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Back for the third year in a row, Dublin Podcast Festival is returning with headliner shows and live podcasts across multiple venues this November.

The festival have announced a string of headliners in the line-up and the anticipation is seriously building.

The podcast event will feature international and homegrown talent, covering everything from crime, comedy, literature and history for live audiences.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The legendary Guilty Feminist is set to land at Vicar Street once again on November 6. With over 35 million downloads under their belt, host Deborah Frances-White and a special guest are set to light up the stage.

They're scheduled to chat about noble goals as 21st century feminists, and the paradoxes and insecurities which undermine them. If you were lucky enough to catch them in Ireland last time, you'll be a superfan by now.

The UK's number one LGBTQ+ podcast is landing with a bang, and it's possibly the show we're the most excited about.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A Gay and a NonGay is coming to the Sugar Club on November 10, with BFFs James Barr and Dan Hudson covering the differences between LGBTQ+ and NonGay people to life on stage in a ridiculously simple but gas premise.

Comedy duo The 2 Johnnies return with their biggest live show yet after a sold-out event at the Vodafone Comedy Festival. The pair have been number one on Ireland's podcast charts every week for 80 weeks.

They're performing at Vicar Street on November 14, with serious topics such as riding, Gaelic games and parish news to cover.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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IT GALZ LIVE! have continued to sell out live shows throughout Ireland since their debut at last year’s podcast festival, and their success story is continuing in 2019.

The hilarious cultural commentary by Jenny Claffey and Lindsay Hamilton will reach new heights as the gals are hosting their biggest headline show yet; Vicar Street on November 16.

The topics range from pop culture to women's rights, through a mainly satirical lens, but you're bound to get a good laugh from them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ireland's favourite podcaster and number one bestselling author, BlindBoy, is set to return for two nights in Vicar Street on November 19 and 24.

BlindBoy will be here for a third consecutive year, and is set to celebrate International Men's Day with a special live show. 

The personality speaks wise words on indoctrinate mental health issues but makes sure to reach further into a wide spectrum of current topics, may it be gun laws, feminism, racism or history.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Dollop will arrive at Liberty Hall on November 21, bringing US history to the stage with comedian hosts Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds.

History buff Dave decided to turn his hobby into a podcast. Each episode he reads one strange and disturbing story from the American past to Gareth, who is clueless about the tales.

Gareth's hilarious reactions are why The Dollop is in the top 20 downloaded comedy podcasts in the US, Canada, and Australia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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My Favourite Murder will host a live show in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on November 24 and 25, but limited tickets remain for the second show so act fast.

Debuting number one on The New York Times Best Sellers List, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark host a brilliant true crime podcast that you're bound to become addicted to.

Aside from being avid true crime enthusiasts, Karen is a stand-up comedian and television writer and Georgia is a writer and host for the Cooking Channel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The popularity of podcasts has skyrocketed in recent years, for both their entertainment factor and educational abilities.

The Dublin Podcast Festival will celebrate the world of podcast and intends on connecting fans with those who create them.

Your earphones won't be necessary this November, we highly recommend seeing a live performance. Tickets for the events will go on sale from Ticketmaster.ie on Monday, August 12 at 10am.

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Dublin has some seriously creative street artists, who constantly battle with Dublin City Council to have their work maintained on Dublin's walls. 

One half of The Rubberbandits, BlindBoy has been immortalised in spray paint on the outside of Dublin venue The Hangar.

The mural is the work of Subset, who showcased the piece on Instagram. 

 

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Subset are responsible for many of the beautiful works of street art Dubliners are lucky enough to encounter on the daily. 

Remember that epic Stormzy mural down in Smithfield? You can thank Subset for that. 

And the Make Dublin Grey Again mural which ruffled a few feathers thanks to it's depiction of Donald Trump?

 

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Once again, Subset are responsible. 

Not content with making an aesthetic piece, Subset added a quote against Donald Trump's leadership from BlindBoy which reads:

'Donny is more terrifying than a Jack Russell with human hands.' 

The street art group have been fighting a long battle with Dublin City Council, who continue to paint over their art. 

The council calls the art 'unauthorised developments,' and says that the work is a breach of city planning. 

Head into town to see the piece for yourself. 

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We're a nation of bookworms, so it's no surprise the Irish public wasted no time having their say in an online poll held by Eason, Ireland’s leading retailer of books.

After asking the public to choose their favourite book of 2017, the results are now in, and we can reveal that Blindboy Boatclub’s The Gospel According to Blindboy was the winner!

Blindboy Boatclub, one half of Limerick comedy duo the Rubberbandits, debuted his collection of surreal and genre-defying short stories last year which explore the myths, complacencies and contradictions at the heart of modern Ireland, and it's fair to say readers were more than impressed.

Voted number one by over 4,000 Eason customers, Blindboy was closely followed by The Pursuit of Perfection by Donal McAnallen while OMG What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen came in third.

Eason is a proud supporter of Irish talent and there is always a huge appetite among readers for Irish writing. 2017 proved just that with Irish authors securing 7 out of 10 spots in the online poll:

Take a look at these:

1. The Gospel According to Blindboy by Blindboy Boatclub
 

2. The Pursuit of Perfection by Donal McAnallen
 

3. OMG What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
 

4. Force for Justice: The Maurice McCabe Story by Michael Clifford
 

5. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
 

6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
 

7. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
 

8. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
 

9. The Choice by Philly McMahon
 

10.The Street Where You Live by Roisin Meaney
 

Speaking about the results, Alan Johnston, Business Development Manager for Adult Books, said; “2017 has been a stand-out year for reading."

"We’ve been so fortunate to be kept entertained throughout the year with brilliant new books from both home-grown and international writers."

"The Top 10 Favourite Reads are a diverse and eclectic range of books, and the fact that seven of them have been written by Irish authors is testament to the diverse range of literary talent we have here in Ireland.”

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