Dublin was never on Anna Grimard’s trajectory. Now, an MSc in Marketing, a red-haired fiancé and a managerial role with an award-winning Irish travel company later, she tells us all about what Liffeyside life has to offer.
Originally from Florida, it took a while – and a hint from Hollywood – before Anna ended up crossing the Atlantic. “I did my undergrad in advertising in Georgia, in the States, so I was in Atlanta for three years. When I left, I kinda moved around a bit… I ended up in Tennessee, working at a children’s non-profit museum, which was super fun – but I was so obsessed then with getting something in advertising.”
At the time, jobs in her fiel
The guide features two heritage trails through the historic Liberties – a design trail and a look back at the area's fascinating industrial heritage – and allows visitors to discover the story behind many of the area's prominent sights and attractions. The redesigned map is the work of John Rooney Illustrations, and features beautiful illustrations of some of the area's most iconic buildings including the cathedrals, St Patrick's Tower and the 'Sacred Heart' grotto in Gray Street. The area's tourist offer is fast changing and so this new iteration of the map includes additions such as the Pearse Lyons Distillery on James' Street and Weaver Park. In addition to The Liberties map and guide, a newly updated version of the map for neighbouring Kilmainham & Inchicore is also available.
On a summer day in Dublin city, there’s no danger of being bored.
Indeed, for a relatively small city (by international standards), there’s always something to do, and this is remarked on by most visitors to the city. Yes, there are tourist attractions worth checking out: the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum and Christchurch Cathedral are all worth a look, but Dublin really comes alive through its people and its culture.
Between theatre, live music, art exhibitions and installations, talks and workshops, comedy and family-friendly events happening Monday to Sunday, right through the yea
You will have the opportunity to meet and hang out with thousands of other people interested in tattoos! The tattoo culture itself is amazing and full of open-minded people. Great opportunity to get out and actually meet people. Also a chance to network and exchange information on the latest techniques and trends.
There are, booths with products and services, competitions and contests, giveaways, seminars and workshops related to tattoo industry issues. There’s food, drink and entertainment. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.
And, yes, you can get tattooed and pierced a
In 1979, the architectural firm of Scott, Tallon, Walker were given six weeks to build the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park and run an event which witnessed an attendance of well over one million, the largest gathering of Irish people in history. Retired architect Niall Scott, whose father was the founding partner of the firm, reflects upon working on the project. "We were given six weeks from start to finish to produce this Mass. The commission came at the end of July and the Pope arrived on September 29. We worked seven days a week, twenty hours a day and project managed everything. The scale of the thing was absolutely massive. Ronnie Tallon was appointed in charge of it and once he had the design done, it was a race against time. You were never asked how much it would cost, but could it be done in time. We charged no fees. It was our donation towards the event. This was the same with many others. Ronnie wanted a very strong visual identity. He did the cross and altar while Robin looked after the crowd and facilities. I did all the gates and walks up to the event. There had been a concert in Hyde Park with the Rolling Stones that drew 1/4 million people a few weeks earlier. We used the same sound people. Every contractor's crane in Dublin was used to hoist the speakers up. We had an array of 60 to 80 foot banners by Pat Scott fluttering in the breeze too."
Looking for stars? Try BIMM
Spotted a famous musician in Dublin recently? There’s a fair chance they were coming out of DIT’s school of commercial music. Situated on Francis Street in Dublin 8, the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) holds regular masterclasses for its students with world-class musicians: Imelda May, Danny O’Donoghue of The Script, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and even Hozier have paid surprise visits. US singer-songwriter John Grant offered a songwriting masterclass. U2’s The Edge has attended a BIMM graduation ceremony.
All of the tutors at BIMM are working mus
Europe's largest BBQ & Craft Beer festival returns August 16-19th 2018. A celebration of the art of cooking with fire & smoke, in the leafy surrounds of Dublin 4's Herbert Park. The Big Grill will allow you to smell, taste, discover and learn about all kinds of BBQ'ing grilling, smoking, meats and delicacies from around the globe, all washed down with a choice craft beer or cider. There will be demos and workshops from well known chefs, a chilli eating challenge, children's play area with entertainment, a grand BBQ cook-off and loads more.
The Para Swimming Allianz European Championships Dublin 2018 are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for paralympic swimmers, the swimming community and the whole country of Ireland.
Be there to experience the competition, the excitement and the success.
Morning Adult Ticket: €5.00
Morning Child Ticket: €3.00
Morning Family Ticket: €10.00 (2 adults, 2 children)
Morning Group: €25.00 (2 adults, 8 children)
Evening Adult Ticket: €10.00
Evening Child Ticket: €3.00
Evening Family Ticket: €20.00 (2 adults, 2 children)
Acclaimed as “a joyous spectacle that captures the imagination” (Irish Independent) and “a magical mystery tour through the fantasyland of Oz” (London Evening Standard), WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students and their extraordinary adventures in Oz, which will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters originally created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The
Decadent Theatre Company and The Olympia Theatre - A Skull in Connemara
Written by acclaimed writer and director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin Mc Donagh and Starring Pat Shortt.
