Escape Boats

Escape Boats

The Ultimate Escape Room

Escape Boat’s is Dublin’s most unique and exciting Escape room, It’s an escape room on a boat! or a barge to be more specific. Located in Ringsend close to the Google Headquarters this is an excellent way to spend your time with a small group of Friends. Great for Couples too. Fancy something different than your normal Tourist attractions this is sure to live up to the hype. They can cater for 2- 10 people in individual games and up to a max 16 ppl. There are two different Escape rooms located on the calm waters of the Canal, so no need to worry if Boats are not your thing. It’s exciting, fun and tests any budding escapee. We at Dublin 360 cannot recommend it highly enough.

Anybody from the age of 12 can play although any children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If you have younger children and you want to bring them to play you may do so, but please let them know in advance by email. Please be aware that children under 18 may find the game confusing and some sections of the game may be distressing for more sensitive younger players.

Please note that the games may not be suitable for large groups of under 18’s. If you have a group request for under 18’s please make this clear when booking and they can advise you about the game.

They can accommodate up to 16 players at a time. Teams are split into groups and play their two games (Convicts & SOS) at the same time – up to 10 players in Convicts and up to 6 players in SOS. Games last one hour but if you have more than 16 players, they can schedule consecutive games so teams are timetabled over the course of 2 or 3 hours. They also partner with a local bar/restaurant and can arrange finger food and entertainment in between games.

For more info Get in Touch with Escape Boats

How to Get there!

Address:

Waterways Ireland,
Grand Canal Dock,
Grand Canal Quay,
Dublin 2, D02ET38

Walking distances:

Grand Canal Theatre: 1 minute
Convention centre, 3 Arena, Merrion Square: 10 minutes
Trinity College, Busaras, Grafton Street, St. Stephens Green, O’Connell Street: 20 minutes

Train:

Closest DART station is at Grand Canal Dock. They are an 8 minute walk from the station.
Luas: Spencer Dock is the closest stop. We are a 10 minute walk from there.
Dublin Bikes station: Station 59 is across the road from us on Grand Canal Quay
Buses: Routes 1,15a,15b,47,56a,77a all stop beside Grand Canal Dock

Want to know more! We sat down with Ronan the Co-Founder of Escape Boats to see how it all started!

Interview with Ronan Brady Co-Founder of Escape Boats

Dermot Murphy
we all know that there’s escape rooms in the world. First of all, where did you decide to go with this concept and where did you first see your first escape room? Like a general escape room? And how did you come up with the idea of doing it on a boat? More importantly why did you pick a boat?

Ronan Brady
Okay, so we saw the first escape room in 2016. I was in Budapest with some friends for a weekend, and we woke up one morning, and it was like, we have to do something instead of drinking and before we go out for the evening in bars etc, really so and I came across these escape rooms in Budapest, as it turns out, it’s the capital of escape rooms at the time in Europe. So I thought it looks good. So I booked one. We went and I loved it. I thought it was brilliant. I had never heard of it and we I left the room I got a real buzz from that and I left the room and a kind of a light bulb went on in my head, I was like, these don’t exist in Ireland really. I went back to the person that I had already done a few projects with who is a top class engineer/inventor. He was between a yes and no so we had to go try this and check out Dublin’s ,Dublin had three escape rooms as it turned out, we felt we could offer a better concept!
Anyway compared to what I’ve done in Budapest, which is were they were a bit more advanced and further on, so we we had a look at them. So was around we went to check those the escape rooms around Europe and then put our heads down to designing one. As regards the boat it is because we already had a nautical background or just to say that But we’ve worked on a couple of products that hadn’t come to fruition and kind of both hotels and hostels Sam’s heavily involved in a lot of boat businesses around Dublin like the Cill Airne Barge Restaurant so a boat made sense.

Dermot Murphy
The Cill Airne, you’ve worked on loads of boat projects, what a way to learn and Oh, yes, the boat on the canal has a restaurant in it. Yeah it’s excellent.

Ronan Brady
Yeah. The restaurant Bar Yeah, At the time, it was kind of fortuitous, because there was a commercial barge slot that just came available in Grand Canal Dock. There were only one or one or two spaces left. They were going to limited and the ventures that you can put there, you couldn’t put bars or anything like that. So people were kind of slow to put businesses on the canal so we went for the idea of a boat and did the refit in Holland shipped it over arriving over in Dublin we docked and got to work with making our escape rooms.

Dermot Murphy
What was their reaction to Your idea of doing an escape room on a boat when you are applying for that permit. Did they kind of look at you with two heads? Or did they kind of go? That’s amazing. That’s a brilliant idea, or how was it different? When you applied for the commercial licence for the business? Oh, yeah. On the boat, were they supportive or not?

Ronan Brady
They were intrigued.

Dermot Murphy
Have you got a yearly licence?

Ronan Brady
Well, they say, yes, it is a yearly licence.

Dermot Murphy
The actual boat/Barge itself, [Zorg Ella]. Yeah, why did you get it from Holland and how did you get it here?

Ronan Brady
We viewed a number of boats and we were a bit unfortunate as waterways Ireland were quite restrictive on the size that we could bring in. We found Holland basically is the main shopping space for these kind of boats, barges and ships. So we found one that was rejected because it was too big and then we found this one in southern Holland. It’s a few hours away from Amsterdam. Everwhere in Holland is a few hours from Amsterdam. The guy there said the ship has been in his family since day one, it’s over 100 years old and he was using it as a potato Barge He just had a laying there. There was half used for bunk beds down where they used to carry potatoes. So with a bit of imagination you can imagine. It was kind of a blank canvas once you take everything else out. We gauged what work would needed to be done it was very reasonably priced. So we sailed it from, there across the Isla Mir up to Amsterdam in the middle of the night and we moored just in Zamdam for a while. We got a lot of gear with us and we found some amazing ships chandleries and stuff like that to buy old equipment from ships. Okay. We wanted to fit it out as best we could with genuine ships equipment, and then repurposed so that you get the feel that you’re actually on a real barge/Boat for immersive play

Dermot Murphy
You couldn’t sail that from there to Ireland? You have to get it on another ship and sail on top of the ship. Or what way does it work?

