Park Life!

Dublin’s parks have undergone a renaissance in recent years. Once a location for a quiet game of frisbee or a poetic wander amongst the flowerbeds, they have of late been injected with a new vitality. Food stalls, open-air cinema, yoga, and family events are now a given and in the summer months, Dublin’s parks host free lively festivals and original evening events that give the city’s pubs and clubs a run for their money. RUN FOR FUN, WALK FOR HOPE Every Saturday, in parks all over Dublin, early birds can enjoy a free 5k timed parkrun courtesy of Operating since 20

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More than half of all trips into Dublin now on public transport

More than half of all commuters travelling into Dublin city do so using public transport, a record high. The total number of trips made into the city centre now exceeds Celtic Tiger levels, but the car is now the preferred mode of transport for just under 30pc of all trips made, also a record low. The National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council says that just over 107,000 travelled into the city centre using bus, train or tram, which is the largest number recorded since the Canal Cordon Count got underway in 1980. This means that more than half all journeys into the city in the morning are made on public transport. The count analyses how commuters travelling into the city centre between the canals travel, whether by public transport, car, bike or walking. It shows that the number of cyclists is also at record levels, with 12,447 cycling into the city centre, while 25,000 people walk. Mode share (the percentage of travellers using a type of transport) for cycling is at 5.9pc, with walking at 11.8pc. "Some 70pc of all inbound trips crossing the canal cordon were made by a sustainable mode which includes cycling, walking, taxi and other public transport," the NTA said. "The sustainable mode share has grown year-on-year since 2010. In the last 11 years the share for sustainable modes has grown by nine percentage points." The count also shows the number of people coming into the city by private car has dropped from almost 65,000 in 2016, to 61,694 in 2017.


Beck & Yeah Yeah Yeahs


MCD Productions announce a double bill of Beck and Yeah Yeah Yeahs live at 3Arena Dublin for one night only. Beck's 13th album Colors was released late last year. Possibly the most aptly titled work in Beck's storied discography, Colors unfolds in an intoxicating rainbow of auditory tricks and treats, making it a shoo-in for summeriest smash of the season. Colors is Beck's first full length offering of new material since 2014's Morning Phase took Album of the Year top honours at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as Best Rock Album and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) category.

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What to do in Dublin this summer

On a summer day in Dublin city, there’s no danger of being bored. Indeed, for a relatively small city (by international standards), there’s always something to do, and this is remarked on by most visitors to the city. Yes, there are tourist attractions worth checking out: the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum and Christchurch Cathedral are all worth a look, but Dublin really comes alive through its people and its culture. Between theatre, live music, art exhibitions and installations, talks and workshops, comedy and family-friendly events happening Monday to Sunday, right through the yea

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From Dublin Port to the ‘Medieval Mile’: People are being asked to vote for Ireland’s favourite building

The public can now vote for Ireland's favourite building, place or public space designed by an Irish architect. The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has shortlisted 32 projects for this year's Public Choice category in the Irish Architecture Awards. The awards, now in their 29th year, celebrate the work of Irish architects at home and abroad. All of the projects on the shortlist have been designed by RIAI-registered architects and were completed in 2017. The shortlist is made up of 31 entries around the island of Ireland and one in India. They include projects at the Dublin Port centre, Microsoft HQ in Dublin, the Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex in Co Tyrone, the Newry Leisure Centre and the Meath County Council Headquarters. Here is a look at a few of the entries…


Words on the Street

Various Locations

Crossing political and literary borders, Words on the Street will take you on a journey across the cultural landscape in an evening of celebrity readings of translated work by contemporary European authors. Treat your eyes and ears to a new experience – hear voices from ten European countries across a range of beautiful cultural venues on a trail beginning in Kildare street and ending on Fenian Street, Dublin 2. Our venues this year are The National Library of Ireland, Royal College of Physicians, Alliance Francaise, National Gallery of Ireland, Instituto Cervantes and Literature Ireland

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Bealtaine Festival


Welcome to Age & Opportunity's Bealtaine Festival - Ireland's national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age. Established in 1995, Bealtaine is Ireland's largest co-operative festival and the world's first national celebration of creativity in older age, having inspired a number of international festivals such as Luminate in Scotland, Gwanwyn in Wales and others. The Bealtaine Festival takes place each May. The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice and heralded the start of Summer. T

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Jason Byrne

Vicar Street

Did you know that Jason Byrne has three brains? This May at Vicar Street, you’ll see his left brain scanning the room looking for improv moments as his right collates material/stunts ready to dish out, while the centre brain, Jason’s coach, pushes the Dubliner to the limit. This brand new show, The Man with Three Brains, peels back the layers to reveal exactly how Jason’s Byrne’s complex mind works. See his three brains kick into action as soon as this top comedian hits the Vicar Street stage.

