study, conducted by Dr Sinead Sheridan of DCU, concentrated on the health of moderately fit and unfit transition-year students in the greater Dublin area.
Dublin Theatre Festival 2016, 18 days of world-class theatre and entertainment. Established in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world.
Breaking boundaries in theatre, literature and performance, Verdant Productions in association with UCD are delighted to announce that Signatories, a major theatrical interpretation to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, will be revived at the Olympia Theatre this October following sold out shows at Kilmainham Gaol. Created by eight of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers; Emma O’Donoghue, Thomas Kilroy, Hugo Hamilton, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Marina Carr and Joseph O’Connor – and staging eight unique performances that become one spectacular production.
Street performers, artists, musicians and many others will rendezvous on Smithfield Square on Sunday 9th October to create the electrifying atmosphere that is the Busker Fleadh! Brought to you by Dublin City Council, this free family event will showcase some of the most exciting street performance talent in Ireland. Buskers actually earn their living by ‘passing the hat’ so if you enjoy their performance let them know when the hat is passed to you. The Busker Fleadh 2016 is the perfect way to discover some of Ireland’s hottest acts while enjoying a fun day out with family and friend
The Commitments received universal critical acclaim following its London World Premiere and was quickly hailed as a smash hit musical sensation. With over 20 soul classics performed live on stage including: Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can't Turn You Loose and more! This is a guaranteed fabulously-fun night out you will simply never forget.
Digital Biscuit is an international film and technology festival that aims to foster innovation and collaboration in film and television production. The 3-day event in Dublin acts as a platform for filmmakers, technologists and creatives to meet, create, share knowledge and get inspired. Digital Biscuit explores the future of the moving image through masterclasses, new technology demos, screenings and talks from world-renowned experts at the forefront of new digital filmmaking techniques.
LINGO is a spoken word festival, the first of its kind in Ireland. Our vision is to be a dynamic and inclusive celebration of words and living language that will present the exciting underground Spoken Word scene to a broad audience and develop new spoken word artists. Long live the LIVE literature!
Our Dublin Photo Diary series continues with the remaining eight portraits of photographer Shay Hunston’s People Of Temple Bar project. Earlier this year, I began a project to photograph and document, street by street, the independent retailers in Temple Bar, one of the oldest parts of Dublin. As each street was completed an exhibition of the photographs was staged in the shop windows. A collage of the photographs was also displayed on each street. The project helps to create a greater awareness and promote the businesses and streets in the area. I started the project
Being in The Dubliners always made you feel like a bit of an ambassador for the city. I mean we were all instantly recognisable, and I think people felt at one with us. There’s a nice feeling of unity about being a Dub. And Dubliners in general never made any great fuss of their own sons and daughters who became well known (laughs). When The Dubliners celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012, I had been with the band for 48 of those 50 years. I served an apprenticeship as an electrician in the ESB, and worked there as a draftsman for a few years. But the music was always a hobby, and at a certain point I had to give it up and join the lads. It was precarious in the early days, but there was always a great sense of adventure about the whole thing. We were doing it for the craic as much as anything else, and gradually it became a living. I think anybody who can extend their hobby to the extent that it becomes their livelihood, that’s a real privilege. Especially anyone who’s making music.
‘Ah, if these walls could speak…’ The clichéd but always heart-felt phrase we’ll forever use to reference intriguing historical sites, with the underlying assumption being that we will never learn these forgotten tales. In the case of Richmond Barracks in Inchicore, however, the people who lived, worked and were schooled here over the last two centuries will be given a voice. From military accommodation to a prison, then social housing and a school, Richmond Barracks has had several incarnations, all of them played out to the backdrop of some of the nation’s most turbulent times.
When I was a kid we would drive to Dublin once or twice a year from County Limerick and get excited as we passed under the flyovers on the dual carriageway somewhere near Naas. The Ilac Centre had glass elevators back then, and we would ride them repeatedly before going for ice-cream sundaes on a terrace near the library. I won some anti-litter art competition when I was very young with a picture colored in with markers of St Stephen’s Green covered in apple cores and cigarette butts.
I’m a romantic, I suppose. I like the shine of the granite and I like the stories. I like BTs’ bed linen for the softness, that’s my indulgence, and I like that I’ll never see the inside of Fitzwilliam Square. I’m a Dublin man. I used to believe that one day Maura’s ring would turn up. Every little squit of doodoo I’d look for that diamond. The other week, even, in Marks’s rooftop café, I was sitting there with my coffee and my pastry, and a seagull was knocking on the glass, trying to get to me. He was trying to say something. You’re the little gurrier, I said.
Let's be honest; the internet can be mildly intimidating (if not positively terrifying) at the best of times. What to do, then, if you're of a generation unacquainted with the World Wide Web? Recent statistics suggest that just over 50% of people aged over 60 in Ireland have never used the internet. The problem, ultimately, is that seniors can feel a type of 'digital isolation'. The solution may lie in good old-fashioned human interaction: people together, in a room, exchanging knowledge. Call it a digital dig out.