19 May 2021; Aer Lingus College games launch at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Northwestern University (Wildcats) will take on the University of Nebraska (Cornhuskers) in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 27 August 2022. The Aer Lingus College Football five-game series was due to start in 2020 but was disrupted due to the pandemic so this announcement is a significant milestone in getting the series back on track.

This is the first time that either team has ever travelled to play in Ireland and so, were thrilled to accept the invitation to take to the field and open the 2022 College Football Season at the world-famous Aviva Stadium. Nebraska was set to travel to Dublin later this summer for their game against Illinois, however, it was postponed because of Covid-19.

As Nebraska is one of the most successful American College Football teams in history, and with such strong Irish ties to the city of Chicago where the Wildcats are based, the game is sure to be a huge draw to sports fans here in Ireland as well as across the US and Europe. It is expected that it will also generate a massive €63million for the Irish Economy next year, providing a much-needed boost for the country’s Tourism and Hospitality sectors.


The wholly anticipated fixture is scheduled for week zero, and as both teams are a part of the famed Big Ten Conference, over 18,000 US fans and 5,000 European fans are expected to travel for the game that will be a major international, post-covid event for Ireland.

The Aer Lingus College Football Series will be bringing the usual college football fanfare with it, so attendees can expect lots of fun events including marching bands, cheerleaders, and tailgating parties. For exclusive information see www.collegefootballireland.comand follow College Football Ireland on Twitter @CFBIreland, Facebook @CollegeFootballIreland, and Instagram @CFBIreland with the official game hashtag: #MuchMoreThanAGame


FIRE Restaurant and Lounge, Dawson Street, unveiled its new vibrant, botanical summer look to a host of well-known faces. Bloggers and socialites such as Natasha Rocca Devine, Roz Lipsett, Clementine MacNeice, Chloe Townsend and Justine King enjoyed a live DJ overlooking the lawn whilst sipping cocktails from the new summer cocktail list and tasting new dishes on the FIRE menu. FIRE’s terrace is the ideal summer go-to destination for those looking for a perfect day out in the Dublin city. With fabulous new summer menus and delicious new dishes to choose from, FIRE Restaurant and Restaurant will no doubt be hopping all summer long.

See more at www.firerestaurant.ie

Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT: lordmayor@dublincity.ie

Lord Mayor Nial Ring will host the Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball on Saturday 26th January 2019 at 7 pm in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  Three very worthy charities will benefit from the proceeds of the Ball – Hugh’s House, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. The Ball will be held in the Round Room only days after we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Dáil Éireann in the same room on 21st January.

The evening which is sponsored by Conference & Events Venue at the Mansion House will be one of fine food, music and fundraising in the beautiful and historic Round Room. Tickets for the Ball are priced at €125 each and they can be purchased from the Lord Mayor’s Office or at www.dublincity.ie and click on I want to pay tab.

Lord Mayor Nial Ring said, “Hosting this Charity Ball will be one of the highlights of my year in office and the three charities which will benefit makes it more special. I know of the wonderful support Hugh’s House gives to families of children who are long-term in-patients at nearby Temple Street Hospital. The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind do exactly what it says on the tin! My family have participated in the puppy training programme and it is great to be able to support this life-changing service to the visually impaired. Everyone is aware of the vital role the Jack and Jill Foundation plays in the lives of families of children requiring intensive home nursing needs or, sadly, needing end of life care. Because of the partnership of my office with Padraic O’Kane of the Conference & Events Venue and FIRE Restaurant every cent raised goes directly to these brilliant charities.”

Padraic O’Kane of the Conference & Events Venue, FIRE Restaurant & Lounge at the Mansion House  and SOLE Seafood & Grill added: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin in supporting the annual Lord Mayor’s Ball for 2019 which is always an amazing and fun evening – along with the support of our key suppliers, we collectively are in a position to ensure that all the donations including the full price collected from ticket sales goes directly to the three chosen charities for 2019.”

Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT: lordmayor@dublincity.ie

For all media queries, please contact:

Dublin City Council’s Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277

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 For further information, please contact:

Office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

T: (01) 222 6200 / E. lordmayor@dublincity.ie


Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT: lordmayor@dublincity.ie


History of the Lord Mayor’s Ball

The Lord Mayor’s Ball dates back to 1715 where it originally took place in the Oak Room of the Mansion House on St. Stephen’s night (26th December) and the principal invited guests were the city’s 24 Aldermen and their wives. Proceeds went towards the support of poor boys at the Blue-Coat School in Blackhall Place. In 1728 the members of the lower house on Dublin City Assembly, who were not invited to the Ball, managed to have it abolished on the grounds that it was causing ‘great inconvenience’.

It was revived in September 1861 for the visit to Dublin of the Prince of Wales and the venue was the Round Room at the Mansion House which had been built in 1821. Local businesses benefitted with ‘Ball Dresses in Fancy and Light-Coloured Silks’ for sale at Mrs. Sidford of 17 Nassau Street and ‘Fancy Tulle and Tarleton Dresses, Sylphide Wreaths and Head-dresses; for sale with James Forrest & Sons of Grafton Street. The Ball continued to be held most years until 1912.

The tumultuous events of 1913-1924, and the suspension of Dublin City Council from 1924 to 1930, meant that the Lord Mayor’s Ball was not held. Revived in 1946, it was held in the Metropole Ballroom in O’Connell Street with the Lord Mayor’s Coal Fund as the beneficiary. From 1975 to 1997 it was held in the Burlington Hotel on St. Patrick’s Day in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic. Its latest revival was in 2013 when Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí held the Ball in aid of three charities and it has been held annually since then.


