week 18

Rooftop farming

Walk just a few minutes off O'Connell Street in the north inner city of Dublin and you'll find Belevdere College for boys.

Hemmed in by buildings in one of the cities busiest areas, there is no room for sprawling football fields and gardens.

That hasn't stopped them building a farm of their own, on the roof. 

This week we take a tour of the sky-high patch with urban farmer Andrew Douglas.


week 17

Injecting Centres

Used and discarded syringes are a common sight in many inner city Dublin streets. No one disputes Dublin has a drug problem, but what we can't seem to agree on is what to do about it.

One idea being considered by the government is the establishment of Ireland's first medically supervised injecting centre where drug users can inject themselves, legally.

So how would it work, how would it help Dublin and what can we learn from other centre's around the world? Tony Duffin of the Ana Liffey Drug Project joins us in studio.



week 16

Alternative living arrangements

Brazen trespassers or a community project revitalising the neighbourhood? The Grangegorman Community Collective is a project that divides opinion.

For two years the once vacant north Dublin site sprawling just over four hectares, has been home to thirty people, rent free.

They cleared away the rubbish, established a veggie garden and hosted events. But now they've been ordered to get out.

On the show this week, we take a look around the north inner city squat.




week 15

Guerilla gardening

``There's a lot of people out there who aren't at Bloom, who need to hear this message. They need to know how to grow a piece of broccoli or some thyme in their back garden''

Now in it's second year, Bloom Fringe is the inner city spin-off to the glamorous Bloom Festival at Phoenix Park. 

This week we look at the kind of magic that happens when you give a grotty city corner some love and attention.



week 11

Thinking big

``The Liffey is the heart of the city and we put this motorway down the centre of it which , to us, seems insane.''

`` The aim is to think big, and to just imagine what Dublin could be.''


From pushing cars underground, to covered walkways and pedestrianised streets - two young Dublin architects had big ideas for the city. Keen to find out what other Dubliners thought, they decided to start a conversation.

The @WhatIfDublin twitter account and #WhatIfDublin hashtag started out as a social experiment, giving Dubliners the chance to have their say on planning ideas for the city. And it's turning into so much more.

This week: Our guests choose to remain anonymous as they share their frustration at certain planning decisions and hopes for what Dublin could be.





week 10

Dublin's fading industries

``The questions that come to mind are who painted them? When were they painted? How long have they been there? And can anyone remember them when you could read them?''

These are questions Emma Clarke, creator of the Dublin Ghost Signs blog, asks herself constantly as she walks around Dublin looking up at the buildings around her as she goes.

This week: We find out what these signs reveal about Dublin as Emma takes us on a walking tour of the city.



Girls just want to have fun

It was Saturday night and Elva Carri just wanted to go out dancing with some friends. And maybe meet a fella. She put the call out on Tinder... and the gals of Dublin responded in droves.

So Girl Crew was born, the online platform connecting thousands of women in the real world.

This week: Elva Carri on social media, making new friends later in life and creating a new space for women. 
Welcome to the madness.

#digital #women #friendship


week 8

Rethinking the music industry


``We're 25, it's not that young, it's not that old.... now just seems the ideal time.If you're not going to make that much money working for someone else you may as well not make much money working for yourself.''

Lots of people dream about quitting their day job and running their own music label. Dubliners Dan Finnegan and Jack Rainey did it. This week: the story of Paper Trail Records.

#streaming #longlivevinyl #recordindustry



Week 7

Fix it

Sandymount's Repair Cafe is much more than just a place you can get that lamp or TV fixed, it's bringing people from all walks of life together. 

In this episode Repair Cafe organiser Claire Downey tells us how she turned a passion for waste reduction into a neat community event in Dublin. And how it's now catching on in other parts of the country.

#recycle #connect #volunteer


week 6

love of literature

Working with someone you think is better than you? Don't compete. Team up and start up like Lisa Coen and
Sarah Davis-Goff. 

The founders of Dublin-based independent publishing house Tramp Press were tired of seeing brilliant writers and good books ignored, often by middle-aged male publishers. 

This week: the new office, paying authors, trawling through manuscripts and the future of book publishing.

#irishbooks #publishing #startups


week 5

pub projects

``Everyone, even the lads, told me I was crazy. At the time pubs were on their way out, pubs were dead. But I had a hunch.'' 

Trev O'Shea just wanted to open a pub he wanted to go to. And so came the Bernard Shaw, followed by the Twisted Pepper, MVP and The Back Page. 

From a teenager living in Meath with dreams of making it as a DJ to running a string of much-loved Dublin pubs, Trev O'Shea is a man on a mission. Just don't call him a publican.

#bodytonic #dublinpubs #livemusic 


Week 4

 A new creative model

Five years ago seven creative types saw a gap in Dublin's creative scene and Block T was born.

So what happens when you pull more than 100 creatives together under the one roof? Block T Managing Director Laura GDovn on making the arts sustainable and the creative side of spreadsheets.

#collectives #postbustideas #sustainablearts




Week 3


It started with a small patch of dirt in a street in Stoneybatter, now Kaethe Burt O'Dea has big plans for Dublin's disused rail lines.

#urbanbeekeeping #communitygarden #greenproject 




Week 2

A Digital life

Brian Fallon was just 15 when he and his brother started property site Daft.ie out of their Dublin home. Five years ago they combined smartphones and the news, creating TheJournal.ie.

In this episode of Project Dublin Brian talks turning ideas into big business, backing your beliefs and what's coming next. #digital #media #startup



week 1

underdog publishing

Armed with his iPhone and a good nose for a story, Conor Purcell created We Are Dublin. The lo-fi, long-form quarterly magazine is fast becoming a go-to read for Dubliners and visitors alike, proving you don't need deep pockets to make ripples in publishing.

#selfpublishing #print #documentingdublin