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The sun was shining, the mood was upbeat and we had Twitter open. Conditions were perfect.

Last week, based on the editorial, we asked for 200 new reasons to love Dublin on the Twitter machine and we were awed by the response. A hashtag, #lovedublin, was born and you did the rest. It trended in Dublin and then it trended in Ireland, knocking the presidential campaign and something about hair off the top spots. It glowed for a few hours and then we killed it. There's nothing like overstaying a welcome.

Our favourites included: "Inevitably running into someone you know, whilst one or both of you is doing the walk of shame", "urban foxes", "It's not Cork", and "The toilets in Keoghs".

A crowd-sourced endeavour that entertained people at home, put mist in the eyes of those abroad and delighted us in the office. We now have around 300 reasons to want to stay in Dublin. Hats off to all concerned. It's business time.

Who is cooking up new batches of hash tags this week? Ciaran, Michael or Kate? With thanks to Camille

"The car is the modern day magic carpet." - Joby Hickey
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October 06 2011


where
The Workman’s Club, The Button Factory, The Mercantile, The Grand Social, Twisted Pepper, Shebeen Chic.

when
October 6th,7th, 8th

how much
€45 for the whole weekend

event
Hard Working Class Heroes

This independent festival, which showcases the best in up and coming Irish music, may now be in its ninth year, but it retains the grassroots charm that has made it such a success. Running between six city centre venues, one ticket will get you into every single gig, and thanks to Arts Council support it won’t break the bank. The 100 bands on the bill come from all over the country and cover every conceivable genre of music. They include multi-instrumental four piece Alarmist, Zombie Computers (whose 80s influenced indie electronica garnered them a record deal within six months of forming), Bantum (whose latest EP is released next week) and the brilliantly monikered Turning Down Sex (who are as hardcore as their name suggests). Guaranteed to have amazingly electric atmosphere. / Frances Winston
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October 06 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
1pm

how much
Free but ticketed, box-office@projectartscentre.ie

sneak peek
The Maeve Brennan Project

Truman Capote’s Holly Golightly character in Breakfast at Tiffany's is based on a woman from Ranelagh. That's the suggestion made by Angela Bourke in her book on the extraordinary life of Maeve Brennan. Brennan moved to the States at the age of 16 in the 1930s and stayed, working for The New Yorker, leading a glamorous social life, refusing to conform to society's norms for women and, more importantly, writing beautiful short stories. Sadly, Maeve succumbed to mental illness and alcoholism and died in 1993, practically unknown. It is only recently, with the publication of Bourke’s biography and a collection of Brennan’s stories about Dublin, that she has been recognised as one of the greats of Irish lit. Room author Emma O’Donoghue is offering a unique opportunity to see her play about this fascinating life in development. / Anne Hayden

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October 06 2011


where
Generator Hostel,
Smithfield,
Dublin


when
7pm

how much
Invite Only but worth chancing you arm (see competition)

sleepover
Generator Sleepover

Nineties slumber parties featured secrets shared, pillowfights, truth or dare, spin the bottle (or was that just my friends?), midnight feasts usually consisting of biccies and milk, and possibly a sneaky ciggie. The rider of a good sleepover this side of the turn of the century demands a little more. Generator hostel is launching in Smithfield and has all the makings of the ultimate party. A range of djs spinning through the night, a live art show by Mick Minogue, Diep catering, dancing, free booze and a bed to collapse into instead of searching for a kebab and taxi, (Not that you'll want or be able to sleep with over five hundred other invitees staying up all night.) The entire 530-bed hostel will be taken over by party-goers. Wear 'jammies. Walk of shame optional. Win a dorm for you and 5 friends. / Emily O'Callaghan

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October 06 2011


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€5 suggested donation

screening/live soundtrack
Pour la Suite du Monde

Michele Brault and Pierre Perrault's Pour La Suite Du Monde explores the conscious death of tradition in the island community of Ile aux Coudres, situated in the Saint Lawrence River, near Quebec. This anthropological study, or people-watching fest, follows the last traditional Beluga whale hunt, instigated as a revival after 40 years had elapsed since the last hunt. As a work of ethnofiction, it is difficult to know whether it is a documentary moonlighting as a story or a story moonlighting as a documentary. Either way it is fascinating, touching and sad, showing a respect for tradition that melts in with our own national penchant for the more 'play it again John-Jo' events down le country. Soundtracked live on the night by 3epkano’s Matthew Nolan and Cameron Doyle and Si Schroeder’s Bryan O’Connell. / Kate Frances Coleman
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October 06 2011


where
All over Dublin/ Ireland.


