For some of the food-related place names, the move from Irish to English has masked their resonance and origins, writes a DIT lecturer and chef.
Paul: An Insider’s Guide to Plan-et Dublin
Advice on how to navigate the Planning Department of Dublin City Council, from someone in the know.
Joe: Moves to Change Culture in Banking Sector Are Welcome
There is no shortage of examples of a rotten culture of illegality in the Irish banking sector, writes UCD lecturer Joe McGrath, our white-collar crime columnist.
An 1892 Map Shows Dublin's "Greatest Evil"
Last month, staff at the Guinness archive discovered this 19th-century map of the city’s drinking establishments.
Should There Be a Crackdown on Adverts for Unpaid Internships?
Legally, there should be no such thing as an “unpaid internship”, says employment solicitor Richard Grogan.
Evgeny: My First Pride Parade Wasn't Quite What I'd Hoped For
“It was odd that we had to wait for two hours for corporations’ advertisements – that they were given priority,” writes asylum seeker Evgeny Shtorn.
Flowers and Portraits: An Art Exhibition Shares Many Sides of Traveller Culture
“I think it’s really important that Hugh Lane got in touch. Travellers aren’t included in Irish history,” says Nancy Collins.
Residents Say the Noise of Construction Is Stressing Them Out
The area around Kevin Street Upper is pockmarked with building sites.
Joseph: How Dubliners Could Benefit from the Pricey Property Along the Luas
“It is time to connect the dots, and stop the long arm of property assets reaching into the pockets of citizens,” writes Joseph Kilroy.
A Couple Pursue a Family Dream: a Tex-Mex Food Truck
The steak, chicken and vegetarian options are all seasoned with Randy Howard’s own signature spice blend. Perhaps, down the line, they might add some smoked brisket.
One Woman Finds, Like Others, That Embroidery Makes Life a Little Easier
“It’s only in Ireland that I actually started, really started, out of loneliness you could say,” she says.
Joe: Banks May Still Be Too Big to Fail, but Their Officers Aren't Too Big to Jail
Since the crash, courts have indicated a greater willingness to consider white-collar criminality potentially as much of a threat to the security of the state as ordinary crime.
How Archives are Changing What They Collect, and When
The speedy reaction by Dublin City Archives to collect messages left at the memorial to Savita Halappanavar in the south inner-city shows a new effort to value items from the here and now.
Outdoor BBQs Are Now Banned From Phoenix Park
The Office of Public Works used to let people grill in designated spots in the park.
A Hunt for the Missing Artworks of Mary Swanzy
Sean Kissane is searching for some of the artist’s early paintings for an upcoming show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
A Jamaican-Irish Pop-Up Brings "Granny's Cooking" to Dublin
There might be jerk chicken, Jamaican patties, plantains, and more. But it’s not just about the food, says Nick Reynolds. “It’s a gathering … It’s a candlelit dinner, good people, a long table.”
At One Address, Two Families Faced Smashed Windows and Threats
Iness and Michel Lunga went to the council, the RTB and the Gardaí for help, but last week had to move out. A previous tenant says he went through something similar.
Music at Marrowbone Books: Sheesham, Lotus and 'Son
In this month’s podcast, Martin Cook talks to the Canadian trio about life on the road, the instruments they have made, and why they used to dress in sepia.
Why Is There a Night-Time-Only Hostel for Children and Teenagers?
While the emergency hostel at Lefroy House has evolved over the years, some say they’re still concerned that teenagers have to leave during the day – and that some are there too long.
Introducing: A Tracker Where You Can Check How Your Councillors Have Voted
We’re very pleased to be launching Counciltracker.ie today, which will let you quickly and easily see what issues your local councillors have been voting on, and how.
Vacancy Watch: A South Dublin Apartment Complex That's Emptying Out
There are 51 apartments in the complex, which lies south of Dundrum. In January 2017, 34 were occupied, but now only 23 are.
In Smithfield, a Sushi Joint Sets Up in a Fish Shop
“It’s vital, I think, that you use the freshest ingredients,” says Chef Philip Chen.
Public Swimming Pools Aren't Open to the General Public Much
Crumlin swimming pool has six and a half hours all week for walk-in swimmers. Two others offer windows of less then four hours a week.
Help Fund a Big Survey of Homeless People's Experiences of Hostels and the Freephone
Great news, thanks to 72 supporters, as of 30 March, we now have enough to pay a market-research firm to do this survey. Thanks everyone! We’ll get to work.
Two Food-Truckers Offer Many Flavours of Pierogi
These Irish-Polish pierogi include a sauerkraut-and-wild-mushrooms version, garnished with glazed aubergine with rosemary, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup.
A Professional Jamón Cutter Shares His Wares
His all-you-can-eat meet-up is a chance for many in Dublin’s Spanish community to get a taste of home.
How One Young Couple Helped Women Escape from the Last Magdalene Laundry
Caught in the barbed wire wrapped around the convent’s front gate, a woman was trying to escape. As the couple passed by, she called for help.
David: It's Time to Build a Community Transport Service for Dublin
BusConnects can deliver a high-quality public transport network in the city, but it needs to be underpinned by something else: an effective community transport service.
Remembering the Weatherman of Herbert Park
“He’d come here every day,” says Mary Stafford, pointing to the image of Tom Boland, known locally as the Weatherman. “This was his life.”
Concerns over Amount of Social Housing in Cherrywood Site
The developer of this part of the site, Hines, said there was a misprint in its application and it will fulfil its obligations.
Christine: On the Brutality of Life in One of Dublin's Homeless Hostels
“What’s often overlooked in the broad sweep of articles and statistics about homelessness is that homelessness itself is a trauma,” writes Christine O’Donnell.
Music at Marrowbone Books: Sasha Hsuczyk
Sasha Hsuczek’s influences range from her first-love – Irish traditional music – to the old songbooks of Sacred Harp, to the country music of Kitty Wells.
Mick, Michelle and Anna: Our Housing Policy Is Built on a False and Dangerous Premise
The idea that large social-housing developments are doomed to dystopia is rarely challenged. But it is wrong, write three housing experts.
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From Brazil, a Quick Bite: Coxinhas
Crisp and golden, these small, teardrop-shaped snacks tempt hungry passers-by through shop windows across Dublin. For Brazilians they’re a national treasure, best enjoyed with a cold Guaraná.
Homeless People Often Complain About the Freephone. But Not to Those Who Run It.
New standards for homeless services call for feedback from people who use them. But some say they’re afraid they’ll be punished if they complain to officials.
Emma: On the Politics of Black Hair
When women of African descent refuse to wear their hair natural, is it self-hate or just fashion? a reader asks. Emma has answers.
What Munchies Do Musicians Ask for Backstage?
Venue staff can end up taking home some unusual leftovers from dressing rooms.
Dublin City Council Bids to Buy Kilmainham Mills
It’s unclear, as yet, if the offer will be accepted.
A New Play Examines the Drama and Legacy of the Gregory Deal
Colin Murphy brings the high-stakes hustle to the stage of the Abbey Theatre.
Dublin Needs to Build the Plaza, and Think Bigger about Public Transport
“There needs to be a bigger vision than making Luas Cross City work, simply because it cost a lot of money to put it there,” writes a DIT transport planning lecturer.
Music at Marrowbone Books: Loah
Listen to musician Loah performing songs from her latest album, and also speaking to Martin Cook about dedicating herself to music, and collaborations, and what the immediate future looks like.
Podcast: Can Social Housing Save Us?
With our friends from Banter, we organised a discussion about the social housing system, and the role it might play in easing the critical shortage of affordable housing in Dublin. If you didn’t make it to the event, you can listen to it here.
Brushing Up: A Sail-Less Windmill on Thomas Street
An old windmill has dominated the landscape in the Liberties for decades. But what happened to its sails?
