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One of the biggest thrift store events of 2019 is happening on Monday, and you don't want to miss the chance to walk in like Macklemore circa 2012 in faux fur.

Charity shops, flea markets and ethical fashion brands are all the rage right now, with the environment being in an absolute STATE.

The textiles industry is the second biggest polluter of water in the world, and every new piece of clothing that you buy is contributing to the pile of materials in landfill, toxic dye chemicals in the rivers of underdeveloped countries and the workplace abuse of the women who create the garments.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dublin vintage shop trailblazers Nine Crows are hosting their debut 'Monday Flea Market' next week, promising pre-loved clothing and accessories abundant.

The event will host 20 amazing independent sellers, including Molly Parsons (Depop legend and 'Molly's Minutes' podcast gal) and RTE 2FM DJ Tara Stewart, who's style is beyond amazing.

It's taking place at the Nine Crows warehouse/thrift store at 12 Pembroke Row, off Baggot Street, from 4pm until 8pm.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's a cash-only event so scout out the numerous ATMs before hitting up the thrift shop. Bring your own tote or carrier bag also, as they won't be offering any pesky plastic bags.

Don't miss the first ever 'Monday Flea Market', it's set to be a brilliant initiative. Their debut session will be busy as hell so get down on time to nab the best goodies.

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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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Many of us remember the iconic nightclub Dandelion from back in the day. Located directly beside St Stephen's Green shopping centre, it was at the forefront of Irish nightlife until it closed a few years ago.

Located where the old club used to be is a new, multifunctional space known as The Well, and we can't rave about it enough. The area is massive, and decked out with slick interiors and stunning art pieces on the walls.

Half of the room is decorated as a bar area with numerous seating options and hanging plants, but at night it turns into a chic bar with DJs banging out disco, funk and hip-hop tunes on the decks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's essentially a cafe-bar, restaurant, event space, workspace and coffee shop all rolled into one huge venue. The Well's aesthetic is described as a "premium version of an industrial-style bar". Ooh, yes please.

The Well's interior features furniture made from recycled and refurbished materials, which is in line with the venue's pledge to use sustainable materials and ethically produced decor. Snaps for being woke.

The second half of the space has been taken over by Dublin Pizza Company as a restaurant, and their oven-cooked grub is absolutely legendary.

Michael Ryan, founder of Dublin Pizza Company, has created DPC at The Well to serve an extended version of their award-winning menu, featuring wood-fired pizzas along with salads and starters from lunchtime until late.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The café-bar offers al all-day to late-night location for entrepreneurs, innovators and creative thinkers can relax, meet clients or celebrate with your team. Co-working spaces with hot desks and power hubs are available.

It's an ideal space if you're looking to get some work done with high-quality barista coffee to keep you going, with cocktails as a reward for afterwards.

The Fajazzle, the Realness and the Spritz Please are just some of the cocktail options, and have earned them a shedload of fans already.

Beer lovers can rejoice over the choices, with some of the best of Irish and international craft beers available including the Franciscan Well range (Rebel Red, Chieftain IPA, Shandon Stout and Archway.)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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These Hands coffee shop offers top quality takeaway coffee, and a range of healthy options such as Old MacDonnell’s Farm yoghurts, salads and soft cheeses, plus sweet treats for those of us having another cheat day.

The coffee shop is open daily from 7am until 7pm. The café-bar’s carefully curated wine list is also noteworthy, having been selected by James Brookes, formerly of Guilbaud’s and Glovers Alley.

The Well's gorgeous cocktail menu features quirky ingredients from Irish Distillers, Gut Instinct Kombucha, Glitterbugs Edible Glitter and Celtic Whiskey. We're so sold.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From September when the basement opens, the venue can provide an event environment with a late bar and performance space available for corporate hire.

They've hosted a fast fashion workshop at The Well alongside food blogger Fifi Heather, for example. We can't wait to see some of the great things coming to the eclectic space, they're clearly supportive of Irish brands and businesses.

'Live at The Well' will feature independent events during the week and is set to host upcoming and innovative music promotions at the weekends. See you there? Check out their website here for more info.

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Do you brace yourself every time you use your card in Dublin? Do you mumble excuses at the cashier when it’s declined?

I’ve taken to pre-emptively warning the staff at Zara that my card may not work. Dublin is one of the world's most expensive cities to live in, and we’re feeling it this summer.

With this in mind, we’ve come up with a few tips on how to make the most of your Irish summer on a tight  budget.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1. Get familiar with the best-for-your-euro food options around the city centre

Looking for a burger? WOW Burger does a mini burger for €4.95 that ain’t so mini. Carluccio’s on Dawson Street does a half box of delicious pasta at lunchtime for less than 4 quid.

Mongolian BBQ in Temple Bar does an enormous Lunch Bowl for €7.90 that will do as your main meal for the day.

If you need to eat out, look around and see where a fiver lunch or a tenner dinner is available- be strict with yourself.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Choose culture for dates

The National Museums of Ireland are all free to visit and are simply gorgeous. The Archaeology Museum is on Kildare Street and the Museum of Decorative Arts and History is just beside the Museum stop on the red Luas line.

The Natural History Museum (think weirdly interesting stuffed animals) is on Merrion Street and is a fab place for a date or a stroll at lunch. Spend your free afternoons this summer, learning about Dublin for free.  

The National Gallery of Ireland also has breathtaking art with collections from icons like Caravaggio, Jack B Yeats, Mantegna,Titian, Monet and Picasso.

Paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, archival and bibliographical material all feature, as well as furniture. The inside of the building itself is worth a look for the beautiful design.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Buy a good raincoat NOW

It may sound expensive, but if you make an initial investment, it will stand to you. Dublin is WET during the summer.

If you don’t have a waterproof jacket that a) has a hood and b) fits into your bag, you WILL accumulate several sh*t umbrellas over the coming months.

Not only is this a financial drain but its also the most unsustainable way to keep yourself dry this summer. Buy yourself a raincoat that will last and both your pocket AND the environment will thank you come September.

4. Drink off-peak

We don’t mean drink on your lunch break or have a liquid breakfast. We mean slightly earlier in the day or midweek.

Many places around town will have a two-for-one deal on cocktails (Fade Street Social, Pygmalion, Capitol Bar, Xico) or cheap pints (Dicey’s Garden) during the week or early in the day.

Have a scout and plan your drinks based on the deals- it will be worth the extra bit of research when you have more cash leftover at the end of the week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5.  Avoid the following high street stores like the plague:

  • Zara
  • Penney’s
  • H&M
  • Pull and Bear
  • River Island

Don’t lie to yourself. Don’t window shop or go in for a ‘quick look’. You WILL end up spending money. As usual, you will come across the most gorgeous clothes when you have the lowest funds available.

If your route home passes by these shops, choose another. An extra five minutes walk may save you money in the long-term. It's also beneficial for the environment to avoid these stores full stop…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Look for half-price stickers

Once you get into the ‘reduced’ or ‘half price’ mindset, you'll be flying it. Food shops such as Marks & Spencer and Avoca have a system where they cut the price of many of their products (such as ready-made meals) at the end of the week.

Keep your eyes peeled for such stickers so you can eat well on a budget.

7. Shop Charity

If you take a turn up George’s Street, you will be met by an abundance of charity shop options.

St Vincent’s, Enable Ireland and Oxfam are all a stone’s throw from each other, so you are bound to find something.

The same can be said for the Aungier Street/ Camden Street area which is home to shops like Age Action, Gorta and the Dublin Simon Community Shop.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Charity shopping is a great way to save money, not to mention a greener way to shop for clothes and shoes.

Keep an eye out for the vintage racks in these shops where you might find some real treasures.

An unforgettable Dublin summer isn't impossible to reach for. If you carry out the right research and plan your budget, you can make the most out of this fun city without going into massive debt.

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Have you ever wanted to hire an upper class theatre buff who went to Trinity but insists they were accepted by Oxford to give you a posh walking tour of Dublin? It's a life goal, really.

Luckily for your dramatic side, The Westbury has now introduced complimentary theatre tours with the Abbey Theatre Tour Guide to explore the essence of Ireland's arts scene.

Guests staying at the hotel over the summer season can discover the city's most fascinating sculptures, theatres and galleries on a personal guided tour with James Hickson of The Abbey Theatre.

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Strolling around the Georgian Quarter is the perfect introduction to the theatrical and cultural history of Dublin, and you definitely won't be bored with a theatrical man walking you around.

From stunning sculpture to beautiful buildings, discover some of the personalities, dramas, and places that have influenced its character and culture.

Whether you're a tourist or a loca, the iconic sights, forgotten tales and hidden gems bring an immersive story of Dublin to the tour.

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The 90-minute tour leaves the Westbury hotel every Thursday morning of the summer at 10am, with James Hickson escorting guests along the theatrical route showcasing The Gaeity Theatre among others.

Anyone who embarks on the tour will also be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Abbey Theatre, ancient Irish storytelling and drama at the Setanta Wall and a tailored tour of theatrical art in the National Gallery.

A pitstop at the Oscar Wilde sculpture as well as Phil Lynott and Luke Kelly tributes will also be visited, with Hickson bringing Wilde's personality, wit and works to life. 

Highlights of the tour also include spaces dedicated to a variety of contemporary Irish and international artists, such as the National Library and the iconic Bewleys café.

To ensure the best possible experience for all, places are limited to just ten guests per tour so book as early as you can in order to join the ranks of Dublin drama.

Bookings can be made through the hotel on 01 6463333 or email westbury_reservations@doylecollection.com.

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Gardaí are seeking help to find a 40-year-old man who is missing from the Kilworth Road area of Drimnagh in Dublin 12.

James Doyle was last seen on Friday, June 21, at around 2.30pm.

He is described as being six foot, four inches tall with a slim build and brown hair. 

He also wears glasses and has stubble on his face. 

He was last seen wearing a black Nike baseball cap, grey Diesel hoodie with black writing of ‘Diesel’ across the front, blue jeans and navy runners.

James's family and Gardaí are concerned for him and anyone with information should contact Sundrive Garda Station on (01) 666 6600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. 

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Pop star Pink is on Irish soil – and wandering around Temple Bar, apparently.

The singer is here for her Beautiful Trauma World Tour and has sold out gigs at the RDS.

So obviously, she needed a pint or two after all that jumping around on stage, right?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It was also the first time she performed in Ireland in five years – but she made p for it by zooming across the stadium on a zip wire.

She dropped into The Temple Bar pub for a quick one – who wouldn't?

The pub captioned the snaps of her and her husband Carey Hart, ''So today we had the pleasure of having the lovely Mr & Mrs @pink stop by the pub to quench their thirst after Pink’s rocking show in Dublin last night on her #beautifultraumatou.''

They continued, ''Ciere was super excited to meet them as you can see and said it was a pleasure to look after them. Thank you @pink for stopping by and being so lovely to all our staff. We look forward to seeing you again.''

Right, were heading to town and see if we can get a selfie because we LOVE her.

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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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