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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C


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'Caught all the soldiers unaware in the tea room': the troubled history of the Phoenix Park's Magazine Fort
We toured what was once a British ammunitions store, and which since the 1980s has fallen into disrepair.
# off the rails
Out-of-order lifts and communication breakdowns: Why taking the DART can be a hugely frustrating experience for wheelchair users
Recent issues with lifts not working have left many wheelchair users unable to access certain stations.
# omgwaca
'I really hope this becomes an annual thing': Aislings queue up at Eason to mark Aisling Day
Book three in the Oh My God What A Complete Aisling series came out today.
Five ways to secure a better financial future
Time to take a look at your personal finances and set yourself up for the future.
# Sail Away
'We've learnt a lot and lived so much': We talked to the crew of Mexican Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc
One of the world’s tallest ships is currently 5 months into its voyage with Dublin the second last stop.
# Banned
Four new staff to be employed by Dublin council to enforce new sandwich board rules
If a premises is found to be using a sandwich board without a licence then the board can be removed by the council.
# Giving thanks
'It makes you feel proud': More than 1,500 frontline workers to march in National Services Day parade
National Services Day, which honours emergency workers, will take place on 7 Sept.
# bright side of life
Being optimistic can help you live longer, a new study finds
The research suggests that having a positive attitude could keep you living to 85 and beyond.
# major revamp
'Ní fheicimid a leithéid arís ann': After 127 years of (very) early starts Dublin's Fruit & Vegetable Market closed its doors today
The market off Capel Street is set to be redeveloped as a commercial and retail space.
QUIZ: Try and score top marks in this quiz from the National Dairy Council
Test your knowledge of how Irish farmers are working to protect our water.
# Howth
'It benefits ourselves and the environment': Seabin that collects plastic waste is launched in Howth Harbour
The initiative was started by local Rowan Byrne and saw a crowdfunding effort to make it happen.
# 7 deadly reads
Sitdown Sunday: One photographer's reflection on Woodstock '69
Settle back in a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads.
# two sides to a story
Dublin's sandwich board wars: A council 'money grab' or a step in the right direction?
The council will begin enforcement from the start of next month. Business owners aren’t happy.
# Cinema
Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend?
What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you.
# Dollymount Strand
'It's always been a constant battle for us': How a beach wheelchair scheme is creating joy for this 12-year-old
Grace has a rare genetic disorder but thanks to the scheme can spend more time by the seaside.
# chester beatty
'If we've done our job well you shouldn't know we've done anything at all': Preserving books that are thousands of years old
We visited the labs of the Chester Beatty Library where they work on preparing items for display.
# hawkins street
How the beloved Metro Burger Sign was saved from the rubbish tip and found a new home
We spoke to Emma Clarke from Dublin Ghost Signs who collaborated on saving the decades-old sign.
# volunteering
'The kid who's helping others, is not the kid who's terrorising their neighbour'
Should it be compulsory for young people to volunteer for a year? There are pros and cons.
# final resting place
'Crusader' head restored as St Michan's Church reopens its crypt to the public
The head was stolen in February but later recovered by gardaí after an investigation.
# Science Gallery
'You're letting a robot tell you how attractive you are': This exhibition questions the meaning of perfection
The new exhibition looks at the future of personal perfection through science and technology.
# International year of the salmon
For every hundred salmon that go out to sea, 95 don't come back - the state of wild salmon in Ireland
We spoke to Dr Ciaran Byrne from Inland Fisheries Ireland about the worrying decline in wild salmon numbers.
# unsolved mystery
A search is under way for a century-old 'solidarity' book sent from Poland's children to Ireland
The book was a thank you gift after Ireland sent its own version in response to the Września children’s strike of 1901.
# Future of Housing
What the future of community living could look like in Limerick City's Georgian neighbourhood
We spoke to Architect Rosie Webb at the CoHousing Here event in Dublin about alternative housing models.
# St Audeon's Park
'It's taken 103 years': Children killed in the 1916 Rising remembered with commemorative garden
The garden was open today in St Audeon’s Park in Dublin to honour the 40 children killed during the Rising.
# Treasures of the Oireachtas
'The trove of documents belong to the Irish people': Maps, cartoons and periodicals from the past 300 years now available online
Members of the public will be able to explore the over 10,000 historical documents online.
# Climate emergency
Extinction Rebellion stage 'bloody' (but green-friendly) protest outside the Dáil
The protest was timed to support the Climate Emergency Measures Bill.
# Behind the wall
The writer behind Cold War spy series Deutschland '83 on why it's important never to forget your history
Anna Winger spoke to ahead of her appearance at the Dalkey Book Festival.
# cramped
'It's 5 ft 6 so I could lie exactly width-wise in it': This art student has created a replica of her student flat
Students from NCAD are using their creative skills to tackle social issues at a summer showcase.
# pottering around
From an electricity-generating toilet to a whiskey barrel hot tub: Here are our 6 favourite gardens at Bloom
Bloom Festival has 22 show gardens on display and will run until the end of the Bank Holiday weekend.
# bloom festival
'This will shock people': The underwater garden with a warning about plastics in our oceans
The garden is on show at Bloom Festival, which runs from 30 May to 3 June.
James Corden announces one-off Gavin and Stacey Christmas special
The BBC sitcom centres on the long distance relationship between a Englishman and a Welsh woman and last aired in 2010.
# Button Factory
Our night at Bounce - the club night for people with intellectual disabilities
Originally from Galway, the club night was in Dublin as part of the Dublin Dance Festival.
'We're asking for state agencies and bodies to engage with us now': Concerns about commitments to the Irish Sign Language Act
We spoke to Deaf Communtiy representatives at an event at Leinster House about their concerns for the 2020 deadline.
# local elections 2019
Why are fewer Polish nationals running in this year's local elections than in 2014 and 2009?
Forum Polonia – a Polish-led group that brings together community organisations in Ireland – is hoping to change this.
# on the doorsteps
There are around 50 'new Irish' running for council seats. We hit the trail with three of them in Dublin
Candidates with backgrounds in countries as far afield as Mauritius and India are running.
# sunday protest
South Dublin locals have been tying ribbons to trees in protest at the BusConnects plan
Locals say some of the trees are over 120 years old. A protest walk is planned for tomorrow.
# AI
Meet Stevie II - Ireland's first AI robot designed to help care for older people
The technology behind the new robot has been tested with Irish seniors, and was unveiled to the media today.
# Biodiversity
'We should not let them go extinct': A conservation officer at the Botanic Gardens on how we can help save the planet
Following a UN report and Ireland’s declaration of a climate emergency, why is biodiversity crucial to the survival of our planet?
# Spoiler Alert
People have been tearing their hair out over spoilers in recent weeks... but why?
How has the fear of spoilers changed the way productions are made and how we view them?
# Sponsor a slate
Dublin landmark Saint Patrick's Cathedral is embarking on its biggest building project in 150 years
The iconic building – which is over 700 years old – needs its entire roof replaced.
# Dublin City Council
Dublin carriage drivers say they're 'in limbo' and want Shane Ross's help with licence debacle
Since 2018 Dublin City Council no longer issue carriage drivers licences, which drivers say could lead to unlicensed operators and concerns for animal welfare.
# Under Threat
Artists say they're losing their studios and spaces as commercial development surges in Dublin
They worry that rising rental prices will force cultural creative spaces to close.