Ronan Brady
Well, we did look at getting a Captain. There is guys who would sail all these boats back, whatever you wanted, it’s a bit of a risk because now you can’t get insurance for these kind of origins. You can’t predict the weather also. So yeah the way they do it is like, hop up the east coast of England they do port hopping. So when the weather’s calm about they would go from port to port, but you might not see your boat for months. A long few months. Yeah once you do that, it might also sink, we managed to get it on that the back of a truck and they drove it through England.

Dermot Murphy
I saw there was a video of it taken off the off the truck when it was launched in Dublin Harbour

Ronan Brady
It was, it was great publicity for us at the time.

Dermot Murphy
Yeah, it was so unique, basically.

Dermot Murphy
I know that you have two escape rooms on the boat. Now without giving too much away. Could you give us a little insight into what’s different about each room or like, I know it’s, it’s secretive. You know, you can’t give too much away, but even the names of the rooms and what’s the theme of each room? How many people can go into each room?

Ronan Brady
Yeah. So our first game is ” SOS” takes up to six players, and I started that game.

Ronan Brady
It’s a kind of a team based thing. So everyone has to work together to get through to the end. That’s a sinking ship. You’re on board a stricken vessel. You have to work your way through the ship and try and get out safely before the ship sinks. That’s the simple idea of it

Ronan Brady
Convicts is the Second Room

That’s kind of a team based one. So we separate groups into teams of up to five on each team. The Theme of convicts is that you are on a convict ship, and it’s about to depart in an hour for the colonies. So you have 60 minutes to try and get out of the prison cells you’re in and escape the ship for the captain comes back!

Dermot Murphy
That’s pretty cool. That’s a great idea.

Ronan Brady
Yeah it’s a different style of game because you start off in a jail cell, you can see or the other team and you have to get out. It’s up to each team to get out before the other one. They are alongside each other. You can’t see the other team you can kind of hear them, but you whoever get’s out first is the winner. Those that escape, escape the fate of being sent to the colonies, so they win. It’s a competitive game.

Dermot Murphy
Yeah, that seems more competitive, right? Yeah so basically, it’s a good team building games. But would you say, particularly now, with all the COVID and office spaces been closed and people are only doing this and they’re not getting to see each other? Do you think it’ll be quite a good exercise for people to do once they can come groups together to kind of form better work team building ?

Ronan Brady
Yeah, in my opinion, there’s no better team building exercise you can do. You are faced with a number of challenges in there. It’s designed for that sort of dynamic and you are able to play to people’s strengths and weaknesses, and is the only way that you can, the only teams that can finish it successfully will work together. So, okay, as a team building tool, and as a, I suppose, as a manager, yourself, you will be recognised when you’re playing or even watching a team play. You can see how people play in these stressful situations. Even though game people are very immersed the elements that are in our game, are very lifelike.

Dermot Murphy
that’s interesting. So it’s a psychological lesson, basically, for everyone as well, if it proves that people want to be the best at what they want to do sometimes I’d say.

Ronan Brady
yeah, yeah. I know that. I talked somebody recently saying he works for a big multinational, but he wanted to try to use it as a job interview. He wasn’t allowed to, but maybe in the future maybe he wanted to do it as part of his job interview process.

Dermot Murphy
Yeah, that is interesting. Put six people in a room together don’t know each other and see how they interact.Now we get into this one bit, Ronan. Okay COVID-19. This came along, and pretty much ruined all of hospitality and Ireland & tourism. So how has it impacted you, obviously and what do you think? What’s your plans for the future?

Ronan Brady
Yeah. It came right to the point where we are business that firmly established itself. We had a full time manager with a lot of staff and our games were going very well. Our reputation was very good. So everything’s going well and we were looking at building new games and expanding. We were in the process of doing that, and then covid hit. So all those plans are put in the back burner.

Dermot

What were your other plans?

Ronan Brady
Well, we had a lightship/lighthouse projects which we sourced in Wales. There was an old lighthouse and we had a concept for a game that was kind of like the crystal maze and would have been a great iconic thing for Dublin. That’s firmly been put on hold and we are working on another smaller one, which was a tank we were planning in bringing over an ex British military tank.

Dermot Murphy
This must have been a big tank?

Ronan Brady
Well I suppose at the time It was an armoured personnel carrier carrier. It looks exactly like it is the tank holds up to 12 people. so it is big enough to stage an escape room.

Dermot Murphy
Wow. Okay. Wow, that’s interesting. And these yes is mobile. So you could drive it around also?

Ronan Brady
There’s a contentious issues. I don’t know if we would have been able to move it around during the game. We were looking for a location to drive. Yes that was part of the plan

Ronan Brady
We were looking for a place to put it. We had a number of venues, by the way, we’re in talks of various people, but them. Yeah, that obviously proceeding with that at the moment is tricky.

Dermot Murphy
I presume the players at the moment they have to all wear masks while they’re down there or as if they’re in a group that the company Yeah.

Ronan Brady
Yeah, because we reopened June 29. And we put in all the PP s doesn’t matter. masks and gloves are worn

Dermot Murphy
Ok Excellent.

Ronan Brady
Yeah, well, there’s a lot of touch points in the game.

We’ve sanitising stations that every every exits and entrance and right, following all the protocols the government put in and business has probably reached to those 20 past

40 to 50% of what it was unfortunately.

Dermot Murphy
Thanks for your time Ronan and best of luck in the future!

Ronan:

You are welcome!

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Ryanair

¿Planeas mudarte a Dublín?

Dublín Irlanda, un lugar maravilloso, pequeño comparado con México y mágico como ninguno. Lleno de naturaleza asombrosa y con un clima muy particular y especial lo cual lo hace único.

