I’m Coming Home – Christmas song dedicated to Irish diaspora

It’s that time of the year when nearly every shop is playing old or new Christmas songs. It’s that little extra that creates the holiday spirit and atmosphere. This time around we’d like to introduce a very special Christmas song.

So many people have emigrated over the years and not all of them are lucky enough to come back home for Christmas. Being away makes you go “Awww” every time you see a picture of nicely lit up Grafton Street online. This is a very special song for those who can’t make it home for Christmas. ‘I’m coming home’ is a dedication to the thousands of Irish forced to emigrate in the current economic climate.

The video, filmed on a cold December evening last year, features the magical lights and atmosphere of Grafton St at Christmas time, a sight instantly recognized by Irish people all over the world. It also features messages from abroad from emigrants, sending their love home to family and friends.

The song was penned by singers- songwriters Shane Davis and Keith O’Brien and subsequently recorded by the two songwriter’s bands, The Jigsaw Jam & Keith O Brien. Both songwriters are Dublin based and regularly play gigs in Dublin’s City Centre including Grafton’s St ‘Zodiac Sessions’ in Bruxelles.

Samantha Libreri from RTE News posed the question ‘Could this be the 21st Centuries answer to Fairytale of New York?’ Well, take a listen.

 

Your guide for Halloween costume shopping on Grafton Street

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Halloween is only a week away and last minute invitations have arrived. The most asked question will be “ Who are you dressing up as this Halloween?”

Instead of zombieing  around while desperately looking for something to put on for that one night at the last minute – we went hunting for you – and found a few shops in and around Grafton Street that will answer your blood curling needs.

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Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre alone is a treasure box for Halloween costumes. Head straight to the first floor and look for a Costume Shop. They have a great selection of costumes to please your imagination or give you some more ideas.

The best part – they are at affordable prices! They beat the online shops – which, if you are placing your order now is a cutting it short anyway.

Have you ever wanted to be a tequila bottle? Now is your chance!

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In case you already have a costume and just need a few additions (blood, anyone?), just across the Costume Shop is the  Banana Tree store. Unleash a vampire in yourself and get those blood capsules! 20141024_12530820141024_12532420141024_125904

 

A costume is great, but if you are really committed and want to get that little extra kick. Then take the path to the second floor,  to ASHA. They have a really cool selection of lenses. Cat eyes? Don’t be boring, go for Anaconda ones (even though they sort of look like flag of Brasil) or smiley face eyes (yes, it’s weird).

Another place selling loads of Halloweeny stuff is a Fun Place the Joke Shop on South King Street, besides Gaiety Theatre. You will find all necessary make-up, accessories and of course costumes at your disposal.

Looking for stuff for your little ones – The Disney store has a large selection from Marvel heroes to Princess costumes (say the words “Let it go!” and a small  army of Frozen aficionados will surround you and sing along).

Knock yourself out and have fun with your Halloween costume hunt. Just be quick, before zombies get them all. Have a spooky weekend, friends!

Spooky or Christmasy? We have it all!

christmas campaigns_84808714-thumb-380xauto-2382Are you going to join madness? The spooky month of October is here and businesses are trying to make the most of you getting in the mood of all things spooky. Pumpkins are soon going to be the most sold veg and costume shops are going to make their profit for the year. The Halloween scene is dominating the city and the country and it is only going to accelerate in the next few weeks. There are Halloween themed parties all around.

We had already seen some Christmas shops popping up together with Christmas lights being installed this week, reminding us, that we don’t have to leave everything to the last moment and meet the New Year entirely broke. You have good few month to buy presents and décor to make your Christmas tree glam and shiny again.

Big news on the food front of our beloved Grafton Street. We are welcoming Alchemy Juice Co, who are bringing new and healthy food menu to BT2. We looked at their menu and it sounds too delicious not to try it.

Nespresso gods have finally decided to have mercy after seeing that endless queue in Brown Thomas and as a result there is now excessively glamour Nespresso Boutique just off Grafton Street on Duke Street. They have tasting facilities as well as self service area. The 2 floor store has added over 20 new jobs, which great news.

We also welcomed another newcomer – Tiger shop in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. It is located right in the middle on the ground floor and is one of those shops, where you can just spend an hour looking at cool things and trying to figure out where you would put them if you were to buy them.

That is all for now folks. To make sure you get all the latest updates, follow us on social media and sign up with us here to get all the latest offers.

Happy Graftoning and have a spooky October!