when
Check link for full programme

how much
Check link for full programme

festival
All-Ireland Poetry Day

What with free cheese almost banjaxing the EU and the possibility of having an ex-Eurovision queen as our next President, it has been a long time since someone said anything good about Ireland, hasn’t it? Well, one place to start, if you’re craving some long lost positivity, is the arts. After all, aren’t we known for our literary prowess? This week, it’s the turn of poetry and all you budding Heaneys or potential Patti Smiths can check out readings and workshops across the city (and country) and rediscover why exactly Dublin has that swanky title of UNESCO City of Literature.  Bringing it All Back Home is the theme of this year’s event, so writers hailing from the capital - or who have spent time here - revisit spots that they have emotional ties with. / Lisa Hughes

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October 07 2011


where
Across the city.


when
October 7th - 9th

how much
Free (see link for booking)

event
Open House

There are many things that make Open House special, the problem is where to start? With over 100 activities in three days - tours based on everything from private homes to behind-the-scenes in public bus stations - the 148 page programme is rammed. It will be marshalled by volunteers, and €17k in public donations (through fundit) made it all possible. 75% of activities require no booking and the events are located all over Dublin county, not just the city. You can ‘tour’ by foot, boat, bike or by chair through the SIMMSposium (on City Housing Architect, Herbert Simms). My highlights? The Sam Stephenson residence and Neilly Molloy's Iveagh Trust flat...and the CCOI/IAF's own Cruth Currach...and talks in Merrion Sq. So start with the programme, curate your own tour, feel good about yourself and even better about the city. / android

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October 07 2011


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€13

gig
Cloud Control, Pete and the Pirates

When Pete and the Pirates sing Come to the Bar; by God I get to that bar toot sweet. It's always good to take advice from musicians, so here goes lesson one in useful lyrics from the school of Cloud Control: 'Light a candle in the shadows'...Always handy to have light, especially if you're reading in the dark. Eyestrain is bad. 'Maybe it's a dustcloud' is a great, foolproof reply if you're in an asbestos ridden building during a tornado. 'The only one you love is crazy and she doesn't care' is good advice too because it's easier to think they're crazy than to face your own crackedness in the headness. Also; 'There is nothing in the water we can't fight' (if we are armed with harpoons). Go see these two lovely bands; they're wise folk. Win Tickets / Kate Frances Coleman

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October 07 2011


where
James Joyce House, 15 Usher's Island, Dublin 8.
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when
7pm & 9pm (until Oct. 16th)

how much
€25/€20

theatre
The Lulu House

There's a touch of onomatopoeia about a name like Lulu which suggests an insane in the membrane loopy type of gal. The Lulu in the subject of this site specific multi-media show is the real-life dancer, model, actress Louise Brooks or flapper with the helmet. James Joyce House hosts five acts denoting her silent screen presence. The alluring chanteuse Camille O'Sullivan and Lorcan Cranitch lead us about the house into various rooms, scenarios and glimpses of an unfolding tragedy. The story itself is purely theatrical, too darting and daft at times, but ably carried along by extremely impressive transformational touches by the production team. Whether it's a figurine projected on a wall, a looping dog in a corner, a bird in a cage or a chair stack in a corner, The Lulu House is like no other. / Michael McDermott

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October 07 2011


where
Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch, off Cope Street, Temple Bar, D2
Location Map

when
Demo 3-4pm on opening, Thursday.

how much
Free

exhibition
Katherine Van Uytrecht & Sharon Lee

Oh! It's so charming! Monkey treasure! Cute, monkey treasure! Crawling along the wall with their long arms and Ian Brown faces. Not just monkeys though, if God; or failing that, Carlsberg, made postcards, they would ask Katherine Van Uytrecht to make them. Her images are the visual equivalent of the sound of the sea, heard through a shell, while you're sitting in your suburban two-up two-down semi; thinking of the brightness and crispness and pure, unadulterated fun of childhood summers. Sharon Lee makes grey, industrial nods and newspaper light a whimsical joy. It might be scientific, but it puts a smile on your face; with origami influences and mixed media. Splendid eye candy. There'll be a print demonstration from 3-4pm for the opening on Thursday and the studio (on NCR) is also taking part in Open House. / Kate Frances Coleman

