Dublin Voices: Master Of My Domain

I blame my father. His Super 8 film projector got me where I am today. That, and his collection of one-reel highlights from all the great Disney movies. Since Cabra didn’t have a cinema anymore, I was forced to migrate... to Phibsborough. The building was once home to the Silver Skate Ice Rink, but to me it will always be the State Cinema - the jumping off point for a life-long addiction. The place where I saw Grease, Empire Of The Ants, The Cat From Outer Space and so many others. And then there was Star Wars, from which, I gather, none of us have ever fully recovered. There were times Phibsborough just wasn’t big enough. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Arnotts’ car park... sorry, formerly the Adelphi Cinema, on Abbey Street! In 1978, Superman: The Movie was a watershed. Outside of mass, I’d never been in such a huge building, filled with so many people. As John Williams’ music buckled my ears, I finally realised I was part of something far greater than myself.

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100 homes in upmarket Dublin areas to be knocked down to build €3bn Metro line

More than 100 homes in upmarket parts of Dublin could be bought and demolished by the State to allow construction of a €3bn Metro system to go ahead. Up to 20 properties in Ranelagh, another 20 units in Glasnevin and an apartment block of 70 homes on Tara Street are likely to be acquired to facilitate MetroLink, according to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). Playing pitches owned by Na Fianna GAA club and Home Farm soccer club could also become construction compounds for up to six years from 2021. MetroLink director Aidan Foley said it would work with affected communities to reduce the impact where possible, which could include changing the route. "We will be using our best endeavours," he said. "Our policy will be to engage with property owners to try to mitigate where we can." MetroLink will run from Sandyford in south Dublin to Estuary north of Swords with a total journey time of just 50 minutes, connecting with Dublin Airport along the route. Trains will run every two minutes between Dublin city centre and the airport when the MetroLink opens for business in 2027, assuming planning permission is granted. It will take 20 minutes to travel from the city centre to Dublin Airport, and the system will be capable of carrying 15,000 passengers per hour in each direction. Planning permission is expected to be sought in the third quarter of next year, and it will take six years to build the 26km line, which will run underground in the city centre. It will also link with the Green Luas line and Irish Rail stations. The project is essentially a reworking and expansion of the Metro North scheme, which was granted planning permission in 2010, but mothballed by the Government in 2011 during the financial crisis. The National Transport Authority (NTA), which will fund it, said it was designed to cater for future population growth in the capital.



Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

With over 2,500 attendees each year, Offset has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries. Since 2009, from our Dublin base, we have attracted such creative icons as Massimo Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher, David Carson, Milton Glaser, Kyle Cooper, Stefan Sagmeister, Micheal Bierut, Shepard Fairey, Tomi Ungerer, JR, Lance Wyman, George Lois and Louise Fili to grace our wonderful stages. Representing industry at all levels, our speakers are key disruptors and influencers in their field driving eve

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Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

Pavilion Theatre

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival takes place in Dun Laoghaire every March. It honours the unique and enviable literary heritage of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown by providing opportunities for the public to hear the very best of Irish and international writers. Literary fiction is at the heart of the festival but events cover an array of genres including a family and schools strand and a dedicated poetry programme. The aim of the festival is to engage the public with a quality literary event that has at its core the meaningful engagement between author and audience. THEMES: • CITIES AND STORIES

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Ahead of a €5 million overhaul, a food hall planned for this Dublin church has got a vital licence

Restaurateur Michael Wright has told a judge his company will pour €5 million into a complete re-fit of the historic St Andrew's Church as a licensed food court, banqueting hall and culture centre in Dublin city centre. Circuit Court president Justice Raymond Groarke promised Wright a pre-Christmas seven-day drinks licence providing the redevelopment of the Suffolk Street building is carried out in accordance with Dublin City Council planning permission. Wright is a member of the Howth family which run restaurants, a seafood business, the Marquette food hall at Dublin Airport and The Wright Venue in Swords. He told Constance Cassidy SC, who appeared in the licensing application with barrister Niki Andrews, that the St Andrew's proposal was modelled on the Marquette at Dublin Airport. He said his company has already been approached with regard to setting up similar outlets at New York's JFK Airport, Vancouver airport in Canada, Manchester and Birmingham airports. He added Marquette would employ 70 chefs at St Andrew's – the firm already employs 38 chefs at Dublin Airport. Wright said he looked forward to the challenge of redeveloping the listed building and he was confident the work would be complete within a maximum of nine months.


Dublin Treasures – The Spicebag

For the love of spice bags... In Dublin pubs, the conversation has now evolved from queries of ‘What is a spice bag?’ and ‘Have you had a spice bag yet?’ to more pressing issues of etiquette and availability. Because everyone’s mother probably now knows what a spice bag is, that celebrated, moreish takeaway meal combo of chicken, chips and spices in a bag (foil or paper) and the occasional bit of onion and red pepper thrown in. She may have even eaten one. Once seen as something only millennials should let past their lips, it’s now gone properly mainstream, and was voted Ireland’s favourite dish at the Just Eat National Takeaway Awards last year. A mere culinary craze? We don’t think so.