We are here and we want YOU to get involved!

GraftonStreet.ie has been around for over 2 years now, but it still feels like a proper introduction should take place – so much has happened during this time!

We are now on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – we are actively seeking YOU out, to make the site and the street an even better experience. No matter if it is your shopping Mecca, your 3 hour coffee break with your best mate or a night on the town – you may even be working here or own a business. The idea is that we are all a living, breathing part of this landmark that is Grafton Street and Graftonstreet.e should reflect YOU.

So how do we build a community – online – that is a reflection of the street and that will boost and enhance the experience? Well – it all starts now: In the next couple of weeks and months we will organise competitions, polls, announce happenings and advertise events unique to the area.

If you are a business owner or event organiser, if you are a regular commuter, a Graftoneer – let us know your latest news and happenings. If you simply have an idea, an opinion on Grafton Street or just want to send out you love to Dublin’s most famous street – Contact Us: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are our main tools.

Become a member and be part of Grafton Street!

Yours,
graftonstreet.ie

The Atmosphere and the ‘Craic’ on Grafton Street

There is no denying that Grafton Street is an excellent place for shopping but it is far more than just a shopping street; it is a place for entertainment, culture and most importantly craic. The electric atmosphere of the street is perhaps what draws so many visitors. Winter or summer, day or night, there is always a great atmosphere on the famous street.

The street is not only aloud with the sound of both locals and visitors making their way up and down, there is also the constant soundtrack of the many buskers on the street providing a wide variety of music. From a classical violinist to a contemporary pop singer there is a musical treat for everyone of any age and with any musical taste. It is rare that you will walk up or down the street without encountering a large crowd gathered around and engrossed in one of the many musical acts performing on the street.

In the winter months approaching Christmas the voices of carollers fill the air, the magnificent Christmas tree and the rows of  beautiful lights and decorations hanging from the top through to the bottom of the street are a magical sight and are guaranteed to get everyone into the festive spirit. Another highlight of the Christmas season on Grafton Street has to be the window displays in Brown Thomas department store, the award winning displays are a favourite of young children and adults alike. Many people are drawn to the street for the sole reason of viewing the wonderful and inventive creations that the store delivers year after year. The great selection of stores and the wonderful festive atmosphere on Grafton Street make it the perfect place for Christmas shopping.

On a fine summer day Grafton Street is an ideal place for a stroll where you can admire the street in all its glory. In the warmer weather of the summer months you can take more time to admire the performers which line the streets. Summer is also the best time to enjoy the beautiful St. Stephen’s Green, the large park at the top of Grafton Street. When the sun is shining the park is filled with city workers and tourists taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city to relax in this idyllic location.

At night the street stays alive with the many late night bars and pubs on the side streets off Grafton Street, one of the most famous pubs is Bruxelles which is a lively pub with a great atmosphere and live music. Grafton Street is home to Lillie’s Bordello, a prestigious nightclub which is a favourite of Bono and many other Irish and international celebrities. Captain America’s is another great spot for a night out, with delicious food and an excellent selection of cocktails this is a perfect place for a fun night out on Grafton Street.

The unique atmosphere on Grafton Street is something that cannot be found anywhere else; in order to fully experience Dublin a visit to Grafton Street is essential.

Laura Finn

A Whiskey Wonderland for Grafton Street

Whiskey lovers are in for a treat as the Irish Whiskey Museum will be opening its doors at 119 Grafton Street and 37 College Green in August.

The museum will feature exhibitions on the history of Irish whiskey, interactive posters and a bar where Irish whiskeys can be enjoyed. Rare items of whiskey memorabilia, including items dating back to the 1800s have been sent in to the exhibition from collectors all over the world.

Well-known Irish whiskey brands Jameson, Tullamore Dew and Bushmills will be exhibited at the museum along with smaller Irish distillers such as Teelings.

The museum will be spread over three floors and is ideally located opposite the front gates of Trinity College in a beautiful Gothic style listed building.

The opening of a museum dedicated to whiskey comes at a time when sales of Irish whiskeys are soaring, particularly in the US market and exports worldwide are expected to double by the end of this decade. Extreme Tours Ireland, owners of the Irish Whiskey Museum museum are hoping to attract 100,000 visitors in its first year. 

Dublin’s newest museum looks set to be a great addition to the list of tourist attractions in the city and to the bustling Grafton Street area!

