Creative Dublin: Fergus O’Neill, Graphic Designer

Fergus O’Neill is the graphic designer responsible for the ‘Feck It, Sure It’s Grand’ line of products. He also created a series of prints depicting twentieth-century Dublin landmarks such as the Poolbeg electricity generating station and the monumental concrete silos, now demolished, at Boland’s Mill. He studied visual communication at Dún Laoghaire College of Art and Design, now IADT, and works from a shed in Irishtown. Keep Going, Sure It’s Grand. That could be the motto of the Irish Dublin.ie: Tell me about ‘Feck It, Sure It’s Grand’. It was in part based on the British ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ pos

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Has Christmas Come Sooner Than Usual to the City Centre?

It may feel like it’s earlier each that the Christmas lights in town go up, and, in the cold weather, under the lights’ cheery glow, the shoppers throng Grafton and Henry streets to begin their shopping. But it’s not. Over the years, there hasn’t been a uni-directional Christmas Creep in the city centre. It’s been more like a Christmas Ebb and Flow. Scanning the Irish Times archive, the first report of Christmas lights being switched on in Dublin is on 19 December 1953, when a 25-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Mansion House was illuminated. “Christmas in Dublin will this year, electrically speaking at any rate, be the brightest for many years,” says the article. Fairy lights went up on George’s Street, and coloured lights up on O’Connell Street. In 1957 and 1959 the lights went up in late November. But then, on 14 November 1964, a photograph was published in the Irish Times of the Christmas lights and decorations on Grafton Street, which had been switched on the previous night.

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The IFI French Film Festival

The Irish Film Institute

Highlights of this year’s festival include an opening night Gala Screening of Claire Denis’ Let the Sunshine In starring Juliette Binoche; Robin Campillo’s 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute), which won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; Faces Places, the new documentary from veteran director Angès Varda; Happy End, which sees director Michael Haneke reunite with Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant; and the return of Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius with his affectionate and irreverent ode to Jean-Luc Godard, Redoubtable. Also screening will be veteran Philippe Garrel

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British ship insurer to set up Dublin subsidiary

British ship insurer North is setting up a new European Union subsidiary in Dublin in case Britain loses access to the single market after Brexit, becoming the first of these specialized providers to announce such a move. Insurers are making contingency plans after Britain's vote to leave the EU means they could risk losing "passporting" rights that allow UK financial services firms to trade in Europe without the need for locally regulated entities. Britain dominates the global marine insurance market and losing access to specialist Protection and Indemnity (P&I) clubs like North could weaken other parts of the country's multi-billion pound shipping services sector.

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Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo

Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where they will embark on an enchanted trail and discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife. Visitors will be treated to an awe-inspiring display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more! Other highlights include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. At the event, visitors will also be wowed by Chinese performers before browsing at the Chinese craft mark

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Dublin Art Book Fair

Temple Bar Gallery

Dublin Art Book Fair 2017, sponsored by Henry J Lyons, themes its programme on Art and Architecture. Interweaving these distinct disciplines to engage diverse publics - those interested in contemporary art, architecture, books, design, film, the city and its material histories, as well as the generally curious. The focus will be on the interdisciplinary aspects of Art and Architecture, their contingencies and overlaps, as well as their explicitly divergent natures. Central are the books - platforming publications, catalogues, journals, zines - featuring art, design, architecture and related

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Dublin Gallery Weekend

Galleries across Dublin

Join us this November for the third edition of Dublin Gallery Weekend. This city-wide event is a collaboration between almost 40 art galleries and museums across the city, who have joined together to present a specially programmed series of free public events such as talks, concerts, tours, workshops and more, alongside their exciting exhibitions and projects by a diverse range of artists. Dublin Gallery Weekend invites visitors to come and experience something new, and to discover art in galleries of all types ranging from the biggest modern art museums in the country to the smallest, tucked

