The bricks and mortar of Dublin’s streets provide the stage to what is a truly great city, a city built on hundreds of years of history and culture. But to find the heart of Dublin you must look to the people who call it their home. Both new and old Dubliners alike bring the city to life. The warmth, the welcome and the wit applied to daily life have made Dubliners known the world over and truly make it one of the best places to live in.
Dublin takes pride in its rich history and culture. With its ancient past, Dublin is built upon a collage of the generations which have come before us. From Vikings to Georgians you will find their ideas imprinted upon the city’s DNA. However, today Dublin’s heart beats with a vigour brought by the many cultures that reside within it. We are a truly global city, and while walking around our streets you will hear the many languages of a new Dublin. These new influences and adopted voices now play a role in defining the multi-faceted culture which resides in Dublin today.
Through this mixture of new and old you will find a Dublin which has grown into the cosmopolitan and vibrant city it is today; a city proud of its rich past but continuously striving towards the future.
“When I die Dublin will be written in my heart”, a line which captures Dublin’s affinity with creativity and written by one of the city’s much celebrated cultural greats, James Joyce. Dublin cannot be fully explained without the use of an artist’s brush or a writer’s pen. Some of the world’s greatest writers, musicians, playwrights, and artists have called this unique city their home and it’s streets and their many characters have been their muses, immortalised in some of the most famous pieces of literature known to the world.
Packed full of imagination, walking around Dublin you will find that our city has become a canvas for its citizens. Creativity is etched upo
Dublin is a city steeped in cultural significance and hosts some of Ireland’s finest national treasures including the Book of Kells and the fine cathedrals of Christ Church and St Patrick’s. Dublin’s medieval streetscape is faithfully preserved around Temple Bar, where it provides the backdrop to a vibrant cultural quarter. Stretches of the City’s walls can still be found in Wood Quay and at St Audoen’s Arch.
In a random (and completely unscientific) study I asked several people to name five of the best known statues in Dublin. Merrion Square’s Oscar Wilde was name checked, as was Patrick Kavanagh’s canal bank sit‐down. Some confusion reigned as to where Molly Malone had been repositioned from Grafton Street (she now wheels her wheelbarrow on Suffolk Street) but each and every person questioned mentioned the iconic bronze statue of rock star Phil Lynott, who left us for the great stage in the sky 33 years ago ‐ January 4th, 1986, to be precise. While the immortalisations of Daniel O’Connell, James Connolly, Charles Stewart Parnell or James Larkin went unmentioned in our (again to be stressed, unscientific) poll, one might take this as less of a lack of interest in Dublin’s political history, and more of an indication as to the special place the Thin Lizzy frontman continues to hold in Dubliners’ hearts. A poet and a rocker, the Brummie‐born lead singer and bassist, who grew up in Crumlin, remains one of the city’s most beloved sons.
An introduction to the next generation of singers and stage technicians in the first-known opera by a female composer. Francesca Caccini: La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola di Alcina.
The RIAM, in collaboration with The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art, returns to the Abbey Theatre for Opera Briefs, a creative partnership between these two dynamic educational institutions. Set on Alcina's magical island, Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola di Alcina is the first-known opera by a female composer and her only surviving opera. First performed in Florence in 1625, t