Ruth Johnson – Dublin City Archaeologist

Dr Ruth Johnson is City Archaeologist for Dublin city and is charged with protecting, managing and investigating our oldest heritage, much of it underground. As well as conservation projects, Ruth has input to new development projects across the city and a role in policy development advocacy. We sat down for a chat to find out how she works and what’s going on across the city, under the ground, in our oldest graveyards, our buried monasteries and in half-hidden, forgotten houses. How did you first become an archaeologist Ruth? I worked on a community excavation project in Yorkshire while doing my A-levels after which I did a Primary Degree in archa

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US doughnut chain Krispy Kreme to create 150 jobs in Dublin

US doughnut chain Krispy Kreme has said it is to create 150 jobs with the opening of its first factory store and drive-through in Ireland. The company, which first announced plans to open here two years ago, has more than 1,300 stores in 31 countries. Its first Irish store will open at a site adjacent to the Blanchardstown shopping centre in September. The doughnut maker said it had already begun recruiting for staff across a number of areas including retail, logistics, administration, and management. When the company first announced plans to move into the Irish market, it said it would follow the opening of its initial factory store with smaller format stores that could be located at airports, train stations or in a city centre unit.


Taking trucks off Dublin’s streets

Traffic: we all hate it. But we’re stuck with – and in – it. Or are we? A new initiative from Dublin City Council (DCC) and delivery firm UPS is aiming to reduce the number of vehicles on the city’s roads. It uses what UPS call an “Eco Hub” container on Wolfe Tone Street. The Eco Hub acts as a small distribution hub from which deliveries can be made by bike or on foot. “It came about when we were approached by UPS, who had piloted the same project in London, Paris and Hamburg,” explains Colm Ennis, Senior Executive Engineer with DCC. “We are developing a strategy for city centre goods deliveries and are trying to reduce

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Meeting of Minds | Seminar

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan

Meeting of Minds seminar is bringing you four world class speakers that will show you the power of positive thinking and positive action. At this seminar you will discover how to really use your mind to serve you and you will be given a full day of incredible content that you will be able to leave and apply to your life immediately to create real change and outcomes that you truly desire. If you are like most people, you have set personal goals over the course of your life. Some of them were big, some of them were small, but every single one of them were important. You thought endlessly

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Inside the billion-euro plans for a tech counterpart to Dublin’s IFSC

The backers of a new 'innovation district' on Grand Canal Dock are taking inspiration from Dublin's IFSC in their plans for the giant new business hub. This week Trinity College Dublin and the government laid out their plans for the Grand Canal Innovation District, centred on a 5.5-acre plot to be redeveloped in the docklands. According to its supporters, the project will aim to create "critical mass, density and proximity" around the docks where multinationals, startups and researchers can operate within a stone’s throw of one another. It will include a €1 billion new campus, built on Trinity-owned lands, to connect the various parts of the Grand Canal area – already home to many of the world's top tech companies – into one district. Trinity's chief innovation and enterprise officer, Diarmuid O'Brien, said that bringing all the elements together – small and big businesses, and academics – would enable Dublin to offer a central hub to attract talent and cutting-edge firms.


How Dublin Works: Digital Docklands

Dublin’s docks met the same sorry fate in the 1970s as those elsewhere around the world, the arrival of containers revolutionising shipping and decimating dockland employment. Work that had sustained inner-city communities for generations suddenly evaporated. The Docklands became empty, desolate wastelands until the first regeneration project came in the shape of Charles Haughey’s Irish Financial Services Centre in the late 80s. The IFSC was developed on the north side of the Liffey behind Connolly train station. While banks and other financial services moved into the area, it had little impact at first on the citizens of Dublin. And at night there was a tumbleweed feel to th

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Dublin Food Chain | Doing Business with Tesco

The Studio, DLR Lexicon

Continuing with the Dublin Food Chain theme of understanding the retail market place, this unique event will provide participants with the opportunity to meet with the team from Tesco Ireland and understand more about succeeding with listings and ongoing business. This event is being led by LEO Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown and will be held in The Studio, DLR Lexicon. Agenda 17.30 – 18.00 Registration/networking and small producer product tasting 18.00 – 18.10 Opening and Welcome 18.10 – 18.30 Overview of Tesco. Joe Manning, Category Director 18.30 – 18.50 Succeeding with Tesco. Mich

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Illustration Workshop | Professionals

National Gallery of Ireland

This workshop is aimed at graduates and professionals  in the fields of Graphic Design, Illustration, Visual Communication and similar disciplines. Illustrator and Graphic Designer Steve Simpson will deliver this day-long intensive workshop for industry professionals. Inspired by the exhibition Circus250: Art of the Show, and in particular by the four circus posters featured in the show, Steve will explore techniques, both traditional and contemporary. Steve Simpson is artist-in-residence in the Millennium Wing Studio from 17 July to 12 August. Born in Manchester, Steve has over 30 yea

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From Ireland to the Final Frontier: Entrepreneurs at the edge

Science Gallery Dublin

The space industry generates an estimated €300 million each year for Irish companies. In this panel discussion, we ask about Ireland's contribution to the space race — and is there room to grow it even more? From innovative technology aboard the International Space Station to point of-care diagnostic technology used to assess the impact of space travel on the health of astronauts, we look at the companies who are making the leap toward space exploration and realising Ireland's potential in space. Introduction from Bryan Rodgers of Enterprise Ireland. Presented in conjunction with Enterp

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    Work ongoing in Rialto under Dublin City Council’s Shopfront Improvement Scheme for Dolphin’s Barn & Rialto. In total 8 projects were supported by the scheme this year.

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Meet a Dubliner – Matthew Toman, Producer

I didn’t really like school that much. I’m dyslexic and I couldn’t handle it. I hated even reading at the time. I left school when I was 16 and got into a trade in air conditioning and refrigeration. I bought my first house when I was 19, my second when I was 22, my third when I was about 24. I rented out the houses and was involved in different businesses, investing money as well as working in refrigeration. In my early 20s, I had nice cars, everything was going great, I travelled all over the world and had a ball! I realised I liked the hustle and bustle behind the camera. It was being creative but it was still business, and I like dealing with people

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How Dublin Works: Sharing in Creativity

In recent years, Dublin has lost some of its most important creative spaces to a building boom that’s reminiscent of the Celtic Tiger era. Block T in Smithfield and South Studios near Cork Street were both closed down in 2016 with a significant loss of square footage for artists, photographers, designers and writers. In their place, however, a new generation of co-working spaces – aimed specifically at servicing Dublin’s creative communities – is coming into being. Although they have become abundant in many European capitals in the last few years, co-working spaces are a relatively new arrival in the Dublin property market. In the past 12 months the number

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