Imagine if Dublin had an instrument panel: a set of gauges and graphs that revealed to its residents the precise current state of their home town. Professor Rob Kitchin and his team at Maynooth did exactly that. And they built it, online. It’s called Dublin Dashboard. Dublin.ie: What’s on Dashboard right now that the ordinary person might be interested in?
It’s still early in the morning when I walk up the steps to the National Library. Standing on the porch, through the fence I can see the TDs totter up the path next-door, folders underarm, heading into the Government Buildings. This Kildare Street building has housed Dublin’s main public reference library since 1890, and in Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, he describes students gathering here to smoke and chat. Inside, it is quieter than even a library should be although there are a few eager types waiting in the lobby. A cleaner polishes around the bronze bust of Senator Mi
Trinity student Shauna Quinn and her team emerged victorious from a citizen science competition run at the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Doctoral Summer School after proposing ‘Letswakeapp’ – a project that will poll citizen scientists to bank the right alarm tone on an individual basis so as to ensure a good wake-up experience. The project, presented by PhD candidate in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Shauna Quinn, was awarded first prize by a panel of experts that also comprised Secretary General of LERU, Kurt Deketelaere. The prize included seed funding to continue the project, with a pilot study already mooted for Dublin next year.
The Printworks, Dublin Castle
New Now Next, our popular architecture talks series, is back for a fifth year. Curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation and sponsored by ARUP, the purpose of this free event is to bring inspirational speakers to Dublin to excite and inspire audiences who are interested in the design and construction of buildings and cities. It’s about disseminating NEW Ideas, regarding contemporary issues relevant NOW that can impact on the sustainability of NEXT generations. On September 13 we have the return Winy Maas to Dublin, who was last here ten years ago at the invitation of the Irish Architec
‘Since it opened in 1961’, says the brochure, ‘the Goethe-Institut has broadened the professional and personal horizons of 50,000 people who have attended its German courses’. Currently housed in Fitzwilliam Square while it awaits the refurbishment and extension of its Merrion Square HQ round the corner, its director is Dr Thomas Lier. Thomas is from Bavaria. Don’t call him ‘Bavarian’, though. That, Dublin.ie learns, would be like calling a Cornishman ‘English’. Because Thomas is really a Franconian, from Wurzburg, and Franconia was an autonomous region until Napoleon kicked it into Bavaria. ‘Wurzburg has a very strong con
DIT Alumni Aidan Coughlan and Amy Cannon have launched new content agency, Far From Avocados, a Dublin based operation specialising in digital content marketing. The company founded by Aidan Coughlan, who graduated from DIT with a BA in Media Arts in 2008 and DIT PhD Candidate, Amy Cannon, is made up of a team of journalists and marketers who plan, design, produce, write, shoot, snap, record and distribute digital content that cuts through the noise and makes audiences pay attention to what brands have to say.
We have the ambition to bring innovation, social, and environmental factors under one roof to generate positive real life changes. Here, leading thinkers can get together to share ideas that matter in any discipline regarding future-shaping concepts. Our focus is to empower leaders to find new ways on how they can to turn actual challenges into responsible solutions. The aim of this international conference is to introduce responsible innovation as an adaptable business concept. Exciting conversations, workshops and case studies are going to take place to inspire and activate innovation lea
National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. National Heritage
Living In Victorian Dublin is a free full day seminar exploring a wide range of contrasting topics relating to this influential era in Dublin’s history including architecture, tenements, bourgeoisie homes, and homelessness. Confirmed speakers include Michael Barry, Dr. Jacinta Prunty, Dr. Susan Galavan, Barry Kennerk, and Elizabeth Smith. Full program details will be published closer to date at www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie The Seminar is organised by Dublin City Archives for Heritage Week 2017 and as part of the 2017 Community Heritage Grants Scheme.
Light House Cinema
Come and re:connect EUROPE with us! Join the second edition of re:publica in Ireland. After a first, very successful re:publica in Dublin in 2016, we’re at it again: Let the journey begin! Under the re:connecting EUROPE motto, we’re launching a field trip from the north of Europe to the south. It gets rolling on September 7 and 8 2017 in the Irish capital. The first #rpDUB felt quite a bit like the first re:publica in Berlin. There was lots of room for discussions and a great exchange with the Irish digital community. Participate and get a part of re:publica with our Call f
The popularity of spoken word is on the rise in Dublin and one of the stars of the scene is Elayne Harrington, AKA Temper-Mental MissElayneous. She’s a rapper and slam poet from Finglas and a standout female performer on a male-dominated scene. Dublin.ie first saw Elayne perform at a women’s storytelling night in Temple Bar’s Project Arts Centre. With her trademark hairdo of curlers in her fringe, the bold red lips and her warrior stance, she was defiant and gutsy. She set her words to the beat
Creative Writing Postgraduate Programs have long been a staple of the academic world in the United States. Prominent writers, among them Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, and Joyce Carol Oates, have worked as creative writing professors since as far back as the seventies. Yet despite Dublin’s literary heritage and wealth of authors, it has only recently come to be recognised as a centre of excellence for such courses; now it attracts scores of hopeful young writers from around the world every year. “You can’t teach people to be creative. You can only accelerate the pace at which people are developing creatively, which is a very different matter.” These are the words of
Looking for stars? Try BIMM Spotted a famous musician in Dublin recently? There’s a fair chance they were coming out of DIT’s school of commercial music. Situated on Francis Street in Dublin 8, the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) holds regular masterclasses for its students with world-class musicians: Imelda May, Danny O’Donoghue of The Script, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and even Hozier have paid surprise visits. US singer-songwriter John Grant offered a songwriting masterclass. U2’s The Edge has attended a BIMM graduation ceremony. All of the tutors at BIMM are working mus