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! 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. 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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Airbnb could double Irish workforce to 1,000 within five years

Airbnb, the global accommodation sharing website, could double its employee numbers in Ireland to 1,000 over the next three to five years, the head of its operation here has said. In an interview with The Irish Times, Aisling Hassell said: “Based on the growth we are seeing and anticipating, I can see Dublin, as our headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, getting to around 1,000 staff, which would fill our existing two buildings here.” Over time, Ms Hassell believes that Airbnb could grow in size in Ireland to match the numbers employed here by fellow global technology giants Google and Facebook. “I would hope we would replicate the success of Google, which now has about 7,000 people in Ireland, and Facebook, which has about 6,000. I would hope that over time we could do that. They’re here about 10 or 12 years now.


Outdoor Revolution


Outdoor Revolution wants to get Ireland active through outdoor activities. It is the only show dedicated to the many thousands of people in Ireland interested in getting healthy, fit and active through outdoor activities. The show will provide attendees with an unrivalled opportunity to learn about, try out, demonstrate, and buy the many options available to them when it comes to getting active outdoors!

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Top Dublin pubs change names for 48 hours in honour of writers

Patrons of three of Dublin's top pubs may find themselves a little confused this weekend as their favourite watering holes have changed their names. Toners Yard is now Tobin's while The Waterloo has changed to Finnegan's and Reillys on Merrion Row is now named Cole's. The move is to honour of the winners of the 47th annual Hennessy Literary Awards, which were revealed on Wednesday night. Aaron Finnegan won the First Fiction category, Louise G. Cole won for Emerging Poetry, and Manus Boyle Tobin won for Emerging Fiction, as well as being named the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year. The pubs were all favourite drinking spots of some of our literary greats. Dracula author Bram Stoker was a frequent visitor to Toners, and even though he wasn't a pub fan, WB Yeats once stopped in for a glass of sherry, brought by Oliver St. John Gogarty on his first visit to a traditional Irish pub. Up the road in the heart of Patrick Kavanagh's Baggotonia, The Waterloo Bar was a favourite haunt of the Stony Grey Soil poet and the legendary Borstal Boy Brendan Behan, widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish writers and poets of all time. More recently Séamus Heaney stopped in. Kavanagh, Behan and their comic genius contemporary Flann O'Brien are also known to have a sat on a stool in pubs further down Baggot Street and Merrion Row, with names today including Foleys and Reillys. So for 48 hours this weekend Toners Yard, The Waterloo and Reillys will be known as Tobin's, Finnegan's and Cole's to celebrate new Irish writing and the literary achievements of this year's Hennessy Literary Awards winners.


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Look Back in Anger

Gate Theatre

John Osborne’s groundbreaking play, Look Back in Anger focuses on the life and marital struggles of Jimmy Porter, an intelligent, rebellious young man and his upper-middle class wife, Alison. Tackling themes of sex, class, religion, politics, the media, and the sense of a country stifled by an official establishment culture, Look Back in Anger is widely considered to have changed the course of English drama in the 1950’s. Award-winning director, Annabelle Comyn, takes a fresh look at this world-renowned, blistering play, at a time when class and gender politics are once again to the fore.

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Glass Exhibition: CAUTION! Fragile

National Museum of Ireland

In collaboration with Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis, Eamonn Hartley, and Greg Sullivan, three masters of glass cutting and engraving from Waterford create an exhibition; CAUTION! Fragile, Irish glass – Tradition in Transition. Collectively considered, the work comments on the history and social experience of working in the Waterford Crystal factory and living in Ireland. CAUTION! Fragile not only refers to the delicate nature of glass, but is also an appeal to cherish and respect the long tradition of glass engraving and cutting in Ireland. Glass swords, bells and musical instruments

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Phonica: Eight

Smock Alley Theatre

Phonica is a series of events rooted in Word and Sound with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, directed, programmed and hosted by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska, Phonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across art forms. Phonica: Eight will feature performances from a range of award-winning writers, musicians and artists based in Ireland and internationally, including a polyphonic stage adaptation of a digital novella (an Irish premiere), a poetic collaboration set in rura

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Scene + Heard Festival 2018 Revisited

Smock Alley Theatre

Due to the great snowmageddon (storm Emma), a number of shows had to be rescheduled from the Scene + Heard Festival. The rescheduled shows will be on from 29th March up until 7th April. Check for updated listings. ______________________________________ We believe that Art is supposed to REACH its audience. We believe that it is the prerogative of the work to sometimes not work. We also believe that the AUDIENCE should be instrumental to the development of ART. Is is for that reason that Scene + Heard was born. A festival of New Work across

