Dublin’s Top Ten Works of Art

The Book of Kells in Trinity is arguably Dublin’s most famous work of art but what of all the internationally renowned masterpieces housed in the Dublin galleries? Here are ten of the major artworks waiting to be discovered behind doors you walk past every day. In the National Gallery: 1. Caravaggio – The Taking of Christ Caravaggio painted this dramatic scene of the arresting of Jesus in 1602 for the Roman Marquis Ciriaco Mattei. We see Judas identifying Christ with a kiss and the guards moving in for the arrest. The darkness of the painting is lit from within by a lantern held by St Peter, although this is considered to be a self-p

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Eva Kelly: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday

Inspired by the James Joyce masterpiece Ulysses, Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday is an illustrated journey through the north and south of inner city Dublin by Eva Kelly, a Dublin based free­lance illustrator, educator and arts facilitator. The idea of this exhibition is to visually capture the energy and the 'stream of life' of contemporary Dublin, applying the idea of the flâneur observing city life and acting as a witness to each scene drawn and photographed from different perspectives. The exhibition traces part of the journey Leopold Bloom makes through the city's streets. Starting on the north side with the Oval public house on Abbey street to Lower O'Connell street to Bachelor's walk before traversing O'Connell Street bridge and proceeding on to south side location Westmoreland Street and finishing on College Street. 'My illustration is about visual commentary that reflects observations from everyday life, people's interactions, interiors and exteriors features. The idea is to create a strong sense of place and stories in each image that the viewer can also create. It is about elevating daily scenes and showing new ways to look at the ordinary.' Kelly has crafted twelve illustrations depicting exterior urban spaces, streets and people of each place as well as interior view points from a cafe, bus window and various shops.


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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Hennessy Art Fund 2018: Helen O’Leary on ‘dissembling painting’

In 2016 Hennessy Ireland formed a partnership with IMMA to help fund the purchase of important works by Irish and Irish based artists - to date, the Hennessy Art Fund has enabled IMMA to acquire 12 new works by 12 major artists (6 male, 6 female) not previously represented in the National Collection. One of this year's artists, Helen O'Leary, writes for Culture about her practice and her efforts to create paintings that 'exist between the cracked notes of definition'. I was born on a small farm in Wexford in the early sixties. My father built boats and worked the land, as his people had done before him. My first ten years of childhood went from the archaic to the modern in a series of events (including my father’s early death) that left the family bankrupt. I learned feminism and patriarchy first hand while keeping the farm afloat with my mother and sisters as a child. The complexity and cruelty of the unreliable support structures and unreliable truths of that childhood haunt my practice, but they also supplied a ready armature for the language of painting.


What's On

TCD Composition Graduate Show

Trinity College Dublin

The Composition Graduate Show 2018, consists of MPhil and PhD composers showcasing their new works. Talented graduate composers form Ireland, the USA, Canada, Malaysia and Hong Kong, will present their recent compositions. Richard O'Donnell, Sylvia O'Brien, Elizabeth Hilliard, Bill Dowdall, and Paul Rowe will perform new compositions.

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Gin Fusion

The Bernard Shaw & The Eatyard

The Dublin Gin Festival Gin Fusion is back again this year taking over The Bernard Shaw + The Eatyard 31st May – 3rd June! Free entry, but you can buy €10 tickets in advance too. What does ticket get you? Guaranteed entry to event. Its free anyway, but a ticket means you get in quickly and fast and you also get... €10 worth of Eatyard vouchers (our currency). 1 voucher = 1 euro worth. A Gin & Tonic on arrival into your hand. The festival will span 4 days and 4 nights across the weekend with events, tastings, workshops, pop up markets, classes, cocktail bars, pairings, food, DJs, l

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Tall Ships Regatta

Dublin Docklands

The Tall Ships Regatta sails into Dublin Port from Friday, 1st June to Monday, 4th June. Organised by Sail Training International, the stopover in Dublin is hosted by Dublin City Council & Dublin Port Company. This year, the Regatta features seventeen ships racing from Liverpool to Dublin. They will then continue on to the historic Bay of Biscay, finishing up in Bordeaux, France. While this event is not on the scale of the Tall Ships Races of the past, it will give maritime enthusiasts a flavour of what these majestic ships are like, up close. Over the June Bank Holiday weekend, the sma

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Forbidden Fruit Festival 2018

Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Dublin city centre’s multi-stage music and arts festival, FORBIDDEN FRUIT, is set to return for its 8th instalment on the June Bank Holiday weekend, 2nd - 4th June 2018. A unique city centre festival that combines music, art, fashion, food and simple good vibes. The spectacular grounds of Irish Museum of Modern Art will once again play host to the hotly anticipated three-day festival, which has become firmly fixed in the gig-goers calendar as the grand-opening to the festival season, and the official start of the summer. Set across 6 stages offering a wide selection of different styles

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Rep of Ireland v USA

Aviva Stadium

The Republic of Ireland will take on the United States in a 'Three' International Friendly on Saturday, June 2nd at Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4. Kick Off Time 20:08. The game will be John O’Shea;s last International and the 10th meeting between the two Nations since their first encounter in 1924. The United States, who are currently 25th in the FIFA World Rankings, last visited the Aviva Stadium in November 2014 where Martin O'Neill's team came out on top 4-1 and as this is the first home International fixture of the year, the atmosphere from both sets of supporters should be ele

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VHI Women's Mini Marathon


The Vhi Women's Mini Marathon, an annual 10k charity road race, occurs each June bank holiday weekend in Dublin and is the largest Women's event of its kind in the world. In 1983, the inaugural event had 9,000 women entering and the event reached a record attendance in 2014 with over 41,000 women taking part. The event has grown in popularity as women have taken more interest in their own health and fitness. A staggering 1 million women have entered the event over its 35 years. Hundreds of charities are also big winners. In 2017, it is estimated that €9.3m was raised on the day for cha

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Our Articles

Galz Gone Wild

Dublin is in a unique position for a capital city in that it has both mountains and sea at its doorstep. We caught up with Melissa McDermott – Galz Gone Wild founder – and Ruth Farrell, to find out about the group of women who escape the city to find some scenic hush in the Wicklow mountains. Mel founded the group after moving home from London last year. She found herself lacking direction, and she was unsure of her next step. She started to hike to clear her head, but the hiking community she found were mostly male and older. They were hiking for different reasons. “There is a community there, but it’s very much about getting from point A to point

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The Ark: Engaging kids’ creativity

For 23 years The Ark in Temple Bar has provided the children of Dublin, and of Ireland, with the opportunity to experience and participate in art and culture. We visited The Ark to learn about what’s on offer for children and families today. The Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children. It was the first of its kind in Europe, quite a forward-thinking facility for this little island. It was founded after the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child, which safeguards children’s right to access culture and art. The Ark “believes in every child’s right to discover and love art in a society where creativity and culture are valued a

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County Dublin cricket on the rise

Cricket is enjoying a surge in popularity across the county, so Dublin.ie visited a few of the burgeoning clubs to find out more. Kamil Mahajan moved from the Punjab region of India to Dublin in 2001. He had been a keen cricket player in his home country, but for his first few years in Ireland he was busy with work and didn’t have much time to spend on the sport that he loved. Then, in 2009, he moved to Adamstown, near Lucan in the west of the city. Adamstown is “a new development”, Mahajan says. “A lot of Asian people” – from south Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – “had moved there around 2007/2008”. A cricket club would

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Museum Dublin: Rock’n’Roll

Walking through Temple Bar on a midweek afternoon, the sounds of céilí bands and lads on guitars belting out U2 covers tumble out onto the street every time a pub door swings open. Buskers are so much a part of Dublin culture that Glen Hansard starred in an Oscar winning film about them. Phil Lynott’s statue off Grafton Street is often draped in rocker pilgrims from around the world, a replica of Rory Gallagher’s rusty guitar hangs over his own designated corner near Meeting House Square, and Whelan’s is a mecca for any serious music lover. Dublin’s rock heritage is as legendary as its literary one, with the city punching well above its weight on the international scene

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John Lambert, aka Irish musician Chequerboard, is by his own admission, “not a megaphone person,” however his music is being heard loud and clear around the world. Chequerboard’s most popular song on Spotify, Opening the Gates, has had almost 11 million streams, a pretty phenomenal achievement for the Dublin man whose gentle atmospheric music comprises looped acoustic guitar and textured electronica. Sitting down for a chat in the coffee shop of the Chester Beatty Library, John is modest about this unexpected success and candid about the winding road to it. Chequerboard’s ambient music was born from no

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