David: The City Needs to Press Ahead with Transport Changes
Pressure is already mounting to dispense with plans to pedestrianise College Green and create a civic plaza. That would be rash, writes a DIT transport planning lecturer.
Is a 1916 Rifle Hidden at City Hall?
Willie Halpin never changed his story about where he threw his rifle during the 1916 Rising. But council officials don’t want to look there.
The Man Who Invented Christmas, Reviewed
This new film dramatises Charles Dickens’s writing of A Christmas Carol in a style that’s “silly and sincere all at once”, writes Luke Maxwell. In it, Dublin does a fine job as a stand in for 1840s London.
Are People on Rent Subsidies Crowded into Certain Parts of the City?
Recent figures for different neighbourhoods show that low-income tenants who rely on rent-subsidies are far from spread evenly across the city.
In New Exhibition, Artists Explore Changes on Thomas Street
Many of the 15 works in “In Public, In Particular” touch on issues of gentrification and the erosion of working-class ways of life. The exhibition is on this Thursday and Friday.
Help Us to Track Politicians' Promises
Have you spotted a promise made by a politician that you really want us to track? Let us know and we’ll put it on our 2018 “They Said What?” calendar.
Music at Marrowbone Books: Danny Diamond
In this first episode of our podcast “Music at Marrowbone Books”, fiddle player Danny Diamond performs at the Dublin bookshop, and chats with Martin Cook in his studio about his music and life.
The Council's Hugh Lane Gallery Has an Ambitious Strategy
With extra funding, those who run the Hugh Lane Gallery hope to bring in blockbuster works and grow its visitor numbers.
David: What's in the Draft National Planning Framework for Dublin?
There are still a few days left to have your say on what might be a critical document for Dublin’s future, writes DIT transport planning lecturer David O’Connor.
Fresh From the Fryer, Crispy Hot Hungarian Lángos
“The old-style people in Hungary have it only with garlic,” says Zoltan Gerber. But there are all kinds of other toppings too.
On Capel Street, a Korean Restaurant Offers Traditional Dosiraks
“The thing that struck me when I first walked in here was that I felt like I’d just walked down a little side street in Korea,” says one customer. “It’s a little hidden gem.”
In Her New Collection, a Poet Contemplates the Meaning of Home
What it means to have a home, to miss one’s home, to live in a place far away from where one was born and raised – these questions inform much of Erin Fornoff’s “Hymn to the Reckless”.
While Waiting to Rebuild Them, Should the Council Refurbish Flat Complexes?
Many council-owned apartments are sitting empty in ageing complexes scheduled to be torn down and rebuilt in the coming years. Some argue that people could live in them in the meantime.
Emma: On Whether Irish Black People Are Woke, and on Changing "Foreign" Names
Emma Dabiri responds to readers’ questions about navigating race and identity in Ireland.
Andy: To Make Dublin a Playful City for All, We Must Dig Deeper
The ambition of making Dublin “the most playful and child-friendly city in the world” runs up against the structural inequalities and political choices that ensure much greater opportunities for some than others, writes Andy Storey.
Apply for a Spark Grant
We’re now accepting applications for this year’s crowd-funded €1,000 Spark Grant, which will go to a freelance journalist to help them write a great public-interest article.
Renter? You Might Not Be Allowed to Adopt a Pet
Although not all shelters rule out renters, and not all landlords rule out pet owners, in Dublin’s tight rental market, being a pet lover can make things even tougher.
Emma: Let's Talk About Race and Identity in Ireland
It’s time to reflect on the state of race relations in Ireland and to think meaningfully about issues both of difference and belonging. Send me your questions, writes Emma Dabiri.
A Historian Digs into the Story of the Fruit and Veg Markets
In mid-October, John Conroy will be running a day of free tours to share what he has learnt about the architecture and uses of the iconic red-brick building.
Artists Ask for Help to Protect the Icon Walk
Temple Bar is at risk of losing its Icon Walk, due to persistent vandalism and damage. It needs better lighting, CCTV, and intervention to help it survive, say those who built it.
Bakers Find New Uses for Leftover Brewers' Grain
Traditionally, the tonnes of spent grain leftover from the city’s breweries have been sent to farms around the country to feed livestock. Now, some bakers are playing with other uses.
The Write Life: On How the Arts Are Meaningful
“I get to see how creativity and expression can have an effect on the lives of people living life on the edge of society, and help them somewhat in their struggle,” writes poet Karl Parkinson.
Shouk Brings Irish-Israeli-Iraqi Dishes to Drumcondra
Alon and Dana Salman have kept the menu simple for now, with – among other dishes – soft pitas, fresh falafel, and tangy tahini.
Is the Government at Risk of Overpaying for Social Housing?
Some argue that the way the government currently gets social housing from some developers is bad value for money.
Shopping with the Chefs of Assassination Custard
As chefs Ken Doherty and Gwen McGrath raid the market stalls in Temple Bar on a recent Saturday, they reveal a little about how they cook their dishes.
The Drummer and the Keeper, Reviewed
This new film is “an impressive feature debut, well-observed, earnest in its execution and filled with humanity”, writes reviewer Luke Maxwell.
Is the End Near for Dublin's Wholesale Fruit and Veg Market?
Dublin City Council plans to transform the beautiful Victorian market building from a wholesale spot into a retail attraction. Current traders say they may not survive the changes.
At SPICEBAG, an Anything-Goes Space for New Queer Performers
A crop of queer cabaret nights offer a new guard of performers, eager to embrace eccentricities.
The Land-Hoarder Challenge
Imagine you’ve invested in land in Dublin. How might government policies affect whether you hoard it or not? Play our game to see. Illustrations by Aidan Harte.
White, Brown, or Black: The Debate over Dublin Coddle
There’s a story behind each version of Dublin coddle – a story about tradition, about family, and, often, about poverty.
One Man Tries to Spark a YIMBY Movement in Dublin
Matthew Johnston’s YIMBYism (Yes-In-My-Back-Yardism) is pro-development, pro-density, But the former Facebook worker is still thinking through the details – and the limits – of these stances.
An unlikely and at times harrowing love story, “Maudie” presents the life and times of Canadian folk-art institution Maud Lewis. It’s a film that looks for the little sparks of light in the dark.
Owners of Vacant Homes Turn Down Deals to Use Them
“People are sitting on assets and they don’t need the rent,” says Francis Doherty, communications officer at the Peter McVerry Trust.
Hidden Away at Trinity, a Replica of an Austro-Hungarian Speakeasy
The American Bar in Vienna was completed in 1908. Its twin in Dublin was finished in 1985.
Art Project Brings Visit from Gardai, Says Artist
Artist Kerry Guinan sent out a spoof email, impersonating the Hugh Lane Gallery in order to critique corporate involvement in the arts.
Christine: How I Ended Up Homeless
“I naively believed my support system would carry me through any fallouts and it would never come to that,” writes Christine O’Donnell.
In Newmarket Square, Will Indie Businesses Remain After Redevelopment?
Some say they welcome the planned redevelopment of the square, but that it would be a loss to the city if existing businesses did not form part of its future.
Alicja: Low Wages Ignore the Many Demands of Bar and Hotel Work
Pay for people working in hotels, bars and restaurants is half the national average. But this can be hard, physical, sometimes dangerous work.
At Baba's Deli on Mary Street, Fresh Samosas, Dal and Aloo Tikki
Imran Rahman’s deli offers fresh and crispy samosas, spicy dals – and Punjabi cooking lessons so you can learn how to do it all yourself.
From Stoneybatter, a Photographer Collects Unconsidered Dublin
Gregory Dunn’s newly released book of photos is really a collection of stories – like the story of Cunty the horse, and the story of Sean Dublin Bay Loftus.
