Dubliners are among the friendliest people in the world, and the city is becoming increasingly diverse as new migrants are coming to make the capital their home.


Always Brighter Stories: Bull Island Action Group

Bull Island Action Group are a collective of volunteers who organise monthly beach clean-ups on Dollymount strand. For over 20 years, the group has been meeting on the third Saturday of every month year-round, no matter the weather.


Always Brighter Stories: Little Fitness

Social entrepreneur Sinéad Ryan founded Little Fitness to provide physical activity to children and families living in emergency accommodation, family hubs and where children may come up against barriers within their community.


Always Brighter Stories: St John Ambulance Volunteers

Mick Cardiff has volunteered with St John Ambulance Ballyfermot for a remarkable 48 years, ever since the branch was established. He has been the division officer in the area for many years and had a decades-long career as a paramedic with the National Ambulance Service.


Always Brighter Stories: James Casserly

James Casserly is a disability activist from Lucan, County Dublin. He runs ‘Jimbo’s Accessible Adventures’ on social media and his blog, advocating for better accessibility across Ireland.


Always Brighter Stories: Sanctuary Runners

A solidarity-through-sport initiative which uses running, jogging and walking to bring together asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and Irish residents across the country, promoting social inclusion and integration.


Always Brighter Stories: Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird is a renowned journalist and broadcaster. In 2021, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and ever since has been campaigning to raise awareness for the condition, and funds for the charities who support sufferers and their families. Charlie continues to extend the hand of friendship to as many people as possible across the country as he lives with his terminal illness.


Brigit: Dublin City Celebrating Women

Brigit: Dublin City Celebrating Women has now concluded with over 55 events having run across Thursday to Monday. Thanks to all participants and we’re looking forward to being back for more in 2025. Keep up with the latest from Brigit: Dublin City Celebrating Women. Sign up to the newsletter today!


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


Make A Day Of It – Smithfield & Stoneybatter

Smithfield & Stoneybatter is a short hop from the city centre, and home to a vibrant community of businesses and attractions. Join us for a browse in Bí URBAN, a studio for social creativity and a shop that sells locally-made products, some authentic Italian grub in Grano and a trip to the flicks at Light House Cinema.


Recording Dublin’s diversity

As the city grows larger, the diversity of Dublin is growing too. As it stands, around a fifth of the city’s population hails from abroad. Large numbers of people from Poland, Romania, the UK, Brazil, Italy, Spain, France and Lithuania call the city home. Increasingly, migrants from across North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East are settling in the city too. A new initiative for a changing city To reflect the city’s increasing diversity, in 2021, Creative Ireland and Dublin City Council – supported by the Gallery of Photography Ireland and D


Creating Dublin face masks

As the pandemic wore on into 2020, and the use of face masks became ubiquitous, the Dublin Place Brand team partnered with the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) to create a series of eye-catching designs. This project aimed not only to keep people safe, but also to celebrate what it means to be a Dubliner. We asked the students at NCAD to highlight Dublin’s creative, cosmopolitan and unique elements within their designs and instil them with a sense of place and belonging. Over 30 high-quality designs were presented, from which seven outstanding designs were chosen. We then worked with a small,