Aquí algunos consejos de lo primero que se sugiere obtener cuando se viene por primera vez a vivir en este hermoso país. Si se viene a estudiar y/o trabajar se tiene que obtener lo siguiente para estar legalmente en el país:

  • NÚMERO PERSONAL PÚBLICO

El “Personal Public Service Number” (PPS number) es equivalente al número del seguro social en México (IMSS), y se requiere ya sea que vengas a estudiar y/o trabajar. puedes obtener más información en la página de internet que se encuentra a continuación.

https://www.gov.ie/en/service/12e6de-get-a-personal-public-service-pps-number/

  • VISA IRLANDESA

Adicional a esto se requiere obtener la tarjeta “Irish Residence Permit” (IRP), que es el permiso de residencia. Se recomienda hacer la cita en migración por lo menos 2 meses antes de venir a Irlanda ya que las citas se saturan y lo mejor es hacer la cita con mucho tiempo de anticipación. Los requerimientos y proceso lo encuentras en la siguiente página de internet.

http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/inis/Pages/irish-residence-permit

  • NÚMERO DE CELULAR LOCAL 

Otra cosa muy importante es poder tener un número de celular local. La marca “Three” es muy buena, se pagan 20 Euros cada 28 días y tienes internet ilimitado además de que funciona en toda la unión europea, entonces es una súper ventaja para todos los viajeros. 

https://www.three.ie/

  • CUENTA DE BANCO LOCAL 

Existen varios bancos locales, pero si vienes de estudiante el banco más adecuado y barato (porque no cobra comisión) es AIB. De hecho, uno de los requisitos para obtener tu visa irlandesa es poder comprobar que cuentas con 3,000 euros. Por este motivo lo mejor es abrir una cuenta local y transferir el dinero ahí para después comprobarlo en tu cita de la visa y obvio te sirve para poder pagar en la moneda local y no estar convirtiendo de otras divisas y sobre todo evitar pagar comisión si pagas con una tarjeta extranjera. 

https://aib.ie/

  • HOSPEDAJE

El hospedaje en Dublín es de lo más complicado de obtener, OJO no es imposible, sólo es muy caro y tienes que ser súper precavido y firmar todo antes de dar algún depósito. Mucha gente piensa que por ser Europa las estafas no suceden, pero ¡sí pasan! Sólo es tener cuidado y si es posible preguntar a los locales dónde es mejor rentar y que zonas son más baratas y seguras también. Daft es una página de internet en el cual se pueden buscar desde cuartos para compartir hasta casas para comprar también.

https://www.daft.ie/

Lo que más cuesta trabajo la vida en Dublín es el clima, porque de verdad el frio húmedo es muy diferente, además que se pueden tener 4 diferentes climas en un día jaja. El clima literal cambia cada 5 minutos, pero eso es el único reto que puedes encontrar aquí, pero después de un tiempo te acostumbras y ya no se siente el frío, además que la calidad del aire es súper buena!!!! Irlanda es un país conocido por ser muy amigable en comparación con otros países europeos y si es verdad, los irlandeses son muy amigables y buenas personas. Además, que hay mil cosas que hacer aquí, desde ir a un pub diferente cada noche (no por el momento por el Covid) hasta las más espectaculares montañas para escalar y actividades de cualquier tipo. 

Igualmente, hay muchísimos grupos a los que puedes unirte y así hacer más amigos, como meet-up, o grupos en Facebook “Expats in Dublin” y los clásicos “Mexicanos en Dublin”. Todos estos grupos te ayudar a preguntar a los extranjeros que ya llevan más tiempo en Irlanda y que te pueden dar más dirección sobre lo que sea.

Dublin Shopping

North or South of Dublin! Where are the best places to shop in Dublin city?

We got your covered!


Jervis Shopping Center

Jervis Shopping Center – Northside

Located on the North Side of the Liffey in the City centre at the end of Henry Street.

It is a modern shopping center with dozens of well-known outlets.

Jervis Shopping Centre has long established itself as one of Dublin’s most successful and vibrant shopping environments.

Located on Dublin’s busiest shopping street, Mary Street, the Shopping Centre is home to a wide range of stores offering fashion, leisure, technology as well as a growing selection of dining options for visitors to enjoy. Recently the centre has deepened its fashion and beauty credentials by attracting the biggest JD Sports in Ireland and a new Superdrug, it is also home to the biggest New Look in Europe, Topshop, a brand new Stradivarius, Best Menswear, Timberland and VANS; there’s even more reasons for fashion lovers to visit.

Arriving at Jervis Shopping Centre could not be easier – the Jervis Luas stop is right at the entrance and Dublin bus stops and the Dart are within a few minutes’ walk. For those preferring to drive, the Centre’s very modern car park offers 750 car spaces.

Some History..

The centre was built on a 12,000 m2 (3-acre) former hospital site, which was bought in 1994 at a cost of £5.97 million. The centre was built at a cost of £76 million. Most of the facade of the former Hospital has been retained and incorporated into the Shopping Centre. Jervis Shopping Centre opened in 1996 and extends to 37,000 sq.m. The centre was originally anchored by Debenhams, M&S and Tesco, and boasts 750 Car Parking spaces. The property is strategically located on Mary /Henry Street, one of Ireland’s busiest high streets. Since 1996 Jervis Shopping Centre has established itself as Dublin’s most successful and vibrant shopping environment.

Although its main entrance is on Mary Street, the centre is named for Jervis Street Hospital on whose site it was built following the hospital’s closure in the late 1980s. The existing Marks and Spencer store on Mary Street was incorporated into the new centre, with the other anchor tenants being Quinnsworth (now Tesco) and New Look in the unit formerly occupied by Debenhams.


