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The Williams and Woods factory building was where they made Silvermints and Toblerones (thus finally explaining the pram pushing fascination of the old dears selling them around Henry Street), but there wasn't a pane of glass left in the Chocolate Factory's 47 windows when Val Ruttledge came across it on his way to the social welfare office

By the time he enquired about a lease, it had been used as a file storage space. He had an idea about getting a creative collective off the ground. Fourteen months later and the staggering scale of his ambition is taking shape.

He wants to have a cafe and gallery on the ground floor, recording studios in the basement, a theatrical space, a roof top farm, a hostel and more (see le interview). Curve Creative and Attic and Bizou are housed there already. It's hard graft with no grants and little recognition so far.

This week we doff baseball caps to Val who looked through all 47 windows of opportunity to pursue his vision to re-purpose that part of the city.

Who is Wonka for Willy this week? MichaelCiaranKateAmyJerath or Camille.

" The solution for this war is appearance of the hybrid babies." - Vera Reshto
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December 06 2012


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
6pm

how much
Free (BYOB)

fundraiser
Damn Fine Dublin

To show that screen-print is neither dead nor the exclusive domain of the artist on a scholarship, three forward-thinking Dublin creatives are setting up shop in Block T. Their Damn Fine Print Studio aims to establish a screen-printing hub in Dublin, an affordable, accessible and ready-to-pull studio for artists unable to commit to lengthy contracts and set-up fees. Part launch night, part fundraiser, the Damn Fine Dublin spectacular will showcase 30 prints (in editions of 30) from 30 pairs of hands, inspired by the phrase 'damn fine Dublin,' at €30 apiece. Featuring such dear-to-our-heart names as Jim Fitzpatrick, Alan Clarke, Steve Simpson and Mick Minogue, the night will also be soundtracked by Orquesta and I Am The Cosmos. The approach is concise, the line-up enticing. Looking finer than a cup of coffee in Twin Peaks. / Jerath Head

 

December 06 2012


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7:30pm

how much
€15

gig
Mono

I'm reluctant to compare Japanese rock bands to buses but I have to; you wait and wait for ages then two come along at once. Four days before Boris bring their experimental rock to the capital, Mono drop by for a rare show. For over a decade the Tokyo-based band have employed classic post-rock motifs – ya know the usual slow-building compositions that flicker between extreme dynamics while hinting at an underlying emotional depth – all the time building a large, loyal fanbase. The addition of a full orchestra on recent albums has helped them sound bigger but not necessarily better. Put it this way, if their music was used in a movie, it would be for a Michael Bay rather than a Michael Haneke flick. That said, stripped back to a four-piece live, this is the perfect chance to experience their intense aural chemistry in the flesh. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

   
 

December 06 2012


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

how much
€6-€9

screening
Keep The Lights On

One of the highlights of this year's GAZE was Keep The Lights On, a sensitive and affecting chronicle of a ten-year on-off relationship between a New York lawyer, Paul, and a Danish filmmaker, Erik, as they wade through love, turmoil and addiction. Comparisons will inevitably be made between this and Andrew Waigh's Weekend, but where Weekend explored the scope of possibility arising from a weekend encounter, Keep The Lights On chooses to examine a relationship wrapped in dysfunction. It is an achingly authentic and painfully poignant depiction of a relationship as it blossoms and perishes; a character study whose two main players are complex and layered. Screening as part of Best of Gaze 2012, this is the last opportunity Irish audiences will have to see this film. Seize it. / Amy O'Connor

 

December 06 2012


where
Powerscourt Shopping Centre, 59 William Street South, D2
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when
Until December 24th

how much
Free

exhibition
The Ort of Ross O'Carroll-Kelly

Alan Clarke has always been on our radar for his fantastical illustrations; floating, kaleidoscopic affairs that fill you with that awe you last felt when about six years old, sitting on a carousel, gripping on to a bunch of balloons. However, Clarke can also transport you to Donnybrook 2007 with a flick of a pen and a dash of royal blue. Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, former Leinster Cup winner with Castlerock College appears before our eyes, inducing panic-attack-worthy flashbacks of Dubarry deck shoes, rugby jerseys and Cantos, the sole cause of O'Neills' extinction (I haven't even seen the creepy red monstrosities at the GAA club recently). This exhibition also reassures us that Ross will always belong to satire, no matter how hard those D4s try to convince themselves that it was a life-coaching manual. / Cora Burke

   
 