Laura Finn

Dublin Visitor Centre opening on Grafton Street

118 Grafton Street is to be converted to a Dublin Visitor Centre after Irish bus operator Dualway purchased the building and the adjoining  property. Dualway operate Dublin City Sightseeing tours and four other Dublin Visitor Centres.

The Grafton Street Dublin Visitor Centre will open on March 15th, it will be the first that is both owned and operated by Dualway.

The company owned and run by the Dublin based McConn family spent € 3.5 million on the two Grafton Street properties. Speaking on the decision to expand the company its chief executive David McConn has said:

“The tourist sector has definitely turned the corner and we’re anticipating good growth this year in visitors to Dublin. We’ve decided that now is a good time to make this major investment.”

 

Laura Finn

Massimo Dutti will open 4th of February 2014

Ladies and Gents – The wait is nearly over, Massimo Dutti will open its door to the public on Grafton Street Next Friday the 4th of February 2014 in the building which previously housed HMV’s flagship store (number 65/66 Grafton Street).

The Grafton Street Store will be their biggest store in Europe and will be spread over three floors.
There is another Massimo Dutti store in the Dundrum Town Centre which has been trading strongly.
The excellent location of the new Grafton Street store is set to further increase the success of the Spanish retailer in Ireland.

Massimo Dutti fashions for elegant and classic designs for men and women and will also include children’s fashion line.
Aimed at urban cosmopolitan men and women between 25 and 50, with classic, contemporary clothes that will bridge the gap between cheaper fast fashion and high-end designer brands.

Massimo Dutti are part of the Spanish Inditex Group which is the world’s largest fashion retailer, with brands including Zara and Pull & Bear.

The opening of Massimo Dutti on Grafton Street is great news for business on the street and in the Grafton Street Quarter and shoppers alike.

By Carl Furlong

The Festive Season on Grafton Street

In the winter months approaching Christmas the voices of carollers fill the cold crisp air on Grafton Street. The magnificent Christmas tree and the rows of  beautiful lights and decorations hanging from the top through to the bottom of the street are a magical sight and are guaranteed to get everyone into the festive spirit.

Another highlight of the Christmas season on Grafton Street has to be the window displays in Brown Thomas department store, the award winning displays are a favourite of young children and adults alike. Many people are drawn to the street for the sole reason of viewing the wonderful and inventive creations that the store delivers year after year.

The great selection of stores and the wonderful festive atmosphere on Grafton Street make it the perfect place for Christmas shopping.

Laura Finn

Thousands gathered to watch the Grafton Street Christmas lights switched on

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun now that the famous Grafton Street Christmas lights have been switched on.

Thousands of adults and children gathered to watch the lights switch on this evening.

X Factor’s Melanie McCabe was the guest of honour and she was joined by members of Dublin’s All-Ireland winning team. The Hallelujah gospel choir were also on hand to sing Christmas carols to the large crowd in the cold evening.

It may only be mid-November but the beautiful lights are sure to add some Christmas magic to your trip to Grafton Street.

Grafton Street’s Christmas lights are to be switched on this Thursday, 14 November at 5.30pm

Christmas lights on Grafton Street, Dublin are to be switched on this Thursday, 14 November at 5.30pm.

Henry Street and North Earl Street’s Christmas lights will be switched on at 4.30pm on the 17th November
and the Christmas tree lights on O’Connell Street will be switched on by Mayor Oisín Quinn on the 24th November at 4.30pm.

DublinatChristmas.ie is asking the public to get their cheesiest Christmas jumpers out and turn up on O’Connell Street to see if they can break the world record for the most Christmas jumpers worn in the same place at the same time, in aid of charity of course and beat the current world record of 583 – So come on folks!

On Grafton Street in November (On Raglan Road) by Patrick Kavanagh, Sung by Luke Kelly

On Raglan Road of an autumn day I saw her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue;
I saw the danger, and I passed along the enchanted way,
And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.

On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge
Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion’s pledge,
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay –
Oh I loved too much and by such by such is happiness thrown away.

I gave her gifts of the mind I gave her the secret sign
That’s knownTo the artists who have known the true gods of sound and stone
And word and tint without stint for I gave her poems to say.
With her own name there and her own dark hair like clouds over fields of May

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly my reason must allow
That I had loved not as I should a creature made of clay –
When the angel woos the clay he’d lose his wings at the dawn of day.

