Dublin Treasures – Sunlight Chambers

‘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 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

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Johnny Ronan to begin work on new Facebook HQ

Developer Johnny Ronan is expected to kick-start the development of Facebook's new EMEA headquarters on the site of the AIB Bank Centre in Ballsbridge within weeks. The commencement of works on the 30,900 sq m (333,000 sq ft) Fibonacci Square scheme by Ronan's company, RGRE, will represent the first step in the delivery of a wider 65,000 sq m (700,000 sq ft) campus on the AIB site, capable of accommodating 5,000 employees. The remainder of the Dublin 4 site is divided into two sections, which are owned respectively by the Serpentine Consortium and a European syndicate assembled by Davy. While Facebook's move to Ballsbridge has been the subject of complex negotiations for over a year, the Irish Independent has learned that heads of terms have now been agreed between the various parties. Efforts to contact Facebook and RGRE for comment were unsuccessful.


Dublin Treasures – Blessington Basin

Down by the Secret Garden – Blessington Basin On the south side, the secret garden was always the Iveagh Gardens. But in recent years music, comedy and food festivals have meant that that garden isn’t so secret anymore. So these days to find the city’s true secret garden, you have to head north side. Up O’Connell St, then North Frederick, cross Dorset and on up Blessington until you come to the black wrought iron gates. In you go. And you’re there.

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Dublin Festival of History

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The Dublin Festival of History is an annual free Festival, brought to you by Dublin City Council, and organised by Dublin City Public Libraries. The Festival has gained a reputation for attracting best-selling Irish and international historians to Dublin for a high-profile weekend of history talks and debate in the late Autumn. Previous speakers include: Jung Chang, Alison Weir, Tom Holland, Simon Schama, Peter Frankopan, Richard Evans, Charles Spencer, Hew Strachan, Peter Snow and many more. The fifth Dublin Festival of History will take place from 29th September to 14th October 2017. This

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All you need is a ball and a wall

"The story of Dublin handball is interesting. Through the years the country has always been a recognised stronghold of the game, which at times has flourished, dwindled, though not to the point of extinction and, in turn, regained prominence." So proclaimed the Irish Press in 1966, at a time when handball was already in sharp decline in the capital. Of the GAA sports, handball is the least familiar to the general public today, and yet in the urban landscape of Dublin you can still find handball alleys or the remnants of them, in both city and suburbia. For decades, the game was second only to soccer as a street game in Dublin. In 2014, the photographer Kenneth O'Halloran photographed dozens of old handball alleys across Ireland, estimating there to be close to a thousand dotting the landscape.


Bull Island & the Dublin Bay Biosphere

Most people who visit Bull Island from week to week probably don’t realise that it’s part of one of the biggest biospheres in Europe. So, what’s a biosphere? Quite simply, a biosphere is an environment where people, nature and culture  connect and co-exist. Imagine the biosphere as the perfect cup of tea, with people as the water, nature as the tea-leaves, and culture as the milk. The tea-leaves are rich and unique, but need the water to be hot so they can release the flavour, while the milk is added to make it more drinkable. In the same way, nature and culture within the biosphere can add value to people, but only where it is protected and sustainably managed. The

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IFI Documentary Festival

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The Irish Film Institute is pleased to announce the 16th IFI Documentary Festival, which will once again present the very best of new Irish and international documentary filmmaking. Featuring fifteen features in total and a perennially popular shorts programme, this year's festival will include the world première of Marcus Robinson's An Engineer Imagines seven Irish premières, including the festival's opening film Minding the Gap, winner of the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest New Talent and Audience Awards. The event will also welcome a number of special guests from across the globe throughout t

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Dublin Podcast Festival

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HeadStuff and Aiken Promotions are thrilled to announce the return of the Dublin Podcast Festival. Back by popular demand, Dublin will host headliner shows, live podcasts, comedy, discussions and workshops across multiple venues. Check out your favourite podcasts or discover some brand new favourites - and not a pair of headphones in sight! The festival will feature an incredible line-up of international and homegrown podcasters, covering everything from food to music to literature to football, film, comedy and lots more. The rise of the podcast as a form of both entertainment and edu

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Hard Working Class Heroes

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Hard Working Class Heroes (HWCH) began with 40 Dublin bands playing in a single venue in the capital in 2003. Like all start-ups, it was rough around the edges, but there was heart and soul and the very best of intentions. Since that debut, HWCH has grown and developed into a much bigger and more wide-ranging event. Live music is still HWCH's chief attraction. Last autumn, the festival presented 50 gigs from Irish artists in 5 venues across Dublin city over 2 nights. But that's just the start of things. These days, HWCH also features an influential and highly regarded, internationally atten

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Dublin Treasures – Áras an Uachtaráin

The people, places and things that make Dublin special. It is a cold sunny Saturday morning in late spring, and we’re having a coffee in the courtyard of the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, which is a find in itself. It is tucked away beyond the Walled Garden, which is getting geared up for the Bloom Flower Festival, which runs from late May. The rhubarb that grows there ends up in the tarts you can eat in the café next door. The fashion around us tends towards running gear. Babies who’ve been whisked out of the house early in the morning t

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Meet a Dubliner – Matthew Toman, Producer

I didn’t really like school that much. I’m dyslexic and I couldn’t handle it. I hated even reading at the time. I left school when I was 16 and got into a trade in air conditioning and refrigeration. I bought my first house when I was 19, my second when I was 22, my third when I was about 24. I rented out the houses and was involved in different businesses, investing money as well as working in refrigeration. In my early 20s, I had nice cars, everything was going great, I travelled all over the world and had a ball! I realised I liked the hustle and bustle behind the camera. It was being creative but it was still business, and I like dealing with people

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Dublin Treasures – The GPO

The people, places and things that make Dublin special. On one count at least, the GPO is a disappointment to its visitors. ‘People come in looking for a big green post box. it’s a bit of let-down when I tell them there isn’t one’, says security guard David, who’s from Peckham but has Irish roots. In place of the single green box you might have expected, there are two magnificent brass-and-mahogany receptacles for your letters, one labelled ‘Dublin only’, the other ‘All other places’. Careful observation of the postman who collects the letters from these would suggest, however, that whether yo

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A City of Words: John Cummins

Phil Lynott, Dr Seuss and Eminem stroll into a bar. They sit down, have a few drinks and start to have a raucously good time. That’s the sort of vibe you get from writer and performance poet, John Cummins. John would argue that Bob Marley has a place at the table too. “Bob Marley was huge where I was growing up. You’d hear him out of literally every window. And sure Dalymount Park was one of his last gigs.” John cuts a curious figure. Skinny. Tall. Thin. Bearded. But with a wild braided bardic beard, not a hipster one. Overall there’s a gentle, affable groove to

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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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