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Beauty and the Beast

The Helix

TheatreworX Productions return to The Helix this Christmas for yet another Christmas Panto success with their hilarious adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Starring Orla Jennings as Beauty and Chris Corron as The Beast and causing as much trouble as possible; Paul Byrom will be rocking in the role of Gaston. Each year we go bigger and better than the year before - which may be one of the reasons we're consistently referred to as "The Best Panto in Dublin". Due to last year’s success we will have a sensory friendly production of the pantomime. Our adapted performance will take place

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Rapunzel

The Gaiety Theatre

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto! Get tangled up with laughter as Rapunzel is this year's Gaiety Panto. Let down your hair and join us as the Gaiety Panto give this marvellous tangled tale its magical, lavish and fun-loving touch. A pantomime extravaganza with singing, dancing and laugh out loud shenanigans - hair, there and everywhere!  Join us as we follow Rapunzel on her hair-larious and hair-raising adventures as she tries to escape her Evil-Stepmother who has locked her away in the secret tower. Legendary panto dame Joe Conlan, who celebrates hi

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And Then There Were None

Mill Theatre

Rathfarnham Theatre Group presents Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’, directed by Anne O’Connell. It is 1930s England and ten strangers arrive on a remote island off the coast of Devon for a relaxing weekend. When their mysterious hosts fail to appear, and long buried secrets are shockingly revealed, it soon becomes clear that this is to be no ordinary house party…. Agatha Christie’s best loved book, of mystery and murder, is vividly brought to life in a stage play that will have audiences on the edge of their seats as ten guests become nine suspects, then eight

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Language Dublin: Instituto Cervantes

Today we’re meeting Victor Andresco and Laura Martín, director and cultural officer respectively at the Dublin branch of the Instituto Cervantes, the international Spanish language and cultural organisation. Dublin is a place that is somehow familiar to the Spanish, Victor reckons. It’s not exotic or strange, he says – and he means that in a good way. Spanish people often send their children here to learn English, he points out. His Dublin taxi driver might very well own a holiday home in Spain. And there are other links, too. “We Spaniards feel very close to you”, he says, “s

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Ruth Johnson – Dublin City Archaeologist

Dr Ruth Johnson is City Archaeologist for Dublin city and is charged with protecting, managing and investigating our oldest heritage, much of it underground. As well as conservation projects, Ruth has input to new development projects across the city and a role in policy development advocacy. We sat down for a chat to find out how she works and what’s going on across the city, under the ground, in our oldest graveyards, our buried monasteries and in half-hidden, forgotten houses. How did you first become an archaeologist Ruth? I worked on a community excavation project in Yorkshire while doing my A-levels after which I did a Primary Degree in archa

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Dublin Uncovered: Capel Street

You may not know it, but Capel Street is one of Dublin’s most historically significant streets. It was a fundamental part of an extension of the city north of the river by Sir Humphrey Jervis, who built a large chunk of his estate around St. Mary’s Abbey. In 1676 he built Essex Bridge, (now Grattan Bridge) establishing Capel Street as one of the main links between the north and south of the city. A great contrast to the Capel Street of today, in the 17th and 18th Centuries it was residential, lined with freestanding mansions, each of which had large gardens and courtyards. Later on in the 18th Century t

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Dublin On Stage: The Gate Theatre

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?

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A Literary Tour of Dublin

Joyce, O’Casey, Beckett – you can’t even cross the Liffey without acknowledging Dublin’s literary heritage in the names of its bridges. The ubiquitous blue plaques marking writers’ birthplaces and residences are in such abundance, we can lose sight of how spoiled we are for old haunts of the literary greats: Wittgenstein on Parkgate Street, Bernard Shaw on Synge Street, Bram Stoker on Marino Crescent – even the Irish Writers’ Centre on Parnell Square. So yes, for a thorough literary tour, there is the option to get out the map and go wandering. Make a Yeatsian pilgrimage to Sandymount Avenue to

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Coming Home for Christmas

A Dublin Time Lapse

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