The Dublin Hun's vision of the future of Ireland

What will the capital look like years, centuries, even millenniums from now? Dublin in the Coming Times invites the people of the city to imagine how their home will change. Aoife Dooley begin its series imagining the Dublin of the future

Swear, I’m sick of people always saying, “I’m not racist, but….” Well, if you’re not racist then don’t be talking crap about the people who come to our country to live a better life and provide for their family. It’s a free country and all.

In the future no one will even care about race because all the dopes will have copped on by then that we’re all the poxy same. Well, I hope so in anyway.

See the spicebag, yeah? Well, it’s going to replace coddle on Sundays in your ma’s. People are coming back from Australia and America and all to try this bag of magic that will set your taste buds on fire.

It will be sold in Michelin star restaurants across the globe and even the poshos like that sap Kim Kardashian will be gaggin’ to have a taste of one. Swear down, the spicebag will be an Irish delicacy in the future.


I love me runners and I love them even better now knowing that in the future I’ll be able to leg it to Tesco in 2.4 seconds.

Doing a nic nak? No bother! By the time the poor sap pauses Coronation St and puts their dinner down to open the door you’ll be half way to Timbuktu, or Ibiza, wherever ye fancy.

Wait until you see, Dublin will be the new Ibiza!  No messing, swear. You won't even need to leave the country for a sun holiday.  Portmarnock beach will be a replica of Bondi beach.

The sun will be only BLAZING everyday, daily BBQ’s, ice cold cans, fellas walking around with no tops on all the time. Awh, stop, hun! Heaven on earth.

Dublin in the Coming Times: How the project works

In his 1893 collection, ‘The Rose’, WB Yeats included the poem ‘To Ireland in the Coming Times’. Borrowing its title, Dublin in the Coming Times is a free, citywide programme of creative writing in which Dubliners, young and old, can create their own stories and poems as they look to the future of their city as it goes through another phase of evolution and renewal.

To get the ball rolling Roddy Doyle invited some writers and artists to contribute short stories reimagining the city. Their work will be published in ‘The Irish Times’ over the coming months, beginning with the pieces on this page by Sebastian Barry and Aoife Dooley, aka Dublin Hun.

Free creative-writing workshops will run over the course of the year for adults in six Dublin public libraries, starting in Donaghmede this month. Other participating organisations include Fighting Words, Science Gallery, Little Museum of Dublin, Axis Ballymun and the Ark.

Operating in partnership with Dublin Unesco City of Literature, the project is intended to enable Dublin’s citizens to participate in illustrating a vision of the city as a place that, although it might change and adapt to new circumstance, will continue as a living, creative environment and a place for the storyteller and poet. We hope to publish selections from the stories that are created.

Seán Love
Executive director, Fighting Words,,

Dublin in the Coming Times is one of six projects being promoted by Dublin's Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, a Dublin City University programme with the UN University; email