“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
Ireland is re-opening society on a phased basis as vaccinations accelerate.
Travel: You can travel within your county or 20km from your home. From May 10th, you can travel between counties in Ireland.
Retail: Non-essential retail is closed at present. Click and collect, in-store by appointment only, and outdoor retail can recommence from May 10th.
Bars, cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars): Take away food and delivery only.
Personal services (hairdressers, barbers, beauticians): Closed at present. Can reopen for customers with appointments only from May 10th.
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
You may be tempted to believe that the next generation of our digitally native Gen-Z-bred workforce is already equipped with all the digital skills they’ll ever need. That’s not always the case, though.
Despite their hunger to learn, a significant amount of young people lack access to digital training, devices, and Wifi. For those with access, mastering social media promotion is still not enough. Our modern workplace also requires an understanding of project management, analysis and presentation skills.
The Digital For Youth (Enactus Programme), started by a group of University College Dublin s
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
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.
Bealtaine Festival at Home - Age & Opportunity's national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic Bealtaine is again coming to you, at home! They're continuing the celebration by adding events, videos, and resources to their website. Check in with them regularly for updates.
Established in 1995, Bealtaine is one of Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. The Festival has inspired a number of international festivals including Luminate in Scotland, Gwanwyn in Wale
The first of a series of three live streamed performance art events with leading artists Olivia Hassett, Day Magee and El Putnam, exploring the vulnerability of the human body as part of an ecology both human and animal.
Streaming live to Bealtaine Festival YouTube and LIVESTOCK Facebook - 7pm - each Sat 8,15 & 22 May, 2021.
The pandemic puts a focus on the body, highlighting our frailties, forcing us to question our assumptions about who and what is vulnerable. With social distancing as the new norm we are propelled to create new forms of intimacy, social relations and endurance.
Live Online Botanical Workshop with Bealtaine Festival: In(ter)dependence
Meet artist Ida Mitrani for a drawing workshop based around concepts and theories of plant culture in the current environmental crisis. Ida will get you thinking about the in(ter)dependence between humans, plants and the overconsumption of synthetic materials. Through a series of quick, practical demonstrations on accurate plant representation and colour chart preparation, you will create your own hybrid plant using recycled materials combined with collage and mixed media.
This workshop is designed specifically for older adults.
Works of art will be provided in an email to registered par
Children’s History Workshop: Illustrating History with John Farrelly
Join Dublin’s Historian-in-Residence for Children Dervilia Roche and illustrator, cartoonist, and author of the Deadly Irish History children's book series John Farrelly in this free, interactive Zoom workshop for children aged 9-12 years old, as part of National Drawing Day.
Learn about the history of the Vikings and the Celts, find out how John comes up with the ideas for his drawings, and take part in live drawing demonstrations to create your own illustrations. Please note, to take part in the illustrations, children will need a pencil, some paper, an eraser, a black marker and a blac
On Whit Weekend eighty years ago, a German plane circled the night sky of Dublin’s North Strand before dropping a bomb. The conflagration caused numerous deaths and tore apart a close-knit Dublin community.
Written in memory of those killed that night, Dermot Bolger’s play, The Messenger, is about a teenage girl whose family – like many others – were displaced when that bomb destroyed their old home.
Set on a half-build housing estate in Cabra, where many shell-shocked North Strand families found themselves, The Messenger allows this girl to recount the horrors of that bombing, w
Featuring Elaine Feeney, Loah, Terri Harrison, The Mary Wallopers, Majella Moynihan, Noelle Brown, Phil Mullen, Jess Kav, Alison Lowry, Caelainn Hogan & more.This special evening of words and song broadcast from the stage of the National Concert Hall presents personal responses from a range of leading Irish writers, musicians and artists to the ongoing legacy of Ireland’s mother and baby home institutions.Until alarmingly recently, religious orders and the Irish state operated a network of institutions for the concealment, punishment and exploitation of women called 'fallen' and 'offen
Elisa Capitanio is a UX Designer at social media intelligence agency Storyful, and also runs her own independent abstract art business.
She came to Ireland nine years ago completely by chance. Living in Italy, she longed for a change of pace, so she left her home of Bergamo and moved to London. Dublin came calling with an opportunity for Elisa to try her hand at being a web designer, so she packed her bags for a second time and moved country again. Since then, Ireland has become her permanent home and has inspired her art.
She chose Dublin for its fast market and inspiring tech community.
Of working in Dublin’s tech industry, Elisa said:
Three feelings sum up the Arts Sector’s response to COVID–19. Firstly, a feeling of doom and nothing seeming to work. Secondly, a sense of paralysis, coupled with a curiosity about what might work. Thirdly, there’s an optimism about the future, and a fierce determination to survive and thrive in this trying time.
I don’t think these feelings are confined to the Arts Sector, of course, and these feelings alternate with each other even over a single day. Arts organisations are faring better than individual artists. Jobs have some protection, but freelance work sadly does not. Individual artists that have very low incomes, in any case, have lost al
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
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.
As the impact of the COVID–19 outbreak intensified, businesses across Dublin found ways to diversify to survive the crisis and retain their staff. The virus is hit our economy hard, and created a situation that was well beyond the experience of most business owners. However, in difficult times, many businesses have managed, with the support of their Local Enterprise Office, to adapt and shift to new products and services quickly.
Uniformal, an established uniform and corporate wear provider based in South Dublin, have been supplying Irish businesses with bespoke and premium ready-to-wear uniform solutions and workwear for over 30 years. Like ma
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