Your guide to live, work, invest & study in Dublin

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Do Dublin for Real

We’ve all been through a rough couple of years with the pandemic, but the craic in town has returned, so it’s time to Do Dublin for Real. Whether it’s gigs, family friendly festivals, amazing theatre productions, mouth watering restaurants or just a nice quiet snug, town is back.

hassan lemtouni stand in blas café wearing a check shirt and black glasses

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Meet a Dubliner – Hassan Lemtouni, Café Owner

Since 2014, Blas Cafe has been serving some of the most flavourful brunches and lunches north of the river Liffey. Think breakfast baps, toasties, eggs Benedict – and everything in between. Based in The Chocolate Factory, which once manufactured Toblerones and Mint Crisps, Blas Café’s neighbours include an eclectic mix of startups and individual creatives who share its coworking space. Setting up Blas Café played a big part in the old industrial building’s transformation. And its founder, Hassan Lemtouni, is extremely proud of what he ha

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DCU’s Water Institute: Solving global problems

What’s going on at Dublin’s water research centre At Dublin City University, researchers are stepping up. Professor of chemistry, Fiona Regan, is the founder and director of the Water Institute which, in 2015, brought together researchers from across a range of disciplines to carry out research into national and global water problems. Why the world needs DCU’s Water Institute The devastating conflict in Syria was sparked by a water scarcity that pushed people into the cities and provoked unrest. The unrest in Yemen is rooted in a water crisis. Large parts of America and

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The Level Project

Enhancing the gender balance of senior teams helps build strong leadership, attract talent and improve performance. There is still a significant gender imbalance in the leadership of Irish companies, where only 13% of CEOs and less than one in three senior managers are women. It’s a challenge across the private sector in Ireland and internationally, more pronounced in specific industry sectors, like engineering and ICT and is reflected in the gender composition of third-level graduates in STEM subjects. While this highlights the need for change, it also offers a real opportunity to broaden the talent pool for knowledge-based industries with a high demand for skills

The Fumbally

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How Dublin Works: The Fumbally

A Q&A with The Fumbally Café We visit The Fumbally Café on Fumbally Lane to speak with founder, Aisling Rogerson, about her experience of working at the busy community coffee shop. What is The Fumbally? It’s a popular Dublin 8 neighbourhood café where the emphasis is on all things wholesome, healthy, ethical and delicious. They’re experimental too, making their own fermented drinks. Then, there’s also The Stables – their complementary event space where yoga classes, food workshops and other cultural happenings take place. It also houses an extra kitchen where the café’s chefs can play around with new di

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Alen MacWeeney’s My Dublin 1963 // My Dubliners 2020

Alen MacWeeney, an internationally renowned photographer, born in Dublin in 1939, has launched a new book of photographs entitled ‘My Dublin 1963 // My Dubliners 2020‘. MacWeeney took the 89 black & white pictures that make up the book in Dublin in 1963/5. They are spontaneous images of Dublin and Dubliners in all areas of the city, a street odyssey reflecting a cross-section of the people, their habits and behaviour, ten years before Ireland joined the European Union and the wider world. The text on facing pages consists of social com

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Dublin Painting & Sketching Club Exhibition

1 Windmill Lane

Dublin Painting and Sketching Club's 144th Annual Exhibition will be held at 1WML (1 Windmill Lane) in Dublin City from Monday Sept 19th - Saturday Oct 1st 2022, exhibiting over 150 paintings from contemporary Irish Artists. The Club was formed in October 1874, its aims were 'to bring together artists, amateurs and others interested in art and the holding of public exhibitions.' In the 21st century these aims remain in place.

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Dublin Theatre Festival

Various Locations

We bring world-class theatre to Dublin, support artists in creating outstanding work and provide a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world. At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital. Our mission is to present a programme of exceptional theatrical experiences that will appeal to the diverse communities and visitors that make up our city. We have a rich history, with much to celebrate, but we are most excited about is what is yet to come. I

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Dublin Art and Technology Association (D.A.T.A) 20th Anniversary

NCAD

2022 marks the 20th Anniversary of Dublin Art and Technology Association (D.A.T.A) - a Dublin based platform for artists, makers and thinkers to share knowledge about digital cultures and practices. To celebrate, D.A.T.A, in association with NCAD Gallery, is hosting an event on Saturday 1st October 2022, 1PM-8PM, that includes a series of talks, workshops, screenings and performances from past D.A.T.A participants. The series will look at the work of former DATA presenters since their time presenting as part of D.A.T.A. All events are free, All are welcome. Participants: Jonah Brucker-Cohe

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No Magic Pill

Civic Theatre

This is the (mostly) true story of Martin Naughton AKA Michael Collins in a wheelchair. Martin is an agitator. A disruptor. A seeker of justice and planter of (truth) bombs. But will his anarchic quest for equality be derailed by dreams of love and new horizons? Based on the real life of Martin Naughton and his campaign for independence for disabled people in Ireland, No Magic Pill, written by Christian O’Reilly and directed by Raymond Keane, is a joyful, shameless, no-holds-barred story of one man’s fight for justice and love.

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Myra’s Story

The Helix

Homeless, middle-aged Myra McLaughlin is a foul-mouthed, feisty, Dublin street drinker. She is also immensely funny and self-deprecating as she gives an hilarious, moving, and ultimately heart-breaking re-enactment of her fall from grace from fresh-faced teen bride living in Tallaght, to her pitiful condition of today. Along Myra’s rollercoaster journey, we experience working class life and death at its maddest, funniest and cruelest. And meet an amazing bunch of Dublin characters who have coloured her life. Including Bob Dylan fan Tommy ... habitual scrounger Tina the Tap … heavy smoke

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Heaven

Draiocht

'HEAVEN is set in County Offaly, during the weekend of a local wedding. Mairead and Mal are struggling to keep their marriage together. Perhaps attending a wedding will help, or it might raise questions that are difficult to answer. This poignant, funny, beautiful, new play is full of humanity. HEAVEN is presented by the Olivier Award-winning Fishamble, written by Eugene O’Brien (winner of the Rooney Prize for Literature for EDEN), and directed by Jim Culleton (Irish Times Best Director Award winner 2019).

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The Forty Foot

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.

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Life on campus for the international student

Ireland might be a small country, but our universities and colleges are incredibly diverse. Every year, tens of thousands of students from over 130 countries come here to study.

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Diversity and unity at George’s Street Arcade

The business owners in George’s Street Arcade are a diverse bunch, coming from the likes of Nepal, Poland, France and Venezuela. We meet some of them to learn about what brought them to one of Dublin’s best markets. How business is done at George’s Street Arcade The much-loved George’s Street Arcade is more than just a quick way to get to Drury Street. It is a living breathing illustration of integration from all over the world, under one uniquely Dublin roof. As Dublin.ie approached the green gates, it noticed an impeccably dressed lady with a blossom i

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Profit with Purpose: Three Dublin Social Enterprises

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.

Ruth Johnson - Dublin City Archaeologist charged with protecting, managing and investigating our oldest heritage.

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Ruth Johnson – Dublin City Archaeologist

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

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Startup Scene: WIA

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

Bram Stoker Festival 2022