The Write Life: Body and Soul
“The coach unpiles and I am in my first Portaloo queue of the day, and thank the holy spirit it’s clean…” A poet’s journey to perform at a summer festival.
A Turkish Emporium Brings Baklava and Borek to Capel Street
Since he opened his shop Ayla last week, Erol Basak has been enthusiastically sharing samples of pastries and sweets with those who stop by.
Councillors Voted to Sell Properties, Only for Them to Sit Derelict
Dublin City Councillors sometimes agree to sell off a property with the proviso that the buyer must start redeveloping it within months. That doesn’t always happen.
Halal Daddy, Reviewed
This Sligo-set film is a little rough around the edges, but it excels as a feel-good picture with its heart in the right place, writes reviewer Luke Maxwell.
Why Do Letting Agents Invite Such Big Crowds of People to Viewings?
Some letting agents don’t limit the number of people invited to viewings of up-for-rent homes, so as many as 100 might show up. Some say it’s fair, others that it’s heartless.
Why Do So Many Homeless Hostels Only Open at Night?
In cities such as Belfast and Glasgow, only a small number of beds for homeless people are night-time-only. Can, and should, we move away from them here?
The Rise and Fall of Nightclub Meals
For most of the last century, nightclubs were supposed to stop the music, turn on the lights, and give clubbers a late-night dinner. That really confused Fatboy Slim.
Less of the Docklands is Public Space Than You Think
In the areas around the IFSC and Hanover Quay, what appears to be a public park or footpath is often actually private property.
How Did a Co-op Build Affordable Homes in Ballymun ... and Can It Be Done Elsewhere?
Hugh Brennan says that the Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance has the capacity to scale up.
Poké: "The Chicken Fillet Roll of the Pacific" Arrives in Dublin
At least two different places have started to offer the Hawaiian staple.
As Homeless "Family Hubs" Open, There's a Void in External Oversight
As Dublin City Council rolls out its nine planned “family hubs”, some are asking who is going to be keeping an eye on standards and child-protection.
The Finishing Touches Are Made to a New Bookshop
Brian Flanagan and Lily Power want Marrowbone Books to be a meeting place as well as a bookshop. “If you’re someone who likes books – and I think these people exist – then we will have something for you,” says Flanagan.
Should Docklands Developers Be Hiring More Docklanders?
As more sites are lined up for office buildings and apartment complexes, some are wondering how best to make sure that local residents benefit from the work it will bring.
Despite €200 Million Subsidy for Developers, Questions over Affordable Housing
A project by developer Hines in Cherrywood, for example, got €15.19 million in funding, meant to encourage affordable housing, for which there is as yet no plan in place.
Down Coke Lane, Two Mates Fire Up The Pizza Oven
At the back of Frank Ryan’s pub, a blue gazebo offers fresh, hot pizzas for vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters.
David: So Where Will All the City-Centre Traffic Go?
Some fear that changes on the quays and elsewhere will reroute heavy traffic into residential areas. Actually, the traffic will likely just “evaporate”, writes DIT lecturer David O’Connor.
Cartoon of the Week: A National Treasure
Illustrator Harry Burton erects a statue to a beloved ice cream that’s sadly (given the weather) no longer with us.
Ui Cadhain Prize Winner: Knock, Knock! Commotion in Charlotte Quay Dock
Ivan Budanov, 14, writes about life in an apartment stuck between his landlord and a vulture fund. “It has been very scary, and we cannot stay at home alone.”
Two Friends Document the Art of Graffiti Removal
They’re photographing the blocks of colour used to cover up graffiti, in the belief these are more than simple public maintenance – they’re art.
Moving Homeless Families from Hotels to "Hubs": Semantics or Progress?
Minister Simon Coveney promised to end the use of hotels to shelter homeless families by 1 July. To some, a big part of his plan sounds like rebranding, rather than real change.
The Co-Founder of Zaytoon Looks Ahead to Expansion
Jamshid Kamvar has been working for almost 20 years to change how Dubliners see kebabs. Now, he’s hoping to roll out more restaurants.
Updated: How Much Should You Earn to Live in Different Parts of Dublin?
Last year, we ran a series of maps showing how much you needed to earn to rent an affordable one-bedroom apartment in the city. We’ve updated them and, no surprise, renting’s become pricier.
Andy: What's the Government Got Against Public Ownership?
The plan to hand over the new national maternity hospital to the Sisters of Charity is just one more symptom of an ideological opposition to the state provision of services.
Robin: How Bello Became the Typeface of Protest
For the last year or so in Ireland, a particular typeface has become associated with protest and politically progressive movements. How did that come about?
How Will Apps for Sharing Parking Spaces Affect the City?
They could mean more convenience for drivers and more efficient use of space, but also loss of revenue for the council and more cars in the city.
A New Japanese Cafe Lets You Design Your Own Sushi
Takara is Johny Xin and Jimmy Pei’s second restaurant in the city.
An Art Nouveau Collection in an Old Dublin Home
More than two decades ago, a Dublin lawyer stumbled by chance on an image by the artist Alphonse Mucha. It led to a life in search of his works.
David: There's a Clear Economic Value to Urban Greenways
There is a wealth of evidence that urban greenways don’t dampen property prices. In fact, they do the opposite, writes David O’Connor.
Renters: Have You Had a Notice to Evict? Help us Report
We want to understand the reasons given for tenants’ evictions across the city, and whether they are legal notices. Please tell us your story.
Expect to See a Giant Squirrel on George's Quay Soon
Artur Bordalo has made his trash animals all over the world. In the next few days, he’ll be using scrap to create a giant sculpture near Tara Street.
In Memory of an Urban Activist, Lead a Tour of Your Dublin
Over a May weekend, Natalie de Roiste wants Dubliners to step out and give tours of their Dublin, from bricklayers to commuters, teenagers to refugees.
A Dark Song, Reviewed
In Liam Gavin’s first feature film, dark forces and ritual misery give way to something truly affirming, writes Luke Maxwell.
Philip and Thomas: RTÉ's Redevelopment Is Missing a Trick
We should be much more imaginative about how we could use this land to tackle wider social and economic problems, write Philip Comerford and Thomas Legge.
What's the Logic of Segregated Supermarkets for Asylum Seekers?
After a pilot at Mosney, a new system for providing food to asylum seekers may be rolled out to other centres. But many have unanswered questions about how, and why, it has been set up.
Emma, Alex and Eoin: Where Are the "Water Wasters"?
We have mapped 106 locations we believe have residential swimming pools, writes UCD geography lecturer Eoin O’Mahony and two of his students.
A Playwright Seeks Love Stories for the Stage
Do you live in Ireland and have a love story to share? Writer Henry Martin is looking for unusual love stories to adapt for the theatre.
Alicja: The Cranes Are Back, but Working Conditions Aren't
Far more construction workers today are self-employed than before the crash, which means they’re getting lower wages and fewer protections.
Are More Park-and-Rides the Solution to Dublin's Congestion?
Maybe not, say some transport experts. It might just mean using prime land to park cars that’ll be replaced by others on the roads into the centre.
In Fairview, a Hardware Store Turns One Hundred
Elias Edge set up his store in 1917. A century later, his great granddaughter has put together an exhibition to celebrate its survival.
Great Dublin Transport Networks
Over the years, many transport experts have challenged authorities with visionary maps of how Dubliners might get proper access to the city they live in. This is a tribute to their ideas.
The Write Life: On the Distractions of Dublin
In his monthly column, poet and performer Karl Parkinson will reflect on arts and the city. Here’s the first installment.
What's Behind the Rise of Alternative Lattes?
Some Dubliners are seeking out what they see as healthier hot drinks, and trying to cut out the caffeine.