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Africa Day

Farmleigh House & Estate

This year Irish Aid will be hosting their flagship Africa Day family event on Sunday, 27th May 2018, from 11am to 6pm, in the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The family-friendly event is also FREE to attend. The event will see three stages of live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians; children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; African arts and crafts and much more.

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  • libertiesdublin The Liberties Dublin

    Bully for @PallasProjects! as its welcomes Culture Minister Josepha Madigan to open its Artist-inspired Projects 2018 on 31st May. The launch coincides w. opening of Salvatore of Lucan’s 'Show of Himself', with exhibits running until Nov. More:

  • streetfeast Street Feast 2018

    Enjoy taking photos? Want to be a part of #StreetFeast2018 ? We're looking for volunteers to capture Feasts across the country! A chance to practice your skills, be involved with a great community initiative & meet great people! Email us at

  • ILFDublin ILF Dublin

    EXCITING NEWS: Due to popular demand, we've added a second performance of @TalesShadows' 'Tales from the Shadows - Dublin Tales' at 5pm on Saturday in @ComplexDublin. Grab your tickets here: #ILFDublin

  • rte RTÉ

    RTÉ is proud to support #coolestprojects. Come to the RDS Dublin on Saturday May 26th as over 1,000 young people from across the world demonstrate their very own technology projects

  • DublinZoo Dublin Zoo

    LAST DISCOVER DINOSAURS SESSION- 26TH MAY 2018! Delve into our dig site to uncover fossils of some fearsome dinosaurs with specialist equipment. Meet Stan, our full size t-rex skeleton and learn about his many living relatives on earth today🦖

  • aikenpromotions Aiken Promotions

    Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, Peter Cetera has announced he will perform live at @Vicar_Street on 31st October with his 7-piece electric band, “The Bad Daddy’s” . Tickets from €65.45 on sale Friday 25th May at 9am.

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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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Meet A Dubliner – Pat Liddy, Tour Guide

Pat Liddy is many things. An artist, historian, writer, illustrator, broadcaster, mapmaker, and environmental lobbyist who has helped make Dublin a global tourist attraction. The author and illustrator of over seven books on the city, as well as others on Irish cultural sites, he is the operator of Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin. I was born and reared in what we might call the inner city, which in this case was Phibsborough. So, in the first place, that qualifies me as a true Dubliner, because the definition is “Born between the canals,” isn’t it? If I wanted to come

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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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Meet a Dubliner – Chris Flack, UnPlug

I used to work in very tech heavy jobs, consulting with big tech companies like Capgemini and Avnet. Back then I was one of the first people amongst my peers to get an iPhone and iPad for use with work. I enjoyed the luxury of being able to follow up on emails from the comfort of my home and get the updates about ongoing projects instantly; but after a while realised that overuse of tech was having a serious impact on my productivity and wellbeing. As the borders between ‘at work’ and being ‘off’ began to vanish I started having issues with sleep and my relationships as I spent too much time online. I needed a change so badly that I decided to move sectors just to

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Dublin On Stage: The Gate Theatre

Standing on O’Connell Street looking north, you have to cock your head a little to spot The Gate Theatre’s modest white-lettered sign, which sits high and unassuming over Dublin’s main thoroughfare. Yet there is something of the Grand Dame about The Gate Theatre. Ascend the theatre’s stairs from a city thick with construction, and you enter a cocoon of chandeliered ceilings, and people ‘dressed for the theatre.’ And it might be that the elegant building itself has directed the theatre’s narrative. There is a rare hush of reverence here and it has long been the place to see the great, often camp, classics: Coward, Albee, Williams and Wilde. Seating 371 audience members, the roof seemed to lower and the room seemed to swelter for the humid hysteria of Streetcar Named Desire. And where else but in that compact room could the audience members themselves feel like tense guests at a bad party for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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