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Shopping in Dublin and Ireland

Discover Dublin’s deadbeats, dossers and decent skins

Find out about the scandalous and fantastic lives of infamous criminals and other leading Dublin personalities from times past, in Hidden Dublin – Deadbeats, Dossers and Decent Skins by Frank Hopkins.

The author of Rare Old Dublin has produced a great collection of true stories from the murkier regions of Ireland’s capital.

Criminal incidents, accidents, whippings, beatings, jail escapes and hangings were all a regular feature of life in Dublin in the 18th and 19th centuries. In this gripping new collection of true stories, Hopkins creates a vivid picture of violent crime in Dublin’s past. He describes the poverty, soup kitchens, food riots, street beggars and workhouses that were part of life in the capital.

He also introduces us to the weird, wonderful, and often downright strange customs and pastimes of Dubliners stretching back to the Middle Ages. These included the ‘bearing of balls’ annual parade by the city’s bachelors and the ritual humiliation of would-be bridegrooms at the bullring – not so different from today’s stag nights!

Frank Hopkins grew up in Ringsend and now lives with his family in Rathfarnham. He contributes a twice-weekly piece on Dublin history and characters to the Evening Herald and is also the author of Rare Old Dublin, published in 2002.

Hidden Dublin is published in hardback for €20.

Summer in Dublin

Dublin has a lot to offer throughout the year, and summer probably has more than its fair share of events to entertain visitors and locals.

There is fun for all the family at the various Activity Days. Throughout July, venues around Dublin will be hosting a selection of live music, circus workshops, puppet and magic shows, face painters and bouncy castles.

Each activity day starts at 3 pm and they will be on at:

1st of July at Bunting Road
8th of July at Fairview Park
22nd of July John Paul Park
29th of July Johnstown Park

And that’s not all. There is a great range of concerts throughout the summer. The Lunchtime Concerts series is on at 1 pm – 2 pm and features:

The Army Band – 4th July – Merrion Square
The Garda Band – 10th July – Herbert Park
Mary McEvoy & Friends – 11th July – Civic Offices
Avondale – 18th July – Wolfe Tone Park
The Niall Toner Band – 25th July – Civic Offices
Crofton Folk Band – 1st August – Herbert Park

If you have the energy for shopping after all that, you should see the Smithfield Summer Market. Opening in August 3rd, this is the biggest open air market Dublin has ever seen.

As well as stalls selling something for everyone, the Smithfield Market hosts street entertainment and kids’ activities. There is also a picnic area so you can relax.

The Smithfield Summer Market is open every Friday and Saturday until September 1st.

If you want a taste of the exotic, the Eurocultured Festival is sure to satisfy you.

This free festival features the best in European art, dance, music, performance and cuisine at Smithfield Plaza on Saturday August 18th.

Over 150 top performers from across Europe will be coming to Ireland for the Eurocultured Festival. Expect to see street art, flamenco dancing, DJs, live music, workshops and much more.

The summer in Dublin is always filled with activities, and there is a lot more to do in 2007 as well as the options here.


The Dublin Woollen Mills is a landmark surrounded by other landmarks. The Halfpenny Bridge, a quintessential symbol of Dublin, is adjacent to the shop.

Just outside the Dublin Woollen Mill is the statue which has become known as “The Hags With The Bags”, thanks to the Dublin trait of gentle and affectionate slagging of public art.

“The Hags With The Bags” shows two shoppers, resting after their session of retail therapy. The statue is now as much a part of the local scenery as the Dublin Woollen Mills.

The Dublin Woollen Mills has been in the ownership of the Roche family for 118 years, covering four generations. The current manager, Valerie Roche, takes pride in the fact that the business has remained uniquely Irish for so long.

Dubliners and tourists frequent the Dublin Woollen Mills seeking the highest quality tweed, fabrics, knitwear and haberdashery. Larger customers include businesses in the dress-making industry.

The Dublin Woollen Mills has survived many economic changes over the past century, and seen some new landmarks appear in Dublin.

It is sure to see a lot more in the future.

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Blanchardstown Centre

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Blanchardstown Centre is the core of shopping in Ireland. The centre is acknowledged as the highest growth region in terms of commercial and residential and industrial projects. Besides offering its facilities for shopping, the centre also hosts a medical complex, an entertainment centre and a library. Check out what more Blanchardstown Centre offers to entice the valued customers.