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Dublin Pop Culture

The Irish like to spin a yarn. You might say storytelling is in our blood so it’s no surprise that the country’s capital has inspired artistic work in many guises and not excluding those countless and wonderful tall stories told in pubs across the city.

Indie hit and Oscar-winner, ‘Once,’ is a surprisingly charming and witty love story between two struggling musicians, set against the backdrop of some well-known city centre haunts. Shot on a tiny budget it captures the atmosphere and humor of the small Dublin music scene perfectly with plenty of giggles and tears.

Adam and Paul’ is a black comedy about the exploits of two strung-out addicts, robbing and scrounging on a single day in Dublin. With more than a nod to Beckett, the heart-warming yet unsentimental story is a brilliant character study of two hopeless young people living on the margins of time and place in Dublin.

A series of diary-style novels featuring the fictitious, idiotic bragging of a southside rugby jock, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, began as a weekly newspaper column written by Paul Howard. The hugely popular books such as ‘We Need To Talk About Ross,’ ‘The Oh My God Delusion’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress satirize an instantly recognizable young, monied set whose lives never leave the privileged confines of D4 (Dublin’s snootiest area).

In the years after U2’s success every spotty teenager in Dublin wielding a fifty quid amp and guitar set thought they were going to be the Next Big Thing. A few homegrown acts have come out of that spell to make some good music and impressions worldwide—The Thrills, Snow Patrol, Damien Dempsey and Cathy Davey are among them. Keep an eye out for rising stars the Two Door Cinema Club and Villagers—and remember you heard it here first.