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We (quietly) turned four years old this week but the only song and dance routine we saw was at Beyoncé. No matter, we hardly had the time. For this week not only marks our first term in L'Oval Office but it also is the springboard to our next, exciting path.

Our first of two print projects, The New Icons of Italian Design, will be released through the Irish Times this weekend and we have Peroni to thank for allowing us to put into print how we feel about that Italian style (Hint: Yes feeling). Despite being four year old doyens of the digital age, we are teenage giddy about seeing our pages in print.

Today also sees us (soft) launch a new identity for all the other shizzle in our bizzle. Designed by our associates in Associate, we invite you to check out Sweatshop too.

Right now, though, here we are, trapped in the amber of a moment and to all those who have helped bring us this far, we say 'thank you' from the bottom of our beer cans.

Who started the chant of "#4moreyears" this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Aaron.

"My only suggestive input is this piece is through the title, Heterotopia."- Cuts
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May 16 2013


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
The Great Gatsby

Perhaps each generation gets the Gatsby (movie) they deserve. This time around director Baz Luhrmann appears to have tailored his movie to appeal to our collective ADD. He duly delivers a whizz-bang exercise in maximalism. Scott Fitzgerald's book is a bibulous rumination on fate and personal identity. This is a slight, lissom reading of that text, with melodrama standing in for tragedy, but boy is it a looker. Gatsby's legendary parties are visually inebriating with cavalcades of hipless flappers, gilded good time girls and more champagne ejaculations than you could shake a flute at. The modern soundtrack works a treat too, Jay-Z just suits the mood. DiCaprio is suitably golden and enigmatic and Carey Mulligan delivers a fine, sensitive performance as the too-good-to-be-true Daisy. Beautiful and damned. No more than you deserve. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

May 16 2013


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until May 18th

how much
Free

exhibition
Icons of Italian Design

Two purveyors of all things stylish and Italian, Peroni Nastro Azzuro and Alessi, have joined forces to bring a touch of La Dolce Vita to Meeting House Square. Alongside their appreciation of all things timeless and classic, the Italians are renowned (and often feared) for the intimidating emphasis they place on the importance of aesthetic and style in all aspects of life – from their lemon squeezers to their rides. This exhibition features iconography from leading Italian designers and encompasses everything from fashion to cycling with a sultry looking mermaid thrown in for good measure. The term design is endlessly bandied about, but what emerges from the pieces on display here is that good design which is both functional and compatible with the everyday can also keep us endlessly curious… / Aaron Purcell

   
 

May 16 2013


where
Laser DVD, 117 Ranelagh Main Street, Dublin 6.


when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
€5 per film

closing down sale
Farewell Laser

For rainy evenings when the IFI and the Light House Cinema feel like they may as well be in Timbuktu, it's nice to have some DVDs on the shelf at home. Home, where it's warm, dry and the sofa has your ass imprinted into it. Moulded perfection. Sadly, the day of renting DVDs has passed, and we're accessing Volta and Netflix online instead. It's clean, doesn't gather dust, or get skippety scratches and we're all like 'Hey! ConvEEEENient!' But wait up, minimalist tech-heads, you've forgotten about  people like me, who hoard books, films, CDs, tapes and vinyl and love to have a material object to cradle in our arms and stack on coffee tables, making it clear that our sensibilities are tres cool. Laser made it easy, with its eclectic collection of films. Get it while it's still there - you'll be weeping when it's gone. / Cora Burke

 

May 16 2013


where
Siteation, 12a Little Britain Street, Dublin 7.


when
6:30pm

how much
€5

screening
Orlando

Orlando, based on the Virginia Woolf novel, depicts the life of an androgynous noble who, in exchange for a stately home, promises Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp) not to fade nor to wither. Tilda Swinton's Orlando travels through centuries and across continents encountering love, rejection and legal restriction while contending with social expectations. Issues of gender and the oppressive nature of social conformity define Orlando’s life as the character matures into a person rather than a figure defined by their gender. Sally Potter’s film explores these themes in a range of visually lavish settings; from candle-lit bedrooms and snow covered dances to Turkish drinking parties, enlisting performances from a luxuriantly coiffed Billy Zane and an angelic Jimmy Somerville, amongst others. / Ruth Hurl

   
 