Stephen’s Green Shopping Center – Southside

Located in the heart of the most prestigious shopping and cultural area of Dublin city centre, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre hosts a wide variety of top retailers, including household names like Dunnes Stores, Argos, Boots, Eason, United Colors of Benetton, Mothercare, Elverys, Golden Discs and TK Maxx. Leading home grown retailers, such as Best Menswear, Raidar and Tribe carry all the premium names and brands found in any of the top European shopping destinations. We also cater to those with slightly more eclectic tastes, with stores such as Asha, Cactus, and Retro Nation stocking everything from Goth fashions to quirky gifts. Also a one stop shopping destination for tourists, visitors from overseas can find all kinds of high-end gifts and souvenirs at a variety of Irish craft and gift stores, including, The Donegal Shop, Carroll’s Irish Gifts and Celtic Spirit. For those wishing to take a break from shopping or sightseeing, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre has a huge variety of top quality cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.Where Grafton Street begins!

St. Stephens Green
Shopping Center


Grafton Street

Grafton Street – Southside

Grafton Street (Irish: Sráid Grafton) is one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin city centre, the other being Henry Street. It runs from St Stephen’s Green in the south (at the highest point of the street) to College Green in the north (to the lowest point). In 2008, Grafton Street was the fifth most expensive main shopping street in the world, at €5,621/m²/year, and the thirteenth most expensive main shopping street in the world in 2016 at approx €3,300/m²/year.

Grafton street is best known for it’s live performances, Allie Sherlock can be seen regularly on this street and a once a year pop up christmas Busking event with Glen Hansard/Bono & Hozier is becoming a regular tradition on Christmas Eve.

Shops include Victoria Secret/ Tommy Hilfiger/ Marks & Spencer / Weir & Sons Jewellery store , Disney and the Camera Center


Henry Street – Northside

Henry Street is located on Dublin’s Northside and is one of the two principal shopping streets of Dublin, running from the Spire of Dublin and the General Post Office on O’Connell Street in the east to Liffey Street in the west.

The main department store on Henry st. Is Arnotts. A traditionally Irish Department store in a wonderful historical building. The other main features of Henry Street are Jervis st. shopping center and of course Penny’s [Primark]. Penny’s is originally an Irish company that has since changed it’s location to a UK based company but it’s heritage is deeply rooted from Dublin. The original store can still be seen on O’Connell Street.

Henry Street


Georges Arcade – Southside

South City Markets was Dublin’s first purpose built Victorian Shopping Centre. In 1876 Dublin (South) City Market Company was incorporated with a share capital of two hundred thousand pounds and a loan capital of fifty thousand pounds, for the establishment, maintenance and regulation of a market on the south side of the city of Dublin. A special Act of Parliament was passed, which gave the Company power to acquire the property that was required for construction of the Market and to widen and improve the surrounding streets. Designed by distinguished British architects Lockwood and Mauson, and promoted by wealthy families with extensive property interests in the city, South City Market was formally opened by the Lord Mayor, Sir George Moyers LLD in 1881.

The occasion was marked by a large number of citizens being entertained to luncheon by the Chairman of the market company Mr Joseph Tod Hunter Pim. The absence of invitations to the native Dubliners went down badly with the locals and The Market was not initially popular with ordinary Dubliners, possibly because of the appointment of English architects and builders. In any event, tragedy was to befall South City Market on August 27th 1892 when the massive city fire of that date devastated the whole building. Miraculously no one was killed but the shopkeepers lost their premises and overhead homes, and the stallholders suffered even greater financial loss through their stock not having been insured. Some of the letters from the Stallholders to Management detailing the extent of their stock loss remain to this day. There was a flood of public sympathy for them and a fund for their relief was successfully organised.

The Centre was re-built in the same style, using local labour and craftsmen, and was re-opened on September 13th 1894 and on this occasion all local dignitaries of any standing whatsoever were invited. South City Market or George’s Street Arcade, as it is more commonly known today, has traded continuously since then, with its fortunes oscillating up and down, reflecting the varying economic circumstances of the city down through the years.

George’s Arcade


Powerscourt Townhouse

Powerscourt Townhouse – Southside

Powerscourt Centre is a speciality shopping centre set in an elegant Georgian house centrally located just off Grafton Street.Formally, 59 South William Street was home to Richard Wingfield 3rd Viscount Powerscourt (1730-1788) and his wife Lady Amelia, who bought the Townhouse to entertain guests during Parliament season. Back then, the building was a house for parties, and very much lives up to that reputation nowadays!

The townhouse, designed by Robert Mack, took 3 years to complete at a cost of €80,000 and is the third finest Georgian House in Dublin, with the magnificent Leinster House and Charlemont House leading respectively. The Lord and Lady Powerscourt spared no expense in decorating the house and employed well know artists and craftsmen. In order to dazzle their guests the hallway and landing were decorated in a rococo style and the ceiling in the music room, currently The Town Bride, and in the ballroom, The Powerscourt Gallery, are in a neo classical style.

They were designed by Michael Stapleton. Known in Dublin as the ‘French Earl’ because he had made the Grand Tour and returned home wearing the latest Parisian fashions, starting a trend that continues in the building to this day, Richard died here in 1788 and was laid out in state for two days, with the public being admitted to view him.

Over the years, the Government made expansive alterations to the property.  Francis Johnston, architect of the G.P.O. and St. George’s Church, added three groups of buildings around the courtyard for use as a stamp office.  There are other examples of Johnston’s work nearby on Clarendon Street, with the Clock tower and Bell.

The Powerscourt Centre is a fine example of Dublin’s Georgian architecture; the house is unique in showing the transition from rococo style to neo-classic under one roof.  Meldon, in his ‘Views of Dublin’ (1779) said the house ‘ may be considered in point of consequence of appearance and architectural embellishment, as the third private edifice in Dublin.’ With its historic past the centre’s architecture serves as a magnificent setting for browser’s and shoppers alike. The house has become a regular test for students of architecture.


