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Dublin Voices: Our City, Ur City

Whatever a CV says, we are born in rooms and grow up in houses. Cities come later, long after streets and shops and villages and churches and a signal box at the level-crossing on Sydney Parade where an elderly man with enormous ears, who is almost deaf from fifty years spent switching points on the coastal track, gives you a Victorian penny to insert in the slot of a thing never seen before in the whole wide world: a vending machine that sells British bubblegum called Zapper to twelve year-old schoolboys who wear short grey trousers in mid-February.

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Dublin teenager carries Olympic torch in Brazil

A 13-year-old boy from Dublin has become the only Irish person to carry the Olympic torch in the relay to Rio de Janeiro ahead of the opening ceremony next week. Mark O'Brien from Blackrock ran with the torch last night in the city of Volta Redonda. He had written to the President of the Rio 2016 organising committee telling him of his wish to be a torchbearer. He said his dream of running with the torch helped him battle his way back to health after becoming seriously ill in 2012 as a result of a compromised immune system. Mark's mother Joan described watching him carry the torch as "magic". Mark is one of around 12,000 torchbearers who are carrying the Olympic flame across Brazil ahead of the beginning of the Games on Friday.

Dublin Uncovered: Crossing Harold’s Cross

Why do any of us choose what part of the city we live in? Budget usually dictates, as well as practicalities – Is it near a Luas stop? What are the local schools like? – or sometimes, well, it’s just for random reasons. Occasionally, we’ll get a yen to live somewhere in particular, because we’ve decided we like its village vibe. When I moved to Harold’s Cross six years ago, my motivation was less notional and more prosaic. We’re talking about a room in a very nice house, with people I liked and most importantly of all, it was only twenty minutes’ walk into Dublin’s city centre.

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Exploring Dublin’s Tech Scene with Andreea

For Andreea, her first year in Ireland has been all about exploration. She’s gotten to know her new home city of Dublin, kicked back in some of the west coast’s best surfing spots, and forged a satisfying new career in one of Europe’s tech capitals. Offered a job with Microsoft while studying in Germany and intrigued by the chance to try something different, Andreea bid her family in Romania goodbye and moved to Dublin 12 months ago. She was instantly impressed by the city and made friends quickly. She explains: “I think Dublin is a very nice and vibrant city and diverse from a cultural point of view. I have a group of close friends from work and together we go out on the weekends and sometimes go for weekend trips.”


Things to do

View the stunning book of Kells that dates from 800AD at Trinity College, stand atop Howth Hill and watch the sun set over the city, enjoy a drink and the craic of a traditional music session in a pub. With Ireland’s National Museums and Galleries located in Dublin, there’s plenty to see for the culturally inclined. There are hundreds of public parks and gardens all across the Dublin region, some large, some small, some modern and some dating back hundreds of years. Dublin’s got so much to show you that even the locals are still discovering it.

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Hotter Than July 2016

Smithfield Square

Hotter than July takes over Smithfield Square for a FREE daytime event full of feel-good rhythms and infectious melodies from South America, Eastern Europe, India, West Africa and of course West Clare. Now in its 3rd year, this family-friendly celebration of the cultural diversity in our city is presented by Improvised Music Company and Dublin City Council, in association with the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, celebrating music and dance from around the world The euphoric energy and rhythm of Carnival will be yours for the tasting, as Brazilian street theatre troupe Maracatu Ilha Br

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GAZE Film Festival

Various Locations

GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin celebrates LGBT storytelling. Our exciting programme of films and events engages filmmakers and audiences.

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The Beatyard

Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Music will provide the backdrop to the overall event with international headliners including the don of funk George Clinton with his full band Parliament Funkadelic, NYC soul/jazzer Roy Ayers, reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry, Grammy Award winning ​Brooklyn funksters Snarky Puppy, Chicago soul star Charles Bradley, UK beatbox champ Reeps One, disco merchant Tensnake, Detroit hero Theo Parrish, Daniel Wang, DJ Rahaan, Stomptown Brass and many more.

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Coding and Tech: The Salon Series at the Liquor Rooms

The Liquor Rooms, Wellington Quay, Dublin

The Salon Series is a free monthly talk series that showcases the creative community of The Liquor Rooms. This month we're talking about coding with Vicky Twomey-Lee, Mick Twomey and Irina Dzhambazova. The monthly talks have brought talents from the world of comics & illustration and performance to The Liquor Rooms stage to enlighten audiences about their true passions and what really makes them tick. From comic illustrators to burlesque dancers, from DJs to coders, we want to know why they do the things they love, and how they started out. Attendees will also get to enjoy some deliciou

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FREE Summer Shakespeare - Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Fortune's Fool Productions is proud to present Measure for Measure - Ireland 1916 sponsored by the British Council, as part of the Shakespeare Lives Initiative through the GREAT campaign, OPW, The Sunday Business Post and RTE Supporting the Arts.For our 5th Season, Fortune's Fool Productions is expanding to include a national tour and moving to the gardens at Dublin Castle. Our new festival is now called Summer Shakespeare at Irish Monuments. Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare's lesser known masterpieces. Originally set in Vienne, before their war with Hungary, we are setting the pl

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Dublin City Liffey Swim

River Liffey

The Dublin City Liffey Swim is unique in that Dublin is the only capital country in Europe to have a swimming race through the middle of the city. The Dublin City Liffey Swim is the highlight of the open sea swimming season and in particular for the native Dubliners there is something special about being able to swim down the Liffey. This also provides a great spectacle for the Dublin public who line the quays, boardwalks and bridges along the mile and a quarter course to catch a glimpse of this unique event.

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Dublin Comic Con

Convention Centre

Don your best movie or comic character costumer and get down for two days of exclusive signings, interactive sets, displays, original props, special guests and activities to keep everyone entertained - from families with young children to the solo aficionado.

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11 Things About Living in Dublin

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