Tomato Red, Reviewed
This film “shows the quiet malice of standing by and letting people slip through the cracks of society”, writes Luke Maxwell.
Mick: Austerity Has Left Our City's Infrastructure Creaking
The scaffolding of our city is suffering from systematic disinvestment, writes Mick Byrne, a researcher at UCD’s School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.
From Pride to Shame: Busáras and Its Toilets
Passengers were promised better toilets, but a plan to bring them and the rest of Busáras back to life has stalled amid financial chaos at Bus Éireann.
In Merrion Square, Dubliners Find a Space for Slacklining
At weekends, Andrew Heney and Michael Murphy string up ropes and practice walking them above the city’s canals and parks. Murphy has his eye on the Poolbeg towers.
On the Trail of the Pintman
Two decades after agreeing to have his picture taken by an American folklorist, Cabra man Paddy Losty has taken the internet by storm as the embodiment of excess. But who was he?
Women Rough-Sleepers Told There Are No Beds
There were no beds available for women in homeless hostels on 15 February, according to Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. And some say it wasn’t a one-night problem.
Roe: On Safe Skype Sex, and Trendy Gym Clothes
Roe McDermott answers one reader’s question about how to stay safe while being intimate online in a long-distance relationship, and another’s on gym clothes.
The Circle Sessions Notches It up a Level
Through his open-mic night, David Halpin is trying to provide a route for performers from their bedrooms to big stages.
In Docklands, Residents Plead for End to Late-Night Construction
Developers can apply for waivers so they can do construction work late at night and early in the morning. Some residents say their sanity isn’t being taken into account.
Should the North East Inner City Be Rebranded?
When Kieran Mulvey gave an outline of his proposals for the north-east inner city recently, one suggestion was some rebranding for the area. But some wonder if that’s a good use of money.
At Gallery X, Dead Animals Get a New Lease on Life
Featuring five artists, “Still Life: Honouring the Dead” aims to challenge preconceptions about life and death, waste, and our relationship with animals.
Vacancy Watch: A Boarded-Up Pub on an Aungier St Corner
Dublin City Councillors have agreed to sell the old Aungier House pub on the corner of Aungier Street and Digges Street. The new owners have plans.
A Dublin Magazine Aims to Capture a Deeper Football Culture
Kie and James Carew’s Póg Mo Goal focuses less on analysis and goals, and more on social, political, and historical currents.
Curios About: Back Storey by Eoin Whelehan
Eoin Whelehan’s work is inspired by the dusky urban landscapes of graphic novels. Click through to see the full image and read what he has to say about it.
Sam: Irish Times Fails to Live up to Its Principles
How does the publication of Nicholas Pell’s op-ed and William Reville’s column fit with the paper’s pledges to discourage discrimination, promote tolerance, and oppose hatred?
Fermenting Class: Sauerkraut, Kefir, Kombucha and Ginger Bugs
Since discovering the art of fermentation in 2015, Indigo Micciche’s been experimenting with all kinds of ingredients. Now Micciche’s ready to share recipes.
David: Dublin Should Aim to Double Its Public-Transport Mode Share
Compared to growth in overall traffic figures, public transport barely kept pace last year, writes DIT transport planning lecturer David O’Connor.
Presenting: The Ui Cadhain Prize for Young Reporters
Young people aged 10–14 who live or study in Dublin’s inner-city area are invited to submit stories by midnight on 31 March 2017.
In Glasnevin, Greek Food Straight out of Patras
George Stamopoulos points to the meat, rotating on spits behind him. This is gyros, he announces, as if introducing an old friend.
At Little Italy, Browse Cheeses and Cured Meats, Espresso in Hand
You can walk past Little Italy without realising that, inside, you will be welcomed with an espresso and aisles and aisles of the finest Italian foods.
Andy: It Worked When Local Authorities Could Borrow to Build Housing
Public provision of public housing used to be commonplace in Ireland, but then we shifted to rely more on the market. It’s not working, says Andy Storey.
At Walsh's in Stoneybatter, Cheesy Tuesdays Take the Biscuit
It all started about a decade ago, when a few regulars asked if they could eat some of their favourite cheeses inside, with a cold pint. By now, it’s become a tradition.
The Team Behind 1815 Magazine Are Mixing Up Media
Since it launched in October 2015, 1815 Magazine has come in all kinds of shapes. The last issue was a deck of cards.
David and Odran: Dublin Needs Its Development Agencies Back
The decision to wind down agencies such as the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Ballymun Regeneration Limited was questionable, argue David O’Connor and Odran Reid.
Meet Kurb Junki, the Guy Behind those Graffiti Hamburgers
Kurb Junki says his skateboarding and graffiti chalking is all about the engagement with Dublin’s public space.
I Am Not a Serial Killer, Reviewed
Death comes to small-town America when a series of unusual and gruesome murders occur in this shoestring thriller that’s got “cult” written all over it.
Roe: on Nice Guys Who Creep, and How to Speak Up
One reader asks how to respond to messages from guys she has rejected on Tinder, and another asks how to confront homophobia among elderly relatives.
Finding Balance on Bull Island: Dogs and Dead Seal Pups
The postmortem says the seals’ injuries were consistent with an attack by a predator.
At Little Mac's, They Go for the Burgers and Return for the Company
No matter who sits down on the red twisty stools by the counter of Little Mac’s in George’s Arcade, Alan Smartt seems to find something to talk to them about.
Crash and Burn, Reviewed
This is not so much a rags-to-riches story as it is a rags-to-further-rags-and-then-contentment kind of story, writes Luke Maxwell. “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon up my ass,” Tommy Byrne explains.
David: NTA Signals Shift Towards High-Quality Bus Network
As traffic levels continue to grow in the Dublin area, the NTA appears to be realising the increasingly urgent and pertinent role of the “Core Bus Network”.
Cartoon of the Week: Signs of Winter
It feels like penguin weather. This week’s cartoon by Harry Burton.
On Dorset Street, a New Cultural Hub
Ellen Aveiro used to be a prison administrator in Paranagua, in southern Brazil. These days, she runs a community centre on Dorset Street.
Roe: on Acceptance, and on Sex and Bad Digestion
Roe McDermott responds to one reader who worries that his brother-in-law won’t accept it if his son is gay, and another reader who questions why she has stomach problems after sex.
Sam: How Journalists Should Cover the Hateful
If we exclude them, are we lying to you (by omission) about what Dublin’s really like? If we include them, are we legitimising and encouraging them? Is there any point in engaging with what they are saying?
In Kilmainham, One Woman Takes on the Traffic
For years, Mary Gleeson has been pushing the council to make her daughters’ route to school safer. But there’s one thing she hasn’t tried: starting an organisation to advocate for pedestrians in the city.
In North Inner City, Fresh Bread and Cakes at Cut Prices
“It’s closer, cheaper and better than the supermarkets,” says student Sarah McCabe.
Bringing Free Public Wifi Back to Dublin City Centre
“We’ve met with one or two people just to chat about the feasibility,” says Richard Guiney of DublinTown. “We would hope to be piloting this next year.”
Vacancy Watch: Plans to Replace the Tenters Pub with a Replica
Like many buildings across the city, the historic pub has been left vacant and allowed to crumble. The developer says it’s no longer possible to preserve it.
In Vision for Moore Street, Some Voices Are Missing
In the debate around the latest, and earlier visions, for Moore Street, the voices of the small business owners in the neighbourhood – many of them immigrants – are missing.
David: The New Development Plan Is Right on Building Heights
Planning rules are not behind the housing shortage, writes DIT lecturer David O’Connor. We need to look elsewhere.
Sam Coll, on Building His Abode of Fancy
It’s taken eight years for Sam Coll’s verbose debut novel to be published.
