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Capturing Dublin’s Air Quality Street-by-Street

A new initiative between Dublin City Council’s Smart Dublin programme and Google will see the capital’s air quality monitored street-by-street for the next year. It’s the next phase of a partnership with Google’s Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) to inform smart transit programs to reduce emissions and increase the use of cleaner modes of travel. Google’s first electric Street View car, a Jaguar I-PACE, will be deployed around the city, measuring air quality until May 2022. In Ireland, this is the first time a Google Street View car has captured air pollution and gr

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Dublin is re-opening

Restaurants & bars (serving outside), gyms, swimming pools, leisures centres, cinemas and theatres are the latest additions to Dublin’s reopening. They join accommodation providers, retail businesses, museums, galleries, attractions, libraries and personal services in re-opening. To cater for increased demand, Dublin City Council has installed an additional 150 portaloos, 54 large bins and 13 barrel bins at high footfall areas across the city. Here’s our FAQs for getting the most out of a trip to town: Can I take public transport to the city? Yes, but capacity is limited to 50% and a face covering is required. In that context, please travel

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Meet author Ronán Hession, aka Mumblin’ Deaf Ro

“Dublin for me has always been a place to live. It’s always felt like a place where communities are, and a lot of it is not always obvious to the outsider. It’s a suburban city.” Ronán Hession is a Dub through and through. The author, musician, civil servant, husband and father was raised between Beaumont and the north inner city and now resides in Portmarnock. We sat down to chat about his creativity, grá for Dublin and what he’s looking forward to doing in the city post-lockdown. Ronán’s debut novel, Leonard and Hungry Paul, came out in 2019. In 2021, it was chosen for the

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Dublin as a Learning City

Lifelong learning is crucial to the quality of an individual’s life. It boosts self-esteem, increases employability, helps individuals meet new people from a range of backgrounds and transcend social boundaries, all while enriching local communities. That’s why Dublin has joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) and formally became a Learning City in 2019. The initiative seeks to promote the various ways people can learn something new, both inside and outside the classroom, through traditional and non-traditional methods. It aims to ensure that educati

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Making Dublin City Climate Resilient

When we look back at Dublin’s storied history, it’s clear that we are merely part of a long line of caretakers of the city. Here to ensure future generations get to enjoy all that Dublin has to offer, from the city’s rich natural habitats in the Dublin Bay Biosphere to the Phoenix Park and along the rivers and canals. However, we know that what we once thought was an infinite resource is under threat, and we can no longer sit idle. 2030 has been set as a vital deadline for reaching the goals set out by the Paris Agreement, aiming to turn the tide and take climate action. In 2019, Dublin City Council (DCC) published its

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Invest

Invest in Dublin With a strong, open economy, strategic location and unrivalled tax incentives, it’s no wonder that investment in Dublin is strong. If you plan to invest in the city, here are some stats to reassure you that you’re making the right decision. 1. FDI recently exceeded €1 trillion In 2019, foreign direct investment throughout Ireland exceeded more than €1 trillion for the first time. According to

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What's On

International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

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We are proud to announce that after a year of absence, we are back! This year, we are partnering up with Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride, and all of our 13 plays will be available to watch online for FREE. No matter where you are in the world, you can watch this year’s festival from the comfort (and safety) of your own home. You can already check out the programme here. From Monday, 7 June, you’ll be able to find a link to our online streaming service. Do you want to watch a particular play? Go right ahead. Are you more of a binge-watcher who can’t get enough? Just keep on watching, we won’t j

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Tradition Now

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Over the weekend of the 19th and 20th June the National Concert Hall, together with the Arts Council, present over eight streamed concerts by leading Irish musicians – John Spillane, Steve Cooney, Varo and Special Guests, Daoirí Farrell, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy and more - in a variety of performances as part of ‘Tradition Now’. The series, which has garnered a growing audience over a six-year period, has evolved into a much-anticipated annual event celebrating innovation in traditional music while staying true to its roots. This year’s Tradition Now focuses on the new in a trad

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Woman in Bed Literary Cabaret