May 17 2013


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€20-€35

ddf
What The Body Does Not Remember

Watching bodies on a stage engaged in extreme physical exertion gives an audience a very particular sort of pleasure. Or maybe that’s just me. What the Body Does Not Remember is the revival of Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus’s debut show with Ultima Vez from 1986. Vandekeybus’s fascination with extremes, the limits to which body and mind mutually push each other, is never more apparent and guttural than in this his most famous dance piece. The energies of the piece are like those from gladiatorial combat, with every move unexpected and often violent, requiring immense skill and endurance from the dancers. The choreography describes ‘the unexpected’ - the tension and potential in those moments before something happens, the foreboding and anticipation building...Mesmeric, raw and incandescently beautiful. / Roisin Agnew

 

May 17 2013


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
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when
7pm

how much
Free

launch
Tabitha, Issue 4

The behemoths of Irish media have had it hard of late. Three of the national papers are awkwardly juggling online redesigns, like Jesus struggling to hold onto a malteser, while the national broadcaster (at the last count) is posting 60m debts. While the old guard try to redefine their offering, the young turks are taking advantage of the dithering. Indie-publishing, once the bastion of the bedroom zinester, enjoys a healthy scene in Dublin right now. Digital divas Prowlster and Siren have brought out genuinely beautiful sites recently, while on the print front, Rabble look set to secure their print future thanks to crowd scoured finance. Fashion freesheet Tabitha are on their fourth issue and are showing real development. In a city that also houses THREAD magazine, the fashion-forward are spoiled for reading. / Vernon Steel

 

May 16 2013


where
Teacher's Club, 36 Parnell Square West Dublin 1.
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when
9.30pm (Sat. matinee 4.30pm)

how much
€13/€15 (matinee €10)

theatre
The View

The Gay Theatre Festival usually conjures up notions of frothy and frivolous efforts, pinned on slightly dated camp insights, without the weight of script or production to make them glitter to a broader audience. The View is a far more grounded and layered experience brought all the way from Cape Town through self-financing and loans by independent company The Rust Co-Operative. Clearly influenced, as stated in programme notes, by Tony Kushner's Angels in America, it flits from the chair-bound observations of a prisoner (the dashing Roelof Storm) who dreams of being rescued  to the unpeeling of his reality via conversations with a host of characters skillfully played by Ella Gabriel. Reflecting the volatile relationship South Africa still has with its gay community, The View is truly fresh, formidable and one worth looking at. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

 

May 17 2013


where
Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
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when
From 6am

how much
Free

place
Queen Mary 2

RMS Queen Mary 2 is the largest ocean liner the world has ever known. (I say ocean liner, as, unlike typical cruise ships, she was conceived for scheduled transatlantic sailings, making her the world's only actual ocean liner since the retirement of QE 2). Her anchorage today, off Scotsman's Bay, Dún Laoghaire, is a truly historic occasion. She is nearly three and a half times the weight of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, and over twice the weight of the JFK aircraft carrier which anchored in Dublin Bay back in 1996. She is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall. Her enormous yet sleek, yacht-like appearance, with gleaming black hull, white upper decks, and gigantic, shiny funnel will be like nothing ever seen in Irish waters, let alone in the picturesque bay off Sandycove and Glasthule. / Ronan Murray

   
 

May 18 2013


where
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin


when
11am

how much
€10/€12

walking tour
The Soundwalk Experience

Listen up and listen carefully to the sounds that surround, the 'precious things' that inhabit our everyday, our every footstep. Well if you haven't, Italian sound artist, La Cosa Preziosa (Susanna Caprara) has and she wants to you prick your ears. Through her field recordings and experience in acoustic ecologies, she's finely tuned to what she calls the 'sound marks of places'. On this walk, she's hoping to make participants rely on sound as she guides them through the city. Be it the chiming of church bells, the staccato racket of jackhammers, the honking of horns or the gurgle of drain water, La Cosa Preziosa aims to at once to silence our thoughts yet amplify our understanding. Focusing on the intrinsic value of elements such as timbre and pitch, there will be an introduction to sound art before the shuffle of feet. / Zach Joyce

 

May 18 2013


where
Tivoli Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Francis Street, Dublin 8
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when
10am

how much
€5

event
All City Jam

The Tivoli car park will come alive again this Saturday with the return of the annual All City Jam. Boasting some world class graffiti artists as well as plenty of home grown talent, it promises to be a must see for any urban art enthusiasts. International artists include Etam Cru, Flying Fortress, Nychos and Dems, with the likes of Maser, DMC and James Early flying the flag for the Irish street art scene. For those more into urban sports than urban arts there’s BMX & skateboard ramps as well as B-Boy battling, DJ’s and MC’s. Just make sure you don't leave your car parked there on Friday night. / Rua Meegan