Thomas: Let's Consider Moving the Oireachtas from Kildare Street
Moving the seat of government to a purpose-built complex somewhere else could allow Kildare Street to flourish as the vibrant cultural quarter it was meant to be, writes Thomas Legge.
Dublin's Safest and Least Safe Playgrounds, Mapped
Each year, Dublin City Council hires a company to go around and score the city’s playgrounds. Here’s where they all rank.
A City Audio Tour Takes Horror Lovers to Another Realm
The spooky Eerie audio tour leads you through the streets of the south inner city, with tales of ghostly Dublin – and puzzles.
In Churchtown, Locals Complain That They're Not Allowed in Their Local
Some residents in Churchtown say they’re being turned away from their newly opened local pub, but there’s not much they can do about it.
David: Is the City Running Out of Time?
For the new Luas Cross City to run smoothly, we need to have a workable city-centre transport study pinned down. We are in a race against time to make sure that happens.
Vacancy Watch: a Lonely Building on 144 Upper Abbey Street
Barber Eddie Wykes used to both live and work in this four-storey vacant building on Upper Abbey Street. It needed to be knocked down some time ago, he says.
The Decline of the Humble Monkey Nut
Dublin shops and supermarkets put out seasonal bags of monkey nuts each Halloween as a nod to tradition, but sales have slowed over the years. Why that is, depends on who you ask.
Cartoon Of The Week: What the Papers Said
Harry Burton on what we would really say, if we were honest.
Gorse No. 6: The Cardboard Carrier, Reviewed
The latest issue of this Dublin literary journal is “an honest, raw and genuine exploration of act of writing”, says author Elske Rahill.
David: New Option For Liffey Cycle Route Makes Good Sense
The council estimates that the Liffey Quay Cycle Route will carry up to 1,500 cyclists per hour along the north quays. That’s far more people than private cars could carry along that route.
In Inchicore, Artists Mark Dublin's Loss of 25 Minutes
This weekend, it will have been a century since Dublin Mean Time was erased. Ten women sound artists will commemorate the occasion with a performance at Richmond Barracks.
In Portobello, Skateboarders Want to Go Legit
“We don’t want to really have this us-and-them thing against the council. We would love to come together,” says Phili Halton.
After 40 Years, St Luke's in the Coombe Set to Be Restored
Work is scheduled to begin Monday, 3 October to turn the derelict church into office space, and its grounds into a public park.
Promotional Litter: Do We Need Tougher Measures to Stop Illegal Adverts?
The fines are so small, and enforcement so slow, that it seems to make sense for companies to put up adverts without planning permission.
Fair Play: At 96, a Footballer Looks Back
Edmond Sheeran first played for Shamrock Rovers FC in 1938. He was 18 years old.
It's Rutting Season, so Stop with the Deer Selfies
Hundreds of visitors descend on the Phoenix Park’s deer every month with carrots and crisps and cameras. The DSPCA says park authorities need to put a stop to it.
Danger for Cyclists: the Luas Tracks on James' Street
On a strip on James’ Street where cyclists and the Luas are supposed to share the road, many on bikes opt to take to the pavement instead.
Early Designs Unveiled For New City Library on Parnell Square
Earlier this week, Dublin’s head librarian unveiled the latest designs for the planned grand central library on Parnell Square. Here’s what it looks like.
Where Should We Put Two Luke Kellys?
More than 10 years after the idea of a statue of folk singer Luke Kelly was put forward and approved, there are now potentially two on offer.
Off Nassau Street, Lincoln's Inn Reopens, Pouring Joyce Stout
Inside the newly reopened Lincoln’s Inn, owners Ian Lacey and Shane McCloughlin have acknowledged its literary legacy without descending into garish excess.
What's Happening With MacTurcaill's Pub?
Once popular with George’s Quay locals and Trinity students, it closed in March 2015. Now it is “OPENING SOON”, according to a sign in the window. Is it really, though?
In the City, It Can Be Hard to Recycle
If you live in the inner city, you might be familiar with the problem: a pile of empty bottles in your bin, and no place to recycle them. Why aren’t there any bottle banks nearby?
As Oliver Bond Flats Turn 80 Years Old, an Archive Grows
From now until 10 December, a grassroots project is exhibiting memories and mementos that celebrate and explore the history of the Oliver Bond Flats.
At DIT, a Researcher Seeks Ways to Make Foods from Insects
At a lab in the North Inner City, a PhD researcher is trying to work out how to use flours and extracts from crickets, mealworms and silkworms to make something yummy.
Dublin: the Heart of the City, Reviewed
Documenting life of the north inner city docklands in text and photographs, this is a fine historical document, with a few nice literary touches, writes Karl Parkinson.
In the Spotify Era, Callum Browne Is Still Making Cassettes
Some Dublin bands are opting to record their music onto cassettes rather than CDs or vinyl. Callum Browne and his Little L Records label is there to help them.
At Lucky Gaspard's Barber Shop, a Home Away from Homes
At this Stoneybatter barber shop, men and boys with ties to Africa gather to share news, listen to music, talk football and get their hair cut.
David: Don't Let This Lobby Group Kill the College Green Plan
If successful, the DCTA’s effort to stop the council from pedestrianising College Green will hurt the city centre, writes DIT transport planning lecturer David O’Connor.
Sam: Should Media Ever Use the Term "Pro-Life"?
Journalists shouldn’t necessarily describe people or groups in the way they ask to be described – especially if the terms they ask for are misleading.
At Constitution Hill, a Hard-Won Playground
Residents say they’re happy that their kids now have somewhere to play. But there are still some outstanding issues, they say.
Cartoon of the Week: From Up Here
In this week’s cartoon, Harry Burton tackles millennial-bashing. Click through to see the final panel.
Cartoon of the Week: Dublympics 2016
What sports would be in the Dublin Olympics? This week’s cartoon by Harry Burton. Click through to see the final panels.
In "The Box", a Reflection on How to Live Together
In this short film set in Dublin, Jijo S. Palatty offers a critique of segregation and its drivers, and an exploration of what he sees as the conflict between pluralism and liberalism.
On Dorset Street, the Authentic Tastes of Mumbai
At Cakes N’ More in the north inner city, Venu Sood cooks up affordable Indian snacks from poha and panipuri, to fresh, hot samosas.
Bridgefoot Street: Should There be Housing, a Park, or Both?
What should go on this site? The area desperately lacks green space for children to play in, but the number of homeless families in hotels continues to rise.
In The Tenters, Many Dogs and Little Green Space
When some local residents complained about dogs and noise in the mornings in Oscar Square Park, the council trimmed the opening hours. Was it too hasty?
Cartoon of the Week: Dublin Problems
This week’s cartoon by Harry Burton. Click through to see the final panel.
Curios About: Glass Ceiling by Adebayo Flynn
With this work, the artist wants to make the reader to feel uncomfortable. “Hopefully the audience will fill in the reasons why I made it so raw and brash,” he says.
For Septuagenarian Friends, a Pledge to Take on the 8th
As the Repeal the 8th campaign gears up, some grandparents are planning to join the charge. It was, after all, their fight to begin with.
In the Liberties, a Football Derby Pitches Gardai Against Street Traders
Each year, Gardai and street traders meet in the Liberties for an annual football match. “It’s a great rivalry,” says Joe Cullen.
Cartoon of the Week: Enda Discovers the Inner City
Enda Kenny on his recent trip to the North Inner City, an artist’s impression. This week’s cartoon by Harry Burton.
Cartoon of the Week: Basic Maths
Dublin’s housing crisis, illustrated. Our first cartoon by Harry Burton.
Wanted: Dubliners to Share Stuff With
Bernie Brannick and Eoghan Parle set up the WeShare Dublin group because helping out your neighbours can make people happier. They’re open to new members.
