County Dublin cricket on the rise

Cricket is enjoying a surge in popularity across the county, so visited a few of the burgeoning clubs to find out more. Kamil Mahajan moved from the Punjab region of India to Dublin in 2001. He had been a keen cricket player in his home country, but for his first few years in Ireland he was busy with work and didn’t have much time to spend on the sport that he loved. Then, in 2009, he moved to Adamstown, near Lucan in the west of the city. Adamstown is “a new development”, Mahajan says. “A lot of Asian people” – from south Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – “had moved there around 2007/2008”. A cricket club would

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Nice Gaff: St Michan’s Church Dublin

Founded by the Danes in 1095 St Michan’s Church, tucked away in Smithfield, is a building that has to be one of the most mythologised places in the city. Handel is said to have played his first performance of his ‘Messiah’ there, Bram Stoker is said to have visited and the remains of participants of the 1798 Rebellion are thought to be buried in the crypt below. Happened upon one afternoon by the artist Clare Henderson it was the stuff of macabre dreams, though magical, none the less. “I’d just moved to Smithfield and was wandering along this cobbled street at the back of the brewery”, she begins, ‘I came to this quite high shale wall with a very narrow gap and a sign that says “St. Michan’s Church and Crypt” that opens out in to this beautiful, ramshackle graveyard with a washing line in it where the garden of a little box-like house creates an island amongst the graves’.


A City of Words: Temper-Mental MissElayneous

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. 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

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Dublin International Piano Festival

Various Locations

The leading programme of its kind in Ireland, DIPF attracts students and audiences from all over the world to Dublin for a nine-day festival full of lessons, masterclasses, and performances. From 22nd -30th July 2017, DIPF will bring concerts from top class international pianists to the National Concert Hall (NCH) and the Hugh Lane Gallery while hosting a full academy of international pianists taking part in public masterclasses and seminars. The programme offers an intensive educational experience for advanced piano students as well as an exciting concert series open to the public. Every yea

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Dublin ranked among top 50 cities for female entrepreneurs

The results are in and Dublin has ranked 34th in a list of the 50 best cities in the world to be a high profile female entrepreneur. The survey produced by computer giant Dell is the only one of its kind. It examines a city's suitability for attracting female-owned companies based on a number of factors. The criteria is not focused on the levels of female entrepreneurial success in an area, but rather measures put in place to encourage their professional development like cost of living, paid maternity leave and female political leadership. According to data, when barriers to high-level employment are removed for females, economies in the area tend to perform better. The cities most suited to attracting high profile women entrepreneurs according to the index are New York, San Francisco and London. Six of the top ten cities are in the United States while Europe has the second highest figure with London and Stockholm in the top ten. According to the report published alongside the index, locations were chosen based on their "reputation as established or emerging hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship" as well as their "geographic diversity".


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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Wood Quay Summer Sessions

Amphitheatre, Wood Quay

Founded and Presented by Dublin City Council in association with First Music Contact, Improvised Music Company, Contemporary Music Centre & Music Network, The Wood Quay Summer Sessions are a series of free outdoor lunchtime concerts which will take place every Thursday in July from 1pm – 2pm in the newly renovated Wood Quay Amphitheatre at Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices. The aim of the sessions is to promote and support the great wealth of musical talent which exists in our capital city and across the country. Each week will showcase the very best of upcoming and established music

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Turning Mammy

Civic Theatre

It’s back – for one night only – the hugely successful John McDwyer comedy (with a few serious bits) ‘Turning Mammy’. Now on it’s third national tour, ‘Turning Mammy’ has won the hearts of audiences all over Ireland with it’s clever mix of madness and melancholy as we follow the lives of sisters Martha and Mary and their lovelorn neighbour, Ambrose as they seek love and contentment while none search in the right place. ‘Turning Mammy’ has had audiences laughing and crying all over Ireland for two years now and is an evening of joyous theatre which should not be missed.

