Sep 10, 2018

A celebration of the creativity, community and talent of Dublin 8 at Culture Night – Special outdoor event at The Digital Hub on the 21st September

A celebration of the creativity, community and talent of Dublin 8 at Culture Night.

An hour-long programme of film and music will take place on Friday 21st September as part of Culture Night at The Digital Hub in association with the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.  The programme, which commences at 8pm lasts an hour and will be repeated at 9:30pm. The event will be held outdoors, under St. Patrick’s Tower, at The Digital Hub campus on Thomas Street, Dublin 8.


The evening will feature the premier screening of a short documentary ‘Dublin 8: Portrait’, commissioned by The Digital Hub with the support of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.  This short documentary portrait of Dublin 8 is directed by Mia Mullarkey, founder of Ishka Films and Film Maker in Residence at The Digital Hub.  The documentary will offer an insider’s perspective of the energy and character of the Dublin 8 community through people, events and activities. The MISA Choir, an inclusive, sing-for-fun choir which includes residents and patients of the Mercers Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) unit at St. James’s Hospital will also perform.

There will also be two additional short film screenings on the evening.  ‘Love is a Sting’, written by Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary and directed by Vincent Gallagher who will introduce the film, is about a struggling children’s book writer named Harold Finch. The film was produced by Ian Hunt Duffy from Failsafe Films, who are based in the Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin 8.  ‘A Class of Ten Nations’ shares stories of learners who attended ‘1 English’ classes run by the One Humanitarian Hub (an initiative of the One Foundation) and delivered in partnership with The Digital Hub.  Over nine months the participants of ‘1 English’, who are employed and unemployed EU citizens and non-EU asylum seekers and refugees, worked hard to develop their English skills for work and study.

Commenting on the events planned for Culture Night, Fiach Mac Conghail, Chief Executive Officer at The Digital Hub said: “We are delighted to take part in Culture Night again this year, and to welcome the MISA choir and the filmmakers who all have a strong connection with the Liberties area.  We are particularly proud to showcase the first film commissioned by The Digital Hub in collaboration with the team at the Dublin International Film Festival, who are based here on campus.”

Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, said: “This is our second year involved in Culture Night, working with the fantastic team at The Digital Hub and we are delighted to have supported one of the films that will be premiered. Mia Mullarkey is a very talented filmmaker and the winner of the Festival’s prestigious Discovery Award and Short Film Award. ‘Dublin 8: Portrait’ uses Mia’s unique filmmaking perspective to offer a wonderful insight into this very special locality and community, that we’ve come to call our office home.”

Members of the public, particularly those working and living in the Liberties area of Dublin 8 are invited to attend this free event on Culture Night, Friday, 21st September, where seating for up to 250 people will be provided.  No registration is required.


What:  An hour-long programme of film and music:

  • Music from the MISA Choir
  • Screening of ‘A Class of Ten Nations’ (8pm screening only)
  • Screening of ‘Love is a Sting’
  • Premier screening of ‘Dublin 8: Portrait’


Where: Under St Patrick’s Tower in the Digital Depot, Roe Lane (off Thomas Street), The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, D08 TCV4.

When: Friday, 21st September at 8pm and 9:30pm

Who: Free entry to all members of the public



Frans Van Cauwelaert / Liz Denieffe, Wilson Hartnell

Tel: (01) 669 0030 / 086 60 43 422

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Notes to Editor

About The Digital Hub

Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies.  Almost eighty established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ 800 people. The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as Bizimply, Good Travel Software, Sonru, VSware and Xwerx to scale and grow. Major global companies like Eventbrite, Lonely Planet, Software AG and TIBCO are also based in The Digital Hub along with industry organisations such as the Irish Internet Association, NDRC, Silicon Republic and Tyndall National Institute.

Since the project’s inception, over 200 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Athena Media, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (, eMaint, Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, Slack and Stripe.

The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners.  For example, the Future Creators programme and the Future Creators Cadets programme are run with the National College of Art and Design and H2 Learning, to give children and young people the 21st Century Digital Skills that are so necessary in today’s world. The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin to give young people who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative programme, whilst also developing skills to support their future careers.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.

Further information is available at: or on Twitter: @TheDigitalHub.