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Top 5 Free Things to do In Dublin

We all love free stuff! so why not see the city on a budget! Below we list 5 Free places or things you can do in Dublin city whilst on a short trip. A Top tip is that most museums in Dublin are free to visit with a donation only appreciated. They are also closed on Monday’s so bare that in mind. Enough said let’s dive right in!

1. National Archaeology Museum

National Archaeology Museum

The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology (Irish: Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann – Seandálaíocht) is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland located on Kildare Street in Dublin, and dealing with Irish and other antiquities. In general, the museum covers the history of Ireland from the Stone Age to the Late Middle Ages. Many important artefacts from the museum were featured in a book A History of Ireland in 100 Objects.

It features displays on prehistoric Ireland, including Bronze Age work in gold, early medieval church treasures of Celtic art, Viking Ireland and Medieval Ireland. There are special displays of items from Ancient Egypt, Cyprus and the Roman world, and special exhibitions are regularly mounted.

2. Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park (Irish: Páirc an Fhionnuisce) is an urban park in Dublin, Ireland, lying 2–4 km west of the city centre, north of the River Liffey. Its 11 km perimeter wall encloses 707 hectares (1,750 acres); it is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. It includes large areas of grassland and tree-lined avenues, and since the 17th century has been home to a herd of wild fallow deer. The English name comes from the Irish fionn uisce meaning “clear water”. The Irish Government is lobbying UNESCO to have the park designated as a world heritage site.

3. Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library

Described by Lonely Planet as ‘not just the best museum in Ireland but one of the best in Europe’, the Chester Beatty is the pre-eminent Irish museum promoting the appreciation and understanding of world cultures with holdings of manuscripts, rare books, and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. An engaging and welcoming space, visitors from Ireland and overseas will find permanent and temporary displays, an intercultural learning programme and a broad variety of public activities for all ages and backgrounds.

A vibrant National Cultural Institution, the Chester Beatty also reaches out to the culturally diverse communities in Ireland. By drawing upon and interpreting the wonderful collections, the museum actively engages with the newest members of our society.

Once the private library of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875 – 1968), a successful American mining engineer, collector and philanthropist, the Chester Beatty is also today a research library for scholars from all over the world.

4. Free Walking Tours.

Walking Tours

What better way to see the city than with a local Guide and a group of like minded travellers. Make new friends and learn in the process about the wonderful history and culture that Dublin has to offer. Generally these tours last 2.5 hrs and are at a leisurely pace around the city, there are very few hills too so it’s great to get around easily. Top landmarks that most tours do are Dublin Castle, St. Pat’s Cathedral, Christchurch, Daniel O’Connell Statue and a famous but hidden plaque in the city! You’ll just have to do the tours to find out!

We recommend AB Tours Dublin and Dublin School Tours for your walking tour needs, they also do private tours that we can arrange for you just get in touch with us!

Although Technically free it is at your discretion to tip the guide!

5. The National Gallery

National Gallery

Grand collection of European art spanning the 14th to the 20th-century covering all major schools. Their mission is to care for, interpret, develop and showcase art in a way that makes the National Gallery of Ireland an exciting place to encounter art. They aim to provide an outstanding experience that inspires an interest in and an appreciation of art for all. They are dedicated to bringing people and their art together.

Explore the wonders of the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection, and take a leisurely stroll around their beautiful galleries from the comfort of your own home in their virtual tours.

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HopeBrewery

Hope Brewery & Tour

Hope Brewery is one of Dublin’s newest and premium Craft Beer Breweries located close to Howth Junction Dart Station. A German style state of the art brewhouse is independently owned and run by a group of old school friends with a passion for beer and Business

They offer various different styles of beer from Celebration stouts to Hoppy Lagers. They also offer highly recommended Brewery tours for those of you that wish to get more in depth on how a brewery is run and how to make beer! This very personal tour showcases their finest beer selection and a run through of the brewing process from mill to mash to brew to fermenting and onto packaging. Well worth a visit for and budding beer enthusiast. You won’t find a finer Brewhouse in Dublin!

Each Beer comes with it’s own unique stories some of which are listed below:

DIRECTION TO HOPE BEER BREWERY

From Connolly Station/Tara Street or Pearse in the city center Take the Dart [North] towards Howth or Malahide, for about 25 minutes (6 stops) €2.60
to Howth Junction

Walk for 6 mins take the Kilbarrack Exit. You will see the HOpe Beer logo on the Brewery to your right

The tour takes place in our brand-new brewery with a 20 l Brewhouse, 6 Fermentation Vessels and a Bright Beer Tank. The brewing kit is supported with ancillary equipment like the Water Purification Plant, Glycol unit, Grain mill, etc. All aspects of the brewing process will be covered on the tour and a member of the brewing team will be on hand to answer your questions. This part of the tour will take 25 mins approx.

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Hope Beers

HOPE HOP-ON SESSION IPA

A Juicy Hazy Tropical Session IPA , with a name based on the story of Two young bucks who hopped on the DART [Train] one day and somehow ended up in New York City with not a penny between them!

Session Beers come from the fun fact that brewery workers were entitled to 2 Beers per day, i.e going on a ‘Session’ . Generally lower in alcohol content to avoid timely work accidents!. Should they bring back this rule…we possibly think so!

An easy drinking session IPA that balances malty sweetness and body with fruity hop flavours and
aromas.

INGREDIENTS:
Water,
Malts: Weiner, Oatflakes, Acidulated
Hops: Citra, El Dorado, Azacca
Yeast: Amreican Ale.
EBU=20, EBC=10, ABV=4.3%

HOPE HANDSOME JACK IPA

An intense and citrussy double dry hopped IPA!

A take no prisoner ale that’s American and Japanese hopped, he’s well-mannered but dangerous!

