Life in Dublin is varied, energetic and comfortable. This compact city has everything you need, either on your doorstep or a short trip away via a comprehensive public transport and roads network. The people are friendly, the culture is rich and the history is fascinating. Here’s everything you need to know.

Life in Dublin

Compact and easy to navigate; mild no matter the season; filled with history, energy and opportunity: there are a lot of reasons Dubliners love the Fair City. But if there’s one reason to move here, it has to be the people – we’re some of the friendliest in the world!

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Official procedures

Dealing with the authorities doesn’t have to be a headache. We’ve drawn together some of the essential things you’ll need to get sorted as you set up in Dublin. Dealing with the council? Here’s our handy guide to the city council’s services. Organising a visa? Here’s advice on the type that you’ll need and for it. Want to get on the road? Here’s the lowdown on getting licensed and making sure your vehicle is

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Settling in

17% of people currently living in Dublin were born outside of Ireland; as the city’s international population continues to grow, the rich array of activities, cuisines and events on offer has expanded in kind. So whatever your interest, you’re sure to find others to share it with. If you’re missing home, it won’t be difficult to find food, festivals and friends from your own country in Dublin. Rest assured that you’ll be able to practice your religion freely here too. The Pew Research Centre has found that the Republic of

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The Irish are mad about sports and Dubliners are no different. The three most popular sports in Ireland, by attendance at senior games, are Gaelic games (Gaelic football and hurling), soccer (commonly referred to as ‘football’) and rugby. But a huge variety of other sports are also played across the county and country. Sports clubs tend to be very community-orientated and are a great way of meeting like-minded people, either as an individual or as a family. Whether your children participate in sport, you take part yourself or you volunteer to help out, getting involved with your local club will really help you settle-in to Dublin. We’ve listed the most popular sports a

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Live Stories

Spotlighting cultural spaces, food & drink offerings, shopping & sporting experiences, our Live stories show you the best of Dublin.

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Schools Shakespeare Festival

dlr Mill Theatre

Schools Shakespeare Festival 2020 - The 2nd Annual Schools Shakespeare Festival @ dlr Mill Theatre. Taking place over 5 evenings in the Main Auditorium, The 2nd Annual Schools Shakespeare Festival will see school groups perform an excerpt from their chosen Shakespeare text. All performances are 30 minutes and adjudicator Geoff O'Keeffe will present feedback each night. It is a unique opportunity for students to experience Shakespeare as his work should be experienced - on stage. The festival framework gives teachers the opportunity to develop their chosen Shakespeare in class, through perfo

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First Fortnight-The Art of Mental Health

Various Locations

First Fortnight - a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. The festival includes motherhood and mental health, an existential crisis in an Aldi, carers taking self-care, an Opera world premiere in a unique space, an Olivier Award winning play, community collaborative sculpture installations, the 45th anniversary of a 5-time Oscar winning feature film, vulnerability in an age of oversharing, a Sea Swim and Batman needing a Break. Check out or download the FF20 festival programme and choose from over 100 events, in 62 venues, across 17 counties in

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The Sound of Music

BGE Theatre

The Sound of Music returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart. Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish staging of The Sound Of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelwei

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Dublin Bowie Festival celebrates The Man Who Sold the World

Each year, the Dublin Bowie Festival highlights a particular album of David Bowie’s, yet the event organisers have lately been blessed with the prolificacy of the man: in a stretch from 1969 to 1980, he released a dozen albums of original material, virtually one per year. This has given the festival choice, focus and 50th-anniversary parties to plan up to 2030. If that date is a tad too far-reaching for you, then let’s fall to earth and get back to basics: happy 50th birthday to Bowie’s 1970 album The Man Who Sold the World (TMWSTW), the album that built the foundations for a run of the aforementioned consecutive work that many believe constituted the most creatively inventive sequence of records by any rock musician.


The government wants to make Dublin more like Boston, Barcelona and Paris

A report published by the government has made a series of recommendations for the development of the so-called ‘Grand Canal Innovation District’ in Dublin city. The initiative is part of the government’s aim to make Ireland the tech capital of Europe. Over the next decade Trinity College Dublin is due develop a new campus site adjacent to Grand Canal Quay that will serve as the centre of the district. The government is due to commit €150 million towards the total expected cost of capital of €1.1 billion. The Grand Canal Innovation District (GCID), which was announced by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in July 2018, will be modelled on similar successful initiatives which have been put in place in other cities worldwide.


Plans Unfold for South of James Street

The area south of James Street is among the most iconic locations in Dublin, including as it does the original St James’s Gate Brewery and the original terminus of the Grand Canal. The area straddles the east edge of St James’s Hospital and the main commercial streets of The Liberties. Its an area that’s set to see major changes in the coming years. Planning permission was granted by Dublin City Council in late November for a major redevelopment of the former Grand Canal Harbour site close to St James’s Gate Brewery and the Guinness Storehouse. The landbank is owned by the Marlet property group who have already cleared the site of its 20thC warehouses on foot of a prior 2011 planning permission.