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Dublin Comic Con

Convention Centre

Returning for its 6th year along with an extra date, Dublin Comic Con : Anime Edition brings media guests from TV and film, Comic creators, artists, fans and professionals together for a weekend of talks, workshops, demos, interactive activities and all around great family fun with stronger focus on Anime, think of it as the best of DCC August mixed with some amazing Anime guests, panels, cosplay and more! Our flagship show is also returning the 11th and 12th of August 2018 If you are not a huge anime fan, don't worry we will have sci-fi, pop culture, media guests, sets etc for the non A

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Gate Theatre

The multiple Tony Award-winning ASSASSINS lays bare the lives of nine people who assassinated (or tried to assassinate) the President of the United States. The nation’s most notorious assassins gather on stage to violently pursue a twisted American Dream… Stephen Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music combine in this bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny musical. Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM - Book by JOHN WEIDMAN Director....Selina Cartmell Musical Director....Cathal Synnott

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  • 1city1book Dublin 1 City 1 Book

    Thanks to the wonderful @Hodges_Figgis for this fantastic #LongGazeBack window to celebrate our #1city1book festival! Over 40 events in April themed around the book!

  • DublinDanceFest DublinDanceFestival

    The Top 8 Street Dance Battle is back, and it's even bigger and better than before. Watch the best Irish street dancers show off their talents and battle it out in Meeting House Square. Get your tickets here:

  • bloominthepark Bloom

    From cooking demonstrations to face painting, there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained at @Bordbia's Bloom Festival. Don't forget children under 16 go free! #Bloom2018

  • TFIupdates TransportForIreland

    Development Plan 2018-2027, Metro North and Metro South will proceed as a single project known as MetroLink. Set to be operational in 2027 information on the Metrolink emerging preferred route has been announced. For more- @MetroLink_ie

  • olympiatheatre The Olympia Theatre

    Tickets on sale NOW for the world famous @harlemgospel, coming to The Olympia Theatre on Thursday 18th Oct 2018. Tickets priced from €32.50 inclusive of booking fee & €1 restoration levy onsale now via @TicketmasterIre. All info here:

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    School is out! So bring the children to hunt for our eggs hidden throughout the library. They will be in hiding for the duration of the Easter break, so join us for some eggtertainment (ba boom!) Successful seekers will leave with a small egg or pencil prize! #egghunt

Our Articles

Creative Dublin: Galia Arad, Singer-songwriter

Galia (pronounced Ga-lee-ah) Arad is just back from playing support on Marc Almond’s UK tour. Last year, she toured Ireland with Jack L. She regularly tours Europe with Jools Holland, most recently playing support for him at the 3Arena in Dublin. And she owes it all to Shane McGowan and his manager Joey Cashman, who in a strange, unexpected way set Galia’s music career in train and took her from small-time gigging in New York to centre stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Coming from a classically trained background, Galia moved to New York from her Indiana home in her early twenties to pursue a singer-songwriter career with a musical style that she calls “Bob Dylan meets

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Ruth Johnson – Dublin City Archaeologist

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

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MART for Art’s Sake

One of Rathmines’ smallest buildings happens to be one of the most distinctive, for it houses a Dublin art collective, MART. The old fire-station, with a classic engine-red door facing the main street, was built in 1847 soon after Rathmines became an independent “township”. Like the magnificent Rathmines Town Hall, the station was a symbol of township independence and civic pride. The fire crew based here played a big role battling the inferno, which blazed around Sackville Street during the

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The Typewriter Shop

On Dorset Street in Dublin’s north inner city there’s a typewriter shop that’s been there as long as I can remember. Founded in 1983, it’s run by Joe Millar and his son, who’s also named Joe. It’s the last typewriter shop in Dublin and the only one in the Golden Pages where it’s listed, simply, as ‘The Typewriter Shop’. Before setting up the shop, Joe Sr had worked in the typewriter trade for the American manufacturer Remington: “they had offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway and Limerick”. They sold typewriters to offices, and serviced the machines to keep them i

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Museum Dublin: The Dead Zoo

You stroll in the door and you walk back in time... Back into a world of Victorian exotica. With the polished wood, the old brass fittings and the glass cases, you feel enveloped in the comfort you find in a good old pub. But this isn’t a pub. This is a place of learning. Or to be more precise, this is a place of fun. This is the “Dead Zoo” or as it is more formally called, The Museum of Natural History. Situated between Leinster House and the Attorney General’s Office, this is a real gem of a museum. It’s been going now for some 160 years and not only is it one of the oldest public museums in the country, it’s also one of the most popular. Each year some 320,000 people visit the museum and enjoy all its Victorian charms for free. “Yes it’s free in,” Education Officer of Archaeology and Natural History, Siobhán Pierce exclaims proudly. Siobhán is joined by the Education Assistant, Geraldine Breen.

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