INGREDIENTS:
Water, Dextrose
Malts: Magnum, Centennial, Sorachi Ace, Simcoe, Citra
Yeasts: American Ale

EBC=14 EBU=49

THE STORY OF JACK THE BACHELOR
Jack Criss, the 17th century Irish pirate, was tall and handsome with blonde hair and eyes green as the sea. He set sail from Ireland, plundering his way to Spain and Italy. He didn’t die in battle but was stabbed to death in a Naples hotel. Probably by one of his four wives. Some bachelor!
Here’s to Jack!

HOPE GRUNT

CITRUSY WHEAT BEER
A bone-dry, citrusy and spicy ale inspired by Walloon farmhouse brewers. A light aperitif or accompaniment to starters.

Ingredients:
Water.

Hops: Cascade, Citra

Spices: Juniper, Lemongrass & Bergamot.

Malts: Pale Ale, Wheat, Acidulated.

Yeasts: Belgian Ale

EBU=21

THE STORY OF PIG ON THE MAST
If a Howth fisherman didn’t fancy going to sea after a heavy nights drinking he would tie a pig to the ships mast. With its devil-like cloven feet, the sheer mention of the word pig was thought to bring forth gales and storms. Only a brave captain would set sail, unless he fancied a rasher sandwich!

Grunt if you dare!

HOPE PASS IF YOU CAN

BLONDE BEER
A malty, slightly fruity ale with a with a subtle hop kick. A great all rounder that combines well with main dishes and desserts.

Ingredients:
Water.

Hops: Magnum, Mosaic, Citra,

Yeast: US-05

Malts: Pale Ale, CaraHell, Munich, Acidulated.

EBV=22

EBC=14

4.6% ABV

THE STORY OF THE HIGHWAYMAN
Michael Collier, notorious 19th century highwayman, was North County Dublin’s answer to Robin Hood. He was so successful that his townland was dubbed Passifyoucan. Finally arrested in 1807 in his favourite haunt The Cock, he was deported and returned home only to die of cholera! Still, the name remains.

Drink up if you can!

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DUBLIN SCHOOL TOURS​ 

DUBLIN SCHOOL TOURS​ was started in 2019 by a group of long term colleagues working in Dublin City.

The aim of Dublin School Tours is to take students both national and international, out of the classroom and into Ireland’s capital city in order to experience the history and art of Dublin first hand.

Their service offers a wide range of Tours that cover a wide range of subjects including History, Art and Literature. Their tours have been designed in order to compliment the current Irish curriculum and are always open to catering to bespoke tours of the city.

Dublin History Tour

Duration: 2hrs 

From the Viking foundations to the Easter Rising, see how the city of Dublin developed into the modern city that we live in today.

Beginning at Dublin Castle we will explore the Viking foundations of the city as well as the arrival of the Normans in 1169. Discover how Dublin got its name in the Castle Gardens, before reaching the heart of  medieval Dublin at Christchurch Cathedral.

Hear the tales of  the city’s most beloved street characters, from Arthur Fields to Bang Bang.

The tour will finish at the General Post Office with the events of Easter 1916 and the proclamation of the Irish Proclamation.

Dublin Sculpture Tour

Duration: 2hrs 

Discover the history of Dublin’s most prominent public sculptures from Molly Malone to Daniel O’Connell, Jim Larkin to Nelsons Column. 

Learn how many bullets Daniel O’Connell took during the 1916 Rising, the fascinating story behind Pat Noise and read the final words of Michael Joseph O’Rahilly. 

This two hour tour will focus on the themes of Rebellion, Remembrance and Reconciliation. In this we will discuss the works of John Henry Foley, Oisin Kelly and John and Edward Smyth, to name just a few.

This tour is ideal for Art History students or TY.

1916 Easter Rising Tour

Duration: 2hrs 

Walk in the footstep of Ireland’s revolutionary heroes.

This tour will include Liberty Hall, the headquarters of the Irish Citizens Army and the building from which The Proclamation of the Irish Republic was produced.

Continuing down Abbey Street, we will begin the march on the GPO, the epicentre of the Easter Rising. From the GPO, we will follow the route of the rebels as they made their retreat down Moore Street and visit the site where the rebellion would and with Pearse offering his surrender to General Lowe.

The tour will finish at the Garden of Remembrance, where many of the rebels were brought following their surrender and now a peaceful garden dedicated to the men and women of Ireland’s struggle for Independence.

This tour would suit all year groups and give insight into the Irish revolutionary period.

Bespoke Tours

From Irish Folklore to the women of the Irish Revolution, Vikings to Irish Design, send us your ideas. If there is a particular aspect about Dublin’s history or Culture you would like you would like to see on a walking tour feel free to send us a message and make a request.

In the past our guides have catered for tours covering Literary History, Irish Folklore, National Museums, Glasnevin Cemetery and the Liberties to name just a few.

Any and all ideas welcome.

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Part 1: Dublin in 1913 By the early 20th century, the city of Dublin had gone through major decline. Once the opulent home of the Irish Parliament, early 20th century Dublin had become a slum, with the inner city being filled with poverty and tenement housing. The 1911 Census for instance records that on Henrietta Street alone, there were 835 people living in just 15 houses. Across the city 26,000 families lived in tenements with 20,000 of them living in just one room accommodation and rates of Cholera, TB and infant mortality were among the highest in Europe. In contrast, the 19th century had seen the rise of a Catholic middle class, which would increasingly become involved in Irish political life. Better transport such as Dublin’s tram system, would see the movement of the wealthier population out of the city centre towards the suburbs. Many within this class were the owners and landlords of the housing that had become synonymous with the inner city slums. While the city did employ many workers in factories such as Jacob’s Biscuits or Guinness, manufacturing in Dublin had actually declined from 33% in 1841 to 20% in 1911. Indeed one of the most common job descriptions on the 1911 census is ‘casual labourer’. This often meant that many unskilled workers took jobs when and where they could. Culturally, Ireland was experiencing a revival in its own national identity with movements such as the Gaelic League and the GAA popular among all classes. Likewise, theatre was popular among a variety of social classes, with the Abbey at the centre of the Irish theatre movement. Politically, while the more radical Sinn Féin party had been founded in 1905, Home Rule would remain the dominant political force for Irish nationalists. By 1913, The Home Rule Crisis would dominate Ireland's political landscape. With the arming of Ulster unionists in January of 1913, tension within the nationalist population would continue to grow. It was this Dublin, which formed the backdrop for the Lockout of 1913.

