Your guide to live, work, invest & study in Dublin

Virtually visit attractions

With COVID-19 restrictions, Dublin’s attractions are currently closed. Tour them here in the meantime, and make sure to visit when they’ve re-opened. National Gallery of Ireland Explore the wonders of the National Gallery of Ireland’s stunning collection in full on their website. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

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Doors Closed, Hearts Open

Katie Kavanagh, a Dublin 8 based photographer, had an idea. As we’re generally stuck indoors due to COVID-19 restrictions, she’d take portrait shots of her neighbours at their doors. The idea grew legs and she’s linked up with Purple House Cancer Support Centre for the project, Doors Closed, Hearts Open. Their aim is to create a gallery of 200,000 ‘Doortraits’ to support the 200,000 people living with Cancer i

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Be Active, Stay Healthy

It’s been a rough year for all of us. As the evenings draw in and the weather gets cooler, it’s still vital that we stay active. Particularly as we’re all staying home more due to lockdown. Whether it’s taking the kids to the park, getting a morning run in, or even a lunchtime walk, the benefits to mind and body health are proven. For now you’re limited to a 5km radius of your home, but we’ve assembled some resources to help you out.

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Women in Business: Each One Different, but #StrongerTogether

Women in business come from a diverse array of backgrounds, personalities and approaches. Women in Business Networks provide a forum for these entrepreneurs to come together and learn from each other. We checked in with the Dublin City Local Enterprise Office (DCLEO) Women in Business Network and met some inspirational members. Aine McGurk – Dainty Bear Aine McGurk has a thriving retail and wholesale business selling Irish-designed baby shoes and accessories online at daintybear.com. As an IT graduate with a computer science background, Aine found herself wanting more than her first job at Mic

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Why invest in Dublin?

Exceptionally well-educated workers, four of Forbes's top Most Innovative Companies and all the vibrancy of a European capital city: Dublin is where you want to be.

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What's On

First Fortnight – The Art of Mental Health

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First Fortnight are a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. Each January, they run an amazing festival programme of events throughout the month. 2020 has been a year when we have been told to lock ourselves away from other people; to not see our friends and family and in some cases to isolate. There has of course been reason for this but the effect has left us lonely, isolated and vulnerable. This is something many people experience when they have a mental health difficulty they feel they can’t share. They feel powerless. When we challenge

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Axis Hacks: King Lear Speeches & Scenes

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Join Theatre Director & Coach Aoife Spillane-Hinks and actor Jonathan White as they explore the iconic speeches and scenes from Shakespeare's tragedy - King Lear. This live event will take place FREE on our Facebook Page our audience is invited to join in the conversation with Q&A section towards the end of the session. Aoife Spillane-Hinks  Aoife is a director who works in Ireland and the United States. She is the co-founder of  Then This Theatre and an associate artist with Axis, Ballymun PICT Classic Theatre (Pittsburgh, USA). Her American credits includeSharon

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The Approach by Mark O’Rowe – Live Broadcast

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Post-show Talk: Join the cast and writer/director Mark O’Rowe in conversation with Louise O’Neill on Saturday 23 January. Live Captions: You can book for the live captioned stream on Thursday 21 January. Show Time: 21 & 23 Jan at 7:30pm, 24 Jan at 9pm “It takes a crisis of some sort sometimes, or an upheaval, for people to really evaluate how they feel about one another, doesn’t it?” Utterly riveting and engrossing, Mark O’Rowe’s remarkable play reveals a profound truth about relationships, and our deep, abiding need to make sense of our world. Three conversatio

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Smashing Times: Equality Workshop

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99 years have lapsed since that loaded moment on 16 January 1922, when the new state was ceremonially born in the all too familiar courtyard of Dublin Castle. Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and Dublin Castle, Heritage Services of the Office of Public Works, are partnering to host an Equality Workshop, taking place online on Saturday 23 January 2021, from 3 to 5pm. We will make space to consider that moment from our diverse perspectives today, to explore in action processes of intersectionality and equality-building in remembrance and to critically consider

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Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year 2021

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This year’s programme celebrates the strength, resilience and energy of the mighty Ox. “Powerful and balanced, the Ox always manages to find the energy needed to get back on its feet, even when going through difficult times.” With this, we hope to bring together all cultures and communities who celebrate the Lunar New Year, despite the difficult times that we have all endured. This year, our programme consists of talks, performances, visual arts, workshops, music and family friendly events. About the OX The zodiac sign Ox occupies the second position in the Chinese Zodiac. The 1

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The Secrets of Primrose Square

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Welcome to Primrose Square, where life is like a cross between The Valley of the Squinting Windows and The Good Life. All human life is here; love and heartbreak, tragedy and loss, sex, lies and not forgetting outdoor Pilates classes on the Square, followed by chai lattes to go. At number eighteen, there’s Susan - an ordinary woman dealing with the unimaginable, while her teenage daughter Melissa desperately tries to keep the family together. Next door we have sixty-something Jayne, who’s found love again - or has she? A visit to Primrose Square provides us with tears, laughter and g

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Our Stories

Where the Arts are now

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

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Arbitration: A Boost for Dublin’s Economy

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

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Profit With Purpose

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.

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Startup Scene: WIA

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

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