December 07 2012


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
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when
1pm, 3:40pm, 6:05pm, 8:25pm & 10:45pm

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Seven Psychopaths

Screenwriter Martin McDonagh follows up In Bruges with Seven Psychopaths, in which alcoholic screenwriter Martin (Colin Farrell) struggles to write a screenplay. Uh-huh. At least one of them succeeds. It's as if a peyote-addled Tarantino had forced Charlie Kaufman to write a script at gunpoint. The result is a fractured meta-textual narrative featuring a ransomed Shih Tzu, a vindictive Quaker intent on pursuing his nemesis to hell and a murderous, rabbit-stroking Tom Waits. It is extremely violent and frequently hilarious, and there's an attractive, narcotically woozy quality to the photography. Amongst a jaw-dropping ensemble cast, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are sublime throughout. Stoned teenagers will be quoting lines such as "Peace is for queers" long after they have seemed amusing. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

December 07 2012


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
6.30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Bernard Shaw / lcD Christmas Exhibtion

Where would we be without Christmas Tradition? Die Hard 2, family in-fighting, dry turkey and granny pissing under the tree. Joy. Here at le cool Towers, we like our tradition all colouredy and spiky, like that episode of Rainbow that felt illegal. Get your Twangers and Balls over to the Shaw, where, in true tradition, the Bernard Shaw / le cool annual Christmas exhib-bonanza will be going off in festive fashion. This year, it has been curated by Orlaith Ross whose (alongside Gianni Clifford) sell-out Movember exhibition in the Fumbally made us all lose our shit over the high standard. As is traditional with this show, proceeds go to The Simon Community. Come and gawk at the work with us, drink a Becks and pick up that perfect piece of art for that perfect piece of ass in your life. / le cool Dublin

   
 

December 07 2012


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
11am - 6pm

how much
Free

photo exhibition
SHOWCASE 2012

The much loved Gallery of Photography launches its final show of 2012 with their always worthy SHOWCASE. The five shutterbugs on display have been whittled down from 180 entries, and while their work may be different in subject and style, the exhibition is a another signifier of the strength of Irish contemporary photography. Alberto Maserin's stunning portraits of Priests are arguably the best on show, although their rich symbolism has currency in Ireland at present. Martin Clegg captures the quiet drama of the ordinary while Ciarán Óg Arnold and Ann Marie Curran's restrained shots are the sometimes harsh balance to Rich Gilligan's celebrations of skate subculture and architectural expression. As photography fast becomes our favourite form of personal expression, get down to this to see other lives through the lens. / Vernon Steel

 

December 07 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
1:40pm & 6:30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
The Hunt

Want to condemn an innocent man in three easy steps? You just need a whisper of suspicion, some leading questions from adults and confused answers from slightly troubled children. Before you know it, even the local supermarket won't let him in the door. Thomas Vinterberg's chilling and brilliant drama shows exactly this, mass hysteria after child sexual abuse accusations in a small town in Denmark. Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a school teacher struggling to maintain his dignity at the heart of the witch hunt. With cheekbones Cillian Murphy would be jealous of, he delivers an understated but layered performance which includes one of the most devastating scenes in recent cinema when he confronts his former best friend, the father of the supposed abused child, in a church. A gripping film with gorgeous cinematography. / Hayley Reynolds

 

December 07 2012


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
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when
8pm

how much
€10 (BYOB)

gig
Katie Kim / Chequerboard / Ickis Mirolo

Now I'm no linguist, but by any reckoning a Friday night spent under the bewitching spell of this triple header proves the best things come in threes. There are neat and rare commonalities running between the musical threads of Katie Kim, Chequerboard and Ickis Mirolo – a subtleness of touch, an almost ethereal approach to space and composition in song, and a sense of true creative adventure that can only really be pulled off by those blessed with real talent and ability to back up their thoughts from outside the box. Katie Kim's timeless ambient folk, Chequerboard's deftly massive guitar compositions and Ickis Mirolo's widescreen and sometimes jarring soundscapes mean all three artists produce music that is at once the essence of Ireland today while also managing to transport the listener into a truly unique setting. / Emmet Condon

   
 

December 08 2012


where
27 South William Street, Dublin 2.

