Christmas Choruses

Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And there’s nothing more likely to get you in the spirit than Christmas carols. Carols have the power to awaken the inner child in all of us. The hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. You start to feel what can only be described as a warm, fuzzy glow. So at, with our inner child getting restless, we decided to try and identify some of the very best places to hear Christmas carols. Our first stop is the National Concert Hall. With concerts, presentation and setting can be everything. And that’s what makes Carols by Candlelight on December 22nd so utterly charming. Enjoy an exquisite collection of carols and seasonal classics - all staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. You really won’t want to miss it.

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Why Brendan Courtney is focusing on mental health this Christmas

We spoke with Irish designer and broadcaster Brendan Courtney to find out how and why he got involved with his latest charity partnership with Aware. The charity supports and helps people who experience depression or bipolar disorder and their concerned loved ones. Brendan told us why he decided to get involved: "I have a relationship with AWARE, they do brilliant work and I think this charity promotion is a really clever way for people to help." The presenter also believes that more needs to be done in Ireland to improve the services available to those who need it, especially in the area of mental health: "I feel without the work of charities like this one, there really are very limited resources open to people. We train our bodies and try to eat well to stay fit and healthy and we go the doctor when we're sick.


Après Village

Custom House Quay

Apres Village is a place for all the family to get into the Christmas spirit. Wander through our Après Village to sip mulled wine, select beautiful handmade gifts and enjoy festive treats. See magical Christmas shows with all the family, sing-a-long with our winter choir and pick up some treats in a pop-up market stalls. Christmas is coming...and just like you, we can’t wait. Après Village is free to enter, so bring all the family. You don’t know who you might bump in to. Ho ho ho!

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Creative Dublin: Galia Arad, Singer-songwriter

Galia (pronounced Ga-lee-ah) Arad is just back from playing support on Marc Almond’s UK tour. Last year, she toured Ireland with Jack L. She regularly tours Europe with Jools Holland, most recently playing support for him at the 3Arena in Dublin. And she owes it all to Shane McGowan and his manager Joey Cashman, who in a strange, unexpected way set Galia’s music career in train and took her from small-time gigging in New York to centre stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Coming from a classically trained background, Galia moved to New York from her Indiana home in her early twenties to pursue a singer-songwriter career with a musical style that she calls “Bob Dylan meets

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Dublin In A Day

We get to see a steady stream of films on and about Dublin but every so often one rises to the top and this video, by Al Hooi and Al Kennington, does just that. Why does it work so well? It tips along at a quick pace provided by New Jackson’s track ‘Having a Coke with You’, with scene after scene of Dubliner’s frozen in a brief moment of their day. A mixture of wide and close shots linger long enough to give you an intimate sense of who this person might be as the video moves steadily from day to night.


Christmas in Dublin

Get a taste of what's happening around Dublin this Christmas. From markets to theatre, Christmas festivals to carol singing, there's something for everyone in Dublin this Christmas. Here's a poem to get you all in the festive spirit..."Put your problems on probation, Run your troubles off the track, Throw your worries out the window, Get the monkeys off your back. Silence all your inner critics, With your conscience make amends, And allow yourself some happiness, It’s Christmas time again!

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Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo

Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where they will embark on an enchanted trail and discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife. Visitors will be treated to an awe-inspiring display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more! Other highlights include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. At the event, visitors will also be wowed by Chinese performers before browsing at the Chinese craft mark

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The Three Musketeers

Civic Theatre

The King’s treasure has been stolen! Now it’s up to the greatest swordsmen in the land, The Three Musketeers, to get it back. But the evil Cardinal Richelieu and the Wicked Witch of the South West have other ideas. Yes, it’s the Causeway Panto and Dame Lola is back! This year she is headed for France, in search of adventure and amour. And by the way who said that a musketeer could only be a swordsMAN? Lola will have something to say about that too! Join us for this year’s hilarious outing with more comedy, singing and dancing than you can shake your sword at. The Causeway crew wi

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They Called Her Vivaldi

Abbey Theatre

Edward M. Haberdasher has crafted very peculiar earmuffs for his very particular daughter Cecilia Maria. Don’t shout about it but Cecilia Maria thinks they make her look fascinating and has whispered her thanks. They Called Her Vivaldi is an upbeat comedy-adventure about a sensitive musical prodigy making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world. As our young heroine journeys over cobblestones and canals, she learns about love, loss, the place of salt in our diet and the courage to lose your footing without losing your way. For children 7+ and adults of all ages.

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    "It's my favourite as it’s great fun with all the actions & I love hearing the children singing along. My son Locky helped me come up with some of the actions, so it’s very special to me!" We asked @TheHenryGirls for their favourite song from #TracksInTheSnow. This is Karen's:

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Creative Dublin: Laura McGann, Documentary filmmaker

Laura McGann’s documentary, Revolutions, traces the growth of roller derby in Ireland. It’s full of outspoken characters and breakneck action, and it tells the compelling story of the birth of a sport – the creation of something new – in recession-era Ireland. McGann, originally from Newbridge in Kildare, studied media at Ballyfermot College of Further Education and film at Liverpool Hope University. She returned to Ireland in 2010, when ‘a lot of things were winding down or ending’ in the country. Roller derby ‘was starting and had a really great energy about it. So, I think the timing

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The Antique Street

Francis Street is going through some big changes these days, subtle and quiet as they might be. The area is providing a home to new bars, restaurants, and shops. But mostly it’s filled with antique shops, and antiques have been the main business round here for quite a while now. “I opened about 16 years ago,” said Patrick Howard, of Patrick Howard Antiques, “though Francis Street itself has been filled with antique shops for almost 30 years.” Patrick was a fashion designer before he got into the antiques game. “I did that for most of my life, and when I got tired of it I

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A City of Words: Slam Sunday

Slam Poetry made its loud and unruly debut in early 1990s urban America, delivering vociferous, impassioned political postcards from the marginalised edge. It’s argued that hip-hop was slam’s mentor. But there’s also a debt there to the jazz-drenched free-form prose of the 50s Beat artists. Then, of course, the potent raw energy of Punk played its part. Today we’re at Slam Sunday, Dublin’s main slam show. The popular monthly event has Temple Bar’s Filmbase packed out as usual. It’s 6.30pm and the crowd of some 100, all armed with tea and biscuits, are primed. A handful wil

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Dublin Outdoors – City Kayaking

Most seasoned Dubliners, probably feel like they’ve seen all the city has to offer; every lush park; historic Georgian row; every cobbled street, arching bridge and Victorian pub. The familiar can be taken for granted though. So what if we told you about a new way of seeing the city? We’re not talking about a rickshaw or a longboard. Instead we’re talking about kayaking… on the Liffey. City Kayaking are based on the jetty by the Jeanie Johnston tall ship on North Wall

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MART for Art’s Sake

One of Rathmines’ smallest buildings happens to be one of the most distinctive, for it houses a Dublin art collective, MART. The old fire-station, with a classic engine-red door facing the main street, was built in 1847 soon after Rathmines became an independent “township”. Like the magnificent Rathmines Town Hall, the station was a symbol of township independence and civic pride. The fire crew based here played a big role battling the inferno, which blazed around Sackville Street during the

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