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October 08 2011


where
Dame St, Dublin 2


when
Starts 2pm

how much
Free

peaceful protest
Occupy Dame Street

As generations go, our legacy may end up as war mongering, environment destroying and financially infantile. We're also the generation that sat back, too embarrassed to protest or too unsure of the facts. Building on the quiet revolutionary circus that is #OccupyWallStreet in New York, this protest is asking for a non violent, no alcohol or drugs turnout on Dublin's Dame St - our violent, alcoholic, drugged-up quarter. This country doesn't have a Gandhi or a Dalai Lama, we are more likely to produce Martin McGuinness types, but the last bit of civil disobedience I can remember is in school with substitute teachers so I'm eager for a taste of this tame-tempered tomfoolery. I wonder will we be the generation that stands on the wrong side of history or gets carried away, head aloft, in the back of a Garda wagon. / Vernon Steel

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October 08 2011


where
Meeting Point - O'Reilly Theatre, Belevedere College, Dublin 1.


when
1pm & 6pm (until Oct. 16th)

how much
€15/€12

theatre
Trade

Trade is grubby yet unflinchingly honest. We're led to a bedroom off North Great Georges Street, a 3 star Bord Failte approved (1995) place where a rent boy sits on the side of a bed as his client brushes his teeth. It's the arranged meeting of a married man: "I'm not them on the tele with their clothes and like" and a young father: "This is just this. It isn't real. It's money." Of course it's more than a transaction. It's two lives and stories entangled. It's Philip Judge verbally emptying the contents of his messed up existence whilst Ciaran McCabe monosyllabically sponges it. Mark O'Halloran's play is taut, never saying more than it has to, yet constantly illuminates the human frailties. The audience perch like tennis spectators directing and averting their gaze, grappling understandings and conflicting sympathies. / Michael McDermott

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October 08 2011


where
The Lir, Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay), Dublin 2


when
7.30pm (6th-8th, 11th-15th)

how much
€18-€25

theatre
The Blue Boy

The Blue Boy is an exploration into the experiences of men and women who were incarcerated as children in catholic residential care institutions. Performed using Brokentalker's trademark collage of mixed theatre media, the piece resonates across a disillusioned society leaving its nationally instilled belief structures behind. Interviews with sufferers and RTÉ archive footage overlay to lend a voice to those children - well, they're no longer children, if they ever really got to be in the first place. Visually, the masks are haunting, as are the jarring, repetitive, rhythmic movements that are employed. But it's the masks that manage to be so fragile and expressive, though depicting faces frozen. The harrowing dirge of "What you do, you do, you do" will leave an imprint on your soul, if you believe in it. / Karl Watson

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October 08 2011


where
The Gate, 1 Cavendish Row, Dublin 1
01 874 4045
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when
7.30pm (except Sunday until Nov. 5th)

how much
€35/€25

theatre
The Speckled People

Next time you’re tempted to end a Facebook post with ‘FML’, try this out: your da is a maniacal gaelgoir who dabbles in for dubious get-rich-quick schemes, like beekeeping indoors; everyone thinks your mum is a Nazi; and you’re such an Adolph-no-mates that she goes begging to find you friends in the local shop. Sure, the 1950s were grim, but Hugo Hamilton’s stage version of his 1993 memoir turns the misery up to eleven (with a healthy dose of funny bits too). Stylistically it doesn’t break new ground – if Brian Friel had decided to write about Dublin in the ’50s instead of Donegal villages up to the 1920s, this would have been his script. So the play feels right at home at the Gate, in a slick production with classy performances all around. If you miss it now, don’t worry: this is likely to hit the rerun circuit nearly as often as Translations. / Warren Giddings

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October 09 2011


where
Waldorf Barbershop, 13 Westmoreland Street,, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm & 5pm. 4 tours/performances only.

how much
Free. First come, first serve.

open house
Hair Raising Stories at the Waldorf

“Are ye off on yer holiers?” “Big noight planned tonoight?” If this idle chit-chat is not your hairdressing cuppa tea, well maybe the Hair Raising stories at the Waldorf Barbershop will suit you and your rockabilly quiff better. The fact that this event features as part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s annual Open House festival indicates the pedigree of this 1940s art deco barbershop which is complete with chrome fittings, badger hair brushes and old world hot towel steamers in all its architectural glory. Let Linda Finnegan guide you through some history and which ronnie will suit you best - The Coleman, The Dali or The Imperial? Add in performances from Bella a Go Go, The Larkfield Four quartet, jitterbugs, 1940s tunes and tales of this Dublin institution and we’ll have you making like Lee Lewis or Ronald Coleman before long. / Fiona Swan

