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In the strive to stay creative, much weight is added to originality; coming up with new ideas is the only currency.

Perhaps not, though. Documentary maker, Kirby Ferguson, is championing the popular understanding of the remix (to edit existing materials to create something new) as central to creativity, not converse to it.

Originally applied to music and prominent in Hip Hop, the notion of the remix has moved online and anyone can remix anything; music videos, images...and distribute them globally. Memes travel quickly, ideas can be transmitted and built upon within seconds.

It's this collecting, combining and transforming of ideas that Kirby maintains is the basis of all creativity.

Creation requires influence, everything we make is a remix of existing creations, our lives, and the lives of those around us. So, in your drive for originality, remember that it's not where you take things from that's important, it's where you take them to. As we learned from the Paul Rand exhibition; Don't try to be original, just try to be good. 

Who is standing on the shoulders of giants this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Jerath or Amy.

"I wanted to characterise the more popular Irish memes..." - Paddy Dunne
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November 08 2012


where
The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.
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when
6pm - 9pm

how much
Free, posters on sale for €10

exhibition
Pass It On

Whatever you think about the sudden appearance of lady ticklers on the faces of men for November, the ethos behind this crumb-catcher fad is genuinely important. If you don't want to or simply can't partake in the tash stashing, then this is the best way to support the Movember cause. The Second Annual Movember Poster Competition launches in the the Fumbally under the theme of 'Pass It On', and the work on offer is a magnificent moustachioed mish-mash of creative work. Special mention must go to Red Dog for nailing the brief to simple, visual delight (pictured), Red and Grey for snapping us into reality. Mick Minogue for allowing fiction to take over, Con Kennedy for evoking 1950s German transport posters, AAD for being typically clever and Gaëtan Billault for being brilliant. Curated by Gianni Clifford and Orlaith Ross. / Vernon Steel

 

November 08 2012


where
4 Capel Street, Dublin 1 / and all over the city

when
Until November 12th

how much
Free

exhibition
Dublin Tagged

You may have spied one of the eighty tags currently dotting Dublin’s streets recounting Dubliners’ fond memories and observations of our fair city. Recollections of avian harassment, finding love and drunkenly purchasing vintage ladders are all par for the course in this interactive, citywide exhibition currently taking place. Having taken Helsinki by storm in September with Helsinki Tagged!, Dublin Design Collective have set their sights toward creating the same magic with this week long exhibition. The general public is invited to take snapshots of the tags and submit them to their website - you gotta catch ‘em all, like Pokémon. Additionally, there is a central exhibition in Capel Street, which allows us Dublin folk to take a peak at the exhibition’s Finnish counterpart. / Amy O'Connor

 

November 08 2012


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€22

gig
The Cribs

It would have been nice to have seen The Cribs amidst the shabby grandeur of the Olympia Theatre but the sweaty confines of The Academy might just be more appropriate. This is a band who've always seemed to care more about the devotion of their following than the size of the congregation. Amen to that. Formed in the early 2000s by the (three) Jarman brothers, the first two long-players were infectious slabs of raucous lo-fi-clatter, overlaid with shouty truths and deft melodies. Their response to the media garlands culminated in a stage dive onto a table of execs at the NME awards, resulting in serious lacerations for one of the brothers. It should also be pointed out that Johnny Marr was once a member of the band. Johnny Marr. Few would blame him, these fellas don't put on airs, they're possessed of an unusual honesty. Take note Alt-J, literate needn't mean fey. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

November 08 2012


where
The Little Green, 13 High Street, Dublin 8


when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Prop Hunters #2

The Irish climate hasn’t stopped them. Gravity and bone-shattering bitumen hasn’t stopped them. Soldering chunks of metal to ledges and laying jagged pavers hasn’t stopped them. What allegedly started in the 1980s with Back to the Future, an anti-social stereotype and Clive Rowen’s shop on Hill Street has eventuated in €2.1million worth of government funding for skate parks around the country, and a burgeoning culture that sees Irish skaters ranked amongst some of the most respected in the world. With the success of their first exhibition in March, the heads at Unthink have once again teamed up with man-of-many-talents Daire Carolan to present Prop Hunters #2, a multimedia celebration of the skateboarding community in Dublin (and beyond). After party* at the Grand Social. (*Kneepads and helmets recommended, not essential.) / Jerath Head

   
 