 

May 18 2013


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
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when
8.30pm

how much
€10

gig
Seti the First

For every collaboration that goes belly-up - Metallica and Lou Reed’s hilariously awful Lulu springs to mind - others ooze with mouth-watering, synergy-wringing, chemically correct ease. Seti The First, comprised of Kevin Murphy (a talented cellist who has worked with artists ranging from Dave Gahan to Adrian Crowley) and Thomas Haugh (best known and highly recommended for his work as Hulk) is one such project. Last year’s beautiful, justifiably celebrated debut Melting Cavalry filled a niche in the Irish music landscape: compact, cello-centred neo-classical string pieces, decorated with percussion and brass that cross Arvo Pärt, Morricone and Efterklang. As well as recent soundtrack work they’re close to completing album number two. This is a rare opportunity to witness STF bringing their dazzling compositions to life. / Brian Keane

   
 

May 18 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7.30pm

how much
€15

gig
Ulrich Schnauss

Following the release of his much-anticipated new album, Ulrich Schnauss returns to Dublin with his own blend of ethereal electronica. His lush ambient soundscapes have the ability to be uplifting one moment and melancholy the next, as twinkling synthesizers drift in and out of the reverb-drenched mix. With A Long Way to Fall he seems to have found the perfect balance between the post-rock electronics of Far Away Trains Passing By and the shoe-gazing dreamscapes of Goodbye. Here he merges both with a sublime majesty, showing both maturity and a mastery of trade. From the sundrenched chimes of Like a Ghost in Your Own Life to the pulsating euphoria of A Forgotten Birthday, Schnauss takes you on a blissed-out trip through the clouds. It takes the darker tracks like The Weight of Darkening Skies to remind you to come back down. Win Tickets / Dave Desmond

 

May 18 2013


where
Grand Canal, Outside the Hilton Hotel


when
10pm

how much
Free

screening
Outdoor Aqua Cinema

If, like me, The Lion King wasn't one of the prized, pirate VHS you owned as a child and, with the exception of Hakuna Matata, you find yourself struggling when it comes to belting along with Disney's favourite anthropromorphic lion, this is the perfect opportunity to be re-educated in the wonderment of Elton John's Oscar winning score. Happenings is ready to transport you to the African plains to retrace Simba's journey from furball to full-maned feline with their screening on Grand Canal Square. Better yet, another viewing will provide a greater appreciation of Jeremy Iron's sardonic Scar and visually stupendous wildebeest stampede scene (bring tissues). Though, be warned, a line has been crossed when you start holding the family pet aloft while crooning about the Circle of Life. / Sarah Maguire

   
 

May 18 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
11pm

how much
€10

club night
Krystal Klear

Who doesn't love a boogie? Irish boy done good Krystal Klear is well know for his disco 80s dance-inducing music. Even the Krystal Klear moniker radiates feel good vibes - it's simple with connotations of sparkles and lightness, and at a time when moody electronica is so prevalent a full resurgence of swing and happy house is almost as welcome as twisty fries after a heavy night out. Infamous for improving originals with catchy as hell reworks (Sky Ferreira, Everything Is Embarrassing) and his own modern take on old school sounds, this is more than likely just what you need when there's hail outside - in May. Sure it'll be grand, pop on your dancing shoes, amp up the glitz/double denim, throw back a few retro cocktails and give in to pure cheese. House music at its most fun. Win Tickets / Niamh Keenan

 

May 18 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10.30pm

how much
€13/€15

dj set
Horse Meat Disco

The good news: four fabulous lads from Vauxhall have managed to build a time machine! The better news: it only takes you to NYC circa 1978-1983, so you won’t end up kissing your mom! (probably). This was the golden age of Disco- a genre that has seen its image dramatically rehabilitated in the last decade, and for good reason. Disco clubs like the Paradise Garage were where the modern idea of the DJ was really fleshed out: multi-hour sets, proper track-mixing, and the music right to the forefront. And Disco was just pure, un-distilled fun. An escape from the mundane, a sequined nightlife fantasy– soaring strings, strut-inducing bass lines, and sexy falsetto. Hell, this was the last time it was cool to un-ironically dress like a peacock! So give up trying to like that Daft Punk stream and get a taste of the real thing. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

