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
Tech firm Salesforce to add 1,500 employees in significant Dublin investment
Software giant Salesforce is to announce plans today for a significant Dublin investment that will create an additional 1,500 jobs and see the creation of a new campus at the city's North Wall Quay. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was at the official announcement at the Convention Centre this morning, as the company divulged its plans for an urban campus along with the construction of "Salesforce Tower". Welcoming the news, the Taoiseach said that Salesforce is an "important part of our technology sector, helping Ireland become the tech capital of Europe, and one of the most globalised and open economies in the world". Minister Josepha Madigan has said it's "one of the largest single jobs announcements by a multinational company in Ireland".
The Irish premieres of Philip Ridley's compelling companion plays, Tonight With Donny Stixx and Dark Vanilla Jungle; both darkly hilarious, searingly honest and painfully poetic.
Expect to be surprised. Expect to be amazed. But most of all… expect the unexpected as Donny Stixx transforms into the greatest magician of all time. They want to know why he committed the shocking act. They want to know what is wrong with him. All Donny wants is… his own television show.
Crave a family. Crave a home. Andrea has done more than craved… she has taken extreme lengths to find them. They keep ask
In a picture painted in 1916, Joanne Drum points out a dead body on O’Connell Bridge. In another picture, she spots a group of onlookers gathered high up on the parapet of a building. And in another she notices what’s written on the destination plate of a tram (Terenure) on College Green in 1901. Joanne is Education Officer at the National Gallery on Merrion Square. Joanne Drum: If you look at a picture with somebody standing beside you saying “have you noticed that tiny detail up in the corner?’, sometimes that can really bring it to life and make the whole experience more meaningful. More rich. Dublin.ie: This is the National Gallery of Ireland. But plenty of your pictures have Dublin as their subject, don’t they? Joanne Drum: Look at the work of Jack B Yeats – not only was he working in Dublin but he was painting and drawing and sketching what he saw around him all the time so he was kind of documenting the history of this city. And he was there at such an important time in history. This is a man who not only lived through two world wars but also all the conflict and change that was happening in Ireland at the time as well.
The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival – mobile moviemaking
Festival Director Robert Fitzhugh writes for Culture about a film festival with a difference... The mobile phone has grown from being a method of communication into a device where we seek information, consume entertainment and capture magical moments. On the 26th of January, Dublin's filmmaking community will descend on the Teeling Whiskey Distillery to experience the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival. But what is the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival? Good question... Now in its second year, the DSFF is a global showcase of short films shot using either a smartphone or tablet. The festival's mission is simple: highlight the best and brightest smartphone filmmakers from around the world and inspire a new generation of filmmakers to use their phones to capture a story of their own. Last year's event was an unprecedented success, and this year promises to be even bigger, with more than a 100 submissions spanning 25 different countries ranging anywhere from 1 minute to 15 minutes in length. Included are short films, fiction, animation and documentaries.
This season presents the greatest classics for a cinema exclusive experience featuring the Bolshoi Principals and Corps de Ballet.
The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, giving way to heated passions, and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love. La Bayadere is one of the greatest works classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgement set in India. Dazzling sets, costumes, and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the Kingdom of the Shades, illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dan
Discover the remarkable true story of a small town that welcomed the world.
Following sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, across the USA and in Canada, Come From Away has landed in Dublin for its long-awaited European premiere, ahead of its West End transfer. This joyous new musical shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these 'come from aways' into their lives. As uneasiness turned into trust and music soared into the night
National Theatre and Rufus Norris' new production of Macbeth.
The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. The National Theatre, creators of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, bring this epic and visually daring production of Shakespeare's most intense tragedy on a tour of the UK and Ireland immediately following a sold-out run in London. Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse,
100 Year Anniversary of the First Dáil Éireann in the Mansion House
As part of the 100th Anniversary of the sitting of the First Dáil in the Mansion House on the 21st of January 1919, the Mansion House will be open to the public for three days:
Fri: 10am - 8.30pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm - The Lord Mayor's Coach will be on view on the forecourt until 4pm.
