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The Best Ways to Escape Dublin

By Sydne Tursky

Dublin is a great city. There are plenty of things to do, from festivals to great markets to the plethora of crazy university events that are always on. The sunsets from the bridges on the Liffey are gorgeous, and Irish people are just grand.

But … It has a few downfalls too, like any city does. It doesn’t always smell the best. On weekend mornings, the streets sometimes have drunken detritus from the night before. Crossing the street is hard because no one seems to be overly concerned with following the traffic rules. Dublin is still amazing, and I am still so glad I live here, but sometimes I need a break.

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A Review Of Trinity Ball

By Anna McAlpine (Visiting Student – Departments at Trinity: School of English – Home Institution: St. Andrews, English Literature and Philosophy MA (Hons))

After deciding to study abroad at Trinity, I read up on all of the fun things to do on campus and there was one event that made it to the top of my list – Trinity Ball. I knew from the start of my semester here that I had to get a ticket. After countless attempts to purchase them online from the crashed website, one missed bus and a sprint to class later, I managed to get my hands on one. At my home university we regularly hold balls and formal events, however, there was a frisson of excitement around Trinity Ball as it is heralded ‘Europe’s largest open air private party’ – quite the claim!

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What’s on in Dublin this week?

David takes a quick look at four different events taking place in the capital this week. From Arts & Culture to Tall Ships, Dublin has it all.

Bloomsday Festival


June 16th is Bloomsday, the very day in 1904 on which all the action of James Joyce’s renowned novel Ulysses takes place. A lively celebration of all things Joyce, join avid Joyceans from all over the world as they descend on Dublin on June 16th. In Dublin, where the novel is set, the Bloomsday celebrations take place from the 11th to 16th June, with most of the fun and frivolous activities taking place on the day itself.

Programme: Monday 15th
  • Bloomsday Bus Tour, 10am
  • Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Walking Tour, 11am
  • Joyce & the Irish Literary Revival Tour, 2pm
Tuesday 16th
  • Bloomsday Guided Tour, on the hour from 9am – 5pm
  • Bloomsday Breakfast, 10am & 12pm
  • Ulysses Express Train Trip, 12.50pm
  • Bloomsday at the Joyce Centre, 2.30pm
  • Bloomsday Readings, 3pm
  • Bloomsday Interview Stephen Fry in Conversation with Senator David Norris, 8pm
  • Bloomsday After Party @ PantiBar, 9pm

See http://bloomsdayfestival.ie/ for more details

Magnificent Mexican Tall Ship visits Dublin


Major waves will be made in Dublin on Wednesday 17th June 2015 when one of the world’s most spectacular tall ships, The Cuauhtémoc, sails in to Dublin Port. Owned by the Mexican Navy, this magnificent 270ft tall ship will be open to the public to visit for free during her five-day stay in the capital as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Mexico. A sail training vessel for the Mexican Navy, The Cuauhtémoc was built in the Celaya shipyards. The last of four windjammers built in Bilbao, Spain, she launched in July 1982. The Cuauhtémoc last visited Dublin in 2012 as part of the Tall Ship Races, when she welcomed over 23,000 visitors on board. Mooring at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2, members of the public hoping to get an insight into life on board this magnificent vessel can visit free of charge.

Opening times to the public are Wednesday 17th – Saturday 20th June between 10.00 and 19.00, and on Sunday 21st June from 10.00 to 15.00.

Dublin Garden Squares Day


Celebrate the historic garden squares of our city in Saturday, June 20th. Join Dublin Civic Trust on free walking tours, art and nature workshops, learning Victorian games and enjoy brass and, choral and wind music, all free and all welcome.

Dates: Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10am – 5pm,

Venues: Merrion Square, Fitzwilliam Square, Mountjoy Square, Parnell Square and St. Stephen’s Green.

Graffiti and Street Art photography exhibition

A Graffiti and Street Art photography exhibition in aid of RADE (Recovery through Art, Drama and Education) and the Fountain Youth Project. Hosted by Dublin Urban Art and All City Dublin. These photographs are taken from Dublin Urban Art’s vault of over 32,000 photographs.

This exhibition is a visual diary – a collection of images from Dublin during a time of social change and challenges. They represent uncensored personal expression, the Irish sense of humour, wall based artistic calling cards and the pursuit to use art as a means to liberate.

Dates: Thursday, June 18, 2015 – Saturday, June 20, 2015.

Venue: Filmbase, Curved Street Temple Bar Dublin 2. More information here.

For more information on Dublin events each week, check out Visit Dublin for a list of upcoming events.

David  is a marketing intern working with the Global Relations team, and is a current student of Trinity College Dublin.

Dublin’s Festivals

Dublin’s abundance of open green spaces makes it the perfect location for summer festivals. From the crazy festival outfits, to the friends you make just queuing for the loo; the live acts might be why we buy the ticket, but they’re not the essence of why we go. Dublin’s laid-back and sociable atmosphere is heightened during one of its summer festivals, and spontaneity becomes the name of the game. There are loads of festivals in Ireland this summer, and here are a few of the best in Dublin:


Earlier this summer ‘Forbidden Fruit’ kicked off Dublin’s festival season with headliners ‘The Flaming Lips’ and ‘2manydjs’. Since its launch in 2010, the festival has grown in popularity and hosted acts including ‘Kasabian’ and ‘Primal Scream’. Held in the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the festival describes itself as a ‘modern day Garden of Eden’. In addition to the live music which made it famous, Forbidden Fruit now hosts a Comedy Tent to showcase a variety of comic talent. Having received great reviews for this year’s show, expectations are already high for next year’s offering.


Only a couple of weekends away and excitement is rising for Longitude this year. Hosting big-name acts including Ben Howard, Bastille, Disclosure, Massive Attack and many more; it is no wonder that Saturday tickets have already sold out. However, organizers have insisted that Longitude is more than just a music festival; spread across the rolling hills of Marley Park, art installations (and more) have been scattered throughout the grounds to delight and intrigue revelers. Following last year’s success, organizers are already being tweeted by enthusiastic festival-goers in anticipation of a great weekend.


If you’d rather see your favorite comic than your favorite band, the Vodafone Comedy Festival later this month is likely to be right up your street. With a mix of international names and local talent, the festival looks to be a hit for Dubliners and visitors alike. There are 85 comedians set to perform; big names include ‘Mock the Week’ stars Dara O’Brien and Russell Howard, Canadian one-liner Stewart Francais, Chelsea Lately panelist Jen Kirkman, and the award-winning ‘Pajama Man’. Since Dublin is known as one of the world’s centers for stand-up comedy, this festival could be the perfect way to get a flavor of the local scene for any new students who are arriving for college early.