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Another Dublin pub has shut its doors, and we're beyond upset about this tragedy. It seems like so many gems of the capital city have been forced to close, and the latest one is hitting Dubliners hard.

The Hill pub of Ranelagh has announced it will "close with immediate effect" due to "circumstances beyond our control."

The venue released a short statement on Twitter, with customers showing their support:

"We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers over the last few years, you have all been amazing," the pub wrote.

Fans and visitors of the location made sure to show the pub love in the comments, wishing the pub luck with any other business ventures they attempt.

Independent businesses and nightlife spots have been noticeably struggling to stay open in the city centre, with rent costs sky high and corporations reducing the market to a monopoly.

We wish the best of luck in the future to The Hill, hopefully it can reopen in a few years for some fresh pints.

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Gardaí are appealing for the public’s help in tracing the whereabouts of 55-year-old Eithne Ryan. She has been missing from the Clontarf area since May 28, 2019.

Eithne has been described as being approximately 5'5", with light brown curly hair, of medium build with hazel eyes.

She was wearing a brown knee length cardigan, white jeans, and silver heeled shoes when she was last seen in public.

It is understood that the 55-year-old may have visited the Galway and Limerick areas on the day she went missing, May 28.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts are asked to contact Gardai in Clontarf on 01 666 4800.

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Scottish-born singer and nephew of Peter Capaldi, Lewis Capaldi, has won hearts all over the nation with his HILARIOUS social media antics and voice of a gravelly angel.

His new album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, is out May 17 and features his UK Number 1 platinum-selling single Someone You Loved. It's officially the longest running number one single of the past 25 years, so he's hit the big time.

Part of the reason why he's found chart success is his campaigning on Twitter and Instagram, using absolutely gas photos of himself sporting various eccentric sunglasses and filming his strange antics.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you haven't seen the thread of him having to unclog his toilet, you've missed out. Our personal fave is the stream of himself listening to Ariana Grande's latest album, which was set to knock his tune out of the charts.

In fact, his song made it back into the top 10, reaching number one and staying there. We're SO glad it did, because this down-to-earth chap with a love for Tinder deserves it.

After supporting Picture This at their five consecutive 3Arena nights recently, Capaldi is coming back to Dublin for his very own 2020 arena tour. 

Sunday March 8, 2020 at Dublin's 3Arena sold out in minutes, as well as the rest of the UK tour dates, but our boy has hooked us up with an extra date on March 9, 2020.

He's also initiating his special LIVELIVE programme to support fans experiencing emotional difficulties and have concerns about attending shows.

 

There'll be a team at each venue who are expertly trained and qualified in assisting with panic, anxiety or any other concerns fans may have. Capaldi created the scheme after his own experiences with anxiety had a dramatic effect on him.

Speaking about the idea, the singer said; "I really wanted to put something in place to help those people feel comfortable and offer them support to allow them to experience the shows."

The 22-year-old's tunes have been streamed over 600,000 times, and the youngster was shortlisted for the BBC Critics Choice Award. Tickets from €37.35 are on sale now via Ticketmaster, grab yours now.

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Don your leopards, single ladies, because a Beyoncé fitness class has come to town once again.

The class is by Fearless Moves, a Dublin fitness initiative that combines epic tunes with an energetic work out. 

Hosted in Salad Box, by the 3 Arena, the events are followed by a delicious brunch right after the workout. 

The next session, scheduled for March 30th, is themed after some huge divas in the music scene – from Bey to Lady Gaga.

 The circuit class promises to make you sweat, but beginners are welcome. 

'SESSION NEWS! We haven’t hosted a brunch in a while so here goes! We’re bringin’ back the DIVA Choons for a very special brunch and workout on 30th March,' Fearless Moves posted to Facebook. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'It's going to be fun (slightly sweat-tastic!) HIIT class with easy dance moves throughout. The session will feature tons of mega DIVA choons.'

'Think Beyonce, Lady Gaga and loads more! No need to be a fitness freak to come along, it's about the chooons and chats (and eating afterwards, obviously!)'

A live DJ plays the tracks while an instructor takes you through the high impact moves – and it looks absolutely deadly. 

The class is then followed by a hearty brunch, with a set menu of three choices along with some tasty healthy beverages served by the lovely folks at Salad Box.

Tickets for the Diva Choons Brunch event are €34.96 and available NOW.

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All that and dim sum: Lucky Tortoise launch new deal by giving away free lunch!

Yes, you read that right.

Not only is it PERF for us broke people but it's also delish.

The free im sum is available today Thursday, March 21 in celebration of the launch of their new lunch deal in their new permanent home at 8 Aungier Street from 12-4pm.

So what are you waiting for? 

The new lunch deal which includes miso, okonomiyaki, pork siu mai, five veg dumplings, rice and kimchi all for €12.

To be one of the first to sample the delicious new offering, all you have it do is drop down to the Lucky Tortoise today from 12pm where diners will be served on a first come, first served basis.

