We’ve all enjoyed the lifting of restrictions over the past few months. Life got back to some semblance of normality with days out, sports, family occasions and restaurant trips. It gave us a bit of a summer. However, the situation in Dublin has changed. It’s now vital that we all take immediate steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the capital, which according to NPHET, ‘is spreading rapidly’. The latest guidance is available on Gov.ie and this Irish Ti
Three feelings sum up the Arts Sector’s response to COVID–19. Firstly, a feeling of doom and nothing seeming to work. Secondly, a sense of paralysis, coupled with a curiosity about what might work. Thirdly, there’s an optimism about the future, and a fierce determination to survive and thrive in this trying time. I don’t think these feelings are confined to the Arts Sector, of course, and these feelings alternate with each other even over a single day. Arts organisations are faring better than individual artists. Jobs have some protection, but freelance work sadly does not. Individual artists that have very low incomes, in any case, have lost al
Katie Kavanagh, a Dublin 8 based photographer, had an idea. As we’re generally stuck indoors due to COVID-19 restrictions, she’d take portrait shots of her neighbours at their doors. The idea grew legs and she’s linked up with Purple House Cancer Support Centre for the project, Doors Closed, Hearts Open. Their aim is to create a gallery of 200,000 ‘Doortraits’ to support the 200,000 people living with Cancer i
We know this is a tough time for everyone, so it’s important to mind your mental and physical health. We’ve rounded up some resources below, which are by no means exhaustive, but should be of some help. Have we missed anything? Email together [at] dublin.ie if you have suggestions. Mental Health & Welfare Supports Don’t suffer in silence – there are plenty of charities and support services that can help during this tough time: Mental Health Ireland: The Mental Health Ireland website is a comprehensive source of information for deali
Thanks to features like Stories, IGTV and video streams, Instagram is becoming the place to be for entertainment during lockdown. Here’s our pick of the best Irish accounts producing live content: Roz Purcell (@rozannapurcell): Roz does weekly cook-alongs (also see her second page @naturalbornfeeder for more recipes), & live workouts at 8am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to help you get your sweat on & stay healthy at home. Jess Redden (
Communities across the county are coming together to do whatever they can to help in the current crisis. We’ve collected a few of the initiatives here but if we’ve missed yours, please drop us a line at together [at] dublin.ie! Frontline supports: Feed the Heroes: A nationwide initiative to provide essential and nutritious meals to frontline heroes. Has served over 100k meals and raised over a million euro. On Call for Ireland: Over 60k people have responded to the HSE’s COVID-19 recruitment drive.
We promote Dublin to the world, via our website (Dublin.ie) and social media. Over the past couple of months we’ve been collecting photos of essential workers, as the county responds to the COVID-19 crisis. We collected them via social media and email, the call open to all who would send a photo. We present their photos here, along with their professions, in thanks for the work they’ve done, and continue to do.
While much of the population is working from home, there are also thousands of primary, secondary, and college students trying their best to study and learn remotely. The government has confirmed that schools and colleges will not reopen until September/October for the start of the new academic year. If you’re a student, parent or educator practicing remote learning, take a look at some of the resources below. Universities & Colleges Most of the main institutions are continuing to give lectures and seminars using online software, and many are currently exploring ways to host the upcoming exams and assessments online in the near future. Here’s the links to each of t
Stay entertained at home with top Dublin artistry. From films and gigs to publications and podcasts, our creatives have you covered. Online Museums, Activities & Events: Abbey Theatre: Ireland’s National Theatre has a variety of online resources to keep you entertained at home. With online Screenings and Talks & Podcasts, you’re sure to find something to sink your virtual teeth into. Culture Club Online: Dublin City Council Culture Company invite you
With level 3 restrictions in effect, most of Dublin’s attractions have had to close. Tour them here in the meantime, and make sure to visit when they’ve re-opened. National Gallery of Ireland Explore the wonders of the National Gallery of Ireland’s stunning collection in full on their website. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum