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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.

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Ireland became Blake Lively’s second home when she was filming upcoming movie Rhythm Section. The Gossip Girl alum spent many months filming in Dublin, but managed to find a little piece of heaven to unwind after a busy day on set.

It’s obvious the actress had the time of her life during her time in Ireland. She opened up about her love for the country at the premiere of her latest release A Simple Favour.

She told Lisa McLoughlin of Independent.ie all about the gorgeous location that stole her heart.


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The actress gushed about the quaint Wicklow town Avoca, “Oh my god can we talk about Avoca, have you guys been to Avoca? You have to go to Ireland just to go to Avoca, it's just heaven.”

Blake couldn’t help but express her love for the town: “How it's described in the bible is inaccurate, heaven is what Avoca is… it's just hand weavers and amazing pastries and it's just heaven.”

“Everybody's gonna be like 'she's disgracing the bible' – I was joking world,” she clarified.


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Avoca is located just by the River Avoca in Co. Wicklow.

The serene town is full of heart and is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin city.

Blake admitted she is eager to return to Ireland. She encouraged fans to go see her movie Rhythm Section so she can return to her “second home.”


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“Well if everybody goes and sees Rhythm Section in theatres in February then we will have to make a few more, there are about five books so it will be our second home – Dublin will be my second home," she shared.

We can’t help but wonder if Blake and husband Ryan Reynolds enjoyed a pint or two in the town’s local Fitzgerald’s Bar.



6-year-old Lucy from Co. Wicklow was sadly diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour earlier this month. 

To show support for both Lucy and her family, Grainne Flavin set up Lucy Lou's Dreams, a GoFundMe page with a target of €10,000.

Money donated will go towards helping the young girl complete her bucket list.

So far an incredible €23,000 has been raised – far surpassing the original target. 

Nicola Hatton McGill shared the GoFundMe link on the Greystones Open Forum, writing:  

"It is with a heavy heart that I post this message asking for support for this beautiful little girl. Lucy is a 6 year old child from Greystones who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Her parents, family and friends are devastated by this diagnosis and need support. Lucy has a bucket list and we are asking the community to help her get through as much as possible of it. Please donate to her Gofundme campaign, any amount is greatly appreciated. Let's pull together and show Lucy and her family we are behind them."

Grateful for the donations and words of comfort, Lucy's parents, Catherine and Marc, said they are overwhelmed by the generosity of people.

"We want to thank each and every one of you for your generous donations. The support is overwhelming and is helping us through this nightmare.

"Even more so, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for thinking and praying for Lucy….all we really want is positive vibes, thoughts and prayers for our beautiful fun loving full of life princess Lucy."

If you are in a position to donate, you can do so here.



The Simon Community, a housing and homeless charity, saw a 33 percent rise in the number of people using its services. 

The charity helps those who are homeless in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, and Meath. 

According to their Annual Report for 2016, this increase includes more than 11,000 people total, who were either homeless or at risk of losing the roof over their heads.

Simon helped 1,400 families and nearly 3,000 children last year as well.

The number of families facing homelessness has soared by over 50 percent and the number of homeless children by 49 percent. 

Many of these families must live in hotel rooms, with limited space for children to play and no proper kitchen to cook in. 

"These trends are flesh and blood, people’s lives and childhoods potentially lost," Padraig McKeon, Chairperson of Simon Community, said in a statement. 

He also noted that the charity plans on building 400 more accommodation units in the four counties they serve, which will be both supported housing and independent living units.

Padraig thanked all of the charity's clients and residents whose 'continued determination and perseverance to move forward with their lives' are utterly inspiring.

"Every day we are inspired by what you have overcome," the Chairperson wrote, "Your experience and insights ensure our services continue to adapt and improve."



Wicklow brothers, Sean and Conor Price, wowed X Factor judges last night with their contemporary twist on Jimi Henrix's classic, All Along The Watchtower.

Having performed as a duo for around four years, the talented pair could often be seen busking on Dublin's Grafton Street, where they began to build a loyal fanbase.

However, last night, the brothers decided to take their music careers up a notch by attempting to win over the X Factor judges in the Edinburgh auditions.

After a flawless performance complete with an original rap from eldest brother, Sean, the siblings were met with a round of applause from all four judges with Simon Cowell even declaring the audition as “one of the best we've had.”

He added: I'm going to say something to you guys – I don't want to change a single thing from what I saw and heard today"- a massive compliment from the music mogul.

Sean and Conor received a unanimous 'yes' vote, and will proceed to the next stages of the competition.

But of course, the judges weren't the only ones who fell in love with the Blessington duo. Twitter went wild for the unique performance, with some even predicting the boys will go on to win the show.

Watch this space!


Does your man have a beard? Do you have a penchant for historic dramas?

If so, you may want to sign up for the latest casting call for Vikings, happening this month in both Dublin and Wicklow. 

The hit TV show is looking for extras to shoot in the upcoming season, with filming beginning in September. 

The show is looking for people to play fishermen, carpenters, craftspeople, farmworkers, axe men/women, skilled swords people, m&f archers, bowmen & women, m&f rowers, m&f sailors, ship hands & deckhands, calligraphers, latin speakers, arab speakers, musicians, midwives, nurses, animal handlers, hunters, blacksmiths, lumber jacks, magicians, jugglers and tree surgeons, so anyone with these skills will be a bonus, but they are not necessary to audition.

Males with all types of haircuts are encouraged to try out, but especially those with long hair and beards and no visible tattoos.

Women with all lengths of naturally coloured hair and punk style haircuts are also encouraged. 

