Dylan Haskins

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Dylan Haskins
Dylan Haskins
Born (1987-06-20) 20 June 1987 (age 27)
Dublin, Ireland
Residence Dublin
Nationality Irish
Education Currently studying History of Art and Classical Civilisation at Trinity College, Dublin (TCD)[1]
Employer Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Known for Two Tube on RTÉ Two

Dylan Haskins (born 20 June 1987) is an Irish student, occasional broadcaster, and social entrepreneur.

Haskins first became known as a proponent of the DIY ethic in Ireland for his work on several projects initiated as a teenager, including the establishment of all ages, non-alcohol spaces in north Wicklow and Dublin.[2]

Haskins since became involved with broadcasting, independent music management, social entrepreneurship, social activism and politics. He was an unsuccessful independent candidate in the 2011 general election.



Haskins ran gigs in his former home, The Hideaway House which became a hub for the DIY music scene in Dublin[3][4] and his independent record label Hide Away Records.[2][5][6][7] Hide Away Records’ most notable release is the debut album of popular Irish band Heathers, whom Haskins also managed from 2007-2009. Their debut album ‘Here, Not There’ featured the popular single ‘Remember When’, which was used in a 2010 Fáilte Ireland advertising campaign.[8][9][10]

Social activism[edit]

In May 2009, Haskins was a member of a group that founded Exchange Dublin,[11] an arts centre in Temple Bar with the support of Project Arts Centre, where he sits on the Board of Directors.[12][13] The Exchange is now run by a collective of volunteers, and provides an independent space for meetings, events and exhibitions. The project received a Dublin City Council arts award in 2010, a Music Network/Arts Council Music Capital Scheme award in 2009 and Arts Council funding in 2009. It continues to receive funding from the Arts Council.[14][15][16]

Later in 2009, Haskins curated and directed the event ‘Culture and the City: the debate’ for Temple Bar Cultural Trust. It took the form of a masked debate about culture in Dublin at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. The debate focused on the question ‘Is this city fit for purpose?’. The event was praised as an innovative approach to an urban public forum.[17][18] Also, that year, Haskins collaborated with a group of NCAD students called 'Office of Public Works' to organize 'Change?', a week of film, open exhibitions and discourse on the notion of societal change that involved photographers, secondary school students and members of the public. It took place in Project Arts Centre.[19]


Haskins is also a broadcaster on Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) television and radio. He presented the first series of Two Tube on RTÉ Two, and since May 2010 has worked as a reporter for Arena, an arts programme on RTÉ Radio 1. In December 2011 he presented coverage of Other Voices (TV series) for guardian.co.uk.[20][21]


In 2008, Haskins directed a documentary called Roll Up Your Sleeves about DIY counterculture. DIY figures including Ian MacKaye of the band Fugazi, Ellen Lupton, and Dutch band The Ex took part in the documentary. The film was funded by Broadcasting Commission of Ireland Sound & Vision Award. It was produced by Project Arts Centre for DCTV. Roll Up Your Sleeves premiered at the 2009 Stranger Than Fiction Festival in the IFI in Dublin.[22] In January 2011, the film was made available free online.[23][24][25][26]


Haskins was an independent candidate for the Dublin South-East constituency in the 2011 general election.[27] His campaign was the subject of Irish and international media attention with appearances on BBC Newsnight, BBC World Service and Al Jazeera[28] and articles in The Guardian[29] and Le Monde.[30] Haskins was eliminated on the fourth count with 1,928 votes. The four constituency seats were eventually divided between Fine Gael’s Lucinda Creighton and Eoghan Murphy and Labour Party (Ireland)’s Ruairi Quinn and Kevin Humphreys. Haskins was entitled to a refund of €8,700 in election expenses which he subsequently combined with the remainder of his election funds and donated €10,000 to 10 Irish charities.[31][32]


  1. ^ Josh Roberts. "Dylan Haskins donates failed election funds to charity". Trinity News. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Carroll, Jim (2009-01-09). "On The Record » The dude from the Hideaway House". Irishtimes.com. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  3. ^ http://www.nialler9.com/2010/05/gigs/hideaway-house-gig/
  4. ^ http://www.state.ie/news/20347-video-hideaway-house-the-farewell
  5. ^ "RTÉ Two: Two Tube". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2010-02-03. [dead link]
  6. ^ "The Hot List Part 6". Tribune.ie. 2009-01-04. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Staying Live - The Irish Times - Sat, Dec 05, 2009". The Irish Times. 2009-12-05. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  8. ^ http://www.tribune.ie/arts/music/article/2009/oct/11/a-dublin-duet/
  9. ^ "A Dublin duet". Tribune.ie. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  10. ^ "The 50 best Irish music acts right now - The Irish Times - Fri, Apr 03, 2009". The Irish Times. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  11. ^ Official website of Exchange Dublin
  12. ^ "New rock space for Dublin youth - The Irish Times - Fri, Jun 19, 2009". The Irish Times. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  13. ^ "When I'm not in college studying . . . - The Irish Times - Wed, Sep 02, 2009". The Irish Times. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  14. ^ http://exchangedublin.ie/
  15. ^ http://www.musicnetwork.ie/musicians/winners/music_capital_scheme_award_recipients_2009/
  16. ^ http://www.artscouncil.ie/en/areas-of-work/actions/young-ensembles-scheme-1.aspx#faq1/
  17. ^ "Public invited to air views at 'masked' debate - The Irish Times - Fri, Aug 14, 2009". The Irish Times. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  18. ^ Sting in her tale (2009-08-14). "Shy individuals get to unmask their feelings - National News, Frontpage". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  19. ^ http://www.projectartscentre.ie/news/279-news-230109/
  20. ^ "Other Voices festival comes to life - video". The Guardian. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Other Voices: 'Dingle is the Vegas of the west of Ireland' – video". The Guardian. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  22. ^ Get fit for 2010 (2009-06-13). "Irish communities are hitting the big screen - Film & Cinema, Entertainment". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  23. ^ Ryan, Larry (7 January 2011). "Caught in the Net: Catch M.I.A's mixtape if you can". The Independent (London). 
  24. ^ http://www.state.ie/news/25134-watch-roll-up-your-sleeves-diy-documentary
  25. ^ http://www.nialler9.com/2010/12/music-video/roll-sleeves-diy-counterculture/
  26. ^ http://grizzlyfear.schnaberlack.de/2011/01/roll-up-your-sleeves/
  27. ^ http://www.dylanhaskins.ie/
  28. ^ Ingle, Roisin (5 March 2011). "For anyone who missed him on Newsnight or the BBC World Service or Al Jazeera during the campaign". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  29. ^ McDonald, Henry (20 February 2011). "Ireland's recession could force 50,000 to emigrate this year". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  30. ^ Fenoglio, Jérôme (27 February 2011). "La jeunesse irlandaise s'interroge sur son avenir dans un pays miné par la crise". Le Monde. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  31. ^ "Haskins to donate election funds". The Irish Times. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  32. ^ "Haskins to donate refunded election expenses to charities and good causes". TheJournal.ie. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 

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