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Accommodation in Dublin

There is an accommodation crisis in Ireland, and particularly in Dublin. It is therefore very difficult to find an apartment (or house). Rental prices are extremely high.

Consequently, if you are living abroad and planning to move to Dublin, prepare yourself ahead of your departure flight.

First of all, depending on your budget, make sure you book in advance a room in a Hostel or Bed & Breakfast or Hotel in advance.

Remember that it can get very booked out at weekends or during special events.

Plan a week or even two of short-term accommodation to give you time to find a more permanent place. It will save you from unnecessary stress!

For all accommodation types below, you can check their ratings and book accordingly.

http://www.hostelworld.com/hostels/Dublin

http://www.bedandbreakfasts.ie/county-dublin/dublin/

https://www.booking.com/budget/city/ie/dublin.en-gb.html

https://www.staycity.com/.

Then, when you look for a place to stay for few months or years, be open-minded!

Search both in the center and around. Here is an article explaining the division of Dublin into districts

Check as well these sites to see if public transports are within your reach:

Think about checking directions and distances on Google Maps.

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When you arrive, I know that your first reaction is to get the cheapest place. But don't go for that, or you may end up in an unsafe place.

Places that I would avoid are:

  • Dublin 1 in some quarters quite Northern. Closer to the rivers, it's generally ok.                     

  • Dublin 8 towards Portobello and Kilmainham or Houston Station   

          
  • Outside city centre: Mulhuddart, Tallaght, Finglas, Ballyfermot, Crumlin, Clondalkin.

If you want to save a bit of money by dealing directly with landlords, opt for an accommodation advertised in one of these Facebook groups:

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/idealflatshare/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1397271653639272/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Dublin.Flatshare/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1607597689487462/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1459037897697419/?ref=bookmarks=

https://www.facebook.com/groups/theidealflatmatedublin/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RentalDublin/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Rentdublin/?ref=bookmarks

Keep in mind to comment below the accommodation post on Facebook. Let also the property advertiser know that you have sent them a private message to arrange a viewing.

Otherwise, a big majority of accommodation is advertised through letting agencies on these sites:

http://www.daft.ie/

https://www.myhome.ie/rentals/dublin/property-to-rent

http://home.ie/

https://dublin.craigslist.org/search/apa

http://www.let.ie/

However, if you are student,  check the 'student room' section of previously mentioned sites. You could also opt for college campus accommodation or student housing:

https://erasmusu.com/en/erasmus-dublin/student-housing

https://www.daft.ie/dublin/estate-agents/dublin-8/hostingpower/

http://studenthousing.ie/

When it comes to payments, be extra careful. If the person you contact tells you that he/she is traveling a lot, watch out! NEVER, NEVER pay a rent/deposit NOR SIGN ANY CONTRACTS in advance, let alone if you have not visited the apartment beforehand.

Finally, if there's a place that you like, do not go away saying you have to think about it! Chances are the accommodation will be gone! Have all documents and money prepared to book it! Check these helpful tips found in a Reddit forum, so that you don't miss opportunities.

 

Logement à Dublin

La crise du logement en Irlande et particulièrement à Dublin. C'est par conséquent très difficile de trouver un appartement (ou une maison). Les prix des loyers sont aussi très élevés. Préparez-vous à cela!

Donc, si vous vivez à l'étranger et planifier de déménager à Dublin, vous aurez besoin de vous préparer avant votre départ d'avion pour éviter de mauvaises surprises.

Tout d'abord, assurez-vous de réserver à l'avance en fonction de votre budget une chambre dans une auberge de jeunesse, un Bed & Breakfast ou un Hôtel. 

Rappelez-vous que ces types de logements peuvent être complets lors des weekends ou évènements spéciaux.

Prévoyez une semaine voire même deux semaines de réservation d'un logement court-terme pour vous donner du temps pour trouver un endroit plus permanent. Cela vous épargnera du stress inutile! 