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October 09 2011


where
Fire
The Copper House,
Synge St.
Dublin 8

when
until Oct 14th

how much
Free

exhibition
IGI @ Fire Studios

Of all the guilds on Ankh-Morpork, The illustrators Guild (of Ireland) is surely one of the most Baccanaalian. More cut-throat than the Assassins' Guild, more destitute than the Beggags' Guild and more airy than the Cloudmakers. But boy, the things they can do with the swish of a pen or an adroit click of an Adobe tool...even the Discworld would shudder. Previous le cool cover artists Isabel Reyes-Feeney with her blue skinned characters, Mario Sughi and his trademark ladies in lurid environs and Una Gildea's brilliant city scape collage sit alongside Peter Donnelly's beautilful strips, Eoin Coveney Marvel-esque marvels and Olivia Golden's book-ready illustrations. The exhibition marks both the first Copper House Gallery exhibition and the launch of the Fire Art Awards. You'd be a prat(chett) not to go. / Vernon Steel

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October 10 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€9.90

screening
Le Beau Serge

Le Beau Serge casts light on that elusive, and often denied thing; man friendship. If I tell you that there's no guru/life-mentoring involved, I'm sure you'll say "What? A film where two blokes are mates, but one doesn't help the other get a girlfriend? I don't believe your film exists-you're mad! Not even a humorous jet-ski scene?" Well you unbelievers, check it out; the tragic divergence of lives, stagnation and domestication, the guilt that success can bring; with escape and redemption through bottles and wine corks, this seductive film makes you sit up and take notice; and promise yourself you'll never get into that state, and might even join a gym. As you get stuck into the red wine later. Ah depressing, philosophical French films; boosting the sales of self-help manuals all over the world. / Kate Frances Coleman

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October 10 2011


where
Sebastian Guinness Gallery, 42 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
10am-6pm (Mon-Fri), 12-6pm (Sat)

how much
Free to view. €3100-€29760 to purchase,

exhibition
Wolfe von Lenkiewicz

The Sebastian Guinness Gallery as the surname suggests has on occasion the tendency towards the bold, the brash and the big name when it comes to its flagship exhibitions. And while Wolfe von Lenkiewicz isn't quite the glam tart that David LaChapelle is, he certainly tends towards statement art with popular cultural sensibilities. Celebrating the move into an expanded space on Dawson Street - Liberation. Their Story Begins is a series of drawings that span time from Christ to Snow White and beyond. Besides the terribly dated Michael Jackson and Bubbles work, there's much to recommend in the detail of his draughtsman approach and the hidden surprises whether it's a girl clinging to the chest of a Nazi posing for a portrait or Pinocchio blithely ignoring buried bodies on a stroll in the woods. It's dark, humourous and liberating for a fleeting minute. / Zach Joyce

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October 10 2011


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
Location Map

when
8pm (sonmgwriting masterclass Sat. @ 3pm)

how much
€25 (Concessions €20)

concert
Peggy Seeger

As a doyen of both the folk and the women’s movement, Peggy Seeger must find it quite insulting to be known mostly as the wife of Ewan MacColl. The 21-year-old Seeger was the inspiration for MacColl’s love song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, but her own writing was equally as respected as his in the 50s and 60s. Her songs tended to be political and confrontational, with Gonna Be an Engineer eventually becoming a rallying cry for the feminist lobby. The 76-year-old Seeger is still going strong; singing, teaching and preaching against a capitalist system that puts profit before people, and generally being an irritant to the right in both the UK and the US. She brings her fifty-year back catalogue of songs from when she and MacColl were two of the most politically active, and blacklisted, of song-writers and performers tonight. Win Tickets to concert and songwriting masterclass / Nick Royle

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October 11 2011


where
United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2

Location Map

when
Until October 17th

how much
Free

exhibition
Brian Gallagher - Sgraffito

The United Arts Club on Upper Fitzwilliam Street is certainly of an era. If you've never been (I'd never even heard of it), Brian Gallagher's first solo exhibition could be the perfect excuse. With a flip on traditional mark making, scraperboard is a type of etching on blackboard that results in clean crisp lines and richly textured  graphic artwork. There is a haunted sadness to Gallagher's collection, of which the subject matter is the fast disappearing traditional local architecture in tiny Gotahork, Donegal, which is miles away from anything and has the dubious honour of being the birthplace of both Gerry Adams and Cathal Ó Searcaigh, strange bedfellows indeed. Can Brian Gallagher's scraperboard art propel the town's reputation back to its former(?) glory? As Gwen Stefani would say: No doubt. / Karl Watson

