Dublin’s docks met the same sorry fate in the 1970s as those elsewhere around the world, the arrival of containers revolutionising shipping and decimating dockland employment.
Work that had sustained inner-city communities for generations suddenly evaporated. The Docklands became empty, desolate wastelands until the first regeneration project came in the shape of Charles Haughey’s Irish Financial Services Centre in the late 80s. The IFSC was developed on the north side of the Liffey behind Connolly train station. While banks and other financial services moved into the area, it had little impact at first on the citizens of Dublin. And at night there was a tumbleweed feel to th
The death has been announced of the poet Gerard Fanning, following an illness. He was 65. Fanning's acclaimed collections, published by Dedalus Press include Easter Snow, Working for the Government, Water and Power and Hombre: New and Selected Poems. Fanning won the Rooney Prize for Irish literature and the Brendan Behan award for poetry - his poems have also been adapted by the composer Ian Wilson for his Harbouring Suite. He was a brother of RTÉ broadcaster Dave Fanning, and is survived by his wife, Bríd Ní Chuilinn.
On the morning that I visit the Royal Irish Academy, they’re testing out the new Luas on Dawson Street; empty carriages move by while people take time to stop and take in Dublin’s ever-evolving cityscape.
The Royal Irish Academy has been located at 19 Dawson Street since 1851 when it moved from its Grafton Street origins to the more spacious Academy House. Sandwiched between Saint Anne’s Church and the Mansion House, you have probably walked past its elegant exterior hundreds of times and assumed that whatever happens inside has nothing to do with you. But the Academy wants you to know that it has.
Pauric Dempsey, the Head of Communications, meets me in reception
Moore Street is coming alive with the Moore Street Party - Spraoi ar an Sráid on Sunday, 22nd October, from 12 noon to 5pm. Hosted by Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha and Dublin City Council, visitors will experience the spirit of bygone days as we honour the extensive past and potential future of one of Dublin’s best loved streets with ceol agus craic.
Visitors will be surrounded by living history as children re-enact street games and songs. Actors will deliver historical speeches, read personal letters and relay eye witness accounts from the 1916 Rising, depicting the colourful history
Luas to improve backup plans following storm-related service disruption
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is advancing plans for an alternate backup facility for Luas controls after storm damage to one building caused the cessation of services for nearly two days. Storm damage to the roof of the existing control facility at Red Cow meant Luas services were suspended from Monday morning, when lines were powered down as a precaution, until Tuesday night, well after the storm had passed. It has since transpired that the backup or redundancy servers are located in a different room at the same facility and so were also inaccessible due to storm damage, thereby exacerbating service disruptions.
The UCD AIB Superleague, within the amateur footballing community of Dublin, is renowned for both the disorganisation and passion of its teams.
Often referred to as, The Hangover League, matches take place on Saturdays and Sundays with teams of misfits and football enthusiasts who don’t have the commitment to play for a ‘real’ team in the Dublin league.
In college, football is often a decent ice-breaker when meeting new people. In fact, that rule applies to all walks of life, not exclusively college. The conversation often leads to the question, “So, do you play for a team?” If you respond with, “Oh yeah, I play in the
An extreme walk-through horror event preying on your deepest fears and nightmares and twisting them into a deadly reality.
Are you ready to face your darkest nightmares and experience the artistry of fear? We are Ireland’s most extreme scare attraction, and are masters at creating horror and fear. This is not your typical (boo) haunted house – there are no ghosts and goblins – our sets and live creatures prey on your darkest fears and bring your nightmares to life.
Those brave enough to venture into the Realm are advised to keep their wits about them as danger lurks in every shadow
Dolly Gallagher Levi sets New York alight in one of the greatest musicals of all time. Dolly, a matchmaker who has been hired to arrange a marriage for the widowed half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, has other plans. Recently widowed, Dolly believes that Horace and his fortune will make her the perfect mate. Join Dolly and her irrepressible friends for a story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs and jumping with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage.
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical MISS SAIGON — a recent smash hit in the West End — comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of a major UK and Ireland Tour.
Winner of a record-breaking nine Whatsonstage Awards 2015 including Best Show, this epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris — but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
The Abbey Theatre presents Dermot Bolger’s brilliantly adapted, vibrant version of James Joyce’s classic in a thrilling production for theatre.
