The Wood Quay Summer Sessions, run by Dublin City Council, are a series of free lunchtime gigs that take place every Thursday in July from 1-2pm in association with First Music Contact (FMC), Improvised Music Company (IMC), Music Network and Contemporary Music Centre (CMC). “When Dublin City Council came to us and asked ‘Do you want to programme some music for Thursdays during the summer?’ we said, ‘Why don’t we show all of Dublin’s music?'”
A closer look at Dublin’s neighbourhoods Nestled in the wild and bushy hillsides, overlooking the sea in north county Dublin, you’ll find Howth. A world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s one of those precious resorts that make Dublin so unique: a seaside sanctuary for many Dubliners and tourists on the weekends. There are many treasures to be enjoyed here, history, hiking and seafood amongst them. The name Howth is thought to be of Norse origin. ‘Hoved’, meaning head, became Howth over the years. Originally an island, it’s now joined to the mainland in the form of a tombolo, as evidenced by the long sandy beaches.
When pressed on home advantage last Saturday evening after his side's double-scores win over Roscommon in the first of the All-Ireland quarter-final series games, Mickey Harte was a little dismissive of Omagh's potential for an ambush. Perhaps mindful of the bigger picture that to dethrone Dublin it will ultimately have to happen in Croke Park later in the season, Harte made it clear that his preference for a home game would have been Croke Park. "I'm not sure that people can make so much out of this. I feel very comfortable in Croke Park, I think our players feel very comfortable in Croke Park. We'd love if it was our home game, we'd love to play in Croke Park as often as possible. It's a very unique place...Dublin and Croke Park, that's where they are and that essentially becomes their home venue. So I have no issue with that and I think anybody else that's playing the game should love to get playing at Croke Park. Is Omagh any big fortress for us? There's no real history to suggest that it is. But I suppose we never played a championship game of this importance in it before so we'll see what we can do with that."
Welcome to the 48th Liberties Festival The Liberties Festival is one of Ireland's oldest festivals. From modest beginnings in 1970 it has grown to become a highlight of the summer in Dublin with a series of family-friendly, sporting and community events, and an exciting multi-cultural and arts programme encompassing visual art, film, dance, comedy, literature and music. Wednesday Street Art Festival launch Liberties Fun Run Thursday Home Coffee Brewing Masterclass Yoga for Everyone with Yoga Kitchen Blue Rinse Ball Street Traders vs Gardaí - Football Match
Cricket is enjoying a surge in popularity across the county, so Dublin.ie visited a few of the burgeoning clubs to find out more. Kamil Mahajan moved from the Punjab region of India to Dublin in 2001. He had been a keen cricket player in his home country, but for his first few years in Ireland he was busy with work and didn’t have much time to spend on the sport that he loved. Then, in 2009, he moved to Adamstown, near Lucan in the west of the city. Adamstown is “a new development”, Mahajan says. “A lot of Asian people” – from south Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – “had moved there around 2007/2008”. A cricket club would
The Salvation Army has been in business since 1865, today boasting more than 1.7 million members internationally. The 'Sally Ann', as generations knew it, has long had a presence in Dublin, establishing themselves here in the 1880s, and still active in the city today. A rather curious part of the history of the Salvation Army concerns its opponents. People who were hostile towards its campaign to 'clean up the streets' so to speak – in particular organised mobs who confronted the Salvation Army as they went about their work – became known on the neighbouring island as The Skeleton Army. Carrying banners, beating drums and even wearing mock uniforms, the Skeleton Army are a curious social history phenomenon, no doubt often encouraged in their work by publicans. While the term Skeleton Army was not used here to describe opponents of the Salvation Army, the hostility was bad enough in Dublin that the Salvation Army newspaper warned their readers how "the sight of a woman wearing an Army bonnet in the streets" had the same effect in Dublin as "a red rag to an infuriated bull." When Mrs. Booth, wife of the leader of the Salvation Army, attempted to speak in Dublin in 1882 at a meeting in the Christian Union Buildings, her meeting had to be postponed due to what newspapers termed "riotous proceedings."
A FREE music, comedy & spoken word festival taking place in venues along the banks of the River Liffey. Venues: The Wiley Fox - The Grand Social - Sin É - The Workman's Club - The Liquor Rooms - Winding Stair Bookshop - The Sound House The Festival was set up in order to provide the city centre with an equivalent to the summer festivals taking place in less urban location during the summer. The Dublin Quays Festival also intends to curate 'afternoons of spoken word, cultural talks, literary events, pop up performances and club nights.'
