Birr Castle’s Winter Wonderland children’s festival begins this weekend. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Christmas FairsChristmas comes early to Birr Castle demesne this weekend for the Winter Wonderland children’s festival. Beginning on Saturday and runn(...)

Given its prominent position within one of the country’s most celebrated heritage sites, applications concerning The Temple Bar pub have come under particular scrutiny from planning authorities in recent years. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council has refused planning permission for an ambitious redevelopment within The Temple Bar pub involving the construction of a new “doub(...)

Buskers on  Grafton Street.  New bylaws would require buskers to pay to perform on Dublin’s streets and would set time limits on performances. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons. 3:23

Buskers will be banned from Temple Bar but will be allowed to perform on Grafton Street until 1am if new bylaws are approved by Dublin City Council. T(...)

Maybe the intrepid winter tourists think this city is romantic and characterful and boho. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I walked through Dublin’s Temple Bar the other night in the drizzle. I was cold, shivering under layers of black drapery and my second-hand coat. The (...)

At Exchange Dublin all decisions are made collectively. Photograph: Dave Meehan

At Exchange Dublin, a free space run by an arts co-operative on Exchange Street in west Temple Bar, all decisions are made collectively. Participants (...)

Jay Bourke: negotiating on behalf of Nede to take over Charlie’s II takeaway

Stubbornness, thy name is Jay Bourke. Battered and bruised, bloody but unbowed, and with several enemies as well as friends in Dublin’s bar and restau(...)

Over the last few decades, we’ve worked harder than ever at dismantling unhelpful national stereotypes. You know the sort of thing. The Irish a(...)