Have you discovered Dublin’s newest museum – EPIC Ireland?

epic museum dublin

 

10 million journeys, 70 million stories waiting to be discovered at Ireland’s newest interactive visitor experience

This extraordinary exhibition located in the beautiful vaults of the CHQ building dating to the 1820, tells the story of the Irish people around the world using state-of-the-art technology to deliver incredible visual stories with a high level of interactivity.

The Irish Family History Centre is also located at EPIC Ireland offering a new exciting way to search for your Irish ancestors and discover your unique family story.

  • Open 7 days a week, all year from 9:00am – 6:00pm (7:00pm from May to August)
  • City centre location
  • Book online on epicirelandchq.com to secure your preferred entry time and to learn more!

Think you know the Irish? Think again.

Admission rates:

  • Adult €16
  • Child €8
  • Senior/Student €14
  • Family (2+2) €40
  • Child (0-5yrs) FREE

The place is simply extraordinary. It was one of the most moving museum experiences I’ve ever had.’ John Grenham, genealogist.

To win a family pass to the EPIC museum simply tell us how many stories are waiting to be discovered at the EPIC Ireland museum! Visit our Facebook page to enter!

Kilmainham Gaol

Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera.

Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin is actually the biggest unoccupied gaol in these islands. For this reason it gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these bleak fortresses of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed. It offers a great insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history.
The opening and closing of the Gaol more or less coincided with the making and breaking of the Union between Great Britain and Ireland. There can be few places, therefore, that more intensely crystallize the forces that shaped modern Irish nationalism than Kilmainham Gaol.

Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here.

So what to expect of the tour:

  • The ground floor exhibition tells the story of Kilmainham Gaol from the perspective of the ordinary prisoner.
  • Rebellion, nationalism and the path to independence are the themes of the exhibition on the first floor, which deals with Irish political history from the 1798 rebellion up until the end of the Irish Civil War in 1924.
  • The ‘Last Words’ section of this exhibition displays the last letters and personal belongings of the fourteen leaders of the Easter Rising executed at Kilmainham Gaol in May 1916.
  • The final floor of the exhibition tells the extraordinary story of a group of volunteers who rescued Kilmainham Gaol from near ruin in the 1960s and restored it as a monument dedicated to the men and women who were imprisoned or executed in Kilmainham Gaol in the cause of Irish independence.

The visit includes a guided tour and exhibition. It is a very busy and it is worth pre-booking the tour. Access is by guided tour only.

Facilities include, toilets, disabled toilets and tearooms.

Please contact the Gaol for information on ongoing temporary exhibitions.

Kilmainham Gaol is open all year round, except the 24th, 25th, and 26th of December. Opening hours daily are 9.30am-5.30pm and last tour is Last tour 4.15pm
Opening hours vary at Kilmainham Gaol on the following dates due to commemoration events of the anniversary of Leaders Execution: May 3rd, May 4th, May 5th, May 8th, May 12th.

Celebrate the 1916 Commemoration

There’s a great range of 1916 Commemoration events being organised on the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend for all the family!

These commemorations, including parades and public activities throughout Ireland, are expected to attract up to a million people, with a State Ceremonial Parade in Dublin City Centre on Easter Sunday and RTÉ presenting “Reflecting the Rising”, the biggest public history event that has ever been staged in this country, on Easter Monday.

Note that there will be a large number of city centre road closures, throughout Dublin in particular, over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend so best to book an NRC Taxi or use public transport over the weekend!

The main Easter Sunday State Commemoration Ceremony and Parade to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising with a reading of the 1916 Proclamation will take place on Easter Sunday 27th March 2016

The State Ceremonial event takes place at the GPO on O’Connell Street. The parade will start at St. Stephen’s Green, via Cuffe Street, Kevin Street, Patrick Street, Thomas Street, Parliament Street, Dame Street, Westmoreland Street, past the GPO on O’Connell Street, North Frederick Street, Dorset Street and finish on Bolton Street.

The parade begins at St. Stephen’s Green at 10am, pausing for the wreath-laying ceremony at the GPO at noon, and concluding at Bolton Street at approximately 3pm.

 

RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising – Monday 28th March

RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising is a large-scale multi-location public event that will take place in Dublin on Easter Monday 2016, with hundreds of talks, walking tours, music, dance, street art and street theatre.

 

Events happening outside of Easter weekend

 

GPO Witness History

The GPO really symbolises 1916 like no other! A new state-of-the-art audio-visual facility incorporating the iconic post office courtyard will be opened on March 29th!

You will experience the events of 1916 from eyewitness perspectives on both sides, with a host of electronic touch screens, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artifacts – sounds like fun! Cost €10/€5; gpowitnesshistory.ie.