November 09 2012


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
9:30am-5:30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Brainbelt Illustration Collective

For their fourth Design Week exhibition, Brainbelt have crammed over a dozen of the country’s most talented new artists into the basement of Filmbase. Past le cool cover artist Diarmuid Ó Catháin lends his trademark style to decapitating cartoon animals, and creating a zoological centipede with the head of an alligator and the arse of a raccoon. Denise Nestor’s quirky, heavily detailed pencil work (pictured) provides an explanation as to why she was chosen to produce an illustration for the New York Times. Satire and dark humour underpin many of the pieces, epitomised by Emma Rowe’s print series Fuck Self Help and embodied in Seamus McArdle’s morbidly fascinating biro images. On the whole, this collection represents all that is promising about Ireland’s flourishing creative design and illustrative fraternity. / Oscar Knight

 

November 09 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€15

workshop
Vinyl Sticker Art Clash with ADW

Spray safe this Friday, with no fear of getting the po-leece chasing your ass all over the shop. If you've seen stencil street art when peeing in the alley between the Project Arts and the New Theatre or whatever, and thought, "I could do that", pull your pants up and give it a go at this workshop. ADW will be helping those of us who hanker for the days when Neil from Art Attack could balance his twin loves of heavy metal and highly impractical art a chance to make record sleeves. Really cool ones, I presume, cos aerosol is always cool. Even if it did put a little dent in the O-Zone layer. This ole sesh might inspire you to go all Zorro on the streets of Dublin; play stencil-surgeon with a scalpel and a cutting board, or maybe just remind you that the bit you're most talented at is shaking the can. And there's no shame in that. / Kate Coleman

 

November 09 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€14/€16

jazz
Matthew Halsall Trio

Dizzy, Miles and Louis are the names one toots when it comes to Jazz trumpeters but if you're considering a living specimen then the Mancunian Matthew Halsall might be the cross-over exponent for you. Halsall makes his Irish debut off the back of his latest release Fletcher Moss Park, a smokey affair belonging to the velvet surrounds of a club like the Green Mill in Chicago. Joining Halsall on the night are Taz Modi (Fender Rhodes/Moog Rogue) and Luke Flowers (Drums) and yes, smooth names like those fast-track you in the jazz echelons. Some good intros to Halsall are tracks such as The Move and On The Go.The scene here has struggled to make a connection with younger audiences of late besides the best efforts of 12 Points so here's hoping some cool cats, young and old,  appreciate this groove on their doorstep. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

 

November 09 2012


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
11pm

how much
€13.75

screening
Sing Along The Commitments

Chock-a-block with dodgy perms, chippie vans and ponies too lazy to climb stairs, there's still something missing; it's time for Dublin to get soul. Wheeler dealer, Jimmy Rabitte, sets out to deliver. Lobbing an egotistical drunk, a man sent from God and a trio of totty into the mix of a nine man soul band results in fantastically quotable banter, much of which you won't be repeating outside of the padded walls of the Sugar Club. These folks want you to bust a move, fall to the floor and give it your best belting along to the Barrytown covers of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Picket and Otis Redding with the World's Hardest Working Band; music that “grabs you by the balls and lifts you above the shite”. Lewd and suggestive dance moves are encouraged. Ladies and gentlemen, The Commitments. Win Tickets / Sarah Maguire

 

November 09 2012


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
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when
8pm

how much
€16

gig
Laetitia Sadier

Your first encounter with Lætitia Sadier may have been via Stereolab’s retro-infused but often playful post-rock, or it could have come through Blur’s exquisite francophile ode to broken love, To The End. Either way, Sadier has one of those voices you do not easily forget. Like Nico and Jane Birkin, Lætitia has an X factor that Mr Cowell and his fellow telly plebs would simply be befuddled by, but one that duly entrances her fans. Her second solo album Silencio, which was released at the start of the summer, is a collection of intelligent and assuredly politicised songs, unlikely to be bettered either musically or lyrically this year. One of its highlights, Next Time You See Me, even sees her reunited with fellow Stereolab singer Tim Gane, proving in this case that silencio really is golden. I’ll get my coat. / Simon Judge

   
 