Here are the deatils of the auditions: 

THE COMPLEX, 10-14 Little Mary Street, Dublin 7 (Between Capel Street & Smithfield Markets)
Tuesday 29th AUGUST 2017 anytime between 10.00am -5.00pm
Wednesday 30th AUGUST 2017 between anytime 10.00am – 5.00pm

The Grand Hotel, Abbey St, Wicklow Town
Friday 1st SEPTEMBER 2017 anytime between 10.00am – 5.00pm

The ad emphasises that they would love to have auditionees of all religious, backgrounds and ethnicities. 



Gardai are appealing for witnesses after the discovery of a critically injured man. 

Gardai are investigating what could have happened to the man, who was found in Bray on the 15/08/17.

At 5.55am the man, in his 50s, was discovered on Dargle Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow with what are described as significant injuries. 

He is currently in a critical condition in St Vincents University  Hospital.

The injured man is described as being 5’8’’, thin build, short grey hair and 56 years of age.

He was wearing a wine coloured jacket, a black t-shirt and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Gardaí have identified the man but are anxious to establish how these injuries occurred and are looking for anyone who may have seen the man between 11.35pm on 14/08/2017 to 5.55amon 15/08/2017 to contact Bray Garda Station on 01 6665300, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


Along with 13 Reasons Why and Big Little Lies; The Handmaid's Tale has fast become one of the most-watched TV series' of this year.

For those of you who haven't seen it yet (where have you been?), it takes place in a dystopian future, where fertile women are held captive to conceive children for sterile women and men.

The Handmaids are forced to live under a fundamentalist dictatorship, and the acts that take place on the show are both shocking and at times, hard to watch.


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Let's just say it certainly gripped us, so we were delighted to find out season two is on the way.

And the next season could very well be filmed in Ireland.

Cinematographer Reed Morano, who directed the first series, is currently in Ireland scouting locations, and many fans believe she's hunting for places to film The Handmaid's Tale.



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Reed is in Wicklow at the moment and posted a picture on Instagram with the caption, "recce."

As we all know, recce stands for reconnaissance, which means she's checking out various places for filming locations.

People in Wicklow – look out for those red cloaks!



Two Wicklow girls got the shock of their lives after they were reunited with two messages in bottles they had sent from a local beach.

Sisters, Rachael and Olivia Mythen never believed they would see the letters again, but oh how wrong they were.

The messages made their way across the Irish sea and onto a beach in Aberystwyth, Wales where they were later found by a voluntary beach cleaner by the name of Sara McAleese.

Sara then shared her discovery online in an effort to make contact with the Irish sisters.

She wrote: "Message in a bottle! With a little candy cane. From Olivia aged 9 at 65 something Green, Arklow. Found at Wallog, Ceredigion. Anyone from Arklow who can help with the address?"

On April 28, their mother Claire was told about the post by a family member who spotted the notice online.

According to breakingnews.ie, Claire said: “I seen the post from a woman who had found the bottle in a beach in Wales, she was hoping that someone could help her identify the address as part of it had worn away.”

“I realised that it was the message my younger daughter Olivia had sent and made contact with the woman who found it within four minutes.”

“She was amazed by how quickly we had made contact and we exchanged addresses, My daughter was amazed when she posted the letter back along with souvenirs from Goginan.”

What's more, Sara said she was particularly surprised by the discovery as her partner had participated in the Celtic Challenge just two weeks prior – making the same journey from Arklow to Wales.

The letter has since been returned to Olivia, along with some Aberystwyth memorabilia.


If anything tops sitting down with your favourite bar of chocolate, it’s having that bar of chocolate turned into an unorthodox treat.

Bray has become the first town in Ireland to home a chocolate kebab shop, all thanks to one married couple with a sugar-coated dream.

After sourcing a special chocolate kebab machine online, Declan and Christina Woods opened Sprinkles Café Bar on the Main Street of the popular coastal town.

As well as choco kebabs, the café offers waffle pops, fudge puppies, smoothies, whipped ice cream and coffee; so, whatever craving you find yourself with, Sprinkles will surely sort you out.



The moment October rolls around, everyone goes into Halloween-overdrive.

And while family and friends might be super busy creating totally on-trend costumes –  did someone say Harley Quinn? – there are more than a few of us who actually love to go traditional at this time of the year.

And that is why we’re all about Wicklow this month.

From soaking up autumn colours on afternoon walks in Wicklow’s picturesque woodlands to enjoying wildlife spotting and star gazing under the autumn skies at the Wicklow Mountains National Park, this is the kind of Autumnal celebration we can really get on board with.

And when the time comes to properly embrace Halloween? Why not uncover local folk laws and spooky tales as you explore Wicklow Gaol or hop aboard the Halloween Train for a trip through Rathwood’s creepy forest?

With countless events and activities kicking off mid-month and running until the spookiest night of the year draws to a close, Wicklow is definitely the place to be this month.

Catch y’all there.



Imagine having a winning lotto ticket SOMEWHERE in the house, but God only knows where! We'd probably all faint.

However, one lucky Wicklow couple avoided major disappointment as they were able to claim a quarter of a million Euro – after finding the winning lotto ticket in the bin.

Yep. The BIN. 

UTV report that that couple didn't realise they won Saturday's draw until it was revealed that the ticket was bought in Roundwood.

This obviously had them legging it over to the bin to find the missing ticket, and, whaddya know, it was found. Phew!

“I got a print out of the results from the newsagent and when I got home, I emptied the bin in the kitchen and found the ticket under all the rubbish from the past two days. We could not believe our luck when the numbers matched up!” the couple said.

Luck was certainly on their side!