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World Cafe visited Dublin in April 2011. The city was the first stop in our new quarterly series called Sense of Place, made possible by a grant from The Wyncote Foundation. With this feature we hope to give you an idea of the past and present of the local music scene and some pointers for musicians or music-lovers planning a visit. Our main tour guide in Dublin was Glen Hansard, the Academy Award–winning songwriter and actor from the film Once and the leader of Irish group The Frames. And we were also joined by Niall Stokes, editor of Hot Press, a biweekly music magazine that is the Irish equivalent of Rolling Stone, and Conor O’Brien of the up and coming Irish band Villagers. Hope you enjoy this virtual tour of a vibrant musical city! All videos for sense of place were filmed by Bob G Media.

Sense of Place series made possible by a grant from
The Wyncote Foundation

Local Guides


Aside from its interesting pubs, good music, gorgeous scenery and fascinating history, the best part of any visit to Ireland is always the people you meet there, those that bring the local experience to your journey. A big thanks to these folks who helped us tour Dublin.

  • Glen Hansard

    Head of the Irish rock standard The Frames...One half of folk rock duo The Swell Season...Academy Award Winner for the movie, Once... Glen's skills both as a Dubliner, a former busker, and a musician served us well, as he escorted David and guests around Ireland. See them in this video as they walk the streets of Dublin together.

  • Niall Stokes of Hot Press magazine

    As a music journalism staple in Ireland, Niall Stokes has been at the helm of Hot Press since he founded it in 1977. Known the world over as a platform for the best of Irish music, Hot Press has won awards and an audience for its in-depth insight into music production, its impressive photojournalism, and the editorial skills of Stokes himself. Check out the Workman's Club, recommended by Niall.
  • Villagers Conor O’Brien


    A lot has happened for Villagers' Conor O'Brien since he released his debut record in May last year. Becoming a Jackal landed on several "Best of" lists for 2010, was nominated for the Mercury Prize and topped the charts in his home country of Ireland. Not bad, considering that O'Brien played virtually everything on the record and did the album artwork by himself. Listen to the live concert performance recorded at Gravity Bar at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
  • Foye Johnson, Bell X-1’s Manager

    Watch Bell X1 live performance from the Gravity Bar. Thanks to Foye Johnson for his help in Dublin.

Sense of Place series made possible by a grant from
The Wyncote Foundation

Media


Videos for Sense of Place by Bob G Media



Photo Gallery - Photos by Bob G Media

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Sense of Place series made possible by a grant from
The Wyncote Foundation

Restaurants, Bars and Clubs


RESTAURANTS

BARS & CLUBS

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BARS & CLUBS - Contemporary Music

BARS & CLUBS - Traditional Music

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Sense of Place series made possible by a grant from
The Wyncote Foundation

Other Places


Places of Interest

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Outside the City

  • Sandymount Strand
    Site: Yelp
    Map: South side of Dublin Bay
    Description: Nice beach walk recommended by Conor O'Brien of Villagers and Niall Stokes of Hot Press magazine; mentioned by James Joyce in Ulysses during the scene that got the book banned in the USA.
  • Dublin Bay – Pigeon Towers
    Site:Wikipedia
    Map: Pigeon House Road Dublin 4
    Description:Can be seen from Sandymount, the iconic candy striped towers are among the tallest structures in Ireland. The towers are visible in U2's Pride video.
  • Howth
    Site: Wikipedia
    Map: Howth Co. Dublin, Ireland
    Description: This cute seaside town was recommended by Glen Hansard, you can get there via DART as afternoon or day trip, and there are hiking trails and great seafood.
  • Wicklow Mountains
    Site: visitwicklow.ie
    Map: Wicklow Mountains Carrigeenduff, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
    Description:The National Park which covers much of upland Wicklow, contains an area of almost 50,000 acres. This includes large areas of mountain blanket bogs, including the Lugnaquilla and Liffey Head Bog complexes and Glendalough Wood Nature Reserve.
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