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.
Brian Kerr: Quintessential Dubliner with a bit of Belfast in his soul
Brian Kerr is on the corner of Etna Drive in Ardoyne, north Belfast. It is a wet, miserable day but the sun is shining out of a beaming Kerr who is talking to Frank and David, two men he has just met on the Antrim Road during a beguiling journey into Kerr’s past. He is, of course, the real Dub, yet Kerr’s parents’ city was Belfast. At 66, he is going back to his roots, or route.
“Jim McCourt!” he says with wonder.
“Oh aye,” Frank says, “everyone knew Jim McCourt. Even at 60 he was running the door at a GAA club. He once laid out a soldier in Falls Park, and he was an old man then.”
Kerr is entranced, and by more than McCourt. Other names tumble from his memory, street scenes, snatches of conversations, his own father Frankie, the famous Irish boxer with his unique connection to Joe Bambrick and Irish football. Then Kerr hears the local folklore – ‘Buck Alec’ and his pet lion with no teeth.
The Wood Quay Summer Sessions return for a fourth year of free concerts at the Wood Quay Amphitheatre, Dublin this July.
Taking place from 1pm to 2pm every Thursday throughout July, the Wood Quay Summer Sessions are the perfect opportunity to gather family, friends and work colleagues and enjoy an hour of live music on your lunchtime.
Every week, music fans will get to experience some incredible live music from up and coming acts, as well as established acts, from across a wide range of genres from trad to RnB, classical to contemporary and jazz to hip-hop.
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