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‘I’m just very excited to get back performing in front of real humans again’

‘I’m just very excited to get back performing in front of real humans again’

Kyle Thornton of Liberties-based band Nerves speaks to The Liberty about the lockdown, their creative process and Dublin’s music scene.  From artists to authors to bands, the Liberties a hub of Irish talent.…

Smithfield Square awarded Fáilte Ireland Urban Animation Grant

Smithfield Square awarded Fáilte Ireland Urban Animation Grant

Smithfield Square has been awarded a grant of €847,500 by Fáilte Ireland as part of a scheme to “transform and reimagine urban spaces”. The scheme was open to all 31 local authorities in Ireland, with ‘urban animation’…

Festival sought to unite arts and activism

Festival sought to unite arts and activism

The Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival, which ran in mid-to-late October, was an exciting blend of online and in-person events.   The festival, which has been running since 2018, stepped up…

Emerging from hibernation with Signs of Life

Emerging from hibernation with Signs of Life

The Signs of Life Festival comes to a close this weekend. The Liberty spoke to the event’s creator and organizer, Louis Scully. The Signs of Life festival, taking place in…

‘New artists have it harder than we had it back then’ says Aslan star Billy McGuinness

‘New artists have it harder than we had it back then’ says Aslan star Billy McGuinness

With the return of live music and live performances, the iconic Dublin based band is making its nationwide comeback. The band have a sold-out show scheduled for the Olympia Theatre on the 1st of…

Moments from the dancefloor in Blackpitts

Moments from the dancefloor in Blackpitts

With one week out until Dublin’s nightlife is expected to return with a bang, reporter Megan Bell speaks to Karl Magee about his newest exhibition that reminds us of the…

Street art is brightening D8

Street art is brightening D8

By Rory Merriman  Vivid streetside painting, long a feature of the Liberties, is having a new surge. Rory Merriman speaks to artists about their craft and the end of the…

GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival: a triumph for queer Irish voices

GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival: a triumph for queer Irish voices

An Irish film festival makes its mark, highlighting the abundance of filmmaking talent in the LGBTQ+ community. GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival Dublin took place from the 29th of September…

‘Let’s make a modern Ulysses’

‘Let’s make a modern Ulysses’

The Liberty hears from Max Zanaga of the Irish-based band Tebi Rex about Musictown 2021, in collaboration with The Word Up Collective, putting on a very Dublin online show. The Dublin Music and Arts Festival, Musictown 2021,…

Kevin Street Library keeps the community together

Kevin Street Library keeps the community together

It seems like no sooner had the library reopened after years of renovation than Covid-19 closed it down again. The Liberty hears from branch manager Charlotte Fabian about a beloved…

‘My art began to suit the atmosphere of the country’

‘My art began to suit the atmosphere of the country’

From drawing as a child in a small town in County Galway to learning in the Liberties and then having his artwork tour the world, illustrator David Rooney discusses his creative process – and a success rooted…

Imelda May: ‘The people in the community have held each other up for years’

Imelda May: ‘The people in the community have held each other up for years’

The Liberty sat down with the singer over Zoom and spoke with her about her new album, learning Irish during lockdown and what it means to have grown up in…