November 10 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
Thurs - Sun. See how much
€7.50/€9

film festival
Kinopolis

Kinopolis is a great chance to get acquainted with some of Poland’s most distinctive contemporary films. This year's programme includes a retrospective of one of Poland’s most daring and original filmmakers, Wojciech Smarzowski. His most recent film Rose, a brutal depiction of a little-known chapter of the post-WW2 history, garnered international recognition, but it was his first feature, The Wedding, which signalled the arrival of a unique new talent. Kinopolis offers a rare opportunity to see this darkly comical, disturbingly honest satire on current Polish society. Speaking of accomplished debuts, do not miss your chance to see Rafael Lewandowski’s The Mole. This gripping story of a father-son relationship affected by dark secrets from the past is one of Poland’s most successful films of recent years. Win Tickets / Ania Trzebiatowska

 

November 10 2012


where
Button Factory / Workmans

when
7:30pm

how much
Free / €11

gig
Community of Independents / FMC tour

As the tide turns against The Gathering, and everyone worth their cultural salt turns the knife, it's worth remembering why it must get a beating. The tone, direction, and structure of the whole event is off-key. The Irish diaspora are not there to be fleeced and they are wise to our sticky fingered ways. They also left for a reason. So if you can't support those who have already fled, support those who are still here. Tonight throws up two chances to promote, rather than pilfer, Irish talent. The Button Factory plays host to the Community of Independents, with a mixed musical bill like a rabble of Revels with Lethal Dialect, BANTUM, Ten Past Seven, Croupier, and Percolator. Meanwhile, the FMC Tour brings Squarehead, The Lost Brothers and We Cut Corners to The Workmans for some post-HWCH tom foolery. Gather ye at either. / Vernon Steel

 

November 10 2012


where
The Back Loft, La Catedral Art Studios, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8


when
6:30pm

how much
Free

spoken word
Dublin Mish Mash

Racism isn't cool; unless it's a battle of chocolate bars (milk, dark and white) and you get to eat the victims, now that's a pseudo-fascist spat you should get right into. A yummy yummy shoot-out between the Milkybar Kid and the Lindt rabbit. So the anti-Racist Network (a group of people who could make every combination of ultimate cute child possible) have decided to raise awareness about racism, and if that wasn't an excuse to dance like a Zulu, sing like an Aran-man after a slog of poitin or wave a didgereedoo like an aboriginal trying to shoo Rolf Harris away, I don't know what is. On a more serious note, it feels increasingly necessary when race is becoming so contentious in multi-racial sports such as football...(and seriously, calling Tottenham fans Yids? Don't get me started.) / Cora Burke

 

November 10 2012


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
11pm

how much
€15

dj set
Claude Von Stroke

The first time I encountered Claude Von Stroke was back in '07; I opened my front door and there he stood. It was during a Halloween bash in my gaf, it was 4am and it was heaving. ‘Sorry, mate,’ I say to Claude, ‘You’re not dressed up, you're not coming in.’ This was a strict rule myself and my mate, Kate were enforcing: everyone was welcome, whether we knew you or not, but all we asked was that you dressed up. The promoter looks at me vacantly, ‘But it’s Claude Von Stroke.’ Kate points over to the Centra and tells them to use their imagination. Fifteen minutes later, Claude is in our front room, wearing a bin-liner and lashing out the tunes to 200 people. Since that night, I have never missed Von Stroke in Dublin, and I'm not gonna start now. I for one will be delving into his deep techno grooves at Hidden Agenda tonight. Win Tickets / Jack Olohan

   
 

November 11 2012


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
12pm

how much
Free

market
Sagra della Castagna

Chestnuts roasting on an open fiiire, Jack Frost nipping at your twinkle toeeess...The smell of chestnuts roasting away in steel drums have to be one of those scents that always transports me back to the grey streets of London in late December, usually being sold at kiosks which also offered 'falafel', whatever that was. The Italian contingent at the Bernard Shaw are getting their gastro on by going all nutty for nuts in the yard. If you feel like making a real festival of it, I recommend stringing your horse chestnuts (different to sweet chestnuts, fyi) up and having a little conkers tournament. Nothing like playground banter to really make a Sunday...and considering there'll be vintage garb, pulled porchetta, and other delicacies to purchase, it is basically the perfect day. / Cora Burke

 

