On the hunt for a Christmas gift with a difference?
Dublin has a wealth of markets and independent traders, making it the ideal shopping hub for alternative gifts this Christmas. There are a plethora of options so even if you’re buying for the most difficult people you’re sure to find something unique and thoughtful.
We spoke to three small, independent and sustainable Irish businesses that you will find in the city centre this Christmas.
Sheelin, owner of The Kind Co., has teamed up with eco-friendly kids’ store Jiminy.ie to create The Conscious Christmas Store on Fade Street. From reusable gift wraps and keep cups to books, eco-friendly toys and shampoo bars, there’s a gift on offer for everyone.
We Make Good is Ireland’s first dedicated social enterprise store. Each product comes with a card detailing where it has come from, who has made it and how you’re making a difference to someone’s life by shopping there, and choosing to gift ethical, handmade goods. You’ll also find them on Fade Street, just a couple of doors down from The Conscious Christmas Store.
The perfect gift for any techies in your life can be found on Wicklow Street, where Ambr Eyewear and Happy Out Café have joined forces to open a Christmas pop up. Grab a flat white and check out this amazing Irish start-up, who specialise in selling anti-blue light glasses.
These three retailers are just a small taste of the amazing alternative shopping opportunities out there to explore in Dublin. Choosing to shop local makes a difference – it’s Christmas gifting made simple.
Getting lost in a new city is a good way to explore, feeling lost, however, is something entirely different. A new city is an opportunity to rewrite your life, but it can be tempting to slip into a routine of what feels comfortable and familiar; home to work and work to home, texting and scrolling the evenings away. To make a city truly your own, you need to create spaces for yourself within it; a favourite café, a bookshop, your secret hideaways, with activities where you can meet like-minded souls.
On a cold winter night in Dublin, down the mews-lined Waterloo Lane in the south city centre, lies one such pocket of space,
Meet a Dubliner: Shauna Caffrey, Musicologist and Werewolf.
My name is Shauna Caffrey and, in performance circles, I’m also known as Alice Apparently. I’m a PhD researcher on witchcraft, music and magic in the 17th century. I’ve been known to take to the stage in various forms, either as a werewolf or in very glittery burlesque performances as Alice Apparently. I am a Dub at heart.
I always wanted to be the Indiana Jones of musicology. I feel like I’m leaning a little bit more now towards being the Vincent Price of musicology, which I’m probably even better with.
It’s fun to dress up as a werewolf and g
The Book of Kells in Trinity is arguably Dublin’s most famous work of art but what of all the internationally renowned masterpieces housed in the Dublin galleries?
Here are ten of the major artworks waiting to be discovered behind doors you walk past every day.
In the National Gallery:
1. Caravaggio – The Taking of Christ
Caravaggio painted this dramatic scene of the arresting of Jesus in 1602 for the Roman Marquis Ciriaco Mattei. We see Judas identifying Christ with a kiss and the guards moving in for the arrest. The darkness of the painting is lit from within by a lantern held by St Peter, although this is considered to be a self-p