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Ireland Meets Japan-W.B. Yeats, Lafcadio Hearn and Kyogen

Smock Alley Theatre

W.B. Yeats was inspired by Kyogen and Noh, Japanese theatre forms, to produce some of his finest work. Lafcadio Hearn was the Irishman accepted and revered by the Japanese people emerging from centuries of isolation. These literary links between the two nations foreshadowed the official ties of respect and affection that are celebrated this year, marking 60 years of diplomatic relations.

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I Wrote a Joke in 1987…

Smock Alley Theatre

Michael Redmond wrote a joke in 1987. He then left Dublin to try his luck on the London comedy circuit… with just the one joke! This is the story of that journey and why he has left something in his will to Ryan Tubridy. Probably best known for his role as the monosyllabic priest, Father Stone, in the iconic sitcom, Father Ted, Michael promises that he will use some two/three syllable words in the show and might even throw in one with four syllables. He also guarantees that there is more than one joke in the show. Written and performed by Michael Redmond Contains the use of occasion

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Jimmy’s Hall

Abbey Theatre

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

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Bar Monkey Festival

Loughlinstown Leisure Centre

Bar Monkey Festival 2017 We are delighted to announce the Bar Monkey Festival 2017! This will be a great day out for family, friends and anyone with an interest in bodyweight movement ! A day of celebration of bodyweight movement featuring: Workshops - Demonstrations - Junior Bar Monkey championship - Ireland's National Calisthenics Competition WORKSHOPS The Workshops and demonstrations will take place in bodyweight movements such as: Calisthenics | Parkour | Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu | Capoeira This is a great opportunity to come and learn new forms of training and to experience differe

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Unseen at The National Gallery

There’s a bigger picture behind the recently re-opened National Gallery wings so we went along for a visit. In 2008, Ireland was in the grip of a financial crisis like none we had witnessed before. No wonder then that more than a couple of eyebrows were raised at the awarding of a €25m grant to the National Gallery of Ireland for the renovation of its Dargan (1864) and Milltown (1903) wings. But the truth was they were both painfully in need of attention. Apart from a few cursory repairs along the way, the buildings had seen little or nothing in the way of modernisation in their century-an

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Meet a Dubliner – Chris Flack, UnPlug

I used to work in very tech heavy jobs, consulting with big tech companies like Capgemini and Avnet. Back then I was one of the first people amongst my peers to get an iPhone and iPad for use with work. I enjoyed the luxury of being able to follow up on emails from the comfort of my home and get the updates about ongoing projects instantly; but after a while realised that overuse of tech was having a serious impact on my productivity and wellbeing. As the borders between ‘at work’ and being ‘off’ began to vanish I started having issues with sleep and my relationships as I spent too much time online. I needed a change so badly that I decided to move sectors just to

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Ireland’s Eye

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

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Dublin’s Masters in Creative Writing

Creative Writing Postgraduate Programs have long been a staple of the academic world in the United States. Prominent writers, among them Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, and Joyce Carol Oates, have worked as creative writing professors since as far back as the seventies. Yet despite Dublin’s literary heritage and wealth of authors, it has only recently come to be recognised as a centre of excellence for such courses; now it attracts scores of hopeful young writers from around the world every year. “You can’t teach people to be creative. You can only accelerate the pace at which people are developing creatively, which is a very different matter.” These are the words of

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Dublin Voices: Towards 2050

I came over to Dublin from Edinburgh in 2005. I suppose it was bang in the middle of the good times. Back then, the atmosphere here was insane; there was so much going on, it was so busy. Ireland and Dublin were really riding the wave at that time. Employment was high, everyone was well paid, everyone had nice cars, you could get a loan if you wanted. Then we moved into hard times, and it’s changed a lot in that regard now. I think people are more grounded; there’s a sense of reality now. I don’t think the ordinary man is as tempted to get carried away. People are more concerned with value and being sensible. I think that’s a positive that can be taken out of the recession.

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