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 November 2016 a restaurant unlike any other opened on Dublin’s Camden Street. From the street, it looks like a Chinese takeaway but venture inside to reveal a long dark room, one part 80’s disco bar and one part subway carriage. It’s called Hang Dai, the food is outstanding with crowds beating a path to the door from day one. However, what really made us sit up and notice was how much attention to detail was paid to the sound system, something typically found at the bottom of most restaurant’s priority lists. We met with Will Dempsey and Karl Whelan, school friends, clubbing buddies and now proud owners to ask them how the project came together and why they invested so much time and money in their venue’s sound.
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.
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