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The Virgin Mary – A SOBAR in Dublin

The Virgin Mary or ‘TVM’ is one of Dublin’s most unique Bars, in this Cosy Bar located on Capel St., [Sraid Capaill or ‘Horse street’ in Irish] which was once upon a time formerly Dublin’s main street, they serve up Non-Alcoholic or low alcohol Delicious Beers and Delicious Cocktails. If you are searching for somewhere where you can experience Ireland’s unique bar atmosphere but without the next day side effects then look no further! Check out their online shop too where you can buy their Non-alcoholic Selection of Beers & Cocktails delivered to your door!

Here are a few words from Sarah one of the Owners of the unique Bar itself:

The Virgin Mary Dublin, which opened its doors in May 2019, is here to offer everyone the kind of great night out that our city is famous for, but with one unique difference… alcohol is off the list!

We’ve created a space in the heart of bustling Capel Street, where people can socialise on a more conscious level and experience a connection that speaks to their lifestyle and wellbeing needs.

TVM has since become the go-to venue for revellers who’re keen to enjoy the complex combination of flavours in an expertly crafted alcohol-free cocktail.

At the helm of the Dublin bar is Anna Walsh, who honed her craft at prestigious bars in both Cork and Dublin and represented Ireland many times at international cocktail events. Our drinks are matched only by the refreshing, one of a kind atmosphere that’s got people all over the world talking!

We are of course named after the world’s most famous alcohol-free cocktail – The Virgin Mary, and its reputation as a pick-me-up has inspired us to create a host of mind-bending drinks to restore, revive, excite and surprise. Our drinks philosophy is simple, our completely original cocktails embody the TVM signature style that is clean, complex and exceptionally balanced. All of our drinks are multi-layered, aromatic and created to stimulate your social appetite. Our entire range of beers, wines and cocktails are 0.5% ABV (the same as a ripe banana) or below.

Unfortunately in light of recent world events, we found ourselves in the position of having to close our doors and switch temporarily to operating an online shop. Our goal was simple, home deliver the best selection of alcohol-free products to people across Ireland in our own inimitable style. We will continue to do this until its possible for us to welcome everyone safely through our doors once again, and we’ll also be keeping our shop going due to its popularity. We’ve created some really interesting drinks kits for people at all stages of their alcohol-free journey.

But we aren’t just bringing our drinks to the people of Ireland. TVM is at the forefront of a socialising revolution having also established the world’s first alcohol-free bar group dedicated to inspiring people to ‘drink different’. The concept for an entirely alcohol-free bar was first conceived by Vaughan Yates, who is the Founder and Creative Director of 1751, known for its prowess in the drinks industry. It quickly became a family affair when sisters Nicola and Sarah Connolly joined forces with Vaughan to establish TVM Global Bar Group. The team is thrilled to be launching its first franchise in the UAE in early 2020.

So here’s to the blending of ingredients and of minds, and to a place where alcohol-free doesn’t have to mean pleasure free!

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Dublin’s Best Coffee Shops

We all love our daily dose of Caffeine to kick start our day, or even evening depending on your dispostition. Here we list some of Dublin’s best Coffee fixes and cosy/unique places to enjoy a hot brew whilst in the City.

– Mind the Step Cafe – Strand St. Great – D1

Not only is this a fine coffee shop, but it is also home for some of Dublin’s Dance studios. In here you can find a friendly welcome from Sean and Marta, both of which make you feel right at home. The window seat is the best place to sit and watch the world go by. They have a nice selection of 3fe coffee and their minimalist approach makes it the ideal place to go and do some work or focus for a few hours. All the while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and coffee. The most unique aspect about this coffee shop is that they are open late in the evening, so if you prefer to chat and socialise in a non-bar environment in Dublin, this is your go to place. Check out their offerings of Bespoke Dance /Yoga Classes on the wall . The City center location is also right beside the millenium walk, Jervis st. Luas and the Temple Bar area.

Toasties Menu

Ham & Cheese

€6

Margherita

€6

 

Soup of the Day

€5.50
 

Avocado on Toast
€4

Joined through dancing and coffee, Marta and Seán grew this dream together of creating a home for both.
Mind the Step has a cafe on the ground floor and two Dance Studios in the mezzanine and the basement.

In the Cafe they sell and serve 3fe coffee as well as a small selection of single origin coffees that we also serve in our pour-over V60. Plus a variety of teas, ice coffee, hot chocolate, etc.To go with that, Mind the Step has pastries from the most wonderful local bakers.

Fumbally Cafe – Fumbally Lane – D8

This bohemian style Coffee shop and Community Market is well worth a visit. It’s coolness vibe is off the charts, and the food is all organic. Great for Vegetarians and Vegans alike. It is a Community cafe serving an eclectic menu of health conscious dishes and locally roasted coffee.

OPEN HOURS

Wednesday – Friday 10 – 6

Saturday 10 – 3

They are currently offering Take away and Delivery with an in house Shop/Market fresh organic produce from local farm suppliers as well as organic fruit & veg from further afield. Wholefoods, fermented foods, cheeses, olives, fresh baked sourdough bread and strong white flour (bake your own), natural wines, and all the basics like milk, butter, eggs etc.

Address:

8 Fumbally Lane

Dublin 1

Tel:  (01) 5298732

e-mail: hello@thefumbally.ie

Laine , My Love. – Talbot St. – D1

A Cosy Corner style Cafe, located under the railroad Tracks near Connolly station. Laine, my love has a great food menu also for lunches. They are convenientaly located next to Dublin’s Transport Hub for Busaras and Connolly Train station, for those on the run to catch a train of Bus to other parts of Ireland. They are also close to Molloy’s Dublin 360 Apartment’s. A typical Menu can be found here. Roasted Brown is their coffee Brew of choice and is delightfully smooth on the mouth.

