The National Enterprise Town Awards: Phibsborough

We are profiling all the towns to enter this year’s National Enterprise Town Awards. Today we are looking at Phibsborough in Dublin.

Phibsborough is a mixed commercial and residential neighbourhood, and is one of Dublin’s oldest and best-known urban villages.

Phibsborough has a diverse population of families who have lived there for many generations, people from all over the country and the world who have made their home here and an influx of young people attending the nearby DIT at Grangegorman.

It is also home to institutions of national significance, such as the Mater Hospital, Dalymount Park and Mountjoy Prison.

The home of Phizzfest

Phibsborough Community & Arts Festival (Phizzfest) came together in late 2009, with the intention of creating pride of place in Phibsborough bringing the many diverse communities together through the common language of the arts.

Phibsborough’s biggest asset is its social capital and the festival grew rapidly in scale and ambition, bringing theatre, live music of all kinds, film and visual arts events to Dublin 7. The initial core structure of volunteers expanded to include scores of experienced and talented people, organising over 300 events, all managed voluntarily to the highest professional standards.

Phizzfest came to symbolise hope and the possibilities for the regeneration of Phibsborough through its Reimagining Phibsborough Campaign. Phizzfest brought a positive focus and a new confidence to Phibsborough and recognising the community’s need to come together, small new family-run cafés and restaurants have begun to emerge.

Phizzfest continues to be central to the cultural life of the community with regular music, dance, theatre and art events encouraging and supporting established and emerging artists.

Dublin City Council’s Arts and Culture Strategy for Phibsborough recognises the need for a dedicated premises and the organisers are working closely with the Council to that end.

Phizzfest has a number of exciting initiatives and a programme of events scheduled for the new arts space and plans a major celebration for the 10th anniversary of the first festival in 2020.

Pictured above: The new Luas tram stop at Phibsborough in Dublin. Image: William Murphy/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Written by John Kennedy (

Published: 23 August, 2019