Royal Hospital Kilmainham
At 7:45pm on Wednesday, 18th of July, St James’s Hospital Foundation will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Liberties Fun Run in aid of St James’s Hospital. This unique 4 mile timed road race takes participants through the heart of old Dublin and attracts in excess of 1000 participants every year. Starting & finishing in the beautiful grounds of the Irish Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the route takes in some of the most famous sites throughout the Liberties including St James’s Gate, Francis Street, The Coombe and Fatima. Registration costs €30 or Free if you fundraise and
From Playful Days (family programme) to Curious Nights (adult programme) we create, produce & curate unique, visual and interactive cultural experiences in Dublin that merge cutting-edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways. With over 45,000 attendees each year across 14 venues in Dublin City Centre, the festival is Ireland's annual celebration at the intersection of art, science, technology and design and has quickly grown to be one of the most exciting and innovative festivals of its kind in Europe. The Festival of Curiosity takes a brand ne
With special guests The Valves. 2018 is an exciting year for Irish band Aslan as 30 years ago they released their debut album Feel No Shame way back in 1988. To celebrate the band have just announced they will return to headline Dublin's stunning Iveagh Gardens this summer on Saturday 21st July 2018. The Feel No Shame tour will see the band performing songs from their iconic debut album. Aslan's new single Now I Know which was produced by Joe Jewell and Philip Magee (Kodaline, The Script) will be released to coincide with the tour.
The Olympia Theatre
-> @TheBugzyMalone announces his UK and Ireland tour 'B. Inspired' coming to The Olympia Theatre on Sat 1st December 2018. Tickets from €20.90 incl. booking & €1 restoration levy on sale Friday 20th July at 10am via https://t.co/wla7zxNNv5. @mcd_productions | @TicketmasterIre https://t.co/uBEYgmFo5K
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‘Sunlight Chambers’, it says over the door of the office building on the corner of Parliament Street and Essex Quay. What a lovely name! But why is the building called that? Facing north across the Liffey, it certainly wasn’t catching many rays when Dublin.ie visited on a day in December. With its arched windows and overhanging eaves, it looks like an Italian palace, built perhaps for a cadet branch of the Medici family c1500. But hang on a second, what’s with the strange 3D decorations stuck on the walls of the first and second storeys? There’s nude babies, a donkey, a man building a boat, two men constructing an arch, a bunch of Renaissance-styl
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
A seaside town that’s worth its salt all year round. North of Dublin city in Fingal you’ll find the seaside town of Skerries. Bustling in summer months, the beaches are full to the brim with tourists and city dwellers looking to dip a toe in the sea. But Irish seaside towns take on a different vibe during the autumnal months and Skerries is still worth the excursion beyond September. At this time of the year, you’ll find plenty of people braving some wind for a good ol’ stroll along the seafront. The sea air, a tried and tested cure for what ails ya, feels just as good in your lungs in November as it does in July. The name Skerries originally comes from the Norse w
Remember where the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood took place? Or Hansel & Gretel? Well, these days, it’s not stories of the deep, dark woods parents try to spook their children with, but the bright lights of the city. Maybe they’re afraid of them growing up too quick, of venturing out into the big wide world. It’s all futile, however, because for a kid reared out in the suburbs, the ambition always is to be able to go into town one day, sans parents. It was interesting speaking to one such teen, Eric, now at the ripe old age of 16, to see how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. He recalled with us he and his friends’ first excursion, and ex
Hodges Figgis is Ireland’s oldest bookshop, celebrating its 250th birthday in 2018. This iconic store has moved around a lot since its founding in 1768, from Skinners Row, to Nassau Street and on to Dawson Street. But it has always been home for Dublin’s booklovers. We spoke to Bookstore Manager, Tony Hayes to get to the bottom of what makes Dublin’s oldest bookshop a Dublin Treasure. Tony has worked in the book trade since the ‘70s and has in recent years returned to Hodges Figgis. Hodges Figgis’ iconic storefront would not look out of place in J.K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley and the magic do
Most of Dublin’s rivers, streams and watercourses have disappeared over hundreds of years as the city expanded. At one point, there were over 60 of them flowing entirely above ground. The Liffey, the Dodder, the Santry River and the Tolka are among the few to remain uncovered but where are the hidden ones today? Chief among Dublin’s hidden rivers is the Poddle, which runs underground for the majority of its course. For centuries it provided drinking water, powered our mills and even kept Dublin Castle safe from invasion. The Poddle, known as the Tymon over its initial overground stretch, rises in Tallaght and forms a lake in