Public Invited to Design Street Furniture for Grafton Street

Dublin City Council invites artists and designers to submit their ideas for three unique pieces of street furniture which will showcase the new-look Grafton Street. The pieces are:

  • A seat for the top of Grafton Street (between St. Stephen’s Green and Chatham Street)
  • 12 unique art works which will also function as bollards
  • One design for a set of 10 ‘perch seat bollards’

The public Art Competition is open to all Irish and international designers and artists. Individuals or teams can apply for one or more of the three commissions. The council will shortlist five designs for each of the three categories.

Dublin City Council will host a briefing session on the competition at the City Walls Space, Woodquay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin 8 at 11am on 7th November as part of Design Week. An edited film of this session will be posted on www.dublincitypublicart.ie shortly afterward. To book a space please email graftonstreetquarter@dublincity.ie

To download a copy of the brief see: www.dublincitypublicart.ie

The closing date for Stage 1 is at 1.00 pm on Thursday, 5th of December 2013.

Who is Molly Malone?

The ballad Molly Malone also known as Cockles and Mussels tells the story of a Dublin woman named Molly Malone, an attractive fishmonger who sold cockles and mussels from her barrow which she wheeled through the streets of Dublin city. The ballad tells how the woman died of a fever and now her ghost haunts the city streets.

The song is popular with both Irish people and visitors to the country and is strongly associated with Dublin city. The composer of the ballad is unknown and it is not known when or where the song originated. Molly Malone herself is a figure of mystery with many questions remaining unanswered about the know iconic Dublin woman.

In 1988 as part of the Dublin Millennium celebrations a statue of Molly Malone was erected towards the end of Grafton Street at the corner of Suffolk Street. The statue of an attractive woman dressed in a revealing top with her wheel barrow alluded to the common perception that Molly also worked as a prostitute. The statue was erected at this location as it was thought a Mary Malone (Molly is a derivative of Mary) was baptised in St. John’s Church on Suffolk Street however, in 1988 birth and death records of a Mary Malone were presented to the then Lord Mayor which showed that this woman had been baptised and buried at St. John’s church on Fishamble Street. This mix up caused confusion over the identity of the woman in the song and caused people to question if she ever existed, this mystery surrounding Molly Malone has served to heighten people’s interest in her.

Was there ever a fishmonger named Molly Malone? Does she now roam the streets of Dublin as a ghost?

Who knows..

In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

A-live a-live O! A-live a-live O!
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

She was a fishmonger and sure it was no wonder
For so were her father and mother before
And they both wheeled their barrows through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

A-live a-live O! A-live a-live O!
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

She died of a fever and no one could save her
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone
Now her ghost wheels her barrow through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

A-live a-live O! A-live a-live O!
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!
A-live a-live O! A-live a-live O!
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

Laura Finn

 

Chinese Magazine Promoting Ireland is Launched

A new magazine promoting Ireland to Chinese tourists and business travellers has been launched by BusinessChina.ie.

Huan Ying Ireland (Welcome to Ireland) provides information on Top Tourist Attractions, City Highlights, Luxury Shopping, Gift Guide, Eating Out Guide, Entertainment and Nightlife, Festivals and Cultural Events Listing as well as Useful Tips, Information and Maps for Chinese Tourists. Each issue includes a number of special feature articles such as Irish Craft and Design, Studying in Ireland, Doing Business in Ireland, it will also contain feature articles written by Chinese Tourists about their travels around Ireland.

The magazine is launching just as Tourism Ireland are targeting an increase in the number of visitors from China to Ireland. Chinese people are currently the world’s largest spenders on travel.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn has welcomed the launch of the magazine.

“Huan Ying is a fantastic publication and will be of great benefit not only to Dublin and Ireland and to the many Irish people and businesses in the tourism, hospitality and retail sector”.

The magazine will be sold in both Ireland and China.

Laura Finn

Young Artists Display Work in Windows of Brown Thomas on Grafton Street

Young artists graduating from  either the National College of Art and Design or the Limerick School of Art and Design this summer are displaying their work in the windows of Brown Thomas on Grafton Street. The Art and Style exhibition will see the work of 8 young artists exhibited in the windows of the famous Grafton Street department store until mid-August.

The chosen artists represent the mediums of print, paint and handcraftmenship which show the talent and innovation within the contemporary arts scene in Ireland.

This exhibition is a great opportunity for the artists to showcase their work to the many people who visit Grafton Street.

Laura Finn

Massimo Dutti to open on Grafton Street

Fashion retailer Massimo Dutti is set to open at 65/66 Grafton Street, the building which previously housed HMV’s flagship store.