November 11 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8:30pm

how much
€6-€9

screening
Magnolia

Following the lengthy Boogie Nights, P.T. Anderson wanted to bang out a shorter, more intimate drama. He failed, but a vigorous writing period and a whole lotta filmstrip gave birth to Magnolia. At a nose over three hours, it’s a masterful unraveling of urban legends, intertwined character plots and accidental religious references; underlined by a mild obsession with the idea that fate isn’t in control of all we do, that some things just happen (especially the shit things). To ensure this film did happen, Anderson crafted nearly every role with an actor in mind, including Tom Cruise in his crowning performance as a whiter, less endearing version of Eddie Murphy in Raw. From a director who quit film school fast enough to get his tuition fee back, Magnolia is (I’m going to say it) one of the most remarkable films ever made. / Oscar Knight

 

November 11 2012


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
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when
3pm

how much
Free

talk
Oscar Wilde talks

Oscar Wilde will always be the emperor of all aesthetes. By the time he was 23 he was running around London in a cello-shaped cloak he’d designed for himself "inspired by a dream". He favoured The Grosvenor Gallery that exhibited the pre-Raphaelites, wrote poetry and knew everyone, whilst simultaneously living it up in Oxford with Walter Pater and Ruskin. He established the aesthete standard. Everything was to be felt and done for its own sake, pursued to its extreme. And all pretty indecipherable, shot through with an undercurrent of melancholy and humour. The Abbey and The National Gallery are presenting a series of talks to coincide with The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Make sure you are at this one, entitled Anarchy, Absurdity and Aesthetics. I’ll be there in my oboe-shaped socks. / Roisin Agnew

 

November 11 2012


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
7.30pm

how much
€22.90

gig
Lee Fields and the Expressions

Having had the pleasure of seeing both of Lee Fields and The Expressions’ previous gigs this year, I have no quibbles in recommending him as a God of Soul and a smooth-talking SexOnLegs. A voice like honey and a stage presence that heralds from a bygone era, his gig in The Sugar Club last year was truly memorable. At the end of the night I found one man weeping and muttering that it was better than the Sharon Jones gig circa 2010. At Body&Soul a young woman had to be dragged off the stage three times for trying very understandably to have a boogie with the legend himself, who was clearly disappointed every time the damsel was rugby tackled out of his grasp. The Expressions are equally impressive, belting out funk like it’s 1969. Believe what they say and don’t miss it – Lee Fields is the coolest motherfucker to ever sing words into a microphone. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

November 12 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
See HERE

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Alps

A meditation on grief and letting go, Alps is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2010’s Dogtooth from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos.  Plumbing similarly murky depths as its predecessor, Alps follows a quartet of seemingly disparate people who act as surrogates for the recently deceased so as to help their families come to terms with their loss. It’s a heady, peculiar premise and one that raises more questions than it answers. However, thanks to Lanthimos’ assured, controlled direction and a powerhouse performance from leading lady Aggeliki Papoulia, Alps rises above being merely an intellectual exercise and winds up being a rewarding, if occasionally harrowing watch. Alternately tragic and blackly funny (see: a conversation as to whether Prince is dead or alive), Alps is a peak worth ascending. / Amy O'Connor

 

November 12 2012


where
The O2, Northwall Quay, Dublin 1.
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when
7pm

how much
€39.50

gig
Bon Iver

Since his emancipation from band DeYarmond Edison and his girlfriend in 2006, Justin Vernon has forged a place for himself as the world’s musical sweetheart. He charmed the pants off alt kids and heartbroken lovers with his exquisite solo debut For Emma, Forever Ago. He wooed both mainstream and electronic music fans through collaborations with Kanye West and James Blake. And last year, he seduced all outliers with the glorious sophomore release Bon Iver, Bon Iver. While whiskey endorsements and a constant stream of hype threatens to leave some long-time fans with a slightly bitter taste when Skinny Love pops up on shuffle, there is no denying that Bon Iver’s nine-piece, grandiose-yet-intimate live performance will see them at the front of a brimming O2, emotional and chanting along to those bittersweet vocal harmonies. Win Tickets / Jerath Head

   
 

November 13 2012


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€40

gig
Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright is a genius, his ability to write lyrics which are both romantic and sad… Look, I can’t do this. I have to be honest with you. When I try to explain why I actually love Rufus Wainwright, in my own way, I just end up sounding like I should be sectioned. He makes blazer wearing, side-burn bearing campness cool and sexy. Which it really shouldn't be - look at Lionel Blair! When I listen to his music, I feel like I am sitting on a balcony in New York, overlooking a suitably autumnal Central Park, all the while nursing a glass of the most expensive Chardonnay money can buy. What else would you rather be doing on a Tuesday night? So get your ass down to Vicar Street, buy a glass of house white and join me on that balcony. Please. Before the men in white coats arrive. / Jonny McCully

