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.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information

Find the latest information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on both the Health Service Executive’s website and the official Irish government website. The government has advised against all inessential travel. Please see the Department of Foreign Affairs for the latest updates. The public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus. Cultural attractions (including galleries & museums), non-essential retail outlets, pubs/bars are closed un

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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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Sports

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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IN THE NEWS

Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Moves to September

Dublin LGBTQ Pride recognises that now more than ever, communities and community organisations must come together to fight against the threat to society from the current Covid 19 crisis. It will come as no surprise to you that we have decided to postpone our annual Parade and Festival until September. Right now it is very clear what we all have to do – Stay at home. Support and respect the workers who can’t. Maintain social distance. Wash your hands. Check in on vulnerable people, be kind to yourselves and others and always get health information from trustworthy sources such as www.hse.ie/coronavirus

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Covid-19: Virus-killing robot developed by TCD start-up

A robot emitting ultraviolet light (UVC) with the ability to disinfect hospitals and get rid of the Covid-19 virus has been developed by a start-up attached to Trinity College Dublin. Being able to clean healthcare facilities thoroughly and quickly is hugely demanding as coronavirus cases escalate. Created by Akara Robotics, it is clinically proven to kill viruses, bacteria and harmful germs, and does so in a much shorter time compared to usual cleaning methods, according to its inventor Dr Conor McGinn. Robot Violet was tested in an acute hospital in the Dublin area last week after Dr McGinn contacted the HSE indicating it would be effective in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic in healthcare settings. They are awaiting microbiological test results to confirm its effectiveness.

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Irish sci-fi thriller Vivarium comes to homes next week

Vivarium, the new sci-fi thriller from director Lorcan Finnegan, is now set for a digital release next Friday, March 27. The Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots-starring film had been due to open in cinemas next week, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic will now go straight to homes instead. With much for fans of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, Vivarium tells the story of a young couple whose bid to get on the Irish property ladder takes a sinister turn. Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment at a film industry event last month, director Finnegan said: "The film began its life as a short film called Foxes, which was a reaction to the socio-political state of Ireland at the time. It was a short film about this couple who end up trapped in this ghost estate, which was a real ghost estate we filmed in in Carlow.

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