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Twenty per cent.



Kitty Holland, in the Irish Times, reports:

“The figures have risen steadily since 2009, to 70 in 2010, 87 in 2011 and 87 in winter 2012 (when one area was not counted). The figures for winter 2007 and 2008 were 104 and 101 respectively.”

“The largest proportion whose age could be confirmed – 40 in total – were aged between 31 and 40 years of age; 36 were aged between 18 and 30; 17 were aged 41 to 50; 10 were between the ages of 51 and 60; three were over 61 years; and 62 people were unknown.”

Numbers sleeping rough in Dublin highest since records began (Kitty Holland, Irish Times)

Previously: While You Were Sleeping

Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland


Nobody wants a Raleigh anymore.

They want your Giant Defying Treks.

Dublin Cycling writes:

Bike theft is a big and growing problem in Dublin. While only 4,500 bikes were reported stolen in Dublin in 2013 we know there is a big under-reporting problem and we estimate that the real figure was around 20,000. The information you will provide in this survey [link below] will be invaluable in helping us design a plan, in conjunction with the Gardai, City Council, City Planners& Bike trade, to tackle the problem

Dublin Cycling Survey

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Marsh’s Library in St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8

Christa Thompson writes:

Just past the medieval graveyard at St.Patrick’s Cathedral stands a Gothic stone archway and hinged door marking the path of stairs to Marsh’s Library, the first public library in Ireland. As I opened the door to its gallery I was immediately transported back three hundred years. My eyes scanned the thick and dramatic oak shelves. The spines of antique books so textured with age seemed like something from a Harry Potter Movie as if it were only possible they existed had someone imagined them. There was something about this place that made me want to stay. Perhaps this is what kept Bram Stoker, reading books of travel and death. Records of his readings are kept in a ledger where I saw the hand scrawls of the likes of Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker and James Joyce.

Most every Dublin tourist knows of the famed Long Library at Trinity College, but few know of Marsh’s Library. In comparison, Marsh’s Library is merely a closet, but don’t let this fool you, it remains unchanged since its founding in 1638. It is home to 25,000 rare and extraordinary books with permanent residence on its original oak shelves.

The Dark Side of Dublin: the Haunting of Marsh’s Library (Fairytale Traveler)

Pic: Celtic Group Hostels


The city is finding a new way to exist — neither ostentatious with wealth nor bowed down under debt. A hugely popular bike share program has replaced the “beamers,” craft beer is gaining precedence over elaborate cocktails, and Dublin restaurants are undergoing a creative renaissance that prioritizes imagination and Irish ingredients over heavily stylized and overpriced dishes.


36 Hours In Dublin (New York Times)



Outside and in, at the G.P.O. Dublin this evening as members of the Cabinet try to announce plans for the 1916 commemoration.

Pesky dissidents Peaceful protesters.

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Shauna Watson writes:

We recently published a video portraying some of the best areas in Dublin in an effort to promote the beauty of the city. The video has been reviewed as “heart-warming” and “uplifting” and reminds people both at home and abroad of the carefree nature of the Irish and wonders of our capital. We are very proud of both Dublin and of this video showcasing many beautiful scenes and sights of the city and feel that it should be shared with the Irish and our international friends.