The Grafton Street premises is highly desirable not only due to its prime location but also because it offers three spacious retail floors and 2 floors used for storage and offices.

The store is set to open before Christmas.

Massimo Dutti is part of the Spanish Inditex Group which is the world’s largest fashion retailer, with brands including Zara and Pull & Bear.

There is currently just one Massimo Dutti store in Ireland, the store at the Dundrum Town Centre has been trading strongly. The excellent location of the new Grafton Street store is set to further increase the success of the Spanish retailer in Ireland.

Massimo Dutti fashions for elegant and classic designs for men and women.

The brand was originally aimed at men’s fashion. Starting in 1992, women’s fashion was launched: from the most urban lines to the more casual.

In 2003, Massimo Dutti launched a children’s fashion range under the trade name Massimo Dutti Boys & Girls.

Since 2006 Massimo Dutti has been designing Women’s wear, Accessories, Soft, Fragrances

Men’s wear, Accessories, Soft, Personal Tailoring, Fragrances

Boys & Girls, Baby

Massimo Dutti opening on Grafton Street is great news for business on the street and for shoppers.

Laura Finn

Passenger became a Grafton Street busker today

After a headline show last night at Live at the Marquee Cork, singer songwriter Passenger announced on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that he would be busking on Grafton Street at “12ish” today.

True to his word Passenger arrived on Grafton Street at midday. He performed a mixture of covers and his own self-penned songs including his number 1 hit Let Her Go to which he invited the large crowd that had gathered to sing alone.

Passenger is now among the list of famous musicians to busk on Grafton Street, a list that includes Bono and Sinead O’ Connor.

Laura Finn

When the Sun goes down on Grafton Street

At night Grafton Street stays alive with the many late night bars, pubs and clubs on the street and the side streets directly off Grafton Street. Whether you are searching for somewhere to have a few quiet pints with friends or a night out dancing to Dublin’s top djs, a night in the Grafton Street quarter is guaranteed to be a good one.

Captain America’s is a great spot to begin a night out on Grafton Street, with delicious food and an excellent selection of cocktails this is a perfect place for a fun night with friends on Grafton Street.

One of the most famous bars in Dublin, located directly off Grafton Street is Bruxelles. The lively cosmopolitan bar offers regular live music, djs and a great atmosphere which you will find there every night of the week.  If you are looking to spend your night in a traditional Dublin pub to enjoy a few pints in a great atmosphere then McDaid’s, directly across from Bruxelles is the perfect choice. Another great traditional Dublin pub is Neary’s, the popular pub is a great spot for a night out with friends where you can enjoy a few drinks in the plush surroundings of this Victorian era pub.

The Bailey is a sleek and modern bar located just off Grafton Street next to Marks & Spencer. The stylish bar is a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail, the Bailey’s heated outdoor terrace allows you to enjoy a drink while watching the many people coming and going on Grafton Street. If you want to go clubbing at the weekend Madison Nightclub is a great place to dance the night away and enjoy some cocktails in the stylish surroundings of the club. Grafton Street is home to Lillie’s Bordello, a prestigious nightclub which is a favourite of Bono and many other Irish and international celebrities. Lillie’s is the perfect place to party any night of the week.

The great selection of pubs, bars and clubs offers something for everyone and all are located on or directly off Grafton Street so you can go for a drink straight after you have finished shopping.

Laura Finn

Welcome to Grafton Street online

Welcome to Grafton Street online! GraftonStreet.ie explores the Grafton Street ‘experience’, with beautiful historic buildings housing iconic Irish businesses such as Brown Thomas, Weir & Sons and Bewley’s Grafton Street Café, Grafton Street offers an experience that cannot be found elsewhere.

Grafton Street has a great variety of retail stores including café’s, bars, restaurants and hotels and caters for shoppers searching for high-end or high street. GraftonStreet.ie provides businesses a unique and desirable platform to advertise and promote services and products including special offers or new ranges available etc.

GraftonStreet.ie highlights the cultural aspects of the Grafton Street area which are an integral part of this experience. GraftonStreet.ie looks at the talent and creativity of the many different street performers on Grafton Street. The famous street has become renowned as a launch pad for musical acts and has played host to U2 front man Bono.

GraftonStreet.ie is a site for both Dubliners and visitors to the city. Enjoy the site and make sure you come and visit our amazing street!