when
11am-7pm

how much
€15

event
The Vintage Sessions

Confusing your Victorian with your Edwardian? Trouble telling your pill box from your cloche? Think New Look is a store in Jervis? Fret no more for help is at hand. Today The Vintage Sessions roll into town and all of those fashion history worries shall be addressed. Sip a china-cup cocktail while learning of the Irish ladies that were influencing style long before Grazia went online; defend your 90s aesthetic at the Vintage panel discussions; get your hair higher than any victory roll dared reach before; perfect the perfect partnership that is the wing and matt red and have the results captured on camera whilst swinging your legs off the side of a paper moon. If shopping is your thing you'll find everything from flapper dresses to 60s sideboards as selected by the handpicked Vintage traders. Oh and don't forget the Ukuleles... Win Tickets / Irene O'Brien

 

December 08 2012


where
Blackrock Village
Rockhill
Blackrock
Co.Dublin


when
10-4pm

how much
Free

market
Blackrock Village Market

Time to don your Ugg boots and practise that Ross O'Carroll Kelly accent as the inhabitants put the 'Village' into Blackrock with a pre Christmas Market. But seriously folks,  I doubt it will be just any old village market (says the voice from the M&S ad). The street is already home to many home grown retail jewels like Fran & Jane, The Organic Supermarket, Serendipity Kids store and some of the cutest cafes outside Ranelagh like the Mellow Fig. The produce being: fresh fish, organic vegetables, Italian oil & pastas, bakery products, plus Japanese & Indian foods will all be beckoning from amongst stalls along Main Street. And it's a great excuse to take the Dart. A delicious Saturday waste-of-time that the natives do intend as a weekly fixture. Just think of all the blondes you can chat up whilst groping those tomatoes. / Elish Bul-Godly

 

December 08 2012


where
The Chocolate Factory, 26 King's Inn Street, Dublin 1


when
11am

how much
Free entry

fashion
Shutterbug's Dublin Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale

Shutterbug Vintage just keeps getting better. From its origins as a vintage boutique in Kilkenny city, it quickly developed into a hub of creativity and earlier this year launched Folkster, an online presence selling weird and wonderful pieces, including Jeffrey Campbell's range of slightly terrifying shoes. Photo shoots that push the envelope and a carefully curated vintage collection have helped to reinforce Shutterbug's position as the shop of choice for the vintage hipster elite. And now, finally, they are bringing their fabled kilo sale to the Dublin masses. You can join the army of Shutterbug devotees, combing the rails and cramming as much as you can into your bag. Once satisfied with your haul it's weighed and you pay by the pound, (or kilo in this metric age) and off you go, possibly several tons the trendier. / Alex Calder

   
 

December 08 2012


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

how much
€23

comedy
Greg Davies

Tall. Not the typical word you associate with a comic. Nerdish and pathetic are usually more on the money. If most comedians are born in the playground, it's doubtful that the 6ft 8in Greg Davies was the kid cowering in the corner, nibbling nervously on his crisps and making wisecracks so he could get to the bottom of the bag before they were taken away by encircling bullies. But no matter what clique he was in, the playground was where Greg got his big break, as the sardonic Mr Gilbert in the brilliant The Inbetweeners. With his latest show, The Back Of My Mum's Head, childishness is never far away, with Greg celebrating the bits adults leave behind, while mocking his own joy in indulging in this more truthful state of being. The man can tell a story, especially one with lots of poo in it, of that there can be no doubt. / Hugh Torpey

 

December 08 2012


where
The Co-Op, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€16

event
We Love Yule

Much like the First Fortnight festival, the Dublin-based Young Hearts Run Free collective believe in the power of the creative arts to make the world a better place (for you and for me and the entire human race). Flying the flag for The Simon Community since 2008, YRHF have hosted musical and literary events in unusual spaces around the city, helping to raise vitally needed funds for the homeless. For their fifth annual Yule event, they've assembled a line-up that makes for an even more mouth-watering prospect than the roast chestnuts and mulled wine being served. Joining Dylan Tighe, David O'Doherty, The Strypes, Skinny Wolves, Dónal Lunny, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Mumblin' Deaf Ro and Margie Lewis will be an extra special guest. Yule be sorry if you miss this one. BYOB. / Joey Kavanagh

 

December 08 2012


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

how much
€15

dj set
The Pachanga Boys

So, what's Pachanga? Well, it's those parties so good they're still glowing like little jewels in your memories. And who are the Pachanga Boys? Just two mixed-up dancefloor hippies on a mission to spread that kind of joy throughout the galaxy. They do slow-burning house sounds, but with a unique touch of tribalism. Not overtly beachy and sun-kissed like some of their more balearic contemporaries, the Boys have a distinctly weirder, wonkier, and spacier edge to their euphoria (oh yes, there will be euphoria). For this one they're teaming up with French maestro Ivan Smagghe. Encyclopedic tune knowledge is his claim to fame, one of those rare DJs that got famous from, you know, actually DJing rather than his productions. This will be a fantastic four hours of prime-quality cuts. Love! Power! Pachanga! / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

