Always Brighter Stories celebrates people doing kind, inclusive work in their communities. From volunteer groups to disability activists, social enterprises, charities and more, we’re spotlighting these stories to thank all Dubliners who make a positive impact in our city and county.
Gaiety Productions presents John B Keane’s classic masterpiece, Sive.
A story of greed and bitterness, of a scheming matchmaker and a resentful woman, forcing a young girl to marry a much, much older man.
• Fionnula Flanagan (The Others, The Guard, Waking Ned, Smother)
• Norma Sheahan (Bridget & Eamon, Moone Boy, Shirley Valentine, The Matchmaker)
• Sade Malone (Hope Street, Pistol, My Left Nut)
• Denis Conway (Hangmen, The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Aisha, Brooklyn),
• Patrick Ryan (Vikings: Valhalla, Game Of Thrones, Pure Mule)
• John Rice
As the founder of AI Ireland and the AI Awards, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing first-hand how technology serves as an enabler for problem-solving across various business sectors and societal issues.
Far from the job-taking or sci-fi doom Terminator, it’s often portrayed as AI is a technology capable of human-like thinking and decision-making. It learns from data and evolves, thereby aiding in the resolution of intricate challenges and the automation of tasks. In November 2022, Generative AI like ChatGPT captured headlines, opening new possibilities for internet users’ everyday activities.
When it comes to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME
Elisa Capitanio is Head of Design at social media intelligence agency Storyful. She also runs her own independent abstract art business.
Here’s her experience of working in Dublin:
A master of both digital design and abstract art
Elisa Capitanio came to Ireland more than a decade ago completely by chance. Living in Italy, she longed for a change of pace, so she left her home in Bergamo and moved to London.
Dublin came calling with an opportunity for Elisa to try her hand at being a web designer, so she packed her bags for a second time and moved country again.
Since then, Irelan
Rachele Faggiani is the first-ever recipient of the Dublin Postgraduate Scholarship, co-funded and developed by Dublin City Council and Education in Ireland. We sat down to chat about her time in Dublin.
What’s your name & where are you from?
Hi everyone! I’m Rachele, I’m from Italy. I come from a small town called Tarquinia, just outside Rome on the seaside.
Can you tell us a little bit about the course you’re studying?
I’m a postgrad student at Trinity College, and I’m studying for an MPhil in
‘Would you like to take my card?’
On a sunny Sunday morning in early spring, we’ve accepted business cards from 16 artists having browsed their works on the railings of Merrion Square Park. A card is not just a card here – it’s a magic ticket for these artists, and many of their lives have been changed by the people who accept them.
Merrion Square’s outdoor art market is a real Dublin institution. It was first formally regulated by Dublin City Council in 1985, but as some of its veterans tell us, they were tying paintings to the railings long before that. It takes place every Sunday from 10am to 6pm on three sides of the park, as dozens of
The Dublin Card Show powered by Topps. Join collectors and vendors from Ireland and around the world at the award-winning Convention Centre Dublin this February.
Sports cards including Football, Formula 1, NBA, NFL, and MLB will all be available for purchase, trade or to sell on the day. Trading card games will also be represented with Pokemon, Disney’s Lorcana, and others in stock with vendors on the day.
Our Headline Sponsor Topps will have the following and more on the day!
• The NEW Topps Zone with Take-a-card, Leave-a-card wall & Personalised card photobooth
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Turning Heads: Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer
National Gallery of Ireland
This exhibition features works by Dutch and Flemish artists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who were exponents of the tronie – an intriguing painting of a head. Paintings include Study of an Old Woman by Rubens, The Laughing Man, 1629-1630, by Rembrandt and The Man with the Golden Helmet, c. 1650 from the circle of Rembrandt. Vermeer’s most exquisitely detailed tronie, Girl with the Red Hat, c.1665-1667, is an exhibition highlight. Ticketed, admission from €5.
This exhibition is a collaboration between the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the National Gallery of Irelan
Talk: Edith Beatty as a Collector
Chester Beatty and Online
Join Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of Western Collection at Chester Beatty for a free lecture in person or online this February.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, please join the Curator of Western Collections at the Chester Beatty as she explores the life, interests and collections of Edith Beatty—racehorse owner, collector and gift-giver extraordinaire—and her contribution to the Chester Beatty Collections.
Dr Jill Unkel is an art historian whose research interests include manuscript illumination, ecclesiastical architecture, the history of the book, and object histories. She has
Rush Drama Festival
Under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland, the Rush Drama Festival was founded in 2004 and is now an important part of the Millbank Theatre calendar.
This year is the 20th Anniversary of the festival and it runs from March 1st-9th.
Football Clichés Live
Liberty Hall Theatre
The podcast the streets will never forget.
Since launching in 2020, the Football Clichés podcast has been on a relentless search for the true meaning of football.
Why do we talk about it the way we do? Just how big is a "pocket" of space? What's the least impressive thing that football could consider "a classy touch"? Which is worse: a "carthorse" or a "donkey"? How many errors constitute "a comedy of errors"? What's the worst football action scene in cinema history? What's the most "kit launch" pose a footballer can strike?
After 2022's sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland, the Clic
WAKE, the smash-hit theatrical phenomenon, returns to Dublin’s National Stadium in March.
From THISISPOPBABY, the hit-makers of international sensation RIOT, WAKE is a home-grown arena party uniting a ferocious full band with the most extraordinary circus, aerial, dance and spoken word artists in the land.
Expect wild acrobatics, Irish trad-with-a-twist, searing hot variety acts and outrageous cabaret. This dazzling explosion of past and future makes for an electric night out with your very best pals.
This is a high-octane, heart-thumping night out; a celebration of life, of togethe
It’s an addiction. It’s life threatening. It’s awesome.
Huddling together in the bitter cold, on Friday the 13th, under a weak and feeble January sun, they all argue that there’s nothing better. Sure, there’s dramatic stories of nearly dying, but the group is adamant that the buzz is worth it.
Great, they say, for the mental health. “It’s the perfect anti-depressant,” photographer Barry Delaney says. Listening to these Dublin swimmers, you hear the language of addiction, love and even religion.
The perpetual appeal of Dublin’s Forty Foot
Welcome to Sandycove’s famous Forty Foot and its crew of year-round swimmers.
Wrapped from head to toe against the hostile elements, surrounded by a riot of colour which cuts a sharp contrast with the grey February day, meet the flower ladies of Grafton Street. They say the ladies are “the heart and soul of Grafton Street” and what helps save the road from becoming just another English high street. You’ll find the ladies bringing both wit and colour to the corners of Chatham, Harry and Duke Streets. Tina Kelly tells us she’s been selling flowers all her life, starting off aged 12 helping her mother when Grafton St still had two-way traffic. She has seen a lot come and go from her perch on Duke Street. Tina tells Dublin.ie that one time she even met The Duke himself. “Yeah I met John Wayne.” “Sure I met them all,” she adds. “Sean Connery… I was talking away to him, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Lisa Stanfield. I met an awful lot of them. And sure Eric Clapton, well I was talking to him on the street for nearly two hours and I hadn’t a clue who he was.” A natural born story teller, you can tell Tina enjoys the banter that comes with the trade. Many of the customers are obviously regulars as there’s lots of first name usage. Sister-in-law Susanne, who mans the Harry Street corner, says “you have to enjoy talking to people.” And in case we hadn’t noticed, she adds: “Now I would be a talker!” The Kelly name is synonymous with flowers on Grafton Street going way back, Susanne says. “Now I married into the Kelly family,” she says adding that she comes from a family of boxers. My grandfather was Spike McCormick.”
The importance of sustainable and social enterprises
Making your startup or existing business sustainable or ethical is 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 that will impact the bottom line of many businesses.
Dr. Ruth Johnson is Dublin’s City Archaeologist and she is charged with protecting, managing and investigating the city’s oldest heritage – much of which is underground.
As well as conservation projects, Ruth has input into new developments across the city and a role in policy development advocacy. We spoke to her about how she works and what’s going on across the city – under the ground, in our oldest graveyards and in half-hidden houses.
In conversation with Dr. Ruth Johnson
Ruth began her career working on a community excavation project in Yorkshire, while doing her A-levels. This piqued her interest in archaeology and she went on to do
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