We Are Dublin is a new quarterly magazine produced by Dublin native Conor Purcell. Conor set up and produced We Are Here magazine from his original base in Dubai. We Are Here features a mix of fiction and non-fiction as well contemporary photography. The three issues of We Are Here focused on Dubai (twice) and Kathmandu. Conor has decided to launch a Dublin quarterly following the success of We Are Here.
We Are Dublin is an excellent mix of writing styles and subjects. The design is fresh with quirky visuals and photography complementing the written pieces. Articles include subjects such as running a Temple Bar clothes shop, discussing the difficulties of writing a play (with Stefanie Preissner), and a piece about Grangegorman mental hospital (by Caitríona Lally). There are also pieces about the potential for disused land in Cabra (more interesting than it sounds!) by Nathan Hugh O’Donnell, a murder in a Dublin pub (by Brian Purcell), and a piece about the 27A bus route (by Rob Doyle). There are also some articles by Conor Purcell on attending a League of Ireland football match the night of a big World Cup game and the architect Herbert Simms. The magazine finishes with some wonderful portraits of elderly Dubs by Lorcan Finnegan.
We Are Dublin has received a few favourable reviews and is certainly worth a look. It’s available for €9 from a number of place around town including Article in the Powerscourt Centre, The Library Project in Temple Bar, and online from Photo Ireland. A full list of stockists can be found here.
We Are Here magazine website