December 09 2012


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€8

gig
Lethal Dialect

St Declans, Cabra. The alma mater of such luminaries as the Bernard and Alan Brogan (Dublin GAA All Stars), Richie Partridge (formerly the next big thing at Liverpool FC, currently brother-in-law of Michael Owen), Paschal Donohoe (earnest Fine Gael TD), and er, le cool's editor. Admire that old school tie network, graduates of Blackrock and Glenstal Abbey! The latest product in the factory of male greatness is Lethal Dialect. Variously described as falling somewhere in between Luke Kelly and NWA, Lethal takes time out from his latest 1988 project to perform his LD50 set in full. His rapping is smart, sharp and sophisticated, and his energy is unquestionable - a follow up album to his much praised debut was realised after just 11 months. Scientifically, LD50 means 'half a lethal dose' but get the full Declan's Dublin dosage tonight. / Luka Scoones

 

December 09 2012


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
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when
1pm-5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Chromespace - Make Noise

Chromespace is an interactive audio visual installation that explores the relationship between sound and colour. This project establishes an intelligent chromesthetic space which reacts sonically and visually to sound created by those within the space. Rich user-generated colours are mapped onto 3D shapes, creating complex geometric effects, while delicate precomposed animations provide a dazzling backdrop. It explores synaesthesia; a mixing of the senses in which the stimulation of one sense creates a reaction in another. This installation looks specifically at chromesthesia, a form of synaesthesia in which sound is perceived as colour. The installation is wired for sound. Speak, sing, and make noise to take control of what you see. Every note has a colour. Every sound a reaction. / Alan Long

   
 

December 10 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7:30pm

how much
€17.50

gig
Boris

Boris are a balls-out motorcycle band. Boris are a bouncy J-Pop band. Boris are a monolithic drone band. Boris are a snarling metal band. Boris are a mess of contradictions, but they're also skilled at everything they turn their hands to. And since they formed in Japan back in 96, they've turned those hands to a lot of things. Most famous for weaving crushing heaviness with pure, epic melodicism, they practically perfected the album-length climax in the early 00s but refused to be pigeonholed. A dizzying array of guest collabs followed, along with six or seven hard right turns in their musical direction. But what never changed was their rigorous attention to all aspects of their art, and their boundless live energy. Boris are dynamos. Boris are loud. Boris are simply cool as all Hell. And expect the unexpected, or their name ain't Boris. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

December 10 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
2:30pm & 6:30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Dollhouse

A designer home in an affluent Dublin suburb is invaded by five young deviants in Kirsten Sheridan's latest opus, Dollhouse. A viscerally-charged exploration of destruction and deception, the action oscillates between heart-stopping sequences of nihilistic violence and softer moments of tender humanity. Writer/director Sheridan's risky strategy, favouring experimental improvisation exercises over conventional narrative structures, pays dividends, and Dollhouse has deservedly earned plaudits on the international festival circuit. The film's trump card though is its talented young Irish cast, including What Richard Did's Jack Reynor, who deftly navigate the occasionally improbable twists and turns of the scriptless screenplay, lending credibility to the chaos. / Joey Kavanagh

   
 

December 11 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10pm

how much
€5/€3 before 11:45pm

club night
Culture Club

The end is nigh, but that hasn't stopped Culture Club from launching a monthly night at the Twisted Pepper (real optimistic lads!) and, if the world is gonna end, this'll be a great way to see it off. There will be amazing music from Spilly Walker (the ridonkulously talented Kitt brothers' band), one of Cian Nugent's numerous musical endeavors and electro-boy Simon Bird, but that's only the beginning. There will be eye candy in the form of Vincent Price's The Last Man on Earth, cos if Armageddon does hit, Price will make the whole thing seem less scary, and it's a good excuse to do some pre-horsemen-of-apocalypse-arrival-hand-holding with the apple of your eye.  Add comedy sketches, live art / art workshops and videogames into the mix, and you have hipsternerdgamemusonirvana...A veritable anarchic circus of entertainment... / Cora Burke

 