We're on our way…

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Ah, St Patricks Day – the one day a year being raucously drunk is a national right of passage. 

If you're felling particularly patriotic, you may want to indulge in a creamy pint of Guinness for the day that's in it, but with Dublin pubs charging through the nose for the traditional beverage, the hunt to award the accolade for the cheapest pint of Guinness began.  

The Sweatershop made it their mission to uncovered the cheapest and most expensive pubs in Dublin for St. Patricks Day:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Snug, situated on Stephen’s Street Upper, has been hailed as the cheapest pint of Guiness in Dublin – and fair play to them for keeping their price under the four quid mark. 

The cheapest pubs in Dublin

 

The Snug Bar                   €3.70

The Portobello               €4.00

The Auld Triangle          €4.00

Downey's (Cabra)         €4.00

The Lark Inn                    €4.10

Dicey Reillys Bar             €4.20

The Yacht Public House €4.20

Kavanagh's (Stoneybatter)        €4.20

The Bridge Tavern                         €4.20

The Clock                          €4.20

 

The most expensive spots to pull a pint of the black shtuff have also been surveyed.

Unsurprisingly, the top five most expensive pints can be found in tourist mecca Temple Bar. 

The priciest pint comes in at almost seven quid, double the cost of the cheapest pint.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The most expensive pubs in Dublin:

 

The Temple Bar – €6.90

The Vathouse Bar of Temple Bar- €6.80

Oliver St. John Gogarty  – €6.50

Fitzsimons Temple Bar   – €6.50

Auld Dubliner – €6.50

Café en Seine – €6.30

The Church – €6.15

Buskers Bar – €6.00

The Quays Bar & Restaurant – €5.90

The Jar  – €5.90

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Grab your gals, your Ma and your aunties, because the feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! will return to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin for a four week run from December 10 2019 – January 5 2020 as part of a UK and International Tour celebrating 20 years since MAMMA MIA! premiered in London in April 1999.

From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with a sunny, funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads unfolding on a Greek island idyll.

To date, it has been seen by over 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. 

In 2011 it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.  

MAMMA MIA! became the 8th longest running show in Broadway history where it played a record-breaking run for 14 years. MAMMA MIA! continues to thrill audiences in London’s West End at the Novello Theatre where it will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on April 6 2019.

The hugely successful first International Tour premiered in Dublin in September 2004 and visited 85 cities across 38 countries, selling over 5 million tickets over nine years.

Produced by Judy Craymer, MAMMA MIA! The Movie became the highest grossing live action musical film of all time upon its release in 2008.  A second film, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, opened in July 2018 and is the most successful live musical movie sequel of all time.

Judy Craymer, Creator and Producer of MAMMA MIA!, said: “We are very excited that MAMMA MIA! will be returning to Dublin once again. It is a big year for the show as we celebrate 20 years in the West End and we are so thrilled that Dublin will be a part of the celebrations. We can’t wait to bring the feel-good story and much-loved music of ABBA back to the wonderful audiences in Dublin.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast.

The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.

 The MAMMA MIA! UK and International Tour is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal and NGM.

Tickets are priced from €25 to €65 and will go on sale on Friday, March 8.

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Hey Irish Hinchers, drop the Zoflora – we have some good news for you. 

Mrs Hinch is coming to Ireland to promote her new book Hinch Yourself Happy, and if you have always wanted to meet her, here is your chance. 

The expecting mum shot to fame on Instagram thanks to her squeaky clean, beautiful home, as she helps hundreds of thousands of people manage their anxiety via cleaning and tidying.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mrs Hinch, real name Sophie Hinchliffe, accumulated a whopping 2 million Instagram followers in the space of a year thanks to her humour and positivity, as well as her honest portrayal of her life and her amazing cleaning tips. 

Her new book will be available on April 4th, and will focus on accumulating all of her best cleaning and organising hacks in one place. 

Mrs Hinch is taking Hinch Yourself Happy on tour – and she's making a signing stop in Dublin. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Over on Instagram, Mrs Hinch posted a list of her book signing dates. 

' I can’t believe I can even say the words “my book tour” if I’m honest.. I’m so so nervous but more than nervous, I’m so excited to meet as many of you as poss! And I’m also so excited for all of my Hinchers to meet each other,' she wrote. 

'We’re all in this together.. so it would mean the absolute world to me to see you all together chatting about hinching and zoflora and minkehs and wishing each other all the very best.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Penguin, the books publisher, is clearly anticipating a big turn out, so they are using a ticket system for the signings. 

Tickets cost the same price as the book, and include a signed copy of the book in the price (you can find the ticket link here). 

However, tickets for almost all of the signings are currently sold out. Mrs Hinch took to her Instagram story this morning to promise fans that she would try to secure more dates for signings due to the high demand. 

'I'm going to speak with Penguin with more tickets and dates,' she wrote. 'I so wish I could meet every single one of you some how.'

The signing will take place on April 13th in Easons on O'Connell Street – hopefully more dates will be added soon. 

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The lavish Stella Theatre experience is a gorgeous one to behold for any movie lover.