Sun: 10am - 5pm
The 'First Dáil' of 1919. This Dáil was an assembly established by Sinn Féin MPs elected to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in the 1918 United Kingdom general election. Upon winning a majority of Irish seats in the election (many uncontested), Sinn Féin MPs refused to r
First Fortnight European Mental Health Art and Culture Festival
First Fortnight: European mental health arts and cultural festival comes to Ireland for the first time with the aim of challenging mental health stigma.
A first for Ireland, audiences will enjoy mental health-related music, theatre, film and spoken word from 16 nations (Ireland, Hungary, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Romania, Greece, Italy and Lithuania), as Europe aims to start 2019 by challenging mental health stigma and using arts events to create open discussion and understanding of mental health problems. First Fortnight is a
Join the National Women’s Council of Ireland for #FemFest, a major conference for young women aged 16-25 discussing leadership, equality and planning for that feminist future! On the centenary of the first Dáil, FemFest 2019 will explore the theme of women in public life in Ireland: past, present and future.
FemFest 2019 is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Justice and Equality
Please Note: This event is strictly for young women aged 16-25
#FemFest is a fun and engaging space about young women and for young women. It will combi
Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, the ultimate 'Girl Group', return to the concert stage in January 2019. This 2019 mini–tour will bring Ronnie back to Dublin for her first appearance here in over 25 years.
Ronnie and the Ronettes will perform all the hits – Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, Do I Love You, Walking In The Rain, (Best Part of) Breakin Up – along with cult classics and fan favourites. The multimedia presentation will incorporate rare and heretofore unseen photos and videos of the group.
The National Museum of Ireland… No, wait a second: ‘the National Museums of Ireland’. That’s right, there’s actually four of them – at four different sites.
Three of them are purpose-built; the buildings have always been museums: that’s the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street, the Archaeology Museum on Kildare Street and the Museum of Country Life in Castlebar, Co Mayo. The fourth site, Collins Barracks – which accommodates the Museum of Decorative Arts and History ̵
‘Sunlight Chambers’, it says over the door of the office building on the corner of Parliament Street and Essex Quay.
What a lovely name! But why is the building called that? Facing north across the Liffey, it certainly wasn’t catching many rays when Dublin.ie visited on a day in December.
With its arched windows and overhanging eaves, it looks like an Italian palace, built perhaps for a cadet branch of the Medici family c1500. But hang on a second, what’s with the strange 3D decorations stuck on the walls of the first and second storeys? There’s nude babies, a donkey, a man building a boat, two men constructing an arch, a bunch of Renaissance-styl
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
We all know Grand Canal as the home of Google but unbeknownst to many, tucked among the tech giants is a building where ancient crafts are still practised, The Design Tower. The Tower’s seven stories of studios play host to jewellers, fashion designers, conservationists and more.
In the fourth instalment in our series exploring The Design Tower, Dublin.ie meets sculptor and painter Elizabeth O’Kane to talk about her path to art, her craft and the building itself.
I always wanted to be an artist but I went to quite an academic school in Northern Ireland. I completely messed up my art paper and thoug
Mattress Mick’s got nothing on this. This is the greatest gathering of mattresses you’ve ever seen, taking up most of the floor space in a warehouse in Glasnevin.
With stacks and stacks of the things 20 and 30 deep, even the most sensitive of princesses could get a decent 40 winks here. If it wasn’t, that is, for the occasional high-pitched squishing noise coming from the machine that bales-up mattress innards in preparation for recycling.
Eco Mattress does two very valuable things simultaneously. As a social enterprise, it provides jobs and hands-on work experience for p
Renata Sperandio is the director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Dublino, the Dublin branch of the Italian cultural institute.
Renata, from Belluno in the Veneto region of Italy, has been in Dublin for three years. She has another three to go before her next posting. And, God bless her, she’s learning Irish – with the help of Duolingo, the well-known Irish language learning app.
‘Duolingo’s on my phone too’, says Dublin.ie. ‘It’s terrific.’ ‘Is it?’, asks Renata. ‘Well, yes it is’, I explain. Duolingo does an excellent job indeed. But it’s got its work cut out for it – because, make no mistake