 

November 13 2012


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€10 preview/€12/€15

theatre
A Bucket Full of Fire

Michael Jackson and Madonna both sung about human nature but what do we really know about it? If we were that clued up on what really makes us tick then psychologists wouldn’t do such a roaring trade. Of course not all of us can afford to go to a shrink to figure ourselves out, but for a fraction of the price this play can help you question your inner psyche. An experimental production, each character in it represents a different facet of human nature. Looking at the sacrifices mankind has made in order to civilise and sustain itself it begs many questions - not least of which is are we repressing our true natures? This is a hugely original piece from the pen of Darren Donohue and features an energetic young cast who really bring the story to life. If you want to be one of the first to see what is sure to become a classic get in there now. / Frances Winston

   
 

November 14 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8:30pm

how much
€6-€9

screening
Punch Drunk Love

Paul Thomas Anderson has made his name painting with a rather broad brush (and nobody else in contemporary American cinema does epic quite as well) but this impressionistic take on the romantic comedy shows he can do small-scale too. Starring Adam Sandler (who sadly never risked anything quite this weird again) as a darker version of his usual man-child persona and a luminous Emily Watson as his too good to be true love interest, this Technicolor dream of a movie sees Anderson mining some of his less heralded influences, including MGM musicals and Robert Altman's oft-forgotten film version of Popeye. The film's signature sequence, a magically orchestrated shot of the lovers kissing in silhouette, is perhaps my favourite moment in the director's filmography and the equal of any classic Hollywood clinch. / Conor McDevitt

 

November 14 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
Honningbarna

Honningbarna in Norwegian means Honeychildren, and this rowdy bunch of middle-class youngsters, fronted by a buttoned-up cello player, are unleashing their rage against 10 years of parentally-enforced music lessons and neo-classical straightjackets.  It makes sense when you think about it, because really, what else would punks have to complain about in Norway? The results are a lot of fun though. What you’re getting here is the heavy choruses of 90s guitar-driven alternative with an injection of bouncy, early 00s pop-punk. There’s a definite Smash-era Offspring vibe here too. The vocals are shouty, yes, but everyone’s having fun, no vitriol to be found. C’mon, dude plays a cello, he’s never gonna be too aggro. This is some feel-good, gang-chanting, fist-pumping stuff. The little room in Whelan’s is gonna be rocking. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

November 14 2012


where
28 South William Street, Dublin 2, Tel. 016753569

when
11am-8pm

how much
From €7


Tropical Popical

Five days is good going. The whole salon is good going- it's good going there! Kitsch, completely unpretentious and from €7. I never get my nails did except in NY but I'd been following their twit and facyB so was pretty psyched. Through a half open door it's squeal worthy and awe-some from within. The signature Tropical Popical nail has palm trees and flamingos. 'Can of Lilt with your mani?' Amazing. I haven't had one since my grandad was diagnosed diabetic. 'Open that before you get your nails done'. Excellent. I brought Donal - 23, single, straight (he'll want me to mention that) - to prepare for winter dates. You gotta be buff. His technician wasn't as chatty as mine but gave him a hand massage that made me blush. Apparently they've had more men in. I'm looking at my nails right now five days later. A couple of premiere chips appeared last night on MY date. In a good way. / Georgia

 
To Die For

Peter Maguire, business manager with Massey Bros, was born into death, the family trade.

It is a vocation and it is very hands-on, twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It's not true though, funeral directors are not millionaires.

We have looked at the area of religion, changing patterns towards people's religious beliefs. What we've done is remove any religious symbols in existence. We want to theme it as civil and religious services.

We're going to have football coffins and football themes available in The Haven and in another room we will have a music theme with drum kits and guitars. We'll do it within reason if it's practical or possible so people can have the weirdest and wackiest funerals.

To be employed in this business you must have dignity and respect; you have to be a certain type of character.

‘The Haven’ – Ireland’s first dedicated civil and religious funeral ceremony venue is now open on 177 Crumlin Road, Dublin 12. PHOTO: Cliona O'Flaherty