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October 11 2011


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
Location Map

when
6.30pm

how much
€10-35

classical
Mahler 6 Symphony: Tragische

An absolute must in Dublin this week is to go and hear the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra perform a MASSIVE symphonic work. Although these performances are usually scheduled on Friday evenings (when there are many other le cool worthy adventures potentially unfolding in our city), this week it’s Mahler 6, packing circa 120 (slightly uncomfortable) musicians onto the NCH stage, and it’s at 6.30pm on Tuesday! So you could go there straight from work and even swing by Dublin Contemporary and totally immerse yourself in culture for the evening. Katherine Leonard, violin, also makes a special appearance with the orchestra playing the beloved Bruch violin concerto to start proceedings. It’s an experience you won’t forget and something you will vow to witness again. / Rebecca Halliday

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October 11 2011


where
The Screen Cinema, 2 D'olier St, D2
Location Map

when
TBC

how much
€8.60

screening
Being There

Over 30 years after his death, Peter Sellers is still regarded as a comic genius. Although he made his name as a funnyman, there was far more depth to him as an actor than he often got credit for. This beautiful, seminal, social satire - made just a year before his death - showcases his serious side perfectly. Sellers plays it totally straight as an isolated man whose only knowledge of the world comes from TV. When he finds himself thrust into the real world through a case of mistaken identity he, ironically, ends up a TV star. The role earned Sellers rave reviews, an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe and is regarded as one of his greatest performances. It truly shows there was more to the man than the clown most people know and this is a fitting end to the Screen Cinema's short Peter Sellers season. / Frances Winston

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October 12 2011


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€30

gig
dEUS

I'm going to level with you: my relationship with dEUS isn't what it used to be. Back in the 90s I fell for the Belgian five-piece hook, line and sinker. They weren't like all the other bands (or so I believed). Combining art-rock with melodies, weirdness with soul, discordance with harmony, their first three albums remain alternative classics. Fast-forward ten years and three further records, line-ups and priorities changed, and the new dEUS is an altogether different entity. I don't necessarily want the old version back, I just wish they still knew how to surprise and step outside their comfort zone. In the flesh, however, they're capable of greatness: musically airtight and passionate, with songs like Suds & Soda and Instant Street dEUS have enough gristle and heart to win over my, and your, affection once again. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

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October 12 2011


where
The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane Temple Bar
Location Map

when
6.30pm-8pm

how much
Free

book launch
100 Facts About Sharks

100 facts about sharks, I know not of. So I shall buy the book inked by Messrs; I mean,  Messers O'Doherty, David; O'Doherty, Claudia; and Ahern, Mike. They will tell me all I need to know. Claudia O'Doherty (Aussie funny lady) already taught me what soil erosion was this summer; so she's clearly a biology boff. Go to play this game of my own invention: 'Guess the natural science fan who doesn't realise this book is a lighthearted joke, and not a Dorling Kindersley publication'. Hours of fun. If you're planning on going down in a shark cage in the near future; go to the book launch where you'll find that sharks are really quite considerate and benign...just don't play jazz to a Great White Shark or he'll munch you down like a Bird's Eye fish finger. They love that breadcrummy fishy goodness. / Kate Frances Coleman
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where
All over Dublin, and now an 'autobahn' along the canal.


when
Whenver you want.

how much
Free

le other
Dublin Bikes (Autobahn)

Up until very recently I would not have described myself as a bicycling enthusiast. In fact, I would have gone so far as to say that I was particularly unenthusiastic about biking around Dublin. That was until I opened a Dublin Bikes account. Now, like a woman in the depths of an ether binge, I simply can't get enough. No worrying about the bike being stolen, no issue if the ether is too much and I can't cycle back, Dublin bikes has the answer. Now, with the opening up of a bicycle autobahn along the grand canal, there is a safe, beautiful, leafy greeny, canal-hugging path which brings you from Portobello Road (where there is a DB station) all the way to Lower Mount St (where there is another DB station). It's almost like aliens with a higher state of consciousness came and installed a transport network in Dublin that actually works! / Jessica Hayden

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Sarah Mulcahy - Parlour Games
le cool Dublin muses about art, music, cinema and the rest with Michelle and Sarah from The Parlour - Trinity's new student-run cultural forum.

We realised we had this huge unutilised space and there's so much latent creativity in Dublin, so we thought we'd give people a forum for expressing themselves.

We had absolutely no budget, and at the time we had lime green and purple walls, and these grafitti things going on; very nineties, very grunge! We visited charity shops, spray painted chairs, took down the blinds and used them to create the tables, and varnished pages from old books on to tables.

The idea behind it is basically a place to provoke thought through culture, so that's inherent in the name "The Parlour", thinking about 18th century enlightenment and the Age of Ideas, and this salon/coffeehouse culture...

It will come to take on a life of its own;  it's constantly evolving, and people should get involved!

The Parlour officially launches this week. Located at: 44 Pearse St, Dublin 2. PHOTO: Erin Whelan