Roe: On Dealing with Surprising Scars and Body Shapes
Our advice columnist counsels one man on explaining old self-harm scars to new partners, and another on how to react upon realising a dating-site profile was misleading.
Should it Be Easier to Find Out Who Owns a Property?
Do property owners have a right to privacy? Do residents have the right to know who owns a vacant or derelict property that’s ruining their neighbourhood?
In "Cardboard Gangsters", John Connors Corrects the Record
The ex-Love/Hate actor talks about his new film, set in Darndale, which again looks deep into gangland – but this time at street level.
Earth-Bound by Dorothy Macardle, Reviewed
A feminist supporter of de Valera, a nationalist turned internationalist, many of Macardle’s beliefs seem to clash, which is what makes her work so rich.
Despite New Rules, Landlords Still Reject Tenants on Housing Assistance
“No rent allowance or HAP accepted sorry,” said the text alert, even though since 1 January landlords aren’t allowed to discriminate in this way.
A Finglas Chef Builds His Cake Business
Eric Nolan started to work in kitchens when he was 14. After years of slogging it out, he’s making a name for himself with his cakes and pastries.
At Sunday Edition, a Platform for Contemporary Artists
Every couple of months, you can go hear up-and-coming and fringe artists talk about why and how they do what they do.
Zoë's Dublin Diary: Photography, Sleep Thieves, Neon Demon, and More
What’s on this week? Here are our picks: photography from Spain and Ireland, artworks from NCAD, a new film from the director of “Drive”, and music at Tengu.
Dublin's New Lord Mayor Sets Out His Priorities
Brendan Carr suggests that the city introduce plaques for businesses that pay the living wage, and says he’ll push for a hotel bed tax in the city.
Zoë's Dublin Diary: Stinging Fly, Walking Dead, Block Party, and More
What’s on this week? Here are our suggestions, one a day, from a literary magazine launch to art openings, a block party to a Netrunner night.
Should Dublin's Chinatown Get a Friendship Arch?
Just 48 people have signed a petition for an arch to mark Dublin’s Chinatown on Parnell Street. What do you think of the idea?
What Will Become of George Bernard Shaw's Birthplace?
Keeping the Nobel Prize winner’s former home as a museum hasn’t really worked out. So Dublin City Council is looking into giving it a new life, with a new purpose.
On Clanbrassil Street, the Fast Is Broken
For the past four years, Café Delice owner Mustapha Kahal has opened his doors throughout Ramadan for local Muslims.
Photo Essay: Summer Solstice Night on the Town
June 20 was the shortest night of the year, and a full moon. Brendan Mac Evilly spent it cycling around Dublin, taking photos.
Zoë's Dublin Diary: Hissen, Rally for Choice Fundraiser, and More
Check out the launch of singer Roslyn Steer’s new album, decorate banners ahead of Belfast’s Rally for Choice and more. Here’s what to do in the week ahead.
Why Are There So Many Coffee Shops in Dublin?
It seems like there’s a new one opening every week somewhere in the city. Is this a coffee-shop bubble? Or are they here to stay?
“Mark’s halfway across when The Dude takes the corner goin at least 60. Which tells Mark that The Dude either . . .” A new short story from poet, author and editor Dave Lordan.
Curios About: Dongurami (Circle) by Jung A Han
The latest in our series on works by contemporary artists is a portrait by Ireland-based Korean artist Jung A Han. This is just a detail, click through to see the whole thing.
Frankie: Why Are People Obsessed with "Gangland"?
Gangland exists for two reasons: prohibition and inequality. Those who profess an urgent desire to address the situation are determined to tackle neither.
Beyond Heights: Other Stuff in the Draft Development Plan
From another bridge over the Liffey to a new centre for dance, here are proposals that councillors pushed for in the latest debates on the city development plan.
Roe: On Trusting Your Date, and Learning to Say "They"
One reader asks whether she should end it with a guy who asked her to leave after sex. Another seeks advice on addressing a gender non-binary friend.
The Springs of Affection by Maeve Brennan, Reviewed
Like someone scratching steadily at a dull, tarnished surface, Brennan reveals, without ceremony, bright glints of what lies beneath. Suddenly the reader is confronted with the terror of isolation that comes with being human.
A Case of Chemicals: Who’s Been Polluting Poppintree Park?
Eight times over the last two years, the lake in Poppintree Park in Ballymun has been polluted. Dublin City Council suspects the latest incidence was intentional dumping, not an accident.
Sam: Steal This Article
Some journalists find, report and write the news. Others read these original reports and rewrite them, without giving credit or payment. Is that fair?
Curios About: The Girl with the Hoop Earring by Kate O'Loughlin
Artist Kate O’Loughlin wants those who see this work to feel how she did when, riding the subway each day in New York, she fell, briefly, for those she saw.
Vertigo by Joanna Walsh, Reviewed
Are these short stories, or 14 episodes culminating in one vertiginous mindscape? Author Elske Rahill reviews the latest collection from Joanna Walsh.
On Aungier Street, Fresh Pizza in 60 Seconds
With its Naples-style pizzas, Dublin Pizza Company aims to combine the best of Italian cooking techniques with the finest Irish produce, said founder Michael Ryan.
Curios About: Bray Beach Toytown by Aoife Hester
In this evocative video, Aoife Hester captures the nostalgia of summers at Bray Beach. It’s the latest in our series on works by contemporary Dublin artists.
At Marsh's Library, Insight into the Life of a 17th Century Refugee
A translation of Elias Bouhéreau’s diary tells the story of the first keeper of Marsh’s Library, who fled France, travelled Europe and made Dublin his home.
The Band That Vanished
When One Day International released their debut album in 2008, they seemed marked for a giddy, melodious success that never came. What happened?
On Mary's Lane, a Fry-Up Favourite
Customers come to Brendan’s Café from the early houses, from the flats, and from the nearby fruit and veg market for the breakfast. Inside, very little has changed since the place opened in 1985.
Drunken Detritus: The Lost and Found of Dublin Clubs
Here’s what Dublin leaves behind after a night out.
Does Airbnb Mean There Are Fewer Homes to Rent in Dublin?
Other cities with housing shortages have cracked down on the landlords who rent out apartments to tourists on Airbnb instead of to long-term local tenants. At least one Dublin city councillor wants to look into doing the same here.
Street Feast: Time to Sign Up to Meet the Neighbours
So far, 280 streets in Dublin have registered to host street feasts. It’s not hard to join them and throw a party on 12 June, says Sam Bishop.
Zoë's Dublin Diary: Turkmen Clothing, Irish Literature Festival, B-Boy Jam, and More
This week, see Samiyam at the Shaw, watch Tarkovsky’s film “Mirror” at the IFI, follow Stano’s “story trail” around the city, and more. Our recommendations on what to do in Dublin, one a day.
Study: Sexual Harassment "Frequent and Distressing" for Women in Dublin
Women face sexual harassment on the city streets, says an unpublished report commissioned by Dublin City Council. So, what are we going to do about it?
Illegal Dumping: Is the Council's Public Shaming Tactic the Solution?
Some North Inner City residents say the council’s posting of CCTV images of illegal dumpers is unfair, and see undoing privatisation of waste management as the real solution.
The Changing Shape of Irish Pride: Fallen by Lia Mills, Reviewed
Chosen as this year’s One City, One Book selection for both Dublin and Belfast, this novel follows everywoman Katie and her everyman twin brother Liam through the Rising.
Hops City: Want to Help a Local Brewery?
The Social Hops project lets people become part of a great hops-growing experiment, which should lead to some first-of-their-kind beers.
On Clarendon Street, Berlin D2 Says It's Calling It a Day
The corner cafe on Coppinger Row and Clarendon Street looks likely to close there by the end of the month.
On Fleet Street, Haircuts as Gaeilge
As barber Patrick Carr tells it, he can do two things: cut hair and speak Irish. So in his Fleet Street barbers, he’s brought the two together.