Bloom’s odyssey is a pandemonium of live music, puppets, dancing, clowning, bowler hats and kazoos. It’s Ulysses as you’ve never imagined it before, a superbly theatrical homage to Joyce’s chronicle of Dublin life and the greatest novel of all time. Created by Abbey Theatre Director Graham McLaren, our production is absurd, brilliant and oodles of fun.
With excoriating dialogue and sharp, compassionate insights, Nina Raine crafts a penetrating, deeply moving and shockingly funny play.
The Irish Premiere of this award-winning play relocates the action from leafy suburban Hampstead to South County Dublin where Billy, born deaf into a hearing family, struggles to define who he is within his highly intellectual, yet emotionally possessive, clan.
Oonagh Murphy, one of Ireland’s brightest directing talents makes her directorial debut at the Gate with this play about belonging, family and the limitations of communication.
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The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII is a creative reimagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism, and refused to accept oppression. Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women's stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace in Ireland, Northern Ireland and internationally. The performance goes on national and international tour to Ireland, Northern Irel
Professor Aoife McLysaght is Principal Investigator in the Molecular Evolutionary Laboratory and Lecturer in Genetics, TCD.
The thing that I find interesting and exciting: new ideas and trying to figure them out. And that works better when you’ve got somebody to talk about it with. You learn from the experience of working with people who are really good. And even though I’m now a Professor in Genetics at Trinity I still feel that this still goes on, that I learn from other people and I really enjoy the interactions that I have.
That’s the difference between doing whatever it is you do at home at a desk
4pm. O’Connell St. And it sounds like a Beckett play.
Doom and gloom.
Sitting and waiting.
Waiting for customers.
“I suppose a fella gets to sit and read the paper all day. That’s what it’s come to,” says Austin Cregan, the third generation of his family to sell papers and magazines on the capital’s main street.
Sitting in his kiosk near the Abbey St corner, Austin reaches behind him and takes out a laminated 2008 article from the Irish Times.
It’s all about him and his father’s and grandfather’s life selling newspapers from the kiosk.
“Read that,” he says to Dublin.ie.
“Everything is in that. Excep
Jane Jacobs, the doyenne of urban planning, believed that the success of any city owed a lot to the “intricacy of pavement use, bringing with it a constant succession of eyes”.
She wrote, in The Death and Life of Great American Cities, “There must be eyes upon the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street. The buildings on a street equipped to handle strangers, and to ensure the safety of both residents and strangers, must be oriented to the street. They cannot turn their backs or blank sides on it and leave it blind.”
But what happens when the residents and strangers are themselves blind to their surroundings, always in a
When Izzy was little she always said that her favourite thing about being in a wheelchair was that her shoes never got dirty.
They looked brand new every day and the lights never ran out in her favourite light-up runners. However, her real shoes were her wheels. I remember we used to decorate her wheelchair for birthday parties and Halloween. We filled them with fresh flowers once when she was a flower girl for a wedding. At Christmas, we used to put tinfoil and lights around the wheels and lots of tiny Christmas decorations for the Xmas family show.
Standing on O’Connell Street looking north, you have to cock your head a little to spot The Gate Theatre’s modest white-lettered sign, which sits high and unassuming over Dublin’s main thoroughfare. Yet there is something of the Grand Dame about The Gate Theatre. Ascend the theatre’s stairs from a city thick with construction, and you enter a cocoon of chandeliered ceilings, and people ‘dressed for the theatre.’ And it might be that the elegant building itself has directed the theatre’s narrative. There is a rare hush of reverence here and it has long been the place to see the great, often camp, classics: Coward, Albee, Williams and Wilde. Seating 371 audience members, the roof seemed to lower and the room seemed to swelter for the humid hysteria of Streetcar Named Desire. And where else but in that compact room could the audience members themselves feel like tense guests at a bad party for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Dublin is a friendly and welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) students.
Third-levels all have LGBTQ societies, while the city’s bars, restaurants and clubs are welcoming spaces. Dublin.ie spoke to three LGBTQ students about their experience of the city.
Growing up gay or bisexual can be tough. Being a young transgender person can be even harder. But in recent years, Ireland has come on in leaps and bounds. Organisations like youth support group BeLonGTo and the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (Teni) have opened up spaces for peop