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Look Back in Anger

Gate Theatre

John Osborne’s groundbreaking play, Look Back in Anger focuses on the life and marital struggles of Jimmy Porter, an intelligent, rebellious young man and his upper-middle class wife, Alison. Tackling themes of sex, class, religion, politics, the media, and the sense of a country stifled by an official establishment culture, Look Back in Anger is widely considered to have changed the course of English drama in the 1950’s. Award-winning director, Annabelle Comyn, takes a fresh look at this world-renowned, blistering play, at a time when class and gender politics are once again to the fore.

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Glass Exhibition: CAUTION! Fragile

National Museum of Ireland

In collaboration with Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis, Eamonn Hartley, and Greg Sullivan, three masters of glass cutting and engraving from Waterford create an exhibition; CAUTION! Fragile, Irish glass – Tradition in Transition. Collectively considered, the work comments on the history and social experience of working in the Waterford Crystal factory and living in Ireland. CAUTION! Fragile not only refers to the delicate nature of glass, but is also an appeal to cherish and respect the long tradition of glass engraving and cutting in Ireland. Glass swords, bells and musical instruments

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Phonica: Eight

Smock Alley Theatre

Phonica is a series of events rooted in Word and Sound with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, directed, programmed and hosted by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska, Phonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across art forms. Phonica: Eight will feature performances from a range of award-winning writers, musicians and artists based in Ireland and internationally, including a polyphonic stage adaptation of a digital novella (an Irish premiere), a poetic collaboration set in rura

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    We can’t wait to see Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, OVO, and we have a family pack of four tickets to give away for the opening night 10th October 2018 here at 3Arena! How to enter: •Like our page! Retweet this comment. The winner will be chosen on the 30th March. Good Luck x


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Dublin Treasures – Temple Bar Icon Walk

Pitching itself as “the greatest story ever strolled”, the Icon Walk cracks the heart of the Irish people wide open and tie-dyes the backstreets of Temple Bar with its vibrant colours. Like spokes from a hub, the walk’s rainbow-painted laneways radiate outwards from The Icon Factory, a gallery and shop at the corner of Aston Place and Bedford Lane. Founded in 2009 by Barney Phair, this not-for-profit artists’ co-operative is run for the benefit of the many creatives that ply their wares here. These streets are an unexpected treasure trove of culture and colour, splashed across spray-p

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Creative Dublin: James Earley, Street Artist

Adding colour to the walls across Dublin, James Earley is bringing street art out of its sub-cultured roots. By spray painting concepts onto walls, Earley is proving that street art is more than just stylistic. How do you feel street artists are perceived? James Earley: Some people have this idea that as a street artist, you could be stand-offish, but that’s not the case at all. The majority of us are very open and want to get people involved. I’ve met a lot of people when I’m working on walls in the city, asking ‘will ya put my name on it’ or ‘can I have a go’ – they’re gas craic! I used to d

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A City of Words: Dublin Comedy Improv

You walk up the side stairs of the International Bar. On Wicklow Street. You stroll into a dark room. You pay a fiver. You instantly hear laughter. You’ve just made the smart move to go the Dublin Comedy Improv. Going since 1992, DCI is a true institution, a little gem in the city. Kicking off at 9pm, it’s been up there adding big grins to grim Mondays for 25 years. I’ve seen a lot of lesser acts labelled ‘cult’ over the years. But this crew earn the accolade. Looking at these dudes

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Dublin in Blue

“There’s always been a bit of an audience for Blues in Dublin” On a dark Wednesday evening you walk into the Leeson Lounge on Upper Leeson Street. It’s a great place to take refuge from the rain, the cold, or whatever is on your mind. You grab a stool and a pint. Some musicians are playing. At first you don’t take any notice. Then something happens: your left foot starts tapping. Some of the songs feel old, or of a different time, but here there’s new life being given to them. Very soon it’s hard to take your eyes from the stage. The band is Los Paradiso, and the music they’re playing is the

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Food for Thought

What sets Europe’s largest culinary school apart? The School of Culinary Arts, DIT Cathal Brugha Street has been blazing trails for 75 years. met with the Head and Assistant Head of the school, Dr Frank Cullen and Mike J. O Connor to find out what sets Cathal Brugha Street apart and what the future and the move to DIT’s new centralised campus at Grangegorman hold. The School opened its doors in June 1941 as Saint Mary’s College of Domestic Science. In the 1950s the college changed to cater to the needs of a growing tourism industry, becoming the Dublin College of C

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