Pour tous les logements mentionnés ci-dessous,  vous pouvez consulter leurs évaluations ou classements et faire votre réservation:

http://www.hostelworld.com/hostels/Dublin

http://www.bedandbreakfasts.ie/county-dublin/dublin/

https://www.booking.com/budget/city/ie/dublin.en-gb.html

https://www.staycity.com/

Ensuite, quand vous commencer chercher un endroit où rester pour quelques mois ou quelques années, soyez ouverts d'esprit!

Recherchez aussi bien en centre-ville qu'aux alentours. Voici un article qui explique la division de Dublin en quartiers

Vérifiez aussi ces sites pour voir si les transports publics sont proches de votre logement:

Pensez à vérifier les directions et distances sur Google Maps.

Je sais que votre première réaction est de trouver un endroit économique. Mais ne pensez pas comme cela, ou vous risquerez de vous retrouver dans un quartier à risque.

Les endroits que je vous conseillerai d'éviter sont:

  • Dublin 1 dans certains quartiers plus au Nord du quartier. Près de la rivière, cela est généralement ok.                                     
  • Dublin 8 vers les quartiers de Portobello/ Kilmainham/Houston Station                             
  • Hors centre-ville: Mulhuddart, Tallaght, Finglas,  Ballyfermot, Crumlin, Clondalkin.

Maintenant, si vous voulez économiser un peu d'argent en étant directement en relation avec les propriétaires, optez pour un logement publié dans un de ces groupes Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/idealflatshare/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1397271653639272/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Dublin.Flatshare/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1607597689487462/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1459037897697419/?ref=bookmarks=

https://www.facebook.com/groups/theidealflatmatedublin/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RentalDublin/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Rentdublin/?ref=bookmarks

Si vous choisissez cette option, n'oubliez pas de commenter sous l'article du logement. Indiquez-leur aussi que vous leur avez envoyé un message privé pour arranger une visite.

Sinon, la majorité des logements est publiée par le biais d'agences de location sur ces sites:

http://www.daft.ie/

https://www.myhome.ie/rentals/dublin/property-to-rent

http://home.ie/

https://dublin.craigslist.org/search/apa

http://www.let.ie/

Cependant, si vous êtes étudiant, vérifiez la section  'student room' des sites précédemment mentionnés. Vous pouvez aussi opter pour le campus d'une des facs' ou un logement étudiant:

https://erasmusu.com/en/erasmus-dublin/student-housing

https://www.daft.ie/dublin/estate-agents/dublin-8/hostingpower/

http://studenthousing.ie/

En ce qui concerne le paiment du loyer, soyez vigilants! Si la personne vous dit qu'elle voyage souvent, c'est un avertissement à la fraude! NE JAMAIS JAMAIS PAYER un loyer ou une quittance OU SIGNER UN CONTRAT à l'avance, surtout si vous n'avez pas au préalable visiter l'appartement!

Enfin, si vous visitez un logement et que vous l'aimez, ne partez pas en disant je vais y réfléchir!

Il y a des chances que vous perdiez le logement! Ayez aussi tous les documents et l'argent prêts pour réserver le logement!

Jettez un oeil à ces astuces utiles trouvées dans une conversation de forum Reddit qui vous permettront de ne pas rater d'opportunités.

 

Fundraising Music Events

Funding and Financial Sustainability for Non-Profit Organisations in Ireland

I attended an event advertised on Facebook and organised by Bluefire Dublin called ‘Igniting Change: Funding & Financial Sustainability’ on Thursday 29th June 2017. The event was aimed at voluntary and community organisation, social-enterprises, individual artists or community-based project managers, and small-medium NGO’s.

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Bluefire organises ‘igniting change series’ every last Thursday of each month: http://www.bluefiredublin.ie/igniting-change.html

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The guest speakers at the event were a mix of social entrepreneurs and funding bodies:

• Ian Oliver (far right on the picture) from Centre for Creative Practices
• Eoghan Ryan (far left on the picture) from Social Innovation Fund Ireland
• Hazel Hill (right next to Eoghan) from The Community Foundation for Ireland
• Naomi Murphy (left next to Ian) from Connect the Dots

The purpose was for attendees to be aware of what is required to start up a successful business and how to get grants from organisations supporting social entrepreneurs. It started with a talk from each speaker and was followed by a workshop and finally by a networking session.