Decadent Theatre Company and the Olympia Theatre proudly present a new production of Martin McDonagh's very funny black comedy, A Skull in Connemara. Starring Pat Shortt in the lead role as local gravedigger Mick Dowd, A Skull in Connemara will run at The Olympia Theatre from 14th August for 3 weeks only. This production is directed by Andrew Flynn.
Robert Ffolliott, fiancee of Arte O’Neil, has returned to Ireland after escaping from prison in Australia. Robert, an innocent local gentleman, has been convicted as a Fenian fugitive but it soon becomes clear that he is no such thing. The villain Kinchela, Robert’s fake friend, tries to hunt Robert down and arrest him – his main motive being greed for Robert’s estate & his desire for Arte, Robert’s fiancee. With the help of Conn the Shaughraun Robert escapes various melodramatic cliffhanger situations.
Meanwhile, Robert’s sister, Claire, is in love with an English soldier,
Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.
A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the villa
Don’t miss Irish National Opera’s epic production of Verdi’s Aida from 24 Nov – 1 Dec.
Featuring 140 performers, come experience this iconic story of an enslaved princess torn between love and loyalty in the Egypt of the Pharaohs.
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Our first Offside dinner 😍 was amazing! Cooked on the Parilla in front of diners, served a tasting menu with matching wines. We're doing it again today + then Sat, Sun we add 'WILD GAME FEAST' with @HuntrGatherCook
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A seaside town that’s worth its salt all year round.
North of Dublin city in Fingal you’ll find the seaside town of Skerries. Bustling in summer months, the beaches are full to the brim with tourists and city dwellers looking to dip a toe in the sea. But Irish seaside towns take on a different vibe during the autumnal months and Skerries is still worth the excursion beyond September. At this time of the year, you’ll find plenty of people braving some wind for a good ol’ stroll along the seafront. The sea air, a tried and tested cure for what ails ya, feels just as good in your lungs in November as it does in July.
The name Skerries originally comes from the Norse w
‘So your bar is there’, says Clare. ‘You have to have that and give me an appraisal’. ‘You can be honest’, she adds.
That’s a terrible idea, Clare, I think to myself. I‘m a hopeless chocolate snob. ‘Dairy-free milk chocolate’? How is that even possible?
As Clare herself admits, when you say the word ‘vegan’, people assume it’s going to be horrible. She reckons that ‘oh my God it probably tastes like sawdust!’ is what they’re thinking. But guess what? This Chocolatey Clare’s Salted Peanut bar tastes great. Not too sweet and icky like lots of non-milk milk chocolate. Not too pale and wishy-washy. This milk chocolate has a hefty 5
Have we had enough of Joyce? Never!
All is quiet on a sunny morning on Dublin’s North Great George’s Street when I make my way to Number 35. The Georgian building has housed the James Joyce Centre since 1996 when the building was valiantly saved from demolition through the efforts of Senator David Norris, also a resident of the street. The house was once the location of a dance academy run by Professor Denis J Maginni, a colourful Dublin character who appears often in Ulysses, described as wearing a “silk hat, slate frockcoat with silk facings, white kerchief tie, tight lavender trousers, canary g
The popularity of spoken word is on the rise in Dublin and one of the stars of the scene is Elayne Harrington, AKA Temper-Mental MissElayneous.
She’s a rapper and slam poet from Finglas and a standout female performer on a male-dominated scene. Dublin.ie first saw Elayne perform at a women’s storytelling night in Temple Bar’s Project Arts Centre. With her trademark hairdo of curlers in her fringe, the bold red lips and her warrior stance, she was defiant and gutsy. She set her words to the beat
A 15 minute boat ride from Howth on Dublin’s northside lies Ireland’s Eye, a beautiful and mostly untouched island.
The only signs of human activity are two structures: a Martello Tower and the ruins of a church. It’s a hive of activity otherwise; the wildlife on offer is incredible, notably the many species of nesting birds. The most spectacular natural feature is the huge freestanding rock called “the Stack”, at the northeastern corner of the island, which plays host to a large variety of seabirds, including thousands of guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and gulls. There’s even a few breeding pairs of puffins. Grey seals are abundant in the sea around the isla
Sometimes the queue for the Ruby Sessions is so long that it snakes down the stairs of Doyle’s pub and out the door around past the old plaque on the wall that says “Good times are coming/Be they ever so far away” and down into the dark and puddles of Fleet Street.
If you find yourself that far back, your chances of getting in are very far away indeed. These are the nights when word has leaked out into the world that a ‘Very Special Guest’ will be taking to the mic of the renowned live music night, and for the price of a six euro charity donation, you too could be part of the intimate gathering that surrounds the candlelit stage. Ed Sheeran, Damien Rice, Paulo Nutini, T