May 19 2013


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

when
HERE

how much
€5.20/€8.90

cinema
Mud

With the trappings of a Mark Twain novel and bearing a thematic resemblance to last year’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Mud is a consummate Southern tale and an absorbing old-fashioned adventure. The film follows two pubescent boys, Ellis and Neckbone, as they befriend a fugitive, the titular Mud. Brown as a berry with a cigarette perennially perched on his lip, Mud weaves a romantic tale that resonates with the boys and enlists them to help him reunite with his longtime love, Juniper. Leisurely paced, the film unravels through the wide eyes of its young protagonists as they lose their innocence and realise the foibles of the adults around them. Square in the middle of his so-called McConaissance, Matthew McConaughey delivers a career-best performance, but this lyrical film belongs to the two junior leads. / Amy O’Connor
 

 

May 19 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Beware of Mr Baker

Never date a drummer. They're notoriously insecure, cos unless he's a cock-of-the-walk Keith Moon, or preening peacock Ginger Baker, hell, the babes don't care. You're just their path to the lead singer. Ringo Starr is the case in point. But this doco explores Mr Baker, who was teen-worshipped in Cream, played behind a mad dancing naked lady in Hawkwind and collaborated with Afro-legend Fela Kuti. A flamboyant, showman of a drummer, his life has been the rollercoaster you'd expect, and this film, star-studded and tempestuous as the man itself, uses footage and reminiscence to create an identity for the man, the musician, and the hellraiser. It's fragile, as the man today is exposed from within his South African compound, far from the exhibitionist performance in front of adoring fans that he enjoyed in his youth. Fascinating. / Cora Burke

   
 

May 20 2013


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

how much
€5

talk
Anyone Buying Or Selling A Ticket?

Ah here! Something has to give and it will. Life, Forbidden Fruit, Body & Soul, Sea Sessions, Oxegen, Longtitude, Iveagh Gardens, Knockanstockan, Castlepalooza, Indiependence and Electric Picnic are the headliners and that's before the stand alone shows or fancier literary newcomers like Borris House who has PJ Harvey. Let Ireland Shake! And don't forget Bon Jovi. Poor Jon Bon. Factor in international sun-kissed affairs such as Primavera or Exit and the truth is trouble looms large for some. The power and pull of group influencers is what may ultimately dictate which line-up and hot tub swings it. Banter turns 50 in the company of Leagues O'Toole of Aiken Promotions, Avril Stanley of Body and Soul and Declan Forde of POD. MCD/Festival Republic, the main players, are clearly home and dry. Or possibly living on a prayer too. / Zach Joyce.

 

May 20 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€22/€18

ddf
Hurry

In my mind, there's only one woman to blame for many sleepless nights with my hair contorted around into snakey foam curlers, and early morning rushes to Feisanna, and it ain't me ma. No, it was that magical redhead, Jean Butler, who brought the LBD into Irish Dancing, ironically, just as the entire thing became very Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. But her dancing always seemed so effortless and inherently modern anyway, that it is unsurprising that she gravitated towards contemporary dance. Her grace and ability to emote are what made her a star all those years ago, but her tenacity in pushing boundaries and the limits of the humble body are what make Hurry a must-see. B.Y.O.Flatley. Win Tickets / Cora Burke

 

May 20 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
€8/€10

talk
Fifty Shades of Feminism

Feminism is encompassing. As a result of diversity there is an applicable feminism for everyone, a feminism that runs beyond the sphere of academia and cuts across issues of male and female lived experiences, gender (mis/)representation and examines prevalent social attitudes for all people (feminism isn’t just for girls). You see, Aretha Franklin was onto something when she called out R-E-S-P-E-C-T...It's a small act that if used to deal with all events and situations, could change everything for everyone. This could solve all issues of inequality. That’s what feminism is really all about; copping on. When someone is taught to respect, the world opens up and that’s what this talk is about. It’s about giving a voice to issues that shape our world, boys and girls. If you are a person, you should go to this. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

May 21 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€25

comedy
Sean Lock

If you're a Channel 4 viewer, you probably consider Sean Lock a sort of Jack Dee lite, but it ain't so, sista. Lock is nothing but a hero and survivor of the 1980s/early 90s' alternative comedy scene. While Alexei Sayles has become a cringe-inducing caricature, Sean Lock has been playing the long game. His kitchen-sink surrealism is as fresh now as it was in 1992 on The Funny Farm. His enthusiasm for misery is catching, and his own peculiar strain of ennui is best explored in the chronically underrated 50 Storeys High, the second series of which was co-written by yours truly's desperate childhood crush, Mark Lamarr. Lock plays the unlikeliest water attendant since Pamela Anderson, while snapshotting the strange and wonderful things that happen within the Mao-esque compartments of a high rise. The man's a genius. On and off of panel shows. / Cora Burke