There's extravagant décor, plush red velvet seats and beds, as well as a cocktail bar and vintage-style cinematic elements; what could be better?

Currently, the Stella has two locations in Dublin: Ranelagh and Rathmines, but now Press Up have announced that the company are expanding.

"Press Up, Ireland’s leading hospitality group, are excited to bring the Stella Theatre to Bray. Combining the thrill of the cinema with a beautiful food and drinks offering in luxe surrounds," they tweeted.

That's right, the Stella is coming to Co. Wicklow. The cinema is set to light up Bray, and there are also plans to open an Elephant & Castle restaurant as part of a new retail space.

The town clearly has some big plans, and anyone based further south in Dublin will be able to hop on the Dart straight to the lush cinema.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Lovin Dublin, developer Oakmount is leading the project. It's expected to be finished by 2020, but further updates will arrive in the future.

Press Up Group are the company behind popular bars and fancy restaurants in Dublin such as The Stella Diner, The Lucky Duck, Sophie's and The Grayson.

The Devlin hotel and the Dean hotel are part of the group's noteworthy portfolio, so bringing glitz and glamour to Dublin's food, drink and entertainment industry is top on their list of priorities.

Feature image: Instagram/@stellatheatredublin

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BYOB is usually something you associate with a pre drinks party, but one Dublin bar is putting a twist on the concept that we absolutely love. 

Drop Dead Twice, which began as a pop-up back in October, has been made a permanent feature at its location at The Stage 19 on Francis Street, Dublin.

The bar invites guests to openly bring their own alcohol (not sneakily stashed in your clutch) and have a selection of bespoke cocktails made using the spirit of their choice.

 

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Whether you choose to bring vodka, gin or whiskey, Drop Dead Twice mixologists are well able to get creative when it comes to concocting the perfect cocktails.

The team draw on their expertise to come up with original and unique beverages, using a wide range of fresh and homemade ingredients.

 

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The premise is simple, just book in for a two or three hour session and bring your booze to the bar.

If you are booked in for two hours, Drop Dead Twice recommends bringing a naggin per person, which will get you four cocktails.

If you are booked in for 3 hours they recommend bringing a shoulder per person, which will get you six or seven creative drinks.

The fee is pretty damn reasonable, at €25.00 per person for 2 hours and €30.00 per person for 3 hours.

The team talks you through what you like and what you don’t like before whipping up a selection of cocktails for you and the gals.

It's definitely a brilliant and boozy way to spend an evening. 

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The iconic skateboarding brand Vans are having a big sesh this Saturday in Jervis Shopping Centre, and we wouldn't miss it for the world.

The newly-opened store is hosting a drop-in event on February 16 for those who want to get their beloved Vans customised FREE of charge.

Local artist Ruan Van Vliet will be doing the inking, while a DJ plays some tracks and pizza and games are provided for all.

Ruan Van Vliet is a graduate of the iconic NCAD art college in Dublin, and works as both an artist and illustrator. Your Vans will be one-off, unique pieces once Ruan's done with them, trust us.

His work is renowned for it's bright, colourful and amusing patterns, and he has also created work for Vice, AirBnB, Offset Design Festival, Guinness, among others.

Shoppers can try out prize pong, to try and win 50 percent off their Vans purchases on the day.

Vans are one of the biggest brands around, and their skateboarding shoes have been hugely popular for years, so we're delighted that they've opened a new store in Jervis Shopping Centre.

As one of the capital's most vibrant and most successful shopping environments and hosting over 60 outlets, Jervis has become one of the nation's biggest hubs.

With pizza, games, a DJ and free customisation as well as prize giveaways; don't miss Saturday's party. We'll see you there on February 13, from 12pm until 4pm.

We'll be staying the full four hours, because why wouldn't we be? It's free pizza, for crying out loud.

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Clichéd Valentine’s traditions have had their time, but the era of the anti-romantic is officially upon us. 

Celebrating self-love and friendship is all the rage, and poking some fun at the mushier aspects of movie-style love is a welcome respite from the traditional sentiments of Valentine's Day. 

If you're seeking shelter from all things amore, we have your refuge on the 13th of February – so grab your pals. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Head along to J.T. Pim’s on George's Street on Wednesday night, a very different and decidedly eclectic Valentine's experience with The Kracken Rum. 

The Kraken Black Hearts is billed as an immersive drinking and dining experience, featuring a touch of meal-time drama – hosted by the Kraken Black Widow, who lost her husband to Davy Jones' Locker, the black-hearted hostess has some tales of love and woe to share. 

Seated among black roses and flickering candle light, patrons of the Kraken Black Widow will be treated to a menu crafted entirely from black-hued ingredients. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The drinks alone are worth attending for, as the Black Widow is et to serve up some of her special brews, inspired by the darkness of the deep. 

It takes place from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on Wednesday 13 February, and if you want to be in with a chance to nab some tickets, just head over to @KrakenRumIRL on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Feature image: Minted.com / Kelli Hall

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