Monthly Archives: March 2016

The street of the fading trade

Xin Yee Chong reports that the street markets are disappearing from a famous Dublin 8 street.
As the weekend approaches, the street of trading was filled with crowds of people, with stalls set up everywhere selling a huge variety of items. Chatter and haggling sounds couls be heard everywhere on the street, with the air filled with the smell of bread… Read more »

Ghost of Ed Sheeran haunts Whelan’s

Peter Comiskey recently spent a disappointing night listening to would-be singer-songwriters at Dublin’s famous venue.
Your reviewer was looking forward to his first night in Whelan’s, a pub known for live music. As an avid music listener, he anticipated having a good night out and maybe even discovering some up-and-coming talent. But it was to prove a naïve anticipation. On Whelan’s… Read more »

Christmas cheer?

Jordan Sweeney asks us to spare a thought for the people who are on the other side of the bar at Christmas and throughout the year.
It’s December, Saturday night, 11.30 p.m., in Temple Bar. Christmas music is playing, drinks are flowing and people everywhere are sitting in bars embracing the Christmas spirit, right? Well, there is an isolated group of people not feeling overly festive: the bar staff. Christmas is supposed to… Read more »

The ‘Gaybourhood’ of Dublin

Ryan O’Neill reports on one of the trendiest neighbourhoods for Dublin’s young gay men and women.
Dublin – home to rebellions, political and social movements, visionaries such as Joseph Plunkett, Irish nationalist, and Nell McCafferty, civil-rights campaigner. Dublin has become a diverse, culturally open and accepting city. Among its many qualities, flaws, sublime architecture, and of course its prominent history, Dublin has… Read more »

Eating, drinking, history, storytelling in the Brazen Head

Lara Lewis reports on a night’s entertainment in what claims to be Ireland’s oldest pub.
The Brazen Head on Bridge Street in Dublin claims to be Ireland’s oldest pub, dating back to 1198. An old coach house, pretty much untouched by the passage of time, it has retained most of its 12th-century style and charm with history that is palpable… Read more »

Paddy Power court controversy, but do they see the results?

Controversial bookmaker Paddy Power have caused outrage and brought laughter with their stunts but do they see the results that they need, asks Seán Ryan.
Paddy Power have become one of the biggest bookmakers in Ireland and Britain through a collection of offers for new customers, a massive social-media following (1,432,854 likes on Facebook and 545,000 followers on Twitter) and, of course, their controversial marketing campaigns. The company prides itself on… Read more »

The Mediterranean migrant crisis: Inside the LÉ Eithne

Harry Manning talks to an Irish naval officer who has returned from a migrant-rescue mission.
Since May 2015, thousands upon thousands of migrants have been rescued by Irish Naval Services in the Mediterranean. The process of saving these unfortunate people and the impact it has had on the men and women putting their own lives at stake in these harrowing… Read more »

SUSI grant inequality in private colleges affects many students

Noor Saleh spoke to students who are not eligible to receive a third-level grant because they attend a private college.
Imagine getting into the college you desire but missing out on all of the events and trips and days off because the cost of education is the millstone around your neck. Even worse, you have to find a part-time job during the weekend during the… Read more »

Dance poetry of death and darkness

Bruno Theodoro reports on a new form of dance-theatre in Ireland.
How would dance based on poetry about the death and the darkness be performed? A very peculiar theatre-dance form was born after World War II in a shattered Japan. Tatsumi Hijikata, a dancer who did not fit in either classical or modern dance, crafted the origins… Read more »

Searching for truth in existence

Danielle Maldonado speaks to a Hare Krishna monk about his faith.
It is a wet Saturday, weather for wearing wellingtons and trying to avoid having your umbrella broken by the power of the wind. This reporter is on her way to Abbey Street, to meet and interview a Hare Krishna monk. The meeting place is Govinda’s, the… Read more »