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Architecture and Design

Award-winning international architect Santiago Calatrava has a thing for our writers. His James Joyce Bridge in Dublin was followed by the Samuel Beckett Bridge in 2009. To date there are no plans for a Brendan Behan Bridge but, nonetheless, the skyline of our cities is changing fast, with stunning new buildings like the Convention Centre, the Grand Canal Theatre designed by Daniel Libeskind – in Dublin, and the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow.

Discovering great architecture in Ireland is as easy as taking a walking tour. Indeed specialist tours are organised by Architecture Tours Ireland. Also check the website of the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) or the IAF (Irish Architecture Foundation) for details of events throughout the year. Don’t miss Open House weekend in October, now expanded right across the country, with hundreds of buildings from Georgian mansions to the latest eco-houses opening their doors, and all of them free.

Dublin is bidding for World Design Capital 2014, and you can help by pitching your ideas to To keep up with current trends, visit the end-of-year shows at design schools, or check the website of the Institute of Designers in Ireland for exhibitions and events.

If you’re interested in designer wear, come to Dublin Fashion Week and catch the latest collections from top Irish designers like Louise Kennedy and Lainey Keogh. If you’re looking for a bargain, why not try one of the many outlet malls around the country, like Kildare Village Outlet, with hundreds of designer brands reduced.

Dublin's Architecture

Dublin's Architecture

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