Leading Cities: Day 2 Dublin: Science Gallery, Digital Hub, Guinness

Forgot to mention in the last post that on Day 1 we met Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the “Dail” — their parliament.  We also stuck our noses into their version of House of Commons & Senate.  Interesting to listen to the discussion.  At the time, the hot news was the “Anglo-Irish Bank Tapes” — so never a dull moment.

But Day 2 was really all about Dublin.  We started the day at the Science Gallery.  What a fabulous idea.  Here is the link: http://sciencegallery.com  Loved their tag line:  where ideas and opinions collide.  Here is the blurb from their site:

Science Gallery is a world first. A new type of venue where today’s white-hot scientific issues are thrashed out and you can have your say. A place where ideas meet and opinions collide. Since opening in 2008, over one million of you have visited us in Dublin – ranking us amongst the top ten free cultural attractions in Ireland. We’re all about opening science up to passionate debate and want your opinion.

We then moved on to a tour of Trinity College Dublin and the Book of Kells.  The library is an amazing space — see photo.  2013-06-27 02.28.22

We then visited the Dublin Digital Hub — http://www.thedigitalhub.com  Also amazing.  They have identified and then transformed some of the under-utilized areas of the city — and it is a BIG area — for incubators and accelerators.

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The City of Dublin has a whole set of initiatives to put Dublin/Ireland back on its feet:  Dublin Digital Master Plan (driven by jobs and getting infrastructure to a world-class standard).

The final stop was at the Guinness Store-House.  Great for those who like beer, less exciting for people like me.  But I enjoyed the extremely professional and well-design space and tour.

Here is a shot of the interior and the fun banners.

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