Independent Journalism: A Hands-On Course
If you don’t see your Dublin and people like you reflected in the news media, we want you in this course, so you can start to change that.
Black Rose Days by Martin Malone, Reviewed
This is more a portrait of a murder victim than a mystery in the conventional sense, which is likely to divide readers.
Zoë's Dublin Diary: Studio Ghibli, Hugh Cooney and More
Not to miss this week: the roving guitarist Ryley Walker at Whelan’s, multimedia comic-bard Hugh Cooney at the Shaw, a tribute to DJ Rashad at Wigwam, and much more.
Mick: We Are Selling Off Social Housing and It's Madness
Most debates about the housing crisis lead back to one place: the acute shortage of social housing. Tenant purchase schemes are making that shortage worse.
Which New Dublin TDs Are Taking Travel Expenses?
Three newbie Dublin TDs aren’t taking the unvouched travel allowance. And one Dublin TD says he is, but for a community fund, not for travel.
In Inner City, Residents Plead for Old Playgrounds to Reopen
On both sides of the Liffey, parents are fighting for playgrounds for their kids, so they won’t be cooped up inside or forced to play on the roofs of buildings anymore.
John Wolfe Is on a Mission to Tackle TDs' Expenses
About two decades ago, John Wolfe gave up his work as a builder and grew an obsession with the law. “I love civil law with a passion,” he said after a recent court appearance.
Roe: How To Tell If He's in an Open Marriage or Just Cheating
Roe answers questions from a woman wondering about her guy’s status, and another letter writer who wonders how lesbians lose their virginity.
Andy: the Arms Trade and Tax Avoidance Meet in Ireland
It is bad enough that Ireland facilitates tax avoidance, but it is even worse that it facilitates the business of death.
The Grangegorman Squat, Round Two: Resistance, Circus and Hope
Squatters were evicted from the property last year. It was sold and left vacant for months, and now it’s been reoccupied. In a time of housing shortage, it’s home to at least 30 people – and soon, perhaps, more.
The Creeping Influence of Corn-Tortilla Lovers
Phil Martin and Lily Ramirez-Foran are on a mission to get Dubliners to appreciate the earthy flavours of real corn tortillas.
At Basin View, Block T Hopes to Rise Again
The arts group has found a new space in Dublin 8, and is now trying to raise money to make it look like home.
Curios About: Welcome Home by Rebecca Deegan
Rebecca Deegan wanted us to look at homelessness differently, so she painted this, about “the vulnerability and isolation felt by those who have nothing”. It’s the latest in our series on works by Dublin artists.
At KEMP Gallery, Street Art Comes in From the Cold
At the newly opened KEMP Gallery, the walls are given over to the art of the street. Painted at the entrance: “Regard the Art, Disregard the Rules!!”
With the Epicurean Food Hall Closed, What's Become of Its Delicacies?
The landlord has shuttered the 16-year-old food court, leaving its future unclear, and its restaurants scrambling for new locations.
Dara: We're Broke But We're Funny and Smart
Rising rents mean single parents are being forced further and further away from those who can support them. They are “austerity nomads”.
Will St Leger, Out in the Open
As a kid, Will St Leger was surrounded by conflict. “I remember seeing movies on TV and I wanted to be a soldier without a gun,” he said. And maybe that’s what he is, as a playful, political street artist.
Can Elderly People with Large Homes Help Ease Homelessness?
There are single people living in big houses, and families living in rooms. What’s the solution to the mismatch?
Can Soup Eaters Help Change Dublin for the Better?
Every six weeks, Dubliners with ideas for how to make the city better will pitch to Dubliners with questions about how it’ll work. And they’ll all eat soup.
Feeding Regeneration: A New Series for Foodies and City-Lovers
In a new series of paired articles, Redrawing Dublin will look at some of the inner city’s great restaurants, and the challenges facing their neighbourhoods. Here’s their manifesto.
Frankie: It's Not Just a Dublin Accent, It's a Dublin Dialect
People comment on what they call my “strong Dublin accent” a lot, a phrase that belittles how I speak, because it’s not just an accent, it’s a dialect – one with a rich history, one I’m proud of.
Dara: Every Addict Has the Right to a Better Life
With every meal, every class of tai chi, every day I don’t pay some dickhead €20 to feel like a human being, I’m reclaiming my right to pride and dignity.
A New Pavilion for Merrion Square, But What Will It Be Used for?
Merrion Square is due to get a new pavilion. But should it house an art exhibition or a memorial to emigrants, designed to reconnect members of the diaspora to Dublin?
Andy: Vulture Funds Gorge on Ireland Because the Government Lets Them
It is, in large part, the way in which the state has responded to the property price crash that has allowed vulture funds to be enriched and selected local developers cosseted.
Balls on Baize: in Phibsboro, a Proper Snooker Hall
As a child, CrossGuns Snooker Club owner Finbarr Ruane would watch his father at work repairing the tables and polishing the cues. Today, he does the same.
For Ballymun Rapid-Build Homes, Has Council Ignored Its Own Standards?
Three-bedrooom houses in Dublin should ideally be at least 100 sqm, a standard the council held an Ailesbury Rd development to in September. But smaller homes are apparently okay in Poppintree, for rapid-build houses, for homeless families.
In Donnybrook, Future of Crumbling Magdalene Laundry Is Uncertain
Last month the property went up for sale as “an exciting and rare opportunity to develop in the heart of Donnybrook”. But some want it preserved as a testament to this horrendous part of Ireland’s social history.
In Stoneybatter, a Back-Door Peek into the Wildflour Bakery
Campari cake with grapefruit and black sesame. Rhubarb, juniper and rosewater cake with Hendrick’s Gin icing. Baker Kate Packwood experiments with some unusual flavour combinations.
Curios About: Roundabout by Naomi Taitz Duffy
Roundabout is part of a series of abstract paintings inspired by maps of Dublin and the surrounding area from the 1700s and 1800s. This is just a detail – click through to see the full work.
Who's Been Lobbying Dublin City Council's Chief Executive?
Apparently, very few of Owen Keegan’s meetings count as lobbying under new legislation designed to bring more transparency to who is influencing our public officials.
Where Is the Ethiopian Food in Dublin?
You can get most foods in Dublin from the fermented tastes of Korea to the bean puddings of Nigeria. But there is a tragic gap in the city’s restaurant scene: there’s nowhere you can order a platter of fragrant Ethiopian stews. Why?
Andy: Sadly, We Didn't Vote for a Fairer Ireland
This was clearly a vote against the governing parties, but it would be wishful thinking to see it as a vote for a fair and equal Ireland, argues UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan, Reviewed
Sullivan’s latest young-adult novel doesn’t just tread dark waters, it dives right in. A multilayered mindscape, it pulls the reader deep into the character’s world, writes reviewer Elske Rahill.
Sing Street, Reviewed
Should we welcome “Once” director John Carney’s new film “Sing Street” with swaying arms and clicking fingers or turn a deaf ear?
Mapped: How Much Should You Earn to Live in Different Parts of Dublin?
If you’re not supposed to spend more than 30 percent of your income on housing, how much would you have to earn to rent a one-bedroom apartment?
HSE's Vacant Properties: Could They Be Used for Housing?
A reader asked us to look into how many vacant properties the HSE has in the Dublin area, and whether they could be used for housing. Here’s what we found out.
The Rise and Rise of Bodytonic Pubs
In the last couple of years, Bodytonic has opened one pub after another, expanding into neighbourhoods far from the city centre. What’s their plan?
Zoë's Dublin Diary: Bacchus, Fifi Rong, Spotlight, and More
Our picks for what to do this week. One a day. The art of real estate, crust punk, the story of the Boston Globe’s investigative Spotlight team, and more.