 

May 21 2013


where
Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1.


when
8pm

how much
€14/€12

talk
Jon Ronson

Don't be put off by the Will Self endorsements on the sleeve of Jon Ronson's books, go on, pick it up, the guy is a real card. He's best known for writing what I like to call 'slasher non-fiction' - in his case, travel/political/humourous/journalistic non-fiction. He is loathed in the bookselling world because the man is nearly impossible to label. I hate to say it, but during my brief tenure as 'Head of Travel Literature' at Waterstone's, The Men Who Stare At Goats was kept in my section. To my eternal shame. His documentary work has also been what I can only describe as scintillating. Anything I feign to know about politics and religious tension came from the Tottenham Ayatollah and Dr Paisley, I Presume, so well done Jon Ronson, not just for your consistently great work, but for making me look less Bridget Jones at dinner parties. Win Tickets / Cora Burke

 

May 21 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€18-€40

concert
Kurt Elling

While I'd like to associate Kurt Elling with smoky jazz dens such as his hometown Green Mill club in Chicago, truth is he's well advanced beyond these delightful dim dens. And smoky jazz venues are long gone. He's Grammy award-winning which I can only presume is a good thing. But most importantly, Elling's scat singing can sweep up standards and carry them to unexpected places. He's also unfazed by legends such as Nat King Cole or John Coltrane and infuse their numbers with vigourous vocalese interpretations. There's a touch of the Beat poet about Elling's delivery too. Does this sound like utter heaven or hell? Probably. But if any jazz crooner could persuade you to embrace it, then Kurt is your best bet. Tonight he plays with his quartet including long-time collaborator Laurence HobgoodWin Tickets / Zach Joyce

   
 

May 22 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
4pm

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Me and You

Nearly ten years on from his last film, the art house hit The Dreamers (introducing the world to Eve Green) Bernardo Bertolucci is back. He tells the story of Lorenzo, a troubled Italian teenage boy, who tells his parents he is off on a skiing trip only to hide out in the crummy basement flat under the family home. However before you can say Home Alone 6: Lost In Rome, he finds his older sister is using the flat to go cold turkey on her heroin addiction. Based on the novel by Niccolo Ammaniti, the film is not easy to watch with its themes of abuse and drugs...in fact, it is remarkable that the youth of the content is no match for Bertolucci's verve. For atmosphere that'll bring you out in sweats; intense, line-blurring relationships; and a cinematic experience instead of a film, Bertolucci's still your man. / David Cadwallader

 

May 22 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8.30pm

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Weird Science

Weird Science is a bubblegum-brainless exploration of stupidity/being a teenager and muddling through. Slushies on the head, wedgies, and being upstaged in front of hot chicas, all the key issues of the age are addressed by the one, the only, the drumroll please, John Hughes. A man who either never had an opportunity to stage his own teenage rebellion, or who, inversely, was so top notch at it that he managed to build a career on it. Gary and Wyatt (posho), are nerds. No two ways about it. However, they use a Barbie (fuck knows what they were doing with a Barbie) and a computer that malfunctions so woefully it MUST be an Amstrad, that they create Kelly leBrock. What ensues is a comedy of speed wagons, partays and weird sub-culture creeps, completed by humiliated siblings, temporarily-comatose grandparents and deluded parents. / Cora Burke

   
 
Dublin Print Bureau

le cool Dublin experienced life in 3D with Nigel and Leo of Dublin's first 3D Print Bureau...

3D printing is a huge technology that’s going to explode and we decided to embrace it...

We opened one of the first internet cafes in Dublin in the 90s and now we've opened up the first 3D bureau in Ireland. We've discovered there is a huge interest. People are amazed by the fact that you can convert a digital file to a physical object. it’s almost science fiction but now it’s fact.

In two years’ time we envisage that a lot of people will have printers at home in their houses for maybe replacing parts that get broken in their house like drawer handles. And also their kids might be interested in producing miniature toys or learning about the whole CAD programme.

So far we’ve printed a pen holder, glasses, and things like cups and a watch and simple things like door handles. We wouldn't print guns or weapons or anything that could cause harm.

The Dublin Print Bureau is open now at Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6. PHOTO: Mark Duggan