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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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If you're heading to see Stormzy in the Olympia tomorrow night, you may be excited to know that an absolutely unreal mural has been erected in his honour in Dublin city. 

The huge piece of street art has been garnering attention on social media all day, and fans are loving it. 


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The giant mural is located in Smithfield, and it's well worth going to have a look at. 

Stormzy himself has seen the piece, and has paid homage to it on his Facebook page.

Thanking the artists, the hip hop star said "I don't know who's responsible for this but thank you and tomorrow is gonna be MAD."(sic)

Tickets for his gig are already sold out, but the grime artist is also headlining on the Friday night at Longitude at Marlay Park on July 14.

Stormzy will be headlining alongside The Weeknd and Mumford & Sons.

They will be joined by the likes of Skepta, Baaba Maal, Glass Animals, Lucy Rose and Catfish and the Bottlemen. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!



While the world continues to mourn one of the greatest contributors to music and pop culture that we may ever know, tributes and messages of love have been pouring out across the globe. 

Bowie's face was superimposed across the front pages of international newspapers yesterday while fans arrived out in droves to bask in his musical legacy. 

Meanwhile in Dublin, an apt mural has been created by locals featuring David as his classic alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, emblazoned on a bright pink background and the artwork can be found on Richmond Street. 

Some lucky fans can also enjoy screenings of the class film, Labyrinth, starring Bowie and Jennifer Connolly in the Lighthouse Cinema this week. 

David Bowie plays classic villian, Jareth, in the films and co-wrote many of the now iconic songs featured.