We are lucky to live in a city where fantastic local produce is readily available, and game is no exception. Game season is well under way with venison in stores since September and grouse, pigeon and pheasant available from next week. People can often be intimidated by game. But it can be treated like any other meat. You can roast, pan-fry or braise it, just watch out for the shot! With such an abundance of options on our doorstep it would be a shame not to avail of this great resource. Dublin.ie visited some of the best places to buy game in Dublin to see what’s on offer, so that come next week you will be well equipped to cook a hearty, seasonal and local meal.
What are your plans for Halloween in Dublin this year? We’ve got you covered with a tonne of ideas for your spooky night out, including where to pick up a last minute costume, the best Bram Stoker Festival events and where to delve into some unreal cocktails in #DublinTown! Fun Place has been dressing Dublin for Halloween for over 35 years! They are always in high demand around this time of year as they have the most incredible selection of costumes, wigs, masks and accessories that will make you stand out this Halloween!
It was love that initially brought Paulo, originally from Portugal, to Ireland. Well, love and Google that is. When his girlfriend got offered a job at Google HQ, Paulo decided to pack up from Barcelona and make the move over too. He hasn’t looked back since. Now working in iQuate as a product owner, he’s utilising his vast skillset to bridge the gap between the customer and tech teams. He explains: “My current role is as a product owner. I’m doing exactly what I want to do. I have a tech background but I like being in contact with people, so I find this job mixes both of those things perfectly.”
Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, Bram Stoker Festival 2016 has something for everyone in its gothically inspired programme of events. Bram Stoker Festival is brought to life by Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland and presented by Project Arts Centre. Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker was born on the 8th November 1847 in Marino Crescent, Clontarf, on the northside of Dublin and was educated at Trinity College from 1864-1870. Stoker became interested in the theatre while a student and this led him to become the unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Evening Mail which was co-owned by the gothic writer Sheridan Le Fanu. In 1878 he married Florence Balcombe, former girlfriend of Oscar Wilde, in St. Ann’s Church in Dawson Street. He began writing novels while in London – the most famous of which is Dracula, published in 1897.
Four years and seven days ago I swore “never again”. I’d just completed the Dublin Marathon in 3 hours 51 minutes, and my right leg had swollen to twice the size of my left. You see, I’d been advised not to take part in intensive physical activities since breaking my leg in four places playing football, which had resulted in nine operations. But I’m stubborn I guess. And I was grand, after a few weeks of soreness and swelling. Six months ago, I decided that I needed to challenge myself again. I hate the gym. I’m not a fan of classes where you look steadfastly into your own pained face in the mirror for an hou
Frank Kelly (1938-2016) was an Irish writer, actor, singer and entertainer who had a 60 year career on stage, screen, TV and radio in Ireland and the United Kingdom.Though best known for his role as Father Jack Hackett in the Channel 4 sitcom ‘Father Ted’; he became a household name through the RTÉ satirical show ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ and the RTÉ children’s programme ‘Wanderly Wagon’. Amongst Kelly’s other TV appearances, he had roles in the RTÉ Irish language programme Anois is Arís, RTÉ’s soap Glenroe, and ITV’s Emmerdale, to name but a few. Many of his comedy sketches came from ‘The Glen Abbey Show’ on RTÉ Radio 1. He also appeared as an unnamed prison officer in the opening sequence of The Italian Job in 1969 and had a chart hit with A Christmas Countdown, a comedy version of the 12 Days of Christmas written by Hugh Leonard.
The fifth Bram Stoker Festival will take place from Friday 28th to Monday 31st October 2016.The festival takes the legacy of Dublin horror novelist and Dracula author Bram Stoker as inspiration. Get ready for four days of living stories and four nights of deadly adventures. Bram Stoker Festival is brought to life by Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland.One of the highlights of the festival will be the Macnas: Sleep No More parade. Macnas, world-renowned pioneers of imagination and invention, return to the streets of Dublin for Bram Stoker Festival with a Samhain parade through the broa
Crazy about horror and looking for something a little different? Well Horror Expo Ireland is ready to deliver a one of a kind event which promises to please even the most ardent horror fan. Taking place on Halloween Eve, the impressive surroundings of the Freemasons Grand Lodge will host a full day dedicated to the world of horror as hearts and minds unite in a love of all that is dark and macabre.
Being a vampire sucks, but being Dracula's younger brother is driving Jackula batty.Join Jackula on a spooktacular quest to step out of his brother's shadow and become the world’s most magical vampire. Laugh as Jackula makes his pet ghost dance. Gasp as Jackula balances five glasses of water on his chin. Smile as children help perform magic tricks. After the show, every child is invited to do a trick! Jackula is performed by Jack Flash, who has entertained at The White House, Leinster House, with shows from USA to Nepal. A fun magic and juggling show for the whole family.
