St. Catherine's

St Catherine’s Church

Aisling Dreaming Again is a community-based cultural programme that will unfold during this anniversary year, starting at Easter. It is intended to develop as a longer-term legacy project of Ireland 2016’s ambitious centenary year, and maintain the impetus of the State’s call for us all to re-imagine Ireland into the future.

Ireland’s centenary commemorations and celebrations are intended to be a great stimulus for us to re-envision our future, but the deeper work of achieving that new vision takes longer. It demands an investment of time, creativity and finance beyond 2016.

Aisling Dreaming Again has begun to forge the ideas and relationships that can deliver a new reality for the area between the Liberties and the Liffey, drawing on its industrial & commercial heritage and its historic connections not only to the 1916 Rising but also the United Irishmen and Robert Emmet.

Disused Victorian Warehouse

Disused warehouse

The project has received the support of Dublin City Council as it partnered with local development and service agencies, engaged with local schools and businesses, and initiated a discussion with the major institutions in the area: the National College of Art & Design, the Digital Hub and Guinness/Diageo.

The objective is nothing less than a transformation of this neglected part of Dublin City into the kind of urban quarter that those who fought and died for an Irish Republic would have been proud of in the 21st Century.