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Parlez-vous Pirate?

There’s a lot of things you can learn at your local library. And how to speak Pirate is one of them. As a place to learn a foreign language, Dublin’s public libraries have a notable advantage over the city’s other estimable language-learning institutions – the facilities they offer are free! Aside from the foreign language books you can borrow, your library card gives you access to two other invaluable resources. One is a language app called Mango. The other is the more traditional but by no means outmoded method of improving your French, or your Mandarin; con

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Microsoft invests €5m to give 100,000 schoolkids core digital skills

Microsoft has invested €5m in a new dedicated innovation and education hub called DreamSpace, which aims to host 100,000 schoolkids and their teachers over the next four years. DreamSpace is one component of the new €134m One Microsoft Place campus that was officially opened today by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, and which brings nearly all of Microsoft’s employees in Ireland under the one roof for the very first time. The purpose of DreamSpace is to equip schoolkids and their teachers with critical digital skills and Microsoft has devised a digital skills programme for that very purpose. Microsoft country manager Cathriona Hallahan told Siliconrepublic.com that education and training has been a core ethos at the software giant over the past decade. During the recession Microsoft introduced the New to Work programme that enabled 13,500 young people to gain the digital skills that would enable them to enter the workforce. Hour of Code gave 15,000 school children in Ireland vital coding skills. “And we have also focused on giving 10,000 girls the opportunity to gain vital digital skills and learn more about the tech industry. This new building gives us the opportunity to build on this. We have set a target of trying to connect with over 100,000 primary and secondary students and teachers to allow them to come in and dream the ideas of the future and see how technology can be an enabler to spark creativity and innovation. With DreamSpace, we want to inspire the young people of today to build the technologies and solutions and enjoy the opportunities of the future,” Hallahan said.

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Trinity Business & Technology Forum

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Trinity Business School is partnering with the Trinity Research and Innovation Group to transform the successful Trinity Global Business Forum into the even more exciting new Trinity Business & Technology Forum. The Forum is an annual event designed to bring the entire Trinity business community together in order to address the main issues facing business, as well as to network and make things happen. It is also an opportunity to see how Trinity research is translated into solutions with global economic and social impact in the Trinity Research showcase. The day will comprise of keynote ad

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The National Gallery: ‘Say What You See’

In a picture painted in 1916, Joanne Drum points out a dead body on O’Connell Bridge. In another picture, she spots a group of onlookers gathered high up on the parapet of a building. And in another she notices what’s written on the destination plate of a tram (Terenure) on College Green in 1901. Joanne is Education Officer at the National Gallery on Merrion Square. Joanne Drum: If you look at a picture with somebody standing beside you saying “have you noticed that tiny detail up in the corner?’, sometimes that can really bring it to life and make the whole experience more meaningful. More rich. Dublin.ie: This is the National Gallery of Ireland. But plenty of your pictures have Dublin as their subject, don’t they? Joanne Drum: Look at the work of Jack B Yeats – not only was he working in Dublin but he was painting and drawing and sketching what he saw around him all the time so he was kind of documenting the history of this city. And he was there at such an important time in history. This is a man who not only lived through two world wars but also all the conflict and change that was happening in Ireland at the time as well.

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Atwood, Donoghue & Enright for UCD Irish-Canadian literary fest

Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood is among the authors set to feature in Imagining: Home - a two-day literary festival celebrating the connections between Canada and Ireland, taking place at UCD Dublin from March 1-2. Authors joining Atwood for the event, which celebrates the literary connections between Ireland and Canada, include John Banville, Emma Donoghue, Anne Enright, Victoria Glendinning and Frank McGuinness. Imagining: Home is hosted by Jane Urquhart, acclaimed Canadian author and current Craig Dobbin Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at UCD and Dr Paul Halferty, Director of Canadian Studies at UCD. Margaret Atwood is arguably Canada's most celebrated author; an acclaimed author, her work has enjoyed a resurgence in recent months on the back of the acclaimed TV adaption of her celebrated dystopian sci-fi parable The Handmaid's Tale, as well as the Netflix adaptation of her 1996 historical Alias Grace. Atwood and Room author Emma Donoghue, originally from Dublin but resident in Canada for the past two decades, will discuss taking the book from script to screen, in a session moderated by playwright and novelist Frank McGuinness. The festival will close with Margaret Atwood introducing an episode of the TV adaptation of her novel Alias Grace. Takes place in Belfield, 1-2 March 2018.

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Seachtain na Gaeilge

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The largest Irish language festival in Ireland and around the world! Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival, which is the most popular celebration of our native language and culture in Ireland and many other countries each year. There was an excellent festival again this year, with almost millions of people taking part in hundreds of events around the world.

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Engineers Week

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Engineers Week is a week-long festival of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme -funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover programme Call. Aims The aims of the week include: 1. Encourage young people, their teachers and parents to explore the fun world of engineering. 2. Generate interest and enthusiasm for engineering in their everyday lives. 3. Inspire young people to explore engineering career paths. 4. Highlight the diverse opportunities engineering o

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Trinity Business & Technology Forum

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Trinity Business School is partnering with the Trinity Research and Innovation Group to transform the successful Trinity Global Business Forum into the even more exciting new Trinity Business & Technology Forum. The Forum is an annual event designed to bring the entire Trinity business community together in order to address the main issues facing business, as well as to network and make things happen. It is also an opportunity to see how Trinity research is translated into solutions with global economic and social impact in the Trinity Research showcase. The day will comprise of keynote ad

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Seachtain na Gaeilge

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The largest Irish language festival in Ireland and around the world! Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival, which is the most popular celebration of our native language and culture in Ireland and many other countries each year. There was an excellent festival again this year, with almost millions of people taking part in hundreds of events around the world.

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Science in the City

A couple of weeks ago, astronomers at the Alma telescope in Chile discovered a supermassive black hole near the centre of the Milky Way. It is said to be one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun and roughly 1.4 trillion kilometres in length. When we read a science story, it is almost always sensational news. However, a lot of science stories go under the radar of the ordinary non-scientist, primarily because we simply don’t understand it; it’s too complex unless it’s a news story on a topical subject that we can relate to, like space or cancer research. A number of outreach programmes set up by the

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Jenny Siung, Chester Beatty Library

Dubliners know where to find Armageddon, The Whore of Babylon and The Seven Headed Beast. They’re in the Book of Revelations. But where would you find the actual book? Well it so happens that most probably the earliest copy in existence (it’s called Papyrus 47) is right here in Dublin, at the Chester Beatty Library. It’s just one of the myriad treasures of this museum (it’s way more than just a library, folks). There are Egyptian Books of the Dead, Japanese picture scrolls, Art Deco French book bindings: the range and depth of the collection is extraordinary. Chester Beatty himself – the man who made this collection – was a

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Opera in the Dublin Multiplex

Opera could save the cinema – or kill itself Who likes the trailers? For many film fans, the previews of upcoming films are an integral part of the cinema experience. In recent years, however, most cinema-goers will have noticed a new phenomenon: less trailers for upcoming films and more for live opera and theatre, which is beamed into cinemas across the world. Cinemas love it. It attracts an older, wealthier demographic and often at times of the day when the cinema might not be very busy But who goes to the cinema to watch live opera and theatre? Actually, quite a few, says Christopher Morris, a professor of music at

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