OPEN HOURS

Monday– Friday 7:30am – 3pm

They are currently offering Take away service with some sit down options also.

Kaph – Drury St. – D2

Another cool Coffee house located in South Dublin, close to St. Georges Arcade on Drury St. Kaph is an independent contemporary coffee shop with specialty gourmet cakes and seating over 2 floors. They are Caffeinating Drury street and beyond. Drury st. is a designated Creative quarter of Dublin, and this little coffee shop has been open since 2013 . Their walls are adorned with adoring postcards from Customers from all over the world. There is usually a queue outside the door so that’s always a great sign and they have a nice outdoor window seat that you can sit, chat and mingle with the locals. It’s Very hipster but what coffee shop isn’t these days!

OPEN HOURS

Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat: 8:30am-6pm
Sun: 11am-6pm

In November 2017, they were able to switch to completely compostable takeaway cups, which they still proudly use today (just different artwork). Following from that, they were determined to rid themselves of single-use plastic and go either recyclable, but preferably compostable. They also have a great online store for all your custom coffee & Tea Blended , Matche Latte needs. From filters, to aerators to speciality blends of Tea and coffee.

They are currently offering Take away service with some sit down options outside also.

AB Tours Dublin

Get to know the intimate history and stories of Ireland’s capital on this walking tour with local historian Alan Byrne

About This Event

Have you ever wished to get to know more about Ireland’s capital city, its history, people, buildings, statues and stories? Looking for a safe outdoor activity to enjoy during Covid restrictions? What better time than join me on an afternoon stroll around Dublin? On the tour you’ll see how Dublin was founded by the Vikings a little earlier than you may realise, see how the Norman conquest reshaped the city, learn why we have two main cathedrals right beside each other, hear the stories of the Hell district of the 18th century (including a serial killer or two), discover the hidden stories in the architecture and place names of the city and get a new appreciation of the things we take for granted in our home town. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, wheelchair friendly. Limited numbers and social distancing will apply. (This tour is designed for residents of Dublin who have a basic familiarity with the city and life in Ireland, but all are welcome. Guests visiting from overseas must provide proof of 14 day quarantine.)

A Note from Alan: My name is Alan Byrne. I qualified with a Masters in modern history from UCD in 2017. In the time since, I have been working as a tour guide both in Dublin and nationally, as well as working as a research assistant on an upcoming biography of Charles Haughey. In 2020 I qualified with a National Tour Guiding Badge from Failte Ireland.

Meeting Location

Barnardo Square

Dame Street

Dublin 2

Gaa Sam Maguire

All Thing’s Gaelic- Irish Sports!

Ireland has 4 very old and traditional sports that are played every year for the love and passion of the game! There are two main sports Namely Gaelic Football and Hurling, these are closely followed by Camogie and Handball. These games are prehistoric in nature and can be traced back to nearly 3’000 years ago! Trying to describe Gaelic and Hurling doesn’t really do it justice but I will try my best. The best thing to do is look up some youTube videos of these epic ancient games and you will see how skillful and rough these games are. Gaelic football is akin to soccer except that it is monumentally older than soccer and that the ball itself weighs nearly twice that of a soccer ball. The rules are simple. Score a goal it equates to 3 points, put the ball over the bar and this counts as 1 point. The main difference between Gaelic and soccer is that the use of the hands is permitted. Players may punch , hand pass the ball. Also the number of players per team is 15 per side. The player must, while running with the ball, either solo the ball (kick the ball into one’s hands) or bounce the ball, like  a basketball for every 3 steps taken.Try this at blistering speed and you will see just how difficult this is. Hurling on the other hand consists of 15 grown men basically beating each other up with sticks made of Ash with a metal band on the end…while passing at high ‘ferocious’ speed what is pretty much a rock (sliotar) this is a round ball the size and weight of  baseball.In the olden times no protection or helmets were used. Nowadays they all wear helmets, but it is still one of the fastest fieldsports in the world and is very much worth a look if you get time. 

(Hurley and Sliotar)

The best time to enjoy these fast paced games is during the summer months, where all 32 counties in Ireland compete for the All-Ireland championship in Croke park.They all fight for the right to lift the famous Sam Maguire Cup for football (see below ) and the Liam McCarthy trophy for Hurling. If you have a chance it is well worth going to see one of the games played in Croke park stadium. You will be amazed at how skillful these players are and knowing that they only do it on an unpaid amateur basis is spectacular. They are anything but amateur…only in name! They all do it for the love of the game and the passion and pride for each player is evident to see. It’s a must see in your lifetime given the chance!

Check out www.gaa.ie for more info on fixtures and ticket information.

Gaa Sam Maguire

(Happy as larry with The Sam Maguire All-Ireland Trophy) : Image by Shane Tighe from Pixabay

 If you are the adventurous type also, you may even try your hand at the beautiful game of Gaelic football.

There is a gaelic football experience right here in Dublin , where you can learn the rules and actually try your hand at scoring a few points or goal’s for yourself. This is a great day out for the individual traveller and also for a group of sport minded people!

You can take the Number 9 bus to Na Fianna football ground located in Glasnevin.

check out there for bookings and info website http://www.experiencegaelicgames.com/

If you wish to visit Croke park the Gaelic Games stadium & Museum you can do a tour Here!

Croke Park Stadium is Ireland’s largest and most iconic sporting arena and home of Ireland’s National games and Europe’s third largest Stadium. Located in Dublin’s North city centre it offers a tour and museum visit that is designed to showcase the history, culture and traditions surrounding Gaelic games.

Here are some Videos  that should get your appetite watered 

Gaelic : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEAbWrdB9XU

Hurling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmzivRetelE

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