Conference & Events Venue @ the Mansion House 

The Conference & Events Venue at The Mansion House boasts six stunning spaces to include the distinctive Round Room and the original Lord Mayor’s Supper room.

The Round Room was originally constructed in 1821 to receive King George IV.  Today it is one of the largest city centre locations and proudly the venue of choice for many profile corporate and private Gala, Awards and Charity dinners and Ceremonies including the annual Lord Mayor Ball. It will also be incredible to host the Lord Mayor Ball when the venue will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the first Dáil Éireann, which was held on 21st January 1919.

The Supper Room, with its striking vaulted ceilings and glass stained windows was built in 1864 as the Lord Mayor’s banquet hall where many figures of State and dignitaries have been welcomed over the past 150 years. In 2005 the Supper Room was transformed into FIRE Restaurant & Lounge, one of the city’s best loved and innovative dining experiences.

For further information www.mansionhouse.ie  

Information on the Three Charities:

Hugh’s House

Ade Stack & Marty Curley opened Hugh’s House in May 2015 after their son Hugh passed away.  They had watched parents all over Ireland whose babies or children were transferred to Dublin hospitals struggle to find accommodation in Dublin while still paying mortgages/rent and bills at home.  The aim of Hugh’s House is to take the stress away from parents and families, especially when their children are so sick.  Hugh’s House consists of two houses and is managed by a staff member alongside social workers from Temple Street, Rotunda, Holles Street and the Coombe Hospitals and volunteers.  Hugh’s House has also linked up with Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation to offer respite to their families.

Website:  www.hughshouse.ie

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (IGDB) is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence.  For over 40 years we have provided life-changing services and support to people across Ireland with sight loss.

Website: www.guidedogs.ie

The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation provides home nursing care to children from birth to 5 years of age with severe to profound neurodevelopment delay and respite to their families.   Through a service that is fast, flexible and child and family centred, a home nursing care plan of 64 hours and up to a maximum of 80 hours is allocated to its families.   These are children who may never walk or talk, they may be tube fed, oxygen dependent and take seizures and the average number of pieces of medical equipment for each child is 24.  The charity also provides end of life care to children going home to die, regardless of their named or unnamed medical condition.  Jack & Jill has supported 2,300 children and their families since 1997, with 355 children currently under its wing today.

Website: www.jackandjill.ie


We are delighted to announce that we have a number of opportunities available to join the ever expanding FIRE team.   FIRE are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Assistant Manager 

This is a hands on role which requires at least two to three years experience at a supervisory level.  The assistant manager will report directly to the General Manager.

The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

  • Able to form strong relationships with colleagues, fellow managers and guests
  • Passionate about their career, striving to create a memorable guest experience
  • Assist in training and development of staff
  • Outgoing, Energetic and Enthusiastic
  • Assist in achieving the financial targets of the business, controling wage costs and wastage
  • Willing to work in a fast paced environment, in one the best restaurants in Dublin
  • Be willing to voice their own ideas on how the our product can be improved
  • Strong Leadership skills, acting as Duty Manager in the absence of the General Manager

To be considered for this role please send your CV to Sharon@mansionhouse.ie 

Chef de Partie 

We are seeking a Chef de Partie with outstanding talents to join our team.


  • To manage your section within the kitchen with the assistance of the Sous Chef.
  • To ensure that the dishes are prepared and cooked according to the specific standards set out by the Head Chef.
  • To manage the development and supervision of the junior chefs in your section.
  • To ensure that stock is rotated and controlled within the specific section of the kitchen.
  • To maintain a detailed Knowledge of the full menu and be able to explain dish descriptions.
  • To ensure compliance with legal requirements under the Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005 and Food Hygiene.


  • At least three years experience as a Chef de Partie in a quality, busy establishment.
  • To have a strong knowledge of HACCP.
  • To lead by example.
  • Excellent use of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment and processes
  • Ability to multitask and work efficiently under pressure
  • To communicate clearly, professionally and concisely.
  • To build effective and constructive relationships.
  • To work collaboratively with others in pursuit of the restaurants goals.

To be considered for this role please send your CV to Chef@mansionhouse.ie 


Experienced full time Receptionist/ Host

We are currently recruiting a receptionist/host to join our busy front of house team.

Skills required:

  • Superior Organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good phone manner
  • Highly presentable
  • Good team player
  • Skilled in excel and word
  • Experience in the hospitality industry would be an advantage

To be considered for this role please send your CV to GM@mansionhouse.ie 



Bar and Wait Staff

We are currently recruiting a number of bar and waiting staff to join our award winning bar team.

The ideal candidate:

  • Will have at least 2 years bar tending experience in a busy bar.
  • Experience making cocktails
  • Very well organised
  • Extremely hard working
  • Well presented
  • If applying for wait staff, one year experience workng in a high end restaurant and a good level of food and beverage knowledge.

To be considered for either of these roles please send your CV to GM@mansionhouse.ie 

Please note all our customer facing roles require high level English and all our roles require a valid working permit. 

We are delighted to share the Dublin Port Riverfest 2017 Event Map with you all.

See where everything from the Food Village, Land Activities, Water Activities, Tall Ships and Fun Fair will be situated! Coming to North Wall Quay this June Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th of June, from 12pm – 6pm daily. FREE entry!

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