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News that one of Dublin city centre's most noteworthy artworks, the beloved red squirrel mural beside Tara Street dart station, is being removed has hit the town hard.

The latest update from Lovin Dublin has our hearts sinking: the mural removal date has been officially confirmed along with the news that a new hotel will be built in its place. *Sigh*

The mural is set to be taken down on Tuesday, August 6, and is the latest in a string of Dublin creative spaces to be replaced with commercial infrastructure.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Portuguese environmental artist Artur Bordalo created the red squirrel mural, using a combination of painting and sculpture to create the beautiful 3D illusion.

The talented artist has created similar works in 24 fellow countries, which makes it even more shameful that one country is removing his masterpiece.

The work was constructed using rubbish and waste discovered around Dublin, like televisions, bicycle frames, used car parts, chicken wire and office materials.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The installation took a total of five days to make, and the creation was captured over two years by Irish filmmakers Trevor Whelan and Rua Meegan in their award-winning short, A Life of Waste.

Co-director and co-curator Trevor Whelan said at the time; 

“We wanted to make this film to illustrate the character, motivations and creativity of Bordalo II and to highlight the environmental dangers of our wasteful society."

"Together with an amazing, dedicated team, we overcame many obstacles to make this documentary and to bring the artist to Dublin to create one of his iconic sculptures," Trevor added.

“We are very saddened by the news that Dublin’s ‘Red Squirrel’ will be removed to make way for yet another hotel. The artwork has had a great impact on the city and has received a lot of love from both locals and tourists.”

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Boy, do we have the event for you. As everyone knows, Ireland has some of the best whiskey in the world, and we're also pretty damn good at drinking it too. 

What if, let's say, you could get a cocktail masterclass, a photography session, a copper etching class AND pizza…. all in the one place?

You read that right, it's possible. Roe & Co. Irish whiskey are celebrating reinvention through a series of creative workshops, and tickets are now available for just €25

A brand that's known for it's innovation are bringing Ireland's most impressive artists together especially to celebrate craft in Dublin.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The newly revived Dollard Printing House on the Quays has been totally transformed for the regular workshop sessions.

Alan Mulvihill is hosting the cocktail masterclass, as a Roe & Co ambassador. He'll be teaching you how to create delicious cocktails so you can impress all your mates at house parties and pre-drinks.

Alex Sapienza will be teaching the art of the portrait, as a wet plate photographer. It's basically a process of extreme light exposure that creates an amazing raw style of imagery being developed on a sheet of metal.

Pretty cool, right? He's leading an hour-long workshop to discuss the art form. Don't miss that one.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Helen O'Higgins is teaching the copper etching class, to show her exploration of the architecture, culture, history and everyday life in Dublin.

Every guest will get the chance to try their hand at copper etching, a unique art form.

With your ticket, you can also get a free Roe & Co drink in Roberta's restaurant afterwards, so its an all-round glamorous experience.Plus you get to learn loads of new skills and meet some artistic and fascinating people. 

We can hardly believe you get all of this for €25, so get your tickets before it sells out, people.

The event is strictly over 18s only, so don't forget your ID if you have a babyface lads.

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The Deets:

When: Saturday 8 December, 3:00-6:30pm

Where: Dollard House, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Cost: €25

Tickets: Eventbrite

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So it turns out, tourists love Dublin! And what's not to love? On a sunny day, Temple Bar has been known to be a place where you can make an absolute pile of friends over a few pints. 

According to a survey on Twitter, Dublin has been voted the world's friendliest destination to visit. 

This survey was carried out by ebookers.com it was found Dublin had the most friendly locals and next to Nice, France, it was the most enjoyable destination to holiday. 

It was also found that Ireland came in fifth place on the list of enjoyable countries for a holiday. Ahead of it was Spain, the UK, Thailand and Italy respectively. 

The Mexico location of Cancun grabs the spot for having the best views in the world, with New York coming in second place. 

For all the foodies out there, Dubrovnik in Croatia has been voted the place to go worldwide for food, with Paris following behind. 

The survey consisted of analysing thousands of tweets by people travelling to different countries. Ebookers.com used several phrases which were used in tweets to describe different destinations including: 'beautiful sunset', 'amazing views', 'delicious food' and 'friendly locals'. 

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Chelsea Handler has made it to Dublin! Stopping off first in the UK to promote her book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, and play a date in London, she is finally here!

The comedian, who will step down from her hit show, Chelsea Lately, in the autumn, shared a very pretty photo of Dublin on her Instagram account, writing: “Beauty of Dublin, I must be Irish.”

The photo is slightly terrifying as Chelsea can be seen hanging over the edge of a building ledge – eek!

Chelsea will perform tonight in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

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