Mentions of Dublin’s Canals, both the Royal and the Grand, pour aplenty through Irish poetry and song. To each canal, a poet’s statue: The Royal has Brendan Behan, turned to look at you if you sit beside him; Patrick Kavanagh is on the Grand Canal, arms crossed and pensive. To each canal, a lyric: the passionate ‘Auld Triangle’ for the Royal; the contemplative ‘Canal Bank Walk’ for the Grand.
Dublin Maker is a free to attend, community run event, which will be held on Saturday July 20th, 2019 in Merrion Square. Dublin Maker takes the form of a “show and tell” experience where inventors/makers sourced through an open call, will have an opportunity to showcase their creations in a carnival atmosphere. It is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, ho
A 15 minute boat ride from Howth on Dublin’s northside lies Ireland’s Eye, a beautiful and mostly untouched island. The only signs of human activity are two structures: a Martello Tower and the ruins of a church. It’s a hive of activity otherwise; the wildlife on offer is incredible, notably the many species of nesting birds. The most spectacular natural feature is the huge freestanding rock called “the Stack”, at the northeastern corner of the island, which plays host to a large variety of seabirds, including thousands of guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and gulls. There’s even a few breeding pairs of puffins. Grey seals are abundant in the sea around the isla
St Anne's Park
Dublin City Council Parks & Landscape Services are delighted to announce that the Annual St Anne's Rose Festival for 2019. This year's festival is jam-packed with activities for the whole family with a whole host of things to see and do. From The Big Dig, Archaeology workshop to Wooly Wards Farm and the Big Bear Planetarium for the kids, or maybe take a tour of the Biodiversity Village? There will also be live music and dance on both days from 1.00pm. And of course, there will be plenty of beautiful plants and flowers, amongst other items for sale too. As well as delicious treats to kee
With a major retrospective of her work running in the Gallery of Photography and National Photographic Archive over the summer, American sculptor and portrait painter Helen Hooker O’Malley’s work behind the camera lens is put in perspective. Helen Hooker was born into a wealthy American family from Greenwich, Connecticut and New York City. As a young girl, she attended the Wabanaki School in Greenwich. This open-air, alternative school instilled in her a love of Native American spiritual principles. After attending secondary school in New York City, she refused to apply to university and instead set up her own studio and enrolled with the Art Students League of New York where she was taught by many distinguished American artists.
Natural History Museum
Fishy Fun for all the family at the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History. The fisheries resource will come to life at the Natural History Museum this summer as a free event called Fishy Fun will bring a range of interactive activities suitable for the whole family. Visitors to the museum will learn more about the fantastic collection of fish on display and how Ireland's most iconic fish species, salmon, is facing its biggest challenge yet. Fisheries staff will be on hand to help young fisheries enthusiasts examine the creepy crawlies that live in Ireland's rivers and lakes via mi
The Sugar Club
Macy Gray has been overturning fan expectation and industry formula since kicking off her music career with her debut 1999 CD, On How Life Is. A gifted songwriter and dazzlingly singular singer, that musical calling card spawned the classic single I Try, and both the CD and single were massive global hits. They kicked off a career ride that includes two Grammys, two MTV awards, with over 25 million units sold, and a thriving acting career. What awards and sales figures fail to illustrate is the depth and breadth of Macy's artistry. In an industry increasingly stifled of real artists, she'
Summer Sundays on College Green - Drawing, Curiosity, Clowns and Carnival. From Drawing in the City featuring sketching classes and 3D pavement illusions, to Explore & Create with Science & Technology attractions from the past, present and future, to City Carnival's Jugglers and Mime Artists - there's something for everyone at Summer Sundays on College Green. For three Sundays in a row July 21st, July 28th and August 4th, Dublin City Council will present this series of three great events. Sunday July 21st Drawing in the City - Inspired by artists such as Claude Monet, Walter
The old Jameson whiskey distillery is a beautiful and historic building in the heart of Dublin. It’s undergone numerous changes in its long life, the most recent of which has seen the building transformed into a spacious venue for distillery tours and events. As the project manager at the Jameson Brand Home, Paula Reynolds played a central role in the redevelopment of the site. “We were lucky in that the people working with us on the renovation managed to keep about 90 per cent of the original structures intact.” She points to the glass flooring we’re walking on. “Through the glass here you can see the original foundations of the distillery.” She points to
Wanton quirkiness, perennial liveliness and an endearing touch of shabbiness have always been part of Phibsboro's innate appeal. It was where I wanted to live as a DCU student in the late nineties, instead of the gentler, more refined environs of Drumcondra where I was instead. Phibsborough was where the cool kids hung out, with an ice rink, a surfeit of charity shops and good pubs like The Hut, where the Johnny Cash Appreciation Society were in situ on a Sunday night. And then there was McGowan's, where young love was almost certainly guaranteed to bloom, especially after a few drinks.
You may not know it, but Capel Street is one of Dublin’s most historically significant streets. It was a fundamental part of an extension of the city north of the river by Sir Humphrey Jervis, who built a large chunk of his estate around St. Mary’s Abbey. In 1676 he built Essex Bridge, (now Grattan Bridge) establishing Capel Street as one of the main links between the north and south of the city. A great contrast to the Capel Street of today, in the 17th and 18th Centuries it was residential, lined with freestanding mansions, each of which had large gardens and courtyards. Later on in the 18th Century t
There's no better city than Dublin in which to spend a long lazy weekend; walk along the canal admiring the swans, sup a coffee in town watching the world go by, maybe do a little yoga in the local park. But one of Dublin's greatest attributes is its proximity to some of Europe's most beautiful cities. You can fly out on Friday evening, come back on Sunday night and feel like you've truly experienced another culture. Here are six glorious European cities that are only a couple of hours away:
Fairview has been a part of suburban Dublin since the 1800s. In the beginning it was a refuge for well-off people seeking solace from the bustling city. The area originally bore the same name as neighbouring Ballybough. But in 1856 a church was dedicated to Our Lady of Fair View, giving the surrounding area the name used today. Walk through Fairview and you’ll feel its unique vibe. It’s like a cross between the Liberties and Clontarf. Trendy bars and eateries sit comfortably alongside hardware stores and charity shops that have been here for years. Families who have been in the area for generations live happily alongside a metropolitan mix of young professionals.
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 you put your letter in the one or the other, it’ll end up in the same bag: not everything is quite as it seems at the General Post Office.