Eoghan from Social Innovation Fund Ireland talked first:

http://www.socialinnovation.ie/about-us/our-story-so-far/

He explained that before launching Social Innovation Fund, he founded his own not-for-profit, Reimagine Cork to tackle issues around homelessness in Cork: http://www.reimaginecork.com/ Understanding the needs for Not-for-Profits, he felt he could help entrepreneurs best and joined Social Innovation Fund.

The company’s mission is to provide both funding and non-financial support to social entrepreneurs. It has also partnered with the government and every given Euro by SIFI is matched by the government.  Eoghan’s first advice is to think about ‘why’ you want to start up a company and ask yourself why his company would fund you. He also strongly recommends having a clear plan in place, a good value proposition, showing confidence and making good use of your time. When filling forms to apply for funding, keep it simple and answer the asked questions.

Hazel Hill, Marketing Executive and Programme Leader at The Community Foundation for Ireland talked about her organisation:

http://www.foundation.ie/about-us/about-us-overview/

She explained that her organisation offers both open grants and private grants. The latter ones are given on a project basis with an end date. You will be asked about what will happen at the end of the project to gauge how sustainable your business model is. The organisation offers funds for mergers, i.e shared between teams to highlight the importance of collaboration and partnership between organisations.

Her first advice was to not manipulate your core mission value (reason for existing) to get funding, but instead only apply to relevant grants that fit your organisation. She also emphasised to have a clear mission statement, to document your research by backing up your project with analytical reports, to listen to your community/audiences’ needs, take any constructive feedback on board and understand the impact your company will have.

Naomi from Connecting the Dots, is working together with Merissa from the USA for a start-up focusing on the community engagement in Dublin: http://www.connectthedots.ie/our-work/

Their company started off when there were many unoccupied vacancies in Dublin during the crisis by putting on events with artists, engineers, researchers. Over the time, they worked on a process for events’ organisation, i.e on improving the engagement with attendees, corporate donors. Naomi’s advice is to volunteer for different organisations and network that way before you start up. She has been helping a lot at ‘Happenings’ organisation. She also added that it is important to speed up processes with a technology enabler. This year they are working a software service (SAAS) application, i.e transferring processes online for co-working events, in order to gain time and increase income streams and viability.

Ian works together with his wife Monica for Center for Creative Practices, company helping creative artists to come up with a more sustainable model: http://cfcp.ie

His first advice was to start with a small plan before building a full-scale model and revisit this plan when necessary. Instead of going through a lengthy business plan, they worked on a one-paged business model detailing their business model and value proposition, i.e the company’s purpose, what problem it is trying to resolve and the solution offered. His first business model focused on having a cash projection, i.e ticket prices’ sales and getting people to utilise the space to generate further money. He said that he felt it is best not to be over-reliant on grants for the day-to-day running of the business.

To finish off the talks, participants needing help on setting up their organisations were advised to get in touch with the following bodies:

 

 

 

Fundraising Music Events

Various music styles benefit concerts to end homelessness

I attended the ‘Home Sweet Home’ Benefit concerts on Friday 20th January 2017 at Sin é pub, Dublin 1 (Ireland) to raise funds for homeless people in Ireland.

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Apart from contributing to a wonderful cause, I enjoyed discovering new bands and singers-songwriters 🤓!

The event is organised over 2 nights: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January 2017 and has a different line-up constituting of 4 bands and/or singers-songwriters for each night. So, if you haven’t been to the first session, it’s still time to catch up the second one ✌️😉!

You will find the eventbrite online ticket link directly in the event’s description or you may pay at the door!

https://www.facebook.com/events/162589350888333/

Now, here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for 🎊, the live videos I took at the event 👏💝🎉! Apologises for the format, I should have filmed in landscape mode! Also, I haven’t filmed the last folk band ‘The Eskies’ as I ran out of battery. I’m sorry for this inconvenience. You will find the Facebook fan page link for each band/singer in the description under each YouTube video. To view the description, click on the YouTube title to open the video in a new tab. Enjoy! Tell us what’s your favourite act amongst them and why! If you have filmed them, too, feel free to share the link in the ‘comment’ box!