 

Collins Barracks Museum

You’ll get to see the real artifacts from the 1916 Rising – Thomas Clarke’s razor, Patrick Pearse’s spectacles and a homemade bayonet are some of what’s on display  at the National Museum’s ‘Proclaiming a Republic’ exhibition at Collins Barracks.  Open from March 3, museum.ie; free.

 

Kilmainham Gaol

Believe it or not Kilmainham Gaol is TripAdvisor’s top-rated attraction in Dublin at the moment! This is where the 14 leaders of the Rising were executed by firing squad. The gaol re-opens with a new visitor centre, bookshop and cafe on March 30.

heritageireland.ie; €4/€2

 

Glasnevin Cemetery

Glasnevin Cemetery has information on all 485 people, mostly civilians, killed during the Rising. Don’t forget there’s a lot more to this world-class heritage attraction than the events of 1916 – from grim tales of grave-robbers to Daniel O’Connell’s soaring round tower, it’s a classic day out in Dublin.

glasnevintrust.ie; tour and museum from €7.20

 

Rise of the Rebels Bus Tour

You can travel back in time on the custom designed Rise of the Rebels bus fitted out as an under siege base of revolutionary action. Passengers are invited to “ride the revolution”, as two professional actors guide them past key sites in Dublin on a custom-designed bus fitted out as an under-siege base of revolutionary action.

1916bustourdublin.com; €25/€15pp

 

1916 Freedom Tour

The is intended to give those on the hour long tour a real snapshot of what it was like to live during the bloody battles that were not only to shape the future of Dublin but the Irish Nation and beyond. The story of the conflict is told through the eyes of combatants fighting under the flags of both the Irish and British sides.

http://www.1916tour.ie/

 

Some of the official events

Some of these events that are open to the public include:

  • A remembrance ceremony for all those who died during the events of 1916 will be held in the Garden of Remembrance – 26th March 2016

The cultural event with music and poetry included, and will be attended by President Michael D. Higgins.

The event is open to the public but viewing will be restricted because of space limitations. There will be a large number of invited guests, predominantly relatives of the 78 Irish Volunteers who lost their lives in the Rising. They will be seated inside the Garden of Remembrance. Viewing areas with screens are available to members of the public outside the garden on Parnell Square North.

  • On Easter Sunday morning there will be a three-part wreath-laying ceremony in Glasnevin Cemetery – 27th March 2016

This is open to the public but due to restrictions on space a ticketing system will be in place. In addition to a small number of invited guests, approximately 800 tickets will be made available to the public. These tickets will be issued online by Glasnevin Cemetery on a first-come-first-served basis.

You can see the full year of plans for your county here http://www.ireland.ie/events/download-your-full- county-plan

For further information on traffic management closer to the time, please visit the following websites: www.1916.rte.iewww.Ireland.iewww.garda.ieand www.dublincity.ie.

Don’t forget to call your Dublin Taxi company NRC Taxis on 01 6772222 or download the NRC Taxis App.

NRC drivers wanted –sign up now and get first month free!

Looking for a flexible job where you can work that hours that suit you while earning a good income? NRC Taxis are looking for drivers to join our fleet. So why sign up with NRC:

  • Be your own boss with flexible hours
  • Earn a good income with corporate, cash and credit card work all over Dublin
  • Weekly payment from NRC and your first months rent is free
  • You get a free Chip and Pin terminal and money paid to your bank every Friday

So if you want to join Dublin’s leading taxi company contact Peter Kelly for more details today on 7089214 or email peter@nrc.ie. Don’t forget if you sign up before 31 may 2016 you’ll get the first month free!

Beat the Luas or Dart strike with these 3 simple steps

With the strong possibility of yet another Luas strike planned for Easter and the possibility of Dart drivers striking too we want to share a few hints and tips to help you get through the disruption hassle free.

  1. Rush hour is crazy busy: demand was up 25% from 7.30am – 9.30 am on strike days so it’s worth changing your travel times if you can
  2. More cars = more traffic: traffic chaos in Dublin! Journey times are longer – so make sure to leave earlier than usual
  3. Clever commuters pre-book their NRC Taxi: 40% more of you got organised in advance and pre-booked your morning NRC Taxi during the strike period. If you’re planning on pre-booking again though – do it quick as capacity is limited!

So fellow travellers – enjoy the festivities of Paddy’s Day and Easter and keep these tips in mind and you’ll get to where you are going with as little hassle as possible!

Safe travels!

The team at NRC

Why choose NRC Taxis for your corporate taxi requirements?

NRC Taxis have been providing taxi services to the people of Dublin for over 58 years and we have an established reputation as a leading supplier of taxi services to the corporate market.

