The Trinity College Zoological Museum is tucked away towards the back of the Trinity College campus. Housed within the busy Zoology Department, the museum is enthusiastically staffed by the students themselves. Curator Dr Martyn Linnie discusses his vision for the future of one of the city’s most unusual attractions, and shares some of the fascinating tales behind the specimens themselves.
A death in the family prompted Brian McMahon to digitise his prized collection of old Irish adverts and pop culture keepsakes. What began as a hobby evolved into a blog, and from that grew the award-winning Brandnewretro.ie, a digital time-capsule preserving over 3,000 of them, all scanned and uploaded by Brian himself.
Kelli and Patrick Marjolet started dabbling in chocolate-making after getting an unexpected gift of cocoa beans from a friend in San Francisco. Their passion for the process eventually led to them leaving their respective careers in the corporate world to start their own business, The Proper Chocolate Company.
Ireland is experiencing a craft beer revolution, with smaller independent brands swaying the masses away from the mainstays. One of these is DOT brew. Founded by Shane Kelly in 2015, they have focused on serving up distinctive brews to their followers. Here Shane describes his passion for brewing, and how it all came about in the first instance.
Breaking into the fashion industry can be tough but Dublin-native and National College of Art and Design graduate Aisling Duffy is blazing her own trail. She’s creating work that is resonating at home and abroad. Here she describes the process of discovering her identity as an artist, developing a brand of her own that was true to her values and the various passion projects, and commissions she keeps up on the side.
Artist Ciarán Taylor talks about his ambitious (and successful) community art project. He is recreating a cairn (old Celtic structure) on the Dublin Mountains with the help of the local community. Individuals are walking from Tallaght to the cairn site with pieces of boulder. In this interview he talks about his reasons for doing this project.
The Dublin branch of the High Hopes Community Choir explored the concept of home as part of This is Pop Baby’s ‘Where We Live’ performance series at the St Patrick’s Festival. High Hopes have a particularly special insight into the word as they are no ordinary choir, being entirely made up by individuals who have experienced the hardship of having nowhere at all to call home. In this interview we chat with what the choir means to its members.
The Cupcake Bloke aka Graham Herterich talks about how he went from working in high end kitchens to studying to become a priest, to dropping out to create his own business. This interview details how a series of lucky breaks took him to where he is now, a successful business owner with a regular TV slot.