December 11 2012


where
The Little Museum, 15 St. Stephen's Green Dublin 2


when
Until December 23rd

how much
Free

shop
Designist @ Little Museum

So no one ever said good ideas need to housed or incubated within one space and those gals from Designist are staking their claim to a new outpost in town. Curating a pop-up design store on the ground floor of the Little Museum, they cast a considered eye over the best as opposed to try to hoist every tricolour up the pole. From Foxford Woolen Mills to Atheist Shoes, they've chosen a selective something for the discerning everyone. meandhimandyou pit vertical icons (Poolbeg Chimney. The Spire, Liberty Hall and a pint of stout) against each other in a scaleable awe of our surrounds. Rachel McKnight displays her opaque creations while Red Dog create the coolest and most affordable Mad Men homage hipster t-shirt you'll wanna wear this winter (not online but trust me). / Michael McDermott

   
 

December 12 2012


where
Little Green Gallery & Cafe, 13 High Street Christchurch Dublin 7


when
8pm

how much
Free

spoken word
PETTYCASH Launch

Ever found yourself surviving on literally just the 'cash in your pocket'? Ever begged, borrowed, stolen, found or fleeced money to get you through another week? Ever stood in line at the dole office? There's a story for each of these moments, and PETTYCASH are here to share theirs. In the relative absence of both disposable income and a contemporary spoken word culture in Dublin, poets/artists Oisín McKenna and Niamh Beirne are launching a free monthly show for literature, live performance and visual art. The first installment, Dole Queue, will address the woes of "signing on, signing off, cashing in, opting out, cash shortage, cash flow problems, the live register, scraping it together, and waiting." Words and images will come from a talented collective, and the mic will stand open for a time if you've two cents to share. / Jerath Head

 

December 12 2012


where
Bia Bar, 28/30 Lower Stephens Street, Dublin 2.
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when
6:30pm

how much
Free

book launch
Come Here To Me

Come here to me, let me at ya...I'm gonna teach you how to be the best Irish colleen/fella you can be...Stop with all that 'sit-in' business, what do ye think ye are? Yanks? In dry Ireland, we have pray-ins. Especially when someone wants to flog filth on our doorsteps. And mind that culchie brogue of yours - the Rathmines accent is the only accent to have. Remember 'I pooorked my cooor in Rothgooor'...Even Lenin spoke with a Leinster Road drawl, so if the reds are indeed under the beds it might get you out of a sticky spot. And if you're one for the romantic notions and love letters, remember, a good Gael makes the object of their affections equine. If you think love letters to Shergar or Red Rum are a bit mainstream, we have our own Warhorse to excorcise the Michael Morpurgo out of you. / Cora Burke

 

December 12 2012


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
6:30pm

how much
Free

talk
Doctors Without Borders

Get all war-correspondent-esque without even leaving sturdy ole Dublin town at this RHA talk from Paul McMaster, a surgeon with the charity Doctors Without Borders. He will be discussing his six-week emergency mission in the turmoil-ridden Syria, and how doctors attempting to treat harmed civilians are dealing with the conflict. It sounds like positively filmic stuff; McMaster and his team conducted over 100 surgeries in a cave, before they moved their practice to a farm. And all this in a haze of gunfire and violence. Here's to hoping for some insight from the front line, and to donating a pretty penny or two to their funds, which are being used wisely. You mightn't be handy with a scalpel, or have the constitution for night after night of noisy attacks, but there are other ways to save lives. Donate. / Cora Burke

   
 
The Best Little Chicken House in....

Val Ruttledge is on a mission to make the Chocolate Factory the most exciting new creative development in the city in 2013. Paddy O'Kearney is on a mission to build a rooftop farm on top of it.

Val: The space is 3,000m square, including the rooftop. We have twenty-two studios. We maybe have capacity for a hundred eventually. We're looking at a café on the ground floor, a gallery in the atrium section, an urban farm on the roof, rehearsal and recording studios, upcycling, martial arts and maybe even a hostel. It's evolving all the time.

Paddy: Three of us are developing the rooftop. We want it to be a tangible case study for sustainability. We want to develop green urban spaces, particularly in a unique position like a rooftop. 

It's the most central urban garden in Dublin. The Fundit push is to get some traction behind it. We're not asking for €50k – we're asking for a few grand. With that we can do a lot. It allows us to run workshops and carry on doing what we're doing. Chocolate Factory, Kings Inn Street, Dublin 1. PHOTOS: seanandyvette