Coming Soon: How to Grow Mushrooms on Used Coffee Grounds
Just when you thought you had all the coffee-related paraphernalia that you could need, Andrew Douglas of Urban Farm has plans to launch a new kit to help you grow food on your grounds.
What the New Waste Laws Mean for You
Will you have to recycle? How does it work for apartments? And what about the little waste collectors? Some questions answered.
The Uninvited by Dorothy Macardle, Reviewed
An unnerving page-turner about lost voices, there could be no more timely reissue of this fantastic novel, writes Elske Rahill.
On Drury Street, an Introduction to Chinese Cuisine
It’s the Year of the Monkey, and the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is in full swing for the next couple of weeks. Here are a few food-related events you might consider.
Brushing Up: That Mural on Millennium Walk
Having been commissioned to complete Dublin’s Last Supper, the metres-long artwork on Millennium Walk, artist John Byrne set about looking for Jesus.
Still Waiting: Was "Modular Housing" Ever Going to Be Done on Time?
People working in the industry say that it was always an impossible mission to get the homes ready before Christmas.
Bread & Bones Is So Much More Than Its Name
The pairing of bao and broth is an Asian twist on the midday comfort of the soup-and-sambo pairing. Something soft and a bowl or cup of something hot.
Which Dublin City Councillors Attend Council Meetings Most and Least?
In 2015, some councillors made it to more than 90 percent of meetings. Others made it to less than 60 percent of those they were supposed to attend.
Is There Any Logic to Kicking Dogs Out of Dublin Pubs?
If your dog or cat is healthy, it’s not that risky to have them around when you go to grab a pint. So what’s the HSE thinking?
In Phibsboro, a New Deli For a Changing Neighbourhood
Grace and David Lambert saw the need for a deli with all manner of fresh and local produce. Enter, their new store: Bang Bang.
Zoë's Dublin Diary: Housing Action, Prokofiev and Powerviolence
Our picks for what to do in Dublin from 27 January to 2 February. The best event each day.
As "SOBO" Develops, Some City Quay Locals Worry About Future
Construction is underway in the area that some developers have renamed “SOBO”, or South of Beckett O’Casey. But long-time local residents aren’t completely happy with how it’s all going.
After a Death, Calls for a Safe Place to Race Scramblers
Could a new track in Cherry Orchard be a solution to unsafe off-road quad bikes and scramblers? It’s one option that Dublin City Council is considering.
Zoë's Dublin Diary: What to Do This Week
Our pick of the week’s events in Dublin. One per day. To help you make the most of your fun time. Film, art, music and more.
As Rent Rises, Block T Faces Exit From Smithfield
At the moment, about 120 creatives from web developers to performers work in the Block T building on all kinds of projects. They’re looking for a new home.
A Dublin Chef Rustles up the Taste of Pomerania
You don’t even know where Pomerania is, do you? But if you go to one of chef Eric Heilig’s monthly pop-up meals, you’ll know what it tastes like.
On Henrietta Street, Grab Great Art and Help the Homeless
For between €10 and €40, you can pick up pieces of art by great Dublin artists. And all the money is due to go to the Irish Housing Network.
Andy: Here's Why Dubliners Should Care About a Mayo Natural Gas Field
Far from being a triumph, the coming on stream of Corrib gas represents the culmination of a long process of what can only be described as economic treason, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
On Drury Street, a Blues Singer with a Love of Mystery
“Never give the full truth. You should always keep something back. Always, keep the mystery alive,” says Bam Artist Artiste.
Dara: Without Money to Spend, Dublin's City Centre Is a Hostile Place
Dara Quigley asks why, for those with little spare cash, Dublin’s centre is so unwelcoming. And why do we put up with it?
Think You Know 2015? Take Our Quiz
Ten questions about events and people this year. Go on. Have a go.
The Deep Blue
In a Dublin launderette, a young mother sits with a ball of baby-grows and bibs at her feet when a man in a rumpled Superman costume stumbles through the door.
A Dirty Stained-Glass Window Reveals Slice of History
A reader’s question prompted us to research a strip of buildings on Camden Street, and learn about their stained-glass history and Weatherspoons-hotel future.
Elske: Great Books to Buy Your Kids for Christmas
One of our book reviewers, novelist and mother-of-three Elske Rahill, has over the past year compiled a list of tried-and-tested recommendations of children’s books for a range of age groups. Here they are.
Frank: Paris's Public Transport System Puts Dublin's to Shame
After COP21 in Paris, and its adoption of a wide-ranging programme to tackle climate change, we’ll need to improve our game.
In Portobello, a New Restaurant Offers Burgers and Steaks
Russell Wilde threw open the doors of Richmond restaurant about two weeks ago. On the menu: high-end dining in a casual environment.
Muslims in Ireland: Past and Present, Reviewed
If you want to understand the complex identities, origins, and beliefs of Ireland’s Muslims, and their contributions to the country throughout history, start with this book.
Andy: Is a Couple Making €140,000 Really in the "Squeezed Middle"?
Under the guise of helping the “squeezed middle”, the government is funneling money upwards to the elite while deepening deprivation for those on the bottom rungs of Irish society.
Roe: Good Etiquette for Casual Sex and STIs
How should you handle that talk with a partner about STI testing? How can you navigate a healthy, fun, no-strings-attached sexual relationship? Our advice columnist Roe McDermott has the answers.
At National Gallery, an Effort to Bring Visual Art to the Blind (with Podcast)
There’s a growing interest in exploring creative ways to make galleries more accessible. The National Gallery, for example, offers touchable guides to an increasing number of its paintings.
Should Thomas Street Be Brought Back to Its Market Days? (with Podcast)
At one time, it seemed you could buy everything at the Liberties market stalls: fruit, veg, fish or ribbons. How can we get that magic back? Should we even try?
Zoë’s Dublin Diary: What to Do This Week
Our pick of the week’s events in Dublin. One per day. To help you make the most of your fun time.
Danger for Cyclists: Here's a Place to Avoid
We’ve found an intersection in Dublin’s city centre that appears to be particularly dangerous for cyclists. And we have some ideas on how to improve it.
Roe: On Calling Him Daddy, and Gender-Neutral Pronouns
One reader worries she was wrong to call a boyfriend “Daddy” during sex, and another asks for advice on how to address a relative who has come out as transgender.
Meet Panti Bliss's Dressmaker
For the last five years, James David Seaver has whipped up costumes for Dublin’s greatest drag queen, but that’s just one side project of many.
Zoë’s Dublin Diary: What to Do This Week
Our pick of the week’s events in Dublin. One per day. To help you make the most of your fun time.
It's Time to Acknowledge the Lesbians Who Fought in the Easter Rising (with Podcast)
For some time, there has been a push to paint women back into the history of the Easter Rising. Now, as the centenary approaches, there’s also an effort to acknowledge that some of these women were gay.
At the Morning Star, Nine Decades of Housing the Homeless (with Podcast)
Homeless men in Dublin used to ask to be sent anywhere but the Morning Star Hostel. Today, it’s a different place.
Tell Us What You Want Us To Investigate
Do you wander around Dublin and wonder why it is the way it is? Do you have questions about its people, politics, parks, and landmarks? We would love to answer those questions for you, or with you.
Zoë's Dublin Diary: What to Do This Week
Our pick of the week’s events in Dublin. One per day. To help you make the most of your fun time.
For Some Long-Term Unemployed, Could Gaming Work?
State-funded education and training courses for the unemployed have a reputation as time-wasting paths to nowhere. Maybe this one is different though.
Frank: Modular Homes for Homeless Families Could Be Lovely
If the houses are built to anything like the standards that apply in Austria or Scandinavia, the families who’ll end up living in them won’t want to leave.