Meet author Ronán Hession, aka Mumblin’ Deaf Ro

“Dublin for me has always been a place to live. It’s always felt like a place where communities are, and a lot of it is not always obvious to the outsider. It’s a suburban city.” Ronán Hession is a Dub through and through. The author, musician, civil servant, husband and father was raised between Beaumont and the north inner city and now resides in Portmarnock. We sat down to chat about his creativity, grá for Dublin and what he’s looking forward to doing in the city post-lockdown. Ronán’s debut novel, Leonard and Hungry Paul, came out in 2019. In 2021, it was chosen for the

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Making Dublin City Climate Resilient

When we look back at Dublin’s storied history, it’s clear that we are merely part of a long line of caretakers of the city. Here to ensure future generations get to enjoy all that Dublin has to offer, from the city’s rich natural habitats in the Dublin Bay Biosphere to the Phoenix Park and along the rivers and canals. However, we know that what we once thought was an infinite resource is under threat, and we can no longer sit idle. 2030 has been set as a vital deadline for reaching the goals set out by the Paris Agreement, aiming to turn the tide and take climate action. In 2019, Dublin City Council (DCC) published its

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Be Active, Stay Healthy

It’s been a rough year (and a bit) for all of us but as the Spring evenings start to get a bit longer and the weather gets a bit milder, it’s vital that we stay active. Particularly as we’re all staying home more due to lockdown. Whether it’s taking the kids to the park, getting a morning run in, or even a lunchtime walk, the benefits to mind and body health are proven. For now you’re limited to a 5km radius of your home, but we’ve assembled some resources to help you out.

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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. Join us as we meet them and learn about what brought them to one of Dublin’s best markets. The much-loved George’s St Arcade is more than just a quick way to get to Drury St. It is a living breathing illustration of integration from all over the world, under one uniquely Dublin roof. As we approached the green gates, we noticed an impeccably dressed lady with blossom in her hair; floating gracefully from stall to stall, greeting its inhab

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Current COVID-19 restrictions

Ireland is re-opening society on a phased basis as vaccinations accelerate. Travel: You can travel within your county or 20km from your home. From May 10th, you can travel between counties in Ireland. Retail: Non-essential retail is closed at present. Click and collect, in-store by appointment only, and outdoor retail can recommence from May 10th. Bars, cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars): Take away food and delivery only. Personal services (hairdressers, barbers, beauticians): Closed at present. Can reopen for customers with appointments only from May 10th.

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Make A Day Of It – Dublin’s Docklands

Only a short stroll from the city centre, Dublin's Docklands is an exciting bustling area with plenty of options for a great day out. From the chq Building, home to the EPIC Irish Immigration Museum, shops, cafés, and a microbrewery over to BrewDog's Dublin outpost on Capital Dock. Learn about the Irish Famine Story on the Jeanie Johnston, or if you're feeling energetic, there's always kayaking on the Liffey. One thing's for sure, you won't be short of options in the Docklands.

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Make A Day Of It – Dublin’s Liberties

The Liberties is a neighbourhood rich in heritage, community and craft. Join us for a coffee at Two Pups, a tasting tour to Teeling Whiskey Distillery, shopping at Jam Art Factory and a browse through the Liberties Market. You're never short of options in this colourful part of the city.

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Make A Day Of It – Dublin’s Northside

With so much to see and do on Dublin’s Northside, you’ve got to get out and enjoy it. From guided tours of Croke Park and the GAA Museum, French cuisine at Anderson's Creperie, shopping in the Arts & Business Campus in Drumcondra, or just taking a stroll around the Botanic Gardens, Dublin's Northside has it all.

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Make A Day Of It – Dublin’s Creative Quarter

The Creative Quarter of the city has so many highlights for an enjoyable and safe day out. Follow along as we make a day of it with stops including The Little Museum of Dublin, Powerscourt Centre, Article and San Lorenzo's for contemporary Italian food with a New York twist.

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Make A Day Of It – Dublin’s Historic Heart

From Dublinia to George's Street Arcade, the Historic Heart of the city has so many highlights for an enjoyable and safe day out. Follow along as we make a day of it with stops including Queen Of Tarts for coffee, the Gutter Bookshop for riveting reads and Christ Church Cathedral for 10 centuries of history.

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Make A Day Of It – Dublin’s North City

From Hugh Lane Gallery to Chapters Bookstore, the north city has so many highlights for an enjoyable and safe day out. Follow along as we make a day of it with stops including The Garden of Rememberance and Bun Cha for tasty Vietnamese dishes, where else but on Moore Street.

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Where the Arts are now

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

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