The iconic Star Trek franchise is 50 years old and along the way has had its share of cancellations and revivals. In 2009 it was rebooted in spectacular style when director J.J. Abrams took it on, delivering one of the most exciting and irresistible blockbusters in recent movie-going history. A major ingredient in the success of the film was the thrilling score by regular Abrams collaborator Michael Giacchino. Now Irish audiences can reach warp speed together with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as they experience Giacchino’s score performed live to picture… and boldly go where no one has gone
Eirtakon is the largest and longest-running anime (Japanese animation) and manga convention in Ireland, held every year by a dedicated volunteer committee put in place by the DCU Anime & Manga Society. Over 4000+ anime and manga fans, cosplayers, video and trad gamers joined us in our new home at the Croke Park Conference Centre last year, absolutely smashing our previous attendance records. This year we're getting even bigger to celebrate our first big milestone of 12 years!
A deliciously dark musical fable for children and adults starring renowned Irish vocalist Lisa Lambe is on tour. Recently returned from a whirlwind tour of USA Theatre Lovett, one of Ireland’s leading companies making work for all ages bring their classic slapstick, song and theatricality to audiences young and old. A sell out show at Dublin Theatre Festival in 2013 A Feast of Bones is a deliciously dark retelling of Henny Penny, a classic fable of survival. Featuring live music, an original score, and some dazzling musical talent; Lisa Lambe, Martin Brunsden (Hot House Flowers). Under the
‘We shape our buildings’, said one-time Dublin resident Winston Churchill, ‘thereafter they shape us’. So what shape are we Dubliners in? On the eve of Open House, the Irish Architecture Foundation’s phenomenally successful annual festival, Dublin.ie spoke to the IAF’s Laura Wolfe and Jennifer Halton. Dublin.ie: Open House opens the doors of special buildings all over Dublin and beyond to the public. What’s that about, Laura? Laura: It’s about giving Dublin people back ownership of their whole city. It’s saying to them ‘you know the city, you use the city, here’s the chance to rethink where you live’.
It’s fair to say Mattress Mick is something else. You are probably familiar with the viral videos and with the persona of the madcap mattress salesman. Are there any rules to what they do? “We want to break the rules” says Mick. Yet within the madness there is something that resonates with us. And it’s this which makes Mattress Men, the new behind the scenes documentary, such a compelling prospect. In part, the film gives us the backstory. How did this madness come about? How could one man become so inextricably associated with mattresses and great deals? Mattress Men allows us to step back from the persona to see the creators at work. Dublin.ie w
Ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Graham Rogerson did. After several years doing shift work in IT he was ready for a change. One thing that got him thinking about opening a shop was that he’d get to meet people. ‘And that didn’t really happen much in IT’, he remembers. The question ‘what sort of a shop?’ was a bit of a no-brainer. Graham is a member of a family with sea water coursing through its veins. His grandfather James and James’s brothers had their own fishing boats. Before they were 12 years old, Graham’s father, George, and his uncle, Tommy, were selling fish on the Coal Quay in Dun Laoghaire. As a child in the 80s
Mindfulness is a big buzzword around Dublin. What with social media, multi-tasking, and generally running around like mad things, Dubliners are in need of new ways to unplug and relax. Mindfulness is one way to answer this need. Which is why it’s moving from the hippie fringe to the mainstream. We have so much going on in our heads and so many items on our mental to-do lists that we often carry out daily tasks without being conscious of what we’re doing. Or being able to remember it later. ‘Did I turn off the immersion?’ we wonder. ‘What time did I arrange the meeting for?’ We worry that our house will be robbed because we can’t reme
Perhaps you seek refuge from the clamour of the city? Then head away from Stephen’s Green. Walk up Harcourt Street. Take a left. And approach the gates at the end of Clonmel Street. Enter. And breathe. Around you are green lawns. Trees, Fountains. Statues. A rose garden. A maze. A grotto. An elegant promenade. And, crucial to our purpose here, not very many people. Indeed, mid-afternoon of an autumn’s day you may very well have the place to yourself. The place is Iveagh Gardens. It’s a Victorian park. So is Stephen’s Green, of course. But the difference in the atmosphere is pronounced – a direct result of its history.
DCU is growing. The young university is spreading its wings across the north of Dublin, with campuses in Glasnevin and Drumcondra. As a result more eager students will be adopting these areas as their new home. So, what can students coming to study in the New DCU expect from this part of our fair city? Student life is about balance. A rounded education does not just happen in a lecture hall. Libraries, books and essays may make up a large part of the university experience but they are not the be all and end all. New friends, new experiences and new locals are all waiting to be explored.