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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural and economic geography, Interdisciplinary, History

Publication Details

Mac Con Iomaire, M. (2012) Coffee Culture in Dublin: A Brief History. in M/C Journal - A Journal of Media and Culture. Vol. 15, No. 2. -'coffee'.


This paper discusses the history and development of coffee and coffee houses in Dublin from the 17th century, charting how coffee culture in Dublin appeared, evolved, and stagnated before re-emerging at the beginning of the 21st century, with a remarkable win in the World Barista Championships. The historical links between coffeehouses and media—ranging from print media to electronic and social media—are discussed. In this, the coffee house acts as an informal public gathering space, what urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg calls a “third place,” neither work nor home. These “third places” provide anchors for community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction (Oldenburg). This paper will also show how competition from other “third places” such as clubs, hotels, restaurants, and bars have affected the vibrancy of coffee houses.