Our clients include government bodies, large financial institutions, multi nationals, SME businesses across a range of industries including hotels, media, medical, pharmaceutical, professional and retail businesses.

So what can NRC offer your business?

  • The latest in-car technology with full traceability using GPS in our vehicles
  • In-car chip and pin machines in all vehicles
  • Online booking facility offering a range of payment facilities
  • Monthly reports with full details of customer usage
  • NRC Smartphone booking App for easy booking
  • Fully trained and experienced staff in our call centre which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Fully licensed, knowledgeable and uniformed drivers

State of the art Dispatch System

  • NRC have invested €1.8million on our Call Centre on James’ Street which is the most sophisticated in Ireland
  • At NRC we pride ourselves on being thought leaders in the taxi industry. We have invested time and time again in the most up-to-date equipment and have the best trained staff and most knowledgeable drivers available.
  • We constantly seek ways of improving services to our clients. We have invested €1.2million in MT Data which is the very latest dispatch system. This allows us and our customers full traceability from when one calls our 24/7 operational call centre or books online at nrc.ie.
  • The booking facilities are real time allowing you full traceability on all calls.
  • We believe this investment in both the system and training leads us to be the best taxi provider in Dublin.

Comprehensive range of booking options

You can book NRC Corporate Taxis through a range of methods:

  • Call our exclusive corporate line 01 4544070
  • Log on  to www.nrc.ie to use our on-line booking facility
  • Download the NRC Taxi App for Business which is up and running and ready for companies to download from the ITunes and Android stores. You only need to enter your account code should you need to book your Taxi on account.

When booking a corporate taxi with NRC you have a number of options:

  • Pay by credit card using our in-car chip and pin machines and we will issue you with a receipt.
  • Sign up for our Corporate Card facility where we will issue you with a number which can be quoted when booking and we will issue you with a detailed statement at the end of the month.

Outstanding Customer Service

  • Our customer care ethos runs throughout the whole company, from the call centre to the drivers, right through to the administrative staff. Our philosophy is to be courteous, reliable and efficient at all times.
  • We only employ top class drivers – of the highest professional calibre; fully uniformed; reliable; courteous and efficient.
  • All of our drivers have the relevant PSV clearance from An Garda Siochana and conform to all requirements as laid down by the Taxi Regulator. Our drivers must prove their competence in the English language and regular briefings and meetings are also held to keep them up to date on any issues.

Range of Vehicles

We have in excess of 700 vehicles including –

  • Ireland’s first electric taxis
  • Wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • Saloon Cars
  • People Carriers (5-6 Seaters)
  • Executive Style Cars
  • Limousines

Wide choice of payment methods

We can tailor a payment plan to suit your company needs- whatever method is convenient to you.  Our payment options include:

  • Invoicing – monthly fortnightly or weekly
  • Credit cards – all major cards accepted
  • Direct Debit
  • Cash
  • Electronic Transfer
  • Company Cheque

NRC are also the only taxi service with secure in car chip n pin service.

Our Corporate Account Manager Jason Fitzpatrick will be happy to discuss your specific payment requirements.

With our unrivalled fleet, our superior technology and our “always open” philosophy NRC has an enviable capacity to not only meet clients’ current needs but also the capacity to meet any clients expanding requirements now or in the future.

Whatever your requirements for a corporate taxi service NRC can tailor a package for your company. Contact Jason Fitzpatrick Corporate Account Manager on 01 4544070 email jason@nrc.ie to discuss your requirements.

NRC 1916 Competition

1916 Easter Rising Competition - NRC Taxi Dublin

NRC Taxis are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 rising by giving away €1916 to one lucky customer!

 

It couldn’t be easier to be in with a chance to win this historic loot.  All you have to do is book an NRC taxi any time from now right up to the end of March 2016, quote 1916 and you will be entered into our draw to win a whopping €1916.

This giveaway is open to all phone, online or app bookings paying by cash, credit card or even corporate account so it couldn’t be easier and remember, the more trips you make, the more chances you have to win. To enter just book an NRC Taxi by:

  • Calling 6772222
  • Booking Online www.nrc.ie
  • Downloading the NRC APP

You won’t have to storm on any of our landmark buildings or read the detailed proclamation to win the €1916 – just call 677 2222 and quote 1916 and it could be you!

On April 1st we will draw the winner, so don’t be a fool.