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A Bloomsday Special Literary Cabaret inspired by Molly Bloom About this event Inspired by Molly Bloom, with music, comedy and scenes written for a Woman in a Bed. 'The Ending' by film and TV writer Cathleen Young, presents actors Sean Young and Michael Mullen pillow talking. 'Undercovered' by Peter Reid, with Carla Burke playing a young, modern day Molly Bloom under the covers, philosophising with her phone. Lesley Conroy presents a scene with two characters who meet at Buswells Hotel every week during lunch break, with a complicated past... Cabaret Artist Rose Lawless is the real Molly Bl

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Dún Laoghaire ANSEO

Dún Laoghaire

This summer, Dún Laoghaire’s streets and lane-ways will be brightened by a host of artworks which will be presented as part of the Dún Laoghaire Anseo #streetart project. #dlanseo. Meaning “here” in Irish, Dún Laoghaire Anseo is our way of letting everyone know, after everything that’s happened over the last year, that we’re still here. It's our take on the essence of Dún Laoghaire, borrowing not just from its maritime heritage but reflecting on all the elements that make Dún Laoghaire a unique place. Bringing together the best in contemporary street art, with a mixture of e

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Public Art Now

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TU Dublin and the GDA present a series of 6 inter-related conversations exploring the changing landscape of Public Art, now and in the coming decades, focusing on its’ practice, politics and publics. Public Art comprises a varied set of art practices, providing opportunities for collective participation and self-expression, historical reflection and community dialogue. It contributes to our social, spatial and political topologies by proposing new social models, enhancing physical infrastructure and engaging with design. The recent Covid-19 pandemic as well as our present geological ep

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One Good Turn

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A new play written by Una McKevitt, directed by Emma Jordan, live-streamed from the Abbey Stage Brenda wants Frank to do his exercises, Aoife wants to go to a wedding of all things, Fiona doesn’t know what she wants and Frank is looking for the gun. A comic new play by Una McKevitt, One Good Turn brings us a family on the brink who are keeping the show on the road any which way they can. Directed by Emma Jordan, Best Director winner at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2018, One Good Turn is a wry and life-affirming exploration into the ups and downs of family bonds. One Good

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Creating Dublin face masks

As the pandemic wore on into 2020, and the use of face masks became ubiquitous, the Dublin Place Brand team partnered with the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) to create a series of eye-catching designs. This project aimed not only to keep people safe, but also to celebrate what it means to be a Dubliner. We asked the students at NCAD to highlight Dublin’s creative, cosmopolitan and unique elements within their designs and instill them with a sense of place and belonging. Over 30 high-quality designs were presented, from which seven outstanding designs were chosen. We then worked with a small,

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Arbitration: A Boost for Dublin’s Economy

Following a recent major agreement between the Government and the Hague based Permanent Court of Arbitration there is a significant opportunity for Dublin to become a centre for dispute resolution. Dublin has a huge amount to offer as an international arbitration venue, including a highly respected legal system. Following the UK’s departure from the EU, Ireland will also be the only fully common-law, English speaking country in the EU. Currently cities including Paris, Zurich and Stockholm have been seen as seats for arbitration, however newer places, including Dublin could now attract high profile cases. This has the potential to be a major boost to the econ

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Profit With Purpose

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in many businesses facing an uncertain future, rethinking how they will make money. Many entrepreneurs have found a silver lining from their new circumstances in being given an unexpected opportunity to work on sustainable and ethical ideas as they reinvent their business. Making your start-up or existing business sustainable or ethical is also a smart, future-proof option. Customers are now much more informed and aware of the environmental impact of their purchases. A more sustainable product or service will create a positive brand image and reputation that will impact the bottom line of many businesses.

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Startup Scene: WIA

Conall Laverty is the founder and CEO of WIA, a start-up company that works with property owners and developers to deploy Internet of Things hardware to reduce cost and improve their buildings’ performance. WIA provides a simple way for people and things to communicate with just a few lines of code. With over 10,000 clients across 100 countries, it has attracted €1 million in venture capital funding with backers including Suir Valley Ventures, Enterprise Ireland and NDRC. As a result, Conall has become a key figure in the global Internet of Things ecosystem. Conall is one to watch. He h

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