 

Terms & Conditions

  1. This competition is open to all phone, online, App or corporate bookings paying by cash, credit card or corporate account.
  2. You must quote 1916 at time of booking to be entered into the draw.
  3. This competition is not available in conjunction with any other offer or discounts.
  4. Corporate accounts must be paid up to date to qualify.
  5. The draw will be held on 1st April 2016 to pick a winner of the €1916.
  6. The judge’s decision is final.
  7. Prize winners will be informed by phone and a message will be posted on the NRC Facebook page  announcing prize winner.
  8. Prize winners will collect prize from NRC office and at an official presentation and photo will be taken.
  9. This giveaways starts on 15th January 2016 and runs until 31st March 2016.

NRC Taxis – we’ve got you covered for a safe ride home!

Condom

NRC Taxis are supporting Worlds AIDS Day by distributing free condoms on Grafton Street, Dublin to mark World AIDS Day.

On Saturday November 28th NRC will be handing out condoms to adults over eighteen in Dublin city centre between 7pm and 10pm to raise awareness of this important day.

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

There are an estimated 34 million living with HIV globally. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

HIV Ireland offer free HIV and STI testing the second and fourth Wednesday of every month (dates may vary due to public holidays). Doors open 1:00pm. For further information on HIV Ireland’s testing service and testing dates, please see: www.hivireland.ie.

NRC are aiming to raise awareness of HIV and also to support those in Ireland living with HIV. So come out on December 1st and show your support by taking a free condom from NRC Taxis.

For more information visit www.nrc.ie or call 01 677 2222.

Funny items found in NRC taxis

cropped-header.pngEver left your mobile phone in a taxi after a night out? You’re not alone! NRC Taxi drivers find the most weird and wonderful items in the back of their taxis! So what are the most common?

  1. Spare change – instead of falling down the back of the sofa they end up down the back of the taxi seat!
  2. Slippers – disposable footwear for the ladies who only do the heels from car to bar!
  3. Shoes – nothing more annoying than leaving your high heels in the taxi leaving you in the slippers or pumps for the big night out!
  4. Scarves, Hats and Gloves – NRC are going to open an accessories shop selling the biggest range of scarves, hats and gloves
  5. Mobile phones – nothing more annoying than leaving your phone in the taxi – you get the feeling that you’ve lost your right hand!
  6. Hair brushes – last minute touch up equipment for the night out get left in the taxi! We also get bucket loads of hair which we clean out daily!
  7. Socks – not the cleanest item to find in a taxi but there’s always a few odd socks to be found hidden under the seats of a taxi!
  8. Jewellery – some fabulous earrings, necklaces and bracelets end up under the seats of unfortunate passengers who rarely think to call NRC and claim their valuables!
  9. Make up – the full range of makeup – lipstick, blusher, mascara, foundation, eye shadow and primer! The taxi is the perfect place to apply the makeup when you are out of time. Unfortunately some pricey lipsticks get left behind and ultimately get dumped!
  10. False Teeth – believe it or not these have been found in our taxis! Not the most pleasant of item for a taxi driver to pick up. And what about the passenger who heads out without his or her teeth – they won’t be enjoying their dinner very much without teeth!

So people of Dublin – check the back seat of your NRC taxi before you leave – it may save you hundreds of euro in the long-run! NRC Taxis have a lost and found service so please call us and we’ll do our best to find your valuables! Call NRC Taxis on 01 677 2222 today!

 

Top questions asked of Taxi Drivers!

Eco TaxiWell you know the story – you get into the NRC Taxi and decide to make a bit of light conversation. Did you know that everyone makes the same conversation – so do you recognise these questions which are asked of NRC Taxi drivers every day of the week?!

  1. Are you busy tonight?! We’re always busy but always do our best to get you to your destination on time!
  2. What time do you finish? We stay out all night just to keep our customers happy!
  3. How long are you out tonight? Only just out as heard our very important passengers needed a taxi!
  4. Are you married?! Why would one ask this question?!
  5. Can we just stop here for a minute? Into the shop to pick up the essential 2 litre of milk on the way home – no problem!
  6. Do you mind swinging into this housing estate to pick another few friends up?! Followed by 3 extra people trying to squeeze into the taxi, after a 17 minute wait of course! All in a day’s service- happy to oblige!
  7. Oh that’s my favourite song – can you please turn up the volume?! Depending on the song choice!
  8. Oh I hate that song or that programme– can you change the station – of course NRC Taxi drivers aim to please we’re happy to keep our customers happy!
  9. Can we stop at an ATM – no need with NRC as we have in-car chip and pin machines!
  10. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz – plenty of sleepy heads out there – are you one of them? Just write down your address as soon as you get in to the taxi if you love a nap in the taxi!

So do these sound familiar to you? Whatever the questions NRC taxi drivers are there waiting for your call and aim to make your journey pleasant and hassle free – call us today on 01 677 2222 or visit http://www.nrc.ie